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Bedrooms 3
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2 story villa, 2 Baths, (Sleeps up to 8).

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Choose an All Inclusive or Rental Only Package.

Family Vacationers & Other Enchanted Travelers:

Rental Only - Green Season Rates $215 per night

High Season Rates $230

Come enjoy complete privacy on our 222 acre rain forest property where you will find the perfect combination of natural wonders, adventure & relaxation, If it is just the two of you, few places are more romantic than this tropical setting!

The unique Rainforest Villa is located 1000 ft above Manual Antonio State Park. You are lifted up from the crowds & humidity into your own private tropical paradise. Choose tours from dozens of high adventure activities, or a sunset sail perhaps. At night you are lulled to sleep by a symphony of waterfalls that surround you.

Spend enticing nights under starry skies in the enchanting two story villa, surrounded by picturesque balconies and verandas. Immerse yourself in refreshing, secluded waterfalls encircled by forest-covered mountains that entangle the clouds. Hike trails that abound with astounding tropical flowers, birds, and butterflies. Relax all day at the beach. Picnic on a deck overlooking the lively Naranjo River.

And just for the moment .......

leave all the stress & chaos behind.

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Honeymoon and All Inclusive Packages:

2 people/8 days/7 nights - $3900

Every aspect of your trip is completely customized. Additional (or fewer) days (or people), can be pro-rated. We can make adjustments for your schedule & budget.

The All Inclusive package includes:

Trail Guides, Tours, Chauffeur, Gourmet Chefs (with a separate kitchen near the villa), Masseuses, House Attendant, & a Photographer! The kitchen is stocked with your favorite & unlimited snacks, beverages, & alcohol of your choosing.

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El Cerro Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Accommodation Type:
  • Hotel
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom have showers, not bathes. Hair blow dryers, fresh flowers, & linens are provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2 sleep sofa /futon , Large room Calif King Blow-up mattresses for children avail.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 sleep sofa /futon , Excellenct mattresses. Blow up mattresses avail also.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , 2 sleep sofa /futon , 1st floor 2 singles or 1 double avail. Also blow-up mattress
  • Two upstairs bedrooms, each with private balconies. The master has a California King sized bed and is set up with luxurious high quality linens for the All Inclusive packages. For group or family rentals, the second bedroom has a Queen sized bed and the downstairs bedroom has the option of 2 singles or a double bed. We also have blow-up mattress which can be placed wherever you choose.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • 5 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • 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
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Dozens of waterfalls, one with 12 ft natural swimming pool. Naranjo River borders the property; fishing available. Fish ponds, hiking trails, hundreds of tropical flowers, fruit and palm trees. Totally private; Swim in the falls - no one is watching .....


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average rating of 4.927536 based on 89 reviews

Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We went on this trip looking to take a breather and relax after all the hectic stress of wedding planning. We got that and more. Our stay was tailored to our needs and was so relaxing. We were able to go to bed and wake up to the sounds of the rainforest. The food was excellent and Deb and Pete were great hosts. I wanted to stay! Looking forward to going back one day!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you decided on our All Inclusive package at Light of Dawn for your honeymoon! It was delightful getting to know both of you. You are so well suited for each other, and we hope it was the perfect way to celebrate the start of your new life together. Best to you both from your friends in the forest!
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Magical retreat in a rainforest mountaintop

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five had the most wonderful time at Deb's and Pete's property.

I f you like being one with nature, you must pick this property. As with all things remote and off the beaten path, the property is bit of of a hike to get to [19 kms from the main road], but we had no qualms about making the trip on a daily basis.

Besides, Deb and Pete are the kindest, warmest folks you will ever meet. They really welcome you and make sure you are comfortable in their rental home. You will not regret the choice.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for kind words! You truly have a beautiful family and we enjoyed having you very much. You're on the "A" list. Please come back any time. Best from your friends in the forest at Light of Dawn!
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It was a magnificant place located on many acres.

  • 5 of 5

It was a beautiful house located on many acres in the rain forrest. Very private, open airy, with views of tropical flowers and plants all around. Wake up to the sound of birds singing and sunshine streaming through the flowers.

My kids and I thoroughly enjoyed the hiking and swimming along the river that borders the property.

Edgar was an exceptionally gracious host. He gave us tours through the property with detailed information of the flora and forna. He made sure we had everything we needed and offered to help with anything we wanted to plan. Deborah brought us fresh eggs in the morning from her own hens. They are just the most delightful people you could hope to meet on vacation. We truly enjoyed our stay there.

Frank DQ

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for taking the time to write. It was wonderful having you and you exceptionally delightful girls!!! You fit right into the fabric, and we welcome you back any time! Best from your friends in the forest at Light of Dawn!
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Amazing remote jungle location!

  • 4 of 5

The house and the property were amazing and such a great fit for our family of 5. Our daughters loved the jungle grounds and it was obvious how much pride Peter and his wife take in building and maintaining this amazing property. The house itself was better than expected and better than any of the pictures that we saw online.

The jungle tour that Peter gave us was very informative and it was obvious how much he loves and enjoys his little piece of paradise and we are so thankful that he was willing to share it with out family.

Our trip and stay here was amazing and I would have easily given it 5 stars except for two reasons. The first being that the Wifi and internet at the property were broken for or entire stay. This became an issue for us because our cells phones were also not working at this remote location and I had no way of researching our daily activities or staying in touch with work. Peter was working on the issue and I suspect that he has probably already fixed the technical issues for this shortly after we left.

The second issue for us was how remote this location was. The GPS coordinates are 9.50714937 -84.04328241. The location in the VRBO map does not seem to be accurate. This can be a pro or con depending on what you want from your trip. We really enjoyed the secluded tranquility and the feeling of having our own remote jungle location. If you are looking to get away from it all, then this is your place. If you plan on doing daily activities near the coast in Quepos this property is a bit of challenge to commute back and forth. The drive is beautiful, but it is nearly an hour from the coast up a rather steep and winding back country dirt road. Like I said many people will love this and it is perfect for getting away from it all, but just make sure you know what you are getting in to.

Thank you so much Peter for sharing your amazing property with my family. Pura Vida!

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: GREAT NEWS ... THE INTERNET IS BACK!! Thank you so much for your patience during your stay: We had to replace an internet anntena, and we were down for a few weeks. But fortunately, while serching to replace it, we found a wonderful company that understnads all the nuances and challenges of WiFi / Internet in Costa Rica and had all the right equipment we needed. SO it is actually better than it was before! It is a wonderful country, but it does have its challenges. You were a great family to have here, such adventurous spirits. We are glad your trip went well and hope you have fond memories of the rain forest. All the best from the LIght of Dawn staff.
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The most amazing spot in Costa Rica

  • 5 of 5

Our vacation was magnificent, we had the best time and ready to go back. Peter and Deborah were very accommodating in welcoming us to their tranquil spot. We had a house set back into the jungle on 225 acres with all the privacy we wanted, including our very own waterfall with a wading pool to cool off in.

Peter met us at a grocery store so we could stock up on some essentials and then followed him to the house, which was a long journey on dirt gravel road, but well worth it in the end, as we got to wake up to the beautiful sounds and view in the rainforest. The next morning he graciously gave us a tour of the grounds and we learned a lot about the plants and trees that he has planted and takes care of. He answered any questions that we may of had and helped us set up our excursions for the week. We also had Cleo and the ladies come in to cook us two delicious Costa Rican meals during the week when we were there, which was well worth the experience.

Thanks again for sharing your beautiful property. We are already planning another trip back to Costa Rica.

Jon, Wendy, Jennie and Kurt Lodi WI

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well, you people fit like a glove! We love it when love it when our guests feel right at home! So glad that everything works out well for you, including the meals. Pura Vida from your friends at Light of Dawn!
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Beautiful property!

  • 5 of 5

We booked after reading all the positive reviews and were not disappointed! The property was absolutely beautiful and incredibly well-maintained. Deborah and Pete were wonderful hosts, and Pete's tour made the trip for us. Having their recommendations for tours and excursions ensured we got to see the best Costa Rica had to offer, while the seclusion of the house allowed us to relax and enjoy the rainforest. The pictures do not even come close to doing the property justice -- it is an unbelievably beautiful spot that you have to see to believe it's real. We had an amazing time -- thank you!

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well it was a joy having you both. You both had such great spirits and we are glad you decided to have your honeymoon with us. We with you long and happy lives together. Come for an anniversary sometime ... your friends at Light of Dawn!
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About Edgar

The magical, privately owned property is rented out to Luz de Alba (Light of Dawn). It is Costa Rican company who employ local help, including fabulous chefs from the area who cook mouth watering tropical delicateness customized personally for you alone. They are involved in various local projects to help protect and promote the Rain Forest.

Edgar purchased this villa in 2005

Why Edgar chose El Cerro

It is the closest places to Paradise. Only a few hours flight from US. Out of the hurricane zone. English is widely spoken. The property is conveniently located within a half hour of town, the Park, the beaches, and the airport. CR is only 9 degrees from the equator. The property is normally 10 cooler than in town, so most couples find it really refreshing at the end of a hot day. Heat and humidity can sometimes range in the 90's down below.

What makes this villa unique

Your own private rainforest - like having a National Park without the tourists. One of the most varied collections of tropical flowers as you will see in one place. Your absolute privacy is guaranteed.

Guestbook comments from the owner

As seen on Trip Advisor:

Looking for a place to relax? Not far from Manuel Antonio, this villa is perfect for recharging, reading and enjoying nature. Pete and Deborah are fantastic and be sure to take Pete's tour. He walks you through his land sharing with you interesting fact about dozens of plants - including cashews and the wonderful flower that makes the famous Chanel No.5. The highlight of the trip was certainly their private waterfall - we could have spent hours there, swimming, jumping in and admiring it's beauty. Evenings were spent on the balcony, mesmerised by the setting sun as clouds rolled into the mountainous landscape. Well worth the visit and a highlight of our Costa Rica trip - Thank you to Pete and Deborah.
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
30 minutes
Nearest Beach
14 Miles
35 minutes
Car: necessary

Waterfall Rappelling, Zip-Lining, ATV Tours, Mountain Biking, Vanilla Farm, Botanical Gardens, Jet Skiing, Snorkeling, Mangrove Boat Tours, Rainforest Tours, Catamaran Sailing, Sunset Sails, Weddings


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

One Time cleaning fee $25
Tax Rate 13.0%

Parties over 6 people will be charged an additional $7.00 per day, per person.

Owner'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.

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