|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Bella Vista del Mar is located on the 'Gold Coast' of Costa Rica which is considered to be the prime area in Costa Rica to vacation. Our home is in the town of Potrero in an upscale, gated community called Villas Catalina. Villas Catalina is on Camino Las Catalina, across the street from two gorgeous beaches, Playa Penca and Playa Prieta, both voted in the top five most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. Our home is located on a two lane country road. Now that it is a paved road, it can, at times, have some traffic. The holiday season and the peak winter months are the busiest season.
Our elegant town home blends spacious living, comfort and luxury with magnificent views of Flamingo and Potrero Bay, Playa Penca, Playa Prieta, and incredible Pacific sunsets. Sitting on our wrap-around terrace watching a beautiful sunset with the waves crashing in the background makes time stand still. The shared infinity pool also has a breathtaking panoramic view of the coastline.
Our two story town home has been tastefully decorated to reflect the Costa Rican culture. All of our furniture has been handmade by Costa Rican craftsman. It has granite and marble counter tops throughout and has all the amenities to make your stay very comfortable. Our gourmet kitchen has just about everything you would need to cook a wonderful meal.
Our home has three bedrooms and three baths. The master has a king bed with private bath, the second bedroom has a queen bed with private bath and the third bedroom sleeps four with two sets of adult side custom-made bunk beds. There is also a full bath for this bedroom. Each bedroom has a partial ocean view of Flamingo Bay.
Bella Vista del Mar is very close to the beach... A quick three minute walk to two beautiful secluded beaches.
A bit more about our home: Our home is a two story stand alone home, not a condo. Next to our home is tropical gardens that allows for more privacy.
The Beaches: The beach is VERY close to our house. Our home sits on a hill overlooking Flamingo Bay. Just down from that hill is the ocean. Literally it is a 3-5 minute leisurely walk to two beautiful beaches. Playa Penca is a beautiful white sand beach in Flamingo Bay which is quite shallow for a long way out great for children, sunbathing, skim boarding and swimming. Playa Prieta is the same distance and has lots of great shade and big rolling waves for body surfing. Both beaches have been voted in the top five most gorgeous beaches in Costa Rica.
Our home is owned by two families from California who fell in love with Costa Rica as soon as we stepped foot in the country. I am a Physician and my husband is a Pharmacy Director. The other owner is Mortgage Loan Officer. We love to be able to escape to this tropical paradise as often as we can.
Jill or Jim Walsh purchased this house in 2006
We went down to Costa Rica in 2001 and fell in love with this area of Costa Rica. We wanted a home on the ocean that had all the luxuries we are accustomed to in the United States but was located in a Costa Rica community so that we could continue to have authentic Costa Rican experiences. Wonderful place to get away from it all!
Our home has beautiful views of the ocean and is located very close to the beaches. It is in a small gated community within an authentic Costa Rican community. It allows a traveler to have a very comfortable stay in a luxury home and yet have an authentic Costa Rican vacation.
Recent website review:
Everything in the listing is accurate. However the pictures do not do it justice. The property was spotless inside and out. The gated community in which it's located is well maintained. Everyone from the security, to the maid, to the maintenance crew were so warm, welcoming and above all helpful. The staff of Special Places of Guanacaste were very friendly as well. Jill was wonderful in answering any questions and prompt in answer all of my emails and calls. The house also has everything you're used to as far as home appliances. The house is surrounded by beautiful forests and only a 5 minute walk to the beach. The living room, kitchen, dining room and outdoor patio have an amazing view of the beach. You can even hear the waves crashing on the beach at night. The infinity edge pool has breathtaking views. There is so much to do and see and after a long eventful day it's nice to come home to a place like this. This house is also perfectly located near some of Costa Rica's most beautiful beaches and resorts but not too close that you find yourself among a crowd of tourists. I definitely would recommend this place to a friend or relative. If I ever return to Costa Rica I will definitely stay in this wonderful home again. If you're considering traveling to Costa Rica and don't know where to stay you've found the perfect vacation home. You will not be disappointed.
We stayed in this condo (2 couples) for 8 nights and each day was better than the one before. Everything about the property is is fantastic. The kitchen is amazing. We love to cook and it was fully equipped with everything you might need. The bedrooms and bathrooms are large and beautifully done. The view from the patio is stunning. It's close to the beach.
The only drawback is for people either elderly or have mobility problems. The property is set on a hillside and there is a lot of up and down.
The home is beautiful, pristine and very comfortable. There is plenty of space for gathering and privacy. Cooking in the kitchen is wonderful. The ocean views with sunsets are spectacular. The infinity pool is an inspiring experience!
Thank you Jim and Jill for sharing your beautiful home!! The Villa was perfect for our two week Costa Rican adventure. It is beautifully appointed and the views are incredible. The nightly sunsets were breathtaking day after day.. and the infinity pool.. WOW.. The location is perfect.. just a short walk to the beach or short drive to visit the local restaurants ..We enjoyed La Perla, La Brisas and especially The Great Waltini's in Playa Grande where we celebrated our 40th anniversary dinner... excellent recommendation! We found driving not to be an issue at all. We traveled to Tamarindo more than once for shopping and enjoyed two delicious lunches at Nogui's and also spent a few days in Arenal where stayed at Tabicon Hot Springs Resort a beautiful facility where we indulged with massages and enjoyed their excellent food. While we have zip lined in the Dominican Republic we found our Sky Trek adventure in the rain forest the best and highly recommend!
We especially appreciate your recommendations and quick response to all our questions while planning our trip.. that was a huge help!
We will highly recommend this property to all considering Costa Rica as their destination!
Ron and Barbara
Dear Jill and Jim,
We enjoyed our stay completely. Thanks for sharing your special place. It has every amenity and a spectacular view. The binder you provided and the property management company we both very helpful since we has never been to Costa Rica before.
I hope you will enjoy your stay at our place in Bodega Bay as much as we enjoyed your house.
Thanks again. Bernie and Jane
We always travel with our boys and have only stayed in resorts until this trip. The chance of us staying at a resort again are slim. This property was all we could ever hope for. Our own space, no rushing down to try and "save" a spot at the beach.
There are two fabulous beaches within a five minute walk. We started every morning at the infinity pool at the top of the resort with our coffee and ended it in the same place watching an amazing sunset. This is posted many months after our trip and my memories are still so vivid that I often take a mental break at work to recharge just thinking of the trip we had.
The villa was fantastic. The beds were better than our home! There was nothing lacking in the kitchen, nothing! The showers were excellent....nothing better than a steamy shower at the end of the day before happy hour.
The neighbours were incredibly helpful and friendly. We feel as if we made a new family and hope to return very soon.
This computer geek, desk bound, rather out of shape mom even went to surfing school for a day! You have to try that! Every time I get low and burnt out from work, I look at a picture of me cruising a (rather embarrassingly small) wave and think...ok, this is nothing!
Jill and Jim's villa is like "coming home" only better. The management staff was great. We named our regular visiting birds and on the walk to the beach we could look up and see the monkeys above us in the trees.
Weather was fantastic, it is beautiful and the roads are great by the way. The "Extra" car insurance really wasn't necessary, but if you are of the cautious nature, best to get it anyway. Next time we come we want to try the end of the rainy season....Nov/Dec. Our only regret is that we can't come this year, our oldest is preparing for University......quite the adventure in itself.
If you are looking for a trip...this location is perfect. Everything is close and there is so much to do, or if you choose....lie low and do as little as possible. We were somewhere in between.
Thank you Jill and Jim for letting us into your beautiful Villa!
My family and I stayed at this beautiful home for a week to attend my cousin's wedding. It is my fourth time to Costa Rica, but my family's first time and this house and location left an everlasting impression on all of us. We had 5 of us at the house (Wife & I + Mom & Dad + Grandma) and it accomodated with ease as it basically has 2 master bedrooms downstairs and a large upstairs bedroom that was convenient for granny to not have to walk up any stairs. The full kitchen had everything and allowed us to cook our own extravagant meals when we weren't going out on the town to La Perla, The Shack, Las Brisas, or the other dozens of delicious restaurants in town. Everything was extremely clean and well-cared for. Air conditioning worked GREAT! All appliances were modern and the internet was speedy.
The house is conveniently located walking distance from a couple little beaches. You can get to the water in about 5-10 minutes by foot (in sandals) simply walking across the street down a little trail. There are lots of delicious restaurants inside and around Portero that are worth going to. You can walk to them in 15 minutes or drive 2 minutes. It's vacation, whatever you feel like! Moreover, if you are mobile with a rental you can visit dozens of destination spots from here like Playa Grande, Tamarindo, Las Catalinas, etc.
Above all, the view is what makes this house and location absolutely desirable. From the balcony you can look out and enjoy the view of multiple beaches and endless ocean. It is an extremely calming site to take in. In the morning it is hard to believe the natural beauty you are waking up to. Kind of like a painting. The infinity pool is arguably the best location in the entire country. It overlooks Playa Prieta to the right and Playa Penca, Playa Portero all the way out to Flamingo on the left. If you sit in the pool just right, you can't tell where the pool begins and the ocean ends. This pool has a multi-million dollar view.
The home owners were extremely responsive and accommodating. Thank you very much for allowing my family and I to experience Costa Rica from your home. It truly was a wonderful experience that I will remember forever. Your home is fantastic and gets me dreaming about what I'd love to have one day!
Would I recommend this property to a friend or relative? YES! Claro que si!!!!!!! Pura Vida!
Our home is located in a quaint community on the Pacific Coast called Potrero in Flamingo Bay. If you have not traveled to Costa Rica before, it is a country of adventure. The people are wonderful and kind. Bella Vista del Mar is perfect for families who want to vacation together in a tropical paradise which offers many recreational activities. We are within walking distance (3-5 minutes) of two of the most gorgeous beaches in all of Costa Rica. There are many water sports within 15 min of our home. Locally there are many other activities including hiking, horseback riding, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, canopy tours, ATV adventures.
Within 30 minutes is Tamarindo and Playa Grande, one of the surfing capitals of the world. There you can surf, take lessons or just lie on the beach. Within 3 hours is the Arenal Volcano and the Tabicon Hot Springs which is a must see. It is truly paradise on earth. There are many adventures including white water rafting, waterfall repelling, hiking and canopy tours.
Other Activities: Jungle Canopy tour, ATV adventures
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
May 1 2015 - May 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2015 - Sep 15 2015
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
Rental rates: $1500- $3500/ week
40% DISCOUNT ON WEEKLY RATE FOR TWO WEEK STAY OR MORE ($1500 / week)
50% deposit due at time of reservation. Balance due 30 days prior to occupancy.
Stays less than one week or multiple week stays are available. You are encouraged to inquire.
NO refund of deposit for Christmas and Easter weeks.
Rates do not include 13% Costa Rican accommodation sales tax
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.