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Private Swimming Pool *only 300 steps to BEST beach * No car needed* Pets Okay

La Iglesia, Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic
  • Villa950 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps5
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay1 - 4 nights

2 bedrooms + twin daybed, 1 full bath, sleeps 5, Private Swimming Pool-

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.

You may pay safely with a credit card using PayPal or American guests may mail a personal check.

PLEASE NOTE: Casa Pura Vida is for sale; therefore, I have "blocked" 2018 dates, in case there is a new owner then.... Please send me a message if you would like sales information!

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.

Your villa has two bedrooms: each with queen beds, plus twin daybed to sleep five. Comfortable, light-filled living area with DVD player and dining area. WIFI Internet access is available throughout the property, so you may use your laptop or tablet by the pool! 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. Our manager speaks English, Spanish and French and will help you with anything you need to make your stay perfect.

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'!

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 pastries...you 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.

Casa Pura Vida is located in a QUIET neighborhood (no noisy 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!

Property Manager

Susan Miller

Member Since 2008
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few days
english, french, spanish
Calendar last updated:
Apr 17, 2018
About Susan Miller

I am VERY fortunate to live in Louisville, Kentucky in the summer and in Las Terrenas in the winter. Originally from Chicago, I have been a teacher, city government manager and a motivational speaker and author- :) I love being able to eat at authentic French, Italian and German restaurants here in Las Terrenas, without having to travel to Europe and I enjoy sharing the best beaches, restaurants, Happy Hours" and sights with my guests. As an unofficial "Big Sister," I spend Saturdays with some local girls and I also started a "Clean-Up for Food" project in their neighborhood. Please let me know if you have ANY questions about the property, neighborhood or town.... I'm happy to help! :)

Susan Miller purchased this Villa in 2008

Why Susan Miller chose La Iglesia

After looking at almost every Caribbean island and a couple Central American countries, we bought our villa in Las Terrenas because of its perfect location (we don't want to drive while on vacation :) and because of the wonderful European and Dominican restaurants. Plus, the people in this town are super-friendly and just so interesting.

What makes this Villa unique

I love being able to enjoy coffee in the morning beside the pool in complete privacy and being able to walk EVERYwhere I want to go!


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Swimming pool
    • Accessible
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
      • Master bedroom
        1 queen
      • Foyer
        1 twin/ single, Twin daybed
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • High hardwood ceilings, screened and louvered windows, ceiling fans and wonderful cross-ventilation in each bedroom. Reading lamps on each side of the beds!


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower
      • Tiled bathroom with glass brick wall has a wonderful HOT shower. There is also an OUTDOOR shower to rinse off sand when you return from the beach.

      Location Type

        • Beach
          300 steps from Casa Pura Vida to Playa Popy.
        • Village
          Just a short 5-10 minute stroll along the beach road to town.


            • Budget
            • Romantic


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Activities Guide
                    • Bottled Water
                    • Ceiling Fans
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Actually....the SUN is our clothes dryer! :)
                    • Filtered Water
                    • Internet
                      WiFi access
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Area
                    • Living Room
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Local Maps
                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Parking
                      Locked and gated parking area just steps from the front door
                    • Parking Off Street
                      Locked and gated parking area steps from the front door
                    • Shampoo
                    • Telephone
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                      Bath towels and beach towels are provided.
                    • Washing Machine
                      Our housekeeper can do your personal laundry for a small additional fee.


                        • Kitchen
                          Completely furnsihed
                        • Blender
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Freezer
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Microwave
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              A second dining table is under the romantic flower-covered kiosk next to the swimming pool.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 5 people


                                • Books
                                  40+ paperbacks available!
                                • Books for Adults
                                • DVD Player
                                  Several popular movies for your viewing pleasure!
                                • Games
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Television
                                  small additional fee for television
                                • Video Library


                                    • Beach Towels
                                    • Bicycles
                                      Can be rented for small fee.
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Available for rent on the beach
                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                      Romantic, flower-covered kiosk with dining table
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Gorgeous tropical flowers--- cut all you like to decorate the villa!
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Sturdy brick grill
                                    • Patio
                                    • Terrace
                                    • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
                                    • Walkway to Water


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • Singles
                                        • smoking allowed
                                          Please smoke outside-- thank you!
                                        • suitable for elderly or infirm
                                        • wheelchair accessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Outdoor Pool
                                            • Private Pool
                                              We have one of the largest private swimming pools in Las Terrenas! You may enjoy the back yard and pool "au naturale"--- no tan lines! :)


                                                • 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

                                                            • snorkeling
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                            • deepsea fishing
                                                            • 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!

                                                                  26 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Casa Pura Vida, just perfect

                                                                  Rob and JantineAmsterdam

                                                                  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.

                                                                  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!

                                                                  Perfect Escape!

                                                                  John F.

                                                                  This picture says it all. And the house is well laid out - perfect size for 1 or 2 couples. Highly recommend Casa Pura Vida! Perfect location to truly enjoy the ambiance of Las Terrenas.

                                                                  Loved the location and pool!

                                                                  Susan M.-

                                                                  Sweet villa just steps from the beach and quick walk into town.

                                                                  Beautiful villa

                                                                  Cindy F.

                                                                  This villa is everything we expected and more. It is safe, comfortable, clean, well equipped , spacious and beautifully decorated. The beaches, restaurants and town are very close. We walked every day.

                                                                  The yard is perfect and lots space to play outside. The chairs at the back are perfect for reading at night and the pool was awesome. We were very lucky to have met the owner Susan. She was always happy to help with anything. She is a very positive woman who always smiles and has the biggest heart. Frito, the property manager was also friendly, helpful and cool. We recommend this villa to anyone who wants an amazing vacation.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  I am so very pleased our guests had such a wonderful stay at Casa Pura Vida--- they are lovely people and my manager Frito and I were so lucky to get to know them.... please return soon!! :)

                                                                  Hoping for a return visit......

                                                                  Michel & Judith C.

                                                                  (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".


                                                                  Denis H.

                                                                  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.

                                                                  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 car...one of the best features about Casa Pura Vida... Thank you Denis...we hope you return soon!


                                                                  La Iglesia, Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic

                                                                  Casa Pura Vida: *** located just 300 yards from Playa Popy: one of the last, long stretches of undeveloped, turquoise-water beach in the Caribbean. ***You can walk to the town of Las Terrenas --no car is needed! ***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 Brenda speaks Spanish, English, German, Dutch 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

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                                                                  Rates include electricity, gas and WiFi. Television service available for additional charge.

                                                                  26 Reviews
                                                                  Wonderful 4.9/5
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