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Secluded Home in the Rainforest A Few Steps to the Beach & A Few Minutes to town

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About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 9

This private home on the coast of the Pacific Ocean (2 Minutes Directly Across from the Beach) is 2 stories, offering privacy between levels, spectacular ocean views, 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, full kitchen downstairs with granite countertops and bar, kitchenette upstairs with granite countertop, refrigerator, sink, coffee maker, microwave and breakfast table, living room, custom swimming pool and full laundry room. Located on almost an acre, with a private driveway and surrounded by a lush rainforest with no neighboring homes close enough to disturb your privacy, you'll enjoy the spacious patio and 'botanical gardens' in peace and privacy. You'll thrill in the native trees and plants (pick your own bananas when in season) and wildlife that visit regularly, including toucans, macaws, parrots, colorful iguanas (harmless) and, occasionally, monkeys. A custom pool (December 2006) affords a luxury retreat from the day's activities.

Casa De Mariposas sits on almost an acre, has no contact with the street or public and is completely private and secure. We have a 24 hour Security/Manager who lives in a 'guest house' separate and down the hill from the main house and at the driveway entrance. This makes concern for the security of children a non issue as they 'roam' the patio and grounds.

Because Casa De Mariposas is isolated slightly off the coastal road with no other homes to see you, you feel you're in the middle of a rain forest completely isolated and very private yet the beach is just across the coastal road. You are ten minutes from the town of Jaco by walking along the beach or three minutes by vehicle.

The main house is completely protected by walls, terraces, artistic wrought iron fencing and gates. When you enter the front gate you are on a spacious patio that surrounds the front and sides of the house with separate patio tables, pool, glass blocked outdoor shower and plants and trees.

An added bonus as guests of Casa De Mariposas is the full use of The Club Del Mar across the street including their large pool and Spa. It is a private resort and can arrange all the activities you may want such as fishing, ATV's, zip lines, surfing (lessons, rentals etc.) etc. Their dining and lounge are 5 star and the staff will treat you like Kings and Queens as guests of Casa De Mariposas.

Casa De Mariposas has WiFi, Internet service and phone service to the USA. The entire house has 'state of the art' air conditioning and is completely furnished with all linens etc.

First floor -

Living room with large TV, Stereo, DVD and surround sound

Open granite bar to kitchen

Full kitchen with refrigerator, cook top (gas), microwave, coffee maker, toaster and blender. All granite counter tops

Bedroom with Queen bed and sliding closet; pull out twin mattresses

Full bath

Second floor -

Master bedroom with King, flat screen TV with DVD, walk in closet; pull out twin mattress

Bedroom with Queen and sliding closet; pull out twin mattress

Kitchenette with table for six, refrigerator, toaster oven, blender, coffee maker and Espresso maker

Full bath

Full wrap around balcony with Ocean views and sounds of the waves

The house is mainly all custom native wood inside with a spectacular ceiling upstairs.

You can choose from the many adventures that await you, including the thrill of a canopy tour or zip line, ATV adventures into the rainforest with waterfalls, rivers and wildlife, world class fishing, beaches - including some of the best surfing available in the world, snorkeling, hiking, golf, horseback riding (beach or rainforest), motorcycle rental, and, of course, the best places to eat!

A must on your schedule is a visit to Quepos and the World Famous Manuel Antonio National Park, less than 45 minutes from Casa De Mariposas. You don't have to choose between the rainforest and the beach because the park offers both. Packed with the most unbelievable animals, birds and flora, you'll walk the well maintained trails and come face to face with several species of monkeys, sloths, iguanas, toucans, parrots, macaws and dozens of other animal life, all in their unrestricted and natural habitat. Walk to any of the four white sand beaches and explore the tide pools or relax on the beach when not enjoying the blue ocean waters (85 degrees).

Don't be surprised if a family of friendly squirrel monkeys with a baby or two come and visit while you lay on the beach! For the coffee lover, don't forget on the way back to stop at Cafe Milagro located on the front street as you enter Quepos for steaming hot fresh coffee beans made the old fashion way. (Beware! Once you have Cafe Milagro coffee you will be hooked for life.) We are happy to assist you in planning your itinerary and booking your adventures. Our goal is for you to create lasting memories of your visit to Costa Rica.

Thank you for visiting Casa De Mariposas!

Maid and chef service available on request.


More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2018

About Owner

My husband, Les, went with some buddies to Jaco Beach, and they fell in love with this property. I grew up in Florida, and I used to feel sorry for the people who saved up all year to spend their Christmas vacation in Florida and there would be a cold snap. I've been to the property during December and the ocean water is 85 degrees! You never have to worry when you book in Jaco Beach. It is so unique and gives you the complete experience of the rainforest and the ocean. The home has magnificent native wood features, port holes throughout, - it's just so charming.

Owner purchased this house in 2005

Why Owner chose Jaco

It is so unique and gives you the complete experience of the rainforest and the ocean. The home has magnificent native wood features, port holes throughout, - it's just so charming. And the location is fantastic, just across from the beach and a short walk or drive into the town of Jaco, with all its fantastic restaurants, night life, grocery store and shops.

What makes this house unique

The views are spectacular, the location is the best, and the house is totally unique. What could be better?

Guestbook comments from the owner

From: Gianni Nasonte

Sent: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 6:33 PM

To: Cobra Vacations

Subject: Re: Casa De Mariposas paid invoice

Dear Les,

I just wanted to say thank you for all of your help. Had a great time at your house and I look forward to coming back!

Many Thanks,

Jun 2014
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Jaco House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower
    Full 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
  • 3 pull out twin mattresses
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • surfing
  • swimming
Our security/maintenance staff lives in the guest house on the property. He is happy to assist you! State of the art Panasonic air conditioners in each room.


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Secluded Home in the Rainforest A Few Steps to the Beach & A Few Minutes to town
average rating of 4.75 based on 41 reviews

We loved Costa Rica!!!!

  • 3 of 5

We have learned that the property has recently been sold and is about to go under some renovations right after our stay. The house clearly represents the CR atmosphere which we loved that and all the room it offers. The pictures on the site are very old none of that furniture is still in the rooms it shows ( it does have beds and furniture) The living room furniture really needs to be updated, not comfortable at all. The outdoor furniture really needs to be updated as well. It's very nice to have a washer and dryer on site to use! Would be nice to have hand towels in the bathrooms. I think we just got the house between transitions. FERNAN is a absolute angel you need to utilize him and his services!! All bookings with him was excellent! He knows the best companies to book everything with and you will not have to worry about a thing when you schedule with him!!! Club Del Mar across the street is where we spent all of our free time, great meals as well.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice home in a great location

  • 4 of 5

My family and I just returned from a lovely week in Costa Rica. We were traveling with another couple who rented a car and got to meet Alanna, the new owner. Les and Fernan were wonderful arranging transportation for us ahead of our arrival to San Jose. A large van was available for the 6 of us as soon as we exited baggage claim. We had an easy ride to Jaco, got settled in to the house and walked across the street for dinner at Club del Mar. Tom and Gustavo, the owners were lovely and happy to accommodate our group for meals at the restaurant or by the pool. We probably had 3 dinners at the restaurant, breakfast and 2 lunches by the pool. The house pool was quite cool as it was a bit shaded so we spent lots of time at the hotel.

Water, coffee, sugar and creamer as well as a papaya and some jams were waiting for us at the house when we arrived - lovely touch! The kitchen didn't have any salt or pepper which made our first attempt at breakfast a bit disappointing. we shopped at was x menus in jaco. Otherwise, the kitchen was adequate. With just the counter top to seat 4, we sat outside in the mornings with our coffee. Patio furniture has definitely seen better days- one of the concrete benches wobbled dangerously and the leather chairs upstairs were rotting.

Fernan and his company were wonderful at arranging outings for us. We took surfing lessons at the surf factory down the beach from the house (an easy walk and certainly could have arranged on our own). The trip to Manuel Antonio was nice. The beach was crowded but the water was lovely. The tour was also quite crowded with many guides setting up scopes to view little bugs, bats, monkeys, sloths, frogs... our best encounter with monkeys was at Las Terrazas - where we had lunch afterwards. We had fun ATV rides- set up in downtown Jaco and zip lined at Vista Los Suenos

The house phone didn't work so we asked the front desk at the hotel to call us a cab. We had great dinners at Hicaco in Jaco and had a great time eating and listening to music at Vida Hermosa in Hermosa beach - food was ok, environment was awesome. Also check out pizza pata and the Backyard in Hermosa

Surfing in Jaco was perfect for beginners and we went back and rented boards the next day.

Costa Rica is lovely and the people were so nice and accommodating. Thanks for a great trip ! Pura Vida!

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, close to beach

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay at this property. The property manager even brought over home made tamales!

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Kimberly, thank you very much for your kind remarks! Happy New Year!!!! Les Decker
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  • 5 of 5

Exelent location, big house for our entire family great comunication with the owner, and their staff around the property 0 issues very private with everything you need to feel like your own beach house hightly recomend it, we have a wonderfull time thank you all.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for taking the time to write such nice things. You are welcome back anytime! Les Decker Owner
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  • 5 of 5

Casa De Mariposas was one of the best vacation rentals I have ever stayed. I went with a group of 6 guys for my brothers bachelor party. Fernan was always available for everything! Anytime and any problem, he took care of it! He also will not lead you wrong! When we arrived I had a "plan" on what to do, immediately Fernan evaluated it and adjusted for the best experience! The place was beautiful! It was extremely easy to get to! The hotel across the street kept us busy and the beach only 2 mins from the home! When I come back to Costa Rica, I definitely plan to return to that house! Thank you Les, Fernan and Derien for all your help and an awesome trip!


  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect!!! Les the host is also one of the best host I have dealt with. He was very attentive the day before my flight out and made sure I had everything lined up. I only stayed 1 day and maaaaannnnnnnnn I wish it was available for a longer stay. Unfortunately, it was only available for that 1 day we stood there but this place is simply great. Next time out there I will definitely have to book in advance and make sure we have a longer stay. Also his pick up service from the airport #1!!!!!! We used that company for pretty much everything in CR. Cant wait to go back!! Les thanks again and we will be in touch soon!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Cesar, my Friend Thank you so much for taking the time to write such kind words! Hopefully you can return and stay longer. If you do I will extend a 10% discount to your group. Please have a Long, Healthy and Happy Life! Respectfully, Les Decker
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Nearest Airport
53 Miles
San Jose
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Jaco Beach

You have the best of both worlds at Casa De Mariposas - complete privacy of the villa and ultimate convenience. You'll have your toe in the ocean in a few minutes and just a 5 minute walk on the beach takes you to the center of town!

Your adventure begins at the newly remodeled accommodations of Casa De Mariposas - Spanish for 'House of Butterflies'. There are sixty native species in Costa Rica, many of which you will see on the property.

An added bonus is that our guests are also welcome to the facilities of the Club Del Mar Resort, an exclusive private resort directly across the coastal road from Casa De Mariposas. The Club offers a wonderful Lounge, fine dining, pool, and Spa where you can book a relaxing facial or massage.

Other Activities: shopping, boating, shelling, wildlife viewing, spa


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150
One time cleaning fee $50

Call for pricing for 2 people.
Honeymoon Specials Available.
NOTE; Cancellation must be received 30 days prior to reservation for deposit to be returned.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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