About the Owners

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.

With Much Gratitude,
Abbie & Harlan Richardson

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