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The White House of Costa Rica, Beachfront Architectural Dream

Santa Teresa Beach, Costa Rica
  • House4000 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps16
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 5 nights

House, 4 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-16)

The White House is the beachfront architectural jewel of Costa Rica's Pacific coast, located on Playa Hermosa, just north of Santa Teresa and Mal Pais. (Click here for a map).

This signature home is beachside with it's own private infinity pool and volleyball court. The property is adjacent to Pranamar, Costa Rica's most exclusive yoga resort where guests of The White House can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at their world class restaurant Luc's Seafood Grill, and enjoy their beachfront bar.

Accommodations: The White House is a large 3 Bedroom beachfront home that features a gourmet chef's kitchen with an amazing ocean view. Cooking dinner while watching the sun set is an experience that you will never forget !

The main house can accommodate up to 8 people. Should you have a larger party, you may rent out a Villa with the White House or the entire property, (main house and 2 villas) to give you a total of 7 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. We have full daily maid service, 24 hour security, Satellite TV, local phoneline, and WiFi across the property.

Playa Hermosa is home to a plethora of tidepools and vast expanses of soft white sand. Great all level surf is a 2 minute beach walk north from The White House, and more experienced surfers can go out directly in front of the property.

Featured in 2010 in both Conde Naste Traveller and Su Casa (Central and South America's leading architectural magazine), The White house is the perfect beach getaway for the discriminating traveller.

Exquisite design, and all your creature comforts, along with contemporary art, furnishings, and appliances, and a location on one of the world's most beautiful and private beaches, will give you and your friends and family, the ultimate Costa Rican experience.

If you book The White House, you are welcome to speak to either our onsite Costa Rican manager, Mario, who speaks fluent English, or either of our two L.A. based owners (who spend many weeks a year at the house), and can advise you on everything from finding the best private chefs in the area to organizing a wildlife nature tour you'll never forget !

Keywords: beachfront, Mal Pais, Santa Teresa, infinity pool, romantic, exclusive, ocean view, exclusive, Playa Hermosa, modern architecture, private, ocean front, beach house, best in Costa Rica, Best in Mal Pais, surf paradise, best sunset, best kitchen, best yoga

Property Manager

Mario Matarrita

Member Since 2009
Response rate:
Response time:
within one day
english, spanish, portuguese
Calendar last updated:
Apr 20, 2018
About Mario Matarrita

The picture below is right in front of The White House. The surfer you see is your White House Ambassador, Janine, whom you will be speaking and working with when booking the property. The property is owned jointly between Mr. Jordan and the Bishops who reside in LA and who both share a great love for Costa Rica.

Mario Matarrita purchased this House in 2007

Why Mario Matarrita chose Santa Teresa Beach

We bought this property because this is the most beautiful beach in all of the Nicoya Peninsula region.

What makes this House unique

The windows provide so much light, until the sun goes down, we never need to turn any lights on. We have a beautiful beach right in front of the house, but what's nice is we have a great and very large tide pool area to the left and surfing for all levels not far to the right of us. One of the owners loves to cook on the grill, while the other owner fancies preparing food in the ocean front kitchen so he has a direct view of the waves.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, One additional built in couch
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 3
        2 twin/ single, Single beds can be pushed together as a king
      • Bedroom 4
        This is the media room with 2 build in couches.
      • Detached Unit
        Ask for our guest villas which rent separetely.
      • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin Beds (2) We can create a double bed in our back bedroom by strapping the two twins currently in that room together, Twin or Single Beds (2) We have two twin beds in our back bedroom, Child Beds (3) Our Media room can accommodate up to 3 children


      • 2 Bathrooms
        • 2

        Location Type

          • Beachfront
            As close to the ocean as you legally can in Costa Rica
          • Oceanfront
            As close to the ocean as you legally can in Costa Rica


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


                  • Catering available


                      • Living Room
                      • Air Conditioning
                        In the bedrooms
                      • Covered Parking
                      • Internet
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                        Change every 3 days or upon request
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        Laundry and drying service available at an additional cost.
                      • Parking
                        2 vehicles
                      • Parking Off Street
                      • Telephone
                        Local calls. International receive only.
                      • Towels Provided
                        Change every 3 days or upon request
                      • Washing Machine
                        Laundry service available at an additional cost.
                      • Wireless Internet


                          • Catering Available
                            World class personal chefs readily available to come directly to The White House for an incredible dining experience.
                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Kitchen
                            The White House Features a Chef's Kitchen
                          • Microwave
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove


                              • Dining
                                10 seats
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 10 people


                                  • CD Player
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    Sky satellite.
                                  • Stereo
                                  • Television
                                  • Video Library


                                      • Balcony
                                        2nd floor master bedroom features a very large balcony.
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Big wood deck area by the pool perfect for entertaining
                                      • Gazebo
                                        Thatched roof daybed gazebo situated perfectly to overlook the ocean
                                      • Outdoor Grill

                                        Pool / Spa

                                          • Private Pool
                                            Beautiful infinity pool overlooking the beach and ocean!

                                            Onsite Services

                                              • Chauffeur
                                              • Concierge
                                              • Massage
                                              • Private Chef


                                                  • health/beauty spa
                                                  • restaurants

                                                    Leisure Activities

                                                      • bird watching
                                                      • boating
                                                      • eco tourism
                                                      • horseback riding
                                                      • shelling
                                                      • shopping
                                                      • sight seeing
                                                      • whale watching
                                                      • wildlife viewing

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • cycling
                                                          • deepsea fishing
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • mountain biking
                                                          • snorkeling
                                                          • surfing
                                                          • swimming
                                                          • wind-surfing

                                                            House Rules

                                                            Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                            Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                            Cancellation Policy

                                                            Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

                                                            20 Reviews


                                                            Latest reviews

                                                            Living The Dream

                                                            Jille A.Haslemere,Surrey,UK

                                                            A wonderful house fabulously situated right on an incredible beach -with a beautiful sunset right in front of the house every night.Perfect to relax -great yoga classes next door and great massage .

                                                            Santa Teresa has excellent restaurants, brilliant surfing and is very relaxed and friendly we loved Cafe Social for brunch .The house was the star -we cooked ,laughed ,made cocktails and walked along a perfect empty beach every morning and evening -it will transform you and your guests ..its my happy place

                                                            !AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!

                                                            Marc O.

                                                            A UNIQUE STUNNING RELAXING EXCITING MULIPLE RETURN KIND OF PLACE

                                                            YOU SIMPLY CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF THE WHITE HOUSE

                                                            PURA VIDA RELAXATION

                                                            I enjoyed my 2nd trip to The White House (within 5 years) and enjoyed every minute, especially this past November 2016. The house is private upon entry to the property but the magical moment happens when you walk into the giant sized front door...The vast open floor plan space with the killer view of the tropical grounds, which leads you to your beachfront oasis, just for you to enjoy, whatever beach activity your hear desires...

                                                            The vibe of this home is modern, high-end architecture with simply appointed Costa Rican flavor in décor, enhanced with the cool vibe artwork (local artist Zwart) in almost every room, which reminds you that you are at high-end beach house. The flow of this home is open and the perfect place for enjoying cozy gatherings, of all kinds.

                                                            Conveniently, within a short walk to the next door property, is a peaceful Yoga/Restaurant retreat. If you don't want to cook, they provide meals served (with bar) at the beautifully tropical, all wood restaurant, any time of day. Also, any accommodations can be customized for your pleasure, so no worries on what to do while visiting The White House.

                                                            I plan on returning again next year, to get my fix of the Costa Rican relaxation time, I enjoyed so much.

                                                            Overall, a very COOL vibe, tropical sanctuary, to rest, relax & enjoy life, indeed...

                                                            Just as superb, if not better, in the off-season

                                                            Nichole W.Los Angeles

                                                            This is the place where I step-off the grid of big-city life and a stressful job. Santa Teresa. The White House is the perfect retreat to take a group of friends or family. Ladies on a trip can get their daily yoga in right next door at Pranamar or "sip in the sunset" poolside. Gents on a trip, can surf at one of the world's best beaches, a quick walk away at Hermosa. Take a fishing boat out for the day in nearby Mal Pais. Come back to the house and cook it up - the dining table seats 8-10.

                                                            Not to mention, being an event planner by trade I have noted, the house is uniquely set-up perfectly to host a small to mid-size wedding or special event. The way the kitchen is designed, the entry, the view and the back lawn facing the ocean, suitable to bring in tables and seat away. Use the Master suite for the bride/groom + family and the two villas for the wedding party. If you need catering, there are many wonderful chefs in town. Ask Mario, the house manager for my specific recommendations. Then hire me as your event producer - as I will fly down from the states. I know all the locals and speak the language. ~your bon vivant.

                                                            This was our first proper vacation in two years and every bit worth the wait.

                                                            Bob and SandyAtlanta, GA USA

                                                            We are frequent travelers to the Central America and the Caribbean, but this was our first time in Costa Rica. This is a beautiful country, with beautiful people -- inside and out. In short, nothing could be more befitting a place than The White House of Costa Rica.

                                                            The pictures and descriptions of The White House simply don't do it justice. There is a certain air about this beautiful home that transcends images and words. There is no way not to relax – to put the craziness of the "real world" behind you as you open the giant, hardwood door and cross the threshold into this post-modern masterpiece.

                                                            Upon our arrival, we were greeted with open arms by Tanîa, who went above and beyond our expectations by assuring the refrigerator, pantry and water cooler were stocked exactly to our request. Her presence during our visit would prove invaluable as she happily arranged for excursions, taxis and the general needs of our party of eight throughout our visit. She and the rest of the staff made us feel at home and are reason enough for a return visit – sooner than later.

                                                            The house is elegant yet livable, comfortable, and nicely appointed and we loved the artwork. Need a break from the heat? The air conditioning works perfectly. For most of us, the swimming pool and evenings on the beach watching the sunset was the perfect foil to the Costa Rican sun. I understand there is a television in the "TV Room," but I can't imagine wasting a moment of the amazing surf, sandy, trees, wildlife, swimming pool and sunsets to turn it on.

                                                            Want to get out of the house for a bit? There are plenty of fun shops, restaurants and watering holes to fit any budget or taste. Most of the locals we met spoke very good English, and those who didn't were patient with our broken Spanish. To round things off, portions are plentiful and everything is reasonably priced – particularly for a tourist economy.

                                                            One exception for us was the restaurant next door. Pranamar's decor and ambiance is second to none. You should experience breakfast, lunch or dinner overlooking the reflecting pool at least once. This place is tranquil and romantic, but for our taste, the service and food quality is lacking for the price point.

                                                            Our stay lasted one week, but the experience will last a lifetime. If you’re planning a visit to Costa Rica, you should stay at The White House. The country is hot, the house is as cool as it gets, and the people will have you missing this place the moment you leave.

                                                            Best. Vacation. Ever.

                                                            Erica & EricSan Francisco, CA

                                                            If you've been searching for places in Santa Teresa/Mal Pais, look no further - this place was AWESOME! My boyfriend and I had been looking for places to rent for a few weeks and we kept running into issues w/ the owners, but FINALLY, we came across this gem! There was a group of 4 of us (two couples) and we stayed in one of the detached back units which was absolutely perfect for us. The place looked exactly as it was advertised on the website - if not better. Super clean, great location (literally steps from the beach and a short ride from town), modern, nicely decorated (I especially loved the driftwood art on the walls from the local Zwart Cafe in town) and all the amenities you would need - including the AC (A MUST)! The outdoor shower was also a big hit - especially to rinse after a day at the beach! Not only was the place fantastic, but the property manager/host, Tania, was AMAZING! She was super helpful in answering all of our questions before arrival, and even helped us plan out our activities. Once we arrived, she checked in daily and made sure we were all set - we honestly have her to thank for such an amazing time! She helped us rent ATVs for one day - which we ended up extending through the week - I would highly recommend those for anyone traveling to this area - the ATVs make it much easier to get around and it's an awesome way to explore the area. We rented a car to get down to Santa Teresa from San Jose, but we wish we would have returned it in town and picked it up the day we were leaving to save on cost. I would also highly recommend you go to dinner at Koji's down the street from the White House - honestly, hands down, the best sushi I've ever had - literally melts in your mouth! If possible, go twice... we regret not going there again! All in all, I would definitely recommend the White House to family & friends - really anyone looking for an adventurous and beautiful vacation:) It's not the easiest place to get to, but once you're there, it's absolute paradise. Maybe even the best kept secret in Costa Rica:) I will definitely go back one day - and next time bring all my friends and family and rent the bigger house - I just hope it stays somewhat a secret:) So do yourself a favor and rent this place -I promise you won't regret it! Thanks again to Tania, Mario & the White House for an amazing time!


                                                            Santa Teresa Beach, Costa Rica

                                                            On property volleyball court. Also available ATV riding, zipline tours, canopy tours.


                                                            Additional information about rental rates

                                                            Tax Rate

                                                            Prices are based on 6 people. $50 per additional guest up to 8 in total maximum occupancy. SPECIAL DATES - Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and Easter Week: Price on Application. 7 nights minimum stay for Special Dates.

                                                            20 Reviews
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