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Ocean View - 300 Meters to Beach - Apartamentos Iguanas

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

Quaint Apartment, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Apartamentos Iguanas is situated in a peaceful, private & safe hideaway location in Esterillos Oeste, just 20 minutes South of Jaco Beach and 45 minutes North of Manuel Antonio. (Even though some dates may look unavailable please email to find out if they are available.)

We offer a quaint, tranquil, ocean view unit. It is fully furnished and include a/c in the bedroom, cable TV, kitchen (complete with dishes, pots, pans and utensils) oven, range, microwave, refrigerator, rice cooker, blender and a toaster. The unit has a queen size bed that sleeps two adults with an additional full size bed that pulls out from underneath and sleeps two children or one adult comfortably (a tight fit for two adults). Air mattresses, pack and play crib and/or highchair are available upon request. Please send an email first when you want to respond to us.

The unit has access to the pool with a choice of two outdoor showers one by the apartment and the other pool side. To the left side of the pool is a large, covered, ocean view BBQ area. To the right side of the pool is a two story zen tower for bird watching, meditation or a good game of cards. Just 10 feet down the hill from the pool is a secluded Ranchero complete with seating, electricity, BBQ and running water. Perfect for additional outdoor dining and hangout space. A private path will lead you to the beach which is just a short 5 minute walk from the property. There is one general store and a handful of restaurants and bars all within walking distance. And when your stomach is full, you can walk through miles of tide pools during low tide. If you’re up to it you can keep walking to Punta Judas which spans a quarter mile out into the ocean which hosts a protected turtle reserve. Once the tide starts coming in, grab your surf board, head out and enjoy the world renowned surf.

Toward the end of the day grab a chair, kick your feet up and relax in the ocean breeze with the beautiful iguanas and tropical birds on your covered balcony while overlooking the splendor of Esterillos Oeste beach through the tropical trees of paradise.

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Keywords: Apartment,condo,townhouse,

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Marga and James
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, german, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 9, 2018

About Marga and James

We are family owned and operated. Very hospitable, friendly and accommodating to our guests. Marga and Russ Hanks own and occupy the property. Son James helps maintain the property and manages the online inquiries. Thanks for taking the time to look at our listing.

Marga and James purchased this apartment in 2005

Why Marga and James chose Esterillos Oeste

Close to the beach with a beautiful ocean view and yet the property is still very large and secluded.

What makes this apartment unique

You can't beat the beautiful private trail leading down toward the beach!


Esterillos Oeste Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1) Below pricing applies to two adults, each additional adult is $15, each additional child age 3-14 is $10, kids under 3yrs are free. Some exceptions may apply. The Unit has a Queen bed with an additional Full size bed that pulls out from underneath. Please Note: The full size bed sleeps two children or one adult comfortably; it's a tight fit for two adults. Air Mattresses available upon request., Baby Cribs (1) We have one crib available 28' Long by 24' Wide that will fit an Infant.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Ocean View - 300 Meters to Beach - Apartamentos Iguanas
average rating of 4.8139534 based on 43 reviews

Beautiful and relaxing spot!

  • 5 of 5

Marga and James' property is almost breathtakingly beautiful -- 270 degrees of breaking surf beyond treetops on a raised knob that ensures privacy and has wonderful vegetation adjacent full of flowers and wonderful birds. The hosts are accessible and very helpful but do not intrude. Really a tropical paradise in a relaxed beach town that is favored by Ticos on weekends.

Thank you Marga and James!

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place

  • 4 of 5

The property is beautiful with stunning views , Marga and James are amazing hosts , the pool is great with the amazing view of the ocean, hot water which is super nice and double plus lol ,location is a little tricky but with gps it’s easy to find !! Overall it’s a great place :)

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great place, very clean and nice location !

  • 4 of 5

Great place with nice ocean view (mainly from App#3), Marga and James are very kind.

Apartement are very clean and well equipped. Go down the stairs and walk 1 minute and your are on the beach ! Esterillos Oeste is a nice small village mainly visited by locals. We stayed for 6 nights with our 2 kids and we loved it.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Whitefish Falls, Ontario, Canada

Beautiful Place

  • 4 of 5

Our one week stay at Apartementos Iguanas was very enjoyable. The property was clean and immaculate, and the views stunning. We used the pool daily, and it was wonderful. Marga and James were warm and welcoming and were available for anything we needed. We were treated with fresh bananas and coconuts from their own trees. The apartment itself was very clean, and had everything necessary, but I must mention that the bed was extremely firm, (a polite term for hard) and the couch and chairs also very hard and uncomfortable to sit on. Somewhat like sitting on a bench...... A few inches of memory foam could work wonders. 😬? Fortunately, it was such a beautiful area, and there was so much to see and do we didn’t spend much time sitting on the furniture! We loved the views of birds and wildlife (got a rare photo of a Kinkajou) from our balcony, and we sat happily there with coffee in hand almost every morning.

There were a number of small places to go for delicious meals in the immediate area, and we also prepared a few meals of our own. Marga kindly invited us over for a Thanksgiving turkey dinner with her family, but we politely declined, as it was our last night in Esterillos and our 50th Anniversary year, and we wished to dine out at the Los Almendros restaurant. Wonderful food! We would definitely go back, and are hoping to possibly do so next year, but please, some cushioning for our aging bodies would be sincerely appreciated.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pittsburgh, PA

Garden of Eden, Awesome View, and Great Family Hosts= PARADISE!

  • 5 of 5

Just completed a 9-day stay with my parents and what a fantastic choice we made! I had several email exchanges leading up to our final decision and it was perfect! James responded almost immediately to my every question and I just knew this was to be the right place for us! My dad has some health/mobility issues and I was concerned about the steps on the property. Marga and James couldn't have been more patient, or communicative, making sure we had all of the necessary information (even taking additional photos for us). He spent most of the time in the apartment but it was fine. We had Apt. # 3 and the views were ahhhmazing! Could even see the ocean from the bedroom! He did make it down to the beach a couple of days (you do need to be ambulatory for that) and the gorgeous pool and patio made for the perfect middle ground for dining or relaxing otherwise. My mum kept commenting the grounds at the house must have been what the Garden Of Eden looked like! Marga outdid herself with her green thumb and she and Russ certainly have a keen eye for aesthetics. We wanted a relaxing getaway and this location fit the bill! We did a grocery stop en route from the airport at one of the big stores and the two stores in town had everything we needed. Day trip pickups are available and if you have a car, anything is possible. The beach offered a nice mix of tide pools to keep you cool, surfing, and hours and hours of shelling and other unique beach finds. A walk down the beach in either direction left nothing more to be desired. Especially to the right and out to the point at low tide. We practically had the beaches to ourselves! We have travelled to many tropical beach locations and this one was the cleanest we've ever stayed in! It's obvious they take good care and work hard to have everything spotless for your arrival and make sure that everything continues to be satisfactory and in working order throughout your stay! They respect your privacy as their guests but we loved the family so much we wished we could have spent even more time together. (Especially enjoying Marga's delicious banana pancakes!) They are busy with their lives and the business but there was nothing we couldn't can't ask of them, at any time. I felt we may have been a bit higher maintenance than most of their guests but they never gave us the impression that anything was ever a bother. They went above and beyond in every way and we can't thank them enough! May our paths cross again soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

This is a really nice place! The apartment we stayed at looked just like on the pictures, so you get what you see. It is a simple but nice and very clean place, and one can tell that a lot of attention has been put towards details and making things good and tidy.

The room has a balcony where you can sit and enjoy a very nice view (one can see the ocean and big lush trees and vegetation are right in front).

It is a very quiet place, the pool area is really nice, and the grilling area for guests is awesome.

The beach is a short walk away and the there are two supermarkets and a couple of simple restaurants within walking distance.

Marga and James are super nice and helpful and were always making sure we had everything we needed.

We had my 18 month old son with us. He is extremely active and fast and if you have a kid that age you can't loose sight of him because there are slopes and stairs and 'danger' of that kind everywhere. One also has to make sure that the apartment door out to the balcony remains shut. Not that for this reason I would not recommend this place. But it is something to keep in mind. Anyone else with older kids or no kids I can only recommend this place to.

I did not realize that there was no internet advertised with the description of the apartments. Without having realized this I asked Marga for the password for the Wifi. She said there was no password needed. I guess without any argument she would have shared her internet service. Unfortunately it never worked. Therefore I gave only 4 stars. Being fair I' admit that there was no internet offered, but nowadays it should be standard to offer this with a rental apartment. Other than that I would totally come back again!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I had no idea the internet wasn't working for them. If I would have known I would have fixed it for them. I check the wireless internet every day and it was working for me. we had renters staying with us at the same time and the said they internet was working for them. I did not think about the young child. We should have had them in the bottom apartment. We are located on a hill over looking the ocean. If you have a very young child staying with us you have to be watching the child in constant supervision. I had some problems connecting the Linksys extenders to the wireless router that was password protected but I have now figured it out and the Internet is now password protected.
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Nearest Point of Interest
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Car: not necessary

Esterillos Oeste is a very unique place. The beach goes from sand to lava flows out to a point called 'Punta Judas'. There you can walk along the beach and explore baby turtles hatching in a protected turtle reserve. If you look up at the trees in the jungle you will see Monkey's, Macaws, Sloth's, and a slew of other wildlife.

Directions from San Jose International Airport (Juan Santamaria, SJO)

The drive from the San Jose airport (Juan Santamaria International Airport) to Jaco will take any where from 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes and is fully paved with the new highway in place. We suggest exchanging at least $5 US dollars into Costa Rican colones for the tolls on the highway. Ask any rental car agents or taxi drivers to send you off in the right direction, which should be west on Route 1, past the airport. Drive defensively and be aware when two lanes become one, 'CEDA' means 'Yield'.

Note: The first 13 km uses the same 'old' route to Manuel Antonio. GPS devices might not be updated and will likely still have the 'old' route so do not rely on them to follow the complete recommended route.

Once on Route 1 - follow signs to San Ramon, and continue straight ahead for about 10 km. After the second bridge crossing, get in the right lane and take the next exit (Route 3) for Jaco / Quepos / Manuel Antonio. There is also a sign here for Punta Leona and Atenas. Turn left at the stop sign, crossing back over Route 1.

Follow Route 3 for about 3 km. Look for a large Christian church on the left and then a soccer field and make a left on the road immediately after it. You are on the road to Turrucares. There are no signs and it's a secondary road, so don't think you've made a mistake. It's currently the best connection to the toll highway from the airport.

Drive for another 3 km through this somewhat winding road. Once you arrive at the highway intersection turn left BEFORE the highway. Again, there are no signs here yet. Be careful as it's a narrow two-way gravel access road. After some 300 meters you will arrive at a roundabout. Make a right following the highway signs to Orotina / Atenas.

Drive on the highway through 2 toll booths. Then, take the next right exit to Route 34, follow signs for Jaco / Quepos. This exit forms a loop and then you bypass a roundabout to continue straight to Jaco (another 36 km).

Follow Route 34 (also called Costanera) for a while and you will cross over the Tarcoles River Bridge - there are usually a few cars parked before/after the bridge since it is a popular viewing point for the crocodiles lurking in and around the river.

Shortly after this you will see the ocean on your right hand side and then you will pass Punta Leona. Roughly ten minutes later you will pass the entrance to Los Suenos on your right side and then Plaza Herradura Shopping Mall will be on the right hand corner with Automercado supermarket and different shops and restaurants (perfect time to stop for some groceries).

Next you will see signs for entering Jaco on the right hand side.


After driving thru the outskirts of Jaco the road follows a wide uphill curve to the right. Here you find a viewing point overlooking Jaco and Jaco Bay. Once you pass this point the road turns to the left, from here it will be twenty minutes to Esterillos.

Playa Hermosa – Great surfing!

Esterillos is broken up into three towns, in order from North to South (traveling from Jaco to Esterillos). Esterillos Oeste, Esterillos Central & Esterillos Este. You will be taking the first entrance into Esterillos Oeste. You’ll travel roughly 1 km into town where you will see a restaurant and a small super market (Super Sol) on your right. Take a right just past the super sol. This paved road winds to La Sirena Hotel which will be on your left side. From there you will go 100 meters. You will see the second Canada Hill sign over the cage for garbage.Turn right there and go up a dirt hill which bends to the right as you reach the top. You will see a sign for Apartamentos Iguanas along with two brick pillars. Turn right down a long driveway and you have reached paradise. Enjoy your stay!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Remaining balance is due upon arrival in USD or Colones. Above rates are for two adults only. Additional adults are $15 per night. Additional children (age 2 to 13) are $10 per night. Children below 2 years old are free. A maximum of 4 people allowed in upstairs units. A maximum of 6 people allowed in bottom unit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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