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Private Swimming Pool *300 steps to BEST beach * No car needed* Honeymoon Villa

Susan Miller

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Susan Miller

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
May 12, 2015
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Private Swimming Pool *300 steps to BEST beach * No car needed* Honeymoon Villa

Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


Las Terrenas Villa Rental Photos and Description

2 bedrooms plus twin daybed, 1 full bath, sleeps max 4 adults + 1 child

It's ALL about location! Enjoy your own totally private swimming pool, just 300 yards to the best beach! Unlike properties at Playas Bonita or Coson, NO car is needed as it is a safe 5 minute walk along the beach road to the shops and restaurants in Las Terrenas.

Casa Pura Vida is a romantic 'honeymoon cottage' in a walled, quarter-acre, tropical garden - the perfect alternative to a cramped hotel room. Beautifully yet simply decorated in beach glass colors of turquoise and lime green. Casa Pura Vida was featured on the American television show, House Hunters International on HGTV.

Two bedrooms with queen beds plus twin daybed to sleep five. Comfortable, light-filled living area with cable television, DVD player and WIFI Internet access for your laptop. Equipped kitchen, tiled bathroom with HOT shower. High ceilings with ceiling fans and constant breezes.

We provide a helpful rental guide and free hurricane refund policy. Also see

The 'Sky Terrace,' a second-story apartment located next to Casa Pura Vida,. is available to rent separately or together with Casa Pura Vida. Completed in March, 2012 as the owners' private retreat, the Sky Terrace offers amazing views of palm tree-covered mountains during the day and star-filled skies at night. With sky-lights, glass brick windows, gorgeous bathroom, large equipped kitchen and screened porch in a light-filled open layout, the apartment sleeps up to 3 people. See: for more info.

How to Travel to Las Terrenas: The easiest and cheapest way to reach Las Terrenas is to fly into El Catey airport (Canadian guests) or Santo Domingo--Los Americas Airport (SDQ), hire a rental car (Budget is approx. $240//week) and then make the easy and beautiful 2 hour drive up the brand new highway which starts just outside the airport and travels through palm plantations and rice paddies.

Our manager can pick you up for the same fee as a taxi ($80--$180 US), PLUS he will stop for food or beverages on the way to the villa!

When you make a reservation at Casa Pura Vida, you will receive detailed information on how to travel from SDQ, (or other arrival cities) PLUS you will receive a comprehensive Rental Guide with suggestions for restaurants, nightclubs, where to go, best beaches,etc. Plus: our manager can help you rent a 'quad,' arrange snorkeling, diving or fishing expeditions, zip-line tours... and he can tell you where to find the hottest 'nightclub de jour'!

The helpful advice you will receive when planning your vacation and on-site assistance is one of the reasons why Casa Pura Vida has the MOST bookings and the MOST positive reviews of any Las Terrenas listing! :)

About Las Terrenas: With over 15 miles of deserted, turquoise-water beaches, 'Time' magazine has described Las Terrenas as having one of the last, long stretches of undeveloped beach in the Caribbean.

The balmy climate with its ever-present trade winds and the warm temperature of the sub-tropical Atlantic Ocean combine to provide this part of the island with year-round, delightful weather with only a few degrees difference in temperature between winter and summer.

Las Terrenas is both a small fishing village AND it is also a vibrant cosmopolitan beachtown with over 60 restaurants, many of which are owned and operated by French or Italian permanent residents and located along the beachfront. There is a modern supermarket, two banks, ATM's, ,exciting night clubs and unique gift stores with quality handicrafts, clothing and jewelry.

The French bakery (just a short walk from Casa Pura Vida) is THE place to go for morning coffee and fresh will feel like you're in Paris, but with perfect balmy weather!

Walk the never-ending beach and watch the colorful kiteboards or take lessons! Go diving, snorkeling, hiking, mountain biking, or horseback riding on the beach.

About Casa Pura Vida (and the owners): Steve and Susan Miller fell in love with Las Terrenas when they first visited the Samana Peninsula to go whale-watching. The Millers live in Louisville, Kentucky, USA and purchased Casa Pura Vida as a vacation home and as a rental property for travelers looking for an alternative to cramped hotel rooms or impersonal all-inclusive resorts.

Casa Pura Vida is located in a QUIET neighborhood (no motoconchos!) and is decorated in tropical colors of turquoise and green. Guests may buy fresh fish or shrimp right on the beach and prepare in the equipped kitchen or on the outdoor grill. Purchase freshly-baked baguettes and pastries for breakfast at the French bakery, just a 5 minute walk into town. Take a dip in your private pool and watch the sun set over the hills beyond your backyard.

The American television program 'House Hunters International' (on the HGTV network) shot an episode about the Millers and their new vacation home--- the episode has aired several times!

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Susan Miller (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 12, 2015

Why HomeAway

Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights
Travel with confidence
Travel with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.


based on 23 traveler reviews

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Private Swimming Pool *300 steps to BEST beach * No car needed* Honeymoon Villa
average rating of 4.9130435 based on 23 reviews

Casa Pura Vida, just perfect

  • 5 of 5

Casa Pura Vida is just the perfect place to stay in Las Terrenas. It's away from al the noisiness of the town, but not to far away to go there (walking). It's just a little walk to the beach with a lot of nice restaurants. The house is clean and very nice, tastefully decorated and has al the comfort you need. The garden and private pool (very well maintained) are great, so much privacy. We wanted a relaxing holiday, and that is what we got. We walked into town or the restaurants at the fishermans area or took a motoconcho. The only trip we made was to El Limon which was great to experience, especially the horse ride to get there. Whatever holiday you like, relaxing or active, this is the best place te be.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2010
  • Stayed: Dec 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Rob and Jantine stayed three weeks at Casa Pura Vida and I'm so glad they had such a wonderful time! They sent me an email when they first arrived to say how much they loved the flower arrangements in the house and how they appreciated our friendly and helpful gardener and housekeeper. And as they said, we really do have the BEST location in Las Terrenas!

Hoping for a return visit......

  • 5 of 5

(Dec 13, 2014--Jan 3, 2015) "We had a wonderful three weeks at Casa Pura Vida.....It was a memorable vacation for us-- made perfect by standing in the front yard at midnight on New Year's Eve and watching the Las Terrenas fireworks! Special appreciation to Steve, Susan and Frito for taxi services, great local tips and genuine friendliness...." All was "as advertised".

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway


  • 5 of 5

We had a very pleasant and relaxing stay at Casa Pura Vida! The house is well equipped, spacious and offered everything we needed for our longer stay in Las Terrenas. The private garden with pool offers complete privacy and was perfect for our daily grill'n chill sessions. Everything you need like mini markets, restaurants, bars and beaches are close and easy reachable by foot. The owner and housekeeper where very friendly and provided us with lots of useful informations about the location and possible activities there.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so pleased our guests from Switzerland had a 5 star stay at our villa! They were able to enjoy the beaches, restaurants and shopping without a of the best features about Casa Pura Vida... Thank you Denis...we hope you return soon!

Awesome for the whole family...

  • 5 of 5

The title really says it all. Our stay at Casa Pura Vida was flippin' fantastic! We had private (and i mean PRIVATE) pool and our young children (ages 3 &4) loved it! We enjoyed time outside in the garden area during the day and felt completely safe there...what more could we ask for? very little but if something does come to mind you just yell...."susaaaan" and there it'll be! Nothing but good reviews and vibes from this place and owner.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I absolutely loved getting to know Elly, her husband Eli and their super-cute boys!! They came all the way from Alaska and were so appreciative of the house, pool and gardens- I hope they return! :)
Ellerslie, Ga

"Just what we were looking for"

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a Caribbean vacation to celebrate our 30th anniversary and wanted to experience natural beaches without the stacked condos and resorts. We wanted a good location with privacy and something that we could cook a few meals in. After seeing the pictures and reading the reviews of what Casa Pura Vida offered, it sounded perfect. After spending 9 nights there, we can say it was exactly what we were looking for and more. We loved the fact that you can walk to the beach, town and plenty of restuarants to choose from. After a couple days of settling in we felt perfectly safe walking at night. Susan delivered on everything as the web site is listed and provided tips on the area. Frito, the property manager and local expert can answer your questions and help with scheduling any activities or adventures. We rented a vehicle for the week but really did not use it since there are so many things walking distance. Next time we will shuttle from the airport and rent a quad (atv) or motorcycle for the days we want to adventure out more. Our favorite activites were, El Limon, taking photos and snorkeling at Bonita, beach walking, Sunday (family day) at Luis-Coson.This was our first International trip and we enjoyed every minute of it.Thanks Susan and Frito for everything! Hope to see you soon, Ron & Kathy GA-USA

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so happy I was able to meet Ron and Kathy as they're just a delightful couple! They took advantage of everything Las Terrenas and the Samana Peninsula has to offer and also appreciated the excellent location and amenities of Casa Pura Vida- They are already talking about returning next year and I can't wait to see them again!

Loved Casa Pura Vida -- You can't miss!

  • 5 of 5

We always prefer renting a nice house or cottage vs. any kind of large hotel or all-inclusive vacation, and Las Terrenas was the perfect getaway from a chilly Colorado winter! Casa Pura Vida was roomy with everything we need for the 2 of us, including fresh water, Internet access and a TV, which we never turned on! Owners Steve & Susan directed us to the best beaches, restaurants and "happy hours" around the town! I liked having a grill to cook up some fresh fish that you can buy every day on the beach from the local fishermen. And the pool was so relaxing in the heat of the day when you just wanted to lay about, read and then cool off. The 2 bedrooms would make this a good choice for a family with one or 2 children as well. If you're a single traveler or a couple, ask owner Susan about her new Terrace apartment on the property. It has its own pool and is very private. The easy walking access to the main town, the delicious French bakery and of course the beach and the seaside "Mojitos" cuban bar and restaurant make this the perfect choice for anyone looking to relax yet have plenty of choices to do some day trips or a few adventures. We were very lucky to have a week of beautiful weather even though we visited just before the high season started around Dec. 15. We had a few cooling morning rains that just led into great sunny afternoons and warm evenings! We like to explore new places, but Las Terrenas is high on our list for a return trip!

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jerry has perfectly captured the appeal and advantages of Casa Pura Vida and his review shows why Casa Pura Vida is the MOST consistently booked private villa in Las Terrenas! I hope they stay with us again soon!


Cascada El Limon
restaurant las terrenas pueblo de los pescadores
Playa Rincon
The "SPOT" for kite surfing
Whale Samana - Kim Beddall
Las Terrenas
Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Samana - El Catey (AZS)
Nearest Barpub
250 Metres
Bars and restaurants are a 3 minute walk away
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
new highway to El Catey airport and Sto Domingo
Nearest Restaurant
250 Metres
Restaurants are a 3 minute walk away
Nearest Beach
250 Metres
Just 300 steps to Playa Popy
Car: not necessary

Top 3 Reasons why Casa Pura Vida is the BEST villa rental on the Samana Peninsula:

1. It is located just 300 yards from Playa Popy: one of the last, long stretches of undeveloped, turquoise-water beach in the Caribbean.

2. You can walk to the town of Las Terrenas --no car is needed!

3. You have your very own PRIVATE swimming pool (No tan lines! :)

Las Terrenas has over 50 French, Italian, German and Dominican restaurants, two large, modern supermarkets, exciting night clubs (dancing on the beach!) and unique gift stores with quality handicrafts, clothing and jewelry.

Snorkeling, diving, deep sea fishing, wind surfing and kite boarding are just steps away from Casa Pura Vida. Go hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding on the beach, zip-lining through the jungle, or to the beautiful El Limon waterfall.

Or just stay home and enjoy your private swimming pool and tropical gardens....

Other Activities: Kite-boarding (trade winds blow a steady 12-15 mph!) Hobie cats, whale-watching (January-March) zip-line tours and deep-sea fishing. You will receive a comprehensive rental guide with information on all local activities and tips about the BEST restaurants, and MUST-SEE's.

Our manager, Mr. Frito D'Ambreville, speaks Spanish, English and French and can arrange fishing, diving or snorkeling excursions and quad or jeep rentals.

Be careful of rental listings that say 'Close to the Beach,' but require a CAR or TAXI to get there!


Rates & Availability

From $119 Per night

Las Terrenas Villa Rental Rates

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4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $20.00
Departure Cleaning Fee $50.00
Notes If Casa Pura Vida is already booked for your requested dates, you may want to check availability at our neighboring townhouse, The Sky Terrace. Please see HomeAway listing 202925. The townhouse is suitable for a maximum of 3 guests.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Las Terrenas Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 950 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Village ...
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Tiled bathroom with glass brick wall has a wonderful HOT Water-Pik shower. There is also an OUTDOOR shower to rinse off sand when you return from the beach.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Master bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Foyer - 1 twin/ single , Twin daybed
  • High hardwood ceilings, screened and louvered windows, ceiling fans and wonderful cross-ventilation in each bedroom. Reading lamps on each side of the beds!
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The kitchen has a refrigerator-freezer, 4-burner gas stove, microwave oven, toaster oven, coffee maker, electric juicer, blender for frozen drinks, pots and pans, utensils, plates, bowls and glasses: everything you need to prepare all your meals! Barbeque meat and seafood on the backyard bar-b-q grill. Dine outdoors and enjoy the sunset under the flower-covered backyard kiosk. Our housekeeper can prepare delicious meals for a small additional charge--just ask Frito to arrange! Above the daybed is a library of 50+ paperback books for your reading pleasure. You'll never want to move from the shaded and cushioned sofa beside the swimming pool!

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