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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.

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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. 

Lapa Photographed at Casa Lapa

The photograph below was taken by Nick Halverson in May 2015 from the backyard of Casa Lapa using a Nikon D5000 with a Nikkor 18-140 mm lens. It is of a scarlet macaw (or a lapa as they are known in Costa Rica).

There were four lapas eating the ripening almonds from the almond tree in the early morning. If you look closely at the photo you can see that this one has the almond between its beak. We planted those trees approximately three years ago and we now regularly have lapas flying in and eating.

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Lapa (scarlet macaw) enjoying an almond behind Casa Lapas, Las Villas de San Buenas. (c) Nick Halverson

Las Villas de San Buenas to Plant 2,000 trees in Partnership Agreement

Las Villas de San Buenas to Plant 2,000 Trees

Las Villas de San Buenas recently purchased 2,000 trees from a non-profit division of Sembrada Agua logo2ICE (electricity provider) called Sembrada Agua. This project connects high schools and local communities to organizations looking to repopulate damage done decades ago by cattle farmers whom cleared some of the jungles in Costa Rica. The goal of Sembrada Agua is to plant one million trees by 2030 – and we wanted to do our part in helping out.

“We are committed to designing and planning our development in an eco-friendly manner and integrating native trees into the landscapes,” explained Hanz Cruz, General Manager of Las Villas de San Buenas.

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Some of the 2,000 trees that have been delivered to Las Villas de San Buenas.

Las Villas de San Buenas will be spending the next month planting these trees. When we purchased the land that is now Las Villas de San Buenas there were thousands of gmelina trees that had been planted in the 1960s by local farmers. Gmelina is a non-indigenous, invasive species that chokes out the native trees. After several years, and approximately $85,000, we successfully cleared out the majority of the gmelina trees. We are now actively replanting the same area with fourteen tree species that are native to the Osa Peninsula, which will help bring the land back to its more natural state from 100 years ago.

“We will be planting a variety of fruit trees, hard woods and ornamental trees which will show our owners the beautiful mix of the wonderful bio-diversity found in this region of Costa Rica,” said Las Villas de San Buenas CEO Nick Halverson.

 

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.

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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!

Diquís spheres to be declared UNESCO World Heritage site

Diquís spheres to be declared UNESCO World Heritage site — The Tico Times.

Pre-Columbian spheres of Costa Rica

Finca 6 in Palmar Norte is one of the four archeological sites in the Osa municipality in Costa Rica’s south Pacific that will be added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The decision was finalized early this Pre Columbian stone spheres costa ricamorning during a meeting of the World Heritage Comittee in Qatar. The four spots — Finca 6, Grijalba 2, Batambal and El Silencio — are home to Costa Rica’s largest collections of pre-Colombian stone spheres, knows as the Diquís spheres. Discovered in the 1930s by the United Fruit Company, the spheres orgins and purpose have remained a mystery to archealogists for decades.

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From The Developer:

For anyone who has visited Costa Rica’s Osa region (Southern Pacific) it is likely that they saw at least a couple of pre-Columbian spheres of Costa Rica. What is less known, is that these spheres are only originally found in the Osa region. If you see a Pre-Columbian spheres of Costa Rica outside of the Osa region, it is completely out of place and has obviously been moved.

When these spheres were first discovered many were destroyed by those who found them as they were rumored to have gold in the center of them. There are fewer than twenty known spheres that have not been moved or disturbed from their original placement by some long gone indigenous group.

Finca 6 is only twenty minutes from Las Villas de San Buenas. We provide directions to our guests and clients. Contact us for more information.

Costa Rica Information Update

Costa Rica Information /Newsletter                                June 2014
We’ve been very busy here in the Osa region of Costa Rica the past couple of months. Growth continues to take place in the area from Uvita to Palmar Norte – come visit and find your piece of paradise today! Let us help plan your Costa Rica trip (home rentals, tours, etc). Contact us to assist you.

 
The big news the last week has been Costa Rica’s incredibly successful run in the World Cup. For those that follow futbol (soccer) here’s a nice recap.
 

 

Cano Island
Views of Cano Island, San Buenas Golf Resort and Golfo Dulce.

You will not find a better priced ocean view lot with these amenities:

 
  • Sweeping ocean views 
  • Epic sunsets
  • Views of San Buenas Golf Resort (next door)
  • Private
  • Adjacent to 15 acre jungle preserve and hiking trails. 

More updates coming soon! Pura vida!

Me enjoying the waterfall walking distance from Las Villas de San Buenas

Nick Halverson 

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8718.7900 (Costa Rica)

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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!

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Villa Leonora at the Ballena Beach Club

Playa Ventanas and other Numerous Beautiful Beaches Nearby

Costa Rica Beaches

Las Villas de San Buenas is perfectly located close to numerous beautiful Costa Rica Beaches and National Parks. The nearest beach is Playa Tortuga, home to a turtle sanctuary and education center.

The most beautiful and tranquil beach in all of the Osa region is Playa Ventanas. Playa Ventanas is an easy 15 minute drive from Las Villas de San Buenas. It is a great location to spend an afternoon of relaxing, stand-up paddle boarding or swimming. If you visit during low tide you can walk all the way through one of the ‘ventanas’ (or windows).

Check out the rest of the beaches near to Las Villas de San Buenas here.

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Beautiful Beaches and National Parks Nearby

Costa Rica Beaches

Las Villas de San Buenas is perfectly located close to numerous beautiful Costa Rica Beaches and National Parks. The nearest beach is Playa Tortuga, home to a turtle sanctuary and education center.

The most beautiful and tranquil beach in all of the Osa region is Playa Ventanas. Playa Ventanas is an easy 15 minute drive from Las Villas de San Buenas. It is a great location to spend an afternoon of relaxing, stand-up paddle boarding or swimming. If you visit during low tide you can walk all the way through one of the ‘ventanas’ (or windows).

Check out the rest of the beaches near to Las Villas de San Buenas here.

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Costa Rica Home Designs

Costa Rica Home Designs

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Request a home design package today!

We offer beautiful, custom, Costa Rica home designs for all of our owners. Additionally, our architect will work with you to ensure that the house you want, on the lot you want, fits both your requests perfectly, but also fits the lot perfectly. Customers may choose from one of our existing home designs to begin construction almost immediately. More information here

Turn Key Process

For each custom home design, we will work with you to ensure that your home in paradise is exactly what you are looking for. All floor plans and 3D models will be tailored to your needs. Once you have agreed to your design, the construction process will start.

Typically, once a design is selected it takes approximately six months to build. We handle all permits, insurance and purchasing. We provide our owners with photo updates twice-per-week.

To request a set of home designs please fill out the form here or below.

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See What Our Guests Are Saying!

Un lugar bello y tranquilo, cerca de playas tan hermosas,

Yornelly
5star rating
June 8, 2021
Muy bello lugar y en general muy buenas instalaciones. los jardines bellos. La vista hacia las montañas hermosa. La piscina grande y linda. Un lugar bello y tranquilo, cerca de playas tan hermosas, como Playa Garza que se llega en bote y el Parqu...

Definitely rebooking.

Zaynah
5star rating
October 21, 2020
The place was BEAUTIFUL! Super clean. The home had all the amenities & extras you’d need. We saw numbers of wild life & beautiful greenery & flowers. Definitely rebooking.

Amazing Stay

Sehar h
5star rating
May 17, 2022
We will definitely visit again! There are private areas available to work as well with amazing views which was my favorite part!

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BRAD MagicBrad GUDIM
4star rating
April 7, 2018
If you are an early riser, you will LOVE to wake and hear the birds chirping in the mornings. The villa is located in a secluded area, yet we still had easy access to get out to the community. It is surprisingly comfortable with just the ceili...

Casa Helena was the perfect stay!

I. F.
5star rating
October 18, 2022
Casa Helena was the perfect stay! It's comfortable, beautifully decorated, and tucked into a lush, peaceful garden with a refreshing pool. I recommend lying in the terrace hammock to watch the clouds drift across the mountains— nothing better.

Loved it there!

Margaret Baker
5star rating
April 5, 2022
I loved this place! I was staying in the luxury apartment while my cousins were in the villa above. Both places were so nice. Both kitchens were well stocked with appliances, dishware, etc. Loved the porches. We had white faced monkeys, squirr...

Loved it!

Ronny
5star rating
January 24, 2020
We stayed at Casa Kingfisher recently and love it! I would enjoy my morning coffee on the balcony and watch the sun rise up over the mountains behind the home. We toured Pavon waterfall (there's a big rock stuck in the middle of the waterfal...

Highlight of our Trip

Peter
5star rating
August 17, 2019
Staying at Casa Aventura was the highlight of our entire Costa Rica trip. We were very busy with tours during most days, but to be able to come "home "every afternoon/evening to this amazing house, is something we will never forget. Given the ...

Casa King Fisher

Ricardo Mora
3star rating
July 31, 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...

Minutes from the beach

Sammy
5star rating
December 15, 2019
We love spending time at the beach on our vacations. Casa Tucan was perfect! We simply jumped in the car, went down the hill, and in about 5 minutes we were at Playa Hermosa. An awesome beach. Located near Uvita so we were close to grocery sto...

Great for large groups

Jamele
5star rating
March 1, 2020
We had a large group of people (10) and we were all comfortable the entire time. The living room is a bit small to get all 10 of us in there but we were in Costa Rica to enjoy everything Costa Rica has to offer - not to watch TV. The pool area a...

Breathtaking Serenity

Daphne F
5star rating
April 18, 2022
The view from the pool is stunning. Tucans came each day. You can hear the howler monkeys in the nearby jungle. So many stunning birds fly by and come eat from the gardens. The house and property is well maintained. Will return!

See What Our Guests Are Saying!

Enjoyed our Pura Vida villa

Sara
5star rating
April 21, 2019
Casa Kingfisher allowed our family to enjoy Costa Rica at an affordable price. The amenities the villa has and the service from Osa Property Management was wonderful.

The perfect place for families, kids

Melissa M
5star rating
October 31, 2019
We had such a great weekend, is the perfect place for families, kids. The ocean view is incredible we also saw monkeys and several types of birds. The house is beautiful, the pool is the best to hang out and relax. Thank you very much for your ser...

Nos encantó y estamos seguros de volver!!

Maureen
5star rating
November 30, 2020
La atención de los anfitriones es excelente, eso nos dio tranquilidad en los días previos y durante la estadía. La casa es preciosa y super cómoda, nos encantó y estamos seguros de volver!!

Un lugar espectacular

Veronica
5star rating
January 27, 2021
“Un lugar espectacular, propiedad muy privada y una piscina deliciosa, hay campo con bastante espacio, incluso pudimos hacer frescos naturales con los frutos de los árboles que hay en la propiedad, hay minisuper cerca, parrilla, y todo lo que se n...

Amazing Stay

Sehar h
5star rating
May 17, 2022
We will definitely visit again! There are private areas available to work as well with amazing views which was my favorite part!

Muy bonito el lugar

Didier
5star rating
April 7, 2021
“Muy bonito el lugar con un gran patio trasero, piscina de buen tamaño - 2 habitaciones con su baño individual - un lugar excelente para llevar perros - pueden andar afuera sin problema. Definitivamente vamos a volver”

Luxury!!!!

Amy
5star rating
September 9, 2019
One of the most beautiful homes I've ever been in. Luxurious - yet very comfortable and inviting. We loved this home.

We loved our time at Cariari!

Emily
5star rating
July 20, 2022
We loved our time at Cariari while studying at a Spanish language school for a week. Beautiful site to wake up on the golf course and watch the golfers. There is beautiful landscaping, excellent security, and all the amenities for short or long t...

Lifestyle Entrepreneur

BRAD MagicBrad GUDIM
4star rating
April 7, 2018
If you are an early riser, you will LOVE to wake and hear the birds chirping in the mornings. The villa is located in a secluded area, yet we still had easy access to get out to the community. It is surprisingly comfortable with just the ceili...

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...

Casa Helena was the perfect stay!

I. F.
5star rating
October 18, 2022
Casa Helena was the perfect stay! It's comfortable, beautifully decorated, and tucked into a lush, peaceful garden with a refreshing pool. I recommend lying in the terrace hammock to watch the clouds drift across the mountains— nothing better.

We had a fantastic experience and would highly recommend a stay!

Thomas
5star rating
January 28, 2021
“We loved our stay at Casa Tucan! The house was located near both Uvita and Dominical so we were able to get out and explore the different beaches and natural areas they had to offer. Around the house, we saw plenty of wildlife including toucans, ...



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