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Surfer and Naturalist Dream Vacation Spot

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Last updated: 05/26/2017
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  • Minimum stay:6 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

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!
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Member since: 2013

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/26/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2400 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Principal renter must be at least 25 years old....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Green: 1 king, 1 sleep sofa /futon


  • Great Room: 3 sleep sofa /futon

    The great room has three king-size hide-a-beds....moreless

  • 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....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Blue : toilet, combination tub/shower, outdoor shower


  • Green: toilet, shower, outdoor shower

    Stackable washer/dryer in this bathroom...moreless

  • These bathrooms with amazing views (think waterfall in the jungle) have hardwood cabinets, glass vessel sinks, and slate rock showers....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Housekeeping once per week included. More amenities, services, and adventure excursions can be arranged through property management service, Nosara Travel....moreless


  • Books
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Toys
  • Video Library


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


  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

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

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Water View

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


  • Dining:

    Breakfast bar style dining area but eating on the terrace and in the great room provide the best views!...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    With decorative ceiling fans...moreless

  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped kitchen...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:

    A charcoal-burning built-in barbecue grill is available on the ocean-facing patio....moreless

Pool / Spa

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


from 14 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Standard #1
May 20 - Nov 20, 2017
6 night min stay
Nov 21 - Nov 30, 2017
6 night min stay
Standard #1
Dec 1 - Dec 15, 2017
6 night min stay
Winter Holidays
Dec 16 - Jan 7, 2018
6 night min stay
Standard #2
Jan 8 - Mar 23, 2018
6 night min stay
Spring Holidays
Mar 24 - Apr 8, 2018
6 night min stay
Standard #1
Apr 9 - Nov 20, 2018
6 night min stay
Thanksgiving Week
Nov 21 - Nov 30, 2018
6 night min stay
Standard #1
Dec 1 - Dec 15, 2018
6 night min stay
Winter Holidays
Dec 16 - Jan 6, 2019
6 night min stay
My Standard Rate
6 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Federal Taxes of 13% $130
  • Tax Rate 13%


Rental details and payments are to be made through Nosara Travel.

Minimum stay is one week.

Fully refundable $500 USD security deposit required at the time of booking.

50% of total rental fee due at time of booking via wire transfer.

Balance of 50% remaining is due 1 month prior to arrival (if wire transferred) or in cash upon day of check-in.

Manager'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: 05/26/2017
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104 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport
500 Metres
Nearest Barpub
Bar Las Brisas Pacificas
59.2 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
Hotel Tamarindo Diria Beach and Golf Resort
80 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Route 21
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Hotel Luna Azul
300 Metres
Nearest Beach
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.


Manager info

Year Purchased: 2006

About: 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.

Why Guanacaste, Costa Rica:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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'.

Contact us

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/26/2017

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  • All that is missing... is you.

    All that is missing... is you.

  • Spiral stair entrance

    Spiral stair entrance

  • stargazing sunbathing terrace

    stargazing sunbathing terrace

  • Looking up at the house... waterfall from the infinity pool

    Looking up at the house... waterfall from the infinity pool

  • Great room

    Great room

  • Kitchen


  • Green bedroom with views of the ocean and jungle

    Green bedroom with views of the ocean and jungle

  • Green bedroom with bath and extra bed

    Green bedroom with bath and extra bed

  • pool terrace

    pool terrace

  • Cutie-pie


  • sea turtle arrival

    sea turtle arrival

  • sunset from the terrace

    sunset from the terrace

  • Front entrance

    Front entrance

  • pool garden

    pool garden

  • dipping pool

    dipping pool

  • Great room

    Great room

  • Great room

    Great room

  • Blue bedroom with views of jungle and ocean

    Blue bedroom with views of jungle and ocean

  • Green bathroom with terrace

    Green bathroom with terrace

  • Blue bathroom with view

    Blue bathroom with view

  • ocean view from terrace

    ocean view from terrace

  • Howler Monkey

    Howler Monkey

  • baby turtles

    baby turtles

  • 'Butterfly Refuge'

    'Butterfly Refuge'

VRBO #467893

This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Friday, May 26, 2017

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