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Located in beautiful Osa region of Costa Rica

Osa = most beautiful region of Costa Rica!

Las Villas de San Buenas is located in one of the most beautiful locations on Earth – Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula . Osa Costa Rica is considered to be one of the most biologically intense place in the world. Along with the largest mangrove forest in the world, miles of beaches and countless species of flowers, wildlife and birds, Osa Costa Rica is truly paradise. Click image to learn more about the immediate area and location.

mountains osa costa rica


We are located just 1 mile (2 km) from the Costanera Highway in the small, peaceful town of San Buenaventura. For more information about our location visit this page. 

We made a terrific choice!

We made a terrific choice!

The Madrigal family from San Jose, Costa Rica, recently spent a week in Las Villas de San Buenas. After their stay they wrote the following review of their stay.


We decided to go south Costa Rica for our year end vacation. We’re from San Jose and we all decided to skip the road to Guanacaste as this time of the year is hectic.

We rented this house for the final week of December and first days of January and we really had a great time here. First of all the road is in in great condition. Directions to the house are also really easy to follow. We were a group of 7 people, 3 couples and a friend. The house has 3 bedrooms, all with their private bathroom. Hot water of course and even a Jacuzzi in the master suite.Costa Rica home rental
Kitchen is in perfect condition, large refrigerator, dishwasher, stove and microwave. Laundry room with washer and dryer. Living room with Sky TV and all others with a DVD player.

The gardens and pool area are exceptional, the ocean view is amazing and we really spent our days there! With a cool breeze and birds singing everywhere.
The property is located in San Buenaventura town, close to beaches, national parks and waterfalls

Now, we really didn’t find any cons, however I must say that the house is listed for 8 people and the house has only 3 bedrooms with 3 beds (for 6 people comfortably accommodated). The other two must sleep in mattresses in the floor so you have to make some room for them in the bedrooms. Not a big issue for us.
Booking process was excellent and Nick the owner, replied every single email in no time.
If you’re thinking for a vacation in south Costa Rica, this is a great choice, you’ll have a wonderful time here!

My Costa Rica Vacation Video 2014

Costa Rica Vacation Video (June 2014)

The following video compilation is from our most recent trip to Costa Rica (June 2014) when the rest of my family came to Las Villas de San Buenas. My kids absolutely love it here in Costa Rica. The highlights always include daily dips in the swimming pool, running and playing in the Pacific Ocean at Playa Ventanas and going horseback riding on the property.

Come on down and make your own memories here! Contact us today to let us help you plan your Costa Rica trip.

Costa Rica Update from Cliff Hulbert (June pt 1 of 2)

The following is Part 1 of a two part Osa, Costa Rica Update written by Cliff Hulbert. Cliff and his wife Ana own and operate Villa Leonor at the Ballena Beach Club. It is the only location in the Ballena National Park region that has a restaurant walking distance to the beach.

Villa Leonor is only 15 minutes from Las Villas de San Buenas and is a wonderful place to eat and to visit the beach. Ballena Beach Club collage

We hope you enjoy it…..

The High Season came to a close with a clear increase of the awareness, discovery and visitors in the Ballena to Ojochal sector. We still are a fraction of the numbers that frequent long time favorites like Manuel Antonio and Arenal but our steady progress of growth in numbers and awareness has us coming up on the radar of travelers more and more frequently.

The Humpback Whales made an early appearance this season with regular encounters beginning by mid December and continuing through late March.

The Guava seed pod season attracted the White Face Monkeys again to leap from the nearest palm into the tree, cruise through the branches breaking open the pods and dropping the seeds on us after eating the sweet pulp around them.

Also an increase of arrivals by the Scarlet Macaws who would occasionally spend part of the day, one day in a group of eight, another day a pair was viewed flirting around various trees on the grounds.

The final event of the sea-son was the Oranje Trophy group of exocentric vehicles and fun lov-ing Dutch drivers on their 25,000 Km journey from New York City to Rio de Janeiro for the Futbol Mundial. The local Ojochal Team hosted a traditional Futbol en La Playa (Beach Soccer Game) with the Oranje group, the local boys prevailed; the Dutch Team seemed a bit sluggish, which they blamed on the altitude …but invited the victors to their Boca Buffet and drinks.

Now on to the Green Season, in many ways more pleasant than the Dry Season …. Come See Us at The Beach!

Cliff Hulbert Ballena Beach ClubCliff Hulbert & Ana Herrera
Villa Leonora at the Ballena Beach Club

Message from Management

July 2012

We have had a wonderful first two quarters of 2012 with plenty of finalizing of infrastructure and rough cuts being installed and new construction going on.

During the first week of June we started construction on our second home for a client from the USA. It is ahead of

Home under construction on 110 Las Villas de San Buenas
Our newest home under construction. It is ahead of schedule and should be completed by November 2012.

schedule and should be completed within six months of breaking ground. Our goal is to have it ready for rent for Thanksgiving 2012 – we will keep everyone updated with the status of the house and the potential availability for November.

We have rough cut in our curvy roads on our 40 acre flat area with sweeping mountain views. As you may recall, all of these lots have incredible ocean views and almost all of the lots back up to a park or green space. These parks are for the exclusive use of our owners.

We also have started cutting the first set of trails through our 18 acre jungle which is located at the upper most part of the property at approximately 1,000 feet of elevations. The views are incredible and we will be working with the local municipality and federal environmental agencies to put in a permanent environmental study work station there. During my most recent hike

Poison Dart Frog
Me holding a poison dart frog found in our 18 acre jungle

up to the top of the property we found two green poison dart frogs, a wild orchid growing and saw and heard numerous animals and wildlife.

We are now offering up to $1,000 of fly-and-buy travel credits/refunds for anyone who purchases in Las Villas de San Buenas. In addition, we will include two zipline tickets and complementary use of one of our homes for up to four days and three nights. This offer may be discontinued at anytime so act soon!

Let us know when you are planning your trip and we can help you with all the details.

Pura vida!

Nick Halverson
[email protected]

South Pacific Costa Rica Popular Vacation Destinations This Year

By Matt Levin
Tico Times Staff | [email protected]
Costa Rica’s summer break vacation period saw many travelers heading toward the Central Pacific coast or to Monteverde, while fewer vacationers made the trip to Guanacaste, a traditional vacation hotspot for Ticos.

Ballena National Park, Uvita, Osa, Costa Rica
Photo: Nick Halverson. Ballena National Park, Uvita, Osa, Costa Rica

A survey conducted by the National Tourism Chamber (CANATUR) tracked the level of occupancy of hotels in nine different areas of Costa Rica during the last month.

The area with the greatest percentage of occupancy overall was the Central Pacific (65.4 percent), followed closely by Monteverde (64.6 percent) and the Southern Pacific (63.7 percent).

CANATUR said overall occupancy was a middling 56.1 percent.

Guanacaste, specifically its southern part (36.4 percent), saw the least growth. According to CANATUR, South Pacific hoteliers believed that opening the road to Caldera and the Costanera Sur highway from Quepos, attracted travelers to the area.

“We are very pleased because the occupation in the first half of July exceeded our expectations,” said Ulises Ramirez, manager of the Cristal Ballena Hotel in the Southern Pacific region. “Employers believe that hotels in this area benefited the opening of (the new roads), as this saved time for tourists travelling to the region.”

The northern parts of the country took in the most foreign tourists, with 76.9 percent of the total. The highest percentage of domestic tourists (45 percent) visited the Southern Pacific region.

Hotels in other regions attributed growth to mid-year promotions that pitched deals as last-minute options.

“The mid-year holiday season is important for the sector. However, this year was atypical because the promotions that the hotels offered served as last resorts in many cases. Poor weather also scared off tourists to the area,” said Luis Villegas, of the Hotel Montaña de Fuego, located in La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Average Occupancy by region during mid-year vacations:
Mid-Pacific 65.4%
Monteverde 64.6%
South Pacific 63.7%
Central Valley 56%
Northern Plains 56%
Caribbean 54.8%
North Guanacaste 52.9%
Puntarenas and Islands 51,7%
South Guanacaste 36.4%
Total: 56.1%
See What Our Guests Are Saying!

The view is AMAZING. The house rooms is separated perfectly….

Amillio (review from Airbnb)
5star rating
May 23, 2022
The view is AMAZING. The house rooms is separated perfectly. Definitely need a 4X4 vehicle. Host communicated effectively throughout my stay. And even had someone fixed one of the sidling doors immediately.

We had an incredible stay that we will never forget!!…

Michele (review from Airbnb)
5star rating
March 13, 2022
We had an incredible stay that we will never forget!! The house is absolutely stunning and feels very homey and modern. We can’t wait to come back!! Pura Vida!!

Special getaway in the middle of the rainforest

Amy P
5star rating
September 26, 2022
Beautiful villa with the most breathtaking ocean view and an amazing pool! What a special getaway in the middle of the rainforest too. Ideal location, very close to beaches. Entire house was kept so clean and internet was great.

Very clean and Private, cant beat the view.

5star rating
May 9, 2022
Great place. Pictures don’t do it justice. Definitely need a 4*4. make sure to rent one ahead of time. Other than that love the place & a great value. You won’t regret it.

Un lugar muy privado y tranquilo

5star rating
September 5, 2020
Un lugar muy privado y tranquilo, tiene todo lo necesario para disfrutar del espacio exterior. La cocina está equipada por lo cual pudimos cocinar sin problemas.

Absolutely loved it!

5star rating
December 30, 2020
“Nick and Abigail at Osa Property Management were excellent hosts. The team was courteous, professional, very responsive and super nice throughout our stay. The view from this house was spectacular! Absolutely loved it! It’s close to great dining ...

El lugar es precioso, la casa es pequeña pero el…

Michael (review from Airbnb)
5star rating
February 2, 2021
El lugar es precioso, la casa es pequeña pero el terreno es grande y las áreas sociales están bastante espaciosas! La piscina es bastante grande y se disfruta mucho! Muchas playas cercanas! Hay un río cerca con unas cascadas que les recomiendo vay...

Muy privado, con una vista increíble a las montañas. La…

Sofía (review from Airbnb)
5star rating
January 13, 2021
Muy privado, con una vista increíble a las montañas. La piscina es súper agradable y la mantienen muy limpia.Excelente opción para ir con mascotas, pues tienen muchísimo campo para olfatear y jugar. Tomar en consideración que es necesario manejar ...

Beautiful place, great location. We saw lizards, a sloth, toucans,…

Desiree (review from Airbnb)
5star rating
February 12, 2022
Beautiful place, great location. We saw lizards, a sloth, toucans, and a green & black dart frog. Comfortable and clean stay.

Beautiful house in Costa Rica

Sinéad H. (review from Vrbo)
5star rating
January 13, 2023
Beautiful area, lovely house. Definitely need a 4x4.

Casa King Fisher

RicardoM (review from Vrbo)
3star rating
July 24, 2020
Nos gustó mucho el lugar, La Paz y tranquilidad que se respira. La casa está bonita. El aire acondicionado no funcionó o no nos explicaron como funcionaba, es un detalle, solo en las noches hacia falta. Algunos detalles menores, pero el lugar v...

Awesome ocean view from the jungle

Jos J. (review from Vrbo)
5star rating
January 10, 2023
The property is at an elevation of about 200m in the jungle. This makes the main common area comfortable without airco. Screens instead of glass in the window openings ensure good airflow. (All bedrooms have airco) A 15-minute car ride over on a b...

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Jessica Rey
4star rating
August 31, 2020
Nice relaxing retreat close to everything


KarloC (review from Vrbo)
5star rating
October 24, 2020
We had a great and wonderful time!

Fantastic views! Loved the pool. Definitely need a 4 x…

Dale And Christie (review from Airbnb)
5star rating
May 31, 2022
Fantastic views! Loved the pool. Definitely need a 4 x 4 car especially if it is raining. Perhaps I should already know this but being from Vegas it is not a problem for me, do not leave any food out ever! Ants will find it even if it is very smal...

Checking-in process was easy, and we were able to enjoy…

Ruby (review from Airbnb)
5star rating
March 28, 2022
Checking-in process was easy, and we were able to enjoy the property without any issues. The property as described, met our expectations and more. We would definitely stay again.

The property is AMAZING. A real hidden gem, the beach…

Natasha (review from Airbnb)
4star rating
December 28, 2022
The property is AMAZING. A real hidden gem, the beach is walking distance, and so beautiful. The apartment is super modern and very well equipped. Pool area amazing It’s a shame the have a property management team who don’t take the time to respon...

Excelente lugar familiar

David Villegas Palma
4star rating
August 22, 2022
Un lugar bastante bonito para una estancia familiar o con amigos, zona amplia y los cuartos en excelente condiciones, la piscina es grande y puede estar un poco mejor con respecto al acabado de la misma, mi única observación para el lugar es que c...

Slice of heaven

Keith S. (review from Vrbo)
5star rating
September 4, 2021
The place was very quaint, many Great restaurants near buy, spent time in joying the ocean at two different locations. Beautiful, warm and enjoyable. The property pool could have been heated. But still was refreshing. Waking up to the birds and ro...

Great house!

5star rating
September 1, 2022
Great house, great hosts, great location!

Incredible place, my wife and kids enjoy the visit a…

Mauricio (review from Airbnb)
5star rating
November 26, 2022
Incredible place, my wife and kids enjoy the visit a lot and we will return for sure

We had a great experience, The host was available for…

Adrián (review from Airbnb)
5star rating
November 2, 2020
We had a great experience, The host was available for out questions and we had a perfect communication. I will return with the rest of my family. ThanksResponse:Wonderful! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

This place exceeded our expectations! It’s only 5 minutes from…

Brittany (review from Airbnb)
5star rating
March 6, 2023
This place exceeded our expectations! It's only 5 minutes from Envision, near the center of town and easy to get to. A 4x4 is required, but only for a section of the road. The property management group is wonderful to work with! Highly recommend t...

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