Our front yard is a beach where three people are still considered a crowd. Pelicans, iguanas, hermit crabs, lobsters and the rest of nature still own this beach and ocean. There is probably nothing like this left in the USA, it feels like you should need to camp out to be here. However, your “tent” is an upscale beachfront Condo complex dropped in place by a Florida developer. The unit is like two large beachfront hotel rooms with two private baths, a complete kitchen, living room, large deck overlooking the ocean and a laundry room with washer and dryer added as a bonus. One bedroom has a King sized bed, the other a Queen. If you don’t feel like cooking over a beach camp-fire, with one of the complex’s gas grills or in the unit’s fully equipped kitchen, there is a host of affordable restaurants close by. We obviously really love it. We can’t at this point live here full time. Our loss can be your gain. The Las Brisas del Mar complex also has a great and friendly Costa Rican crew. Jonathan, the complex’s full time caretaker, and his family live on the grounds. Moises and Alfredo help keep the pool and landscaping in shape. René repairs & improves. Fanny takes care of the interior housekeeping. Our security guard, Guillermo keep a watchful eye out at night. Because of their work, and their presence this complex is an even nicer place to spend time. The almost Olympic sized pool is a great place for a swim. Around the pool, chairs and palm-fronded shelters are provided for lounging. The landscaping surrounding the grounds harbors enough harmless wildlife to keep things interesting. There are iguanas, hummingbirds and crabs, to name a few. If you look carefully at the picture above you can see Iggy, our iguana lifeguard, at work. There always seems to be interesting and fun people from around the world to meet also. Pictured is the Costa Rican owner of the Restaurante La Cocina de Leña in San Jose and part of his family on vacation.
The ocean is just steps away, and its beaches are nearly deserted for miles in both directions. Pictured is our morning ritual, the 1.5 mile beach walk south to the Rio Andamojo estuary at the southern end of Playa Junquillal.
Below is an aerial photograph of the Las Brisas Complex in March near the end of the dry season. The four straight months of no rain has been great for the vacationers but the vegetation is ready for the change of seasons. This is high season but still no problems with crowded beaches!
Photo by John Latham
Playa Junquillal currently proudly flies the Costa Rican Ecological Blue Flag award for beach cleanliness and safe water quality. Being only 9 degrees north of the equator our area experiences a 15 ft tide change. The beach is shown here near high tide gets significantly wider at low tide. Turtles have nested on the beach to the extreme right of the picture.
The four condominium buildings, containing 18 units, are arranged to create a courtyard containing the pool as a central element. The pool is barely visible in this picture due to the irrigated, lush vegetation in the courtyard. The short path to the beach is visible in the center of the picture. The units themselves are either four or six to a building and are located on either 1st or 2nd floor. All are two bedroom units but the floor plans come in three sizes. Their owners offer approximately 3 of the largest units and 5 smaller units for rent part of the year. Our unit is one of the largest floor plans located on the 2nd Floor in the building to the extreme right in the above picture.
The complex is also gated, well lighted and surrounded by a low wall. The Tico (Costa Rican) caretaker or workers provide security during the day and a watchman during the night. The caretaker and his family live on site. Crime of any kind is unusual in Playa Junquillal but this extra security is comforting. Parking for up to two cars per unit is available. Two parking shelters, one visible to the extreme right, provide spaces to keep you car out of the direct sun or rain.
Las Brisas del Mar beachfront vacation condo in Playa Junquillal, Guanacaste, Costa Rica !
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