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Panoramic Ocean Views & Walk to Beach

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Casa Mirador sits on a cliff overlooking Punta Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park. It is a 10-15 minute walk to both Playa Espadilla and 15-20 Playa Biesanz. Playa Espadilla is great for surfing and body boarding while Playa Biesanz is more protected and better for snorkeling and swimming.

The house was designed by an award-winning architect to bring the area’s natural beauty right into the house. There are breathtaking views from every window and terrace. Even the bathroom has a spectacular view. A tropical forest surrounds the back of the house providing privacy and a front row seat to Costa Rica’s exotic plants and wildlife.

The house has two bedrooms on the second floor and can easily sleep four 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 and furnishings. The house is mostly suitable for those who do not require lavish amenities, as there is no TV 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 - from mammals to birds to amphibians to butterflies.

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 Manuel Antonio and the road to the National Park.

The kitchen is fully equipped with a stove/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. 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.

The houses are gay and family friendly and the owners and caretakers welcome everyone to enjoy the property.


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 might not be the best choice for 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.


Manuel Antonio National Park is one of Costa Rica 's best known and most often visited parks.The area is home to over 353 species of birds. Howler and white-faced monkeys, two-toed and three-toed sloths, coati-mundi and raccoons frequent the beaches in and outside the Park.

The National Park area offers some of the best beaches on Costa Rica's Pacific coast for surfing, swimming and snorkeling. Within the area, there is much to enjoy; bird watching, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, and boat trips for fishing or to watch dolphins.

Located besides the town of Quepos in the Central Pacific Zone, the area is one of the most beautiful in Costa Rica.

Please see the link below for more photos and information. This house is near a second one bedroom house also available for rent (Listing #90822). Both houses may be rented out in combination as well.

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Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
September 13, 2018


Manuel Antonio House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (1) Queen in master bedroom. , Twin or Single Beds (2) Two single beds in second bedroom.
  • Books
  • Music Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Large Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting


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Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2007
  • Stayed: March 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quirky but Amazing Perch

  • 4 of 5

You have to work a bit for it, but the reward for staying here are the truly amazing views from every room and balcony in the house. You can spend hours just relaxing on the patio and soaking in the gorgeous views of the main beach at Manuel Antonio and of the Playa Biesanz and nearby areas.

The area is hilly in addition to the 110 steps up to the property, so keep in mind that to walk to and from the nearest corner market (or restaurant or playa) is a bit of a workout. In retrospect, I kind of wish we had rented a car, but hey we got some good exercise.

Kitchen stove was broken when we arrived, but Bismarck was very quick to fix. Hot water also went out once, but again Bismarck fixed quickly. Bismarck is super nice, funny, and attentive.

The kitchen is usable, but small and not for gourmet cooking or large meals. Supplies are a bit hodge podge and the cupboard was bare except for coffee and sugar. Cookware could use an update. Generally, because of this and the difficulty in walking supplies back from the store, we preferred to eat out during our visit. Lucky for us, though, because Agua Azul, the nearby pizzeria and cafes were fantastic.

The lack of A/C means the house--even with the fans--can get warm in the afternoons and even stay warm into the evening. After a hike up the steps (and from wherever you were before), it felt a little warm to come home to, but I'm sure tastes vary here. Our solution was to spend as much time on the balconies as possible.

The shower is great, but the bathroom is very small. Toiletries and towels had to be stored/hung elsewhere.

Overall, the house has its quirks, but we enjoyed our stay very much and will never forget the views, waking up to toucans, and watching the monkeys visit every evening.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review. I'm actually going down on Thursday and thanks for the heads up on the cookware. Things warp. I foresee a trip to a CR cookware store. There should be salt and pepper at a minimum and I'll fix that. We tend to clear some things out of the kitchen from prior guests (oils and such) because they tend to go bad rather quickly and we want it clean and spotless. I'm sorry about the kitchen/water issues, but glad Bismarck was on it. He's pretty much always on it. (: I hope your groceries made it on the baggage elevator, he's usually awesome about that. You should never have to carry groceries or anything except yourself up the stairs. And I'm sorry you felt cramped some. I think part of it was because I let you have 5 people. It's generally just 4 in this house. We do have that daybed downstairs that will allow 5, but everything feels a bit bigger (bathroom, kitchen) with 4. I'm sorry if I didn't explain that more fully. That's on me. I'm glad the monkeys and toucans showed up a lot and you and your group had a good time. Agua Azul is truly amazing. And yes, the views just blow me away every single time. I'm really, very glad you enjoyed your stay. - Thank you, Julie
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The most wonderful experience

  • 5 of 5

This house is confortable and cozy, amazing views and the monkeys come to the veranda every morning wonderful!! You have everything you need and more in the house, bismark is really an amazing host. In the middle of nature thanks for everything!!

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A beautiful house in a great location with stunning ocean views surrounded by so much wildlife!

  • 5 of 5

Easily one of the best places we’ve ever stayed. The house is beautifully designed. It’s very spacious with well-placed windows for great views in all directions, comfy beds and furniture, lovely hardwood, beautiful tile work, well equipped kitchen… The photos don’t really do the place justice. They pretty much just show half the views to the south towards the national park. Looking to the north is just as beautiful and actually the direction we saw most of the wildlife. In other words, this house is very well named; you truly have 180 degree panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, with the other 180 being rainforest teaming with wildlife.

We went to the national park and several other nature preserves, and honestly about half of our very best wildlife photos we took from the balcony of this house.

For example, the very first morning at the house we saw howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, a squirrel monkey, a kinkajou, fiery billed aracaris (toucan), black mandibled toucans, a scarlet macaw, parrots, hummingbirds, and at least a dozen of other bird species.

Watching the sunset over the Pacific each evening from the balcony was an unforgettable experience. And immediately seeing the ocean as soon as you get out of bed in the morning from either bedroom was such a glorious way to start the day.

4 or 5 wonderful restaurants are within walking distance, along with a small corner grocery store, ATM, and other amenities. The nearest beach was very clean, not very crowded, calm, beautiful, and a pretty easy walk.

Bismark the caretaker of the property is wonderful, friendly, and extremely helpful and knowledgeable. He’s such a nice guy. The gardens that surround the house are incredible and you can tell Bismark takes pride in his work and rightfully so. The walk up to the house was always filled with the scent of wonderful exotic flowers. His little dog Rex is also an absolute delight.

I can’t recommend this place enough; it was easily one of the best parts of our entire trip. If we ever find ourselves passing through the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica again, we will absolutely stay here again! Thanks for a wonderful experience!

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Unbeatable Views and Wildlife Viewing Opportunities

  • 5 of 5

A truly unique villa situated on top of a hill overlooking the jungle and the Pacific Ocean. You can enjoy the views either from one of the West facing balconies (hint: you can watch some beautiful sunsets there too) or while taking a shower! Yes, there are 121 steps to get there from the parking lot (there is a special elevator for your luggage) but these steps lead through a fragrant garden planted and nourished by the amazing Bismark, the caretaker, who can help you with absolutely anything! Monkeys, toucans and a sloth often sighted around the house complete the package. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enjoyed the trip

  • 5 of 5

Very nice place, exactly as described. The views are amazing. We saw animals every day. Only consideration is not having AC. There is a breeze but it still can be a little on the warm side if you are looking to hang out during the day. For us it worked great and the location of the place, great views and the seeing all the wildlife made it totally worth it. Perfect spot for watching the sunset. Really nice place.

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Quepos Airport
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Barba Roja
Nearest Golf
75 Miles
Los Suenos Marriot Resort
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Playa Espadilla

Manuel Antonio National Park is one of Costa Rica 's best known and most often visited parks. The area is home to over 353 species of birds. Howler and white-faced monkeys, two-toed and three-toed sloths, coati-mundi and raccoons frequent the beaches in and outside the Park.

The National Park area offers some of the best beaches on Costa Rica's Pacific coast for surfing, swimming and snorkeling. Within the area, there is much to enjoy; bird watching, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, and boat trips for fishing or to watch dolphins.

Located besides the town of Quepos in the Central Pacific Zone, the area is one of the most beautiful in Costa Rica.

Other Activities: Wildlife viewing, fishing, boating, parasailing


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Please add 20% for the Holiday Season, Dec 15-Jan 2. Minimum 5 night stay during the Holiday Season.
Our rates are flat fee and include cleanings and taxes.
We accept checks drawn on U.S. banks and credit cards.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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