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Villa Cocobolo - Private Ocean View Beach Villa

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath (Sleeps 2-3)

At Villa Cocobolo you will find the peace and tranquility that you are looking for in your trip to Costa Rica.

We are a 5 acre oasis 50 meters above sea level and just 175 meters from the beautiful beach of Playa Manzanillo and a nice walk or quick drive to the breathtaking beach of Playa Hermosa.

Villa Cocobolo is surrounded by the rare Costa Rican Cocobolo hardwood tree as well as the renowned Pochote. The house is built in the loft style with second floor windows offering ocean, sunset, and mountain views. The bathroom and the bedroom are both located upstairs, and the bedroom’s sliding glass doors open to a private balcony allowing ocean views, and monkey and bird watching from the comfort of your bed.

The kitchen and entertaining areas are downstairs and have three patios, two of which are accessed by sliding glass doors for more ocean viewing and garden access.

Villa Cocobolo can accommodate 2 adults with children or possibly 3 adults.

Built and designed by the owner in August of 2008 the home has vaulted ceilings of Pochote beams with Laurel wood paneling and the verandas, patios, stairs, door and window frames are all accented in Teak.

Villa Cocobolo has a fully equipped kitchen, comes completely furnished, and is surrounded by lush gardens, white gravel walkways, wrought iron gates for added privacy and private parking, pressurized hot/cold water, sky/cable tv, wifi, cleaning service, gardener and laundry services.

We are also excited to announce in December 2016, we will be adding our own ocean/sunset view craft beer pub on the premises along with a small restaurant to better serve our guests and the area's needs. We will offer a minimum of 6 craft beers brewed on-site, a variety of cocktails and a simple menu with something for everyone.

Take time to walk along the trails of our 5 acre property...Look for coatis, anteaters, jaguarundis, white face and howler monkeys, various bird species, and iguanas...Or find one of our sitting areas and just watch the wildlife and nature and listen to the ocean.

We are owner operated and have a small staff, but we can help with any questions or needs, so sit back, relax, and enjoy your stay with us...

The beaches....

Because of rock reefs surrounding the entrance to playa manzanillo, this beach has it all. Here you can surf, snorkel, swim, kayak, fish, beach comb, and at the end of the day enjoy one of the most spectacular sunsets the nicoya peninsula has to offer. The best part about manzanillo beach is many days the only footprints you will find will be your own.

A few years ago playa hermosa was basically unknown, but recently discovered by surfers tired of the crowds and congestion of santa teresa, this beach is becoming increasingly more popular for tourists and surfers. Playa hermosa lives up to its name and is truly beautiful offering great waves for surfers, swimming and beachcombing on a long and wide un-crowded beach.

To truly capitalize on all the peninsula has to offer, a car or 4 wheeler is a must, but still many of our guests prefer to walk the old beach road to playa hermosa enjoying the quiet and slow pace - stopping at the tide pools, private beaches, the waterfall, and always returning with stories of seeing more monkeys and iguanas than people.

The surf....

Yes, there is surf. A short drive south are the more popular surf spots of playa carmen (mal pais) and santa teresa, but just a few minutes away in manzanillo and playa hermosa you can find waves for all levels of surfing (reef, point breaks, beach breaks, river mouths) – beginner to advanced – with crowd and attitude free, consistent surf.

For any surf questions feel free to contact the owner who has over 30 years surfing experience.

We can also set-up surf lessons with qualified instructors.

The fishing....

Manzanillo and north to the bongo river is an area famous for fishing. You can go local and try your hand at hand-line fishing or bring your own gear and head out to the reefs at low tide. You may get lucky and hook sea bass, snook, red snapper, or a rooster. A quick run north will get you to the bongo which is legendary for its fishing due to its river mouth - a great place to catch snook, just ask a local family who bought a car they call “robalo” meaning “snook” in spanish. All the money they earned to buy the car came from selling their snook/robalo catches from the bongo.

We can also book fishing tours for you – just ask.

More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish, Japanese
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 29, 2017

Why Owner/Manager chose Puntarenas

I chose Manzanillo because it was far enough away from the hustle and bustle and congestion of Santa Teresa, but close enough to hop in the car or on a 4-wheeler and have access to anything and everything one could want - and most importantly, the outstanding surfing and fishing!

What makes this house unique

Within half an acre of the villas, there are more than 25 different type of indigenous trees. The property itself is 5 acres and is connected by walking trails that my worker and I have built by hand and has ocean views from almost every corner of the property. All the trails have been planted and reforested, and because of the planting all the birds, butterflies, and animals have returned to the property. You can sit anywhere on the property and hear the waves crashing 50 meters below at Punta Pochote.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Senderos de Paz is an absolutely beautiful place to stay. My husband and I were fortunate enough to stay at Villa Cocobolo, which is just gorgeous! The upstairs balcony and downstairs patios were perfect for just relaxing and enjoying the jungle and views and for listening to the howler monkeys! The bedroom loft was so nice; it was awesome to wake up to see the beautiful scenery right outside the door! The kitchen was the best one we had throughout our Costa Rican journey; it was well-stocked with pots and pans and utensils, and there were even spices and cooking oil for us to use. It was also great to be able to use the grill outside. Being able to cook definitely helped us to save money (we found that eating out is really not super cheap in Costa Rica), and cooking at home gave us the chance to experiment with local foods, especially the fruits and vegetables. Another great plus was that the house is air-conditioned. We spent a lot of time outside, but it was really nice to come back and be able to sleep really well in a cool house! Senderos de Paz is close enough to the ocean that you can hear it and see it from the house. It is up on a hill, and the dirt road goes down to the beach, which is easily accessible. The first night we were there, we ran down to the beach and made it there within five minutes, if that. Going back up is obviously a bit more difficult, since it is all uphill, but it didn't take that long, and it was great exercise. Also, we got to see all the land crabs and other critters and plants close up! It was also great to be able to go swimming every night in the pool! Trey was a very helpful host and we had everything we needed while we were there. Senderos de Paz is a wonderful place to stay. It is also very well secured; there's a locked gate all around the property, so even our car was locked in at night. The location is fairly secluded, and the town is really nice; we never felt worried at all. This was a beautiful place to stay, and we highly recommend it!!!
Jun 2013
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Santa Teresa Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 2 - Convertible Beds
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Villa Cocobolo - Private Ocean View Beach Villa
average rating of 4.8 based on 32 reviews

Want to go back!

  • 5 of 5

We loved it! Comfortable, clean, secure and had a beautiful view of ocean. The owner was so helpful lining up surf lessons. Would recommend having a rental car.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Houston, Tx, USA

Excellent Stay

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I are avid readers of reviews when choosing a place to stay, and after reading all the reviews for Villa Cocobolo, it was an easy decision for us. Trey was very communicative during the reservation process, and after we booked, he was always available to answer any of our questions.

We knew from other guests we would be happier if we had a 4x4 vehicle or a 4-wheeler. We chose both! We loved the drive from Liberia to the property, and enjoyed a few days with a 4-wheeler. The roads can be fun, you can get lost, and things certainly can get interesting, but we knew that beforehand, so it just became part of our adventure.

Villa Cocobolo is exactly how it is represented on the VRBO site, well to be honest, it is even better. The bed is comfortable, the kitchen has everything you need, and the home is beautiful. We saw some impressive sunsets right from our porch and at the pool. As for the pool, it is a nice treat at the end of a long day, and the days for us were long. We usually woke up at sunrise to the sounds of monkeys and birds.

Trey is always working around the property planting, gardening and making improvements, so he is very accessible. He took my wife and I for our first surf lessons ever, and we both stood up and rode lots of waves to the shore. If you are looking for a surf instructor and Trey is available, look no further.

Trey and Jaclyn invited us over to their new project, a craft brewery.  It is a work in progress at this point, but we am excited to see the final product next year! We love craft beer, and we tried Trey’s American Pale Ale, Porter and IPA, and it is obvious  the same love and dedication for the property is being put into the beer. We can’t wait to come back and stay when they have the brewpub open. Cheers!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Caledon, Ont.,

Fair with Flair

  • 4 of 5

I read the review complaining about missing pool tiles, and I have been thinking about what constitutes value in a vacation rental. I guess value occurs when reality meets expectations. My wife and I stayed at Cocobolo for eight nights in March, followed two weeks later by four days in Cancun. In such places as Maui and Cancun, the native people, plants and wildlife have been eradicated to make room for wall-to-wall hotels, each with its own private chunk of beach, a pool and a place to get drunk while being catered to by white-jacketed servants. If this is your idea of heaven, then by all means go to Maui.

We found Trey helpful and friendly, attentive and supportive. He did not, however, make our drinks. Cocobolo is "in amongst 'em." The roads are terrible and dusty, but Cocobolo gets much less dust than does anyplace six miles away in Santa Teresa. We enjoyed buying local fish and produce in S.T. and Cobano, and picked up our de rigeur souvenir machete at the hardware store in Cobano.

Trey took us fishing one day, and we drove the Pacific Coastal Highway, i.e. the beach at low tide, and we hit nearly 60 mph on the smooth, open sand. Of course, we had rented a car. The beaches are extensive and very sparsely populated, despite there being good fishing and a shallow, gradual, sandy slope into the water. I estimate I waded out 100 yards and was no more than waist-high, except when Manzanillo's famous surf came crashing in. Great for beachcombing, suntanning and cloud watching.

Monkeys in the trees every day -- both howlers and white-faced. We saw violaceous trogons, cinnamon hummingbirds and other exotic-to-us birds. I don't know if the air conditioning worked, because we never turned it on. Lovely weather throughout.

The "missing" screening around the pools was not missing. It was being installed, and the hooks had just been welded to the posts.

There is no law against writing a negative review, but I can say we are happy the guests at the other villa were much less dour than our predecessor.

Negative: the one thing that caught me off guard was that I expected somebody else's vacation house that was being let for weeks for income. Trey has three or four (didn't count 'em, and they are scattered) on the property.

Would we go back? Probably not, but only because our history says we go forward. We had a great time. Thanks, Trey!

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spacious beach house in amazing location

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Trey's house was awesome. The location, North of the popular surf beaches of Mal Pais, was perfect for us - isolated enough to relax (and see tons of wildlife, including a dozen monkeys) but a quick drive to great restaurants. The beaches both to the north and south of the house are the most gorgeous I've ever seen bar none.

The house itself is as described - totally functional for myself and my girlfriend. We also enjoyed the pool when we weren't at the beach. Trey seemed like a great guy - we'll be looking to come back when he opens his craft brewery!


  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful views, too isolated, far from stores & swimming beach, on noisy dusty road, needs repairs

  • 1 of 5


Beautiful house with tropical wood, excellent A/C plus reliable wifi and functioning TV

Great sunsets

private pool shared with one other villa

places to sit in sun or shade with a variety of chairs

great views of parrots feeding in the cashew tree right next to our upper balcony, howler monkeys in nearby trees

Prompt e-mail and helpful responses from Trey ( who was away during our stay ) before our arrival

Good quality bed ( pillows, unfortunately were old and lumpy )

The Not as Positive Good to know:

As advertised, not on the ocean – access 55 metres down a steep dusty busy road

This property is not, as billed, in Santa Teresa but 6 miles away in Manzanillo

Closest beach ( Manzanillo ) rocky and very swimmer unfriendly – good swimming beach ( Hermosa ) about a 30 – 40 minute walk ( 10 minute drive )

Villa is right on the road – noisy and dusty

No nearby restaurants – a very limited one is about ¾ of a mile away, opens only at 2pm -

No nearby stores – small grocery store about 45 minutes walk away, full grocery store 6 miles away

Pool OK but in poor repair with many broken tiles, infinity feature not working and collected lots of leaves/flowers in it - often had swarms of bees/wasps around it

Poolside railing incomplete – unsafe for smaller kids

Neighbour played loud music intemittently (big sound system as it was a bar that closed)

Kitchen gas stove has no ignitor - has to be lit by matches, 3 of 4 burners worked, overhead stove light burned out -we cooked with a flashlight to check food

I suggest a few more plates, & wine glasses and that knives be sharpened

Bedroom: Lumpy pillows; no drawers to store clothing in bedroom ( small cupboard had only one hanger )

Multiple locks on all doors plus an alarm system – reassuring I guess – our friends who stayed in the bungalows had shoes stolen that had been left out ( overnight ) to dry

Info folder did not incude any info on closest stores, restaurants or adjacent beaches

Cleaner cleans only on request, not every 3 days as info folder indicated

Pleasant staff but not able to help with info re shuttles to San Jose

Bottom Line:

A car is essential at this location. ( I should have researched this ). The road to Santa Teresa ( 6 miles away ) is in worse shape than most of the surprisingly poor roads in most of Costa Rica. We travelled Costa Rica 4 weeks and met friends here who toured for 3 weeks. We both feel this is the only place we stayed that we would not return t

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Indianapolis, IN United States


  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here on our 3rd trip to Costa Rica. The house was beautiful, spacious and has everything you could possibly need. Trey and Jaclyn were amazing hosts that made sure that we were comfortable and felt welcome. The property is beautiful and we enjoyed watching the birds with our morning coffee and the howler monkeys with our evening cocktail at sunset. The view of the sunset is perfection. Just down the road from the house is one of the most beautiful beaches we have seen in Costa Rica to date and the town of Santa Teresa has everything you could possibly need as far as restaurants, nightlife, shopping, activities. This place is the best of both worlds because you are close to all of the action but you get to stay is a beautiful peaceful oasis up away from it all. We would absolutely recommend Villa Cocobolo to anyone!

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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