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Gorgeous Home 100m to Sand - Green season rates now available

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Private Pool
  • children welcome


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. 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 comfortably. 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 are also available to 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 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
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
March 6, 2017

About Brett

We are a vacation-loving couple from the beach area of Los Angeles, CA, 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.

Brett purchased this house in 2009

Why Brett chose Puntarenas

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 place 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 focused on creating those little details such as the screens on all of the floor to ceiling doors and windows and fans even in the bathrooms. We knew that this would not only be apparent and special to 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 of a house 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, within the Santa Teresa/Mal Pais area. We have created surroundings that focus on comfort as the number one priority 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 out of bed and wander down our beach road for 2 minutes 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 our house!

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:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
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


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)

Gorgeous Home 100m to Sand - Green season rates now available
average rating of 4.7083335 based on 26 reviews
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: Dec 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: Apr 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: Feb 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: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Denver Colorado

Favorite Place on Earth

  • 5 of 5

We loved this house. We have been traveling to Mal Pais and Santa Teresa annually since 2009. This is one of the best places that we have ever stayed. The beach and the pool are within steps. The pool has a shallow section for our 2 year old and a large regular pool for our older kids. Restaurants and grocery store are across the street or within a quick jaunt. Next year we will be staying in this house. The cabina was great for Grandma and Grandpa to be close yet have their own space. With a little common sense, the area and the house are very safe. The property manage/concierge provides amazing service and is just a phone call away.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice House with Central Location

  • 3 of 5

I wouldn't call the house luxurious or extravagant, but it has everything you need, and it's right in town and close to the beach.

PROS: SHORT WALK TO BEACH - house is on the corner of the main road and a beach access road; CLOSE TO TOWN - grocery store across the street; PROPERTY MANAGER, BRETT - very helpful and attentive, checking in by email every few days to see how we were doing; nice, large pool; AC IN BEDROOMS; WIFI worked pretty well and enabled to keep my teenage son in touch with his girlfriend, although it didn't work in his bedroom; PRETTY, WELL-KEPT GROUNDS - groundskeeper on the premises most days; HOUSEKEEPER - came and cleaned every other day; SECURITY - security guard was on the premises from from early evening until the next morning, so we always felt safe.

CONS: NOISY! I had read the reviews before renting this house and knew it was not going to be quiet, but I wasn't prepared for how noisy it was actually going to be. I found it impossible to relax outside because trucks, cars, quads and motorcycles were constantly going by. It was pretty loud in the house too, even during the night which made sleeping was difficult at times. Thankfully the AC in the bedrooms did drown out the noise a little. The nights that it rained were also quieter; AC ONLY IN BEDROOMS - it can get hot in Santa Teresa. The sea breeze did not reach the house through the trees during our stay. Our first day was very hot and it was very uncomfortable in the main part of the house. Luckily, it either cooled down after that or we acclimated to the temperature and it wasn't so bad; LACK OF PRIVACY - while the grounds and pool were kept nice and we felt very safe with the security guard at night, it was a little unsettling to have people walking around the property all the time. The pool guy was there in the morning, the security guard was there at night and the groundskeeper was there late afternoon/early evenings when we were coming back from whatever we did during the day. The downstairs has all large windows and sliding glass doors that have no blinds. Every now and then I'd look outside only to see someone looking back at me. Again, it made it a little hard to relax and it was a little uncomfortable; BEDS WERE UNCOMFORTABLE - Having back issues I'm used to being uncomfortable, but this time my husband even complained, and he can sleep on anything!

Overall we had a great trip, but I'm not sure I'd recommend this house unless you can deal with the negatives mentioned.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 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 also serve as your local concierge to guide you in anything you may be interested in. Chef can be arranged for in home meals, Baby Sitting, Surf Lessons, Surboard Rentals, Nearby Spa also offers Yoga and 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

Carmen Beach House Rental Rates

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Holiday 2
Apr 8 2017 - Apr 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
Mid Season
May 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $2,000

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 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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