Send to a friend
Pin It
back to search results

Villa Cocobolo - Private Ocean View Beach Villa in Mal Pais

Mal Pais HOUSE Rental Picture Mal Pais HOUSE Rental Picture Mal Pais HOUSE Rental Picture Mal Pais HOUSE Rental Picture Mal Pais HOUSE Rental Picture Mal Pais HOUSE Rental Picture Mal Pais HOUSE Rental Picture Mal Pais HOUSE Rental Picture Mal Pais HOUSE Rental Picture Mal Pais HOUSE Rental Picture Mal Pais HOUSE Rental Picture Mal Pais HOUSE Rental Picture Mal Pais HOUSE Rental Picture Mal Pais HOUSE Rental Picture Mal Pais HOUSE Rental Picture Mal Pais HOUSE Rental Picture

vacation rental description

At Villa Cocobolo you will find the peace and tranquility that you are looking for in your trip to Costa Rica.

We are a 7 acre oasis just 150 yards from the beautiful beach of Playa Manzanillo and a nice walk or quick drive to the breathtaking beach of Playa Hermosa.

Villa Cocobolo is surrounded by the rare Costa Rican Cocobolo hardwood tree as well as the renowned Pochote. The house is built in the loft style with second floor windows offering ocean, sunset, and mountain views. The bathroom and the bedroom are both located upstairs, and the bedroom’s sliding glass doors open to a private balcony allowing ocean views, and monkey and bird watching from the comfort of your bed.

The kitchen and entertaining areas are downstairs and have three patios, two of which are accessed by sliding glass doors for more ocean viewing and garden access.

Villa Cocobolo can accommodate 2 adults with children or possibly 3 adults.

Built and designed by the owner in August of 2008 the home has vaulted ceilings of Pochote beams with laurel wood paneling and the verandas, patios, stairs, door and window frames are all accented in teak.

Villa Cocobolo has a fully equipped kitchen, comes completely furnished, and is surrounded by lush gardens, white gravel walkways, wrought iron gates for added privacy and private parking, pressurized hot/cold water, SKY/cable TV, wireless satellite internet, cleaning service, gardener and laundry facilities and/or service if needed.

Take time to walk along the trails of our 7 acre property...look for coatis, anteaters, jaguarundis, white face and howler monkeys, various bird species, and iguanas...or find one of our sitting areas and just watch and listen to the ocean.

Our staff can help with any questions or needs, so sit back, relax, and enjoy your stay with us...


Because of rock reefs surrounding the entrance to Playa Manzanillo, this beach has it all. Here you can surf, snorkel, swim, kayak, fish, beach comb, and at the end of the day enjoy one of the most spectacular sunsets the Nicoya Peninsula has to offer. The best part about Manzanillo beach is many days the only footprints you will find will be your own.

A few years ago Playa Hermosa was basically unknown, but recently discovered by surfers tired of the crowds and congestion of Santa Teresa, this beach is becoming increasingly more popular for tourists and surfers. Playa Hermosa lives up to its name and is truly beautiful offering great waves for surfers, swimming and beachcombing on a long and wide un-crowded beach.

To truly capitalize on all the peninsula has to offer, a car or 4 wheeler is a must, but still many of our guests prefer to walk the old beach road to Playa Hermosa enjoying the quiet and slow pace - stopping at the tide pools, private beaches, the waterfall, and always returning with stories of seeing more monkeys and iguanas than people.


Yes, there is surf. A short drive south are the more popular surf spots of Playa Carmen (Mal Pais) and Santa Teresa, but just a few minutes away in Manzanillo and Playa Hermosa you can find waves for all levels of surfing (reef, point breaks, beach breaks, river mouths) – beginner to advanced – with crowd and attitude free, consistent surf.

For any surf questions feel free to contact the owner who has over 25 years surfing experience.

We can also set-up surf lessons with qualified instructors.


Manzanillo and north to the Bongo River is an area famous for fishing. You can go local and try your hand at hand-line fishing or bring your own gear and head out to the reefs at low tide. You may get lucky and hook sea bass, snook, red snapper, or a rooster. A quick run north will get you to The Bongo which is legendary for its fishing due to its river mouth - a great place to catch snook, just ask a local family who bought a car they call “robalo” meaning “snook” in Spanish. All the money they earned to buy the car came from selling their snook/robalo catches from the Bongo.

We can also book fishing tours for you – just ask.

Keywords: House

vacation rental location

property availability

  • dates with deals
  • unavailable dates

Last modified on 08-26-2014 at 12:01 PM.

email owner view full calendar


house rental amenities

  • Property Type
    • house
  • Meals
    • catering available
  • Location Type
    • mountain view
    • ocean view
  • Theme
    • adventure
    • away from it all
    • budget
    • family
    • romantic
    • sports & activities
    • tourist attractions
  • General
    • wireless internet
    • parking for rv/boat/trailer
    • air conditioning
    • linens provided
    • towels provided
    • clothes dryer
      • The maid will wash and fold for you - please just ask.
    • parking
      • Private secure parking for your vehicle.
    • washing machine
      • There is a washing machine on the premises. The maid on site will wash for you for a $10 fee per load in the dry season (Dec - May) and $5 per load the rest of the year.
  • Kitchen
    • stove
    • oven
    • coffee maker
    • toaster
    • refrigerator
    • kitchen
    • cooking utensils
  • Dining
    • dining room
  • Pool / Spa
    • private pool
      • There is a pool with swim up pool bar and eating area for Villa Pochote and Villa Cocobolo guests only.
  • Bathrooms
    • 1 bathroom
    • bathroom 1:
      • 1
  • Bedrooms
    • 1 bedroom, sleeps 3, beds for 2-3
    • bedroom 1:
    • convertible bed(s):
      • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Entertainment
    • books
    • television
    • satellite / cable
    • dvd player
  • Outside
    • outdoor grill
    • balcony
    • gazebo
    • deck / patio
    • lanai / gazebo
  • Suitability
    • non smoking only
      • There is no smoking allowed inside the home.
    • long-term renters welcome
    • events allowed
    • pets not allowed
    • children welcome
  • Onsite Services
    • massage
    • private chef
    • staff

activities and attractions in Mal Pais Costa Rica

  • Attractions
    • restaurants
  • Leisure Activities
    • shelling
    • shopping
    • wildlife viewing
    • boating
    • sight seeing
    • horseback riding
  • Sports & Adventure Activities
    • swimming
    • cycling
    • fishing
    • snorkeling/diving
    • kayaking
    • golf
    • wind-surfing
    • mountain biking
    • surfing
    • hiking

contact owner

please fill in the form below to inquire about this rental.


  • owner Owner/Manager
  • 2nd phone +506 8359 3860 (Costa Rica)

When you book a vacation rental on any of our websites, we want you to experience a carefree vacation. Learn More

accepted payment methods

credit card

Prior to paying a reservation deposit, always verify payment instructions by calling the phone number displayed on this listing page. By contacting the owner directly and paying by an approved method - credit card, paypal, check or bank transfer - your reservation payment will be protected up to $1,000.

Learn more in our Security Center

vacation rental rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:

Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekend Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
Green Season 2
Aug 15 2014 - Oct 31 2014
3 nights
High Season
Nov 1 2014 - Dec 18 2014
3 nights
Dec 19 2014 - Jan 4 2015
3 nights
High - 2015
Jan 5 2015 - Apr 30 2015
3 nights
Low - 2015
May 1 2015 - Jul 2 2015
3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 nights

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

email owner


Mal Pais house photos at a glance

Mal Pais HOUSE Rental Picture
Mal Pais HOUSE Rental Picture
Mal Pais HOUSE Rental Picture
Mal Pais HOUSE Rental Picture
Mal Pais HOUSE Rental Picture
Mal Pais HOUSE Rental Picture
Mal Pais HOUSE Rental Picture
Mal Pais HOUSE Rental Picture
Mal Pais HOUSE Rental Picture
Mal Pais HOUSE Rental Picture
Mal Pais HOUSE Rental Picture
Mal Pais HOUSE Rental Picture
Mal Pais HOUSE Rental Picture
Mal Pais HOUSE Rental Picture
Mal Pais HOUSE Rental Picture
Mal Pais HOUSE Rental Picture

email owner


traveler reviews for this mal pais house rental


Review submitted: June 8, 2014   Date of arrival: January 24, 2014

My husband and I were fortunate to visit Costa Rica for two weeks in January of 2014. There are three items that made the trip one of the best we have ever been on, the villa, the food and the beaches. The Villa is close to the food and the beaches, which made getting around easy. The restaurants between the Villa and Santa Teresa are wonderful (be aware that most only take cash) and the best beach is a five minute drive from the Villa. Here we found clean sand and plenty of shade. Now the Villa, we only have positive things about the Villa, Trey the manager and his team. Trey gave wonderful directions from the airport to the Villa. We arrived late at night and had no trouble finding our way. The Villas are spacious, clean and well accommodated. The view from the deck and pool side patio is great; make sure you have a chance to watch a few sunsets from the patio. We will stay at these Villas again.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, families with teenagers

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


Wild kingdom on steroids

Review submitted: April 18, 2014   Date of arrival: April 2, 2014

We stayed for 8 days at Villa Cocobolo above the tiny village of Manzanillo. From our first glimpse of the gates "Senderos de Paz," trails of peace, we thought we had arrived at a tropical Eden. The Villa exceeded all expectations, lovely wood and tile work, comfortable, and well-equipped. The first morning we were awakened by a troop of howler monkeys, the alpha male's favorite tree was a cashew just off our upstairs balcony. In the subsequent days we saw several different troops of howlers and capuchins, bright green parrots and other tropical birds, red squirrels, and numerous species of colorful butterflies. One evening as we watched the sun plunge into the Pacific from our pool deck a small troop of howlers with several babies were just above us and joined us in saluting the peaceful, rosy sunset. The pool was a wonderful place to hang out and a welcome antidote to the heat. The Villa offers easy access to wide, glorious, untrammeled beaches at Manzanillo and Playa Hermosa and is only a short drive to bustling Santa Teresa. Four wheel drive is highly recommended for the steep surrounding hills. It was also a good base for excursions to Montezuma and Cabo Blanco for great hikes to a waterfall and in the tropical jungle respectively.
The owner of Villa Cocobolo, Trey, and his gracious helpers Kaenar and Maelen made our stay homey with their kindness and attention to detail. Our experience was sensational and we highly recommend this property.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Owners response: Thank you! It was a real pleasure for us to host you, and we look forward to your return in the future. "Wild Kingdom on Steroids," that is a new on for me. I love it. I hope you don't mind if I use it in the future - I'll be sure to give you credit! Thanks again!

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


Beautiful Stay at Villa Cocobolo-Pura Vida!!

Review submitted: April 8, 2014   Date of arrival: March 10, 2014

Our experience at Villa Cocobolo was fabulous!!! Villa Cocobolo was very clean and had all of the amenities to make us feel comfortable. The property is maintained extremely well by Trey and his staff. Each morning we would enjoy a cup of Costa Rican coffee out on the patio as we viewed and listened to the ocean waves. Throughout the days we experienced the beautiful beaches of Manzanillo, zip lining over the canopy & waterfalls in Montezuma, the local shops/restaurants in Santa Teresa, hiking through Cabo Blanco and horseback riding at sunset. At night it was back to Villa Cocobolo for a relaxing evening by the pool. It was also nice that Trey was accessible for guidance and to assist us with coordinating the activities in the area. As others have indicated a 4X4 vehicle is very helpful. I would highly recommend this property. We look forward to visiting again. John & Karen

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


Reviews are the subjective opinions of travelers and not of, Inc.

email owner see all reviews (3/20) write a review


Mal Pais vacation rental

This vacation rental has been listed since 10/5/2009.