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april aboud

Member since: 2014
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

april aboud

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
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Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Santa Teresa House Rental Photos and Description

The Emerald Abode sits high above the famous surf breaks of Santa Teres

this newly constructed home, was built and designed specifically to take advantage of the 30 miles of pacific ocean views, with the emerald jungle below. Every room in the house has a view of the ocean, and/or private infinity plunge pool with jacuzzi. Modern design interior, solid wood floors, counter and cabinets. A/C and hot water. Truly a unique and romantic vacation spot. Very private, no Neighbors, a wonderful place to sit back, relax and unwind in the privacy of your own home.

  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
april aboud (Owner)
Member since: 2014
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About april aboud

i am originally from Toronto, Canada i hold a business degree in Advertising and Marketing, and worked in that field and Publishing for over 25 years before i looked to make a change in my life. when i first left Canada i moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico and set up a paint contracting business, where i worked there for the summer 6months and then went to Costa Rica for the winter 6months. i came to Costa Rica in the winter of 1992, (over 20 years) and fell in love with the area right there and then, setting up my winter months in the village of Santa Teresa. I am an artist that has a contractor business here, and i also publish our local newspaper called THE DIRT ROAD. i am currently divorced, living on the property in my first home i built myself back then when there was no electricity and no water, with just 3 Costa Rican’s and a lot of luck. I finally moved here permanently (giving up my work visa in the u.s.a.) with my two dogs, Akun and Nicoya. I am an entrepreneur from the start, when i came to Costa Rica our village had just got electricity so i started our first bakery, called 'la casa Rosa', delivering pizza and fresh baked bread to our very small population, moved on to the manager and chef at Star Mountain resort in MalPais...i also had a massage practice and created beach parties for the young tourists in the early years... Shortly thereafter i purchased this property and started building my paint contractors business. In 2009 i started our village newspaper called The Dirt Road, published in both English and Spanish. i have worked in the many homes of Mel Gibson as the main Paint Contractor and color consultant, and well as many other homes of the rich and famous here. I fell in love with our area the moment i saw it, and still believe it is the best part of Costa Rica. over 20years have passed and I'm what most locals refer to as an 'old school' resident. i love it here and especially grateful i can share my love of the village with my guest

april aboud purchased this house in 2000

Why april aboud chose Santa Teresa

I have seen all of Costa Rica in my first 5 years when I came here in 1992. And besides PLaya Santa Teresa being voted as the top 5 beaches in the world, i personally don’t think there is a more beautiful beach anywhere. I have watched this area grow from No electricity and No phone lines, and a population of about 30 families, with only 2 little local restaurants, 2 public schools, no banks or even a grocery store; into the current village we have now, which includes 4 private schools, 30 international cuisine restaurants, 10 yoga studios and spas, famous surf breaks, 5 grocery stores, banks, doctors, and a population of over 1,000 families. And i still love it here ! In 2000 I decided it was finally time to buy land, and although i could have traded my car for a piece of beachfront land in 1994, when i started to look for my paradise, i looked to the small hillside that follows our coastline for miles. i wanted to be up and above the growing crowds, but still close enough to be a part of the village. This is a very special piece of land, above the emerald green jungle, looking at the gem of the pacific for miles and miles. I own this little knoll overlooking the best of the best. I have NO neighbors on either side of me, (because I’m on this knoll). I rest about 50 meters above it all, so you can actually see the beach, the palm trees and the surfers catching the waves. Whether you like watching the monkey’s pass by, tropical birds or relaxing with a cup of tea and a good book, or how about a margarita to watch the amazing sunsets, or sit by the pool and stargaze all night. The Emerald Abode is truly the gem of Santa Teresa for me.

What makes this house unique

Over the past 14 years i have had many visiting friends and family, all saying the same thing about my property. Everyone the visits mentions the amazing energy of the land and the truly amazing large views. But it wasn't until 2013 that i decided to build a rental home to share this beautiful piece of paradise with others. So my second home, the Emerald Abode, was designed for the visitor. Each room has a large ocean view, with the jungle below creating an emerald carpet, making a perfect back drop for sitting back and relaxing. Some have said the view inspires, and as an artist i know why. Living outside of the hustle and bustling of the big cities and even our little village, here, one can hear the tropical birds and migrating monkeys in the early morning, watch the iguana’s and little gecko’s playing all day, and hear the crickets and tree frogs at night, but the most spectacular part of this property, is to see and hear the ocean 24/7. The rhythm of the ocean is really hypnotic and can roll away even the most stressed situation, making this the perfect relaxing and romantic place in Santa Teresa. Dreams feel possible when you’re sitting and enjoying the Emerald Abode.

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average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews


  • 5 of 5


My boyfriend and I spent 8 nights at Emerald Abode and it was the absolute best vacation ever! I'll start with the owner: She is friendly, outgoing, helpful and kind. She goes out of her way to help you set up trips/massages/etc..., and does little extra things that make your stay so special! The property: The views are spectacular from anywhere in the house and out on the deck. The house is open, nice, clean and absolutely perfect for a couple. We spent a majority of our time in the hammock and out on the deck/in the plunge pool. We enjoyed venturing into town, but was always excited to get back to the was the absolute best part of the vacation! I can't say enough wonderful things about this place.

Word of Advice: We rented a 4wd SUV but wish that we had rented 4x4 (4-wheelers) in Santa Teresa to use during our stay! That's the way many people get around town and seemed to be the most convenient form of transportation.


  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway


  • 5 of 5

clean, lovely, relaxing and better than it looked on the internet.

we had a wonderful stay with breathtaking, so- called rockstar views! we'll definitely recommend it. thanks april, we'll be back!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Hard to leave

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at the Emerald Abode for 8 nights in February and could not be happier with our experience. The view was outstanding, making the pool/lounging area tough to leave each day. Sitting there watching the surfers was incredibly relaxing. One of the best features was the ability to let the open air in and listen to the sounds of Santa Teresa. My husband and I love music and normally have it on at all times, however, at Emerald Abode we found that the sounds of the roosters, dogs, howler monkeys, geckos, waves, etc. was a much better background soundtrack for the week. I can't imagine there is any better location to view the sunset than from this home. Accommodations were clean and pristine when we arrived and we enjoyed the adventure that was getting our little 4x4 up the hill each day/night.

April was a kind and attentive host answering any and all of the questions we had.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Austin, TX

Wow, just wow. Honeymoon paradise! 6+ stars

  • 5 of 5

Couldn't have asked for a better place to spend 4 nights & wish it was for a week instead.

Everything in the listing is very accurate and the pictures really can't do it justice once you pull it all together.

The location is a bit off the road on a hillside, giving a lot of seclusion but still a close 1 minute drive down the hillside back to the main road.

The views of the ocean and sunsets are GOLDEN!!

April(owner) was very attentive to us and helped us out even for things that we were doing around CR after we left the Emerald Abode.

The surrounding community of Santa Theresa isn't too polished, but was very very friendly, safe and welcoming. Plenty of little restaurants to visit and grocery stores nearby. The beach is a stones throw down the road and although we didn't surf this time, there were plenty out every morning that we could see from our balcony .We can't wait to come back!

There is a perfect private pool that isn't shown in the pictures with a little whirlpool section and another with an infinity side.

I can't imagine someone not loving this property.

I would recommend this property to the pope himself. Absolute paradise!

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: how can i respond to such a wonderful review, other than saying, "wonderful guests write wonderful reviews !????" ...and i'm happy to say my guests are wonderful, and it is always my pleasure to help where i can..... other than that i am humbled by such a description of the Emerald Abode and the little 'not too polished' village of Santa Teresa..thank you Norman & Martha and i look forward to seeing you again next time !
San Diego

Magical View in clean home!!

  • 5 of 5

I just spent a week in Costa Rica with my girlfriend. We chose to stay off the Main Street in Santa Teresa and man were we stoked we did that. This home has and amazing view, is updated, and you can watch the most amazing lightning shows from your balcony!! You do need and ATV or 4x4 to access the property unless you don't mind walking up the hill. But for two people on vacation I could not have asked for a better home. April is amazing and has a welcome pack ready for you when you arrive. A true local you can asks her about anything in the region. I highly recommend this place!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: it was truly my pleasure to welcome this lovely young couple. and what fun it was to see how excited they were everyday to wake up in the Emerald Abode. i must say, i have the best job in town to welcome travelers from around the world, to take a moment and enjoy all the wonders they are experiencing. Truly my pleasure, and i look forward to your return next year !|!


  • 5 of 5

This was a great spot for me. Being a surfer I really enjoyed being able to know exactly which break was doing best and go. Knowing what the surf is doing all the time really is awesome. Also from the balcony I got to witness the most beautiful sunsets. But my favorite was the lighting storm show I got. Never seen anything like it! I can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: it is such a great feeling to get such wonderful comments from recent travelers who stay at the Emerald Abode. And always my pleasure to host surfers, for this is truly a unique environment to be able to wake up and look at the best surf breaks before having your morning coffee was the whole idea. a view of the ocean from every location in the house ! what more does one need on their SURF vacation !


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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Tambor on the Nicoya Peninsula, Nature Air
Nearest Barpub
90 Metres
La Lora Amarillo, oldest bar in our village
Nearest Ferry
55 Miles
Puntarenas Ferry to Paquara, 75minute ride
Nearest Golf
50 Miles
Tambor has 2 golf courses, Dolphinas y TangoMar
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
over 30 international rest. in village
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
white prestine beach of Playa Santa Teresa
Car: necessary

the village of Santa Teresa is the vacation spot for the rich and famous. often you will see movie stars roaming the beach, or having coffee at our local bakery. this is an international village, with over 30 restaurants serving international cuisine, 20 surf shops with surf instructors, 10 yoga/pilates studios, famous surf breaks, lots of souvenir shops, and much much more.


Rates & Availability

From $150 Per night

Santa Teresa House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 1 2015 - Nov 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
Dec 15 2015 - Jan 9 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100.00
Refundable damage deposit $49.00
Property Damage Protection $99.00
Notes rates are subject to change up to date of confirmed reservation. cancelation policy is as follows. cancelations will be accepted up to 60days to confirmed reservation, all cancelations will be charged a service fee and will be deducted from the total. NO CANCELATIONS will be accepted for any reservations made during xmas, new years and easter weeks... there are NO EXCEPTIONS to this.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Santa Teresa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , modern, hot water, custom made sink for two, custom cabinets
  • modern design for two, large shower, concrete floors and unique concrete sink for two. custom cabinets and views of Ocean and Swimming pool/Jacuzzi
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , a single bed can be added to accomodate a young child
  • large bedroom with a/c, solid wood floors, queen size bed, modern design with cow hide rugs and sculpted metalic headboard wall, large sliding screened doors, with Views of Ocean from Bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming

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