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Casa Buena Vida - Great Location 100m to sand - Mid season rentals now available

Carmen Beach, Costa Rica
  • House2500 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

House and Cabina, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 7-9)

Close to the beach and surf. Light and airy rooms. Comfortable beds. Walking distance to restaurants and stores. Screened windows and doors. This property has it all, and just a two minute walk from the surf. Casa Buena Vida was designed to be eco-friendly while also giving you all of the comforts of home. The large sliding doors and windows lining the walls of both stories make use of the ocean views and breezes and make you feel like you are nestled within the surrounding trees and flowering plants. This home was built with an attention to detail with full western amenities. The entire house and cabina are situated facing the West/Ocean, giving you views from every room of the many local trees and foliage, with glimpses of the glassy ocean crashing in the distance. Both levels have large patios and covered balconies allowing you to take full advantage of the indoor/outdoor spaces. We have screens on ALL doors and windows to keep out any mosquitoes and bugs in the area, and ceiling fans throughout the house (even in the large bathrooms) and over the patios outside to make your lounging times pleasant, even long after the sun goes down on those warm Costa Rican days.

This property is located 100 meters from Santa Teresa beach with only a grove of Pochote Trees standing between you and the white sand beaches, incredible surf, and tide pools. The addition of the new Banana Beach restaurant and surf lounge at the end of our road gives you added convenience to food, drinks and company. Heading out the other direction on the beach access road and bordering the rear of the property, you find yourself along the main road in town, full of superb restaurants, fresh fruit and fish markets, shopping and nightlife. Just a few yards down the road are numerous cafes and restaurants offering superb meals and service as well as a number of large grocery stores full of fresh local fruits and produce. Also a few steps away is the Spa Natural which offers a wide variety of spa services and morning and sunset ocean front yoga classes. We can guide you towards whatever you are looking for, and if you prefer, can arrange for any of these services to be brought to you.

This property works in a number of ways to accommodate your stay. There is the two bedroom, two bath house which sleeps up to 7 people. The house can be rented alone or along with the separate, free standing, pool-side Cabina on the property, which sleeps 2.

In the main house, the two oversized bedrooms are separated for privacy and each offer king sized beds with highest thread count bedding, as well as separate seating areas, treetop and partial ocean views. Both rooms are similarly large in size, face the ocean, and sliding glass doors lead out to the oversized covered balcony stretching the full length of the upstairs. Sit and enjoy your morning coffee, or in the evenings enjoy the ocean breezes while watching the rain fall and spectacular lightning shows. The second bedroom also boasts an additional daybed/seating area which can convert to a full size bed for additional guest. Both rooms have AC units as well as ceiling fans and screens on ALL windows and doors. We also offer two twin sized inflatable beds for additional guests.

Downstairs, the open floor plan of the kitchen, sunken living room and large outdoor patio area blur the lines between an enjoyable outdoor and indoor living experience. There are ceiling fans throughout the entire living space as well as over the outdoor dining table. Again, all doors and windows are screened for your after dusk comfort as well, and to take advantage of the naturally cooling ocean breezes. The kitchen is fully equipped with all new top of the line appliances, including a chef's stove/oven. If your interest is simply in blending the margaritas, we can arrange for you to have a local private chef come to prepare you a scrumptious feast for your enjoyment outside under the stars. The sunken living room boasts a built in, oversized couch with loads of comfortable pillows to lounge on and read your favorite book, listen to music, take a nap away from the sun, or sit and watch the surroundings.

The free standing Cabina offers comfortable accommodations on its own. Overlooking the pool area and with partial ocean views, you will find a comfortable king sized bed, AC unit, ceiling fans, private closet and safe, kitchenette, large full bathroom, and separate patio.

The beauty of this property stretches from the indoors-out. The pool is the gem of the outdoor area. Large enough to swim laps, dive, play, float or simply lounge in large, umbrella covered, shallow seating area, this pool offers a fantastic relief from the heat. It is surrounded by trees and tropical plants, as well as an outdoor seating area

We have a local property manager to make sure that you are greeted and well taken care of. We also work with a local concierge service which can assist you with recommendations for restaurant reservations, baby sitting, surfboard rentals and/or lessons, canopy tours, airport transportation/transfers, horseback riding reservations, local flights, car rentals or tours, fishing excursions, massages/spa treatments, yoga, Pilates, or anything else you can think of!

In response to the water issues in the area, this property was built around an eco-conscious rainwater usage system. This means that all of the water used in the house is primarily stored rainwater or natural well water. After it is used, it is then recycled in a self contained system and used again in the irrigation of our property.

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact us via email.

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About Mel

We are a vacation-loving couple whose dream was to find a place like Santa Teresa. When we have blocks of time off, you will find us in Santa Teresa with our growing children enjoying our family time in the pool, at the beach, in the waves, around the living room table, or dining at one of our favorite local restaurants.This town, as you will soon see, instantly begins to feel like your home away from home.

Mel purchased this House in 2009

Why Mel chose Carmen Beach

Once we found Santa Teresa, we fell in love and knew that this was where we would build our 'dream house'. It took us many years to design and redesign this house, and our dream finally came alive in 2009 with its completion. After exploring many properties in the area, we focused on designing a home that would have all of the amenities we always looked for in a rental, but couldn't seem to find all in one place. We added details such as screens on all of the floor to ceiling doors and windows and ceiling fans throughout (even in the bathrooms). We knew that this would not only be appreciated by us, but to everyone who stayed there. Our love of the environment influenced the eco friendly design and amenities. We collect and store fresh rainwater, which we then use throughout the house in the showers, sinks, and toilets. We then have a three step system that treats this used water, refreshes it and gives it back to the landscaping. It was very important to us to create as sustainable a home that we could in this gorgeous environment.

What makes this House unique

We are in a wonderful area of the town of Santa Teresa - More specifically, we are located in the small stretch of beach known as Playa Carmen/Banana Beach, within the Santa Teresa/Mal Pais area. We have created an environment that focuses on comfort from the time you wake up in the morning until you sleep at night. We know how important it is to start your day with a glorious sleeping experience. Fantastic bedding that will make it a challenge for you to get up to wander down our beach road to check the glassy surf and watch the fog lift from the beach. From there, after your surf, you can enjoy a day at the beach or lounging around the house and gorgeous swimming pool... Many days you may not even want to leave the property. The day is made complete by watching the sunset at the beach or through the trees from one of the many patios/balconies at the house, and then dinner at a neighboring restaurant or in the outside dining area of the house. There is no way to describe the beauty of your stay at Casa Buena Vida!


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king
      • Bedroom 2
        1 king, 1 sleep sofa /futon, pack and play crib and air mattress also available
      • Guest house/Cabina
        1 king
      • King size beds (3) King Bed in each bedroom and in Guest House Cabina, Baby Cribs (1) Pack N Play Available, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Daybed that coverts to comfortable bed in Second Bedroom of house, and two twin sized inflatable mattresses.


      • 3 Bathrooms
        • Two bathrooms in main house and additional full bathroom in Guest House Cabina.

        Location Type

          • Beach View
            A grove of local Pochote Trees between you and the Ocean/Beach.
          • Near The Ocean
            Just a two minute walk (literally) from the front door to the sand. This property is located on the beach side of the main road in town on the corner of a smaller beach access road.
          • Ocean View
            Through the trees, catch views of the waves from Bedrooms, Living areas, Decks and Cabina


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


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Parking
                        Gated driveway and parking area for up to three cars.
                      • Air Conditioning
                        AC in Bedrooms and Cabina
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Internet
                      • Linens Provided
                        High Quality Bedding and Bath towels provided
                      • Living Room
                        Large built in couch with loads of pillows to accommodate lounging or laying around with your favorite friends or books.
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        Available upon request
                      • Parking Off Street
                        Gated Parking on Property
                      • Telephone
                        Local Service
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                        Available upon request
                      • Wireless Internet


                          • Microwave
                          • Catering Available
                            A number of wonderful chef's are available for booking to cook for you at the house.
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Ice Maker
                          • Kitchen
                            Chef's Kitchen in house, equipped with all modern stainless appliances. Cabina has it's own equipped Kitchenette. Both contain Bottled Water Dispensers.
                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Child's Highchair
                              • Dining
                                Large indoor dining table can accommodate up to 10 people. Smaller dining table outside to accommodate up to 5.
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 10 people


                                  • Books
                                  • Games
                                  • Toys


                                      • Balcony
                                        Large, Covered Balcony running the length of the upstairs with access from both bedrooms
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        (2) Large Deck extends the length of entire house with stairs leading to pool area. Cabina has its own patio. There is also a seating area adjacent to the swimming pool area.
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        Large landscaped garden surrounding pool and in front yard.
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                      • Water Sports Gear
                                        Boogie Board, goggles

                                        Pool / Spa

                                          • Communal Pool
                                            Large pool for entire property. Special 5ftx5ft shallow cut out for children or adults to enjoy.
                                          • Private Pool
                                            Gorgeous, large swimming pool exclusive to property

                                            Onsite Services

                                              • Concierge


                                                  • health/beauty spa
                                                  • restaurants
                                                  • zoo

                                                    Leisure Activities

                                                      • scenic drives
                                                      • beachcombing
                                                      • boating
                                                      • eco tourism
                                                      • horseback riding
                                                      • photography
                                                      • bird watching
                                                      • shelling
                                                      • shopping
                                                      • sight seeing
                                                      • walking
                                                      • wildlife viewing

                                                        Local Services & Businesses

                                                          • ATM/bank
                                                          • Babysitter
                                                          • fitness center
                                                          • groceries
                                                          • massage therapist
                                                          • medical services

                                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                              • fishing
                                                              • hiking
                                                              • mountain biking
                                                              • snorkeling
                                                              • snorkeling/diving
                                                              • surfing
                                                              • swimming
                                                              • wind-surfing


                                                                  • Hammocks, umbrellas, alarm System, concierge service, local property manager, nightly security guard

                                                                    House Rules

                                                                    Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                    Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                    Cancellation Policy

                                                                    100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                    29 Reviews


                                                                    Latest reviews

                                                                    Fantastic property in a great location with top notch support staff

                                                                    Lane T.

                                                                    Everything really exceeded our expectations. The house is 100 yards away from banana beach and very central. House was very well stocked in terms of dishes and cooking essentials, and they even had Tupperware which was great for our day trips. Best part was the service of the staff. Brett and Tania, the property managers, helped us book everything and made things so easy for us. Would definitely stay here again!!

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay and took advantage of all that the area had to offer. It was a pleasure to host you and look forward to a return visit! Pura Vida.

                                                                    Perfect beach house!

                                                                    Christie B.

                                                                    Extremely comfortable, stylish home right near the ocean. You can hear the waves from the house and it’s a short walk to the sand. We ate at Banana beach nearly every night, so fantastic for food ,sunset and eating with three little kids! They just acquired a new chef at Banana beach! We loved the small swimming pool at the House & hammock. And Brett the manager was super helpful. Fab spot!

                                                                    Modern living in paradise!

                                                                    karen c.

                                                                    I loved the location because it was walking distance to town, the beach, a local farmers market and great spots to eat. The house had everything we needed to cook and hang out while the kids played in the pool. True Pura Vida! I can't wait to go back!

                                                                    Had the best time

                                                                    Denym D.

                                                                    Myself, my partner and our married couple friends stayed here for 8 nights while visiting Santa Teresa. I be never written a review before, but I read them as a valuable source when deciding where to stay so I am going to make this as honest and straight forward as possible.

                                                                    About the property:

                                                                    The house was huge (as two couples we did not need all the space, however it was much appreciated. Tons of room for chilling, etc).

                                                                    The kitchen was big and had all the supplies you could want for a week rental. For context, we ate most lunch and dinners out but we cooked breakfast every morning (including smoothies) and had everything we needed. There is also a market across the street and a organic fruit and veg market a 3 min walk away where we got eggs, avocados, tomato, fruit, etc at. The market has all the drinks you could need (alcoholic and otherwise) and really anything else. The location is wonderful (more on this later).

                                                                    The bedrooms were big and air conditioned so we slept like babies.

                                                                    The pool is so valuable and there is a little shaded ledge in it that allows for children to play, or in our case, a cool down zone. The pool itself is a great size. We used it for multiple games as well as laps. I will say that the pool needs to be cleaned daily (if not more than daily) because the leaves drop into it. This is not a big deal, it's just leaves, and it is part of the trade off for being surrounding by nature and having a breeze that, trust me, you'll be begging for. They have a pool guy who comes daily.

                                                                    The outdoor patio area is perfect. They have fans which help to regulate the temperature if you are looking to have breakfast out there (which we did every morning).

                                                                    They have a second floor patio that is stunning! We only used it once b/c we discovered it later in the week but the view is incredible and the seating is fantastic.

                                                                    There are ants in the kitchen. This is something that is unavoidable and you'll find anywhere. Keep all your food (even bags of chips) in the fridge and that will help to keep them away. They did not bother us at all, but they do exist in these hot climates & look for crumbs.

                                                                    One tip - bring your own speakers. We are music lovers and like to have it on at all times.

                                                                    Felt 100% safe and private.

                                                                    The area:


                                                                    So close to the beach, shops and restaurants. If you are walkers you can honestly walk from Mal Pais to Hermosa.

                                                                    Staff was great and super helpful.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Denim - Thank you so much for your thoughtful and comprehensive review... We have worked hard to cover every area we can in terms of the amenities offered and comfort of the house. I'm glad to her that you found and enjoyed the Green World Store and walks up the beach. We look forward to hosting you again!

                                                                    Pura Vida.

                                                                    Clean and comfortable in great location!

                                                                    Mark F.Los Angeles, CA

                                                                    Everything you need for a great relaxing vacation. Clean home with a full equipped kitchen and super clean and comfortable home. With ur own pool. Short walk to beach and amazing sunsets! Safe and secure.

                                                                    Beautiful House, Great Location

                                                                    We loved our stay at Casa Buena Vida. The location is fantastic - right down the trail from the beach as well as multiple restaurants. The house is beautiful and we loved the layout and space. The manager is absolutely fantastic and helped us set up extra activities and gave great recommendations. We loved having a security guard (not that we ever felt in danger) as well as a housekeeper. The garden and scenery from the patios was also fantastic and relaxing, and we loved having a pool. All in all, we truly loved our stay.


                                                                    Carmen Beach, Costa Rica

                                                                    Upon booking, we will happily supply you with a guest packet outlining our favorite local restaurants, activities and go-to spots. Our local property manager will greet you and help you with anything you need - we also work with a local concierge who can handle any reservations, tours, chef services, baby sitting, surf lessons, surboard rentals, spa treatments, yoga/pilates, in home massages also available. Need advice about traveling to the area? We can also help you with your travel plans/itinerary and recommendations on hotels in San Jose for any layovers.

                                                                    Rates & Availability

                                                                    Additional information about rental rates

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                                                                    Rental Rates shown represent the entire property of Casa Buena Vida - a 2bd/2ba house with additional 1bd/1ba guest cabina. Please contact us for rates of the 2bd/2ba house without use of the 1bd guest unit. We require a 50% deposit to book property with the remaining 50% due 30 days prior to arrival. We have a 30 day cancellation policy (45 days for peak weeks), within which time we will refund for cancellations where we are able to rebook the property. All rates include housekeeping, local concierge, nightly security guard and taxes/fees. *** Christmas/New Years rental rates require a 2 week minimum stay at $4700/wk plus rental site fees. ***Easter Holiday week rate requires a one week minimum at $3600/wk plus rental site fees.

                                                                    29 Reviews
                                                                    Wonderful 4.8/5
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