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Cathy Cefalia

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

Private Luxury Oceanfront Home Best of the Best Surf and Sand

11 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


Puntarenas House Rental Photos and Description

House, 5 Bedrooms + Attached Unit, 5 Baths, (Sleeps 12-13)

Welcome to Santa Teresa's first true luxury oceanfront residence set on over an acre of tropical gardens stepping onto a white sand beach which stretches miles in both directions. If you're looking for the best of the best you have found it. Villa Paraiso is postcard perfect, five bedrooms, five baths, and two gourmet kitchens. Just completed Oct. 2009, the owner is a custom builder from Newport Beach, Ca and has put all his expertise into this home. Brand new, true living space 5000 sq ft. has white water views from most every rooms. All five bedrooms are more then spacious, detailed custom high ceilings, 8 ft. Andersen windows and doors. Each bedroom has their own custom private baths constructed of natural stone flooring, counter tops and showers. Two of the master suites have bamboo flooring. Both kitchens have granite counter tops, stainless sinks and appliances. Nook area has table that seats 6 with 4 bar stools at counter bar. The living room has 24x24 Travertine flooring, with a dining area that seats 10, with 8 ft tall glass sliders across the whole front looking out to the ocean view. There is no room in this house where notice to detail has not been over looked. Large covered patio with custom bamboo ceiling and large private pool with custom made teak patio furniture for your outside living enjoyment. The house can be opened up to enjoy the outside elements or closed and secure with all areas of the house air conditioned. You couldn't get any closer to the sounds, smells and feel of the blue pacific ocean. Unlimited surfing right out your front gate. This beach has been rated #5 in the world for the most consistent waves, a surfers paradise. Rooms can be locked off to accommodate smaller groups without losing any ocean views or custom amenities. Please note, we do not rent to separate parties at the same time.

Comes with full staff to cater to all your needs, including security company 6pm to 6am every night exclusive to our property only, gardener/caretaker, housekeeper, and manager/concierge. Laundry service available and an in-door surf board rack for safe keeping. The grounds could be described as a 'park-like' setting, lush and beautiful with a variety of trees and plants. Howler monkeys during the day and fireflies at night. We are walking distance to markets and great restaurants. We are located in the prestigious area of Santa Teresa, north end, walking distance to the renowned Florblanca Resort. Private yoga classes, massages, gourmet chefs, can be brought to you in the comforts of your own home. Will take reservations from 2-14 guests.

Keywords: New Private Luxury Oceanfront Home/Villa

Beachfront, right on the sand Great location

Great surf right out front white sand beach

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Cathy Cefalia (Owner)
Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

About Cathy Cefalia

We are custom home builders from Newport Beach, Ca, we have five children and one grandson. We have been married for 30 years and live a very active lifestyle. We love the beach and warm weather and all our boys love to surf, so what better place to build our dream vacation home then Costa Rica. We feel we have found a slice of heaven and are very excited to share this magical place with others. We don't think it gets any better then this. This place feeds the soul, body, and mind.

Cathy Cefalia purchased this house in 2009

Why Cathy Cefalia chose Puntarenas

We have three boys who love to surf so we started coming to Santa Teresa 6 years ago and fell in love with the beautiful beach, beautiful surroundings, gracious people and decided to build our own dream vacation home in this slice of paradise. We are custom home builders in Newport Beach, CA and wanted to bring some of our expertise to have all the comforts of a US home but still have the Costa Rica flare.

What makes this house unique

Great food, peaceful surroundings, the best sunsets imaginable, great long walks on the beach, much needed rest, the best hikes in the rain forest, the best horseback riding we have ever gone on, the best atv riding.


based on 11 traveler reviews

Private Luxury Oceanfront Home Best of the Best Surf and Sand
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
Austin, Texas


  • 5 of 5

My 50th Destination Birthday could not have been any more perfect...

The accommodations are 5 STAR

The staff is 5 STAR

Cathy is a 5 STAR owner..

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Orange County, California

Best time of our lives!!

  • 5 of 5

Not really sure where to begin…

My husband and I have had the opportunity to stay at many beautiful homes but I would definitely have to say that this home surpasses them all. Every square inch of this home was made for pure enjoyment and relaxation. Costa Rica is filled with so much adventure and beauty and to be able to come home to Villa Paraiso makes it all seem so unreal. We spent most of our time just hanging at the house because it had everything you needed. The house is set in green forest excellence and yet you are just a few steps from the beach. The full time staff was one of my favorite parts, the concierge set up all of our activities from horseback riding to ATVing. We would wake up in the morning, have our cup of coffee and our horses were waiting out in front of the house. Anything you would ask for was taken care of and we truly will always remember this beautiful place. I am so sad that we are not there anymore but hope to be back in the near future. Thank you for opening your home for others to enjoy. It has been such a gift for our family.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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United States

Exceptional in every way

  • 5 of 5

The house was everything as advertised. Beautiful home, beautiful gardens and a beautiful sandy beach. The concierge was responsive, helpful and knowledgeable. We also used a local chef, Davin Rodriguez (Canape Catering). He was fantastic. Overall: a wonderful experience for my family of eight.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Park City, Utah

The best home and location for a family vacation we've ever been on!

  • 5 of 5

This home is truly the most beautiful and perfect home we've ever been to for a family vacation! The house itself is stunning with an incredible design so every room/bathroom is one you would want to stay in. The main living area is comfortable and spacious. It is right on the beach with smooth sand and great waves for surfing and boogie boarding! It's also within walking distance to a few delicious restaurants for lunch. The outside patio/pool/gardens are not to be missed! Once the sun set, our kids spent hours playing in the pool and playing on the grounds before collapsing in bed. Ugo, the house manager, takes care of every need from helping you book excursions to dinner reservations. We hope to be back next year!

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bend, Or


  • 5 of 5

It's a little scary renting a home in a foreign country but don't worry- this is a great house and very safe. It's in a really great location on the beach and the house is far bigger and more beautiful in real life than on this site. The owners and staff were so helpful and we felt so comfortable and happy our entire stay and we will go back.

Here is my advice if you go: stop, or have your driver stop, in Cobano which is a larger town on the way to Santa Teresa. Go grocery shopping there for all the basics because things are higher priced in ST and shopping there is kind of a pain. The house does not have foil, plastic wrap, spices, oil etc, so if you are planning to cook/grill you need to get this stuff.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfection at a Pleasant Price

  • 5 of 5

After a taking a red eye, Villa Paraiso was a soothing welcome. I truly felt like I was on Fantasy Island. The caretaker was just as pleasant and helpful as he walked us through this beautiful villa. I heard a collective sigh from my friends as we looked over the pool and out to the waves breaking.

All of my friends said, "This is even better than I expected and I was expecting a lot after viewing the pictures." We were so happy and relaxed to be in this beautiful place. The rooms were lovely with cotton duvets, sheets and blankets. Also, I loved that each room had its own air conditioning unit so our comfort was met while being energy efficient when we weren't in the room.

Everything about St. Teresa was delightful, the locals, the friendly dogs in the village, the food and the monkeys. The groundskeeper showed us a family of 7 monkeys living in the trees close by. I had previously heard an unusual dog bark and found out it was the monkeys. Next time I heard it I ran outside to look into the trees so I could have another glimpse.

I think the best thing I liked about this place was that we could be in luxury and still experience nature. Sometimes hotels try too hard to be perfect that it almost feels unreal. This is not true for this beautiful villa. The landscape attracted iguanas, moths, monkeys, and they frolic in this fabulous setting. I don't know if I could imagine a more lovely place.

The only thing negative I can say is that you get so accustomed to the beauty and excellent service from the staff that re-entry into my regular life has been harder. I keep wondering when and how soon I can return...

If you are thinking of staying here, stop thinking and book it. It will exceed your expectations and let you experience, Pura Vida. When I first heard Pura Vida I didn't total get it and now after a week at Villa Paraiso not only do I understand it, I crave it and hope to carry a little Pura Vida to all I encounter. Gracias Villa Paraiso, you have changed my vision of paradise.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Tambor Airport
Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Teresa
Car: not necessary

Rated top 10 beach for most consistent waves for surfing, prettiest beach in Costa Rica, plenty of yoga classes, private pilates classes, food is amazing where ever you go, tropical weather all year round, most amazing sunsets all year round, super warm ocean, best horseback riding on the beach and in the jungle, the most peaceful, friendly environment we have been in, beautiful beautiful country!


Rates & Availability

Playa Santa Teresa House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Nov 19 2016 - Apr 22 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Reservation/Cleaning fee $250
Refundable damage deposit $1,000

Rates are subject to change.
Will give lower rates for smaller groups 6 and under and last minute bookings.

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Puntarenas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
security guard, full-time housekeeper, full-time gardener, full-time concierge

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