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Costa Rica's Coffee Region & Mountains!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,525 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Villa, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6) With Great Views!

Rancho Pura Vida is a 40 acre private estate property of rolling hills, pasture and manicured gardens and grounds. The villas have beautiful views of the Central Valley and the mountains. The cool climate at 5500 feet elevation makes this a paradise of eternal spring time. The village of Los Angeles is walking distance with grocery store, several restaurants, churches and parks.

There is a farmer's street market every Sunday in San Rafael. The bus passes right by the gate of Rancho Pura Vida. The Capital City of San Jose is 30 minutes away and offers world class entertainment, dining, shopping, museums and parks. From Ranch Pura Vida, one can take day trips to Poas and Arenal Volcanes, rain forest, white water rafting, zip-lining through the rainforest canopy, horseback riding and hiking. There is a fully equipped gym in San Rafael (5 minutes away).

Conveniently located just 30 minutes from the San Jose (SJO) airport in the rolling hills of historic Heredia, one feels totally separated from the hustle bustle of city life and Heredia, the second largest city in Costa Rica. Beautiful mountain vistas and big skies, coffee plantations and charming farms take turns in the ever changing scenery. Winding roads pass over cascading rivers and waterfalls as you travel in the region. Around every curve is a canvas worthy scene.

Rancho Pura Vida is an ideal base from which to explore Costa Rica's wonders. The new highway to the Pacific Coast will get you to the Pacific Beaches and Jaco in less than a hour and a half. Other nearby attractions include national reserves and parks, canopy tours, biking, nature treks, white-water rafting, the famous Cafe Britt Coffee Tour, the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, The World of Snakes reptile zoo, Tortuga Island tours, Zoo Ave exotic bird park, bungee jumping, fishing, numerous waterfalls and swimming holes, botanical gardens, and local art and furniture shops. Only 10 minutes away, the historic town of Heredia offers world class shopping, restaurants with International and traditional offerings, movie cinemas and a large central market. Heredia is home to the Las Flores mall, the largest in central America. Another very interesting day trip is to go to Sarchi. Sarchi is a furniture building artisan town of traditional Costa Rican style furniture and custom designer home furnishings. There are leather hand carved woods created by the local artisans.

Rancho Pura Vida is gated. The Henderson family, 30 year residents originally from the Florida Keys, reside in the main house, a 130 year old farm residence. Also in residence on the property are the two mares, Roxie and Princes Gabriella and Roxie's 3 year old gelding, Domingo. The villas were built in 2008. They have fully equipped kitchens, whirlpool baths with bidets and luxury touches such as frameless shower enclosures. The villas are wheelchair accessible and have spectacular views of the Central Valley

There are a total of six villas on the estate. Please contact me for more information and availability. This property would be ideal for a large family retreat, reunion or small group seminar or just you and your special companion.

The owners are in residence at all times and are available to help you make special arrangements and answer all your travel questions.

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Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 15, 2015

About The Owner

Welcome to Costa Rica, the 'Happiest Country on the Planet'!

My family discovered Costa Rica back in the 60's when, on a travel trailer trip, we drove from Marathon, Florida to San Jose Costa Rica in 1967. My parents retired to Costa Rica in 1986 and Costa Rica has been our family vacation place ever since. Many well traveled people say that Costa Rica is the most beautiful Country in the world, We certainly agree.

We just completed the Villas in 2008 with the idea to make them available for vacation rentals. The property is also home to our three horses, Domingo the colt, his mom Roxy and Princess Gabriella, and several adopted strays from the nearby Animal Refuge. We hope you will chosse to spend some time with us and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Pura Vida, Ginger

The Owner purchased this cottage in 2005

Why The Owner chose San Rafael Abajo

The mountains of Costa Rica are one of the best kept secrets. Spring Time temperatures all year round, the location, being close to the Capital City of San Jose, makes it convenient to the international airport of Juan Santa Maria (You can be at SJO in 35 minutes), fine dining, world class entertainment and shopping, yet one can retreat back to the rural hideaway in 30 minutes and be in the country side overlooking the bustling city with it's twinkling lights at night.

San Jose is also well know for it's state-of-the-art medical facilities. Medical tourism is a booming industry with Board Certified Physisians. Many elective proceedures are performed here at a fraction of the cost in the USA. We can provide suttle service to and from the clinics and hospitals and Rncho Pura Vida is the ideal plane to recover from your medical or dental proceedure.

What makes this cottage unique

The villas (six in all) were built in 2008. They are 2 & 3 bedrooms units. They are situated on 40 acres of rolling pastures and border a stream. The entire property is fenced for security and the neighboring farms provide a buffer from the outside world. The cool nights and clear mornings (even in the rainy season) have earned this area to be named one of the best climates in the world.


San Rafael Abajo Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1525 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • bedroom 3 - 2 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Trundle Bed sleeps two
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2) Twin trundle bed in second bedroom, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) One unit has a sofa bed in the second bedroom, Murphy Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


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(7 traveler reviews)

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Costa Rica's Coffee Region & Mountains!
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
Boulder Colorado

Wonderful stay at Rancho Pura Vida

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a beautiful weekend at Rancho Pura Vida in two of the villas. The units and the grounds are well maintained, and the location is beautiful. We loved the incredible views of the Central Valley, and the quiet surrounding the property where we could sit and read on the porch in the afternoon and watch the birds in the trees. We were visiting friends in the area so this made a perfect spot for our visit, and the price was very reasonable for such a spacious accommodation. The location is also good for visiting the surrounding National Parks.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our stay in Los Angeles

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our stay at the bamboo house, Loved the staff, grounds and the views. Can't wait to come back next year. Great price !

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2014
  • Stayed: December 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cape Coral, Florida

Wonderful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Just got back from 2 weeks in these beautiful villas. The villas are just as listed, beautiful in themselves but the view of the city below and the mountains behind was a beautiful feast for the eyes, changing every day with the clouds. The property is spacious, well cared for, and is a wonderful place to just relax and listen to the birds or a great base to explore the rest of Costa Rica. La Paz and Poas Volcano are an easy day trip as was the rain forrest to the east, and the small towns around San Jose, Sarch and Grecia. San Jose is close enough to explore daily, the Gold Museum was great!

We even made a day trip to the west coast and did a boat tour on a river there and we were back home before dark. Can't say enough good things about our hosts Ginger and Marilyn and the lovely property they shared with us.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2012
  • Stayed: April 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Now, in Panama

Six months of Pura Vida

  • 5 of 5

Definitely I give Rancho Pura Vida 5 stars!

My husband, I and our dog spent six months there in early 2011. It was great to walk the dog around the acreage, usually accompanied by one or two of the owner’s well behaved dogs. Our casita was comfortable and had all the amenities. We loved sitting out on our veranda and enjoying the great weather and watching the lights from San Jose. Very relaxing and I always felt safe, even when walking to the neighborhood store. The grounds are immaculate – three workers keep everything in shape and if I had a burned out light bulb or the internet failed it was addressed immediately. Marilyn (the owner) is an 89 year old bundle of energy and would stop by sometimes to chat and had great insight into what to do/where to go in Costa Rica. Rancho Pura Vida is refreshingly cool and is located near to many popular tourist destinations

I highly recommend Rancho Pura Vida and I will come back for the weather, the friendly people, and the great location.


  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2011
  • Stayed: February 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dade City, FL

Like being in a garden!!

  • 5 of 5

We visited Pura Vida a few years ago. The grounds are beautiful beyond compare. Rich green coffee bean bushes line one of the roads. A stream winds through the lush green property and there are flowers galore! The views of San Jose are amazing.

Nearby we toured a coffee plantation and did some shopping for exotic wood crafts. We took side trips to Paos Volcano, Selva Verda Lodge, and took an aerial tram though the Caribe Rain Forest canopy.

The Hendersons are wonderful hosts, warm and friendly!

We plan to return.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2011
  • Stayed: August 2005
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Miami, Florida

Rancho Pura Vida is an excellent mountain get away

  • 5 of 5

The villas are every comfortable, I loved the the views of the city lights below in the evening and the ever changing colors of the mountains across the valley. The Henderson family was very accomodating and helped me make arrangements for touring the various areas that I was interested in seeing. I rented a car and driving in CR is not as daughting as I was led to believe.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2011
  • Stayed: October 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

Close by in the Poas Volcano National Park,Zip-line tours and rainforest tram rides through the tree tops of the forest. Coffee tours though plantations, bird watching, world class shopping, dining and movie theaters, museums, medical tourism information.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $350
Pet Fee $150

Personal checks accepted if received 30 days prior to reservation dates. Cash always welcome

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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