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Mariposa Vacation Homes
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Satellite Beach, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
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“Absolutely Wonderful”
Reviewed 8 July 2012

We just got back from a week staying in the “Casa Tortuga” house. This home is perfect for families. This was a family surfing vacation for a family of four, Mom, Dad, teen daughter and twenty year old son.

This private cluster of residences has private entry with powered gates and there is covered carport in front of the house.

There are two separate bedrooms with king size beds (one down stairs and one up stairs) and an additional loft upstairs with a queen size bed. There are also two additional single beds downstairs, but we did not use them. The house has a full kitchen with eat-in bar, living room, two and half bathrooms, large lanai with table and outdoor living area, a separate gazebo area with sitting and hammocks by the pool. There are two safes in the house for valuables.

The beach is less than a two minute (I timed it) walk from another private security gate. The house is very clean and the only bug we saw inside was an occasional tiny ant that managed to find a crumb in the kitchen. We always felt very safe.

The wildlife outside is fascinating. The day we arrived there was a troop of monkeys in the tree in back. Sitting around the pool are in the backyard we frequently saw parrots, monkeys, large red tailed squirrels, iguanas, a caotimundi, humming birds, pacific land crabs, tinamou, etc.. The air is filled with the sounds of nature all day long.

The beach is absolutely beautiful and the waves out front were great. We caught great swell the entire time. It was overhead every day. On one of the larger days we took a short road trip to Cabuya to surf the point. One of the better waves I have ever surfed, 200+ yard right hander that was double overhead. The locals told us it was going off and we caught it good.

At lower tide the beach in front of the house has calmer areas for non-surfers to frolic and swim, Just a short walk down the beach to the right, there were tide pools to explore and swim in.

Nicole, who owns the house is a wonderful host and was on top of any need we had. She also employs a concierge who can help you with any adventures you wish to schedule.

Besides surfing we choose two other adventures, The Canopy Tour at the end of Mal Pais, and one day the girls went Horseback Riding on the beach and mountains. I highly recommend Canopy Tour. Adriane, who runs the tour is also very great to work with.

There are two things you need to be advised of before you come here.

1. If you drive, you need a 4 wheel drive vehicle, and preferably not the little cheap ones. Spend the extra $150 weekly rental fee and get a solid SUV.

2. Be prepared to “go off the grid”. Even though there is wi-fi and cell service, it’s not always great coverage. Don’t plan to live on facebook or twitter. Go offline and enjoy this place. That’s why you’re here in the first place right!

We will be coming back here to stay again!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 June 2012

We loved our weekend "away" at Ylang Ylang. We live in the area and held a bachlorette party for a girlfriend who now lives in San Jose at this great property...so some folks spent the night, others just the days. What a fantastic time had by all! Many commented on how stunning the house is, as are the views, we were made to feel very comfortable. We were also lucky enough to get Canape Catering to come in and make us delicious tapas all night. Amazing food, something for everyone! Highly recommend.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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CasasPuraVida, Owner at Mariposa Vacation Homes, responded to this review, 28 March 2013
Thanks girls ! I'm glad you had an awesome time. Please come back again soon, for a reunion !!! Best personal regards. Stefan
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Reviewed 13 June 2012

We just returned from a fabulous tropical vacation in Santa Teresa at the Casa Yin Yang! The home is beautiful, and right on the most gorgeous beach! We enjoyed daily walks on the uncrowded beautiful beach! The boys enjoyed surfing right in front of the house! The best surf is right out the back door of Casa Yin Yang! We enjoyed watching the locals surf, they were quite entertaining! The pool and jacuzzi were great, and we used them every day! The outside terrace was awesome, and where we hung out at the most! It was great having a washer and dryer, and the appliances are all new and top of the line. I only wish the kitchen and living area had air conditioning, but we made do by cooling off in the pool. Also the couch in the living area is not very comfortable, and the one tv was very small, but then one day a larger tv just appeared in the living room! The internet worked great which was a huge plus for my husband and boys. Thank you so much to Marta and the staff, who were all so sweet, and helpful! The fishing was not what we had imagined, but we still ate fresh fish, almost every night. The ATV's were the highlight of our trip! Do not miss renting for the day and touring all over. Marta was able to get us a great deal on the ATV rentals, and told us where to ride to. The roads in Santa Teresa are something that you have to experience for yourself first hand. It is like we stepped back in time visiting Santa Teresa! It was a very relaxing and fun filled vacation! We drove from San Jose, and were a little leary of driving, but I'm so glad we did! It was great having a car to explore, and the drive over was beautiful. On the way back Marta told us where to find the crocodiles, which were huge, and we even saw a man on a boat tour feeding the crocs! It was awesome! Costa Rica is beautiful, and I think Santa Teresa is the most beautiful part of it! Pura Vida!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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CasasPuraVida, Owner at Mariposa Vacation Homes, responded to this review, 28 March 2013
Thank you for your stay & your positive comments. So you know we have a new custom cushy wrap around "L" shape with divan LR sofa on it's way, as per your feedback ! & some more furniture upgrades in Yin yang this year. Thanks again. Really appreciate it ! Sincerely, Stefan
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New York
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Reviewed 30 May 2012

I booked this place for almost 3 weeks. My family and I started out in Casa Pelicana and ended our last 4 days in Casa Yin Yang. Both houses were beautiful. Casa Yin Yang was well worth the money. Casa Pelicana is a 3 min walk to the beach and Casa Yin Yang is pretty much right on the beach. I have 2 1/2 year old twins so the pool and the beach provided lots of entertainment and tired them out enough to sleep long so I could spend my time watching the surfers and listening to the waves crashing on the amazing beach. Both homes were spacious with huge covered outdoor verandah's, lots of hammocks, and a large dinning room table. The kitchen was impressively stocked for cooking and equipped with a pretty sweet coffee pot that I had never seen before. Marta the concierge checked in daily to see if we needed anything which was a nice touch. We will definitely return the the Mariposa Vacation Homes.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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CasasPuraVida, Owner at Mariposa Vacation Homes, responded to this review, 28 March 2013
Hi Jennifer, Everyone here at MVH is so grateful for your positive comments & your stay. We really appreciate it & hope you'll come back again soon ! Bets personal regards, Stefan
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Birtish Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed 14 May 2012

I spent the weekend here on a girls trip and it was amazing. The house is beautiful, the location is amazing, we were so well taken care of.
The kitchen was spaciouse and fully equipped. We had a private chef come one night and it was amazing his company is called Canape I would highly recommend this experience. The bedrooms are big and so comfortable. This experience was just perfect for us, thank you to everyone.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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CasasPuraVida, Owner at Mariposa Vacation Homes, responded to this review, 28 March 2013
I'm so glad you had a great time & hope you'll come back soon, for a reunion, lol. Thanks again ! & Thank you for sharing your positive comments. Sincerely, Stefan
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Reviewed 11 May 2012

we had the good fortune to stay at casa yin yang a week ago and let me tell you this place is amazing. from its tasteful decoration to the beautiful saltwater pool this place has everything you could ask for in a vacation property. Book it...you won't regret a single minute.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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CasasPuraVida, Owner at Mariposa Vacation Homes, responded to this review, 28 March 2013
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you !!! Please come back again soon. Best personal regards, Stefan
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 8 May 2012

We stayed at Casa Ying Yang and all I have to say is there is nothing else that we could ask for. Great pool, oceanfront, all appliances, clean, beautiful, great furniture, perfect location. Can´t wait to go back!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Mariposa Vacation Homes
Address: 1.3 Km North of the Soccer Field in Santa Teresa, Santa Teresa 6153, Costa Rica (Formerly Casas Pura Vida)
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 62 Speciality Lodging in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mariposa Private Beach homes began as little more than a dream and a vacant parcel of land in 2003. Our mission is to offer private, well built, clean and comfortable houses with everything necessary to enjoy quality vacation time with your family and friends. This is an ongoing project, and every year we continue to make improvements to our infrastructure, houses and gardens. We are committed to becoming as sustainable and community friendly as possible. Our employees are 100% local (born and raised) help and we use local products and suppliers whenever possible. We are also founding members of our neighborhood association, know as AVSTN for it’s Spanish acronym, volunteer at the local public school and have served on the board of directors of the local water board and AVSTN. Mariposa Private Beach Home’s commitment to improve the quality of life of our employees and growing town extends beyond our gates, as we are involved in various community projects as the recycle program, monthly beach clean-ups, education programs in the public school, public water, roads and security issues. ... more   less 
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