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Romantic Jungle Cockpit Cottage High Above Manuel Antonio White Sand Beaches

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights


About the property

One The Most Creatively Repurposed Vacation Homes In The World

We have just converted the cockpit section of a McDonnell Douglas, MD-80 fuselage, into an amazing residence built into a steep jungle hillside. Like our world renowned Boeing 727 Fuselage Home just 100 meters away, Costa Verde's Cockpit Cottage will also become world famous with the latter having been featured in hundreds of TV shows and publications since it first landed here in 2008.

Experiencing the ocean view from your king size bed will make this jungle bungalow the best part of your stay in Manuel Antonio. Access is by a hanging suspension bridge through our lush jungle, providing for total privacy and a beautiful setting for our first class brand of tropical luxury. 

The studio one bedroom suite has elegantly refinished teak interiors and an efficiency kitchen with microwave, coffee maker, stovetop and refrigerator. Sip your morning coffee surrounded by monkeys, sloths, toucans, coatimundis and dozens of species of wildlife from your very private deck perched above Manuel Antonio National Park. The view of the white sand beach is brilliant and sunsets will leave you breathless.

The intimate Cockpit Cottage sleeps 2 guests, and is often rented in tandem with the world famous 727 Fuselage home, which sleeps 6 , also listed on VRBO # 577384 .

Our guests have access to all the resort property amenities of Hotel Costa Verde including wifi, housekeeping, front desk concierge services, hiking trails, 3 pools, massage services, yoga classes, and 4 restaurants within a short walk:


Features casual dining elegance surrounded by grazing monkeys, jungle and ocean vistas and the best of Costa Rican and international cuisine--specializing in fresh fruits and seafood dishes.

El Avión

Is a must-see bar and restaurant with an interesting history. The C-123 Fairchild plane has been converted to a pub and your food will be delivered from the kitchen on our fuselage dumbwaiter. Join the sunset crowd here to see and be seen. Wind down with informal dining, a pub-style menu and spectacular sunsets.

La Cantina BBQ ( my personal favorite)

Lights up the main drag at night with our large wood fire BBQ. Relax and listen to the live rhythms of reggae and Latin music put on by the Jungle Boys. Enjoy the outdoor atmosphere and try one of our specialties such as premium cuts of beef, BBQ pork ribs, various fish and meat kabobs or whole Red Snapper.

El Wagon

Offers a lush jungle ambiance with a punch of color from the wild mosaic tiled floor featuring larger-than-life exotic animals. The kids will want to see this and find the birds, butterflies and sea horses. Hang out and fill up on fast and tasty food such as: Hebrew National hot dogs, wood fired pizza, nachos, the best 100% beef burgers in town and REALLY cold beer.

Manuel Antonio is approximately 2.5 hours driving distance from San Jose airport ( SJO) , one hour south of Jaco Beach, on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Manuel Antonio National Park is the # 1 destination for adventure in Costa Rica, encompassing rugged rainforest, white-sand beaches and coral reefs. It’s renowned for its vast diversity of tropical plants and wildlife, from three-toed sloths and endangered white-faced capuchin monkeys to hundreds of bird species. The park’s roughly 680 hectares are crossed with hiking trails, which meander from the coast up into the mountains. The cottage is a 5 min taxi from the park. Closed Mondays.

Marina Pez Vela , the new upscale Marina located 10 mins away in Quepos offers free shuttles to the marina for Fishing Charters, Dolphin Catamaran Tours, Segway Tours, Stand up Paddle Board, Jet Ski Rental, Bike & Boat Rentals as well as a dozen lively dockside restaurants, specialty shops and entertainment.

All adventures can be arranged from Manuel Antonio, including Zip Lines, White Water Rafting, Horseback Tours, Waterfall Hikes and Rappelling, ATV Tours thru the jungle, Sunset Sails and Sea mention a few. Or lay low, experience what we refer to as PURA VIDA and let the sounds of the monkeys, birds and whistling sea breezes reset your pulse.

Let us know if you are celebrating a special date in paradise , or if we can do anything to make any day special while staying with us.

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
August 15, 2018

About Faith

I moved to Costa Rica almost 10 years ago in pursuit of a healthier, environmentally conscious lifestyle, with an eye on the beach. While I have achieved a much healthier lifestyle, there are a lot of happy hours in Margaritaville and so many adventurous people to explore with.

I have grown to love this country, the people and all of the friends from all over the world who call Costa Rica their home. Follow your visions and dreams, and make everyday tropical holiday. Pura Vida!

Faith purchased this cottage in 2016

Why Faith chose Manuel Antonio

Call us crazy, but we love repurposing structures into creative new uses. So much fun to share our adventure with you.

What makes this cottage unique

Nothing else like it in the world!


Manuel Antonio Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Fully Screened Outdoor Bathroom
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


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Romantic Jungle Cockpit Cottage High Above Manuel Antonio White Sand Beaches
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

The most magical getaway

  • 5 of 5

I can not recommend this place highly enough! The room itself is incredible the daily visits from monkeys, sloths and all kinds of jungle creatures just added to the glory of this place! We have made memories here that will last a lifetime.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes, it is a magical experience , Pete. So happy you were able to experience our little jewel in the jungle, and it exceeded your expectations. Please come back again, the monkeys are asking for you!
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Pflugerville, TX

What's the word for "More than Magical?"

  • 5 of 5

Our friend told us we were staying in a converted airplane in the middle of the jungle overlooking the beach and I thought, "Hmmm. That could go really well or really bad." It was one of the most fascinating and memorable stays of my life. My husband and I shared the Cockpit Cabin, which included an incredibly comfortable King-size bed, the world's coldest air conditioner (who knew you could actually be cold in the rain forest), a gorgeous teak wood interior, and a huge screened-in shower which made it feel like we were showering in the jungle. Of course, the main attraction is the breathtaking view of the forest and the ocean. I'll never forget this place. Beyond our accommodations, there are several beautiful pools, nearby top-quality restaurants and a magical beach just down the hill. The staff are perfect (and so are the adult beverages). As we left, we pledged we would be back. I'm ready to go tomorrow.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Melanie, The Cockpit Cottage is truly a once in a lifetime experience, and magical, absolutely. I think the most magical would be " lo más mágico de todos" . Please come back to the jungle anytime, the monkeys and the view are always waiting for you!
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South Bay / Los Angeles

Once in a lifetime experience.

  • 5 of 5

A very cool place to stay. We had a sloth right out side our cockpit room. Monkeys visited us while we were on the deck. Most beautiful view. Great location.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Das Dschungel Highlight unserer Costa Rica Reise

  • 5 of 5

Phantastischer Ausblick auf den Pazifik mit Manuel Antonio NP!

Vom Balkon kann man den Affen in nächster Nähe begegnen. Morgens würden wir von den Brüllaffen geweckt. Die offene Aussendusche am Flugzeugrumpf ist der Hit. Wer hier schläft kann auf den Rummel im San Antonio NP getrost verzichten und stattdessen im Pool mit Ausblick auf die Küste ein paar kurze Bahnen ziehen. Klasse Mikrowelle. Best stay in CR!

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sabine, so glad the Cockpit Cottage was the highlight of your stay in Costa Rica. I have provided a translation below for other guests: Fantastic view of the Pacific with Manuel Antonio! From the balcony you can meet the monkey in close proximity. In the morning we would be awakened by the howler monkeys. The open outdoor shower on the fuselage is a hit. Those who sleep here can do without the hustle and bustle in the San Antonio and instead relax in the pool with a view of the coast a few short laps. Best stay in CR!
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Nearest Airport
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Pool Side
Nearest Golf
60 Miles
Los Suenos
Nearest Restaurant
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Manuel Antonio
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.