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Casa Buena Vida - 100m to sand, Book now for remaining weeks of January

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


About the property

House and Cabina, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 7-9)

Close to the beach and surf. Light and airy rooms. Comfortable beds. Walking distance to restaurants and stores. Screened windows and doors. This property has it all, and just a two minute walk from the surf. Casa Buena Vida was designed to be eco-friendly while also giving you all of the comforts of home. The large sliding doors and windows lining the walls of both stories make use of the ocean views and breezes and make you feel like you are nestled within the surrounding trees and flowering plants. This home was built with an attention to detail with full western amenities. The entire house and cabina are situated facing the West/Ocean, giving you views from every room of the many local trees and foliage, with glimpses of the glassy ocean crashing in the distance. Both levels have large patios and covered balconies allowing you to take full advantage of the indoor/outdoor spaces. We have screens on ALL doors and windows to keep out any mosquitoes and bugs in the area, and ceiling fans throughout the house (even in the large bathrooms) and over the patios outside to make your lounging times pleasant, even long after the sun goes down on those warm Costa Rican days.

This property is located 100 meters from Santa Teresa beach with only a grove of Pochote Trees standing between you and the white sand beaches, incredible surf, and tide pools. The addition of the new Banana Beach restaurant and surf lounge at the end of our road gives you added convenience to food, drinks and company. Heading out the other direction on the beach access road and bordering the rear of the property, you find yourself along the main road in town, full of superb restaurants, fresh fruit and fish markets, shopping and nightlife. Just a few yards down the road are numerous cafes and restaurants offering superb meals and service as well as a number of large grocery stores full of fresh local fruits and produce. Also a few steps away is the Spa Natural which offers a wide variety of spa services and morning and sunset ocean front yoga classes. We can guide you towards whatever you are looking for, and if you prefer, can arrange for any of these services to be brought to you.

This property works in a number of ways to accommodate your stay. There is the two bedroom, two bath house which sleeps up to 7 people. The house can be rented alone or along with the separate, free standing, pool-side Cabina on the property, which sleeps 2.

In the main house, the two oversized bedrooms are separated for privacy and each offer king sized beds with highest thread count bedding, as well as separate seating areas, treetop and partial ocean views. Both rooms are similarly large in size, face the ocean, and sliding glass doors lead out to the oversized covered balcony stretching the full length of the upstairs. Sit and enjoy your morning coffee, or in the evenings enjoy the ocean breezes while watching the rain fall and spectacular lightning shows. The second bedroom also boasts an additional daybed/seating area which can convert to a full size bed for additional guest. Both rooms have AC units as well as ceiling fans and screens on ALL windows and doors. We also offer two twin sized inflatable beds for additional guests.

Downstairs, the open floor plan of the kitchen, sunken living room and large outdoor patio area blur the lines between an enjoyable outdoor and indoor living experience. There are ceiling fans throughout the entire living space as well as over the outdoor dining table. Again, all doors and windows are screened for your after dusk comfort as well, and to take advantage of the naturally cooling ocean breezes. The kitchen is fully equipped with all new top of the line appliances, including a chef's stove/oven. If your interest is simply in blending the margaritas, we can arrange for you to have a local private chef come to prepare you a scrumptious feast for your enjoyment outside under the stars. The sunken living room boasts a built in, oversized couch with loads of comfortable pillows to lounge on and read your favorite book, listen to music, take a nap away from the sun, or sit and watch the surroundings.

The free standing Cabina offers comfortable accommodations on its own. Overlooking the pool area and with partial ocean views, you will find a comfortable king sized bed, AC unit, ceiling fans, private closet and safe, kitchenette, large full bathroom, and separate patio.

The beauty of this property stretches from the indoors-out. The pool is the gem of the outdoor area. Large enough to swim laps, dive, play, float or simply lounge in large, umbrella covered, shallow seating area, this pool offers a fantastic relief from the heat. It is surrounded by trees and tropical plants, as well as an outdoor seating area

We have a local property manager to make sure that you are greeted and well taken care of. We also work with a local concierge service which can assist you with recommendations for restaurant reservations, baby sitting, surfboard rentals and/or lessons, canopy tours, airport transportation/transfers, horseback riding reservations, local flights, car rentals or tours, fishing excursions, massages/spa treatments, yoga, Pilates, or anything else you can think of!

In response to the water issues in the area, this property was built around an eco-conscious rainwater usage system. This means that all of the water used in the house is primarily stored rainwater or natural well water. After it is used, it is then recycled in a self contained system and used again in the irrigation of our property.

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact us via email.

Keywords: House & Guest House

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Member since: 2009
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Calendar last updated:
January 10, 2018

About Mel

We are a vacation-loving couple whose dream was to find a place like Santa Teresa. When we have blocks of time off, you will find us in Santa Teresa with our growing children enjoying our family time in the pool, at the beach, in the waves, around the living room table, or dining at one of our favorite local restaurants.This town, as you will soon see, instantly begins to feel like your home away from home.

Mel purchased this house in 2009

Why Mel chose Carmen Beach

Once we found Santa Teresa, we fell in love and knew that this was where we would build our 'dream house'. It took us many years to design and redesign this house, and our dream finally came alive in 2009 with its completion. After exploring many properties in the area, we focused on designing a home that would have all of the amenities we always looked for in a rental, but couldn't seem to find all in one place. We added details such as screens on all of the floor to ceiling doors and windows and ceiling fans throughout (even in the bathrooms). We knew that this would not only be appreciated by us, but to everyone who stayed there. Our love of the environment influenced the eco friendly design and amenities. We collect and store fresh rainwater, which we then use throughout the house in the showers, sinks, and toilets. We then have a three step system that treats this used water, refreshes it and gives it back to the landscaping. It was very important to us to create as sustainable a home that we could in this gorgeous environment.

What makes this house unique

We are in a wonderful area of the town of Santa Teresa - More specifically, we are located in the small stretch of beach known as Playa Carmen/Banana Beach, within the Santa Teresa/Mal Pais area. We have created an environment that focuses on comfort from the time you wake up in the morning until you sleep at night. We know how important it is to start your day with a glorious sleeping experience. Fantastic bedding that will make it a challenge for you to get up to wander down our beach road to check the glassy surf and watch the fog lift from the beach. From there, after your surf, you can enjoy a day at the beach or lounging around the house and gorgeous swimming pool... Many days you may not even want to leave the property. The day is made complete by watching the sunset at the beach or through the trees from one of the many patios/balconies at the house, and then dinner at a neighboring restaurant or in the outside dining area of the house. There is no way to describe the beauty of your stay at Casa Buena Vida!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Melanie -

Hope you are doing well. Thought I would drop you a note. Your house is

beautiful and was outstanding! My friends own the Pura Vida Surf School

located on the grounds of Tropico Latino. I didn't even know they had

moved!! Several of the instructors have family that visit them in Costa

Rica and I told them about VRBO and how to find your house.

I may be going back to CR by myself in March for approximately 2 weeks

and was wondering if you wanted to rent out the Cabina.

Thank you again. Your place made the vacation!
Dec 2009
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Carmen Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • Two bathrooms in main house and additional full bathroom in Guest House Cabina.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , pack and play crib and air mattress also available
    Guest house/Cabina - 1 king
  • King size beds (3) King Bed in each bedroom and in Guest House Cabina, Baby Cribs (1) Pack N Play Available, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Daybed that coverts to comfortable bed in Second Bedroom of house, and two twin sized inflatable mattresses.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Toys
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Hammocks, umbrellas, alarm System, concierge service, local property manager, nightly security guard


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Had the best time

  • 5 of 5

Myself, my partner and our married couple friends stayed here for 8 nights while visiting Santa Teresa. I be never written a review before, but I read them as a valuable source when deciding where to stay so I am going to make this as honest and straight forward as possible.

About the property:

The house was huge (as two couples we did not need all the space, however it was much appreciated. Tons of room for chilling, etc).

The kitchen was big and had all the supplies you could want for a week rental. For context, we ate most lunch and dinners out but we cooked breakfast every morning (including smoothies) and had everything we needed. There is also a market across the street and a organic fruit and veg market a 3 min walk away where we got eggs, avocados, tomato, fruit, etc at. The market has all the drinks you could need (alcoholic and otherwise) and really anything else. The location is wonderful (more on this later).

The bedrooms were big and air conditioned so we slept like babies.

The pool is so valuable and there is a little shaded ledge in it that allows for children to play, or in our case, a cool down zone. The pool itself is a great size. We used it for multiple games as well as laps. I will say that the pool needs to be cleaned daily (if not more than daily) because the leaves drop into it. This is not a big deal, it's just leaves, and it is part of the trade off for being surrounding by nature and having a breeze that, trust me, you'll be begging for. They have a pool guy who comes daily.

The outdoor patio area is perfect. They have fans which help to regulate the temperature if you are looking to have breakfast out there (which we did every morning).

They have a second floor patio that is stunning! We only used it once b/c we discovered it later in the week but the view is incredible and the seating is fantastic.

There are ants in the kitchen. This is something that is unavoidable and you'll find anywhere. Keep all your food (even bags of chips) in the fridge and that will help to keep them away. They did not bother us at all, but they do exist in these hot climates & look for crumbs.

One tip - bring your own speakers. We are music lovers and like to have it on at all times.

Felt 100% safe and private.

The area:


So close to the beach, shops and restaurants. If you are walkers you can honestly walk from Mal Pais to Hermosa.

Staff was great and super helpful.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Denim - Thank you so much for your thoughtful and comprehensive review... We have worked hard to cover every area we can in terms of the amenities offered and comfort of the house. I'm glad to her that you found and enjoyed the Green World Store and walks up the beach. We look forward to hosting you again! Pura Vida.
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Clean and comfortable in great location!

  • 5 of 5

Everything you need for a great relaxing vacation. Clean home with a full equipped kitchen and super clean and comfortable home. With ur own pool. Short walk to beach and amazing sunsets! Safe and secure.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rogers, AR, USA

Beautiful House, Great Location

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Casa Buena Vida. The location is fantastic - right down the trail from the beach as well as multiple restaurants. The house is beautiful and we loved the layout and space. The manager is absolutely fantastic and helped us set up extra activities and gave great recommendations. We loved having a security guard (not that we ever felt in danger) as well as a housekeeper. The garden and scenery from the patios was also fantastic and relaxing, and we loved having a pool. All in all, we truly loved our stay.

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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One of the best Surf Houses in Santa Teresa / Mal Pais

  • 5 of 5

I have been to Santa Teresa 5 times now and stayed in every type of accommodation possible. I was travelling with my fiancé, 2 other guys, and 3 other girls, and it was a perfect fit for us. The house is a spacious, modern, low maintenance design with a ton of space to relax and wax up your quiver of surf boards. Worth the extra little $ per night for the feeling of that luxury lifestyle with excellent security. The house comes with a remote to lock the house, and even sounds like a porsche. The Staff of the house are all super nice and keep the entire property clean without feeling like they are always there.

The Casa is literally steps from the beach, so when you wake up for dawn patrol, you can hear how far apart the sets are. Nick Named "Casa Froth" our group spent a lot of our time hanging around the pool when we weren't surfing or ripping around town on our quads. There are amazing places to eat just minutes away on foot like "Casa del Mar" and "The Healing Cuisine".

Definitely recommend this house for rent with the Cabina or without, and the management of the house are awesome and stress free to work with.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The most AWESOME spot in Santa Teresa

  • 5 of 5

If you're looking for a laid back, convenient location for a Costa Rican getaway, Casa Buena Vida is the place for you.....I rented the compound for three weeks in February....the property is steps to the beach as well as the best beach bar in all of Santa Teresa....and it is located at the midpoint of the Mal Pais/Playa Carmen/Santa Teresa Beaches.....there are many fantastic restaurants all within walking distance and the super market is a block away....although the property is just off the main road, once inside the gate you feel like you're in your own was very hot in February so having your own pool is a must.....and the pool at Casa Buena Vida was great for a plunge and big enough for the main house, the bedrooms were very comfortable with great beds and well air conditioned and street noise was not an issue.....and the kitchen and living space was well appointed.....the staff as well as manager Brett went out of their way to be helpful and with an over night security guard at the front gate we felt very safe.....I can't say enough good things about Casa Buena Vida ......I have traveled all over Costa Rica and by far this is my favorite spot.....

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect, cool spot for Costa Rican surfing and eating adventure!

  • 5 of 5

We truly lucked out by choosing Casa Buena Vida. Our group consisted of two families, and it felt like this property was designed specifically for us. My husband, daughter, and I stayed in the cabana which felt like a modern, luxury hotel suite. It gave us a nice quiet space to call our own while being just steps (literally like 10 steps!) from the pool and only a few more steps to the main house. The main house had a great kitchen and grill (for all of that fish you'll catch if you go fishing with Toto out of Mal Pais), huge patio complete with breeze-generating and bug-reducing outdoor ceiling fans, and the coolest modern living room for lots of hanging out and fort-building (by the kids, we swear it was only the kids!). It was very hot while we were there, and probably always is, but each bedroom on the property had amazing individual AC units to ensure comfort day and night. And the pool, oh the pool! It was beautiful, refreshing, fun - it absolutely made the property feel like a resort. A pool like this is an absolute MUST if you are traveling with kids; we must have spent no less than 4 hours a day in it. For anyone traveling with young kids like mine (15 months), the pool was especially perfect as it had a pretty large shallow "pad" (maybe 1.5' deep) that the littles could play in without having to be in the main deep section. The location of the house really can't be beat either. Santa Teresa and Mal Pais are such cool little towns with great vibes and GREAT food! That was the biggest surprise for us. We had so many amazing meals in the week we were there (Katana, The Bakery, Brisas del Mar, Amici, Shambala, even the beach bar/restaurants Banana Beach and Habaneros).Casa Buena Vida is walking distance or super short cab ride to all of these. Plus the house is practically on the beach (maybe half a city block). The waves and current are a bit strong to turn your kids loose in, but my toddler and I enjoyed plenty of time playing in the sand and letting the water crash over our feet. Calmer Hermosa Beach is a 20 minute/$20 cab ride away and is great for learning to surf, playing in the small waves with the kiddos, and chasing hermit crabs in the sand. Other posters have mentioned the amazing staff at the house, and I couldn't agree more. Between the housekeeper, pool guy, gardeners, and overnight security guard we felt very pampered and VERY safe. The only thing that could be better is if we were still there.........

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
150 Metres
Banana Beach
Nearest Restaurant
150 Metres
Banana Beach
Nearest Beach
150 Metres
Playa Carmen/Santa Teresa
Car: not necessary

Upon booking, we will happily supply you with a guest packet outlining our favorite local restaurants, activities and go-to spots. Our local property manager will greet you and help you with anything you need - we also work with a local concierge who can handle any reservations, tours, chef services, baby sitting, surf lessons, surboard rentals, spa treatments, yoga/pilates, in home massages also available. Need advice about traveling to the area? We can also help you with your travel plans/itinerary and recommendations on hotels in San Jose for any layovers.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance $99

Rental Rates shown represent the entire property of Casa Buena Vida - a 2bd/2ba house with additional 1bd/1ba guest cabina. Please contact us for rates of the 2bd/2ba house without use of the 1bd guest unit. We require a 50% deposit to book property with the remaining 50% due 30 days prior to arrival. We have a 30 day cancellation policy (45 days for peak weeks), within which time we will refund for cancellations where we are able to rebook the property. All rates include housekeeping, local concierge, nightly security guard and taxes/fees.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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