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Villa Pochote - Private Ocean View Beach Villa

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5 - 7)

At Villa Pochote you will find the peace and tranquility that you are looking for in your trip to costa rica.

We are a 5 acre oasis just 175 yards from the beautiful beach of Playa Manzanillo and a nice walk or quick drive to the breathtaking beach of Playa Hermosa.

Villa Pochote has three bedrooms and two baths and is surrounded by the renowned Pochote tree and the rare Gavilan and Cocobolo. Both upstairs bedrooms have ocean views. The main bedroom has sliding glass doors that open to a teak wood balcony for monkey, whale, and bird watching as well as ocean and sunset views.

Downstairs there is a full bath along with the kitchen and entertaining areas opening to a spacious patio accessed by sliding glass doors for more ocean viewing and garden access.

Villa Pochote can accommodate up to 7 adults.

Viila Pochote is constructed with wood accents of teak, pochote, and laurel.

***the home is fully equipped and furnished with lush gardens, white gravel walkways, wrought iron gates, private parking, pressurized hot/cold water, sky tv, wireless satellite internet, cleaning and laundry service, gardener, and 24-hour security.

Built and designed by the owner in August of 2008 the home has vaulted ceilings of pochote beams with laurel wood paneling and the verandas, patios, stairs, door and window frames are all accented in teak.

We are also excited to announce a few changes happening in November 2016.

First, Villa Pochote will have a 3rd bedroom added over the rainy season, so the home will easily be able to sleep 6 - 7 people.

Secondly, we will be adding our own ocean/sunset view craft beer pub on the premises along with a small restaurant to better serve our guests and the area's needs. We will offer a minimum of 6 craft beers made at the brew pub, a variety of cocktails and a simple menu with something for everyone.

While you are here, please take time to walk along the trails of our 5 acre property...Look for coatis, anteaters, jaguarundis, white face and howler monkeys, various bird species, and iguanas...Or find one of our sitting areas and just watch the wildlife and nature and listen to the ocean.

We are an owner operated business, so our staff is small, but we are here to help with any questions or needs, so sit back, relax, and enjoy your stay with us...

The beaches....

Because of rock reefs surrounding the entrance to playa manzanillo, this beach has it all. Here you can surf, snorkel, swim, kayak, fish, beach comb, and at the end of the day enjoy one of the most spectacular sunsets the nicoya peninsula has to offer. The best part about manzanillo beach is many days the only footprints you will find will be your own.

A few years ago playa hermosa was basically unknown, but recently discovered by surfers tired of the crowds and congestion of santa teresa, this beach is becoming increasingly more popular for tourists and surfers. Playa hermosa lives up to its name and is truly beautiful offering great waves for surfers, swimming and beachcombing on a long and wide un-crowded beach.

To truly capitalize on all the peninsula has to offer, a car or 4 wheeler is a must, but still many of our guests prefer to walk the old beach road to playa hermosa enjoying the quiet and slow pace - stopping at the tide pools, private beaches, the waterfall, and always returning with stories of seeing more monkeys and iguanas than people.

The surf....

Yes, there is surf. A short drive south are the more popular surf spots of playa carmen (mal pais) and santa teresa, but just a few minutes away in manzanillo and playa hermosa you can find waves for all levels of surfing (reef, point breaks, beach breaks, river mouths) – beginner to advanced – with crowd and attitude free, consistent surf.

For any surf questions feel free to contact the owner who has over 25 years surfing experience.

We can also set-up surf lessons with qualified instructors.

The fishing....

Manzanillo and north to the bongo river is an area famous for fishing. You can go local and try your hand at hand-line fishing or bring your own gear and head out to the reefs at low tide. You may get lucky and hook sea bass, snook, red snapper, or a rooster. A quick run north will get you to the bongo which is legendary for its fishing due to its river mouth - a great place to catch snook, just ask a local family who bought a car they call “robalo” meaning “snook” in spanish. All the money they earned to buy the car came from selling their snook/robalo catches from the bongo.

We can also book fishing tours for you – just ask.

More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish, Japanese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2017

Why Owner/Manager chose Puntarenas

I chose Manzanillo because it was far enough away from the hustle and bustle and congestion of Santa Teresa, but close enough to hop in the car or on a 4-wheeler and have access to anything and everything one could want - and most importantly, the outstanding surfing and fishing!

What makes this house unique

Within half an acre of the villas, there are more than 25 different type of indigenous trees. The property itself is 7 acres and is connected by walking trails that my worker and I have built by hand and has ocean views from almost every corner of the property. All the trails have been planted and reforested, and because of the planting all the birds, butterflies, and animals have returned to the property. You can sit anywhere on the property and hear the waves crashing 60 meters below at Punta Pochote.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Stayed at Villa Pochote March 2nd - March 6th 2015 - We had a great time, Trey and his staff were always available and helpful with suggestions, questions and ideas! The property was beautiful and located about a 15 minute walk to Manzanillo beachm - easy walk down but quite a trek back if done in the sun as it is uphill and dusty. Beach is great but if you want to swim you need to walk or drive about a KM north as it is extremely rocky. Property was great - clean with lots of amenities. Very private and quiet but also located a short drive from Hermossa and Santa Teresa area if you want to eat out or want more action . Highly recommend!
Mar 2015
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Santa Teresa Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 double
  • Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
wireless broadband


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Villa Pochote - Private Ocean View Beach Villa
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 24 reviews

Beautiful property and exceptional hospitality

  • 5 of 5

What an incredible month. Everything about our stay at Villa Pochote exceeded our expectations. The Villa itself has been built beautifully (by Trey himself) - clean, spacious, bright with outstanding views from both floors. Great swimming pool, barbecue area and a lovely yoga studio free to use at your leisure with a great teacher who comes every Wednesday at sunset and teaches a class. If you want wildlife you're in the right place too - Iguanas, Howler monkeys, Whiteface monkeys, red squirrels, Coatis, an abundance of birds, the garden is teeming with life and when you sit an wait, it all comes to you.

You can walk the the closest beach (Playa Manzanillo) in around 10 minutes but to get anywhere else you'll need a 4x4 or a quad/buggy as the roads are tough work otherwise. And you will definitely want to go everywhere else. So get one.

The next beach along is Hermosa where I spent most of my time, great for surfing, beautiful sand, and with a guy who sells coconuts and delicious ceviche out of the back of his van for when you get hungry or thirsty. From there you're on the road to Santa Teresa, a bustling little surf town packed full to the brim with good vibes. There are a number of great bars and restaurants, plenty of surf stores and a few small supermarkets to pick up supplies. All along Santa Teresa are more pristine beaches, usually busy with local and travelling surfers. Further out from Santa Teresa you'll find plenty of nature reserves, other little towns and an abundance of staggering waterfalls (some easier to find than others).

The best bit, however, is Trey and Jaclyn. Their hospitality knows no bounds. They gave us lifts to town, surf lessons, the best advice on where to go, they lent me snorkelling gear, Trey flexed his superlative BBQ skills when we all had a cookout, they booked us taxis, Jaclyn took me to the rodeo in Cobano, Trey even took time out of his day taking me around properties that were for sale when I expressed interest. The list very much goes on.

Overall we count ourselves lucky to have found such a breathtaking place. If the rest of Costa Rica is as wonderful as the tiny slice we saw then what a country it is. As an unexpected bonus we have also made great friends along the way. We will surely be back.

Pura Vida

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very good place and service

  • 5 of 5

The place are perfect 10 min from santa teresa but better price i will return for sure

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! Looking forward to your return. Maybe I can show you the Bongo River next time, and you can fish for Rooster and Snook. Pura vida!
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not recommend

  • 1 of 5

The location is 8km from Santa Teresa and the restaurants and the good surfing /swim beaches. The road very steep. Totally need a 4wd vehicle. Very bumpy and super dusty. There is water line being constructed which caused a great deal of dust and noise all day. Not to mention difficult to walk out on the road.

The sheets are 100 % polyester. The place is very basic with few amenities. Feels like a spring break party house.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I respect your right to your opinion, but I do have issues with it. In my opinion, it is an inaccurate portrayal of the home and property. Shortly after you arrived and you got settled in, I answered any questions you had regarding the area and the property. I noticed your tire had gone flat, and I helped change your tire. I would have thought at that moment, it would be clear that I would have done anything in my power to assure the two of you had a great stay with us. The photos on our site are identical to the home. The amenities are listed on our site and you can see everything in the photos, including the pool, your own private pool bar area, ocean views, etc. If anything, our guests always say our photos do not do the property justice. As for sheets, each bedroom has 3 sets of bedding made from different materials. It would have taken less than five minutes to change the sheets in any of three bedrooms in the home. I apologize for the water line inconvenience. It’s a government project. My property is the last on the line. I had been waiting 15 years to have water reach my property – it saddens me that my joy that day caused you sorrow. They finished the work that same day around noon. If I had been given the opportunity, I’d have tried to redress the issue with surf/paddleboard lessons, craft beer that I make here, private or group yoga class(es) or a massage. Our location is clear on the VRBO site – there is a map. Yes, we are 8km from Santa Teresa – that is the idea. That is why our guests stay with us. All the reviews praise our location, the quiet, the sunsets, the animals, etc. There are 6 restaurants within minutes of the property – 3 in Hermosa and 3 in Manzanillo along with 3 mini-supers. I have been surfing for 35 years, all over the world – if you want crowded surf and a party scene afterwards, Santa Teresa is for you. If you want consistent, fun, all levels of surf with less crowds and attitude, stay with us and surf nearby. If you want a Spring Break Party scene…Santa Teresa is for you – 365 days a year. As for the dust. I eliminate it on my property by personally preparing and putting down molasses on the road (150 meters). As for the roads, they are the best they have ever been. Our site recommends a 4WD vehicle, but to be honest, from November to April, during the dry season, it is not necessary. I only wish you had communicated your concerns with me.
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Magic place!

  • 5 of 5

We spent 3 weeks in this beautiful property. Great big house with a great pool area and such a beautiful view!! We just loved it there! Perfect hosts - very welcoming, uncomplicated and helps you with everything you need!! Beautiful beaches and places nearby!

Definitely a place to be and we definitely have to come back!!


  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! It was a pleasure having you all stay with us. We hope to see you again in the near future. Pura vida!
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So lovely!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Villa Pochote! What a perfect location with wonderful hosts. Super clean, convenient, and welcoming. We felt like part of the family and didn't want to leave on to our next place. Stay here in Playa Hermosa!

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! It was great meeting you guys. We hope to see you again in the future!
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Perfect Christmas!

  • 5 of 5

Everything was more than we expected. The house was great and we loved the pool area.

Trey was helpful with anything we needed from four wheelers to surfboards and lessons he took care of it all.

We are going back in March for Springbreak!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Santa Teresa Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mid-Season Special 2
Feb 23 2017 - Mar 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Mid-Season Special 1
Mar 30 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $40

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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