Located between Brasilito and Playa Flamingo – two of the most spectacular beaches in Guanacaste – and just up the road from the new Flamingo Marina, the gated community of Mar Vista, Guanacaste Costa Rica is one of the most prestigious and sought-after developments in Guanacaste.
Where is Mar Vista, Guanacaste, Costa Rica?
The gated community of Mar Vista, Guanacaste is located between Playa Conchal/Brasilito and Playa Flamingo, approximately equidistant (~45 minutes) to Tamarindo and Playas del Coco. The community is also <1 hour to Liberia International Airport (LIR).
From its hilltop perch, the entire community offers incredible views of the Pacific Ocean, Conchal Bay, and the surrounding mountains. And it’s almost as close as you can get to the new Flamingo Marina.
With access to some of the most amazing beaches in the country, consistently warm temperatures, and over 300 days of sunshine per year, this area is rapidly becoming one of the most sought-after locations in Costa Rica.
In other words, Mar Vista’s location is just about perfect.
Mar Vista at a Glance
It can be difficult to sum up a community in just a few concepts, but here’s a quick overview of Mar Vista, Guanacaste, Costa Rica:
Location: Brasilito / Playa Flamingo (GPS coordinates: 10.418089876241137, -85.78597030650906)
Community Size: 750 acres
Price Range: $200,000s-$3M+
Lifestyle: Part- and full-time residents, many families
Mar Vista Community Amenities:
- 24/7 Gated Security
- On-site Nature Preserve
- Community Infinity Pool
- Lighted Clay Tennis Court
- Top-of-the-Line Fitness Center (New 2019)
- Yoga Pavilion
- 4-km Trail System
- On-site Restaurant
- On-site K-12 Bilingual School
- Organic Orchard
- Tilapia Pond
- Children’s Playgrounds
- Paved Roads
Mar Vista Community Amenities
While we’re on the topic of amenities, when you’re researching gated communities in Guanacaste, always consider community amenities. Often, they’re as different as comparing apples to cucumbers.
Costa Rican gated communities, especially in an area like Guanacaste, can have an incredible spread of amenities – everything from a front gate and part-time security to multi-million-dollar Beach Clubs, championship golf courses, and other luxury amenities.
Mar Vista, Guanacaste, Costa Rica is a luxury lifestyle community: While it doesn’t boast some of the top-tier resort amenities (like that aforementioned championship golf course), Mar Vista has some of the best amenities for part- and full-time residents, especially for families and active lifestyle residents.
Basic Amenities: Safety, Security & Convenience
We’ll begin with the basics: Mar Vista offers 24/7 gated security (with security), over 30 kilometers (about 19 miles) of paved roads, and underground utilities.
These basics – which, importantly, are not always considered basic in Costa Rica – ensure a safe, secure, and beautiful community where the electricity doesn’t go out every time it rains; your views aren’t obstructed by cables; and you (and your children, if you have them) will be free to roam, walk, bike, and skateboard.
Large Lots & Home Sites
Moving on to the not-so-basic: Mar Vista’s lots and homesites are much larger than average. While many gated communities, especially in desirable areas, offer 500-1,500 square-meter (1/8 to 1/4 acre) lots, you can find homesites at Mar Vista over 5,000 square meters (1+ acres).
Mar Vista Nature Preserve
Mar Vista, Guanacaste, Costa Rica is rooted in sustainability.
From the very start, Mar Vista chose to protect and preserve, reserving 34% of its total acreage as a nature preserve. These lush and biodiverse areas are home to healthy ecosystems – places where you’ll encounter untouched flora and completely wild fauna, tumbling waterfalls and thick tree canopies.
Recreation at Mar Vista
Everyday recreation is a key player in lifestyle, and it is here that Mar Vista shines so brightly.
Within the community itself, you’ll have access to:
- Clubhouse with Infinity Pool: Mar Vista’s community clubhouse delivers an infinity-edge pool with swim-up bar, playground, game room, and social areas.
- Onsite Restaurant: Gracia, the community’s onsite restaurant, invites you to sip cocktails, enjoy fresh flavors, and dine on exquisite dishes overlooking ocean views.
- Fitness Center & Yoga Pavilion: Mar Vista’s new fitness center delivers an upscale gym experience, with state-of-the-art cardio equipment and weights. When you’re not working up a sweat inside, head out into the yoga pavilion, where the community offers everything from cardio boxing and sunset yoga to pilates and teen classes.
- Clay Tennis Courts: Whether you’re just learning to play or are after a more perfect serve, Mar Vista’s tennis courts give you a reason to grab your racket and get going, as frequently as you please.
- Hiking & Biking Trails: The best way to explore Costa Rica’s wilds (and Mar Vista’s nature preserve) is on your own two feet, thanks to the community’s miles of hiking trails.
La Paz Community School
La Paz Community School, one of Costa Rica’s most prestigious international schools, is located at the entrance to Mar Vista, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Your kids can walk to school every day!
- Grades/Levels: PreK-12
- School Year: September-June (U.S. Calendar)
- Accreditation: Costa Rica (MEP) + Accredited IB World School
- International Baccalaureate (IB): Yes
- Tuition: $5,895-$10,270/year plus fees
One of the only IB programs in the Tamarindo area, La Paz is a community rooted in community: Here, you’ll find an incredibly international academic community that revolves around life-long learning, peace, and stepping outside one’s comfort zone, based on a synthesis of community and the world, family and self.
La Paz’s academic program is rooted in Two Way Dual Immersion (TWDI) program – a long-term biliteracy program that approximately divides the curriculum into 50/50 English/Spanish – and thematic learning, a theme-driven program that equates current subject matter to the big picture. There’s also a strong focus on academics and the arts: everything from painting and ceramics to textiles and an (IB) International Baccalaureate Visual Arts.
Learn more about La Paz and other private schools in Tamarindo, Guanacaste.
A Sustainable Lifestyle
From its inception, Mar Vista has made strategic decisions to protect community land, mitigate its impact, and produce the smallest possible carbon footprint.
For example, during construction, sediment pools are constructed to reduce erosion and ensure water quality. (Bonus: Some of these pools have been upcycled into ponds used for aquaculture and tilapia!) The community also requires efforts toward soil stabilization, revegetation, and other regenerative practices, post-construction.
The ultimate goal, of course, is to ensure that Mar Vista and its surrounding community are protected in the long run.
Hometown: Brasilito and Flamingo
Playa Flamingo and Brasilito are an outdoor enthusiast’s dream and the Costa Rica you see in the postcards: pink-hued sands, turquoise shores, and shade-lined coasts.
Playa Flamingo itself is one of Costa Rica’s most popular beaches – fine, pink-white sugar sand, close to resorts, luxury homes, and entertainment, and offering plenty of land and leisure activities. It has safe swimming in pristine clear blue ocean waters and lagoons, with a variety of beautiful trees, shrubs, flowers, and an abundance of activities.
The region also offers an array of secluded beaches and lagoons, due to the mountain formations reaching into the sea. Life here is one lived outdoors, beneath the warm tropical sun. You’ll enjoy surfing, swimming, golf, paddle boarding, boating, fishing, hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving, mountain biking, sailing, birdwatching, and so much more! Your dreams can come true in this little spot of paradise.
For Sale: Mar Vista, Guanacaste, Costa Rica Real Estate
Real Estate in Mar Vista, Guanacaste starts in the $200,000s for a home site and can exceed $3 million for the most incredible property in the community.
Here’s a sampling of the properties we currently have listed (February 2022):
Ocean-View Homesite | 5,720.71 m2 (1.4 acres) | Offered at $625,000
An incredible, ocean-view, single-family lot in Mar Vista, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Miramar 9 offers panoramic views of Flamingo, Playa Conchal, Brasilito, and Potrero.
Here, you’ll have not one but two possible building sites, one overlooking the ocean (perfect for your primary home) and the other to the other side of the property, ideal for building a guest home, casita, or another unit. Electric and water are also available at the site. Ready to build!
Single-Family Home | 2,422 square-feet | 1,129 m2 (1/4 acre) |Offered at $649,000
Scheduled for completion in March 2022, Casa Tropical is a brand-new single-family home with 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms on a single level. Built for nature lovers, this home backs onto a seasonal creek and promises stunning mountain and forest views. Nature abounds!
The property is centered around outdoor living: Spend your time on the oversized terrace and at your private pool, with views over the tropical dry forest. Indoors, Casa Tropical delivers a master bedroom and two guest rooms, each with its own private bathroom.
Here, important details abound, from the solid-block construction, volume ceilings, and solid wood doors, to upgraded PVC windows, LED lighting, porcelain tiles, and a clay tile roof.
The modern kitchen features wood cabinetry, quartz countertops, and stainless-steel appliances, while the living-kitchen-dining rooms unfold over a great room concept, with access to your private terrace and pool area. Live large!
Ocean-View Home | 3,300 square feet | 5,185 square meters (1.28 acres) | Offered at $1,699,00
This luxurious, ocean-view home is situated on the most unique lot within the Miramar collection of homes at Mar Vista, Guanacaste, Costa Rica: Spacious and beautifully landscaped, the property offers a main home and, across the street, a guest home.
In the main home, you’ll enjoy 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, with an updated kitchen and an open concept that seamlessly transitions to the infinity pool with exceptional Playa Conchal ocean views.
Across the street, the guest home offers an additional 1,200 square feet of living space, with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, plus its own pool, rancho, and valley views. Invite the family down or offer as an income-generating rental home. Enjoy the best of both worlds!
Ocean-View Home | 8,500 square feet | 5,185 square meters (1.28 acres) | Offered at $2,999,000
Newly updated and absolutely one-of-a-kind, Casa Armonia is a custom-designed home overlooking some of the most spectacular and famed white-sand beaches in Costa Rica.
Unfolding over an expansive 8,400 square feet, this ocean-view mansion has 6 bedrooms and 6.5 bedrooms, modern amenities, LED lighting, and Smart Home features with a Loralex camera security system. Built for entertaining, Casa Armonia delivers an open-concept floor plan with an oversized kitchen, living, and dining room that open onto the pool.
Outdoors, the home offers brand new landscaping with a shuffleboard court, expansive views, and two showstopper, heated saltwater pools. The home is also unique for its owner’s closet, which doubles as a wine cellar, as well as the master bedroom with a shower steam room, jacuzzi, and outdoor shower. Welcome to paradise!
Interested in Real Estate at Mar Vista, Guanacaste, Costa Rica?
If you’re researching gated communities in Guanacaste and think Mar Vista might be the one, then you’re in the right place!
At Blue Water Properties, we’re experts in Playa Conchal, Brasilito, and Mar Vista. In fact, many of us live here! We make our home in this incredible community. Our kids go to school here. And we spend every day, grateful that we chose this place to call home.
We’re happy to answer any questions or just help talk you through your decision. We’ll talk pros and cons, whole truths and hard truths – all the details you need, with the honesty and transparency you deserve. Because at Blue Water Properties of Costa Rica, we’re more than a real estate team. We’re good neighbors and, we hope, future friends.
We’re also bilingual, bicultural, and seriously experienced. We’re sticklers for responding within 24 hours. And we put you first. Because we’re also proud to offer some of the best Costa Rica real estate, including spectacular lots, dream homesites, and so much more.