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The White House of Costa Rica, Beachfront Architectural Dream


Property Details

Updated: Oct 17, 2016
House, 4 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-16)

The White House is the beachfront architectural jewel of Costa Rica's Pacific coast, located on Playa Hermosa, just north of Santa Teresa and Mal Pais. (Click here for a map).

This signature home is beachside with it's own private infinity pool and volleyball court. The property is adjacent to Pranamar, Costa Rica's most exclusive yoga resort where guests of The White House can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at their world class restaurant Luc's Seafood Grill, and enjoy their beachfront bar.

Accommodations: The White House is a large 3 Bedroom beachfront home that features a gourmet chef's kitchen with an amazing ocean view. Cooking dinner while watching the sun set is an experience that you will never forget !

The main house can accommodate up to 8 people. Should you have a larger party, you may rent out a Villa with the White House or the entire property, (main house and 2 villas) to give you a total of 7 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. We have full daily maid service, 24 hour security, Satellite TV, local phoneline, and WiFi across the property.

Playa Hermosa is home to a plethora of tidepools and vast expanses of soft white sand. Great all level surf is a 2 minute beach walk north from The White House, and more experienced surfers can go out directly in front of the property.

Featured in 2010 in both Conde Naste Traveller and Su Casa (Central and South America's leading architectural magazine), The White house is the perfect beach getaway for the discriminating traveller.

Exquisite design, and all your creature comforts, along with contemporary art, furnishings, and appliances, and a location on one of the world's most beautiful and private beaches, will give you and your friends and family, the ultimate Costa Rican experience.

If you book The White House, you are welcome to speak to either our onsite Costa Rican manager, Mario, who speaks fluent English, or either of our two L.A. based owners (who spend many weeks a year at the house), and can advise you on everything from finding the best private chefs in the area to organizing a wildlife nature tour you'll never forget !

Keywords: beachfront, Mal Pais, Santa Teresa, infinity pool, romantic, exclusive, ocean view, exclusive, Playa Hermosa, modern architecture, private, ocean front, beach house, best in Costa Rica, Best in Mal Pais, surf paradise, best sunset, best kitchen, best yoga

More Details
  • Sleeps 16
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards

Recent Review

About the Owner

The picture below is right in front of The White House. The surfer you see is your White House Ambassador, Janine, whom you will be speaking and working with when booking the property. The property is owned jointly between Mr. Jordan and the Bishops who reside in LA and who both share a great love for Costa Rica.

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Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese

17 Reviews

based on 17 traveler reviews

Los Angeles

Just as superb, if not better, in the off-season

  • 5 of 5

This is the place where I step-off the grid of big-city life and a stressful job. Santa Teresa. The White House is the perfect retreat to take a group of friends or family. Ladies on a trip can get their daily yoga in right next door at Pranamar or "sip in the sunset" poolside. Gents on a trip, can surf at one of the world's best beaches, a quick walk away at Hermosa. Take a fishing boat out for the day in nearby Mal Pais. Come back to the house and cook it up - the dining table seats 8-10.

Not to mention, being an event planner by trade I have noted, the house is uniquely set-up perfectly to host a small to mid-size wedding or special event. The way the kitchen is designed, the entry, the view and the back lawn facing the ocean, suitable to bring in tables and seat away. Use the Master suite for the bride/groom + family and the two villas for the wedding party. If you need catering, there are many wonderful chefs in town. Ask Mario, the house manager for my specific recommendations. Then hire me as your event producer - as I will fly down from the states. I know all the locals and speak the language. ~your bon vivant.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Simply Amazing

  • 5 of 5

My wife & I stayed at The White House for 2 weeks for our honeymoon. We have pretty high standards when we travel. We live in NYC & frequently travel outside of the U.S. Our trip to The White House in Santa Teresa was absolutely fantastic. Mario & the staff at Pranamar were top notch. The house was gorgeous, well maintained, clean & had an unbeatable view. Waking up every day & listening to & watching the waves while on our massive 2nd floor terrace was like a little slice of heaven. The private beach is absolutely beautiful with amazing tidal pools that turn into warm bath tubs at low tide... you can't beat watching the amazing sunset from your own personal tidal bath tub! There is also plenty of tree cover & a very comfortable hammock. We would lounge in the sun all day, slowly drink wine & read our books. On the days we chose to do activities Mario & company were there to make it all happen... horseback riding, hiking to a stunning waterfall hidden on a private farm, saltwater fishing with a great captain, paddle boarding, surf lessons... all services provided were with good people who made us feel very safe & comfortable. Santa Teresa is a special place & the people at Pranamar help to make it that way. The breakfast at the resort is also fantastic, especially the smoothies. If you're looking for a little adventure & lots of relaxation surrounded by natural beauty & good souls, then the White House (and Pranamar too) is your place.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Atlanta, GA USA

This was our first proper vacation in two years and every bit worth the wait.

  • 5 of 5

We are frequent travelers to the Central America and the Caribbean, but this was our first time in Costa Rica. This is a beautiful country, with beautiful people -- inside and out. In short, nothing could be more befitting a place than The White House of Costa Rica.

The pictures and descriptions of The White House simply don't do it justice. There is a certain air about this beautiful home that transcends images and words. There is no way not to relax – to put the craziness of the "real world" behind you as you open the giant, hardwood door and cross the threshold into this post-modern masterpiece.

Upon our arrival, we were greeted with open arms by Tanîa, who went above and beyond our expectations by assuring the refrigerator, pantry and water cooler were stocked exactly to our request. Her presence during our visit would prove invaluable as she happily arranged for excursions, taxis and the general needs of our party of eight throughout our visit. She and the rest of the staff made us feel at home and are reason enough for a return visit – sooner than later.

The house is elegant yet livable, comfortable, and nicely appointed and we loved the artwork. Need a break from the heat? The air conditioning works perfectly. For most of us, the swimming pool and evenings on the beach watching the sunset was the perfect foil to the Costa Rican sun. I understand there is a television in the "TV Room," but I can't imagine wasting a moment of the amazing surf, sandy, trees, wildlife, swimming pool and sunsets to turn it on.

Want to get out of the house for a bit? There are plenty of fun shops, restaurants and watering holes to fit any budget or taste. Most of the locals we met spoke very good English, and those who didn't were patient with our broken Spanish. To round things off, portions are plentiful and everything is reasonably priced – particularly for a tourist economy.

One exception for us was the restaurant next door. Pranamar's decor and ambiance is second to none. You should experience breakfast, lunch or dinner overlooking the reflecting pool at least once. This place is tranquil and romantic, but for our taste, the service and food quality is lacking for the price point.

Our stay lasted one week, but the experience will last a lifetime. If you’re planning a visit to Costa Rica, you should stay at The White House. The country is hot, the house is as cool as it gets, and the people will have you missing this place the moment you leave.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco, CA

Best. Vacation. Ever.

  • 5 of 5

If you've been searching for places in Santa Teresa/Mal Pais, look no further - this place was AWESOME! My boyfriend and I had been looking for places to rent for a few weeks and we kept running into issues w/ the owners, but FINALLY, we came across this gem! There was a group of 4 of us (two couples) and we stayed in one of the detached back units which was absolutely perfect for us. The place looked exactly as it was advertised on the website - if not better. Super clean, great location (literally steps from the beach and a short ride from town), modern, nicely decorated (I especially loved the driftwood art on the walls from the local Zwart Cafe in town) and all the amenities you would need - including the AC (A MUST)! The outdoor shower was also a big hit - especially to rinse after a day at the beach! Not only was the place fantastic, but the property manager/host, Tania, was AMAZING! She was super helpful in answering all of our questions before arrival, and even helped us plan out our activities. Once we arrived, she checked in daily and made sure we were all set - we honestly have her to thank for such an amazing time! She helped us rent ATVs for one day - which we ended up extending through the week - I would highly recommend those for anyone traveling to this area - the ATVs make it much easier to get around and it's an awesome way to explore the area. We rented a car to get down to Santa Teresa from San Jose, but we wish we would have returned it in town and picked it up the day we were leaving to save on cost. I would also highly recommend you go to dinner at Koji's down the street from the White House - honestly, hands down, the best sushi I've ever had - literally melts in your mouth! If possible, go twice... we regret not going there again! All in all, I would definitely recommend the White House to family & friends - really anyone looking for an adventurous and beautiful vacation:) It's not the easiest place to get to, but once you're there, it's absolute paradise. Maybe even the best kept secret in Costa Rica:) I will definitely go back one day - and next time bring all my friends and family and rent the bigger house - I just hope it stays somewhat a secret:) So do yourself a favor and rent this place -I promise you won't regret it! Thanks again to Tania, Mario & the White House for an amazing time!

  • Submitted: May 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We loved the house. So many positive things to say. The location, the beach, the country, the food (we were delivered food each day and cooked which suited us).. the pool is small but enough.. the incredible ocean 35 metres away.. the sweet iguana's everywhere. Monkeys along the road from the airport. But at the ned there are two key take-aways..

1. The service granted us was simply fantastic. You can be sure that whatever your needs are, you will be accomodated by intelligent, kind souls.. who are on top of everything.

2. The best recommendation we can give is that we rented this house for 8 days.. and then booked one month for 2014 because it was the best holiday of our lives. It does not

get better than this.. and we are discriminating guests

Enjoy it. Please don't book the entire year on us in 2015.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Andrew! Thank you so much for your kind words. Getting a review like this makes us realize how lucky we are to be able to live here in paradise but most importantly to be able to share it with others. I am well traveled person too and I know how precious vacation time is. That is our goal, to be able to provide our guests with the best holidays of their life. I can't wait to see you next year and have you experience the "pure life" one more time. Pura Vida. Mario
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Alamo, Ca


  • 5 of 5

Had a great time at the White House. The house and beach were so beautiful we are already planning our return trip. Mario is a great guy and can help with anything. Rent atv's for a great adventure and have a dinner catered at the house by Tortsen for a real treat.

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Betsy! Thank you so much for your review. It was great to have you and your family enjoying the place. Torsten said you all had a great night together. I am happy to hear you had such a good time and I look forward to your next visit. Pura vida! Mario
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From the Owner

We bought this property because this is the most beautiful beach in all of the Nicoya Peninsula region.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Local: Tambor Airstrip. at 22 Miles Nearest Barpub : Pranamar Buddah Eyes Restaurant Nearest Ferry : Paquera at 36 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Pranamar Buddah Eyes Restaurant Nearest Beach : Playa Hermosa, Santa Teresa Car: recommended

On property volleyball court. Also available ATV riding, zipline tours, canopy tours.


Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low Season 2016
Aug 16 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Mid Season II 2016
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 17 2016
4 night minimum stay
Peak Season 2016
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Prices are based on 6 people.
$50 per additional guest up to 8 in total maximum occupancy.
SPECIAL DATES - Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and Easter Week: Price on Application.
7 nights minimum stay for Special Dates.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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From the Owner

The windows provide so much light, until the sun goes down, we never need to turn any lights on. We have a beautiful beach right in front of the house, but what's nice is we have a great and very large tide pool area to the left and surfing for all levels not far to the right of us. One of the owners loves to cook on the grill, while the other owner fancies preparing food in the ocean front kitchen so he has a direct view of the waves.

Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet


  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...

Onsite Services

  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef


  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...

Location Type

  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront


  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 4000 sq. ft.


  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • 2


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 4 - This is the media room with 2 build in couches.
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king, One additional built in couch
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single, Single beds can be pushed together as a king
  • Detached Unit - Ask for our guest villas which rent separetely.
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin Beds (2) We can create a double bed in our back bedroom by strapping the two twins currently in that room together, Twin or Single Beds (2) We have two twin beds in our back bedroom, Child Beds (3) Our Media room can accommodate up to 3 children


  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill


  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Catering available

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