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EMERALD ABODE Romantic, Private and Huge UpClose Ocean Views.

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Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

The Emerald Abode sits high above the famous surf breaks of Santa Teresa.

this newly constructed home, was built and designed specifically to take advantage of the 30 miles of pacific ocean views, with the emerald jungle below. Every room in the house has a view of the ocean. Modern tropical open air designed interior, solid wood floors, counter and cabinets. A/C in master bedroom, and hot water throughout. Truly a unique and romantic vacation spot. Very private, no Neighbors, a wonderful place to sit back, relax and unwind in the privacy of your own home. NON-SMOKING PROPERTY

april aboud
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2017

About april aboud

i am originally from Toronto, Canada. i hold a business degree in Advertising and Marketing, and worked in that field and Publishing for over 25 years before i looked to make a change in my life. when i first left Canada i came to Costa Rica in the winter of 1992, (over 25 years) and fell in love with the area right there and then. I purchased a little piece of paradise where i am now living permanently. I am an artist that has a contractor business here, and i also publish our local newspaper called THE DIRT ROAD. i am currently divorced, living on the property in my first home i built myself back then when there was no electricity and no water, with just 3 Costa Rican’s and a lot of luck. I live here permanently with my two dogs, Akun and Nicoya. I am an entrepreneur from the start, when i came to Costa Rica our village had just got electricity so i started our first bakery, called 'la casa Rosa', delivering pizza and fresh baked bread to our very small population...i later moved on to the manager and chef at Star Mountain resort in MalPais...i also had a massage practice and created beach parties for the young tourists in the early years... Shortly thereafter i purchased this property and started building my paint contractors business. In 2009 i started our village newspaper called The Dirt Road. i have worked in the many homes of Mel Gibson as the main Paint Contractor and color consultant here in Costa Rica and MalPais, and well as many other homes of the rich and famous here. I fell in love with our area the moment i saw it, and still believe it is the best part of Costa Rica. over 25years have passed and I'm what most locals refer to as an 'old school' resident. i love it here and especially grateful i can share my love of the village, and the incredible nature with my guests.

april aboud purchased this house in 2000

Why april aboud chose Puntarenas

I have seen all of Costa Rica in my first 5 years when I came here in 1992 and besides Playa Santa Teresa being voted as the top 5 beaches in the world, i personally don’t think there is a more beautiful beach anywhere. I have watched this area grow from No electricity and No phone lines, and a population of about 30 families, with only 2 little local restaurants, 2 public schools, no banks or even a grocery store; into the current village we have now, which includes 4 private schools, 30 international cuisine restaurants, 10 yoga studios and spas, famous surf breaks, 5 grocery stores, banks, doctors, and a population of over 1,000 families. And i still love it here ! In 2000 I decided it was finally time to buy land, and although i could have traded my car for a piece of beachfront land in 1994, when i started to look for my paradise, i looked to the small hillside that follows our coastline for miles. i wanted to be up and above the growing crowds, but still close enough to be a part of the village. This is a very special piece of land, above the emerald green jungle, looking at the gem of the pacific for miles and miles. I own this little knoll overlooking the best of the best. I have NO neighbors on either side of me, (because I’m on this knoll). I rest about 50 meters above it all, so you can actually see the beach, the palm trees and the surfers catching the waves. Whether you like watching the monkey’s pass by, tropical birds or relaxing with a cup of tea and a good book, or how about a margarita to watch the amazing sunsets, or sit by the pool and stargaze all night. The Emerald Abode is my own private sanctuary, and i'm happy to share it with my is truly the gem of Santa Teresa for me. this is a non-smoking property.

What makes this house unique

Over the past 25 years i have had many visiting friends and family, all saying the same thing about my property. Everyone that visits mentions the amazing energy of the land and the truly amazing large views. But it wasn't until 2013 that i decided to build a rental home to share this beautiful piece of paradise with others. So my second home, the Emerald Abode, was designed for the visitor. This Tropical house was designed open air to nature, to take advantage of the amazing views, the sound of the ocean waves 24/7, and fresh air! Each room has a large ocean view, with the jungle below creating an emerald carpet, making a perfect back drop for sitting back and relaxing. Some have said the view inspires, and as an artist i know why. Living outside of the hustle and bustling of the big cities and even our little village here, one can hear the tropical birds and migrating monkeys in the early morning, watch the iguana’s and little gecko’s playing all day, and hear the crickets and tree frogs at night, but the most spectacular part of this property, is to see and hear the ocean 24/7. The rhythm of the ocean is really hypnotic and can roll away even the most stressed situation, making this the perfect relaxing and romantic place in Santa Teresa. Dreams feel possible when you’re sitting and enjoying the Emerald Abode.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)

EMERALD ABODE Romantic, Private and Huge UpClose Ocean Views.
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 27 reviews

A Perfect Getaway House

  • 5 of 5

We spent 2 weeks here as part of our month long trip to Costa Rica. It has a million dollar view from a beautiful little house. Most of the house is outside which we loved. The bedroom is screened off for sleeping comfort. A few of the nights were really hot and we put on the air conditioner but most of the time we let the sound of the waves lull us to sleep. It was great to dip into the pool in the moonlight. April was available to help us with all of our excursions and anything else we needed. I highly recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Venice Beach,CA


  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in VRBOS across the world. The Emerald Abode, is hands down, the most beautiful home we have ever stayed in. This is the best view in all of Santa Theresa by far. A wonderfully private spot yet close to all the action at the bottom of the hill in town. I cant express enough how wonderful April is. She truly makes this place what it is. Its filled with Love , thoughtfulness and incredible attention to detail. The outdoor balcony kitchen is well stocked, (with a welcome gift basket too !) spanking clean, and practical, with the most sweeping delicious view of the beach and ocean as far as the eye can see. Stunning. Your own private infinity pool is even more gorgeous than the pictures. We slept like babies in the beautiful bedroom that faces the same view and were lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves. I just cant say enough about The Emerald Abode. We will return again and again to this gem of a spot and cant wait to see April again. She is the best, most thoughtful, caring, knowledgeable and helpful host we've ever had the pleasure of meeting.

This is the place you want to be.

  • Submitted: Dec 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nashville, TN

Can't wait to return!!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I honeymooned in Santa Teresa and at The Emerald Abode and it could not have been better! This is THE perfect spot for a getaway to Costa Rica. Pictures don't do it justice. The home is very private; yet, in less than a 5 minute drive down the hill you are in the heart of the action of Santa Teresa/Malpais! The home is located perfectly within the trees, so you feel like you are part of the landscape. At the same time, you have an incredible view of the ocean and can watch - and hear - the surf! You can watch from the amazing pool- jacuzzi, from the cozy hammock for two on the porch, from the kitchen (equip with anything you might need) and from the bed (comfy). April is an amazing host. She will be as engaged, or not, as you want. She helped us coordinate transportation (rent a quad/ ATV to make getting around town easy and super fun, too), excursions and made sure we had everything we needed. Because of her tenure in the community, she is a wealth of knowledge on everything from where to eat to the history of the town. April has everything you would need at the house, no detail overlooked. Everything from a welcome fruit basket, a folder with information about the region, extra toiletries (in case you forget something), beach gear, bbq supplies... you name it! And, if it isn't already at the house, she will make sure you get what you need. The house was very clean. We only wish we had more days at The Emerald Abode and wouldn't think twice about staying there again. In fact we are already looking at our calendars for our next visit!

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: i think the best thing about owning a rental property is meeting great people from around the world, like this Honeymoon couple. I'm always amazed at how Adventurous, Kind, Thoughtful and Respectful my guests have been. Some guests prefer lots of activities to fill their days and nights, while other guests love the relaxation and peaceful environment at the Emerald Abode. I'm available to help with any kind of planning, from romantic Couples Massage at the house, or booking a tour at Tortuga Island or arranging taxi service for the Tambor Airport, or reserving quad/atv rentals for my guests... i'm always happy to assist... Some guests wish for interaction, while others prefer no conceige service at all. Which ever is best suited for you, is awaiting you here.
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Sutton W Ontario Canada

Heavenly Vacation at the Emerald Abode.

  • 5 of 5

I now know why this area has beach's named after saints for i'm sure you will agree once you have been, this is where nature meets heaven, leaving all the chaos and worries behind. I stayed at the Emerald Abode with my girlfriend recently, and had the most exciting vacation in many years. The house was perfectly located above the jungle, which i personally love to be so close to nature, and the a/c bedroom which was added luxury for my girlfriend. It was also perfectly located above the village so we didn't have to deal with dust, traffic and noise. The mornings started with a beautiful peaceful breakfast overlooking the morning surfers and listening to the passing birds and butterflies, or watching the monkeys in the trees around us. We went exploring all day long for there are tons of surrounding beach's that are so private, with little restaurants to enjoy along the way. We had a super day at the waterfalls, another day at Tortuga Island where we saw lots of dolphins playing in the ocean, and another day in the National Forest of Cabo Blanco. We also went Zip lining and hung upside down !! Horseback riding along the beach at sunset. There was so much to do, but at the end of the day, the best was to return home to the relaxing, private swimming pool, with a drink in hand, watching the evening surfers catch awesome waves, and watched as the sun met the ocean in brilliant colors. We found Paradise!, in a Super Convenient location for everything, full of Romance and incredibly private. Life Affirming in every way. Would love to move here, but in the meantime, i highly recommend the Emerald Abode and Santa Teresa for everyone looking for a unique vacation. p.s. The house was stocked with everything we needed and more.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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toronto, canada

must come back!!

  • 5 of 5

The views were spectacular!! I wanted relaxation, but I also wanted activity, and going up & down the mountain, as well as the stairs to the cabina provided that.

April was very helpful in suggesting where to buy my groceries( which I prepared in the kitchen overlooking a fabulous vista), where to go out to eat( Hola Habaneros!!!) and when it was safe to snorkel in the tide pools.( This was by far my most favorite experience & I would come back to do this again!)

Relaxing in the private pool with a cocktail overlooking the ocean... watching the sunset in a plethora of color... seeing & hearing the howling monkeys right there among the trees... the amazing.birds, lizards... napping in the beautiful macramé hammock.....

I must say it is an experience that all nature & fitness loving people should experience at least once. I would love to come back with a partner to share this experience with......

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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I had a dream vacaton!

  • 5 of 5

Your dream vacation awaits you at the Emerald Abode.

I checked out all the reviews and I knew in my mind I needed the Emerald Abode. April's 28 years of experience living in Santa Teresa gave me a piece of mind, for the numerous questions I wanted answered. I found her very professional and easy to work with.

I knew it was the rainy season when booking, I was fine with that. My vacation was based on some piece of mind and spirit along with some BIG adventures. Pleased to say, I had the warmth of sunshine everyday. I swam,snorkeled, went to Delfina's Golf Resort, not only for a round of golf but to see the exquisite Macaw preserve, or biological refuge.(I have parrots myself).

In the mornings, I would sit and read, watch the whales in the far distance and the surfers up close, until it was sunny and warm, take a quick dip in April's, plunge pool and find myself at the beach. Late afternoon I would go to MalPais fishing village for the freshest of fish and was perfectly content to cook in the open air kitchen. As a matter of fact, I loved all of her open air areas, being able to look out over the jungle canopy to the ocean was fantastic.

I left with a new reserve of energy until I can come down again.I will book Emerald Abode any time, dry season or rainy.

PS. Better have April make you one of her special drinks...mine was fresh pineapple and local coconut rum, a kind of Pina Coloda. Yum!

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: i love happy guests, and i have had incredibly happy guests stay here at the Emerald Abode. Right from the beginning they arrive seeking relaxation, fun and adventure and there is plenty of that here in Santa Teresa. i am always happy to assist in any way i can, from giving important travel information on how to get here, to safety tips, to fun filled sightseeing. I can recommend the best companies to work with for the best tours, horseback riding, surf lessons, hiking the two nationally protected parks, or just heading out to discover secret beaches. We have a ton of international restaurants to eat at, lots of yoga and Pilates studios and day spas. Whatever my guests are looking for in their vacation and honeymoons I'm happy to help them find what they desire. The Emerald Abode is a uniquely designed tropical home, one that embarrass nature in all it's glory, and totally relaxing with it's beautiful interiors, all with views of the ocean and private infinity plunge pool.
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Tambor on the Nicoya Peninsula, Nature Air
Nearest Barpub
90 Metres
La Lora Amarillo, oldest bar in our village
Nearest Ferry
55 Miles
Puntarenas Ferry to Paquara, 75minute ride
Nearest Golf
50 Miles
Tambor has 2 golf courses, Dolphinas y TangoMar
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
over 30 international rest. in village
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
white prestine beach of Playa Santa Teresa
Car: necessary

the village of Santa Teresa is the vacation spot for the rich and famous. often you will see movie stars roaming the beach, or having coffee at our local bakery. this is an international village, with over 70 restaurants serving international cuisine, 20 surf shops with surf instructors, 10 yoga/pilates studios, famous surf breaks, lots of souvenir shops, and much much more.


Rates & Availability

Santa Teresa Beach House Rental Rates

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2017 specials
Jan 9 2017 - Jul 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $49
Property Damage Protection $99

rates are subject to change up to date of confirmed reservation. cancellation policy is as follows. cancellations will be accepted up to 60days to confirmed reservation, all cancellations will be charged a service fee (minimum cancellation charge $100, maximum is full cost of rental)...and will be deducted from the total. NO CANCELLATIONS will be accepted for any reservations made during xmas, new years and Easter weeks... there are NO EXCEPTIONS to this. No guests are allowed to bring strangers to the property, only guests that are originally booked are welcomed. the Emerald Abode provides excellent security in the form of dogs (pets by day, security dogs by night), and the property is surrounded by fence. this is a NON-SMOKING PROPERTY

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Santa Teresa Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
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  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , modern, hot water, custom sinks, custom cabinets
  • modern design for two, large shower, concrete floors and unique concrete sink for two. custom cabinets and views of Ocean and Swimming pool/Jacuzzi. easy access from Bedroom and Kitchen. Open air bathroom with sliding glass mirror windows to view nature.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , a single bed can be added to accomodate a young child
  • large bedroom with a/c, solid wood floors, queen size bed, modern design with cow hide rugs and sculpted metallic headboard wall, large sliding screened doors with Views of Ocean from Bed. wide selection of DVD's for your private viewing on flat screen TV. this is a NO SMOKING Property.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming

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