Breathtaking Ocean Views - Walk to Beach
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- Wheel chair accessible:No
Manuel Antonio house description
Casa Mirador sits on a bluff overlooking Punta Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park. It is a 10-15 minute walk to both Playa Espadilla and Playa Biesanz.
The house was designed by an award-winning architect to emphasize the area's natural beauty. There are breathtaking views from every window and terrace. Even the bathroom has a spectacular view. A tropical forest surrounds the back providing privacy and a front row seat to Costa Rica's exotic plants and wildlife.
Casa Mirador has two bedrooms on the second floor and can sleep five people. There is a queen sized bed in one room and two twin beds in the other. There are several private terraces, including one in the master bedroom. The architect designed the house in a European style. It is simple and elegant in its construction.
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Casa Mirador: The house is mostly suitable for those who do not require lavish amenities, as there is no TV, stereo or air-conditioning. You will find however, that air conditioning is not necessary as the house sits on the top of a ridge and enjoys a constant fresh ocean breeze. Numerous windows and ceiling fans also provide for excellent ventilation.
Casa Mirador is a place to relax and appreciate Costa Rica's natural beauty. In the morning, you will awaken to the exotic songs of rainforest birds and the sounds of the rolling waves of the sea below. Occasionally, you will hear howler monkeys in the distance (sometimes not so distant) giving their morning salutations. Often there are toucans in the palm trees around the house. If you're lucky, you might even see white-faced monkeys, squirrel monkeys or sloths dangling and jumping from the trees around the house. There are identification cards in the house as well so you will know what type of animal you are viewing.
You can have your morning coffee on the terrace and enjoy the fresh breeze as you take in the spectacular view of Manuel Antonio and Playa Espadilla. It is a short 10-15 minute walk downhill to Espadilla Beach below the houses and an additional 15-20 minute walk along the beach to the entrance of Manuel Antonio National Park.
The kitchen is fully equipped with a stove and traditional oven, microwave oven, toaster oven, refrigerator, coffee-maker, blender, and all plates, pots, pans, utensils, etc. The house has a telephone in the living room area and there is wireless access available. There is one full bathroom and also an outside shower. There is hot water throughout the house, including the outside shower. Sheets and towels will be changed once each full week of your stay. This can be done more often upon request. There are plenty of towels for showering and larger beach towels for outside use.
Restrictions: Please note that the house sits on a ridge and is only accessible by a series of approximately 110 steps leading from the parking area up to the house. This can make it a moderate physical endeavor. As such, it is not really suitable for very young children (unless their parents are ok with carrying them) or people who are physically restricted. The walk up the stairs, however, is rewarding as it provides you with the fantastic view on top. There is an electric elevator basket that runs up the side of the hill the to the houses, but it was constructed to carry luggage and supplies only. The caretaker will take charge of getting all of your luggage to the house. You need only take your body up the stairs. The steepness of the terrain, the stairs (outside and inside the house), and the high balconies and terraces may make the house unsafe for children under a certain age. Please refrain from smoking inside the house.
- Vacation Rental
- Housekeeper Included
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Botanical Garden
- Horseback Riding
- Gambling Casinos
- Eco Tourism
- Sight Seeing
- Bird Watching
- Scenic Drives
local services and businesses
- Medical Services
- Massage Therapist
- Near The Ocean
sports and adventure activities
- Jet Skiing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Deepsea Fishing
- Whitewater Rafting
- Dining Area
- Hair Dryer
- Basic Soaps
- Towels Provided
- Toilet Paper
- Activities Guide
- Local Maps
- Wireless Internet
- Parking On Street
- Ceiling Fans
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Linens Provided
- Housekeeper Included
- 4 Ring Stove
- Cooking Utensils
- Coffee Maker
- Large Cooler
- Beach Chairs
- Beach Towels
- Unscreened Porch / Veranda
ReviewsWrite a review
What a wonderful, wonderful vacation! This house was FANTASTIC - and exactly as (well, better than) described. We saw white face capuchin monkeys from the house the first morning, toucans daily, blue crown mot mots, kissidees, turkey vultures, and hawks on a regular basis (just to name a small few). The view of the ocean was breathtaking, and the people were very congenial. Bismark and Gloria (the caretakers) are terrific people, very helpful and warm. The guidebook was extremely helpful, and at one of the restaurants we saw squirrel monkeys every night (both the squirrel monkeys and capuchins had babies with them). We heard howlers every morning and evening, saw geckos and lizards galore, could you ask for better?? Also, the owners are VERY responsive to gazillions of questions. We would return without hesitation, and hope to, soon!
- Guest Cory Lewkowicz (Needham, MA (USA))
- Date of stay 04/01/07
- Review Submitted 04/27/07
Everything we expected
Everything we expected
Our stay at Casa Mirador was absolutely everything we expected. View was amazing, caretaker was excellent, accomodations were beautiful. We have 2 pre-teen boys and between the wildlife, the views and the action (excercise and ocean) we were VERY happy! Would have cooked more at the house in hindsight because the area eating establishments are quite American in pricing but as we left the owner was in town starting an upgrade to the kitchen so that is a big plus! Can't wait to go back again and would definitely stay here again.
- Guest Michele (Wauwatosa, WI USE)
- Date of stay 03/27/11
- Review Submitted 04/07/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, tourists without a car, girls getaway, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with teenagers.
Owner response: We're so glad you liked the house. It was really nice meeting you and your family. Yes, we're doing lots of upgrades! There's a new stove with oven, new refrigerator, new lamps, new fans, new pots/pans, bedding, a ipod/iphone docking station, etc. There's a lot of new stuff. (: We'd love for you guys to come back and as always there's a returning guest discount. Thank you so much for the nice review. We really appreciate it. Sincerely, Julie
Even better than what we expected
Even better than what we expected
We spent a week at casa mirador and it was an amazing vacation. The house has the most incredible views of the ocean and it is very private but still close enough to cafes and restaurants if you do not want to dine in. Bismark and his family were very helpful with any request we had. If you are planning to stay at this house you won't be disappointed, it is exactly as described by the owner.... if not even better.
- Guest kvny56 (New York)
- Date of stay 12/27/09
- Review Submitted 01/28/10
Recommended for: Sightseeing, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with teenagers.
More like a camping bungalow...
More like a camping bungalow...
I agree with everything in the 5-star reviews but I can't rate it so high. The place is too rustic for the price, esp. compared to the Arenal property (#163797) where we stayed our 1st week. Overall rating: 3 with caveats. House: 3 (but only due to the views/wildlife). I don't know about "lavish" but a TV w/DVDs, or a boom box, would be nice. We knew this lack going in & it might not have matter at the start of a trip, but Quepos doesn't offer much for kids in the evening. Even some board games might help. The place is cabin construction & needs more screens & fans. The mosquitoes got in unless we shut the doors and those windows w/o screens, cutting the breezes a lot. We ended the week as masses of itches. The ceiling fans on the 2nd floor offset the heat at night, but that on the 1st floor was too high and slow, resulting in muggy evenings with little to distract us from the bugs after dark. A washer/dryer would be nice after sweaty/sandy days, but impractical given the property. Some brooms certainly *would* be practical. Kitchen: 1 - Caveat: If I'm staying for a week, I want a decent kitchen; if that's not you, skip this. I missed having an oven & there *was* room for one. The small fridge is old w/ a freezer that ices up and won't close. It wasn't turned on till we arrived - tough on the frozen goods we got on the way in. The fridge door is warped & you have be careful when you shut it. All 4 electric burners are w/in 1" of each other, so using more than 2 was almost impossible and even 2 produced a concentrated heat it was like using one mega-burner on high. No wonder the pans were warped! Sacrificing a little of the limited counter for a stove with more room for the burners would help. But then the table would be the only prep area. If your cooking plans are limited to sandwiches and soup, the kitchen won't bother you; if you plan on getting creative, this isn't the place. Location: 4 - Both beaches are great & close. The hike back isn't bad and is the cost of those fabulous views. Lots of restaurants to offset the kitchen (plan on U.S. prices). This gets a 4 as the day trips are a ways off and pricier than similar inland. Welcome: 3.5 - I kind of felt I was communicating with a corporation. Bismark saved this onsite. In sum: Views & wildlife amazing (but this *is* Costa Rica). Facilities rustic for the price. If you're going to stay here do it when you're fresh and more wowed by the natural wonders of C.R.
- Guest DFW58 (SF area, California, USA)
- Date of stay 07/28/09
- Review Submitted 08/12/09
Recommended for: Sightseeing, adventure seekers.
Owner response: He is correct that the house is simple. We really try to communicate that to our guests from the very beginning. We have since made some upgrades to the kitchen, new sink, new stove with oven, new fridge, iPod/iPhone docking station and lots of other upgrades throughout the house. However, it is still a pretty relaxed, simple house (with fantastic views and tons of wildlife) and we really try to set expectations accordingly. - Julie Pereyra
What a great house...the view is breath-taking! The house is ideally located near Manuel Antonio Park and has easy access to 2 beaches. The area is full of great restaurants and plenty to do. You can't get bored...even if it rains! You can see lots of wildlife right from the back porch; White faced monkeys, Aracaris (toucan like birds), hummingbirds, and so many other birds. The caretaker Bismark is wonderful and he will make you feel right at home. The dogs were great greeters each time we came home and joined us for breakfast every morning. We look forward to returning someday soon. The Shearer Family - Atlanta, GA
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 06/02/09
- Review Submitted 06/02/09
This view home is ideally located within walking distance of two beaches -- one rip-roaring with surfing and water-sports activities and the other as tranquil as a bathtub. Wildlife -- monkeys, aracaris, sloths, etc. -- are right outside your windows, so get up early, drink your coffee on the deck and watch the spectacle! Our family will never forget this remarkable trip -- the caretaker Bismark, his adorable dogs, the zipline canopy tour, fabulous restaurants, jet skiing, boogie boarding, crocodiles, iguanas, and so much more! We regret that we only had 8 days to spend in beautiful Manuel Antonio. We look forward to one day returning to Costa Rica and this amazing jungle home.
- Guest Tri Family (Sammamish, WA)
- Date of stay 04/01/09
- Review Submitted 04/07/09
What a perfect little house! We couldn't have been more pleased. Everything about it was so well thought out: the flow of air, the light, stunning views from every room, outdoor balconies for sun or shade any time of day. Whoever designed this house nailed it! The caretakers were welcoming, helpful, and we loved the friendly little dogs, especially the fetching Blanquita. We can't wait to return.
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 03/01/09
- Review Submitted 03/26/09
We stayed at Casa Miridar for our anniversary April 26th-May 1st, and we LOVED it! There was a bottle of wine waiting on us when we got there. The care takers were wonderful people and their daughter Gloria spoke wonderful english and was such a delight! We definitely got in shape on our short trip with all the stairs, but it gave us more incentive to eat what we wanted while we were there ;) Plus the views were just incredible! Thanks so much for sharing your home with us :) Chrissy and Brian
- Guest Chrissy_HAC109579 (Freeport, Fl)
- Date of stay 05/01/08
- Review Submitted 05/07/08
The description of this lovely retreat is entirely accurate;tastefully furnished, extremely relaxing and jaw-dropping views from every window. (even the bathroom!)The outdoor shower is a great way to start your morning! If you are looking to enjoy the natural setting of a secluded beach with easy access to the many fine restaurants, then this is the perfect choice! Friendly hosts and a romantic, private setting make this one of my favourite spots on the planet. I have visted this house the last four years in a row! Great value. If you have any questions feel free to email me. John Blakey Toronto, ON
- Guest john blakey (toronto, ontario)
- Date of stay 01/01/07
- Review Submitted 01/04/07
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- Nearest Airport: Quepos Airport at 10 Kilometres
- Nearest Beach: Playa Espadilla at 2 Kilometres
- Nearest Barpub: Barba Roja at 500 Metres
- Nearest Golf: Los Suenos Marriot Resort at 75 Kilometres
Mirador Deck at Sunset
Part of the view from Mirador
View of house from surf
Mirador Living Room
Mirador 2nd Bedroom
Mirador Living Room and Daybed
Mirador Kitchen and Dining
Master Bedroom Deck
Mirador 2nd Bedroom View
Monkeys outside Mirador