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EMERALD ABODE Romantic, Private and Huge UpClose Ocean Views.

Bedrooms 1
Space 650 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 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
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
April 15, 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.


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.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
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 ...
  • Toaster ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(32 traveler reviews)

EMERALD ABODE Romantic, Private and Huge UpClose Ocean Views.
average rating of 4.8125 based on 32 reviews
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Hidden Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

Little known paradise overlooking the Pacific in a dry, tropical jungle! Perfect for a couple, who desire privacy, beautiful views, nice dipping pool, security and comfort, and close to great dining and activities. April is a very thorough Hostess, who will help you as much as you wish. Her conscientious attention to detail made our trip even better and was much better than just renting from a faceless company by far! Most amazing and relaxing trip I've ever taken! Sport fishing (check out Capt. Jason and Alva in fishing village), Sailing (Swagman!), Sightseeing, Spa treatments (Florablanca Resort), unique animal and bird watching were some of the fun things we enjoyed. We were concerned this might be a bit too exotic for us (we don't ever rough it) and maybe bugs would be a problem or our lack of Espanol. Very comfortable, no bug problems, and most people speak English. For dining you can't go wrong at Habaneros (bring cash- and one evening they even cooked up our fresh Red Snapper catch for dinner) or Nectar's at Florablanca Resort. Million dollar views!

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Romantic, Private, Heaven on Earth

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I truly enjoyed our stay at Emerald Abode. The home is perched in the mountain overlooking the jungle and sea below and has a fantastic view. Everything was very clean, very private, and the accommodations were quite comfortable. It was absolutely wonderful! We chose to sleep open air with the screens but there is an air conditioner for those who choose not to. There was a pleasant breeze all night and howler monkeys howling at the full moon as it set over the ocean at 4 am. What a treat! We enjoyed cooking in the stainless steel kitchen, showering in the open air shower with a view of the sea below and sunbathing in the private dipping pool. Emerald Abode is a place where you can relax all day and rejuvenate. Everything you need is right there. April is very accommodating and tries to help you in every way with directions, assistance going up her road, good places to eat, nice things to do while you are there and anything else you might need. April is unobtrusive but makes herself available if you need her. She was a great host. Thank you April! We highly recommend Emerald Abode to anyone traveling to this area and would certainly stay here if we return. Oh! And I should not forget - April had a huge bowl of delicious fresh fruit waiting for us that lasted the entire stay, frozen fruit for cocktails, and every toiletry you could possibly need. There was a large amount of storage for all your belongings and lots of brochures to help you choose activities in the area. The dogs were very friendly and did not bother us at all. They really didn't even come around but we knew they were present below and keeping us safe. We just loved Emerald Abode and know you will too!

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Memory Maker

  • 5 of 5

Emerald Abode was a perfect setting for our Mother Daughter get away. It was our first trip to Central America....and we felt completely safe and secure the entire time. April thought of everything to make our stay perfect and comfortable....from the well stocked fridge and kitchen....fresh and frozen (for smoothies) fruits.....delicious coffee.....and local beer! As animal lovers the dogs were a joy to be around....but never intrusive. The Howler monkeys were fun to watch and wake up to in the morning....the recommended Quad rental was a complete blast to get around in (after a rocky start of learning how to drive it!) such a fun way to get around and see the sites. Things we loved...just hanging at the very private house and in the lovely pool after a long day of exploring....OSA: live music at the bottom of the hill...snorkeling!....learning to surf!....tidal pools are beautiful!....and facials at Bambu Florblanca .....ahhh...and so much more!!!!.....There are rules to the house but they are what keeps the Emerald Abode the safe, beautiful and relaxing place that it is....I highly recommend this house....especially if like us this is your first trip to Costa Rica....thank you April....for a fabulous time!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Stayed two weeks at this beautiful house in the hills... April the owner was so helpful with everything , directions , arranging horse back riding etc... rented a awesome side by side buggy, for the two weeks and cruised everywhere on it. All the way to Montezuma, about a half hour away... Went to all the great restraunts, (Habaneros)was our fave, The Bakery is to die for , for morning coffee, and pastries.Have been all over Costa Rica , and this was the absolute greatest town, and house with a view for sure... Felt very safe here. Would go back again for sure... Cheers April...

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A perfect stay

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay at the Emerald Adobe. The views are breathtaking and enjoyed from every spot on the property. April is a wonderful host and her attention to detail throughout the home is lovely and inviting. We were relaxed, comfortable, and very happy. In fact, we enjoyed our stay so much, that we are already discussing a return trip.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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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

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2017 specials
Jan 9 2017 - Jul 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 rainy season
Aug 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
thanks giving season
Nov 1 2017 - Dec 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
christmas new years 2018
Dec 15 2017 - Jan 14 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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

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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