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Pura Vida Culebra; breathtaking ocean view luxury property

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

4 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, 1 half bathroom, sleeps 10

Pura Vida is a beautiful house overlooking Las Pelás Bay and the island of St. Thomas (US Virgin Islands). Unforgettable view of the greatest variety of ocean blue colors you have ever seen. One mile away from one of Culebra's most beautiful beaches: Zoní Beach. All rooms have inverter air conditioning and/or fans. Two master bedrooms with king size beds with private bathroom and balconies, both ocean and garden views. A third bedroom with queen size bed and a fourth with elegant comfortable bunk beds, both with ocean views. 58 foot lap pool with pool room overlooking the bay and ocean. Fully equipped kitchen in living area and second kitchen and barbecue at pool area. Comfortable living and dining area connected to balcony. Library. Wi-Fi connection, TV, DVD and i pod dock station.


Owner
Peggy and Carlos Steffens
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 3, 2017

About Peggy and Carlos Steffens

My husband is originally from Puerto Rico but went to school in California where he and I met and now reside. We discovered Culebra on one of our trips to Puerto Rico. As it turns out, Carlos’ grandfather was a trader/explorer and sailed the Caribbean frequenting our little bay as a resting spot. (The history of his sailboat, the Pocahontas, can be found in the Culebra museum.) Carlos has had a deep connection to this magical place ever since he was a boy in Puerto Rico. Unique fact: our children all played competitive water polo and two of our daughters are gold medalists from the London Olympics; they chose to celebrate their win here in Culebra!

Why Peggy and Carlos Steffens chose Culebra

This property offers breathtaking views of Las Pelas Bay, Culebrita and St.Thomas. You will see the most beautiful colors in the water as the sun,cloud and occasional rain pass over, it is absolutely mesmerizing. Our peninsula is called Punto del Viento for the constant winds that keep it cool and refreshing even in the hottest tropical weather. We love to swim and love the large lap pool. We love to boat, kayak, snorkel, paddle board and our little bay is the perfect playground. Plus Culebrita is a quick boat ride away and Zoni beach just minutes away by car. Culebra is a beautiful wildlife refuge with mangroves and turtle nesting sites, and we are surrounded by trails for exploring. In this tropical island, who would have thought we could find cacti? Culebra offers so many treasures to discover.

What makes this house unique

We built our home to take advantage of these beautiful views, to provide a place of relaxation, healthy living and adventure. We have one of the largest pools on the island and enjoy refreshing after long day in sun. We love our porch for the mesmerizing views of St Thomas, for the constantly changing colors of the water and for the most amazing star gazing. We love our proximity to all kinds of nature, the envigorating walk to Zoni, the breezes during our yoga sessions on the porch, the quick boat ride to Culebrita and the peace and serenity that is Pura Vida.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We are enjoying the most amazingly relaxing, rejuvenating and nourishing time in your beautiful home! Living here for these days in Pura Vida feels like living inside a work of sublime art. Everywhere I look there is something to please the eye and soul. This is my third time here and each time there is something new and wondrous to discover!
Feb 2017
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Amenities

Fraile House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Incredible view
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Incredible view
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Incredible view
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , At the pool room
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , in the main house
  • All bathrooms are fully tiled with a combination of travertino marble, stone and / or quartz.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 4 twin/ single
  • Each master bedroom has a private balcony and bathroom and ample closet space, and each has a 5 drawer chest. The room with a queen sized bed has an ample closet and the bathroom is shared with the room that has the twin bunk beds. All views of the rooms are ocean view and the master bedrooms have also a garden view. all bedrooms have inverter technology air conditioning. The main living area does not have air conditioning.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Non smoking inside the house. Smoking permitted in the balconies and pool area.

Reviews

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Pura Vida Culebra; breathtaking ocean view luxury property
average rating of 4.9459457 based on 38 reviews
5

My family's first excellent vacation on Culebra

  • 5 of 5

Pura Vida place is a beautiful and comfortable house with all the amenities I have in my house. Its an excellent idea of not having a television set in any of the bedrooms. We spent all nights playing in the family room sharing a very good time as well as using the pool in the late afternoon.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, William. So glad you and your family were able to fully enjoy Pura Vida! We call it "Culebsing" and we hope you come back again soon!
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Outstanding

  • 5 of 5

Best vacation our family has ever been on, the pictures of Pura Vida do not do it justice at all. The owners provide everything you need. One of our favorite things to do at Pura Vida was simply rock in the chairs and enjoy the incredible view. We preferred to go to Zoni beach most days, never a crowd and so spectacular. You must hire Captain Luis for a day trip to Culebrita, it was our favorite experience while visiting. (Avoid Sebastian) We will definitely be back! Pura Vida does not disappoint!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words and we are so glad you all enjoyed our home, especially the rocking chairs which we love! Sounds like you got the best of Culebra and we will love to have you back soon!
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wonderful vacation

  • 5 of 5

beautiful home with spectacular views !! owners were excellent to work with and caretakers on Culebra were equally helpful.

island is low key, with some beautiful beaches. some good restaurants. minimal nightlife, except beautiful moon and stars. excellent for relaxing and recharging and quiet days on a great beach.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, John. Appreciate all your feedback and hope to have you back again soon!
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5

Beautiful Home and Stunning Views!

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful home! Everything was immaculately kept and in working order. The layout of the house with the bedrooms separate from the living area made our stay so enjoyable. The stunning views, constant breezes and beautiful home made it easy to instantly relax and enoy our family time together. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are so welcome, Susan. Glad you enjoyed our home as much as we do!
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5

Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We booked Pura Vida for a girls' reunion trip and were we delighted with the beauty of the home and the surroundings! The views are stellar, and the porches are perfect for watching a gorgeous sunrise. The home is very well equipped with everything we needed, except an American coffee pot. Luckily, a local friend brought us one. No way could 4 women spend a week without coffee and we have no experience with espresso makers! The accommodations were fabulous. It was too cool to use the pool, but there is a lovely one available. Wifi worked well. Games and cards were a bonus. TV reception was great. The only thing that was a real aggravation to us were the locks. There are at the least 10-15 exterior doors that must be unlocked with a key from the inside. We had one set of keys, so unless you had the keys you couldn't open the balcony doors to your room. The key system was a real nightmare and we constantly commented that it wouldn't pass code in the US, as it was pretty scary to think of what would happen in a fire. All of that aside, the home is exquisite and Culebra stole our hearts forever. We will return!!

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review! I'm so sorry you couldn't locate the American coffee pot and it most definitely should have been left out for you. Regarding the keys, it is a problem and we are working to resolve it, your review will just kick us into gear. Hope to have you and your girlfriends back again!
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5

Pure Life!!!

  • 5 of 5

If your looking for a laid back vacation with luxury accommodations on a beautiful caribbean island, Pura Vida is your place. A spectacular view in a private setting welcomes you to a well appointed, clean estate. The owners and local manager were great communicators and very helpful. Days were spent with a few morning hours around the pool before venturing off to one of the island's gorgeous beaches. You'll need to rent a jeep. Roads are good and easy to navigate. A day trip to the the little island of Culebrita is a suggeted extra adventure. Making arrangements with a local boat captain are easy to make. We spent the day with 'Captain Dave.' Highly recommend Culebra and the experience at Pura Vida. Just don't tell toooo many people about it. I won't want this little secret paradise to become overrun with touristy development.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Noriega Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Costa Bonita
Nearest Ferry
3.5 Miles
Ferry Service to Fajardo and Vieques
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Many available
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Zoní Baech
Car: recommended

Other Activities: Kayak rental, snorkeling, scuba, hiking, beach combing, relaxing and turtle watch.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $200 + Tax
Holiday Surcharge $400
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 7.0%

Currently offering discounted rates due to hurricanes.
No pets allowed
$400 - $950 daily; $3500 - $6300 weekly depending on season and # of guests.
(A 7% room tax will be added to bill.)
Christmas and New Years, premium rate applies plus week minimum stay.
All Holidays - premium rate applies
$200 Cleaning Fee
Call Owner for details on rates

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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