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Surfer And Naturalist Dream Vacation Spot

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 nights


About the property

Open Floor Plan with Spectacular Ocean Views

Refugio de las Mariposas is a beautiful & spacious 2,400 sq. ft. beach home with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean from every room. Designed with physical comfort and visual delight in mind, and constructed of native materials, tropical hardwoods and rock, the house exudes an air of tranquility and communicates seamlessly with its natural environs. Refugio is a rustic, yet fully functional retreat!

An open 'Great Room' area, with three king-size sleeper couches and a fully equipped kitchen, leads onto a terrace where a dipping pool flows over the infinity edge waterfall down to a lower pool.

An upper deck, accessed by a spiral staircase from the pool terrace, provides breathtaking panoramic vistas of the Pacific Ocean to the south and the local mountains to the north. This deck, lovingly referred to as "Tortuga Terrace" is an excellent spot for viewing the monthly arrivals of the Olive Ridley Sea Turtles on Playa Ostional below. Seated at the wooden bar, one might also spy whales, dolphins, and surfers....or just enjoy gazing at sky, sea, and jungle while sipping morning coffee and feeling like you are "on top of the world!"

Master bedrooms are roomy and located on opposite sides of the house. Each has a canopy bed draped with tropical mosquito netting, a private terrace, and a bathroom with grotto-like shower which also faces the ocean view. You feel like you are taking a shower in a waterfall!

Four shady terraces and a 'Sunbathing Stargazing' lower deck with white water views are designed for relaxing in a rocking chair, swinging in a hammock, reading, or observing tropical birds and monkeys in the natural jungle setting.

Lovingly decorated with comfortable, tropical decor, this home is a short walk down to the beach for surfing, strolling the shoreline, or watching the monthly cycle of nesting and hatching of the Olive Ridley Sea Turtles.

Other amenities include weekly maid service, on-site laundry room, ceiling fans, alarm, a safe, night guard, gated community entrance, a land line phone, and WiFi.

Great for families, surfers, and perfect for you if you are looking for a quiet spot, great surf, ocean views and a walk to the beach in a gorgeous setting!

More Details

Property Manager
Nosara Travel
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 12, 2018

About Nosara Travel

I am a retired kindergarten teacher who loves to travel and discovered this precious spot some time ago. My family and I have put a lot of love and care into making this a magical retreat.

Nosara Travel purchased this house in 2006

Why Nosara Travel chose Cantón Santa Cruz

My son was working at a surf school in Playa Guiones and on a lark I found this hilltop property. I was a part of the design and construction from the very beginning. For me, being away from the hustle and bustle of Guiones, nestled in the jungle with this amazing view, fills my soul.

What makes this house unique

This property is not a club-med experience. The views are truly spectacular. The beach is close. There are other great beaches nearby (San Juanillo and Guiones). You can explore many neat locales around every corner and come back to the comforts of our 'Refugio'.


Cantón Santa Cruz House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Blue - toilet , combination tub/shower , outdoor shower
    Green - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , Stackable washer/dryer in this bathroom
  • These bathrooms with amazing views (think waterfall in the jungle) have hardwood cabinets, glass vessel sinks, and slate rock showers.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Green - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Great Room - 3 sleep sofa /futon , The great room has three king-size hide-a-beds.
    Blue - 1 king
  • Fully furnished with king-size canopy bed, closet space, decorative ceiling fans, adjoining terrace and bath. Open and airy with ocean and jungle views.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Housekeeping once per week included. More amenities, services, and adventure excursions can be arranged through property management service, Nosara Travel.


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Surfer And Naturalist Dream Vacation Spot
average rating of 4.8125 based on 16 reviews

Absolutely Awesome!

  • 5 of 5

There are outstanding white-water views of the ocean from every angle within this open plan beach home and from all five terraces, as well as the amazing upper deck, accessed from a spiral staircase.

This upper deck affords a covered space with an ocean-facing bar which seats five, a bench, and chaise lounges in an uncovered space for relaxing and star gazing.

We were able to walk down to the beach in Ostional for surfing, although we sadly missed the monthly arrival of the sea turtles.

The home itself is charming with a well roomy kitchen and comfortable sleeping spaces.

We had a great vacation here and plan to come back again!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your complimentary review! It was great to read how much you appreciated the stunning ocean views our home provides and that you enjoyed spending tome on the new upper terrace. Please come again,..and hopefully you will see the Olive Ridley Turtles arriving to lay their eggs next time!
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Perfect house!!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay it was perfect!! The house has everything you need!!! The only thing wrong was that we had to leave. The view and property is amazing and perfect to get away from it all!

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What delightful news that you had a "perfect" stay in our Playa Ostional beach home! Our family, too, finds it difficult to leave the cozy comforts, spectacular ocean vistas, and local activities. Please come vacation again! You are most welcome.
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Lovely place!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a little longer than a week and the only problem we encountered was the fact that we didn't know about this place before.

The house has a million dollar view, refreshing, with plenty of room in which you can choose to see the sunset at the pool, deck, room or balcony.

The house is well equipped with everything as needed (Maybe a portable fan would make a trick) location is astonishing, very close to Nosara and near beaches.

Raquel's assistance was amazing, very kind and supportive. Always looking to enhance our experience.

We will definitely come back

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was such a pleasure to read your review and our family is delighted that you enjoyed your vacation at our "Refugio de las Mariposas" beach home. Thanks for mentioning how much you valued Raquel's assistance. We agree that she is a treasure! We appreciate you for taking the time to write and tell us about your holiday experience. =^>
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Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

Incredible views & Great location!

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful house with incredible views of the ocean and close enough you can listen to the waves all day & night. The living space is very comfortable and open. We really enjoyed the moon/roof deck- where you can star gaze at night or just be mesmerized by the view all day long.

The kitchen is well stocked! We truly enjoyed cooking meals and of course mixing up some pina coladas. There was plenty of space for all 4 of us adults to be in there cooking and cleaning up.

The windows and doors all open so you can enjoy the breezes and sounds of nature surrounding the house. It was plenty cool at night with the breezes and fans going and stayed comfortable during the day as well.

This house is close to wonderful beaches including Playa Ostional. We enjoyed going to town for food at Los Tortugas or driving into Nosora to eat at Rancho Tico. There's great grocery shopping in Nosora as well.

We visited Playa Guiones several times to shop, eat and swim at the beach. My husband and I both took surfing lessons at Cacho's- ask for Steve- he was wonderful to learn from! While there you should definitely eat at Al Chile and order the passion fruit mojito!

I highly recommend this house for your vacation to Costa Rica!

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks a million for your charming review! We, the owners, agree that our beach home has a special "vibe" of comfortable seclusion with spectacular ocean views! As you say, the rooftop "Tortuga Terrace" is unique and a totally cool spot to hang out, day or night. We appreciate you for taking the time to write such a kind endorsement.
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Amazing Location and Beautiful Views!

  • 5 of 5

Four of us stayed here for a week starting November 11, 2016 and could not be happier with the house, views, Raquel (who helped every step of the way, even had pizza delivered to the house by speaking with the local restaurant staff who normally don't deliver on the night we arrived) and the beautiful surroundings that we got to enjoy day and night!

First off, this was our first time to Costa Rica, and are we glad we did not do an all inclusive resort! There was so much to be seen in the area surrounding the house, as well as having a rental car to take us up to Tamarindo (1 hour and 30 minute drive) and Playa Guiones (about 30-35 minute drive). We enjoyed spending the majority of our days hanging out at the pool and taking in the breathtaking views the house provides! We were woken up pretty much every morning by the howler monkeys (who sound completely terrifying not knowing exactly what it is making the noise lol).

The house itself is beautiful! Tons of space! The landscaping around the house is beautiful and lush! We did meet the cleaner and the gardener one day before we left to go out, both were very pleasant!

The only negative thing I would have to say about staying here is the army ants. We read through all the information provided and knew that they may come and visit while we were there and that they may stay about an hour or so, which would have been fine. Unfortunately, they stayed for more than 5 hours. I understand they are there to do a job and they help clean out the bugs and whatnot from the floors and walls, but it was a little overwhelming as we did expect them to leave after 1 hour. Again, it's the only negative thing I could speak to for the entire 7 days we were there! ** They only came once the entire time we were there.

Also, Albin (the driver who picked us up from the airport and took us to the house the day we arrived) returned my partner's sunglasses which we had left accidentally in the van when switching vehicles. It was much appreciated!

All in all, we had an AMAZING vacation! We could not be happier with where we stayed and again, all the help provided by Raquel! Such a great experience! We would definitely love to come back again sometime and explore even more of this beautiful country!

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our family is so pleased you had such a great vacation at our beach home! Thank you for your kind words, and especially your compliments for Raquel,...who so ably assisted you! We think she's pretty special too!
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Breathtaking View

  • 5 of 5

Refugio de las Mariposas was everything we expected! Our group was made up of three couples, and there was plenty of room for us to have private space. The view is gorgeous, and the showers being outdoors made it easy to see and hear the ocean at all times! This house is off the beating path, so be prepared for bumpy roads and keep close tabs on directions. The staff and locals were very friendly and helpful. This vacation was one that will be hard to beat. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I KNOW...... I couldn't agree more that the white-water ocean view from our family beach retreat is absolutely "breathtaking." Thank you for your highly complimentary review! It is delightful to learn that your group enjoyed yourselves and were comfortable and happy during your stay.
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Nearest Airport
104 Kilometres
Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Bar Las Brisas Pacificas
Nearest Golf
59.2 Kilometres
Hotel Tamarindo Diria Beach and Golf Resort
Nearest Motorway
80 Kilometres
Route 21
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Hotel Luna Azul
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
Playa Ostional
Car: recommended

Our beach home, 'Refugio de las Mariposas', is located in a pristine tropical forest with spectacular panoramic views of the Pacific ocean and local mountains.

Nearby beaches provide opportunities for swimming, surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, and fishing. A world class Zipline, canopy tours, river tours, hiking, biking, horseback riding and quad rentals are nearby. Many bird & wildlife sanctuaries are located in the area, and the monthly nesting cycle and hatching of the Olive Ridley Sea Turtles can be seen on the beach right below our home!

You are never far from fine dining experiences, ranging from light snacks, gelato, and cool tropical drinks to a wide variety of international cuisine options and great fresh seafood!

Explore the local beaches and stroll the white sands of San Juanillo, the black sands of Playa Ostional, and the golden sands of Playa Guiones.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Rental details and payments are to be made through Nosara Travel.
Minimum stay is one week.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.