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Stefan

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese

Tried & True 4br 4ba Family Favourite w Private Pool 5 star rating

16 Reviews
Sleeps11
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 14 nights

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Overview

Puntarenas House Rental Photos and Description

Main House 3 Bedrooms 3 Baths, 1br 1ba Pool House Suite Sleeps 1-12, Yoga Shala

Casa Monarca is one of the the most celebrated beach house rentals in Santa Teresa's exclusive northend, and for good reason. This 3,000 sq ft, 4-br 4-ba home boasts all the amenities, has an outstanding location walking distance to the beach, and is an excellent value. There are 3 MBR/ MBA Suites with king beds, a chef's kitchen, ample common indoor & outdoor Living and Dining spaces. This home offers a large terrace and 1/2 acre tropical garden with it's own private salt-chlorinated swimming pool, a pool house with terrace and a beautiful teak and palm yoga shala, all just steps to the pristine white sands, warm glassy surf waves and glowing sunsets that make Santa Teresa such a magical place. If the surf is not for you, you can still enjoy long walks at low tide or enjoy your private pool surrounded by lush tropical gardens, or the screened comforts of A/C, wireless internet and satellite TV and full Concierge services, to help you make the most of your vacation, at no additional cost to you.

Casa Monarca was built in 2006 and renovated in 2009, by a well known Costa Rican builder educated at the University of Nebraska, USA. The goal was to bring together casual Costa Rican style living with all of the comforts and safety standards common to North American construction. The pool house and yoga shala were completed in late 2016. The result is a complete success and sure to please everyone in your party.

The house is furnished with quality finishings and furniture from Bali and Costa Rica. The MBR/MBA Suite has a king size and full size beds, a large marble bathroom and double 8' sliders out to the terrace, with a private seating area. The second bedroom offers a king size bed, walk-in closet and a private bathroom. The third bedroom has a bunk bed, ample closet space and a bathroom next door. The pool house suite offers the fourth bedroom with private bath. The kitchen is well equipped for cooking with a full size refrigerator, gas stove, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, blender, rice cooker, toaster oven all the necessary utensils, eat-up counter top and much more. The living room is a very nice place to relax, and has a flatscreen 32 Cable TV and Highspeed Fiber Optic Internet connection and WifI.

The house is concrete, tile and stone with teak wood and cana brava bamboo finishes, fully screened with aluminum doors and windows with A/C and ceiling fans in all the bedrooms and kitchen/living room areas. The terrace has LR, DR, hammock areas and a large gas lava rock grill, all overlooking the swimming pool area. Casa Monarca is surrounded by beautiful mature tropical gardens, on its own private ½ acre lot with mature tropical gardens, colorful flowers, almond trees, palms and a bermuda grass lawn. There’s an outdoor shower for rinsing off the beach sand.

Mariposa property is a gated 3-house complex that sleeps up to 30 guests. If you wish to accommodate more than one family please contact us or visit our website for more information. The property is private, clean, meticulously maintained and very secure, as Casa Monarca offers an alarm, laptop safes and a nighttime watchman.

Within walking distance you'll find a supermarket and restaurants and the town center is a short ride on one of our beach cruiser bikes (2 per home at no additional cost), less than 1 mile away (1.3km). We also include Continental breakfast (fresh fruit salad, toast with butter and jam and coffee) and 2 soft top surf boards.

If there is anything at all that we can do to make your upcoming visit a total success, please don't hesitate to ask

We look forward to your stay! Pura vida!

More Details
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Stefan (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese

About Stefan

My Dad was an executive w/Sheraton & Omni hotels, so I grew up in & @ the hospitality business. I first came to CR, in '96 to guide the Pacuare river with Rios Tropicals, while on summer break from grad school.

I quickly fell in love with CR & came back every summer since. In 2000 I moved to CR for a year & began 'The Search'. In 2002 I was able to transition back to CR full time & purchased this magnificent beachfront parcel in '03 w/the sale of my Aspen property. I am an ex-Aspen, Colorado foreign language teacher, who is actively involved as a volunteer at the local public school. I have dedicated my full time efforts to developing and running a first class beach home rental operation, where people can come and relax, renew and enjoy one of the prettiest beaches in anywhere in the world...Santa Teresa, CR. Mariposa Vacation Homes, is the result of many years of dedicated work to achieve that goal.

Stefan purchased this house in 2006

Why Stefan chose Puntarenas

I lived in Hawaii for 3 years & have traveled extensively both abroad & around Costa Rica, looking for the most beautiful beach in the world, where the surf is friendly & consistent. I decided to settle in Santa Teresa because it was one of the few places that actually surpassed my criteria. It's pristine white sand beaches, glowing sunsets, wonderful surf, nice people and magical tropical atmosphere must be experienced first-hand in to be truely appreciated !

What makes this house unique

Mariposa Vacation homes reflects a passion for excellence and respect for nature. Our goal here is simple: to provide every guest everything they need to enjoy the best beach vacation ever ! Our homes are comfortable quality constructions, with modern conveniences, beautiful gardens, very private and steps to one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica, wit a small intimate staff to cater to your needs...

What more could you ask for ?

We welcome you to come and experience the beauty and magic of Santa Teresa, and Costarican 'PuraVida' hospitality.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Stayed in Casa Pelicano (Monarca as of 10 '14), beautiful location with everything near by. The house was private and quiet with great beach access. Great area for day trips as well. Marta provided exceptional service and recommendations on activities and restaurants. I want to live in Casa Pelicano!!
May 2014
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4.9
based on 16 traveler reviews

Tried & True 4br 4ba Family Favourite w Private Pool 5 star rating
average rating of 4.9375 based on 63 reviews
5

Extremely happy customer

  • 5 of 5

This was our third time back to mariposa vacation homes.. We have stayed at every one of the properties for some period of time.. Each one is incredible in their own way.. This year, they added beach cruiser bikes and 2 surfboards per property which was an incredible addition.. The bikes were perfect for cruising around town and on the beach.. And the boards were perfect for helping some beginning surfers tackle the incredible surf out front.. The concierge and staff could not be more helpful and friendly.. Any questions or concerns were only a phone call away even though there were few.. We have been vacationing in Santa teresa for several weeks at a time for the past 13 years... I couldn't imagine staying at any other property. The staff have become my extended Costa Rican family and I look forward to seeing the incredible staff just as much as I do the beautiful views Costa Rica has to offer... I can't express how absolutely amazing this property is...

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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san jose
5

paradise

  • 5 of 5

amazing, breathtaking, unbelievable excellent place for a dream vacation

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
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alajuela, costa rica
5

amazing

  • 5 of 5

we spent 3 days at monarca house . 4 adults and a 2 year old . all the staff were professional and extremely helpful . they arranged for bicycles and reservations at excelents restaurants in santa teresa . the property is located in front of the surf spot and has a private space to run and explore . the pool is super safe . we spent a wonderful time, we recommend and certainly will be back there .

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
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New Jersey
5

great house for family vacation

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week with our family including a 3 year old. The staff including concierge, housekeeping, grounds keeper and security were professional and extremely helpful and friendly. Our meals were prepared by an excellent chef that was recommended by the conciege. She also arranged for bicycles, surf lessons, ATV's, transportation, and massages and reservations at the best restaurants in Santa Teresa. We had a wonderful week and would recommend highly this house.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
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5

Perfect family layout

  • 5 of 5

The house and property is set up so well for kids. We have 4 (6,5,3 and 20 months). Lots of private space for them to run and explore. In the first 2 days we saw from our backyard, a family of monkeys with their babies, several different iguanas, birds, geckos and tones of butterflies.

The covered patio is awesome to escape the sun but still have lots of room to play. The pool is a safe distance from the house so we did not stress about our youngest falling in but close enough that when everyone was swimming/wearing water wings around the pool we could sit up on the deck and relax.

We did 2 trips to the beach each day and the walk with 4 little ones was a breeze. The sunsets were amazing! My favourite part of the day was from 4-6 on the beach.

The Mariposa staff was very attentive and any request we had they were on it immediately. Very friendly and hard working people. Thanks for all your help!

We ate at Koji's which is mandatory and you will hear that from everyone! Habaneros was also good food, great (and only) spot on the beach and ideal for kids as their are tones of crabs after sunset.

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay. Thanks again. Please come back soon !!!
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Durham, NC
4

Nice Retreat in Santa Teresa

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our six night stay at the Casa Pelicano. We had a 3 generation family, so it fit our needs nicely. We spent many nice afternoons/evenings playing cards or reading on the back porch listening to the howler monkeys and hearing the surf in the background. We even had a troop of monkeys come through one evening and they hung out in the back yard trees for a while. There were lots and lots of baby iguanas in the yard as well. We did rent a car to be able to get around and see other areas of Mal Pais. There is one small grocery and a couple of restuarants in walking distance. If you plan to do a lot of cooking, the kitchen was a little smaller than expected, but we were able to make do. The house was clean and comfortable and the conceirge, Marta was very helpful.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your positive review. Glad the house worked great for you all ! Please come back again soon. Next time try Casa Yin yang...
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Map

Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Tambor
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
La Lora
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Tambor Ferry in Paquera to Puntarenas
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Los Delfines Tamor
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Chile Viola
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Playa Santa Teresa

Our multi-lingual Concierge Marta Marques will be happy to assist you with all your vacation needs, at no additional cost to you. Popular activities include yoga and pilates classes, spa, massages, surf rentals and lessons, canopy tour, sea kayak, Curu nature reserve, Cabo Blanco national park hike, local snorkeling and trips to Tortuga Island.

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Rates & Availability

Mal Pais House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Regular Season
May 17 2016 - Sep 10 2016
5 night minimum stay
$550
 
 
Low Season
Sep 11 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
$400
 
 
Regular Season
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 16 2016
6 night minimum stay
$600
 
 
Christmas
Dec 17 2016 - Dec 24 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,500
 
 
New Years
Dec 25 2016 - Jan 8 2017
14 night minimum stay
$2,250
 
 
High Season
Jan 9 2017 - May 15 2017
6 night minimum stay
$800
 

Additional information about rental rates

RATES 2016

*PLEASE NOTE THAT CHRISTMAS, NEW YEARS, PRESIDENTS WEEK, SPRING BREAK AND MANY OTHER HOLIDAY RATES IN HAVE A HIGHER PER NIGHTLY RATE AND ARE NOT SPECIFIED HERE ON VRBO.COM BUT MAY BE FOUND AT WWW.MARIPOSAVACATIONHOMES.COM/RATES

CASA MONARCA

JANUARY 4 – MAY 15 $ 695- PER NIGHT ~ HIGH SEASON

MAY 16 – SEPTEMBER 10 $ 500- PER NIGHT ~ REGULAR SEASON

SEPTEMBER 11 – OCTOBER 31 $ 375- PER NIGHT ~ LOW SEASON

NOVEMBER 1 – DECEMBER 15 $ 500- PER NIGHT ~ REGULAR SEASON
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RATES 2017

CASA MONARCA

JANUARY 4 – MAY 15 $ 800- PER NIGHT ~ HIGH SEASON

MAY 16 – SEPTEMBER 10 $ 550- PER NIGHT ~ REGULAR SEASON

SEPTEMBER 11 – OCTOBER 31 $ 400- PER NIGHT ~ LOW SEASON

NOVEMBER 1 – DECEMBER 15 $ 550- PER NIGHT ~ REGULAR SEASON

* Please note that all rates are in US dollars and that all Holiday weeks will incur additional fees. Prices may also vary based upon time of booking, total number of guests and length of stay. Please inquire for specific rates and more information. Thank you.

Please note that there is a 6% Credit Card or Paypal fees and $ 30- wire transfer fee to receive the funds in Costa Rica, in addition to your banks' wire initiation fees. Please note that rates are subject to change without prior notice and your reservation is not confirmed until you have receive a written confirmation. Last minute deals available. Thank you.

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Amenities

Puntarenas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • MBA with Marble travertine stone, Brazilian granite counter top, Helvex Stainless Steel faucets and cedar & cana brava bamboo finishes
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , King size sofa bed in LR
  • King size beds (2), Double Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) King size sleeper sofa, Bunk Beds (1) Twin size units
Entertainment:
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes:
One of Santa Teresa's premier private rental properties, with Trip Advisor 5 star rating and Certificate of Excellence Award Winner. Private, quiet, safe, secure, fenced property w/concierge, electric gate entrance, very close walking distance to the beach, extremely clean & comfy, close to restaurants and supermarkets, but out of town in a quite residential neighborhood, property is maticulously maintained by US/CR owner & staff, environmentally conscious project

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