Remote, lush, private. Those are only a few of the words to describe the villas on Playa Barrigona – a 500 acre estate located on the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. The tropical retreat, which features three different homes, has been placed on the market by Oscar-winning actor and director Mel Gibson for $29.75 million.

The villas on Playa Barrigona are nestled on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific. A secluded white-sand beach is only minutes away, the jungle is everywhere.

Custom-fitted with native Costa Rican woods and Spanish and Italian tiles, each villa claims a generous layout, including a living room with vaulted ceilings, a full kitchen, and multiple verandahs looking out over jungle and ocean vistas. A private pool, full air conditioning, and barbecue areas complete the amenities at each residence.

The largest of the villas, Casa Guanacaste, encompasses seven bedrooms and eight baths. Each of the two smaller villas feature two bedrooms and are enhanced with additional living spaces (a poolside cottage in Casa Barrigona and a loft in Casa Dorada).

Sun-drenched and pristine, the Nicoya Peninsula lies along Costa Rica’s northern Pacific coast. The region is known for its dazzling white-sand beaches and untouched tropical splendor. Rarely marked on maps, Playa Barrigona is such a haven of solitude and serenity that olive ridley sea turtles travel thousands of miles across the Pacific each year to lay their eggs on this beach.

The New York born, Australian-raised Gibson is famous for films such as the Mad Max trilogy, the Lethal Weapon series, Braveheart (for which he won an Academy Award as director) and The Passion of the Christ. He is also a prolific real estate investor, having bought (and sold) properties in Australia, Japan, Costa Rica, Malibu, Montana and Connecticut.

Here’s a look at Playa Barrigona.

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