Private Beachfront Home Truly on the Sand, in a Gentle Bay

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  • Property Type : House
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 12 Sleeps

Mel Norrbom

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For a true cultural experience visit Palma del Mar. Our care takers, Ervin and Myella, who live on the property in a separate suite will help you get involved culturally. Culturally speaking, that means from chasing cows and horses out in the front yard and back on to the beach when the gate is left open, to accompanying you to traditional town fiestas if you wish. On the other hand, if you want total privacy the home is yours alone. Our setting is quiet. Few people walk on our beach, however, there are many beaches in close proximity with lots of people. In the evenings there is lots of activity at nearby restaurants and resorts. We have had numerous weddings at our home. All of the flowers for the weddings have been picked from our beautiful color gardens.
It is difficult to describe how close we are to the ocean. On a high tide, with the swell in the right direction and the assist of a tropical breeze, the ocean water on occasions will come down the walkway past the lawn right to the back door of the lanai. I'm not talking about a scary thing but an exciting fun thing. The outdoor shower at the corner of the house and a covered rancho at the waters edge represent two places of frequent use by all.


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Amenities & Activities

  • Twin Bed
  • Double Bed
Child Friendly
  • Child Friendly
Cooling Comfort
  • Air Conditioning
Dining Room
  • Dining Table Seats
  • Formal Dining Room
Disability Access Features
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • TV
  • Cable TV
  • DVD Player
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • No Pets Allowed
  • Telephone
  • No Smoking
  • Linens Provided
Home Office
  • Internet Access
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Coffee Maker
  • Refrigerator
  • Kitchen
  • Washing Machine
Outside Living
  • Balcony
  • Lanai
  • Deck
  • Patio
  • Parking Available
  • Covered Parking
Recreation located at the Resort or On Premise
  • Fitness Room
Nearby Activities
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parasailing
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Sightseeing
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Walking Tours
  • Water Parks
  • Water Skiing
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Windsurfing
Nearby Attractions
  • Oceanfront
  • Beachfront
  • On Marina
  • Near Golf
  • Near Shopping
  • Near Restaurants

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Typical Costarican design home right down to the color

Playa Pinca 15 minute walk up the beach. Nice snorkeling

Rancho on beach by day provide shade and by night a party place to hang out at

Be back at the house by sunset to hang at the party place for cocktails

Conchal Beach in close proximity. Crystal clear water for snorkeling

Our Hobbie Cat in front of the house doesn't work but it's great for laying on

Our family horse back riding in front of the house with Marvin and his Arabs

It's just an air cond. bedroom with unobstructed views of the ocean 30 yds away


Just regular. Cook top, oven stove combo, refrig, free standing freezer, etc.

Second of four bedrooms individually air conditioned with full ocean view

Dining area which looks out over the lawn to sea, massage table ready for you

Gate keeps sail boats and wandering horses or cattle out of the back yard

Open air lanai which faces right onto the bay 20 yards away

View from upstairs deck looking out over Portrero Bay

Bahia Portrero hotel. 5 minute walk up beach open to our guests at their pool

Every night same sunset in front of the house

Newly plastered back bedroom walls. Waxed finished and buffed.

First back bedroom with two twin beds. Flat screen/blue ray dvd and new air cond

Living room. New sofa looking towards back bedroom and breakfast bar

Newly plastered, polished pea green and autumn walls and 2 twin beds

Second back bedroom. New air conditioners, flat TV and blue ray

Living room looking through lanai out to sea. TV, DVD, high speed internet/wifi

Swimming out front at sunset, living the life!


Season From To Nightly Weekly Monthly Min Stay Additional Persons
My Standard Rate Jan-01-2017 Dec-31-2018 - $1050 - 5 -

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Christmas, New Years, Spring and Easter weekly rates is $2195.00 

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Guest Reviews

  • Jesse G.
  • Dec 19,2017
  • Mar 11,2017

I\'ve been very fortunate and had the opportunity to travel a lot in my life, nothing comes close to the experiance my family and I had with Cody, Perla and Mel . The reviews for this property are certainly warranted and anyone whom has the opportunity to stay here will certainly be glad they did. We took a total of 6 with us to Costa Rica, all of whom were very seasoned travelers and at times can be hard to please. In my group there were 2 vegetarians, 2 celiacs, and 1 pescetarian. Needless to say this is a hard group to cook for. Perla had no problem and everyone had more than enough to eat and said it was some of the best food they have ever had. After the first day we all realized we had struck vacation gold and it only got better from there. Spear fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, fishing all a walkable distance from the back door. My son and I even dove with a Giant Manta, 14 feet wingspan and this was just a juvenile. The owner Mel has done such an amazing job finding the absolute best people to watch over his property and guests. He was always assesible and would Skype regularly with his emplyees to ensure we were having the best time possible. I\'d say this was a once in a lifetime opportunity, but God willing I\'ll be back once every year. Yes I know all these reviews sound too good to be true, and after reading mine many people must think Mel and I are old friends but I can assure you we were not. From a person whom tries to keep new people at arms length, I can honestly say I\'ve made three great friends and experiences my family and I will keep for a lifetime.

  • Leslie G.
  • Dec 19,2017
  • Feb 14,2017

We stayed here initially with an extended family group of eight (5 adults, 3 kids), and then stayed on with our immediate family of 4. It was comfortable; no luxurious, but fully sufficient. The location is excellent - the beach is truly right out the door. Playa Potrero is fairly unpopulated, with enough surf to boogie-board and for a beginning surfer to practice. It is easy to walk to a small grocery and to multiple other beaches. The biggest asset of this place, besides location, are Perla and Cody, who live in the attached apartment. They are delightful and hospitable people who provide a local connection to the area. It is helpful to have an inside perspective and network of contacts. They were very gracious in letting us practice our Spanish, by slowing down their speech and using simple vocabulary. Perla is an excellent cook, and Cody is very experienced in water sports and fishing and knows how to read the ocean in order to match activities and best locations for them. We thoroughly enjoyed the integration of their lives there with our experience as tourists.

  • Happy Hiker
  • Dec 19,2017
  • Jan 05,2017

Three of my friends and I came for a girls getaway,we couldn\'t have picked a better spot. We loved having the beach right outside our door,we were out there all the time and sometimes at night to enjoy the roof top deck.Perla and Cody were very welcoming and could answer all of our questions. A couple times they arranged for a cab to take us where we wanted to go. Perla cooked for us 3 nights, shes a fantastic cook and housekeeper. She did our laundry daily and kept the house very clean. One of the highlights of our trip was going fishing with Cody, and Perla cooked that fish for us while we enjoyed our wine. Mel had some great recommendations for tours, we did 4 of them. Our tour guides, Hyro and Dennis, were just the best! We really enjoyed their company and answered our many questions about local life. All in all it was one of our best vacations and with just 6 days did not get our fill of Costa Rica, we will be back!

  • Anurag J.
  • Dec 19,2017
  • Dec 08,2016

We were a big group for the place but Mel was very accommodating to our needs. He made sure that we had all the information before we arrived and was very helpful while we prepared for our trip. He is extremely knowledge and has great contacts with the local folks. During the Xmas week, he was able to organize a Sail Boat and Horse Riding on a very short notice. Waterman Cody was an excellent resource available to us during our stay. He took us out in the Ocean for fishing(on his kayak), got us the Coconut from the trees and made us a bon-fire.

  • Anonymous
  • Dec 19,2017
  • May 13,2016

This was my first visit to Costa Rica, four of us came to celebrate my boyfriend\'s birthday and I have to say that we all were overwhelmed with the beauty and the charm of this property, you could not be closer to the ocean. When we arrived, Perla (love her!), welcomed us with a warm smile and a great meal. She was very attentive to anything that we needed. Our laundry was done, house was clean, we were very spoiled!! Even prepared a great dinner with a fish that we caught the day before - heavenly!! Mel and Perla were very helpful with suggestions as far as fishing, zip lining and just the overall experience. We were able to walk to some local restaurants and even go to one of the local hotels and use their pool. When we wanted to just chill, we took advantage of the balcony that overlooks the ocean, we even got treated to a big tropical rain storm!! We would definitely go back, and recommend this property to anyone. Thanks Mel and Perla for giving us an amazing experience!

  • Kaleb E.
  • Dec 19,2017
  • Dec 10,2015

WOW! My self and three friends spent 6 days at Mel’s house and there was not one hiccup a long the way. Everything from the great hospitality of Cody Perla to the amazing views were second to non. Perla and Cody were by far the best thing at the house. Cody was kind enough to help us set up three different trips for the days we wanted to fish, show us local restaurants, and teach us how to hand line fish from the kayak at night. If you plan on staying at Mel’s house, I highly recommend having Perla cook for you every night. The food was definitely better than any high class resort you’ll stay at and you get to enjoy it from the comfort of the home. The house was set up exactly how I was wanting. It was an open air feeling, minus the bedrooms, those are AC (which was very nice at night). With the ocean being right in the backyard it was extremely accessible to go for a morning swim. All in all it was amazing! I would high recommend this property to anyone who is looking to have fun!! Make sure to take all of Mel’s advice while booking the trip, he was so much help. I couldn’t imagine doing this trip without him.

  • Heather J.
  • Dec 19,2017
  • Dec 21,2015

We loved our week at the house! Cody and Perla made all the difference: Cody taught our 7 year old to surf in front of the house, an experience he won\'t forget. They also went snorkeling and kayaking together. Our 3 year old was a big fan as well and Cody let him \"help\" garden. We enjoyed Perla\'s delicious home-cooked dinners, particularly her chicken and eggplant dish, and her preparation of Cody\'s just-caught Mahi and other fish. We had perfect hot, dry weather. The beach was extremely warm and peaceful. Good swimming for grandmother as well as the 3-year-old and relaxing for the rest of us. See the sunset over Flamingo from the palapa on the beach out front. Lounge or play soccer on the enormous, beautifully landscaped, lush lawn on the beach. Chill out in the many hammock chairs on the terrace upstairs. Bedrooms were comfortable. Groceries and restaurants/bars are minutes away. An hour from Liberia airport. Take Mel\'s directions! We enjoyed snorkeling at Conchal. Very, very highly recommended.

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