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Tomas de la Ossa

Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese

Surfer's Nest, Beachfront Cottage -Fully equipped - Pool -ac-WiFi -housekeeping

12 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights

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Santa Teresa Beach Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-7) Beachfront.

This two bedrooms, two bathrooms, swimming pool, beachfront cottage, is located in the tranquil and exclusive North-end Santa Teresa, a quiet residential neighborhood a little bit over 1 km from the center of town and close to award winning and internationally renowned boutique hotels and restaurants such as Latitude 10, Flor Blanca and Milarepa . The cottage is right on the beach, directly in front of the best beach break in all of Santa Teresa. North-end Santa Teresa, famous for its pristine and white sandy beaches is home to top model Gisele mundchen, her home overlooks Playa Santa Teresa and Matthew McConaughey, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and Matt Damon are but a few of celebrities that are frequent visitors to this piece of paradise. Surfer's Nest Beach Cottage borders to the North with architectural magnificent Casa Yin Yang and Milla La Maria and to the South with another great home: Sandy Lane. The combination of location, ambiance and beauty makes The Cottage in North-end Santa Teresa, the natural choice for your vacation.

Nestled amid the tropical forest but just a few walking steps from the ocean, the cottage enjoys the privacy of its three acres property. It is gated, fully fenced and landscaped with abundant gardens with thousands of flowers and thick grass lawn including a wide variety of tropical hardwood trees, Croatian, bamboo, bougainvillea, amapolo, cactus, cocos, various palms, lemons and guava trees, plumerias, and flowering tropical plants such as hibiscus, jasmine, heliconias, bromelias, tabacones and more. Howler Monkeys, White faced Monkeys, iguanas, squirrels, racoons and parakeets are just a few of the creatures you may see and hear right from your terrace.

A long driveway that extends from the gate to a large circular private parking area located just off the entry to Surfer's Nest Beach Cottage takes you inside the Estate grounds.

Newly remodeled the cottage comes with a WiFi Internet connection, a full kitchen, refrigerator, stove, oven, coffee maker, blender, large electric griddle, cloth washer and dryer are available as well as a safe to store valuables. Daily maid service is included, except on Sundays at no extra charge. Josefa, the house keeper will sweep the house, make the beds, do dishes and tidying up the place so that you can relax, feel comfortable and take a break from house chores.

The two bedrooms/two bathrooms cottage is a/c with ceiling fans in each room. The main bedroom has a Queen size and a Full (DBL) size bed. The second bedroom has a Full (Dbl) bed and a single size bed. There is a sofa-bed in the living room area that sleeps one additional guest.

Separate Unit: Need more sleeping area? In addition to the two bedrooms forthmentioned a separate unit (cabin) with a Queen size bed and a single size bed, a/c, ceiling fan, private bathroom, refrigerator, stove and a fully equipped kitchenette, will give you the option of lodging 3 additional guests and can be made available as part of the rental for an additional fee.

Surfer's Nest Beach Cottage also comes with local telephone calling. International calling can be made from the house using your computer or a pre-paid phone card ready available in all the stores in Santa Teresa. The Cottage employs a full time groundskeeper and cleaning staff to attend to your needs.

For even larger groups we recommend that you also reserve Casa Santa Teresa (, a three bedroom, 3 bathrooms home located in the same estate grounds. The two homes together and the detached unit can accommodate comfortably from 12-17 guests. Special rental rates may apply when the two homes and the detached unit are rented together.

The pool is for the exclusive use of guests of the cottage only.

Keywords: Villa,Ocean front, beach front, beach,rental,santa teresa, surfing, surf, costa rica, mal pais

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Tomas de la Ossa (Owner)
Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese

About Tomas de la Ossa

I was born in Costa Rica a few years back. At age 18 I left home and went to California, USA in pursuit of a better education. During the Vietnam War I joined the USMC and serve with the 1st Marines in Vietnam. Upon my return to the USA from overseas I attended California State University in Los Angeles where I studied International Relations. During the 32 years I lived in the Golden State I worked at different things among them: Played and sang with a Mariachi Band in a night club in Los Angeles, Was Director of Data Processing for a large Insurance group in LA. Toward the end of my self-impose exile in the City of Angels I served as Comercial and Public Relations Attache for the Costa Rica Consulate General in Los Angeles, as a Consul of Costa Rica in Los Angeles, and last as Costa Rica Director of Tourism for Western United States and Canada, before retiring and moving back to live in Costa Rica.

Tomas de la Ossa purchased this cottage in 1985

Why Tomas de la Ossa chose Puntarenas

Being away from my native country for more than 30 years, I came to treasure from afar the natural wonders and the beauty of Costa Rica and its beaches. Santa Teresa was but a little fishing village lost in the wilderness of the Nicoya Peninsula. No one knew back then, not even me that the waves and the beaches of Santa Teresa were unique and the best in the country. It was love at first sight.

What makes this cottage unique

When I first built my house it was just a place to come home to and spend a few days at the beach in total solitude before going back to Los Angeles to make a living. I have found Santa Teresa to be the perfect antidote to stress and the busy life. The four acres property of Wavebreaker Villa in Santa Teresa will offer you plenty of peace and the best surfing Costa Rica has to offer. One of the big advantages of staying at the Villa is that you are away from the busy part of Santa Teresa. The beaches of Playa Santa Teresa and further north are less crowded and hotels are more spread out. The pool of Wavebreaker beach front Villa has the best view of the ocean in all of Santa Teresa.

Some of the most luxurious lodgings of Santa Teresa are found here. You can make extensive walks along the scenic, white-sand beaches, bathe in tide pools, or curl up in a beach chair or a hammock strung between swaying palm trees.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We want to thank you Don Tomas and Chepita for an incredible vacation. The perfect location, perfect accommodations and perfect hospitality. What more could you ask for? You both went above and beyond our expectations to make sure all our needs were met. We started each day eating breakfast with an incredible view of the ocean. We shared the view with monkeys, iguanas and Perone the dog. Santa Teresa was absolutely the perfect location for our 3 week stay, with great restaurants, surf and activities. The supermarket right across the street was perfect for our ice cream runs. Our afternoons were spent playing games and reading books in the hammocks. Our children spent all their time either in the ocean or pool. To say we were relaxed is an understatement, we did no housework--Josefa did our laundry, dishes, and made our beds, she spoiled us and always had a smile on her face and a great story. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. We will be back.
Aug 2009
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Surfer's Nest, Beachfront Cottage -Fully equipped - Pool -ac-WiFi -housekeeping
average rating of 4.75 based on 16 reviews
Long Beach, California

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from our first ever trip to Costa Rica and the beautiful Casa Don Tomas. We loved the peacefulness of this wonderful home. Heaven on Earth! What a fabulous home with great views. It was close to everything we wanted to do, and yet still a secluded retreat. We would often find ourselves racing home to catch the sunsets from the pool… what a perfect way to end the day! When you stay here, sleep with the curtains wide open, because you won't want to miss a moment of each breaking day! We were there during the "rainy season" or how the Ticos like to call it “The Green Season” but had only one day without sunshine. The thunderstorms from the house were like watching our own fireworks display.

Thanks, Don Tomas, for sharing this wonderful home. Costa Rica is truly a beautiful country and we will DEFINITELY be back to stay here as soon as we can!!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2007
  • Stayed: Aug 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Western Massachusetts

Enchanting, Secluded Tropical Hacienda

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from two weeks at Don Tomas' enchanting tropical hacienda where we had a spectacularly relaxing vacation! We thoroughly enjoyed the feeling of seclusion that his lovely home offers, while still being easily accessible to groceries and the funky coastal town of Santa Teresa (which has an array of exceptionally good restaurants!).

Our favorite activities included reclining on the wrap around porch to delight in the myriad of tropical flowers and wildlife, (iguanas, hummingbirds, butterflies, birds, squirrels, crabs) that abound on the unique grounds--which are also spectacular in that they are filled with ancient tropical trees, hanging vines and tropical flowers. The backdrop of crashing surf sounds are as soothing as the surfing is exhilarating! Returning from the beach to an outdoor shower, lovely private pool and porch hammocks was also a treat. The house is simply furnished, yet has all the basics that one needs--with a very comfortable queen size bed. Charming murals decorate the rooms and the porch houses a lovely sculpted column of intertwined goddesses. Josefa, the caretaker, is exceptionally kind and welcoming and was ever so helpful with whatever was needed--a caring and responsive hostess! We were enchanted, are telling others about this tropical beachfront gem of a place--and are already looking forward to our next trip there!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We had 2 wonderful months in casa don Tomas.

  • 5 of 5

The house is simple but it has everything you need. Beds are comfortable and the kitchen is well provided. The photos of the property and the video are accurate. Josefa is a real gem and will keep it clean for you as well as she can provide you with a good laugh.

The true luxuary of this property is the location and the garden! Only a few steps away from the surf and with a supermarket only 5 minutes walk away. The garden is beautiful and the pool is very nice.

The owner has been very helpful when needed.

We had a very good time in the house with our 1 year old son and our parents.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bath, UK

Beautiful Home, Perfect Location for surfing at the right price!

  • 5 of 5

Just got back from spending 6 fabulous days in Casa Don Tomas located in Santa Teresa Beach, Costa Rica and I would like to share my experience: First of all let me begin by thanking Don Tomas, the house owner and Chepita, the property caretaker and house keeper for having contributed so much to make possible one of the best vacations my family has experienced in many years.

Casa Don Tomas is the ideal place to relax with the family, away from the noise of busy Santa Teresa. It is located about 2 miles north of “Downtown” just far enough to enjoy the solitude of its surroundings and the distinctive sound of the crashing surf.

The beach front house is newly painted and everything in it is there for a purpose. It is a no frills vacation home, comfortable, well equipped and just the right size for our family of 6. We had a superb time surfing and swimming in its magnificent pool overlooking the Pacific. We enjoyed Santa Teresa and nearby Mal Pais very much.

I highly recommend Casa Don Tomas to everyone, not only surfers. The place is safe and beautiful but what makes it even better is the human warmth of Chepita. She will do anything for you with a big smile in her face. Thank you Chepita for your kindness and for the delicious tortillas you baked for us. Pura Vida Costa Rica we will be back. Almost forgot, a great Super Market outside the main gates to the beach property, Well stocked, good prices.

William T.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Good Times!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Don Tomas is a wonderful beach getaway location- you really can’t get much better in Santa Teresa, really! Don Tomas obviously had some serious insight when purchasing this property – for it is located in the prime surf and beach play zone of Santa Teresa. My husband and I surf and the waves offered a great experience for both the beginner surfer and the expert depending on the tide and swell – everyone gets some! Our family stayed at Casa Don Tomas for one month – we have 2 children under 5 and the house was set up perfect for our needs. The size and layout is great for families with children or for a couples getaway – the separate bathroom areas make it more private. Things we enjoyed: the outdoor dining area overlooking the beach, the layout of the kitchen/common area (we did some serious cooking), the proximity of the store (daily ice cream walks!), the pristine private pool overlooking the ocean, the wi-fi access, the privacy of the property (rarely encountered others staying on the property). Something to consider – we rented the Cabina for our friends and family to stay in – it is important to note that it is not proximal to the house, it is farther down the property and it is very rustic – meaning bugs, and bats, as well as no A/C. While my Tico friends were fine with the set-up, our family from the US chose to forgo the experience and hunkered down with us in the house. Just so you know what you’re getting into.

Now for the grand finale – CHEPITA (aka Josephina) – the woman who both manages the property on-sight and cleans the house. She is AMAZING! Our trip was so enriched by her presence. Our children fell in love with her and still ask for her. She is an incredibly hard worker, who always offers a smile. She is very respectful of your space, yet if you are looking to have a more engaging experience like we were, she is a joy to get to know and spend time with. She always did way more than expected, (like cut coconuts with her machete for the kids to drink!). Chepita made our time at Casa Don Tomas that much more special – THANK YOU CHEPITA!

If you are looking for a beautiful location, a Costa Rican experience and great beach play and surf – this is your spot.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2012
  • Stayed: Feb 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I want to thank my guests for this fine review of Casa Don Tomas in Santa Teresa. It is people like you that encourage us home owners to continue providing the best options for your hard earned vacation money. I am very pleased that you spent a whole month at my home at the beach and that you and the family had a great time. You are right about Chepita, my property manager, house keeper, everything!!. She is an unbelievable human being always ready to attend to your needs with a big smile. Thank you for your generous words and do come back to surf with us soon..
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Ocean City MD

Little piece of paradise !!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had the wonderful opportunity to stay at Casa Don Tomas for 1 month last year. First, I have to say, the location of this property is key. Located right in the middle of the beach in Santa Teresa, this place gives u privacy,peace and quiet at all times, the neighbors on each side are far enough that you don't hear them at all. There is a grocery store right across the street from the property which is so convenient ! The surf is unbelievable right out front. This town also offers many activities, shopping,and multiple choices for restaurants since this place is very cultural. The caretaker of this property is one of the sweetest lady ever, always ready to help in any way she can, she keeps this place clean and very well maintained.

Waking up in the morning and looking right at the beach makes u realize this was a great choice. Nice breeze all day long coming from the ocean helps to stay cool. Always a great ocean view while eating your meals or enjoying the pool. If you choose to come to santa teresa to chill and kick back this house is wonderful, it has everything you will need to have a great vacation. Simple but amazing, a little piece of paradise !!

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2011
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Car: recommended

The nightlife is electric in Santa Teresa with bars and music and fine dining all within walking distance of the house, It is possible to arrange with local vendors one day tours to the main points of interest in the area like the fishing village of Manzanillo, Montezuma, Mal Pais, Cabo Blanco and beautiful Tortuga Island and the list goes on, and on.


Rates & Availability

Santa Teresa Beach Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Holiday Season
Dec 1 2016 - Jan 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Semana Santa (Easter Week)
Apr 7 2017 - Apr 17 2017
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $300

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Santa Teresa Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 150 m²
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Detached Unit - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Detached Unit - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
  • Surfer's Nest Beach Cottage: Furnished with Queen size Beds (1), Full siza Beds (2), Single size Beds (1). Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) The dettached unit (Cabin) is furnished with a Queen size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
Surfer's Nest Beach Cottage is a gated three acre state. It is beachfront, any closer to the ocean and you most likely will get wet in high tide. Within walking distance of good restaurants shops and spas. A new fully stocked grocery store 'La Hacienda' opened its doors just recently right across the street from the main gate to the Estate, making it possible to just walk a few yards through the forest and do all of your food and groceries shopping. The house accommodates up to seven guests comfortably, the main bedroom has a Queen size and a Full (Dbl) size bed, the second bedroom is furnished with a Full size (Dbl) bed and a single size bed. A sofa bed in the living room area provides additional sleeping room for one more guest. In addition to the two bedrooms forthmentioned a separate unit with a Queen size and one single bed, a/c, ceiling fan, private bathroom, refrigerator, stove and a fully equipped kitchenette.

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