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Pura Vida Culebra; breathtaking ocean view luxury property

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

5 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, 1 half bathroom, sleeps 12

Pura Vida is a beautiful house overlooking Las Pelás Bay and the island of St. Thomas (US Virgin Islands). Unforgettable view of the greatest variety of ocean blue colors you have ever seen. One mile away from one of Culebra's most beautiful beaches: Zoní Beach. All rooms have inverter air conditioning and/or fans. Two master bedrooms with king size beds, private bathroom and balconies. A third bedroom with queen size bed, fourth with comfortable bunk beds, and poolside room with queen bed, private entrance, separate bath and kitchenette. All rooms have ocean views. 58 foot lap pool with pool room overlooking the bay and ocean. Fully equipped kitchen in living area and second kitchen and barbecue at pool area. Comfortable living and dining area connected to balcony. Library. Wi-Fi connection, TV, DVD and i pod dock station.

Peggy and Carlos Steffens
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 April, 2018

About Peggy and Carlos Steffens

My husband is originally from Puerto Rico but went to school in California where he and I met and now reside. We discovered Culebra on one of our trips to Puerto Rico. As it turns out, Carlos’ grandfather was a trader/explorer and sailed the Caribbean frequenting our little bay as a resting spot. (The history of his sailboat, the Pocahontas, can be found in the Culebra museum.) Carlos has had a deep connection to this magical place ever since he was a boy in Puerto Rico. Unique fact: our children all played competitive water polo and two of our daughters are gold medalists from the London Olympics; they chose to celebrate their win here in Culebra!

Why Peggy and Carlos Steffens chose Fraile

This property offers breathtaking views of Las Pelas Bay, Culebrita and St.Thomas. You will see the most beautiful colors in the water as the sun,cloud and occasional rain pass over, it is absolutely mesmerizing. Our peninsula is called Punto del Viento for the constant winds that keep it cool and refreshing even in the hottest tropical weather. We love to swim and love the large lap pool. We love to boat, kayak, snorkel, paddle board and our little bay is the perfect playground. Plus Culebrita is a quick boat ride away and Zoni beach just minutes away by car. Culebra is a beautiful wildlife refuge with mangroves and turtle nesting sites, and we are surrounded by trails for exploring. In this tropical island, who would have thought we could find cacti? Culebra offers so many treasures to discover.

What makes this house unique

We built our home to take advantage of these beautiful views, to provide a place of relaxation, healthy living and adventure. We have one of the largest pools on the island and enjoy refreshing after long day in sun. We love our porch for the mesmerizing views of St Thomas, for the constantly changing colors of the water and for the most amazing star gazing. We love our proximity to all kinds of nature, the envigorating walk to Zoni, the breezes during our yoga sessions on the porch, the quick boat ride to Culebrita and the peace and serenity that is Pura Vida.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We are enjoying the most amazingly relaxing, rejuvenating and nourishing time in your beautiful home! Living here for these days in Pura Vida feels like living inside a work of sublime art. Everywhere I look there is something to please the eye and soul. This is my third time here and each time there is something new and wondrous to discover!
Feb 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Fraile in Culebra

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Incredible view
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Incredible view
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Incredible view
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , At the pool room
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , in the main house
  • All bathrooms are fully tiled with a combination of travertino marble, stone and / or quartz.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 4 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Separate poolside studio with fabulous views.
  • Each master bedroom has a private balcony and bathroom and ample closet space, and each has a 5 drawer chest. The room with a queen sized bed has an ample closet and the bathroom is shared with the room that has the twin bunk beds. All views of the rooms are ocean view and the master bedrooms have also a garden view. all bedrooms have inverter technology air conditioning. The main living area does not have air conditioning.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Terrace
  • Large Cooler
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Non smoking inside the house. Smoking permitted in the balconies and pool area.


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Pura Vida Culebra; breathtaking ocean view luxury property
average rating of 4.9512196 based on 42 reviews

Second time rental, twice as beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

This is our second time renting this property and this time we brought more first time Culebra friends! I can’t even begin to explain how much we love this property and will continue to rent it as often as we can. Along with beautiful views, the property has every amenity you could hope for. The property managers are always available for questions and concerns. Can’t wait to go back!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

5 Stars isn’t enough for this property!!!! Waking up every morning to watch the sun rise over St Thomas is breath taking. The home is extremely clean and well appointed. The island is fabulous - the beach’s are beautiful - the people are engaging!! We’ll be back next year - but this time we’re staying for two weeks!!!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Excellent place nothing to bring all included . Hope stay like that. Can’t wait to come back.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Jorge! We're glad you enjoyed this special place and hope to have you back soon!
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CULEBRA IS BACK! Fabulous Villa on this Beautiful Island

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Pura Vida the first week of Feb, 2018. As the prior reviewers have stated, this is a first class villa with everything you need to enjoy a worry free vacation. The villa is extremely well equipped in every aspect, and it is very well maintained. We also appreciated the thoughtful design and layout of the villa. The bedrooms/baths are located in one building; the living spaces (kitchen, dining, living room, covered outdoor deck) are in an adjacent building. There's a second small kitchen, den and bathroom at the level of the pool. The view off the deck and pool area are breathtaking. On several days, we never even left the property! The property managers live nearby, and were extremely helpful and responsive. We bought fresh fish and lobsters from a local fisherman, Dennis Johnson (787-424-3093), who actually delivered the fish to us! There is minimal evidence of hurricane damage on Culebra. The island has recovered well vs. some of the harder hit parts of the main island. There is power, water and internet service. (Direct TV is still down, but that wasn't an issue for us.) Zoni beach is a beautiful and deserted as usual. The parking area and food vendors at Flamenco beach are still closed, as is the western half of the beach. The eastern side of the beach is open and there is parking along the road and direct access to the beach. The Dinghy Dock is closed, however the quirky but well stocked grocery store/meat market/liquor store (Milka) is open, and there are many food trucks serving local fare. Culebra has limited fine dining, but we prefer to cook ourselves using locally sourced ingredients. We ate most dinners at the villa, enjoying the stunning views across the blue ocean water. There was a constant breeze off the water, and we never saw a single mosquito the entire week. Puerto Rico needs tourist spending, so don't hesitate to go!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, George! We are so happy that you and your family came to Pura Vida in Culebra and were able to enjoy it so much, despite Maria! Culebra is a precious gem in this crazy world and continues to get stronger every day. Thanks again for your kind words and we hope to have you back again soon! Peggy and Carlos
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My family's first excellent vacation on Culebra

  • 5 of 5

Pura Vida place is a beautiful and comfortable house with all the amenities I have in my house. Its an excellent idea of not having a television set in any of the bedrooms. We spent all nights playing in the family room sharing a very good time as well as using the pool in the late afternoon.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, William. So glad you and your family were able to fully enjoy Pura Vida! We call it "Culebsing" and we hope you come back again soon!
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  • 5 of 5

Best vacation our family has ever been on, the pictures of Pura Vida do not do it justice at all. The owners provide everything you need. One of our favorite things to do at Pura Vida was simply rock in the chairs and enjoy the incredible view. We preferred to go to Zoni beach most days, never a crowd and so spectacular. You must hire Captain Luis for a day trip to Culebrita, it was our favorite experience while visiting. (Avoid Sebastian) We will definitely be back! Pura Vida does not disappoint!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words and we are so glad you all enjoyed our home, especially the rocking chairs which we love! Sounds like you got the best of Culebra and we will love to have you back soon!
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Noriega Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Costa Bonita
Nearest Ferry
3.5 Miles
Ferry Service to Fajardo and Vieques
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Many available
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Zoní Baech
Car: recommended

Other Activities: Kayak rental, snorkeling, scuba, hiking, beach combing, relaxing and turtle watch.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Fraile, Puerto Rico

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season
30 Aug 2018 - 1 Nov 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £38 per night, per additional guest
16 Nov 2018 - 25 Nov 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £38 per night, per additional guest
Christmas/New Years
21 Dec 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £38 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £38 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £42.2
Cleaning £143.06 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%

Currently offering discounted rates due to hurricanes.
No pets allowed
$400 - $950 daily; $3500 - $6300 weekly depending on season and # of guests.
(A 7% room tax will be added to bill.)
Christmas and New Years, premium rate applies plus week minimum stay.
All Holidays - premium rate applies
$200 Cleaning Fee
Call Owner for details on rates

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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