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Pura Vida Culebra; breathtaking ocean view luxury property

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


About the property

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
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 14, 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.

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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Fraile House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • 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
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • 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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • 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
Non smoking inside the house. Smoking permitted in the balconies and pool area.


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Pura Vida Culebra; breathtaking ocean view luxury property
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 39 reviews
North Stonington, CT

CULEBRA IS BACK! Fabulous Villa on this Beautiful Island

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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
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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: June 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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  • 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: June 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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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: March 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 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: January 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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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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning $200 + Tax
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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