About this listing
Buena Vista vacation rentals are located at the beaches of Nosara, Costa Rica on a secluded ridge overlooking Playas Guiones, Pelada and Ostional. Surrounded by pristine parklands, the serenity and beauty of this mountaintop retreat is inspirational... yet is only a few minutes from beaches, restaurants, shopping, airport and other conveniences!
There's even a jungle trail which leads to the great surfing beach of Playa Guiones. The beautiful, tropically landscaped hillside behind Buena Vista contains hundreds of tropical fruit trees and plants, and is accessible by a network of trails.
Nosara offers many activities ... world class surfing and fishing, shelling, quad rentals, mountain biking, surf camps and lessons, world's longest canopy tour/zipline, kayak and boat tours of the rivers, horseback riding on the beaches, organized family and group adventure travel and missions, yoga, rest, and last but not least... relaxation! For surfers, Playa Guiones has one of the most consistent surf breaks in all of Costa Rica. Waves can be overhead on the outside break, yet still have perfect beginner's surf as it reforms near the beach, and inshore is usually calm enough for a nice swim.
Monkeys, parrots and other wildlife flourish! The sky is constantly changing as the the clouds drift through the mountains and across the Pacific. Sunrises and sunsets are amazing, and night takes on a whole new perspective, with the countless stars of the milky way overhead as thousands of big fire flies twinkle all around!
* Buena Vista offers quality rental surfboards, surfing lessons, bike rentals, surfboard storage and can arrange all your rental car, tour and travel needs.
* We can also provide area transportation, tours and surf trips with our 12 passenger, air conditioned turbo diesel microbus.
* Discounts,seasonal specials and group packages are available... just ask!
The Villas are located on the 1st floor, and the Casa is on the 2nd level. A 3rd level observation deck offers spectacular 360 degree views! To the west the jungle valley decends down to the surfing beaches of Playa Guiones, Playa Pelada, and the vast Pacific Ocean... to the northwest the sea misted turtle beaches of Ostional are clearly visible... to the north is the beautiful Nosara Valley, and to the east lies an endless horizon of distant mountain ranges.
Our newest addition, Buena Vista Villas, offers WiFi, amazing views and each of the 6 villas have private bathrooms, mini kitchens and breakfast bars with views of the mountains, jungles and beaches. Villas can sleep from 4 to 6 guests. Privacy doors connect to adjoining villas so friends and families can stay together yet still have privacy. *
VILLA 1 - "PACIFICA" (Southwest corner)
Villa Pacifica is spacious, breezy and has Pacific Ocean and tropical garden views! It's our best unit for groups or families. This spacious and breezy, fully equipped villa can sleep up to 6 and offers a big kitchen complete with breakfast bar, stove with oven, full sized refrigerator/freezer, secure pantry/vault with locking steel door, high beautifully varnished teak ceilings, paddle fan, cedar closet, tile floors, big bathroom and a large, private lanai with comfy hammocks and space for surfboards *(This villa can be connected to Villa #2 to make a larger unit which can accommodate families and friends.)
This villa features the following amenities:
• Full Kitchen
• Jungle/Ocean Views
• Large Private Deck with Hammocks
• Secure Storage Closet
• Sleeps up to 6 People
• Vaulted Teak Ceilings with Fans
VILLA RATES: (Prices are double occupancy and include utilities and WIFI internet. $10/night/ each additional guest.)
* LOW SEASON - (September - October)
Villa 1..................$69/day, $419/week, $699/month
* GREEN SEASON: (May - August)
Villa 1 ........... $79/day, $479/wk.,$749/mo.
* HIGH SEASON: (November - April)
Villa 1: $89/day, $539/week, $849/month
* HOLIDAYS: (Christmas,Easter)
*** Please contact us for current holiday rates and availability
LONG TERM LEASE: (MINIMUM 6 Months)
Villa 1..................(Nov-Apr) $749/mo./ (May-Oct) $699 mo.
Costa Rica hotel tax (13%) not included and due upon arrival.
Buena Vista offers a 3rd floor observation deck with amazing 360 degree views of the beaches, mountains and jungles. We also have large tropical gardens full of flowering plants and fruit trees, networked with walking trails. There are 2 outdoor showers and 2 parking areas for our guests convenience. Buena Vista offers on site surf lessons, surfboard and bike rentals and laundry service.
Interaction with Guests
Our onsite assistant managers Penny and Chester will make you feel at home and assist you with any needs you may have. Jay oversees operations, offers surf lessons and can arrange your travel details such as rental cars, surf trips, tours, zipline/canopy adventures, sportfishing charters, horseback riding and more!
Buena Vista is located in an amazing mountain top tropical setting above the vast Pacific Ocean. Our area is very ecologically balanced and we strive to protect the delicate balance between man and nature...
Here are some information to ensure your visit is the best it can be!
* We recycle. * Please conserve water. * Remove beach sand at outside shower before entering rooms. *No smoking inside the rooms. *"Quiet Time" is from 9PM to 7AM *Key Deposit is $25. *Please turn off electrical items when not in room. * Buena Vista can book all your tours, rental cars and assist with other needs so your vacation can be a breeze!
This was a great surprise. We booked for 4 nights and at our first day we already decided to extent our stay. Both Penny and Jay were really nice people and helpful. Jay also has many surfboards he rents for cheap. We had villa 1 which was spacious and clean. Kitchen was basic but had everything needed. We killed our first scorpion on our 2nd night. That was no big deal as we are in the middle of the tropical dry forest. The mirador on top of the villas is awesome for the views. Highly recommended and would return any time.
After having stayed at some amazing places in Costa Rica, Buena Vista Villas was a big disappointment. Our particular unit was cramped (the sleeping and kitchen areas are one small room), dark and stuffy. At the usual rate of $69/night this might be okay, but at $172/night (the high season rate), it just didn't cut it with plastic beachware for dishes, polyester sheets and the hardest futon bed I've ever slept on (I'm talking a thin padding for a mattress with wooden slats underneath). This was the most expensive of all the places we stayed in Costa Rica and definitely offered the least value. It also felt like a money-grab from the beginning (charging an 18% surcharge to pay with a credit card - I don't think so). The redeeming qualities of this place: the unit was spotless, and whoever cleaned everyday took great care in what s/he was doing; and the onsite manager, Penny, was very pleasant. Otherwise, I'd give this place a pass.
We are surprised and sorry to hear of Ruby's unhappiness. This is the 1st time we have had dissatisfaction with Villa 1, and thankfully our great reviews refute her harsh claims...
It was no accident that Buena Vista was awarded Tripadvisor's Traveler's Choice Award for the best value in Nosara... Most people are aware that holiday prices / supply and demand in all phases of the travel industry, from rental cars and airlines to hotels and cruises are always higher than off season rates. I doubt Ruby even had a full kitchen or a large, private ocean view deck in any of her other hotel rooms.
Regarding an 18% fee... this may be Airbnb's travel agency fee. There is also a 13% Costa Rican sales tax on everything including hotel rooms. Had Rubys communications been more clear I am sure she would have understood these details.
Regarding the other comments... all sheets are new and light weight for our tropical climate... the dishes are new, high quality and very attractive... the queen futon has a 4"orthopedic foam mattress that our other guest have found to be quite comfortable... and Penny, our manager personally cleand the villa daily and did her best to please Ruby. Penny reported that in the end she seemed pleased with her stay overall.
Sadly she left without checking out or telling us that she had broken the rotation plate in the new microwave, and in our area it's unlikely a correct replacement can be found. This caused problems for the next guest as well, but Penny generously placed her own microwave plate in the unit!
We really strive for our guest's happiness and satisfaction, but it seems we can't please everyone.
We want to thank our loyal guests who return year after year and for all those who have said kind words of praise and positive feedback! The staff at Buena Vista Villas... Jay, Penny and Chester
Jay and Penny were great hosts! Villa #1 was nice, clean, quiet, and safe, with a pretty view from the porch. All of the roads in the area are bad, and Jay's place is on top of a hill, so expect to drive 5-10 minutes to get to the beach and most restaurants, etc. We actually lost a phone during our stay, and they both went above and beyond to help find it, which we did. Thanks!!!
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About the Host, Jay
I live in Nosara, Costa Rica and currently manage Hotel Buena Vista Villas. I've been hosting travelers and mission teams here for over 10 years, and previously worked for NASA as a merchant mariner for the Space Shuttle program for 25 years. Favorite activities include surfing, fishing, gardening, beach combing, adventure and travel. I'm friendly, helpful, easy going and interested in making my guests vacations memorable and the best they can be!