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Pura Vida Culebra; breathtaking ocean view luxury property

Fraile, Culebra, Puerto Rico
  • House3000 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps10
  • Bathrooms4
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay4 - 7 nights

5 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, 1 half bathroom, sleeps 12

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, private bathroom and balconies. A third bedroom with queen size bed, fourth with comfortable bunk beds, and poolside room with queen bed, private entrance, separate bath and kitchenette. All rooms have 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.


Peggy and Carlos Steffens

Member Since 2011
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
english, spanish
Calendar last updated:
Apr 11, 2018
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 Fraile

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.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king
      • Bedroom 2
        1 king
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 4
        4 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 5
        1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon, Separate poolside studio with fabulous views.
      • 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.


      • 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.

      Location Type

        • Near The Ocean
        • Ocean View
          Views of Las Pelas, Culebrita and St. Thomas
        • Oceanfront
          Set up on a hill above beautiful Las Pelas Bay
        • Waterfront


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Local Maps
                    • Activities Guide
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Ceiling Fans
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                    • Air Conditioning
                      In bedrooms and pool house area, main living has ceiling fans
                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Mosquito Magnet
                    • Paper Towels
                    • Parking
                    • Sofa Bed
                    • Thermos Bottle
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Wireless Internet


                        • Kitchen
                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Coffee Maker
                          american and espresso maker
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Ice Maker
                        • Blender
                        • Lobster Pot
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Both indoor and outdoor dining.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 12 people


                                • Books
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                • Games for Kids
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Television


                                    • Large Cooler
                                    • Balcony
                                    • Beach Chairs
                                    • Beach Towels
                                    • Binoculars
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Barbecue
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                    • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                    • Patio
                                    • Small Cooler
                                    • Terrace


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • Low Allergen Environment
                                        • not suitable for children
                                        • unsuitable for elderly or infirm

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Outdoor Pool
                                            • Private Pool


                                                • museums
                                                • bay/sound
                                                • cinemas
                                                • coin laundry
                                                • forests
                                                • churches
                                                • 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

                                                            • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • pier fishing
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • deepsea fishing
                                                            • snorkeling
                                                            • sound/bay fishing
                                                            • surfing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • water skiing
                                                            • wind-surfing


                                                                • Non smoking inside the house. Smoking permitted in the balconies and pool area.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                                  40 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Second time rental, twice as beautiful!

                                                                  Nikki D.

                                                                  This is our second time renting this property and this time we brought more first time Culebra friends! I can’t even begin to explain how much we love this property and will continue to rent it as often as we can. Along with beautiful views, the property has every amenity you could hope for. The property managers are always available for questions and concerns. Can’t wait to go back!


                                                                  JORGE R.

                                                                  Excellent place nothing to bring all included . Hope stay like that. Can’t wait to come back.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thanks, Jorge! We're glad you enjoyed this special place and hope to have you back soon!

                                                                  CULEBRA IS BACK! Fabulous Villa on this Beautiful Island

                                                                  George P.North Stonington, CT

                                                                  We stayed in Pura Vida the first week of Feb, 2018. As the prior reviewers have stated, this is a first class villa with everything you need to enjoy a worry free vacation. The villa is extremely well equipped in every aspect, and it is very well maintained. We also appreciated the thoughtful design and layout of the villa. The bedrooms/baths are located in one building; the living spaces (kitchen, dining, living room, covered outdoor deck) are in an adjacent building. There's a second small kitchen, den and bathroom at the level of the pool. The view off the deck and pool area are breathtaking. On several days, we never even left the property! The property managers live nearby, and were extremely helpful and responsive. We bought fresh fish and lobsters from a local fisherman, Dennis Johnson (787-424-3093), who actually delivered the fish to us! There is minimal evidence of hurricane damage on Culebra. The island has recovered well vs. some of the harder hit parts of the main island. There is power, water and internet service. (Direct TV is still down, but that wasn't an issue for us.) Zoni beach is a beautiful and deserted as usual. The parking area and food vendors at Flamenco beach are still closed, as is the western half of the beach. The eastern side of the beach is open and there is parking along the road and direct access to the beach. The Dinghy Dock is closed, however the quirky but well stocked grocery store/meat market/liquor store (Milka) is open, and there are many food trucks serving local fare. Culebra has limited fine dining, but we prefer to cook ourselves using locally sourced ingredients. We ate most dinners at the villa, enjoying the stunning views across the blue ocean water. There was a constant breeze off the water, and we never saw a single mosquito the entire week. Puerto Rico needs tourist spending, so don't hesitate to go!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you, George! We are so happy that you and your family came to Pura Vida in Culebra and were able to enjoy it so much, despite Maria! Culebra is a precious gem in this crazy world and continues to get stronger every day. Thanks again for your kind words and we hope to have you back again soon!

                                                                  Peggy and Carlos

                                                                  My family's first excellent vacation on Culebra

                                                                  William R.

                                                                  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.

                                                                  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!


                                                                  Faith G.Where do you live?

                                                                  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!

                                                                  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!

                                                                  wonderful vacation

                                                                  john v.MIAMI

                                                                  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.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thanks, John. Appreciate all your feedback and hope to have you back again soon!


                                                                  Fraile, Culebra, Puerto Rico

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

                                                                  Rates & Availability

                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

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                                                                  Additional Guest Fee
                                                                  Damage Insurance
                                                                  Tax Rate

                                                                  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

                                                                  40 Reviews
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                                                                  Property # 365026