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Mariposa Vacation Homes
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Hemsedal, Norway
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7 reviews
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“Pura vida!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013

We stayed in Casa Ying Yang for 14 days, and had the most perfect vacation ever. The house was clean, modern and with all necessary equipment for a comfortable stay, even for pale, cold Norwegians. The outdoor area is even more amazing. The pool and boblebath was a life saver in the warm climate. We didnt spend any time indoor, exept when sleeping. The garden, with its locals (Iguanas, squrrils, butterflies and so on, was beautiful. Short walk down to the beach, where we stareted each day with a long walk and run before the sun got to hot. We had the breakfast-pack, so after the morning jogg, breakfast was served and then we where off to the beach for surfing, fishing at Bahia rica fishing, conopying or just exploring the area. Best vacation ever! And a big thanks to Marta for excellent service.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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stefan c, Owner at Mariposa Vacation Homes, responded to this review, March 19, 2014
Thank you !
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2013

This is the second time I have stayed in Casa Iguana and I fully intend to keep going back.

The location is first class - the private entry makes getting to the beach breeze, and there are several great restaurants a few minutes walk down the road as well as a supermarket a stones throw away.

The staff are fantastic, friendly and helpful.

Thoroughly recommended

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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stefan c, Owner at Mariposa Vacation Homes, responded to this review, March 19, 2014
Muchas gracias ! You're in for a nice surprise next visit with the new pool ! Hope to see you soon. Thanks again !
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Miami, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013

To sum up Mariposa in one word would be AMAZING! I have stayed with Mariposa for three straight years and each year is better than the last. The property is located at the nicest point of the most breathtaking beach in Costa Rica, which also happens to be one of the best local surf spots, so win win! Taking a few shorts steps from the home you will be able to witness some of the most beautiful sunsets this world has to offer! The property has its own private beach access and is conveniently located for travelers with or without a rental car. A supermarket is located across the street and some of the best restaurants in town are located within walking distance.

Mariposa has multiple houses to choose from so most budgets can be accommodated. The property is well maintained and the houses are separated by beautiful dense tropical landscaping. You won’t even notice that neighbors are around. Each home offers its own private patio surrounded by the sounds of nature and the ocean. When imagining a tropical retreat on the beach Mariposa would be a location most people will have envisioned.

The accommodations of Mariposa are all A+! The homes offer a complete setup, full kitchen, bedrooms, living room, beautiful outdoor patio area with a hammock, and you will feel as if you are in a second home and not a rental property.
I would HIGHLY recommend Mariposa to ANYONE that asks and I inform all friends to stay at the location when visiting Costa Rica, so far everyone I have sent is in agreement!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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stefan c, Owner at Mariposa Vacation Homes, responded to this review, March 19, 2014
Thank you so much Jeff. Looking forward to your next visit. You're gonna luv the new pool in Casa Iguana ! Be well. Thanks again !
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Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

Loved my stay. Beautiful, spacious and comfortable residence on the water with world class surf. Enjoyed our private chef and relaxing in the pool after an epic surf sessions. Great views of the ocean and white sand beach. The sound of waves crashing on the beach is a great way to relax. Pura Vida!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Morristown, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

We stayed here for 11 nights and everything about the house was fabulous. The house was even better than we imagined via the photos. A great location, very close to the beach and a number of very good restaurants. Our children loved playing in the pool and watching all the animals. "Iggy", the iguana was our favourite. We really enjoyed the outdoor space especially the hammocks. The house had everything we needed and our stay felt like we were in paradise. The great location means you don't have to travel far to zip-line, ride horses on the beach, deep sea fish and surf!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Oyster Bay, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

We just spent a week at casa yin yang. The house and property are great...even nicer than the pictures show. The inside of the house has a modern feel and clearly was designed with care and a great eye. Bedrooms are very comfortable and the air conditioning works perfectly. The pool, outdoor furniture, outdoor yoga shala and beach view are terrific. The house is walking distance to many restaurants....great location. We are a well traveled family. Without hesitation I would recommend casa yin yang!!!! Totally awesome house and location.
Marta was extremely helpful and called in to help us with any questions. Her recommendations were right on. Thank you.
This was our first trip to santa teresa and its quite a place!!!
Thanks Stefan and Marta for all of your help

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

I had the amazing oppurtunity to visit Casa Yin Yang again. My fourth time to this property. Every time we go it gets better as the owner is constantly updating the house. We chose the chef option this time and the food was magnificent. Aleric the surf guide with his patient professional instruction has our whole family surfing. This really is one of the best locations on the globe. Can't wait to go back again. Pura Vida

  • Stayed February 2013
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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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Location: 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 Specialty 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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