Manuel Antonio Costa Rica's Favorite Family Rental: Awesome Birds and Animals!

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Our Santa Fe style home with private pool on an acre of tropical gardens


Last updated: 11/06/2015
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

This Santa Fe style house sits atop a hillside overlooking the Manuel Antonio coastline to the West and the Talamunca Range w/ 5,000 ft San Gerenimo to the North. The jungle comes right up to the pool, and it's often possible to see two species of monkeys, iguanas, sloths, and many species of birds, while lounging around the pool or from the many decks. Sixteen Scarlet Macaws were recently introduced to a sanctuary near our property and are often seen at the house, as well as large Toucans, also new to our area. Our rooftop terrace offers some of the best bird watching opportunities in the country. There are over 3,000 sq. ft of living space, with decks that surround most of the two stories as well as a covered roof top. The entire space can be opened up to give the feel of living in the outdoors with nearly an acre of mature gardens, with hundreds of tropical plants, orchids and fruit trees. The upstairs is an open living space that includes kitchen, dining, living room and TV area, and also a bathroom. Downstairs are three bedrooms with AC: one with a king sized bed, two with queen sized beds (one also has a bed for kids, plus lots of other sleeping options around the house) all open on to the lower patio and pool. Our onsite caretakers provide 24/7security and help w/ all amenities. We have Wi Fi also cable TV.
General house info: We have had the same wonderful caretakers since we began renting in 2000 ready to help in any way. Ana offers wonderful 'Tico' meals at very reasonable prices. Her son Andres helps with the best tours and transportation options.
Unlike so many other houses crowded together near noisy roads, bars and restaurants, this property is secluded, yet 5 minutes drive to the happening town of Quepos or 5 minutes drive to the magnificent beaches of Manuel Antionio Nat. Park. You can walk to the main road in a few minutes, where there are more than half a dozen restaurants within a quick stroll. From the covered roof you have a 360 degree view where you can watch spectacular sunsets over the ocean . Breezes blow all day and at night switch directions and come off the mountains to keep this house comfortable all the time. The house is fully equipped with everything you need for your stay. Quepos has wonderful fresh produce, fish, meat and chicken as well as a growing selection of wines and liquors, so you can stay at home and cook or ask Anna to introduce you to local foods. We try to offer the best rates in the area, knowing you'll value your experience with us and recommend the house to others.

There is twice a week maid service and laundry, but you can request additional cleaning and laundry from Anna. Security is provided by our on site caretakers who live in a separate house at the entry to the property.
This house was built by local residents to the highest standards and reflects their experience of living in Costa Rica over 11 years. Much of the art is by the owner and other artists living in the area. The gardens are a work of love started in 1996 and entice you to take walks in the lush greenery and to see the wonders of the tropics close at hand (It's really like living in a tropical zoo!) Check out our personal web site for more pictures, info, maps and links to the area and services. The owner will gladly help with any aspect of your vacation including transportation to the house from the international airport.
Amenities: The house is completely furnished: full kitchen with all amenities, TV room with DVD player, cable, speakers for your ipod or other devices w/ charging ports. Phone service, Wi Fi , also washer and dryer, pool with two out door showers, covered carport.

Activities: Nature walks and tours, snorkeling, surfing, whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, horse rides, boat tours, National parks, great snooping around with your car up and down the coasts finding isolated beaches etc. Ask Andres for suggestions.
Area: Costa Rica's favorite destination, with the most beautiful beaches and a fun port town with lots of restaurants, bars and night life.
Steve has written his memoir on the families 11 yrs in Costa Rica: 'Stumbling into Paradise' a great read if you're planning on visiting the country or dropping out to live on the beach.


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Property Type

  • House
  • 3000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Housekeeper
  • Private Chef


  • Children Welcome
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Smoking Allowed:

    outdoors only please!...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king


  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen, 2 child bed


  • The third bedroom has a small bed for a child and there is also a crib for small children. Other sleeping options on built-in couches upstairs and taking sleeping mattresses to the roof or decks....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • On site caretakers have been with us 14 yrs.and live in a small house on the property help with cooking, babysitting, transportation and tour info. Wireless Internet is now available at the house so bring your laptop....moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo:

    MP3 player and CDs...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Bay/Sound
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Marina
  • Nude Beach
  • Rain Forests
  • Restaurants
  • Waterfalls

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach:

    some of the worlds most beautiful beaches are a short drive away...moreless

  • Downtown:

    Quepos is a fun port town with lots of shopping and restaurants, and a marina. Friday/Sat. Farmers market on the pier road has crafts and food. ...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    great views of Mt Gerinimo tallest coastal peak at 5000 ft...moreless

  • Near The Ocean:

    5-10 min. drive to white sand beaches...moreless

  • Ocean View:

    great views and sunrise and sunsets over the jungle looking Southwest to the ocean ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    with TV/ cable...moreless

  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Ana will wash clothes for you...moreless

  • Wireless Internet


  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    All you might need to cook a feast...moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator:

    large 2 door w/ ice maker and freezer...moreless

  • Stove:

    6 burners stove top w/oven...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio:

    Decks surround the house offering many private spots to hang out. There's a number of hammocks....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    We have a new 'rancho' w/ table and chairs above the pool....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Weber Charcoal grilll...moreless

  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool:

    our pool has a shallow self seat running it's length for kids. Pool floats come and go, so bring your own cheap air mattresses and pool floats if you want to have them along with small kids lifejacket...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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from 24 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Pre-high Season
Nov 16 - Dec 14, 2015
2 night min stay
X-mas/New Years
Dec 15 - Jan 7, 2016
7 night min stay

High Season
Jan 8 - Apr 30, 2016
2 night min stay
May 2016 Discounts
May 1 - May 31, 2016
2 night min stay
Summer 2016
Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2016
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Taxes Not included


fall Season Sept thru Nov. 15th $1000/wk $200/nt

Green Season June thru Aug. $1750/wk $275/nt

High Season Jan 8 thru April $2500/wk $400/nt

Christmas Dec 16 thru $1000 to $2500 /Week with x-mas /new years $3000/wk

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final payment a month in advance.

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Last updated: 11/06/2015
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10 Miles
Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
Manuel Antonio

Car: Recommended

Located in Manuel Antonio Costa Rica half way between Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park, it's the most diverse tourist area in the country mid-way on the Pacific Coast.The airport in Quepos is 15 min, away and the drive from the San Jose Airport is 2 1/2 hr. drive to the house. Transportation by bus and taxi available locally to town and beaches or fly down in 15 min. on Sansa Air from the International Airport

Other Activities: seakayaking, rafting, canopy, dolphin watch


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1997

About the owner: We lived in Manuel Antonio from 1989-2000 and built our house after we knew exactly what we wanted in tropical living. Steve started the first tour company on the W Coast offering rafting and sea kayaking. In it's design, gardens and art (mostly by the family) it reflects our love for Costa Rica.

Why the Owner Chose Manuel Antonio:
Live like the locals would with all the personal touches of a private home. Our location is near everything you might need or want to visit, but very private. Looking out, it's mostly jungle views, away from large hotels, restaurants and homes so you'll see more animals and birds than in most other places in our area. Guests often remark that they saw more more animals and birds at the house then their tour of the Nat. Park. On a recent trip we counted 27 different species of birds in one day!

The Unique Benefits at this House:
We've had the same wonderful caretakers since we started renting in 2000 - see the reviews! They are there to ensure you have a great vacation. Our hill top location is one of the best spots to view a multitude of birds, as well as the local monkeys, iguanas and occasional sloths. Andres is a talented photographer and loves to take guests to less visited locales in the area.

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Speaks: english, spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Our Santa Fe style home with private pool on an acre of tropical gardens

    Our Santa Fe style home with private pool on an acre of tropical gardens

  • view of the house from the pool area.

    view of the house from the pool area.

  •  the house from Plino's hilltop hike- no close neighbors!

    the house from Plino's hilltop hike- no close neighbors!

  • Front portch with view of mountains

    Front portch with view of mountains

  • sunset on the public beach 5 min away by car

    sunset on the public beach 5 min away by car

  • joy at being on the beach!

    joy at being on the beach!

  • 5 min away the white sands of Manuel Antonio stretching to the Park

    5 min away the white sands of Manuel Antonio stretching to the Park

  • Titi Monkeys visiting our pool

    Titi Monkeys visiting our pool

  • cool off in our pool

    cool off in our pool

  • surfing the public beach 5 min. away

    surfing the public beach 5 min. away

  • first beach in the Nat. Park

    first beach in the Nat. Park

  • Back patio

    Back patio

  • Anna our caretaker/cook will make you 'Tico' feasts (very reasonable!)

    Anna our caretaker/cook will make you 'Tico' feasts (very reasonable!)

  • garden table w/umbrella

    garden table w/umbrella

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This listing was first published here in 2001.

Date last modified - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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