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Charming Beachfront Home

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Minimum Stay
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About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

This charming rustic home is located in the peaceful village of Manzanillo. Manzanillo is the end of the road and the entry point to the Gandoca Manzanillo Preserve. The house is directly across from a gentle family friendly beach protected by the coral reef. It is two doors down from a market and next door to Aquamor dive shop which also offers snorkel equipment, sea kayaks and tours. Restaurants and bars within walking distance. it is a very short swim out to the coral reef for a great snorkeling experience and a beautiful walk to the surfing beach in Punta Uva. There is also a direct bus into the laidback Caribbean town of Puerto Viejo for a great variety of dining and shopping options.

The house has a large front porch with a view of the ocean. It boasts a lounging couch (a great place for a siesta or a read) and chairs as well as a table for six. There is an outdoor shower on the side of the porch. The downstairs was designed with several beautiful double doors that fold back to let the outside in. When closed they offer good security for the house.

The first floor includes a living room with a, phone for local calls.,wireless internet and cable tv with premium channels.. There is a fully equipped kitchen with gas stove, refrigerator and water cooler. There is a counter bar and stools for informal dining. The middle room has a desk and a bar. The elegantly tiled bath includes a hot water shower, sink and commode. The private back bedroom has a comfortable double bed and doors that fold open to the jungley back garden. There is a laundry room with a full size washer and dryer that can be used with assistance. A metal safe bolted to a concrete floor is available to safeguard all valuables while you are out to play..

Upstairs there is a large bedroom designed with unique screened and lattice walls for natural air conditioning, light and a sense of being part of the greenery. There is also a loft with a double mattress overlooking the living room/kitchen.

The house can accommodate up to 6 people. Our caretakers,Jan & Marjolein live nearby and can assist with any activities you would like to book or any information you need.. Maid service can be provided if desired.

Activities: Swimming, snorkeling, diving, surfing, kayaking, sunbathing, walking the uncrowded beach, hiking the preserve, fishing or dolphin trips. Horseback riding, Yoga classes and many fine restaurants and bars.

Keywords: House beachfront

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
December 26, 2016

About The Owner

I built traditional houses to sell in Massachusetts when I was young. I wanted to build a home that was unique and special. Costa Rica with its beautiful hardwoods seemed the place to do it . My wife wanted a beach house so we bought a small house with an open permit and transformed it. It was built with care and love for my family. We have enjoyed it immensely and we hope you will also!

The Owner purchased this house in 2004

Why The Owner chose Limon

The Caribbean coast of Costa Rica is less developed and not as heavily traveled as the Pacific coast. It is lush, verdant tropical rainforest with amazing creatures on sea and land. It is laid back and a great place to relax and unwind.


3.7/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

Charming Beachfront Home
average rating of 3.6666667 based on 6 reviews

Could have Potential

  • 3 of 5

We had a great time in Manzanillo, what a beautiful area with lots of things to do. The town itself is very small with a few great restaurants and grocery stores, friendly locals and great beaches.

Our experience with this property started out fairly frustrating, upon booking I had to beg for even basic information like the location and contacts etc. from the owner. This took several weeks, phones calls, texts to get any answers. This is very frustrating when you are trying to confirm and organize trips from a distance. I'm not the type to just show up and hope I have a place to stay if I was I wouldn't be booking places 3 months in advance.

Once we arrived the place was easy to find, right in the middle of town. The beach is right in front of the house (across the road) and the house is conveniently located near the restaurants, grocery stores, activities, and the beach! The caretaker was great, showed us the house and gave us the rundown on the property and the town, gave us some eating and entertainment options which was a welcoming experience. The house is the same as it is in the photos except I think the photos need to be updated. The property is showing a lot of signs of neglect and is in need to some care. I get the feeling this is defiantly a "rental" I don't feel that as an owner of this property I would want to stay in its current state. I understand that owning a property this close to the ocean can be very hard to maintain, but I feel that that isn't a great excuse in this case. The house from the outside is in need of some repairs, paint, roof, lighting, furniture, yard, trees just an all around facelift. The Inside of the house was actually very nice, really nice layout with the upper open air loft bedroom (it is screened in). I don't believe there has been new mattresses installed in several years.. they were bad, dingy, and need to be replaced. The bathroom sink leaked so we did not use it. The wifi was great and did have a TV which we did not even turn on. The front porch of this place is such a great living space, we spent 80% of our time lounging on the front porch, what a nice area of the house.

I'm giving this property 3 stars, as I do not feel that it is worth the upper end price point for the area for the current state of the property (which I feel the owner could charge more if they would spend a few dollars, it really has some great potential).

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sorry there was frustration requesting information in advance. I usually make sure to answer all questions immediately and give directions etc. about a week in advance. I think they requested the information around three weeks in advance when I was really busy and I knew there was plenty of time left to respond. However, I should have been more sensitive to their request. We have not been at the house since last summer although we do have people looking after it. Even if you are there (which we were for four years)it is extremely hard to maintain . Availability of items,qualified repair people,the jungle and the humidity all make it very difficult.However, now that I know about it we will certainly fix the sink leak and we will see what we can do about updating in the near future.
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

As advertised!

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in this home. The beach across the street is beautiful, we ate gelato next door and thin-crust pizza next door to that. Maxi's was fun and had delicious fish. Kelly gives great massages and also took us on a tour further into the reserve to go kayaking.The bus across the street to go north to the other beaches and Puerto Viejo is very convenient for those times when you want a livelier scene. But for us the village was perfect. The house itself is adorable and the owner very conscientious if anything went wrong or we needed help deciding where to go or what to do. It was a little small for 3 adults and 3 teenagers (the owner advised us of this beforehand) but would be perfect for 4 or 5 people. Highly recommended!!

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5 0
Ukiah, CA

A Rainy but Wonderful Week

  • 5 of 5

We greatly enjoyed this rental in Manzanillo, a small village at the end of the road before Panama on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. We arrived by bus with no car, so location was everything. The comfortable house we rented, with a 5 star front porch!!--was 2 minutes from the beach, 4 minutes from the store--two minutes from the dive shop--8 minutes from the trail into the jungle to Panama (sloths, monkeys, yes). A great airy upper room screened in...but no mosquitos outside either. Friendly landlords, Haute cuisine cook and tour guide on grounds! Great visiting dogs and friendly people thoughout the town. What's not to like? If you like the Caribbean Creole food and atmosphere you will love this place. My one regret, weather was too bad to snorkel, but we could still swim everyday and it was still warm! We stayed, two couples--all of us in our sixties or above and were very comfortable. I strongly recommend this rental.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2012
  • Stayed: Feb 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very Disappointing

  • 1 of 5

Intended to stay for 3 weeks January 2012, scrambled for alternate accommodation after 3 nights. Old house. Living area chair cushions dirty, home to cockroaches (it's Costa Rica,not a surprise); kitchen is small, one burner working on stove despite owner coming to fix it; large fridge, sink area has a bad smell to it; 1 usable skillet, but no saucepans that I could find; no microwave, but small toaster oven; also a coffee maker, crockpot, blender. Water cooler leaks on floor. Bathroom very small; shower stall small; tile grout is stained/dirty; around the base of the toilet it is black (covered by mat), toilet occasionally needed fixing when flapper stuck in open position; shower did not drain properly and had 'things' floating in the water -use public shower a few doors down, also a bad smell in this room. Hot water plumbed to kitchen, bathroom, and laundry. Laundry washer and dryer are large capacity. Downstairs bedroom doors open up to a view of the small house at rear of property, and the side where people walk to get to that house. Closet where safe is has a very disagreeable odour, also no light to see the combination-use flashlight (provided by bar area). Didn't use the bed, but it is on a frame with a headboard. Each room has a different level of floor - about a 1/2 inch difference. Central 'room' has an electrical problem with the overhead light, sometimes working, sometimes flickering. Somewhat steep stairs going to the bedroom upstairs. Handrail is too wide to be of much use. Overhead light does not work, but fan does - one speed. Bed is directly on the floor; no headboard; wall behind bed is covered with cloth attached to wall frame; worn, stained linens, mattress cover was sweat stained and had not been laundered; dead bugs on mattress; new pillows. Woke up with numerous mosquito bites on face and sugar ant bites on hands. Although they weren't there when going to bed, the ants were there in the early morning. No mosquito nets over any of the beds. Plenty of opportunity for mosquitoes to come in with gaps between the doors and displaced screens. A child might enjoy the bed in the 'loft' over the kitchen, can't really imagine anyone else crawling in and out of it. Front yard had a large pile of plant debris. Well maintained beach across road. Sodas in the area have edible but unremarkable food. Maxi's play music loudly and well into the wee hours some nights. Owners were responsive to calls. Not recommended to anyone. Can't post photos.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2012
  • Stayed: Dec 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes the house is old and not perfect,yes the floors are different levels where the house has been renovated,part of it's charm.Yes the handrail is wide but certainly usable. Overall this review is pretty inaccurate. We spray for roaches after each guest,all the burners on the stove work and there are a few different size saucepans in the kitchen. There is a microwave(it was being repaired when she arrived). The toilet was installed by Tico and does have dark grout as this was how it was installed in the original house. Shower works and drains fine. THERE ARE NO BAD SMELLS IN THE HOUSE.I had several people come in and stick their noses in the drains after she left and they could not smell anything. The light in the middle room was malfunctioning then and has been fixed. The beds were sprayed and left in the sun after this woman left since she said she was getting bitten.You have to do this periodically in Costa Rica. EVERYTHING including,pillows,mattress pad, sheets ,blankets was of course laundered before her arrival.There were no deadbugs when she got there but they can appear overnight here. The sheets were 2 months old 400 thread count 100% cotton purchased in the states. Unfortunately things get and stay stained pretty easily here no matter how you launder things,perhaps due to the water. Plant debris in the front yard is standard after you clean up and then you have to wait for the right time to burn it so you don't smoke people out.The leaves are needed here to replenish and protect the roots of the plants. If you rake up everything pristinely,plants don't do well,especially near the ocean.Obviously the house was not for her.
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5 2
Asheville, NC

Excellent location and a cute house

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at this house for a week over the holidays, and had a great time. The house is roomy and mostly open air, bringing the greens of the jungle inside. You won't find many places as close to the beach as this house. Basically, you step out the door and cross a quiet road, and there you are on the lovely beach of Manzanillo. We had fun bringing the blender full of rum cocktails and the deck chairs directly onto the beach. The decor is tasteful and simple, with a lot of natural wood. We really enjoyed lounging on the outside couch set-up, listening to the waves crash. If you want to get away from the bustle of Puerto Viejo and away from other tourists, this is a good choice. All the locals we met were very friendly and accommodating. There's a restaurant within a two minute walk (Maxi's) which is excellent and good value. However, we cooked a lot of meals "at home". If you want an air conditioned, sanitized hotel experience, this is not for you. If you want a place that's more unique and more immediate to nature and in a small village, this place will work well for you. Diane and Richard were very responsive to all our requests. They will help you arrange transport to and from San Jose and will advise you on what to do while you are in the area. Thanks!!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2012
  • Stayed: Dec 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Manzanillo un lugar bellísimo

  • 5 of 5

La descripción del anuncio corresponde según las fotografías, la ubicación de la casa es excelente punto, la distribución de la casa es muy bonita, un lugar bien limpio, la higiene para mí es muy importante, la cocina con todas las comodidades y utensilios necesarios, los cuartos muy cómodos y los de la planta alta los disfrutaron mucho los chicos, muy particulares con vista a los árboles. El corredor excelente, lo disfrutamos mucho. La cochera muy bien ubicada. Desde la calle la casa pasa desapercibida muy discreta, un lugar muy bonito, rodeada de palmeras, lo que hacen que la casa se mantenga siempre fresca.

La buena atención y fineza de la persona a cargo del sitio fue muy buena, pendiente de lo que requiriéramos.

El punto en que se encuentra la casa es excelente para ir al mirador de Manzanillo, así como a los que nos gustan las caminatas entre la montaña, llenarse de lodo y disfrutar de la naturaleza, caminando unas 4 hora hacia Gándoca, una experiencia bellísima. Muy cerca de la frontera con Panamá (en vehículo propio). La playa está cruzando la calle y es apta para nadar. Algo que noté, es que el servicio de bus al sitio es excelente.

A pocos pasos de la casa hay un supermercado, hay de todo, contiguo a el, hay varias sodas, fuimos a una que cumplió con las expectativas de comer bien y barato. A 15 minutos de la casa caminando por la playa, están los muchachos que dan servicio de bote a las diferentes atracciones en Manzanillo.

Recomiendo visitar la propiedad, cumplió sobradamente con las expectativas de la familia. Mil gracias. Familia Castro Arce

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Manzanillo House Rental Rates

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Nov 25 2016 - May 8 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
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4 night minimum stay
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Over 2 people-10.00 more per person per night

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Manzanillo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Loft - 1 double , Full-size mattress in the loft
  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (2)
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming

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