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Family friendly beach front home with gardens, pools, verandas, & ocean breezes

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

5 bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, sleeps 14

This lovely beach house, surrounded by over 1/2 acre of private tropical gardens, overlooks the gentle surf of Playa Cofresi on the North Shore of the Dominican Republic. Villa Del Caribe is the only private beach-front villa in Playa Cofresi and has wonderful large verandas on two floors which are ideal for parties or simply relaxing with a good book and some rum. You will enjoy our large private swimming pool and thatch-roof cabana in the back yard as well as our smaller sitting pool for non-swimmers or those who prefer to lounge in the water (often with a drink!). Of course, our staff will cook, clean (and do laundry), and take care of Villa del Caribe, so you do not have to worry about . . . anything!

Playa Cofresi plays host to many international visitors. This area offers a wonderful place to relax among a mix of friendly Dominican citizens as well as North American and European tourists and ex-patriots. There are also great restaurants within walking distance.

Our Private Tropical Gardens: Villa Del Caribe is surrounded by over 1/2 acre of private tropical gardens. Take a peaceful stroll around the pool and enjoy the colorful bougainvillea, orchids and other colorful flowers and ferns. In the front of the house, you can relax in the shade of coconut palm, almond and mango trees, or walk over to enjoy the sun-drenched 'Island Garden' in the front of the property.

More About Playa Cofresi: Playa Cofresi is a wonderful place for those who want a relaxing Dominican experience, but aren't interested in (or are tired of) the all-inclusive scene. Just walk along the beach, and you'll see and meet a wide range of people, all of whom are enjoying simply being at Cofresi. Tourists from the US and Europe mingle easily with Dominicans. On the beach, language is not a barrier -- a simple 'Hola!' and a smile are all that is needed.

There is also a thriving (and often quirky) community of expats who have washed up on the shores of Cofresi. Most of them have come from the US, Canada, Germany and the UK. Just pull up a seat at Chris & Mady's bar and strike up a conversation. Everyone has a story that they are happy to share over a Margarita or a Rum & Coke. In no time at all, it will be easy to think that you're in the middle of a Jimmy Buffet song!

Beach Reading 'Library': We've stocked our home with a large number of books that are great for reading on the beach or by the pool. And we've also included a lot of books for the kids, too -- from bedtime stories for the little ones to books that the teens will enjoy. Take a good look around when you are there -- we've tucked them into various corners, shelves and niches. You should be able to find something interesting.

And speaking of interesting: Don't worry about being half-way through a great story when it is time to leave. If the book is too good to put down, please feel free to take it with you and read on way home. And if you've brought a book with you that you've finished, you can leave it at the house for another guest to enjoy.

More Details

Mark or Chris Ravera
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 13, 2017

About Mark or Chris Ravera

Mark and I are 2nd generation home owners of Villa del Caribe. We live in Northern New Jersey with our dog Pepper, and enjoy exploring -- whether at home or elsewhere.

Mark or Chris Ravera purchased this villa in 1994

Why Mark or Chris Ravera chose Cofresi

Our parents were introduced to Cofresi and the original Villa del Caribe in the mid-80s. They were given the opportunity to purchase Villa del Caribe, which they without reservation and our family has been coming here ever since.

We have developed some great friendships over the years down there. And while we enjoy exploring other parts of the world, Villa del Caribe is a 2nd home to us, and our friends in the area are part of our extend family.

Mark and I have been blessed with Villa del Caribe, and we have made the decision to pass this blessing on, by sharing: with a few charitable organizations. One call out I would like to mention is Vacations for Veterans, through whom we have been able to provide vacations for Purple Heart recipients of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

One last item to mention, due to our busy lives (like yours) we are not always able to respond within 24hrs, please be patient and we will get back to you.

What makes this villa unique

When Mark and I rebuilt Villa del Caribe in 2010/2011, my Mom had only one question, no make that a statement (as only a Mother can do) ----- you will not get rid of the front veranda on the 1st floor, I must have my rocking chair and view of the beach kept. We kept her view and added a few others as well - such as the 2nd floor verandas where you can either enjoy cup of Santo Domingo Coffee in early morning hours as you watch the sunrise over the trees, listening to the birds wake up in the morning. Or the back 2nd floor veranda, over looking the pool area below --- and where my friends and I close the curtains, set up the massage tables and enjoy any tension being worked out of our muscles.

But our most important benefit that I would like everyone to know about is this --- our team, who will spoil you during your stay. Franchesca and Moreno lead the efforts, and are supported by Maria, Juan (our night watchman), and Gabino (our site manager) This team will take care of you, prepare the meals, keep Caribe clean while you are there, and make sure you go home with clean laundry if you ask.

In the meantime, please explore the Dominican Republic, and island of great contrasts and great beauty.


Cofresi Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront
  • Mountain View
  • Oceanfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Powder Room - toilet , Main Level
    Bathroom - toilet , shower , Upper Level
    Kid's Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , En Suite, Upper Level
    1st Floor Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , En Suite, Handicapped Friendly, Wheel Chair accessible
    2nd Floor Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , En Suite
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Kid's Bedroom - 4 twin/ single , Kid's room, 2nd floor, en suite bath with a tub/shower, A/C
    2nd Floor Master Bedroom - 1 queen , En suite bath with a view of Mt. Isabella, A/C
    1st Floor Master Bedroom - 1 king , En suite bath that is handicap accessible, A/C
    2nd Floor Bedroom - 1 queen , A/C, looks out over the front yard
    2nd Floor Bedroom - 1 king , A/C, looks out over the front yard
    2nd floor living room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , A double futon will allow you to sleep up to 14 in Caribe
  • Ceiling fans and air conditioning in each bedroom.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
We ask our guests who smoke to please do so outside on the verandas or around the pool and not in the house.


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Family friendly beach front home with gardens, pools, verandas, & ocean breezes
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews

Refreshing&Relaxing Beach Front Villa

  • 5 of 5

This was no doubt more than a home away from home vacation villa. Francesca the cook made it spectacular with her own breakfast omelet & other dishes through out my stay. Moreno & Francesca were friendly & extremely helpful. The house has a warm family vibe through out. The balcony views and the pool were refreshing & relaxing. The ocean breeze felt through out the villa was exhilarating. I will be back in 2 years planning to indulge in the tours and more of the island. Suffering from vertigo and my first vacation since starting a new job made this vacation perfecto for me. The right staff makes this home away villa even more pleasurable. I'm bringing others next time so they can feel the warmth, see the beauty, get refreshed and revived all at the same time.


  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Toronto, Canada

Amazing family property and most responsive hosts

  • 5 of 5

Your home is amazing and could not have been better for our family. We had more than enough sleeping space and your living areas gave us room to come together as a group and areas to get away from the action at times(8 adults and 8 young kids). The kids loved the pool and the front lawn for all types of games.

Your staff is amazing. We ate all types of Dominican food and Francesca taught us a lot about local cuisine and recipes.

Maria and Marino were so helpful and we all became good friends during the week..couldn't help enough

Thanks so much for all the attention to detail with our clan of 16 and all ages. The cribs, pak n plays, pool toys, high chairs, and the list goes on....

Being across the road from the beach didn't affect us, nor did the noise of the traffic and bars. They cleaned the park twice while

we were there but the beach was a little dingie--the kids loved high and low tides.

All in all, a wonderful week full of memories. Ocean World/casino was terrific and just steps away, the cable car was a hit, but the snorkelling on the glass bottom boat was a little "oversold" and wasn't appropriate for young we saw very little through the glass. That being said, everything is an adventure and we have very fond memories of our trip.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Words cannot describe how wonderful our vacation was at Villa de Caribe! The grounds are amazing. The pool was perfect! The staff...SPECTACULAR! Each morning Franchesca prepared and served our coffee. She then prepared amazing meals that we had set on our first day. She could easily cook in a 5 star restaurant. Maria made sure the house was spotless and even asked to do our laundry. The pool was cleaned every day, and you knew you were safe since the grounds were watched over every night. Tours are arranged at the house and very reasonable. The facials, massages and pedicures were fabulous!

We will definitely go back! If you go, turn up the music and get Franchesca to give you dance lessons! Our group of six loved this place. We even got to watch the Ole Miss football game in Spanish! Hotty Toddy!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Delta, PA, USA

Another Fabulous Time!

  • 5 of 5

Our 3rd visit to Villa del Caribe... 110% as wonderful as our first.. My children have kept in touch with the local kids over the years and look forward to seeing them every visit!

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Plata cofresi paradise

  • 5 of 5

This villa and the wonderful staff and owners are truly remarkable. From the moment we stepped into the house we felt like we were in paradise. This is a carefree experience like no other. As a mother vacationing with her family, it was amazing to sit back and relax. The staff cook, clean and do all your laundry. We spent our time at the beach, the pool, and a few excursions. We ended every day on the beautiful back porch playing games that are provided by the villa.

The staff spoiled my family so much. From the lavish breakfasts and dinners (that she cooks to each persons tastes) to the afternoon fresh fruit smoothies, we were in paradise!

The villa itself is absolutely spacious and beautiful. All the little extra touches make this vacation the best we have ever taken. We can't wait to go back to our little slice of heaven.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lake Mary

VIP Service all the way!!!

  • 5 of 5

I don't often write reviews, but I had to take the time to boast about the experience my family and I had. The home, staff, amenities far exceeded my expectations. Francesca, Moreno, Gus were all a pleasure, nothing was ever a problem for them. They were all extremely pleasant and helpful. I cant say enough about our experience. My husband has been to DR numerous times(as he is half Dominican); however it was my first time. I was a little leery not knowing what we were getting into. Needless to say my kids and I truly enjoyed the experience and we are looking for future dates to stay at this exact same house again....Thanks for making our experience GREAT!!!!!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Puerto Plata (POP)
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Chris and Mady's
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
Playa Cofresi
Car: not necessary

Cofresi Beach, named after a famous pirate, is about 4.5 km west of Puerto Plata. The coral sand at the beach is cool on the feet and soft to the touch. On one end of the mile long beach are rocks and coral that invite snorkelers. There are usually breakers for body surfing in some areas but the rest is just right for wading. There are no rip tides, no dangerous under tows and no jelly fish at Cofresi. Quaint Dominican souvenir kiosks and nice restaurants are set along the beach area but you will not be hassled by hawkers on the beach itself. After the sun goes down, the nightlife picks up, with musical shows, discos and a casino all just a short walk away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 13.0%

PLEASE NOTE- For an accurate rate quote, please input the total # of guests as "Adults" (even the kids). This is due to a limitation of the rate quote system on this website.
To this amount, please add staff tip of $5 per person per night.

Rate includes: household staff and one R/T airport transfer per group.

3 payments
1st payment: 30% deposit to reserve Villa del Caribe
2nd payment: 35% of cost
3rd payment: 35% of cost, will be invoiced 3 to 4 weeks before your arrival

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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