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Gorgeous Home 100m to Sand - Inquire Now for May/June Special Rates

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Last updated: 05/23/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

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. 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 comfortably. 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 are also available to 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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Member since: 2009

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/23/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2500 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Children Welcome:

    Pack N Play available for use...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Concierge


Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 7-8

  • Bedroom 3


  • Bedroom 1: 1 king


  • Bedroom 2: 1 king, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    pack and play crib and air mattress also available...moreless

  • 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....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

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


  • Books
  • Games
  • Toys


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


  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Restaurants
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    A grove of local Pochote Trees between you and the Ocean/Beach. ...moreless

  • 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....moreless

  • Ocean View:

    Through the trees, catch views of the waves from Bedrooms, Living areas, Decks and Cabina...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Large indoor dining table can accommodate up to 10 people. Smaller dining table outside to accommodate up to 5....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    AC in Bedrooms and Cabina...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Available upon request...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided:

    High Quality Bedding and Bath towels provided...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Large built in couch with loads of pillows to accommodate lounging or laying around with your favorite friends or books....moreless

  • Parking:

    Gated driveway and parking area for up to three cars....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Gated Parking on Property...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Local Service...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Available upon request...moreless

  • Wireless Internet


  • Catering Available:

    A number of wonderful chef's are available for booking to cook for you at the house....moreless

  • Coffee Maker
  • 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....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    Large, Covered Balcony running the length of the upstairs with access from both bedrooms...moreless

  • 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....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Large landscaped garden surrounding pool and in front yard....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Large pool for entire property. Special 5ftx5ft shallow cut out for children or adults to enjoy....moreless

  • Private Pool:

    Gorgeous, large swimming pool exclusive to property...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


from 25 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mid Season
May 1 - Aug 31, 2017
3 night min stay
$3,000 $9,000
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$3,200 $10,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $2,000


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.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/23/2017
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150 Metres
Nearest Barpub
Banana Beach
150 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
Banana Beach
150 Metres
Nearest Beach
Playa Carmen/Santa Teresa

Car: Not Necessary

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 also serve as your local concierge to guide you in anything you may be interested in. Chef can be arranged for in home meals, Baby Sitting, Surf Lessons, Surboard Rentals, Nearby Spa also offers Yoga and 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.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2009

About the owner: We are a vacation-loving couple from the beach area of Los Angeles, CA, 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.

Why the Owner Chose Carmen Beach, Costa Rica:
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 place 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 focused on creating those little details such as the screens on all of the floor to ceiling doors and windows and fans even in the bathrooms. We knew that this would not only be apparent and special to 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 of a house that we could in this gorgeous environment.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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, within the Santa Teresa/Mal Pais area. We have created surroundings that focus on comfort as the number one priority 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 out of bed and wander down our beach road for 2 minutes 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 our house!

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Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/23/2017

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  • House and Cabina - can be rented together or separate

    House and Cabina - can be rented together or separate

  • Downstairs Living/Dining

    Downstairs Living/Dining

  • Upstairs patio/balcony

    Upstairs patio/balcony

  • Upstairs Landing

    Upstairs Landing

  • North bedroom with additional fold out single bed

    North bedroom with additional fold out single bed

  • Pool view from the cabina

    Pool view from the cabina

  • Exterior cabina overlooks the pool

    Exterior cabina overlooks the pool

  • Cabina interior

    Cabina interior

  • Fully stocked chefs kitchen

    Fully stocked chefs kitchen

  • Exterior home

    Exterior home

  • The Beach road - 100 meters to the ocean

    The Beach road - 100 meters to the ocean

  • Exterior evening

    Exterior evening

  • Downstairs Living/Dining

    Downstairs Living/Dining

  • The Journey upstairs

    The Journey upstairs

  • Upstairs patio/balcony stretches the length of the house

    Upstairs patio/balcony stretches the length of the house

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Downstairs patio

    Downstairs patio

  • View from downstairs patio to pool

    View from downstairs patio to pool

  • Cabina interior

    Cabina interior

  • Outdoor poolside lounging

    Outdoor poolside lounging

  • Fully stocked chefs kitchen

    Fully stocked chefs kitchen

  • Private Driveway/Gated parking

    Private Driveway/Gated parking

  • A family of howler monkeys that like to come visit in the afternoons

    A family of howler monkeys that like to come visit in the afternoons

VRBO #265238

This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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