Surfer and Naturalist Dream Vacation Spot

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Last updated: 11/15/2015
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  • Minimum stay:6 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Refugio de las Mariposas is a beautiful & spacious 2,400 sq. ft. beach home with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean from every room. Designed with physical comfort and visual delight in mind, and constructed of native materials, tropical hardwoods and rock, the house exudes an air of tranquility and communicates seamlessly with its natural environs. Refugio is a rustic, yet fully functional retreat!
An open 'Great Room' area, with three king-size sleeper couches and a fully equipped kitchen, leads onto a terrace where a dipping pool flows over the infinity edge waterfall down to a lower pool.
Master bedrooms are roomy and located on opposite sides of the house. Each has a canopy bed draped with tropical mosquito netting, a private terrace, and a bathroom with grotto-like shower which also faces the ocean view. You feel like you are taking a shower in a waterfall!
Four shady terraces and a 'Sunbathing Stargazing' deck with white water views are designed for relaxing in a rocking chair, swinging in a hammock, reading, or observing tropical birds and monkeys in the natural jungle setting.
Lovingly decorated with comfortable, tropical decor, this home is a short walk down to the beach for surfing, strolling the shoreline, or watching the monthly cycle of nesting and hatching of the Olive Ridley Sea Turtles.
Other amenities include weekly maid service, on-site laundry room, ceiling fans, alarm, a safe, night guard, gated community entrance, a land line phone, and WiFi.
Great for families, surfers, and perfect for you if you are looking for a quiet spot, great surf, ocean views and a walk to the beach in a gorgeous setting!


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Property Type

  • House
  • 2400 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Principal renter must be at least 25 years old....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Green: 1 king, 1 sleep sofa /futon


  • Great Room: 3 sleep sofa /futon

    The great room has three king-size hide-a-beds....moreless

  • Blue: 1 king


  • Fully furnished with king-size canopy bed, closet space, decorative ceiling fans, adjoining terrace and bath. Open and airy with ocean and jungle views....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Blue : toilet, combination tub/shower, outdoor shower


  • Green: toilet, shower, outdoor shower

    Stackable washer/dryer in this bathroom...moreless

  • These bathrooms with amazing views (think waterfall in the jungle) have hardwood cabinets, glass vessel sinks, and slate rock showers....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Housekeeping once per week included. More amenities, services, and adventure excursions can be arranged through property management service, Nosara Travel....moreless


  • Books
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Toys
  • Video Library


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Water View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Breakfast bar style dining area but eating on the terrace and in the great room provide the best views!...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    With decorative ceiling fans...moreless

  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped kitchen...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:

    A charcoal-burning built-in barbecue grill is available on the ocean-facing patio....moreless

Pool / Spa

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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from 9 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mid-season 1
Nov 1 - Dec 18, 2015
6 night min stay
$1,000 $4,050
Christmas/New Year
Dec 19 - Jan 2, 2016
6 night min stay
Mid-season 2
Jan 4 - Mar 18, 2016
6 night min stay
$1,000 $4,050
Easter Weeks
Mar 19 - Apr 2, 2016
6 night min stay
Winter Holiday
Dec 16 - Jan 8, 2017
6 night min stay
Mid-Winter to Spring
Jan 9 - Apr 8, 2017
6 night min stay
Spring Break
Apr 9 - Apr 23, 2017
6 night min stay
Spring to Early Winter
Apr 24 - Dec 15, 2017
6 night min stay
Winter Holidays
Dec 16 - Jan 7, 2018
6 night min stay
My Standard Rate
6 night min stay
$805 $3,300
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Taxes Not included


Rental details and payments are to be made through Nosara Travel.

Minimum stay is one week.

Fully refundable $500 USD security deposit required at the time of booking.

50% of total rental fee is payable two weeks prior to arrival.

50% of total rental fee is payable upon arrival.

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Last updated: 11/15/2015
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104 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport
500 Metres
Nearest Barpub
Bar Las Brisas Pacificas
59.2 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
Hotel Tamarindo Diria Beach and Golf Resort
80 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Route 21
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Hotel Luna Azul
300 Metres
Nearest Beach
Playa Ostional

Car: Recommended

Our beach home, 'Refugio de las Mariposas', is located in a pristine tropical forest with spectacular panoramic views of the Pacific ocean and local mountains.

Nearby beaches provide opportunities for swimming, surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, and fishing. A world class Zipline, canopy tours, river tours, hiking, biking, horseback riding and quad rentals are nearby. Many bird & wildlife sanctuaries are located in the area, and the monthly nesting cycle and hatching of the Olive Ridley Sea Turtles can be seen on the beach right below our home!

You are never far from fine dining experiences, ranging from light snacks, gelato, and cool tropical drinks to a wide variety of international cuisine options and great fresh seafood!

Explore the local beaches and stroll the white sands of San Juanillo, the black sands of Playa Ostional, and the golden sands of Playa Guiones.


Manager info

Year Purchased: 2006

About: I am a retired kindergarten teacher who loves to travel and discovered this precious spot some time ago. My family and I have put a lot of love and care into making this a magical retreat.

Why Ostional:
My son was working at a surf school in Playa Guiones and on a lark I found this hilltop property. I was a part of the design and construction from the very beginning. For me, being away from the hustle and bustle of Guiones, nestled in the jungle with this amazing view, fills my soul.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
This property is not a club-med experience. The views are truly spectacular. The beach is close. There are other great beaches nearby (San Juanillo and Guiones). You can explore many neat locales around every corner and come back to the comforts of our 'Refugio'.

Contact us

Speaks: english, spanish



  • All that is missing... is you.

    All that is missing... is you.

  • View from the Blue bedroom terrace

    View from the Blue bedroom terrace

  • Spiral stair entrance

    Spiral stair entrance

  • Great room

    Great room

  • Kitchen


  • Green bedroom with views of the ocean and jungle

    Green bedroom with views of the ocean and jungle

  • Green bedroom with bath and extra bed

    Green bedroom with bath and extra bed

  • 'Butterfly Refuge'

    'Butterfly Refuge'

  • Looking up at the house... waterfall from the infinity pool

    Looking up at the house... waterfall from the infinity pool

  • Cutie-pie


  • Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

    Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

  • Infinity pool off the main terrace

    Infinity pool off the main terrace

  • Refugio de las Mariposas

    Refugio de las Mariposas

  • Great room

    Great room

  • Great room

    Great room

  • Blue bedroom with views of jungle and ocean

    Blue bedroom with views of jungle and ocean

  • Green bathroom with terrace

    Green bathroom with terrace

  • The view!

    The view!

  • Blue bathroom with view

    Blue bathroom with view

  • Our neighbor

    Our neighbor

  • Howler Monkey

    Howler Monkey

  • Heading back to sea

    Heading back to sea

VRBO #467893

This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Sunday, November 29, 2015

Minimum stay: 6 nights
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