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Private Villa, Spectacular Ocean Views! Walk to Beach! Monkeys, Birds galor!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

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Private Villa/House (this is not a Condo) With Ocean View, 3 BR's, Sleeps up to 8 Comfortably.

Wow!! What a spectacular View ... Guests say as they gaze out over the beautiful, blue Pacific. This private 3 BR Villa (private house, not a Condo) offers the perfect vacation location with the closest proximity to the beach than most of the other properties with an ocean view. The Villa is in a jungle setting and is not located in a condominium complex. It's just a short walk to the beach where you can take a stroll, Horseback Ride, or Surf the exciting waves. Monkeys, Sloths, Toucans and hundreds of species of exotic birds and wildlife will entertain you. Adventure lovers can take advantage of the many beach activities (including surfing and parasailing), take a Zip Line Tour, Raft down an exciting river, or go World Class Sport Fishing. Or just relax in our beautiful private pool while taking in the awesome view! The Villa has a washer/dryer, cable TV, telephone and WiFi Internet; the 3rd BR Suite also has a TV and kitchenette. There are no steep stairways to get to the Villa as many hillside properties have which make it suitable for people with physical limitations. If you are looking for affordable, comfortable accommodations with a million dollar view, Villa la Vista awaits you!

The Villa has 3 Air Conditioned Bedrooms with baths (note that the living area does not have A/C): one on the main floor with a standard double bed (suitable for people with walking limitations), a Master Bedroom upstairs with a King bed and a futon and stairs leading down to the 3rd BR suite which is fully air conditioned and has a Queen bed, and a single bed. All in all, there are three balconies all with unsurpassed views of the Pacific Ocean and Manuel Antonio Park. Bed linens and towels are provided. If you do not feel like cooking, there are excellent restaurants within walking distance or a private chef can be recommended. You will have a concierge/manager available to help you choose the most exciting tours, suggest the best transportation options available, direct you to the best restaurants, and answer any questions you have about the property, area, etc.

The Villa has a Gas Stove with oven and a microwave. The "Suite" has a kitchenette with a counter top oven, gas burners and a microwave. Both kitchens contain all of the cups, glasses, dishes, bowls and pots and pans you should need. There is also a gas grill available for BBQ's!

Laundry Facilities are located in the Villa. The Beach is within Walking Distance, the Bus within Walking Distance, and there is a Secure Parking Area next to the Villa. As previously mentioned, the living area of the Villa is not air conditioned but has ceiling fans and a cool ocean breeze flowing through most of the day.

The nearby area offers Surfing, Swimming, Parasailing, Hiking, Boating, Rafting, Horseback Riding, Sunset Sail/Dolphin Watch tours, Mangrove Boat Tour, Canopy/Zip Line Tours, 4 Wheeling, Sport Fishing and Much More!!

Approximately 1/2 Mile From Beach, Approximately 1/2 Mile from Bus Stop, 4 Miles from Town of Quepos. Taxi service is available. The Villa is surrounded by natural jungle and is not located in a commercial area.

For more pictures, videos and extremely important information, visit my Villa La Vista COSTA RICA FB page before you book! Or feel free to call Owner (Nancy Dunlap), 423-838-7127.

Maximum Occupancy: Due to the size of this Villa and for your comfort, MAXIMUM occupancy is 8 people.

More Details

Nancy Dunlap
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 12, 2018

About Nancy Dunlap

Our names are Nancy and Steve Dunlap and we currently live in TN, near Chattanooga. My husband and I built Villa la Vista in 1998 after falling in love with Costa Rica while vacationing there. We especially loved Manuel Antonio and knew that when we retired we would love to spend the Winter months looking out over the beautiful blue Pacific Ocean. Our dream has finally come true (we retired in 2010) and we now spend as much time as possible enjoying our property. We hope that you will also enjoy this beautiful, friendly country and will want to return again and again. Pura Vida!

Nancy Dunlap purchased this villa in 1998

Why Nancy Dunlap chose Manuel Antonio

We chose Manuel Antonio due to its natural beauty. We also love wildlife and the exotic animals and birds that can be seen in this area are a wildlife lovers dream come true.

What makes this villa unique

If you want an escape from the everyday, consider our Manuel Antonio vacation rental in Costa Rica and experience a little slice of paradise. Manuel Antonio offers visitors world-class beaches and magnificent views from La Vista of gorgeous sunsets with Cathedral Point as a backdrop. From this Manuel Antonio vacation rental, you can explore all the charm of Costa Rica with rafting down the wilds of the Naranjo River, or hiking in the Manuel Antonio National Park. 24 of the 27 major adventure activities offered in Costa Rica are available in Manuel Antonio so there is little need to waste your vacation time traveling to and from other areas.

If it is unique experiences you are looking for La Vista will be the right vacation spot for you:

Watch friendly Titi monkeys wrestle and play on the patio, watch Momma Titi nurse her newborn baby on the railing, observe the White Faced/Capuchin monkeys drinking from and bathing in the pool (keep the doors shut as they will also come in and steal your bananas!), awaken to the “howling” gorilla-like sounds of the Howler/Congo monkeys, or the raucous Chachalaca birds that nest in the flora below the Villa, spot Momma Sloth who may slowly detach her baby from her breast and gently hang it on a branch so she can stretch out and groom herself, or stop your car on the road to help a slow moving Sloth cross to safety, be startled awake when the nocturnal Kinkajou runs across the roof at night, and let’s not forget about all the crazy iguanas that live on the roof and in the surrounding trees and the gorgeous Toucans that visit every morning! The numerous geckos provide free pest control, but don't worry, they will not come down and try to sell you insurance!

These are just a few of the amazing experiences the jungle wildlife may offer you, providing you with one of the most fantastic and unbelievable vacation experiences of a lifetime!

Guestbook comments from the owner

It is midnight. Turn off the air-conditioning in the master bedroom. Open the French doors to the patio. Stand quietly a moment. Feel the warm Pacific Ocean breezes that pass constantly up the hillside to your villa; let them sweep through the bedroom and remove the artificial chill.

Step out on to the patio. Look up. The sky is a humid, dense black; but watch for occasional stars. Peer into the dark that surrounds your Costa Rican villa. You will not be able to see the trees that encircle you or the creatures sleeping in them, so close your eyes and listen. You will occasionally hear a cry from a wakeful bird, a strange noise from a mysterious night creature, but always you will hear an unceasing sound that sweeps through you, around you. That is the sound of the Pacific Ocean. Down the hill, half a mile from you, its waves are surging, surging, surging on to the shore. The sound of waves will surge over you all night, enveloping you as if you were immersed in the waves themselves.

Return to bed and go to sleep to the sound of the waves, to the feel of ocean air passing over your body. Awake minutes before dawn to waves of new sound, the roars of howler monkeys. The roars rise and fall in counterpoint to the ocean’s rhythm. As the sun begins to rise, the roars fade away, and you move downstairs to a cup of hot coffee on a west-facing deck; there you notice other creatures beginning their day. A toucan, an aricari, briefly visits a nearby tree. You hear rustling on the ground and catch a glimpse of a bustling chachalacha; it has nested beneath the bushes. The sound of the ocean moves over you, it moves over you. As the sky lightens, you see a slight movement from the three-toed sloth that has spent the night in the upper branches of a tree. As you watch, it stirs, moving with molasses-warm, thick languidness, to scratch its head and to adjust the placement of a paw. Moving almost as slowly, you sip your coffee. The sound of murmuring voices drifts from the road that passes hidden outside your villa: the first surfers are walking down to the beach. They have emerged early to join the movement of the waves. The sun rises fully; your family gathers around you on the deck. Day begins in earnest, and the sound of the ocean becomes the warp through which is drawn the weft of bright human chatter, monkey chatter, bird song.

In the evening, watch the brilliant sun slip soundlessly, mysteriously, beneath the horizon of the ocean.
Feb 2016
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Manuel Antonio Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • Large shower with hot water in all bathrooms.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
  • All Bedrooms are Air Conditioned.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Walkway to Water
  • Singles
  • alternative lifestyle
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Staff
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Arrangement of Transportation and Tours by Property Manager/Concierge. Private Chef Can be arranged - see Property Manager for details.


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Princeton, NJ

Villa Exceptional

  • 5 of 5

This was my second visit to Quepos. The first time I stayed in a hotel/condo environment. Upon my arrival to Villa La Vista, I realized what an improvement to my previous trip. The breath taking views from the balcony of the beaches and park at Manuel Antonio were spectacular!

The house is situated on a dramatic hillside overlooking the ocean below. The local animal population, sloths, monkeys and even crabs, visited us. The floor plan is open and full of light. The house is well maintained and in very clean condition. The amenities of a laundry and full kitchen, internet, cable TV and much more make this vacation destination a must to book. Plus, the property manager, Ron, was very helpful with booking activities, local information on restaurants and much more. I was tired of hotels and crowds, this house was paradise. If you enjoy action, there is hiking through the National Park, jet skis, horseback riding on the beach and ATV or if you just want to relax and read a book, this house is perfect. I am planning my next vacation for 2011 and want to bring my grown children who will love this house.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2010
  • Stayed: February 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Simply put....PARADISE.

  • 5 of 5

La Vista is a little slice of heaven in Manuel Antonio. The views from the villa are absolutely breathtaking and the jungle life around you is just an added bonus. The monkeys love to come and play all around the house and put on a show for you. The villa is perfectly secluded but within walking distance to the beach and the small town of Manuel Antonio which has plenty of great restaurants/bars/shops to cover you for your trip. There's really no need to go anywhere else if you do not want to. The walks are very hilly so they are not for everyone but taxis are easily accessible and reasonable. The concierge for the villa were great support during the trip in booking excursions and even arranging takeout delivery whenever we wanted it! We had a wonderful experience and cannot wait to visit again!

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect location between the ocean and town

  • 5 of 5

The location could not be better. The views are AmAzInG! The beach is down a dirt road with little traffic. The town is up the same road just short of a mile.We visited all the beaches in the area and the one closest to the home was our favorite. We had a SUV but really could have gone with out a car at all for a taxi from one end of town to the other is 8 dollars. Monkeys visited us often and we saw butterfly's full of color and birds also.The beds were supper comfortable. The house lacked nothing. I will be back soon. Thanks for your sharing such an amazing spot.

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Orlando, FL

Dream family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We just stayed at Villa La Vista and it was amazing. It was my wife and I along with our teenage boy and girl. The kids loved having their own rooms and we all loved the house. This was our third time in Manuel Antonio and second time staying at Villa La Vista. The house offers one of the best views in the area and unmatched privacy in an area rapidly filling up with people.

The house also offers amazing opportunities to interact with the local wildlife. A vast array of birds and lizards will keep you entertained with their antics in the trees near the house. Monkeys are frequent visitors to the house, both the white face capuchin and the smaller red titi monkeys. At one point during the week we were entertained by a 15 minute wrestling match between the various titi monkeys. That was an experience I will not soon forget.

The walk to and from the beach can be a challenge but it is well worth it. You are rewarded with a world class beach that you have almost entirely to yourself. Make sure you bring the sunscreen though!

You want the sunscreen almost any time you are out and about in Costa Rica but you also definitely want to be out and about in Costa Rica. It's an amazing place full of warm and friendly people. Listen to Sabrina and Geralyn, they are experts in recommending and organizing your adventures. We did parasailing, horseback riding, jet skiing, and even managed to squeeze in a day at the National Park and a crocodile river tour. I can't thank them enough for their help in making the vacation unforgettable.

In short Costa Rica is a magical place that embeds itself in your soul. Villa La Vista is the perfect way to experience it.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect family vacations!

  • 5 of 5

We are just back from a wonderful stay at villa La Vista. We were a party of 5 adults and 2 children and stayed for 6 days in March 2017.

First, the dealings with the owner were nice and very easy. And as soon as our stay was confirmed, we were quickly contacted by the owner’s representatives in Costa Rica who have been very helpful planning this trip and for every need we had while at the villa.

I slept in the king size bed in the main bedroom and I found the mattress to be first grade. But a word of warning: Keep your alarm clock at home since they are not needed in Manuel Antonio! In the morning, birds and monkeys will make sure you will not oversleep and miss a great morning at the beach!  That is a great way to be awaken!

You will enjoy the nice little pool. Like the rest of the villa, it is kept shipshape by a maintenance person who comes to the villa every second day or so. Beaches? You are only a short downhill walk away, from an amazing beach where you will basically be by yourself? Little tourists and some services like chair renting and pipa fria. The best of both world.

If you are looking for a villa to rent in Costa Rica, it is likely because you are interested by the rich wildlife the country has to offer. And at villa La Vista, you might not have to go very far to find it. One morning, we were visited by a herd of about 12-15 capuchino white faced monkeys. Another day, in the afternoon, the balcony of the villa was literally overtaken by a bunch of about 20 small titi monkeys. My two daughters could not have been happier. One night, we even saw a sloth who crawled its way to the villa using the electrical/telephone wires. It came and went, slowly! Lol

If like me you are an astronomer from the northern hemisphere, you will love the view of the southern sky from the villa. The views to the east, north and west are heavily restricted. But the important view to the south is 100% clear, right from the balcony. I was in heaven. With my small refractor I had a perfect view of many of the southern blockbusters like NGC 2516, the Southern Pleiades, Eta Carina, the “Wishing Well” star cluster, the Coalsack dark nebula or Omega Centauri.

All in all, we just had what I believe to be a perfect family vacation! We will likely go back next year. We just found our own little corner of paradise!

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

La Villa Vista is absolute paradise! I can't recommend this enough. This is my 4th trip to Manuel Antonio and I have to say this is truly my favorite place. The villa itself is wonderful. It is beautifully furnished and well maintained. The view is spectacular. Having the 3rd bedroom in a separate area was wonderful for our teenage son who felt he was getting his own space as it has it's own kitchen and bath. The location of the villa is also ideal. It is walking distance to some of the best restaurants in Manuel Antonio including Cafe Milagro, Emilio's and Agua Azul.

The villa is within walking distance to the beach as well (it is a steep walk down an unpaved road so this walk may not be ideal for everyone but it's one of my favorites!) The concierges, Sabrina and Geralyn, were both extremely helpful. They were in constant communication prior to the trip as well as making arrangements for us when we did arrive in Manuel Antonio.

If you have the opportunity to stay here, I would recommend it without hesitation. You will not be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Makanda By The Sea Hotel - Less than
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Bus Stop
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Las Playitas
Car: not necessary

If you want an escape from the everyday, consider our Manuel Antonio vacation Villa in Costa Rica and experience a little slice of paradise. This Manuel Antonio Villa offers visitors close proximity to world-class beaches and magnificent views from La Vista of beautiful sunsets with Cathedral Point as a backdrop. From this Manuel Antonio vacation Villa, you can explore all the charm of Costa Rica with rafting down the wilds of the Naranjo River, or hiking in the Manuel Antonio National Park. 24 of the 27 major adventure activities offered in Costa Rica are available in Manuel Antonio so there is little need to waste your vacation time traveling to and from other areas.

As you explore Manuel Antonio, take in the amazing combination of lush vegetation and spectacular scenery. This Manuel Antonio vacation Villa gives you access to a part of the world few people get to see. Known for its exotic beauty and wildlife, Manuel Antonio houses a myriad of interesting creatures including sloths, iguanas, raccoons, white-faced and howler monkeys, and the unique endangered squirrel monkey called Titi -- all frequently visit the area around La Vista. Although the location offers a glimpse into the majesty of the rainforest, Manuel Antonio also allows vacationers to enjoy exquisite cuisine in many nearby restaurants like Barba Roja for seafood (within walking distance), La Mariposa Hotel for fine dining, Ronny's Place, voted best sunset view, or Emilio's (within walking distance) for some awesome desserts!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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Ask about rates for Major Holiday Weeks: Christmas, New Years, Easter and Events
Remember -- The monkeys, birds, wildlife and the beautiful nearby beach are FREE!
Rates may be increased for stays less than 4 nights
Ask about Green Season discounts!
Credit Card Payment Fee - $60 if booking through VRBO/HomeAway


Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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