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Secluded Home in the Rainforest A Few Steps to the Beach & A Few Minutes to town

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About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 9

This private home on the coast of the Pacific Ocean (2 Minutes Directly Across from the Beach) is 2 stories, offering privacy between levels, spectacular ocean views, 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, full kitchen downstairs with granite countertops and bar, kitchenette upstairs with granite countertop, refrigerator, sink, coffee maker, microwave and breakfast table, living room, custom swimming pool and full laundry room. Located on almost an acre, with a private driveway and surrounded by a lush rainforest with no neighboring homes close enough to disturb your privacy, you'll enjoy the spacious patio and 'botanical gardens' in peace and privacy. You'll thrill in the native trees and plants (pick your own bananas when in season) and wildlife that visit regularly, including toucans, macaws, parrots, colorful iguanas (harmless) and, occasionally, monkeys. A custom pool (December 2006) affords a luxury retreat from the day's activities.

Casa De Mariposas sits on almost an acre, has no contact with the street or public and is completely private and secure. We have a 24 hour Security/Manager who lives in a 'guest house' separate and down the hill from the main house and at the driveway entrance. This makes concern for the security of children a non issue as they 'roam' the patio and grounds.

Because Casa De Mariposas is isolated slightly off the coastal road with no other homes to see you, you feel you're in the middle of a rain forest completely isolated and very private yet the beach is just across the coastal road. You are ten minutes from the town of Jaco by walking along the beach or three minutes by vehicle.

The main house is completely protected by walls, terraces, artistic wrought iron fencing and gates. When you enter the front gate you are on a spacious patio that surrounds the front and sides of the house with separate patio tables, pool, glass blocked outdoor shower and plants and trees.

An added bonus as guests of Casa De Mariposas is the full use of The Club Del Mar across the street including their large pool and Spa. It is a private resort and can arrange all the activities you may want such as fishing, ATV's, zip lines, surfing (lessons, rentals etc.) etc. Their dining and lounge are 5 star and the staff will treat you like Kings and Queens as guests of Casa De Mariposas.

Casa De Mariposas has WiFi, Internet service and phone service to the USA. The entire house has 'state of the art' air conditioning and is completely furnished with all linens etc.

First floor -

Living room with large TV, Stereo, DVD and surround sound

Open granite bar to kitchen

Full kitchen with refrigerator, cook top (gas), microwave, coffee maker, toaster and blender. All granite counter tops

Bedroom with Queen bed and sliding closet; pull out twin mattresses

Full bath

Second floor -

Master bedroom with King, flat screen TV with DVD, walk in closet; pull out twin mattress

Bedroom with Queen and sliding closet; pull out twin mattress

Kitchenette with table for six, refrigerator, toaster oven, blender, coffee maker and Espresso maker

Full bath

Full wrap around balcony with Ocean views and sounds of the waves

The house is mainly all custom native wood inside with a spectacular ceiling upstairs.

You can choose from the many adventures that await you, including the thrill of a canopy tour or zip line, ATV adventures into the rainforest with waterfalls, rivers and wildlife, world class fishing, beaches - including some of the best surfing available in the world, snorkeling, hiking, golf, horseback riding (beach or rainforest), motorcycle rental, and, of course, the best places to eat!

A must on your schedule is a visit to Quepos and the World Famous Manuel Antonio National Park, less than 45 minutes from Casa De Mariposas. You don't have to choose between the rainforest and the beach because the park offers both. Packed with the most unbelievable animals, birds and flora, you'll walk the well maintained trails and come face to face with several species of monkeys, sloths, iguanas, toucans, parrots, macaws and dozens of other animal life, all in their unrestricted and natural habitat. Walk to any of the four white sand beaches and explore the tide pools or relax on the beach when not enjoying the blue ocean waters (85 degrees).

Don't be surprised if a family of friendly squirrel monkeys with a baby or two come and visit while you lay on the beach! For the coffee lover, don't forget on the way back to stop at Cafe Milagro located on the front street as you enter Quepos for steaming hot fresh coffee beans made the old fashion way. (Beware! Once you have Cafe Milagro coffee you will be hooked for life.) We are happy to assist you in planning your itinerary and booking your adventures. Our goal is for you to create lasting memories of your visit to Costa Rica.

Thank you for visiting Casa De Mariposas!

Maid and chef service available on request.


More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 24, 2017

About Owner

My husband, Les, went with some buddies to Jaco Beach, and they fell in love with this property. I grew up in Florida, and I used to feel sorry for the people who saved up all year to spend their Christmas vacation in Florida and there would be a cold snap. I've been to the property during December and the ocean water is 85 degrees! You never have to worry when you book in Jaco Beach. It is so unique and gives you the complete experience of the rainforest and the ocean. The home has magnificent native wood features, port holes throughout, - it's just so charming.

Owner purchased this house in 2005

Why Owner chose Puntarenas

It is so unique and gives you the complete experience of the rainforest and the ocean. The home has magnificent native wood features, port holes throughout, - it's just so charming. And the location is fantastic, just across from the beach and a short walk or drive into the town of Jaco, with all its fantastic restaurants, night life, grocery store and shops.

What makes this house unique

The views are spectacular, the location is the best, and the house is totally unique. What could be better?

Guestbook comments from the owner

From: Gianni Nasonte

Sent: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 6:33 PM

To: Cobra Vacations

Subject: Re: Casa De Mariposas paid invoice

Dear Les,

I just wanted to say thank you for all of your help. Had a great time at your house and I look forward to coming back!

Many Thanks,

Jun 2014
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Jaco House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower
    Full 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
  • 3 pull out twin mattresses
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • surfing
  • swimming
Our security/maintenance staff lives in the guest house on the property. He is happy to assist you! State of the art Panasonic air conditioners in each room.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)

Secluded Home in the Rainforest A Few Steps to the Beach & A Few Minutes to town
average rating of 4.7916665 based on 28 reviews

Casa de Mariposa

  • 5 of 5

Five of us, three generations stayed here.

Loved it. The rooms are very large as are the bathrooms.

We spent most of our time on the beach (and sightseeing)

so easy access to the ocean was important to us.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Pam! Thank you for your kind words! We look forward to having you visit again in the future. Returning guests receive a 10% discount. Pura Vida, Les Decker
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Pompano Beach, FL

Great Option...not over-priced

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from 1 week in Jaco. We selected this location given the fair nightly rate, ample bedrooms and proximity to beach and town. Overall the house was perfect for our needs. Could use some updating, but we weren't expecting ultra modern finishes. It felt authentic Costa Rican :) The inside was clean and well-maintained. The outside could have used some TLC, but from what we were told...we came after the rainy season so it is normal to spend this time of year cleaning up. Pool was quaint. The dolphin fountain was not working. We didn't have kids with us, but this might disappoint others. Regardless, we very much took advantage of the little resort across the street. It is adorable and is located right on the beach. We ate in their restaurant about 5 times during our visit...always a good experience and good food. I would definitely consider renting this home again if we returned to Jaco. The owner, Les, could not have been nicer. You can tell that he is fully committed to his guests' satisfaction and we had no issues during the reservation process. Also, Fernan, was super helpful when we arrived. We utilized his services for a trip into Manuel Antonio, ATV excursion and transfer back to the airport. Fair pricing and you can trust him! My travel tips- a longer walking distance into town than what we expected, but taxi was only only $3-4. Be sure to visit Playa Hermosa (just a cpl miles away from the house) and watch the surfers just before sunset. Some cute little restaurants there too. Manuel Antonio is a MUST! This is where you will see monkeys, sloths, etc. Take a walk up the trail behind this house if you're feeling adventurous. The view from the abandoned restaurant/hotel on top is stunning! Visit Villa Calletas one evening for Happy Hour and watch the sunset. This hotel and view will blow your mind!! (About a $20 taxi). Note that the 2 bedroom and bathroom upstairs dont have floor to ceiling can hear just about everything between the rooms upstairs. This didn't bother us as we were all family...but just bear that in mind. This property is a great value and you won't have any challenges with the owner or property management.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Susan! Thank you so much for your kind words about the house. We really appreciate constructive criticism as we use it to improve the house and grounds. Sorry about the Dolphin, I'll find out why it wasn't working. I do know there is a lever on the pool pump that turns the Dolphin fountain on. Also, the upstairs architect is different with the open natural wood ceiling which we get compliments on. The sounds from the other areas can be buffered by having the floor fans on. Thank you very much for leaving the house tidy and we would recommend you to other owners of rental property. Respectfully, Les Decker Owner
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We had a wonderful time.

  • 4 of 5

This is a beautiful well maintained home nestled into the side of the mountain rain forest. Several species of birds including toucans, macaws, frigate birds etc would pay frequent visits.

The walk to the beach was very short. About 3 minutes.

Fernan and Derien were very responsive with everything we asked of them.

Highly recommended. We will be returning next year.

Todd and Roberta

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Renting to wonderful people like Todd and Roberta makes owning a rental home worth while! They are welcome back anytime!!!! Les Decker Owner
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Great place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

Where should i start this is the place to stay in Jaco with great views and a great location. This is my second time in Jaco and this was by far my best stay and best vacation, there is nothing better than to wake up to a great view outside the balcony as well as all types of birds chirping throughout the day. The location is perfect close to everything but at the same time away from it all for days that you want to relax by the pool and BBQ. This house has all the amenities you can ask for it felt like a second home. It was easy to book this house working with Les and his wife Shelly it was a pleasure. i will definitely be coming back and staying in Casa de mariposa. Les helped us set up a pick up and drop off from the airport with his guy Fernan. By the way Fernan is an awesome guy to work with and he will help you out with booking any and all kinds of activities. Can't wait to go back PURA VIDA!!!!!!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jesus! Thank you very much for taking the time to comment on your stay! We really appreciate and use feed back to improve Casa De Mariposas for all future guests. Thank you again for choosing Casa De Mariposas! Respetuosamente, Les & Shelley
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Coral Springs

Dream House

  • 5 of 5

I only stayed here for two days and nights. I wish it was available longer. Two friends and I stayed here from Fort Lauderdale. The house was perfect. Its just 2 minutes from downtown, has a private beach, balcony/patio, great A/C and wonderful management. The house is in supreme condition. When we arrived, we were greeted by the managers of the house. We were given a quick tour/run through of the house and town. Any question we had was answered and we were given great advice. Woke up with the sun and went out to the balcony to see a gang of monkeys getting food from the trees outside before heading back into the rainforest. There's also a trail/old road that winds up into the forest where you can find colorful frogs, birds, monkeys, and amazing views overlooking the ocean. I couldn't be happier with my stay.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Galena, Illinois

A month of sunshine in a beautiful home....

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I recently returned home from a month long stay at Casa de Mariposa. Such a wonderful time! Although we have traveled to Costa Rica several times before, this was our first stay in Jaco. The house served our purposes almost perfectly as a starting point for lots of activities such as visiting a coffee plantation and volcano, excursions to the Mangrove and Tercoles River (Monkey and Croc viewing), ATV'ing and visiting friends in Quepos/Manuel Antonio. At the end of a busy day we loved floating in the pool, and Richard and Angie were on the property to help with any thing we needed. Best of all was Fernan, who served like a private concierge and was certainly someone we counted on to help us navigate by picking up and returning our friends to the airport, planning activities for us, and generally, being there to answer questions and help us familiarize ourselves with the Jaco area. When we had a friend suffering from what was diagnosed as heat stroke, Fernan was the person who came to our rescue. For Senior Citizens (yes, that would be us) he was a lifesaver of sorts and so helpful, hospitable and knowledgeable. We loved starting out our mornings on the balcony, rocking in our Costa Rican chairs and reading our Kindles, and having a washing machine and dryer on site was a welcome addition. And the wi-fi works fabulously. Finally, the folks at Club del Mar Resort across the street could not have been more accommodating and we spent quite a bit of time there at the bar, restaurant and spa. The owner, Phillip, graciously invited us to the SuperBowl Party and we enjoyed celebrating with the other U.S. Citizens. All in all, the only less than stellar thing is that the road below is noisy (we are "country folk") but we understand that this is being "worked on" with the police and other homeowners and Club del Mar. Slowing the truck traffic and posting no "Jake breaking" would help immensely, but this is a minor issue when compared to all of the wonderful plusses of Casa de Mariposa. No car needed here, folks. Between taxi service, buses and Fernan you will be set!

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
53 Miles
San Jose
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Jaco Beach

You have the best of both worlds at Casa De Mariposas - complete privacy of the villa and ultimate convenience. You'll have your toe in the ocean in a few minutes and just a 5 minute walk on the beach takes you to the center of town!

Your adventure begins at the newly remodeled accommodations of Casa De Mariposas - Spanish for 'House of Butterflies'. There are sixty native species in Costa Rica, many of which you will see on the property.

An added bonus is that our guests are also welcome to the facilities of the Club Del Mar Resort, an exclusive private resort directly across the coastal road from Casa De Mariposas. The Club offers a wonderful Lounge, fine dining, pool, and Spa where you can book a relaxing facial or massage.

Other Activities: shopping, boating, shelling, wildlife viewing, spa


Rates & Availability

Jaco House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
1 night minimum stay
High Season
Nov 1 2017 - Apr 30 2018
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150
One time cleaning fee $50

Call for pricing for 2 people.
Honeymoon Specials Available.
NOTE; Cancellation must be received 30 days prior to reservation for deposit to be returned.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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