View from balcony in to bedroomKitchen with fridge/freezer, gas stove/oven, electric toaster oven, coffee maker and blender.
Mal Pais / Santa Teresa Apartment
Mal Pais / Santa Teresa Apartment
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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Beautiful private apartment for rent in Mal Pais/Santa Teresa Costa Rica. Located in a quiet area of town, one minute walk to the beach in front, 1km from the main intersection/Playa Carmen. Bedroom, bathroom w/ hot water, large covered balcony with kitchen and seating area. Cable TV & WIFI. All you need to make your first morning's breakfast is provided complimentary in the fridge. Paradise awaits: relax in the beach tide pools in front or watch nature from your hammock on the balcony.

The space

Beautiful apartment for rent on a large private property in Mal Pais, Costa Rica. One minute walk through the property brings you out on to the beach in front. Here you'll find a small Mangrove growing out in to the water, trees line the beach giving shade and at low tide walk out to the perfectly carved natural tide pools and relax.

The apartment has it's own private entrance from the main house downstairs. It consists of one open plan bedroom with double bed , storage area, small built in wardrobe, Cable TV (with apple TV, Netflix etc) and side hallway. The bathroom has a sink, toilet and shower with hot water, hairdryer and iron.
The large covered outdoor terrace/balcony contains both seating area and full kitchen.
The seating area opens out on to the garden and tree tops: it's fairly large with a sofa, table, 2 Adirondack chairs and 2 hammocks to relax in. The surrounding mango trees often attract howler monkeys, large iguanas and other wildlife, and if you're here when flowers are blooming in the garden you'll see many varieties of beautiful butterflies and humming birds.
Kitchen is fully equipped with sink, fridge/freezer, gas stove, electric toaster, coffee maker, blender, pots/pans, plates, glassware, utensils etc. On arrival you'll find the fridge filled with supplies for your first breakfast along with 2 cold Costa Rican beers to welcome you.

Sheets and towels are provided and will be changed every 3 days; towels are for use in the apartment only and are not to be taken to the beach. Personal laundry can be dropped off in the morning and will be ready mid afternoon: charge $5 per load.

I have 2 medium/large dogs and one small pup, all are very friendly, but also great guard dogs at night. You can safely sleep with the patio doors open and fall asleep to the sound of the ocean.

There is an outdoor shower built in to a tree in the garden for guests to rinse off after a day at the beach. Please try to remember to rinse the sand from your feet etc before entering the apartment. This will prevent the drain in the upstairs bathroom shower from blocking.

The house is located in a quiet part of town, but is only a 10 minute walk to Playa Carmen where there are great surf breaks, banks, stores, bars and restaurants. The main grocery store "Super Ronny's" is a further 5 minutes walk.

Perfect for a couple looking for a romantic get away, or for anyone looking for somewhere quiet and relaxing to stay while still being close to everything.

Guest access

Guests have full use of driveway to park their vehicle. Entrance to the apartment is located at the end of the driveway where you'll find the private stairway leading upstairs. Here you'll also find the outdoor shower built in to a tree in the garden. Guests are asked to enter and exit the apartment via the driveway and private entrance, not through my personal living space downstairs.

Interaction with guests

I live in the main house downstairs and when I'm home I'll be available to answer any questions during your stay.
If you are without a vehicle, any time I drive to the grocery store I'm happy to offer to take you at this time to get any supplies you may need. Otherwise please keep in mind that it is a 15-20 minute walk each direction (depending on how fast you walk) to get groceries or a 2000 colones ($4) taxi ride.
I'm happy to recommend restaurants, activities etc and make reservations for you.

My 2 larger dogs seldom leave the property without me as I've had them since puppies and both like to stay close to me. My little guy however, I adopted from the streets and is quite the character. He'll happily follow you to the beach if you want his company: don't worry if he wanders off... he knows his way home.

Other things to note

Please note that different rates apply depending on the season. During the Christmas and Easter period there are no discounts and a minimum stay of 1 week is required.

Cable TV

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Common spaces
1 sofa bed

House Rules
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 1PM
Check out by 10AM

Two people maximum occupancy, and please no outside guests or visitors.

Towels and sheets are provided and will be changed every 3 days. Beach towels and mats are also provided: guests are asked not to take white bathroom towels to beach.
Smoking is allowed on the balcony outside, but guests are asked to refrain from smoking indoors.

Please if possible, separate organic waste from regular trash: any biodegradable foods can be thrown to the garden edge and will quickly be eaten by insects/crabs etc. As well as feeding wildlife, it will stop your garbage from smelling! Please be careful with chicken/fish bones and be sure to put these with regular trash as they could be harmful to my dogs if eaten.

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - The apartment is up one flight of private stairs.
Pet(s) live on property - 3 adorable dogs: Goji (she's the boss), Loki and Balu... and Rita the cat (she's very shy)
Amenity limitations - There is no AC. Patio doors allow a nice breeze inside the room. However, this is the tropics: if you know you need AC this apartment is not for you.


102 Reviews

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Darien User Profile
September 2017
Sharon is an excellent host who takes the time to make sure her guests are completely content and comfortable. Prior to even landing in Costa Rica she sent me helpful information, and insight for what to expect. Once we arrived she greeted us with the 3 pups, and showed us to the apartment which is so perfect. The fridge was stocked with enough breakfast supplies for 3 days for the two of us (2 yogurts, granola, 6 eggs, great ciabatta bread, butter, cream cheese, papaya, and milk) and 2 cold beers. She showed us the property, and then offered to take us into town to do grocery shopping for our stay. She cleaned the apartment twice during our one week stay, and did our personal laundry on top of sheets/towels (which was an amazing help to us). At the end of our stay her washing machine belt broke, and she came up with a helpful solution to ensure we were packing freshly laundered clothing. My most favorite part of our 2 weeks in Costa Rica was Sharon and her 3 dogs. Balu went with us nearly every time we went to the beach, and was such a great companion. Sharon also took us on a morning hike with Goji, Loki, and Balu which was a real treat for us. When we left her apartment we were so sad to leave. And once we got to our next destination found ourselves saying "I miss Balu. I miss Sharon. I wish we could go to the tide pools." One thing we would have added to our stay would have been to rent 2 bicycles for the week to make grocery shopping a little easier, and our exploring area a bit bigger. The walk isn't bad at all, however, and the exercise was nice. I can't say enough great things about our stay here - we hope to come back within the next couple of years and I hope this apartment is still available!

Kirk User Profile
August 2017
This is the most amazing one bedroom loft with outside kitchen and living room area, in a rural, wooden area but 1 minute walk to a secluded beach with amazing tide pools, and 1/4 mile from a surf beach. Also a great hostess that had beers and other fruit in the fridge for us when we got here and took us into town everyday to get groceries. If you're looking for a quiet area away from tourist traps, this is perfect!

Bekah User Profile
July 2017
The house was everything we wanted and more! The location was perfectly secluded but still close to Santa Teresa. The beach by the house was perfect and a short walk. Sharon was great and helped us with anything we needed while giving us privacy. The dogs were a sweet touch and made us feel right at home.

Hollie User Profile
June 2017
Sherry was an incredible host! After allowing us the check-in early, she had beers and food for breakfast waiting in the outdoor fridge / kitchen area. The patio is certainly the highlight of the property! You can hear the ocean (5 mins walk away) and tons of monkeys in the nearby trees. Unfortunately my husband was sick while we were there, but Sharon was more than helpful by driving myself to the pharmacy / grocery store to pick up supplies. Would highly recommend this air bnb, and if we ever come back, we would love to stay with Sharon again:) Thanks again!

Robert User Profile
May 2017
Quiet location with a beautiful porch, offering an outdoor kitchen with all of the essentials, hot water shower and conformable bed. Even more, it is a quick walk to some cool tidal pools, a great restaurant on the beach, and quick drive to the nature preserve. Unit came stocked with some wonderful groceries to make breakfast and water for drinking. Sharon has pets that live in the property, they are fantastic and incredibly sweat.

Maria User Profile
May 2017
This is one of my favorite AirBnBs I have stayed at for so many reasons. Sharon is a fantastic host and her home is ideal for the solo traveler or couples wanting some peace and quiet in a serene environment that is also close to town and with easy beach access. I can't say enough about the tide pools that are a one minute walk down the road. I love the open air design and took full advantage of napping in hammock. The dogs are every sweet as well. I will definitely be back!

Jen User Profile
May 2017
Lovely Spanish villa set in a peaceful natural location close to the beach. Sharon was helpful and generous with brekky supplies.

Puntarenas, Costa RicaJoined in February 2013
Sharon User ProfileSharon is a superhost.
Artist/painter originally from Scotland... now living on the beach in Costa Rica.
Languages: English, Español, Français
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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