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Excellent Ambiance & Location, on the Beachside

(36 Reviews)

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Last updated: 05/02/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Sleeps:11
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

Beach Home, 2 master bdrs, pool, A/C. Guest house available for large groups

Casa Tortuga in Santa Teresa a truly amazing place.

Casa Tortuga enjoys the privacy of it's own 1/2 acre lot, the security of a gated community and the serenity of flowering gardens and mature tropical hardwoods. Relax and enjoy the beach, the picturesque sunsets, and all the natural beauty that makes this house so special.

The house is ideal for:

-Surfers that prefer to stay in a comfortable acommodation, the waves are just steps from the terrace, it's a lot easier to wake up early and get the early surf session, while the other surfers wake up and make it to the beach :-) also you can check the conditions and tides throughout the day and wait for the right time for you, sometimes high tide is better than low, and viceversa, it depends on the swell direction, wind, and time of the year. One thing is for sure, you end up surfing more and spending more time in the water than if you stay in another part of town.

-Families with children, when you stay so close to the beach the kids can play in the pool or at the beach in front of the property while Mom and Dad take turns surfing or swimming, also a baby sitter can be arrange so both of you can surf together. Also two families with children can share the house, the bedrooms are big enough to accommodate everyone.

-Two couples sharing the house, the two master suites are very private and quiet, with king size beds, A/C units that keep the bedrooms nice and cool. Sometimes when traveling with a friend couple you need some privacy and space to recharge, this house has that nice feeling when you go to any of the bedrooms, it allows you to be in your space while the others are in the pool area or kitchen/living room.

-Couple waiting for a baby, the house is perfect to spend those amazing months that will change your life for good. It's really easy to go for a walk on the beach or a gentle swim in the ocean and then come back home to the pool and relax those legs that get so tired. San Jose offers excellent doctors and hospitals. You can go to San Jose for the check ups and come back the same day when you take the domestic flights. The supermarket La Hacienda is walking distance from the house, when in need for a craving just take a walk to the store. Also the town offers prenatal Yoga and Pilates to keep you in great shape.

Big groups: There's a guest house with 2 extra bedrooms, 1 bath, kitchenette. The two house can accommodate up to 11 people. Ideal for a large family, friends or events. The price is different, contact me for more info

Couple's special: if it's only the 2 of you, you'll be renting the downstairs of the house, with a master bedroom with a king size bed, full bathroom, and all the amenities for the rest of the house. The price is different too, contact me for more info

Location of the house: The house is located on the beach side, it means that you don't have to cross the street to access the beach, but the house is not beachfront, there's another property (Villa Paraiso) between the beach and the house. The quiet residential neighborhood is located in the exclusive north end of Santa Teresa beach (not El Carmen beach or Hermosa beach, like may people advertise their homes), about one half-mile south of the world-famous Flor Blanca Hotel and roughly one mile north of the many shops and restaurants in the bohemian surf town of Santa Teresa. Please contact me for exact location. The house is situated in an area of other vacation rental homes.

Layout of the house: The breezy open social side of the house offers three double sliders to the pool area. A large kitchen with an eat-up counter top bar, a comfortable living room. Both areas overlook the palm roof terrace, swimming pool, and are surrounded by vibrant tropical gardens.

Down the hall from the social area is the first floor master bedroom suite, which offers a king bed, separate A/C, ample closet space, a large private bathroom and a two double sliders to the outdoor gazebo and pool area.
Upstairs the oversized second master bedroom suite with a king size bed and a queen size bed, separate A/C, large private bathroom. The upstairs balconies enjoy scenic mountain views.

There is a typical palm roof 'rancho' (gazebo) with hammocks and private swimming pool which you may find hard to get out of to make the short two-minute walk to the beautiful white sand beaches and 80+ degree year round warm water that makes Santa Teresa such a wonderful place.
Private covered parking for two vehicles and quads.

Activities around the area: Santa Teresa is a surfers paradise but also there are many other activities to enjoy with your family and friends. You can go for a hike in Cabo Blanco Natural Reserve, explore the waterfalls in Montezuma, Horseback riding on the beach for sunset, Mountain Biking around the peninsula, Canopy (Zip line) tour in Malpais, Fishing, Stand up boarding, or ATV's tours are just some of the fun stuff to do around here. For more information on tours and activities please contact us and the concierge person will explain in detail your options and prices.

On site: friendly and local staff (maid service included), on call Concierge to help with all your needs and organize any tour for your group. Private chef available, we offer a breakfast special for $15/person. Security night guard.

Long term rentals: the house is also available for long term rentals, the pricing is different and utilities are not included. I prefer to do 6 months rental from Nov. to April and/or from May to October. Please contact me for more details.

How about dogs?: The garden is completely fence, the fenced area is around 1/4 of acre includes the pool, gazebo and outdoor terrace. There's plenty of shade and grass for your dog to relax. There would be a cleaning fee and damage deposit required.
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Member since: 2007

Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese, italian
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/02/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 11
  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome:

    Crib available...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Property is fully fence, a damage deposit required....moreless

  • Smoking Allowed:

    No smoking inside the house please....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11, Beds for 7-11

  • Master Suite: 1 king

    A/C unit, ceiling fan...moreless

  • Extra large Master Suite: 1 king, 1 queen

    A/C unit, ceiling fans, closet...moreless

  • All bedrooms have separate A/C unit, ceiling fan, concrete floors, concrete walls, aluminum windows with screens, black-out curtains, night tables with lamps. Teak wood details, and cedar wood doors....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Private bathroom for upstairs Master Suite...moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Private bathroom for downstairs Master Suite...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet

    Downstairs by the social area, also with a laundry closet...moreless

  • All bathroom have white tile, rug, towels, hand soap, body soap, aluminum windows and screens....moreless

Other Amenities

  • walking distance to the beach, quiet and residential neightborhood, private, secure property completely fence, ample and clean bathrooms, walking distance to restaurants and supermarkets, safe....moreless


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


  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    The beach is walking distance (less than 50 yards). There's one property (Vrbo Listing #264308) between the beach and the house....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Ample parking area for up to 4 cars...moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Catering Available:

    Upon request. Breakfast special $15/person...moreless

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


from 36 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Green season
May 1 - Aug 31, 2017
2 night min stay
low season
Sep 1 - Oct 31, 2017
2 night min stay
pre summer
Nov 1 - Dec 14, 2017
2 night min stay
Dec 15 - Dec 25, 2017
3 night min stay
New year's
Dec 26 - Jan 5, 2018
7 night min stay
Jan 6 - Apr 1, 2018
3 night min stay
End summer
Apr 2 - Apr 30, 2018
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $15


Rates are subject to chance

Monthly rates don't include utilities, they will be billed separately.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 05/02/2017
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30 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Tambor Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
Ferry Tambor
100 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
Al Chile Viola and Soda Tiquicia
20 Metres
Nearest Beach
Santa Teresa

Car: Recommended

Surfing, kitesurfing, Yoga, Pilates, massages,walking and jogging on the beach, canopy tour, surf lessons and surfboards rentals, snorkel in Tortuga Island, hiking Cabo Blanco Natural Reserve, ATV rentals and tours, Butterfly garden, Scuba diving.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2003

About the owner: I'm interested in doing house swapping anytime of the year, to any location on the world, but especially to California, Hawaii, and Costa Rica

Why the Owner Chose Santa Teresa Beach, Costa Rica:
The surf in front of the property, the amazing sunsets everyday, the friendly people that live around my neighborhood, the supermarket across the street, the delicious restaurants in the neighborhood, the peace and quiet, the lack of crowds, the nature and the magic of Santa Teresa energy. The privacy of the house. The amazing location so close to the beach.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The location is the best! only 2 minutes walk to the beach, in a quite residential neighborhood. Only 10 minutes from the center of town. There is a supermarket across the street, restaurants and surf shops walking distance, yoga classes everyday in Hotels such as Flor Blanca, Pranamar and Tropico Latino and some of the best beach breaks in the area right in front of the house.

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Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese, italian
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/02/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • private pool

    private pool

  • Master bedroom downstairs

    Master bedroom downstairs

  • Master bedroom upstairs, 1 king and 1 queen bed

    Master bedroom upstairs, 1 king and 1 queen bed

  • bathroom upstairs

    bathroom upstairs

  • dinning table for 6 people

    dinning table for 6 people

  • Monkeys love this tree

    Monkeys love this tree

  • Front Casa Tortuga

    Front Casa Tortuga

  • Casa Tortuga backyard

    Casa Tortuga backyard

  • outdoor living

    outdoor living

  • Master bedroom downstairs

    Master bedroom downstairs

  • bathroom downstairs

    bathroom downstairs

  • Master bedroom upstairs

    Master bedroom upstairs

  • Year round warm water

    Year round warm water

  • lush garden

    lush garden

  • Half bath downstairs

    Half bath downstairs

VRBO #113572

This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Tuesday, May 02, 2017

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