House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)
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Adventure Travellers look no further
I admit I was a little apprehensive about booking a place with no AC, but just do it, you will not regret it.
If you think no TV on vacation is a good thing, if you are reasonably fit and don't mind a few stairs, if you like to EXPERIENCE vacations and not just GO on vacations, then this is the place for you. No A/C was no problem. I hate to be too hot, but I did fine. All the windows have screens, mosquitoes were not a problem for us in late April. The wildlife is unbeatable- Toucans, McCaws, hummingbirds, motmots, all types of monkeys, almost every morning and evening. Taking coffee with my squirrel monkey buddies leaping by and wrestling on the deck at my feet was amazing. No A/C, no problem. Yes it was a bit muggy some nights, but never unbearably hot, and falling asleep to cicadas and frogs while waking to tropical birds and howler monkeys was a pleasure.
If you are in Costa Rica to have a stereotypical American Hawaii or Florida vacation just in a different country, then go to an air conditioned hotel with a pool, air conditioning, and TV for the kids.
If you are in Cota Rica for the adventure, then this is the place. Be fit- the stairs are for real, but usually a rewarding hike on their own. The walk to the beaches is also pretty easy, (but save some energy for the walk back up the hill). The walk up the hill to the many good restaurants is also easy, allowing you to enjoy a margarita or 3 and not worry about driving home. The drive to Quepos or to Manuel Antonio park is also very easy, and parking is not too difficult. But honestly, other than sloths, I saw more wildlife, up close, without crowds, from the deck of the house than I saw in the park, even paying for a guide.
Even more beautiful than the pictures!
We stayed for three nights at Casa Mirador and were thrilled with our experience. Julie (the owner) was quick to respond to questions about the area as well as transportation suggestions. Once we arrived, Bismark (the caretaker), his family, and their two dogs, Blanquita and Toby, added to our experience. We felt like we were immersed in the local culture, but still had the help of an actual local to guide us! Bismark does not speak much English and we do not speak much Spanish, but we worked it out and he was a delight to talk to. As indicated in the description of the property, there are a lot of stairs to reach the amazing views this place offers. There is a contraption that ran our luggage up to the house which was very convenient! We really didn't mind the stairs...they were part of our adventure (plus the garden surrounding the stairs was beautiful). The entire town is hilly so you can't be afraid of some stairs!
Oh the place! It was so beautiful. The gorgeous wood, the colorful paint and tiles, the comfortable bedding and seating area were all fantastic. We didn't spend too much time sitting down, though. We were enthralled with watching the families of monkeys (spider monkeys and the white-faced kind) making their morning trek through the trees and across the roof to the beach and then back mid-day. The toucans came to visit by the back porch and also could be seen hanging out in the tree beside the shower. The howler monkeys could be heard talking to eachother in the distance all through our trip, but we did not see one. The views from all windows and doors were literally fantastic. This is a gem of a property!
There are multiple beaches within walking distance (or a short cab ride), plenty of food options within walking distance (we really enjoyed Agua Azul), and of course Manuel Antonio Park, which is a short taxi ride away. My son & husband took a fishing charter in Quepos, catching 7 110+ pound sailfish and 3 tuna. They brought one of the tunas home and we used the kitchen (well stocked) to make a home cooked meal.
We came in late April which I believe is the hottest month of the year in Costa Rica. The weather forecast was as expected but the overhead fans and the additional strong oscillating fans provided at the house kept us comfortable. Additionally, opening the windows and doors provided a nice tropical breeze. We love this property and will definitely book again the next time we are in Manuel Antonio!
We are so very happy you enjoyed your time at Casa Mirador!!! Thank you for the lovely review. Cheers, Julie
too hot and no AC
this is an amazing small house with gorgeous view. However keep in mind it is way too hot in the house with no AC. At some point it was +35 degrees. We are fit and active family but the heat was not safe. In addition, there are bugs. This is more like glamping. Would be fine for couple nights but we stayed there for 4 nights and found it was a bit too much to handle between the heat and the bugs. In addition, monkeys were jumping on top of the house being loud. My husband woke up couple times from the noise they made
Sometimes they stair at you in the window.
Another issue was privacy. Main bedroom had 2 open windows to the main stairway which took all the privacy away.
Hello. I'm so sorry you had a problem with the heat. We are super clear that we don't have A/C. I've let people cancel that have accidentally booked without realizing it because I know it's very important to some guests. I kind of question the heat being dangerous though? We've had the houses for over 12 years and Bismarck and his family (caretakers) live there FT and our family goes there and, you know, it's been ok. I'm sorry you were worried though. Costa Rica is tropical, there are bugs. I'm not sure what to say about the monkeys. It's Costa Rica. There are monkeys. I hope you had some good times! (:
Really loved our stay at the Casas Mirador.The views from all balconies were outstanding!!!
A most enjoyable stay .Loved the lay out of the home and of course the incredible views. Quickly developed a friendship with Bismark and his family. Ask Bismark to book excursions for you especially the Catamaran tour with Ocean King.
We felt quite fit after our 6 day stay as it is a bit of a workout getting to the beaches and restaurants( 15 minutes away but up and down hills)
We enjoyed Playa Biesanz beach as the water is quite calm- great for swimming.You can rent kayaks for $10/hour. You can get some good food/drinks and a massage if you want.
We enjoyed Playa Espadilla beach as you can go for long walks and walk to the National Park.
Overall -we had a most memorable stay.Highly recommend this property!
Paradise on earth!!
We loved our stay in Manual Antonio. The house had breathtaking views and the wildlife abounds, birds, monkeys, butterflies - it was heaven! The paradisiac beach is 10-15 minutes away by foot (I ran down in 4 minutes...) and the waves are perfect for body surfing.
Beautiful and charming
Beautiful property with amazing views, charming terraces, and adequate kitchen & bathroom facilities. We loved the charm of the older home - high ceilings, wooden beams, ceiling fans, and, of couse, terraces with ocean views. The housekeeper very helpfully did our laundry for only $4 and drove us to Manuel Antonio for free. The only reason the house is not getting 5 stars is because it has no ac, the bugs (small, nothing scary) are abundant, the toilet doesn't always flush, and the electricity went out briefly a couple of times. Nothing major, and definitely par for the course, but just somethign to be aware of.
Hello. Thank you for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay overall. Our caretaker and his wife are extremely nice and always try to go above and beyond to make sure everyone has a nice stay. I'm sorry about the toilet. Our caretaker absolutely would have fixed it immediately if he was told it was an issue. He is super helpful about fixing any deficiencies super quick and that's definitely not how it normally works. Apologies. We are very clear about not having a/c; we know people go both ways on that issue while on vacation and I've actively talked people out of staying with us even though they love the house online if it's a big one for them. The electricity is a local power issue versus house. On the other issue, it's the tropics, so with the toucans and monkeys that visit the houses, you know. (: Thanks for staying with us. Cheers.
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