villa cortes

Villa Cortes is an exclusive property in Costa Rica that is perfect for family getaways, surfing, yoga, and private weddings. It sits directly above the Pacific Ocean in the town of Nosara on Playa Guiones. This stretch of undeveloped beach is famous for its reliable year-round surf and spectacular sunsets. If you are looking for a rental investment property in Costa Rica, Villa Cortes is perfect for families on vacation or groups of up to 17 people traveling on specific retreats.

This private secluded property is perched above the Pacific Ocean on the Northwest Coast of the Guanacaste region in Costa Rica. The name Cortes comes from the native Cortes tree which is prevalent throughout the area. These trees have a brilliant yellow flower that blooms in the dry season and is a favorite food of the howler monkeys. While enjoying your stay, you can spend time watching the beautiful birds and monkeys while sampling the many tropical fruits and flowers that surround the property and are all available during your stay. There are three colorful houses nestled in amongst the intricately landscaped gardens along with an outdoor, multi-purpose pavilion and a 20 meter infinity edge pool. The three vacation rental houses are strategically placed around the pool and amongst the surrounding tropical gardens. Each house has its own unique, colorful decor that easily fits into the laid back “Pura Vida” atmosphere of Nosara.

The largest house with festive decor has two private porches surrounded by gardens and wildlife. It’s ideal for larger groups and outdoor living. Watch monkeys playing in the mango trees through the large glass wall in the master bedroom. After a long day of sun and surf, guests enjoy soaking in the two-person tub. Built around a coconut palm using responsibly harvested plantation teak, Casa Arriba has a very warm, natural feeling. Colorful bedding and an open floor plan add to the ambiance and tropical feeling of Casa Arriba. Guests enjoy the ocean and garden views from the elevated porch. Casa Cortes, the property’s original house, has an open floor plan and large kitchen for entertaining. The wrap-around porch is great for sunset views, lounging in the Bali bed with cool ocean breezes and dining by candlelight. Relaxing in the chaise in the breezeway provides gorgeous views of the pool, waterfall and gardens.


the story

For many years we traveled to Costa Rica for surf vacations with our teenage son and his friends. The rich, friendly, laid back culture, consistent surf and awesome food became our ultimate vacation.

In the year 2000, after searching different areas along the pacific coast, we bought a house in Nosara. We loved the quaint, laid back, progressive vibe that centered around surf. The house was literally a 2 minute walk down the backside of the property to the beach break.

A year later we left our hometown of Islamorada in the Florida Keys and moved to Nosara full time. Our son had already made the move, opened a real estate office and was living the dream. We immediately began investing a lot of time and love into transforming Villa Cortes into what it is today.

After owning and operating a construction company for 25 years we were wired for this type of challenge. We set out to work with local craftsman by our side immersing ourselves in the language and culture. Years of additions on existing buildings, a 20 meter infinity edge pool, endless tropical gardens, foot paths, open-air yoga pavilion, caretakers cottage and a tree house built from locally harvested teak ,all made this a very challenging and educational experience that we will forever cherish.

At this time, we are back living stateside while our daughter pursues her love of dance. Our schedule allows for 2-3 trips to Nosara a year which ultimately lead us to our decision to open Villa Cortes and all that it offers to folks visiting our area. Yoga groups, wedding parties, writers, runners, mtn. bikers, fishing groups, corporate groups, spanish intensive, pilates trainers, and more are all guests that have visited Villa Cortes.

Sharing this special place with like minded people is a perfect way for us to continue living the dream. Guests from all over the world have come to enjoy what we consider to be a sanctuary for re-energizing the soul. Come join others in experiencing what you’ll always remember as “The PERFECT Vacation”. Our friendly, personal staff are happy to take care of your needs.