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Manuel Antonio Costa Rica's Favorite Family Rental: Awesome Birds and Animals!

(38 Reviews)

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Last updated: 05/24/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Luxery villa on an acre of gardens/ private pool/360 rooftop views

This Santa Fe style house sits atop a hillside overlooking the Manuel Antonio coastline to the West and the Talamunca Range w/ 5,000 ft San Gerenimo to the North. The jungle comes right up to the pool, and it's often possible to see two species of monkeys, iguanas, sloths, and many species of birds, while lounging around the pool or from the many decks. Sixteen Scarlet Macaws were recently introduced to a sanctuary near our property and are often seen at the house, as well as large Toucans, also new to our area. Our rooftop terrace offers some of the best bird watching opportunities in the country. There are over 3,000 sq. ft of living space, with decks that surround most of the two stories as well as a covered roof top. The entire space can be opened up to give the feel of living in the outdoors with nearly an acre of mature gardens, with hundreds of tropical plants, orchids and fruit trees. The upstairs is an open living space that includes kitchen, dining, living room and TV area, and also a bathroom. Downstairs are three bedrooms with AC: one with a king sized bed, two with queen sized beds (one also has a bed for kids, plus lots of other sleeping options around the house) all open on to the lower patio and pool. Our onsite caretakers provide 24/7security and help w/ all amenities. We have Wi Fi, also cable TV.
General house info: We have had the same wonderful caretakers since we began renting in 2000 ready to help in any way. Ana offers wonderful 'Tico' meals at very reasonable prices. Her son Andres helps with the best tours and transportation options. He now has his own van and offers San Jose Airport transfers right to the house for up to 5 adults and 2 kids (he can send a bigger van for larger parties). He can also take you on tours where others don't go into the mountains or Southern coast. He's a great naturalist and photographer.
Unlike so many other houses crowded together near noisy roads, bars and restaurants, this property is secluded, yet 5 minutes drive to the happening town of Quepos or 10 minutes drive to the magnificent beaches of Manuel Antionio Nat. Park. You can walk to the main road in a few minutes, where there are more than half a dozen restaurants within a quick stroll. From the covered roof you have a 360 degree view where you can watch spectacular sunsets over the ocean . Breezes blow all day and at night switch directions and come off the mountains to keep this house comfortable all the time. The house is fully equipped with everything you need for your stay. Quepos has wonderful fresh produce, fish, meat and chicken as well as a growing selection of wines and liquors, so you can stay at home and cook or ask Anna to introduce you to local foods. We try to offer the best rates in the area, knowing you'll value your experience with us and recommend the house to others.

There is twice a week maid service and laundry, but you can request additional cleaning and laundry from Anna. Security is provided by our on site caretakers who live in a separate house at the entry to the property.
This house was built by local residents to the highest standards and reflects their experience of living in Costa Rica over 11 years. Much of the art is by the owner and other artists living in the area. The gardens are a work of love started in 1996 and entice you to take walks in the lush greenery and to see the wonders of the tropics close at hand (It's really like living in a tropical zoo!) Check out our personal web site for more pictures, info, maps and links to the area and services. The owner will gladly help with any aspect of your vacation including transportation to the house from the international airport.
Amenities: The house is completely furnished: full kitchen with all amenities, TV room with DVD player, cable, speakers for your ipod or other devices w/ charging ports. Phone service, Wi Fi , also washer and dryer, pool with two out door showers, covered carport.

Activities: Nature walks and tours, snorkeling, surfing, whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, horse rides, boat tours, National parks, great snooping around with your car up and down the coasts finding isolated beaches etc. Ask Andres for suggestions.
Area: Costa Rica's favorite destination, with the most beautiful beaches and a fun port town with lots of restaurants, bars and night life.
Steve has written his memoir on the families 11 yrs in Costa Rica: 'Stumbling into Paradise' a great read if you're planning on visiting the country or dropping out to live on the beach.
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Member since: 2001

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/24/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 3000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Children Welcome
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Smoking Allowed:

    outdoors only please!...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Housekeeper
  • Private Chef


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king


  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen, 2 child bed


  • The third bedroom has a small bed for a child and there is also a crib for small children. Other sleeping options on built-in couches upstairs and taking sleeping mattresses to the roof or decks....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • On site caretakers have been with us 14 yrs.and live in a small house on the property help with cooking, babysitting, transportation and tour info. Wireless Internet is now available at the house so bring your laptop....moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo:

    MP3 player and CDs...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Bay/Sound
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Marina
  • Nude Beach
  • Rain Forests
  • Restaurants
  • Waterfalls

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach:

    some of the worlds most beautiful beaches are a short drive away...moreless

  • Downtown:

    Quepos is a fun port town with lots of shopping and restaurants, and a marina. Friday/Sat. Farmers market on the pier road has crafts and food. Five minutes away by car....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    great views of Mt Gerinimo tallest coastal peak at 5000 ft...moreless

  • Near The Ocean:

    5-10 min. drive to white sand beaches of Playa Espadilla and the Manuel Antonio Nat. Park...moreless

  • Ocean View:

    great views and sunrise and sunsets over the jungle looking Southwest to the ocean ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    with TV/ cable...moreless

  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Ana will wash clothes for you...moreless

  • Wireless Internet


  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    All you might need to cook a feast...moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator:

    large 2 door w/ ice maker and freezer...moreless

  • Stove:

    6 burners stove top w/oven...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio:

    Decks surround the house offering many private spots to hang out. There's a number of hammocks....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    We have a new 'rancho' w/ table and chairs above the pool....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Weber Charcoal grilll...moreless

  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool:

    our pool has a shallow self seat running it's length for kids. Pool floats come and go, so bring your own cheap air mattresses and pool floats if you want to have them along with small kids lifejacket...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


from 38 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 2017 Discounts
May 1 - May 31, 2017
2 night min stay
Summer 2017
Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2017
2 night min stay
Fall 2017
Sep 1 - Nov 15, 2017
2 night min stay
Thanksgiving pre-Xmas
Nov 16 - Dec 14, 2017
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates



fall Season Sept thru Nov. 15th $1000/wk $200/nt

Green Season June thru Aug. $1750/wk $275/nt

High Season Jan 8 thru April $2500/wk $400/nt

Christmas Dec 16 thru $1000 to $2500 /Week with x-mas /new years $3000/wk

50% deposit to hold reservations,

$500 security deposit (separate check not cashed)

final payment a month in advance.

Full refund if cancellation period can be filled

Owner's cancellation policy:

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

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Last updated: 05/24/2017
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10 Miles
Nearest Airport
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Hotel California
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Hotel California
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
Manuel Antonio

Car: Recommended

Located in Manuel Antonio Costa Rica half way between Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park, it's the most diverse tourist area in the country mid-way on the Pacific Coast.The airport in Quepos is 15 min, away and the drive from the San Jose Airport is 2 1/2 hr. drive to the house. Transportation by bus and taxi available locally to town and beaches or fly down in 15 min. on Sansa Air from the International Airport. We offer transfers to SJO

international, all local areas and airport.

Other Activities: seakayaking, rafting, canopy, dolphin watch


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1997

About the owner: We lived in Manuel Antonio from 1989-2000 and built our house after we knew exactly what we wanted in tropical living. Steve started the first tour company on the W Coast offering rafting and sea kayaking. In it's design, gardens and art (mostly by the family) it reflects our love for Costa Rica.

Why the Owner Chose El Cerro, Quepos, Costa Rica:
Live like the locals would with all the personal touches of a private home. Our location is near everything you might need or want to visit, but very private. Looking out, it's mostly jungle views, away from large hotels, restaurants and homes so you'll see more animals and birds than in most other places in our area. Guests often remark that they saw more more animals and birds at the house then their tour of the Nat. Park. On a recent trip we counted 27 different species of birds in one day!

The Unique Benefits at this House:
We've had the same wonderful caretakers since we started renting in 2000 - see the reviews! They are there to ensure you have a great vacation. Our hill top location is one of the best spots to view a multitude of birds, as well as the local monkeys, iguanas and occasional sloths. Andres is a talented photographer and loves to take guests to less visited locales in the area.

Contact us

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/24/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • view of the house from the pool area.

    view of the house from the pool area.

  • Titi Monkeys visiting our pool

    Titi Monkeys visiting our pool

  • Back patio

    Back patio

  • front deck above the pool

    front deck above the pool

  • private pool with an acre of gardens

    private pool with an acre of gardens

  • 6,000 ft San Geronimo to the North from our house

    6,000 ft San Geronimo to the North from our house

  • Toucan in our backyard

    Toucan in our backyard

  • Our Santa Fe style home with private pool on an acre of tropical gardens

    Our Santa Fe style home with private pool on an acre of tropical gardens

  • cool off in our pool

    cool off in our pool

  • Front portch with view of mountains

    Front portch with view of mountains

  • Anna our caretaker/cook will make you 'Tico' feasts (very reasonable!)

    Anna our caretaker/cook will make you 'Tico' feasts (very reasonable!)

  • master bedroom w/ private bath

    master bedroom w/ private bath

  • front porch looking toward the ocean

    front porch looking toward the ocean

  • covered rooftop, best birding in the country!

    covered rooftop, best birding in the country!

  • titi monkeys in the yard

    titi monkeys in the yard

  • Dawn looking out toward the ocean

    Dawn looking out toward the ocean

  • A Laughing Hawk seen from the rooftop

    A Laughing Hawk seen from the rooftop

VRBO #19078

This listing was first published here in 2001.

Date last modified - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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