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- Minimum stay:4-7 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Manzanillo house description
The Coral Reef House! 1 of only 3 BEACHFRONT rentals in all of Manzanillo and in The Gandoca./Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
NOTE: IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHEN THIS HOUSE IS AVAILABLE, CLICK ON THE 'MORE INFO' LINK AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE; THERE YOU WILL ALSO FIND MUCH MORE INFO, PHOTOS, FAQ'S AND REVIEWS.
This unique rustic house is on Costa Rica's southeast Caribbean coast. Literally the end of the road, the home is built on a 30-foot pedestal of coral rock only 50 yards from the beach. Outside Magazine (October 1999) has recognized the Manzanillo area as having “one of the most beautiful deserted beaches in the world.” While the area has gotten more popular since then, and the main walking trail to Monkey Point passes just in front of the house, it is still a great location even though it is not as secluded as before. The Coral Reef House is located inside the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. The refuge abounds with wildlife - monkeys, sloths, tucans, parrots, iguanas, anteaters, jaguarondis and dolphins off shore. To reach the house there is a (usually) small creek to cross and then it is 200 meters by trail. You may drive in to unload luggage and supplies, and then leave the car inside a private gated yard near the creek (although the locals tend to drive cars into the refuge :). If the creek happens to be too high to cross, we can arrange to get your luggage across.
The house has been remodeled to add a king suite on the main floor (photo at right). The house itself is simple and rustic, perched directly above the beach and has 2 stories, now with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a manager/caretaker living on the property. The huge, perched deck is wonderful and is undoubtedly where much of your time will be spent relaxing to the sounds of the ocean and getting to know the monkeys and other wildlife in the tops of the trees, at eye level with the deck. Unlike many foreigners’ homes in the area, the Coral Reef House is a simple beach house of local style and built with native materials. While it still has the comforts you would need, it fits into the surroundings of the refuge and ocean environment in a unique and refreshing way.
When you need a little exercise, follow the steps down to the always 83-86 degree reef-protected ocean and snorkel with the amazingly vivid fish populations. There's even a small tide pool for kids. Take a walk to town and rent a kayak for touring the ocean or river estuaries or have the manager/caretaker set up a jungle tour, a dolphin watching trip, or other favorite adventure. Bikes can usually be rented and are a great way to roll around the area.
The marine part of the reserve is one of a kind. Its waters are home to three species of wild dolphins, sea turtles, coral reef, and manatee. Sport fishing for tarpon, wahoo, mackerel, and kingfish make this area a sport fishing paradise. Also, scuba diving and snorkeling in the marine reserve can be arranged through the local dive shop. Kayaking is both easy and popular inside the reef and in the Gandoca lagoon. Trained guides in wildlife and bird watching, sport fishing and dolphin/marine tours are available for bookings in Manzanillo. Just ask our caretaker/manager for help in setting up tours.
Manzanillo is an outdoor person’s paradise, and the Coral Reef House will have you thinking twice about leaving!
Note: If the Coral Reef House is booked for the time of your visit, click the 'Other Properties' link at the bottom of this page and look at our Dolphin Lodge next door which also sleeps 8-10. For TRAVEL INFORMATION and answers to frequently asked questions, visit the link at the bottom of this page called 'more information about Coral Reef House.' This will help orient you to the two coasts of the country and answer basic questions.
If you want to see some other parts of Costa Rica, we recommend staying at the Costa Verde Inn near the capital, then taking a whole day to travel with their shuttle van and visit the waterfall gardens, Poas Volcano, rainforest or other areas on your way to Manzanillo.
Keywords: Beachfront House
- 2 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Pets Not Allowed
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- Linens Provided
- Cook available for extra charge, Laundry service for extra charge
- Satellite / Cable
- Lanai / Gazebo
- Deck / Patio
Location & View
- Wildlife Viewing
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- Dolphin Tours, Trip to the Boca del Toros Islands in Panama & More
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family beach vacation
family beach vacation
We spent two weeks at the coral reef house over christamas and new years. Our party was two families (four adults two late teens and one two year old). The setting was absolutely perfect. We were close enough to town to get there if we wanted but far enough to be selcluded. We woke to howler monkeys almost every day. Dolphi (caretaker) was great and Paul House was very helpfull with questions and all. If you are looking for a resort style stay this isnt it, but if your looking for a great home in the jungle on the beach to rent and are adventurous and self sufficient this is perfect.
- Guest Tom (Fort Collins Colorado)
- Date of stay 12/23/12
- Review Submitted 01/26/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, tourists without a car, girls getaway, romantic getaway, families with young children, adventure seekers.
|Dates||Nightly||Wknd Night||Weekend||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
4 night min stay
|Christmas / New Years
Dec 15 - Jan 7
7 night min stay
Discounts: 8 nights or more: $189 Nightly
Jan 8 - May 1
4 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Rates based on 6 person occupancy, additional people will be charged 20/person/night
1% discount for paying by Echeck. Echeck payment option is always available for reservations made more than 10 days in advance - just type in a quick note in the optional message field on the payment page and I will send you the link.
Also accepting Dwolla payments
- Refundable Cleaning Deposit: $200
- Taxes Included
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Manzanillo Beach (Coral Reef House towards far point)
Coral Reef House from the beach
Coral Reef House kitchen
Large deck looking straight into the wildlife jungle
Main floor bathroom with natural coral wall
Just a few minutes walk from the house!
Deck of house
Beach in front of house
Sloth in the front yard
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