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Great Deal on Luxury Home with Gorgeous Ocean Views !

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, sleeps 8

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.

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Potrero House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Please see our specific rental agreement for the details in regards renting our home
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , (King bed)
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , (Queen bed)
    Bedroom 3 - 4 twin/ single , (4 large twins that comfortably sleep adults)
  • All bedrooms have a nice ocean view and all bedrooms are air conditioned with separate climate controls. The upstairs bedroom has 4 large bunk beds which are comfortable and will easily accommodate adults. The lower level has a large master suite with a king size bed and private bathroom. Also on this level is a second bedroom with a queen bed and attached private bathroom. .
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Gated Community
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • forests
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Our two story home was completed in February 2006. The main level includes the living room, dining room, large gourmet kitchen, large outside deck and patio with a beautiful view of the ocean as well as a full bath and bedroom with 4 large bunk beds. The lower level has a large master suite with a king size bed and private bathroom. Also on this level is a second bedroom with a queen bed and attached private bathroom. All the bedrooms have a nice ocean view. A laundry room is also on this floor with washer, dryer and second refrigerator/freezer. All rooms are air conditioned. The home has cable TV, DVD player, CD player, full stereo with inside and outside speakers and surround sound, high speed Internet and telephone. The Sony sound system is IPOD ready. The beautiful shared infinity pool with spa has two bathrooms/showers and a barbecue. Our home is a non-smoking home.


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Great Deal on Luxury Home with Gorgeous Ocean Views !
average rating of 4.9574466 based on 67 reviews

Great Potrero Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our week in Potrero and staying at the Bella Vista Del Mar. The home was clean, roomy and had a great entertaining floor plan. We had a group of 6 and it was a great size. We absolutely loved the pool. Each night after a busy day we would end in the pool watching the beautiful sunsets. The location was good if you are looking for culture, local activities, great restaurants, beaches and a slower paced life. Gotta go to Playa Flamingo, Los Catalina's, Diamanté Eco Adventures. Best restaurants were Castillo, Sailing Center and an Italian restaurant by Perlas we can't remember name. Overall a great vaca!

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you had such a nice stay. thank you for taking the time to do the review. Hope you will come again
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Best trip yet!

  • 5 of 5

The house was really nice, 5 people with lots of room. Nice size porch with beautiful views. The pool is at the top, a bit of a climb for with mobility problems. Jill and the Kraine management will work hard to solve any problems. It is a third world country, not everything is perfect, but those beaches are outstanding with many to choose from. If possible rent a vehicle.

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle WA

Great view and amenities

  • 5 of 5

Perfect place for us. Away from the crowds but pleasant walk to beach. The people of Costa Rica are wonderful and have the right attitude about preserving their environment.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that you enjoyed yourself and the Costa Rican culture in our area.
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Austin, Texas

Mostly good

  • 3 of 5

This was our first time renting a house in Costa, and it was mostly a good experience.


The location was really great. There are many restaurants within a few miles and the beaches are super close.

The view at the shared pool is really spectacular, we spent a lot of time up there and had it to ourselves.

Krain management company is really fantastic. Sebastian was our concierge and he was great. He was super responsive anytime we needed something, and he also made fishing and golf reservations for us.


The pool is a hike, but like I said, has the most amazing view.

The condo itself is a little dated. The sheets and towels were old and the showers need some help.

The view from the balcony is beautiful, but just on the other side (if you stand at the railing) is a little less than desirable neighborhood . That same neighborhood is the way you walk to the beach. It made my mom and I a little nervous and there's no way I would've walked by myself. There are also about 5 roosters, and no one gave them the memo that they weren't supposed to crow all day.

We had major issues with our AC's and the alarm system. We also had to call about the garbage disposal and our toilet. I've never had to call maintenance that many times. It was almost comical by the end.

If you stay here, make sure you rent a car. The road is extremely busy, so there's no walking anywhere. Trust me.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review. We sure apologize for the number of maintenance issues that occurred during your stay. That certainly can detract from one's stay. We are addressing those issues so they do not happen in the future. We live in a typical Costa Rica neighborhood instead of a resort which has an appeal to many as they wish to have an authentic Costa Rica holiday. It may have made you feel uneasy but our Costa Rican neighbors are good people.
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Absolutely beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of staying in Potrero June 19-28. We fell in love with the home, pool, beaches and little town. The home itself had many amenities including plenty of linens, well stocked kitchenware, utensils, plates, glasses and the like. The house was well decorated and clean. The outdoor deck offered great views of the ocean and a chance to see the monkeys play! The management company was responsive. The housing complex had 24 hour gate assistance and they were very friendly and helpful. The pool area was simply stunning. The rest rooms at the pool were clean and the outdoor shower was perfect for rinsing off after time at the beach. We watched many sunsets from the pool deck. While the monkeys were not as loud as we expected, the roosters were a bit noisy in the wee morning hours. But it didn't take away an ounce from thoroughly enjoying our stay! We enjoyed walking to the coffee shop and local soda for lunch. It was such a wonderful spot and we hope to return again!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for sharing your experience. We are delighted that you had such a wonderful stay. Looking forward to having you return some day
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Strategically Located & Very Comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

Everything was perfect, the home was extremely well equipped and in a great location as you are able to go to many beautiful beaches close by. The home is roomy and well maintained, the management service was very accommodating and very cordial. The pool was a bit of a climb but it was always available and nothing the kids couldn't handle! The bunk beds were a real treat for the kids and the two bedrooms on the ground floor were perfect as well! Great stay, Recommended for families or groups of friends! Thank you for sharing your home, very kind of you.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you had such a nice time. We hope you are able to return. Thank you for sharing your thoughts Jill and Jim Walsh, Maggie Hudson
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Maggie Hudson, Jill & Jim Walsh
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
February 16, 2018

About Maggie Hudson, Jill & Jim Walsh

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. We love to be able to escape to this tropical paradise as often as we can.

Maggie Hudson, Jill & Jim Walsh purchased this house in 2006

Why Maggie Hudson, Jill & Jim Walsh chose Potrero

Both families went down together 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!

What makes this house unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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.

Marquez family
Jul 2012
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Liberia, Costa Rica
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Sol y Mar
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Playa Penca
Car: necessary

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


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 13.0%

Rental rates: $1500- $3500/ 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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.