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Cabell & Martha Cropper

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english, spanish

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26 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Private residence for up to 6 guests 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 2 half baths

Villa Cabomar is located steps from the beach in Costa Rica's cruise ship port and offers a luxurious base for exploring Costa Rica's natural wonders or a place for relaxing in the Villa's private pool or on Costa Rica's longest beach. The Villa, located in an established residential neighborhood, is approximately four blocks from USAC Puntarenas Center, making it a convenient location for families visiting students at USAC. Restaurants featuring fresh seafood as well as steaks and continental cuisine are within short walking distance. Downtown Puntarenas, with more restaurants, banks and ATMs, the central market, and modern, well-stocked supermarkets, is a comfortable walk or a short cab ride.

Puntarenas is approximately a ninety minute drive via a limited access toll road from Costa Rica's Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) located in San Jose, the capital city. Most US air carriers provide frequent and convenient service to San Jose from the US. All major car rental companies are located at the airport or we can arrange transportation from the airport and car rental in Puntarenas.

The heart of Villa Cabomar is the open-air atrium between the kitchen and the computer area/laundry. A custom designed spa with water jets and falling water along with a wet bar, and half bath makes the back patio a private respite for relaxing. Villa Cabomar features high-level security measures, including gated parking, electronic entrance gates, and intercom. Native woods, original art and custom made furniture are found throughout the villa. Guests also have access to a fully equipped kitchen and washer and dryer.

Arrive at Villa Cabomar in the afternoon following your flight to Costa Rica. Enjoy a stroll on Paseo de los Turistas to experience the amazing sunset over the mountains on the Nicoya Peninsula. Linger over a dinner of Costa Rican seafood specialties at a nearby restaurant. Spend the next day exploring Puntarenas and relaxing on its endless beach. Awake refreshed and ready for an adventure to one of Costa Rica’s many natural attractions or spend the day relaxing on Villa Cabomar’s private patio next to the pool.

Some of Costa Rica's most spectacular beaches are within easy reach of Villa Cabomar. Ferries to beaches in the southern region of the Nicoya Peninsula - Montezuma, Mal Pais, Tambor - and to beaches in the northern region of the peninsula - Samara, Nicoya, Nosara - leave from the docks one half mile from Villa Cabomar. An great one day excursion is taking the ferry to Paquera and a taxi to Playa Organos, a secluded beach across the Gulf of Nicoya from Puntarenas. Remember to make arrangements with the cab driver to pick you up in time to catch the ferry back to Puntarenas. The ferry is a scenic, relaxing alternative to the long, overland drive on rough roads to these stunning beaches.

The Central Pacific's largest city, Puntarenas sits on a long, narrow peninsula in the Gulf of Nicoya. For years, it was the country's principal port, and although a newer port in nearby Caldera handles cargo, Puntarenas now hosts cruise ships and a large fishing fleet anchors in the estuary behind town. Being the country’s most important fishing port, Puntarenas is the perfect place to enjoy fresh seafood, such as camarones al ajillo (shrimp scampi), pescado entero (whole fried fish), or ceviche de mariscos (bits of fresh seafood marinated in lime juice with onions, peppers and spices).

Puntarenas is a lively town on weekends, when people from San José fill its waterfront restaurants and bars. A series of open-air 'kioskos' specializing in ice cream and fresh tropical fruit drinks line the beach and is the perfect place to head for dessert or refreshment.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Cabell & Martha Cropper (Owner)
Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english, spanish

About Cabell & Martha Cropper

We built Villa Cabomar as our retirement home and are happy to make it available for your vacation in Costa Rica. We have lived in Northern Virginia for almost 30 years. Martha is a Puntarenas native and a talented artist. Her taste and attention to details can be seen throughout the house - from the original art on the walls, to the custom designed dining room table, and the handcrafted cabinetry made of native renewable wood. Our adult children consider Villa Cabomar and Puntarenas their second home and visit at least once a year.

Cabell & Martha Cropper purchased this house in 2005

Why Cabell & Martha Cropper chose Guanacaste

Villa Cabomar is uniquely private but provides many options for your vacation. Our housekeeper considers guests as family members and goes the extra mile to make your stay in Villa Cabomar relaxing and enjoyable. She prepares and serves a complete breakfast everyday (except Sunday) and provides hotel-style housekeeping so that you always have a clean and orderly place to come back to from your adventures. Puntarenas, the town, is home to numerous moderately priced restaurants, a lively downtown, and a wide, gentle beach that stretches for several kilometers. It is the perfect starting point for tours to the interior of the country, the Nicoya Peninsula with its quirky beach towns and nature preserves, as well as other Pacific Coast beaches. Puntarenas is only 90 minutes from the international airport in San Jose.

What makes this house unique

Villa Cabomar is unique in that you feel as if you have a home in Costa Rica. You are not sharing its amenities with anyone else. Housekeeping and breakfast are provided so that you can spend your time by the pool, exploring Puntarenas, lying on the beach or seeing the natural beauty of Costa Rica. Having our roots in Puntarenas gives us access to resources that can make your vacation even more enjoyable. We can help you plan tours and ground transportation to and from the airport with a reliable bi-lingual guide with a well-maintained air-conditioned van. We can provide suggestions for destinations that are 'off the beaten path' and transportation alternatives to rental cars. Puntarenas, the major city on the Pacific Coast, provides a taste of the true 'pura vida' (Costa Rican expression for 'good life'). It welcomes visitors from around the world, but remains a city of friendly people who love to share their beach and lifestyle. Villa Cabomar with its inviting interior atrium and cool spa pool in the patio is a welcome respite from the bustle of the town and sightseeing. It is your private oasis.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks again for your hospitality. It was a great and different experience from our first trip here with a toddler and we already have a to-do list for our third trip.

The addition to your house is beautiful and Teresita was amazing and great company as usual.

It was so nice getting to spend time with you two as well. I think that is what I will take away most - getting to know you guys better and establishing a life-long friendship. We look forward to our return.
Feb 2011
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Austin, TX

All the comforts of home and wonderful food too.

  • 5 of 5

My sister and I stayed at Villa Cabomar for over a dozen days between the months of April-July 2013. As we own property elsewhere in Costa Rica and have traveled extensively throughout the country since 1996, we are very familiar with the hotel and vacation rental market. Suffice to say that for a private home, Villa Cabomar is the nicest property available in Puntarenas and certainly in the top tier for Costa Rica. The home is extremely spacious and comfortable and constructed to a European or American standard and includes private bathrooms for each guest room, very good air conditioning (Puntarenas is hot!) and a lovely private landscaped back patio and plunge pool. The caretaker, Teresita, is absolutely fantastic and keeps the home literally spotless. Everything in the home is in perfect working order and Teresita serves a variety of typical Tico breakfasts with strong Costa Rican coffee and fresh tropical fruits daily. We were very thankful that Villa Cabomar has a washing machine due to the hot weather and the sand from the beach and also for the good wifi. While Villa Cabomar is not “on the beach,” the paseo (beach boardwalk) is just a block away and you will be free from the constant barrage of trinket and lottery ticket sellers. Booking our stay was very easy. The owners were always very responsive to our emails and calls and I appreciated that I was able to pay for our multiple stays by simply depositing the funds into their Citibank account at my local Citibank branch as opposed to dealing with wire transfers and such. As a final recommendation, try a meal at Matobe’s pizzeria on the paseo (closed Wednesdays) – it may well be the best restaurant in town.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased that you enjoyed you stays at Villa Cabomar. Our goal is to provide a home in Costa Rica so you can enjoy your time there and not worry about day to day "chores". Teresita is a treasure and treats everyone like family. We hope you return to Villa Cabomar soon - Martha and Cabell
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Gorgeous home, exceed our expectations!

  • 5 of 5

This home has a very nice floor plan, is perfectly clean, the decor is beautiful, the fresh flowers in every room are a great touch. We enjoyed the patio and jacuzzi with cool water in the very hot days we were there. Teresita is a jewel, I wish I had a Teresita in my vrbo property in Georgia. She makes your stay even more special. She welcomes you with a delicious fruit juice, cooks a delicious breakfast every morning and is a kind and respectful lady. Thank you Martha, Cabell for your prompt responses to all our emails and for sharing your beautiful home. Thanks Teresita for taking such good care of us.

  • Submitted: May 14, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brighton, Michigan

Excellent! "Tranquilo"

  • 5 of 5

Truley an oasis in Puntarenas. A beautiful villa and spa to enjoy, air conditioned bedrooms a plus. A couple blocks to either side of the peninsula, walking distance to buses, ferries and restaurants. Beautiful Teresita makes the best breakfasts and is very helpful. Excellent communication with the owners. It was the perfect place to visit our daughter who is attending classes at USAC. We were able to experience the culture and see the area in which she lives, and enjoy many nearby places, thanks to the wonderful guide that the owners provided. Thank you for a wonderful stay.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words about Teresita and Villa Cabomar. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay and that the house met your expectations. We are fortunate to have Teresita taking care of our guests and making sure that the house is comfortable. We hope your daughter is enjoying her time at USAC and we look forward to your return trip to Villa Cabomar. Sincerely, Martha and Cabell
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Golden, CO

Great property as good as described

  • 5 of 5

We arrived on the evening of Dec 27th at the end of three weeks in South America. Teresita, the housekeeper, greeted us and showed us everything we needed to know about the property. The property is near the center of Puntarenas, but very secure, both for the car parking and the house itself. My wife was very sick when we arrived but Teresita went above the call of duty in making sure she was comfortable and within a day she was back to normal. The breakfasts were excellent, the air conditioning in the bedrooms was very good and the courtyard with plunge pool very enjoyable. The location is close to the beach and the shopping areas. A great place to relax and enjoy the Central Coast of Costa Rica. We will stay again when we return to the country.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy you enjoyed your stay at Villa Cabomar in spite of your wife's illness. Teresita is one of a kind! We're glad she was able to make you all comfortable. We look forward to your next visit!
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  • 5 of 5

My son, his girlfriend and I just returned from an amazing stay at Villa Cabomar! The house is absolutely immaculate, everything just like new and Teresita the darling housekeeper is a gem! Her breakfasts are to die for!

Thank you for sharing your lovely home!!


Shelly, Hailey and Stephen

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind words. We're glad you enjoyed your stay at Villa Cabomar and Teresita's cooking and housekeeping. We look forward to welcoming you back and other USAC families in the new future Martha and Cabell
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Perfect Private Vacation Rental!

  • 5 of 5

The home was an amazing home away from home. The house felt very secure and safe, it was clean and comfortable, and the location was perfect for many daily excursions. There is even plenty to do within walking distance. While we were there, the Puntarenas soccer team had a game, and the whole city was painted Orange! Our son bought a ticket and went to the game (also walking distance- about 1 block). It was fun to see everyone so excited about the game. Teresita was an amazing host. Even though our Spanish was not great, and she doesn't speak much English, we still were able to communicate fine. She was an excellent help in finding local things to do, and she is so accommodating to come and fix breakfast according to our schedule. She is an amazing cook, and she fixed us such delicious food for breakfast, even going beyond breakfast and preparing fresh fruit drinks, and ceviche! You will not be disappointed with this beautiful home!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Villa Cabomar and that you got a flavor of the Puntarenas way of life. Thank you so much for the kind words about Teresita. She considers all guests at Villa Cabomar as "family" and makes the extra effort to make everyone feel comfortable. We hope to welcome you back to Villa Cabomar in the future.
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
San Jose, Costa Rica
Nearest Ferry
1 Kilometres
Nicoya Penisula
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Pacific Coast Highway
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Las Delicias del Pacifico
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Car: recommended

Have you already experienced an all-inclusive resort? Or, you´re not really the resort type?

Villa Cabomar offers a casually sophisticated alternative to the resort experience.

Many of Costa Rica´s most famous attractions are easy day-trips from Villa Cabomar including Monteverde Rain Forest; Jaco Beach, the surfing beach that put Costa Rica on the map; deep-sea sport fishing at Herradura Beach; rain forest canopy (zip line) tours; catamaran tour to white sand beaches on a tropical island; dozens of Pacific coast beaches; the town of Sarchi, the origin of Costa Rica´s famous wood crafts; as well as San Jose, the Costa Rican capital, famous for its National Theater, modeled on the Paris Opera, the Museum of Gold and world-class shopping and dining.

You can book tours to many of Costa Rica's attractions with agencies in Puntarenas. These tours can last from a couple of hours to a full day. Dozens of beaches are accessible within 30 minutes to two hours from Puntarenas.

Other Activities: charter boat rentals


Rates & Availability

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4 night minimum stay

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Rates are per night for up to 6 people. Rates include full breakfast and hotel-style housekeeping every day except Sunday.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
Floor Area:
  • 2736 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Town ...
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , outdoor shower
  • All the bedrooms have en suite full baths with hot water, interior benches in showers, and ceramic tile. Housekeeper cleans baths and changes towels daily. A guest powder room is located by the living area and a half bath is located off the patio
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Bedrooms are air conditioned and have ceiling fans. Bedrooms are equipped with cable TVs, and alarm clocks with CD players. The second floor bedrooms have balconies and interior windows overlooking central atrium as well as built-in hand-crafted native wood closets and storage units. The master bedroom on the main floor has a walk in closet and patio access. Each bedroom has a private bath with shower and hot water.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Housekeeper
  • bay/sound
  • marina
  • museums
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • volcano
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
Original artwork by Costa Rican artists decorates the living/dining area and the bedrooms. The kitchen and computer/utility area feature hand crafted native wood cabinets. Gated off street parking is provided and all entrances and windows are protected by custom designed and crafted wrought iron gates. The patio includes a spa pool with water jets and a water spout, and outdoor shower.

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