View from balcony in to bedroomKitchen with fridge/freezer, gas stove/oven, electric toaster oven, coffee maker and blender.

Entire home/apt

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

Entire home/apt

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

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About this listing

Beautiful private apartment for rent in Mal Pais/Santa Teresa Costa Rica. Located in a quiet area of town, less than a 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
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 1PM
Check Out: 10AM
Pet Owner: Some pet(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Discount: 10%


The space

Beautiful apartment for rent in Mal Pais/Santa Teresa Costa Rica. Located on the beach side and less than a minute walk to the ocean. The beach in front has a small Mangrove and at low tide there are perfectly carved natural tide pools to relax in.

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 terrace/balcony has a seating area 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. The cleaner comes 5 days of the week, if you need your sheets/towels changed sooner just let either her or myself know. She's also happy to do any personal laundry you have for a $5 fee.

I have 2 medium/large dogs who are both 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.

Other things to note

Please note that different rates apply to high season, and during the Christmas and Easter period dates may be blocked off as weeks with a minimum stay required.

House Rules
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
May not be safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 1PM

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

Towels and sheets are provided and will be changed every 3 days. Towels are for use in the house only and should not be taken to the 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.



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.

2 nights minimum stay

93 Reviews

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Marissa User Profile
April 2017
Sharon's house is slightly outside of the central area of town, which means it is a bit quieter. It is an easy walk (around 15-20 minutes - less if you are faster than us) to most shops and restaurants along the beach. The beach itself is directly in front of the property, and it was a pleasure getting up early in the mornings to swim in the tide pools and admire the beautiful scenery. The house itself is very simple - an outdoor space, an indoor space, and a bathroom. We enjoyed relaxing on the hammocks in the covered balcony in the afternoons. Everything is open to nature. Sharon has decorated the place beautifully with her paintings and quirky DIY touches. She was a really great host and worked hard to make the trip pleasant and easy for us. Whenever we had any issues she immediately stepped in to help smooth things out. The dogs were also lots of fun. We would love to go back!

Ana Isabel User Profile
April 2017
Sharon's place is beautiful, super close to the beach and a small walk away from downtown.

Charles User Profile
April 2017
This apartment is amazing. The pictures and description say it all. It is super clean and is cleaned almost every day. It has everything you need, fridge, oven, stove, sink, bathroom, shower, and open living area. It's very spacious and is a really good spot to come back and relax at. Sharon is very accommodating and provided tons of information and made us feel at home. Her dogs are adorable. You can walk to the water in 2 minute and the tide pools in front of the house are amazing. It's a 10 min walk to playa carmen on the beach, and another 10-15 min or so walk on the beach to Santa Teresa. We rented an ATV which was nice cause you could get wherever in minutes, as well as explore the other side of the peninsula. We will definitely stay here again and I would strongly recommend this to anyone visiting the area!

Chris User Profile
March 2017
We loved Sharon's place. Made great use of the outdoors kitchen and patio. It's rustic, very close to an amazing swimming spot and a short zip into the busier parts of Malpais. Her dogs are just lovely, especially little Balu who loved to join us for a swim. Would definitely rent again next time we're in Malpais.

Kimberly User Profile
March 2017
This place is so amazing! The open air kitchen is perfect and Sharon stocked the fridge with breakfast goodies. The bed was comfortable, the bathroom was clean, and she is a 2 minute walk to the beach. She also has 3 of the most loving sweet natures pups in all of mal pais. We had a really great time! The only down side is that is can be hot at night but Sharon offers a fan which helps. Definitely recommend!

Kathleen User Profile
February 2017
Wonderful place! It is walking distance to the beach with beautiful sunsets. Sharon is an excellent hostess! I would recommend purchasing wine from her that is imported from her business - much better than elsewhere! Highly recommend!

Samantha User Profile
February 2017
Sharon's place is absolutely incredible! The reviews are all completely accurate. If you are planning a trip to this area, do yourself a favor and stay here, it will complete your trip to Costa Rica. Sharon was a wonderful host. She gave us information about the area that helped us plan our days. She was so helpful but also very respectful or our privacy. Her three dogs were so adorable and friendly and greeted us every time we came home. The place itself is absolutely beautiful, clean, spacious and so unique. Sitting in the outdoor living space at night, listening to the birds and howler monkeys was the highlight of our trip. It's such a short walk to the beach, tide pools, restaurants and everything you need for a wonderful vacation in Costa Rica. I wish we stayed longer!

Puntarenas, Costa Rica · Joined in February 2013
Sharon User ProfileSharon is a superhost.

Artist/painter originally from Scotland... now living on the beach in Costa Rica.

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