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TripAvisor Winner: 'Top Vacation Rental'- CasaTolteca - Walk to Beach and Park

Bedrooms 6
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, sleeps up to 18

CasaTolteca has won TripAdvisor's "Top Vacation Rental" award for Manuel Antonio EVERY YEAR the award has been given!

In fact, CasaTolteca has remained one of the most popular and most requested home in Manuel Antonio for the past 9 years with good reason. There are plenty of beautiful homes in Manuel Antonio, but ONLY CasaTolteca has:

1) Perfect location... close to the beach as well as the town (this is one of only two large homes in town that you can comfortably walk to the public beach where you will find the entrance to the National Park).

2) Privacy - From virtually every corner of the estate, you have complete privacy. Your view is lush tropical rain-forest and stunning ocean views, not noisy, distracting neighbors. Most homes in town are built on narrow lots with neighbors just a few feet away.

3) Perfect layout for groups with 4 living spaces... one large great room for everyone to get together when you want, and three other living areas for everyone to have their own private space when needed.

4) Horizontal layout that rolls up into the rainforest, which gives you that great indoor/outdoor feeling that you are living in the rain-forest, not just looking over it.

Most Popular Home in Manuel Antonio: CasaTolteca is more than a home, it's a private luxury estate nestled up in the enchanted Manuel Antonio rain-forest. Perfect for large groups, CasaTolteca includes four fully equipped living suites including 2 large great rooms... large enough for weddings and family reunions.

Surrounded by lush rain-forest with no visible neighbors, exotic birds, monkeys, and other wildlife frequently visit CasaTolteca. Walk through our colorful butterfly garden and out our secure entrance gate and you can walk to over a dozen restaurants, bars, a private nature reserve, casinos, or to the beach in just minutes. You don't need a car!

From virtually every corner of the estate, you have complete privacy. Enjoy the view of lush tropical rain-forest and stunning ocean vistas with no neighbors or distractions. Most other homes are built on narrow lots with neighbors just feet away. With CasaTolteca you do not feel confined to the indoors.

Extraordinary peace, privacy and seclusion: CasaTolteca is private and secure gated property which offers extraordinary peace, privacy and seclusion within the rain-forest. Frequent monkeys, sloths, flocks of toucans, and many spectacular lizards may be observed about the villa. Hundreds of species of birds have been spotted from our balconies.

Experience CasaTolteca now - its lush jungle setting and breathtaking ocean views are out of this world. Explore the many exciting attractions of this pristine coastal rain forest from one of the most pleasant and delightfully relaxing luxury havens in all of Central America.

Please allow us to help assure that you and your entire group enjoy a truly fabulous expedition in this incomparable tropical paradise. Contact us anytime. We will be happy to tell you more about Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio, and CasaTolteca. We look forward to hearing from you soon, and to eventually serving you at CasaTolteca!

Guest Comments: More guests comments on our private web site --

'Thank you for the beautiful accommodations at Casa Tolteca. It was breathtaking and perfect in every way. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful, clean, and spacious place to stay, with all the comforts of home. Every morning we were entertained by monkeys, out back and around the balconies. We also had a sloth hanging in one of the trees and of course several iguanas on the tree tops--it was fabulous. During our last evening, several toucans swooped by and landed in the tree over the pool. 'Your concierge was wonderful and the maid did a great job. We were greeted by them on Saturday with gorgeous flower arrangements and a huge basket of fresh fruit. The entire villa smelled of fresh flowers. I couldn't believe my eyes when I walked in and saw the view out over the lush rain forest and the pacific ocean and how perfect everything was. 'We saw more wildlife and beauty from our balcony then we did in the park. It was wonderful!

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Property Manager
Michael Cunningham
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2017

About Michael Cunningham

After year's of traveling through Asia and Europe, Costa Rica was my first travel through the Americas. I quickly fell in love with the people and the incredible beauty of Manuel Antonio, purchasing an estate as my home-away-from-home in 2006. After extensive renovations, I'm proud that I have made CasaTolteca one of the most rented home in the country... unfortunately, that means I rarely get to visit. So I just finished building my 'retirement home' on another property in Manuel Antonio. I live in Chicago today, but will be living in Manuel Antonio very soon.

Michael Cunningham purchased this villa in 2006

Why Michael Cunningham chose Manuel Antonio Area

Costa Rica has many beautiful areas, but none more spectacular or famous than Manuel Antonio. Manuel Antonio has the best of everything Costa Rica has to offer in one place. While other small towns of Costa Rica are growing too fast with tall towers and fast food restaurants, I will always have the natural beauty and privacy of Manuel Antonio National Park right next to me.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Hi Michael,

Sorry this email is so late in getting written, life has been very busy since returning from Costa Rica.

We, my family and friends, had an absolutely wonderful time staying at Casa Tolteca. Everybody LOVED the villa and the privacy it afforded. We can be a pretty loud group when we start telling stories and laughing but due to the set up we never feared disturbing the neighbors. The purpose of our trip was to surprise my brother, who lives in San Jose, for his 50th birthday. Our driver, William, was very accommodating in helping us pull off this surprise. To say the least my brother was shocked and speechless.

Thomas did a great job setting up the bus service, chef service and all of our excursions. He was very responsive and helpful during our stay. I am sure you are happy to have him as the concierge for your property. The chef service along with the quality and presentation of the food exceeded my expectations. What a fantastic group of people, we were all so happy that we opted to have them make dinner for us on 2 occasions. Very reasonably priced as well. The companies you utilize for excursions are top notch and their staffs really helped to enhance our enjoyment of the area.

Everyone in our group fell in love with Costa Rica and especially Casa Tolteca. We arrived at the villa late Friday night and by Saturday morning everyone was already talking about coming back. By Monday we had all decided to make this biennial family reunion and of course plan ahead of time to ensure we can get accommodations at Casa Tolteca. We will return!

Thank you again for everything, the entire experience was at the very top of my favorite vacations taken to date.


Nancy and the rest of the gang.
May 2014
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TripAvisor Winner: 'Top Vacation Rental'- CasaTolteca - Walk to Beach and Park
average rating of 5.0 based on 106 reviews

Absolutely awesome time

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely awesome time in Costa Rica, and did not want to come home! It is hard to get all of our family together in one place as they are scattered across the U.S. And in Japan! Everyone was thrilled with the accommodations, and the location of the house was perfect as everyone was very comfortable with jumping on the bus! The house is perfectly arranged, especially for a group like ours, and was extremely well equipped!

We loved the upper deck and the views, and our resident iguana. We had a wonderful Christmas dinner prepared by your staff, who were delightful! And I cannot say enough about how great Thomas was. He was so responsive, capable, and personable. You have a real gem in Thomas!!! The house exceeded our expectations, and I will definitely recommend it to others who may be interested!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2009
  • Stayed: Dec 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing home.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Casa Tolteca with our family. It fit 12 people very comfortably. The home is beautiful and located close to beach. The house offers so many amenities such as concierge, cleaners and out favorite chef, Jose. You will not regret staying at Casa Tolteca.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks again Jessica. We are so happy that your group enjoyed Tolteca so much. Our staff works hard to make sure your stay becomes a life-time memory. We always enjoy hearing that we have done our job.
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Fantastic staff, house and location

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 12 had a fantastic experience at Casa Tolteca. The house is beautiful and well laid out for groups. The beds were super comfortable. Angie was extremely knowledgeable and helpful scheduled some great activities for us with top notch tour providers. We loved the monkey troop that came by. The chef service was great and much better than any restaurant. We had dinners prepared many nights by Rambo and wish we had him for all of our dinners! Food was tasty, fresh and great quality. Plenty of parking for our three cars. Pool was a great option after a day of activities and kept the kids occupied. Overall highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Christine. It sounds like you had quite a few monkeys visit you at Tolteca. With the thick jungle that surrounds the home, we do have quite a bit of wildlife around the home every day. I've owned the home for 10 years and never get tired of watching the monkeys play in the trees. I'm also glad that you enjoyed our chef so much. As you probably noticed in so many other reviews for Tolteca, guests love eating at Tolteca. People always tell us that it's the best food in town! Let me know when you are ready to come back and visit us again in paradise.
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  • 5 of 5

Casa Tolteca is stunningly perched on the side of the jungle overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The grounds and pool are lovely, as is the main house and the casita (little house). It is very clean and daily maid service helps keep it that way while you are off on adventures offered in the local community like parasailing, fishing and zip lining. Your concierge arranges all of these things for you and the professionalism of the guides is amazing. The house has all the creature comforts you could want or need. The beds are comfortable. The kitchen is well-stocked with all the kinds of pots and pans you would need to make anything you want. The beach is close, and if you're lucky you will have monkeys visit you! This property is highly recommended especially for big groups.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Suzanne. We loved having you and your group at Tolteca. I'm glad you were able to enjoy the many tours and excursions that our house concierge set up for you. I'm sure there are still more excursions that you didn't have time for, so you'll have to try new ones on your next visit.
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An amazing experience! Casa Tolteca lives up!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Tolteca lives up to its awards. There are many nice homes in Manuel Antonio, but Michael is a great property manager and takes care of things professionally. The house staff are very nice and are there but don't seem like it. I've been in the hospitality business for 20 years, and I would recommend this home to anyone. Close to everything. Most private home of all of them.

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mark. We always appreciate a great review but this review was especially appreciated knowing your many years in the high end hospitality industry. We know your expectations in a rental home are held to a higher standard so when our home lives up to and exceeds your high expectations, we are especially proud of CasaTolteca and our awards. We look forward to seeing you on your next trip to Manuel Antonio.
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Unforgettable visit!

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family of nine people, ages 5 to 89 spent one wonderful week at Casa Tolteca. The home provided us with memories that will last a lifetime. We definitely saw more wildlife at close range at the house than we did anywhere else during our visit to Costa Rica. We often felt as if we were part of a National Geographic special! A group of squirrel monkeys including a couple of females passed by one morning, paused along the railing long enough to nurse their babies and allow us to take photos before heading back into the rain forest. The resident iguanas were very much at home on the roof and didn't seem to mind sharing the outdoor space with us.

The house itself is beautifully situated and the layout allows a great deal of privacy while still providing nice areas for larger groups to gather. The steps down to the house from the road ensured that we were in better physical shape when we left than when we arrived! Although the house is located such that walking to the nearby public beach and local restaurants is possible it is not particularly safe since the roads are narrow and winding with no accommodation for pedestrians.

One of the best parts of our visit were the meals that we had prepared at the house by local chefs, Marisol and Israel. The food was amazing and their warm personalities made the whole experience very special. We also enjoyed the restaurant Emilio's which had a gorgeous view as well as delicious food.

We were happy that we decided to rent a van while we were in Costa Rica so that we had more flexibility to explore the surrounding area. We visited some of the beaches to the south including beautiful Playa Dominical and Playa Hermosa which we probably would not have done otherwise. A group of us spent one day zip lining at MidWorld Costa Rica which everyone agreed was a highlight of the trip. The Mangrove Boat Tour by Manuel Antonio Expeditions was another highly recommended day trip. Although the amount of wildlife we saw was a bit underwhelming it was interesting to see an entirely different habitat and enjoy a wonderful meal prepared in our guide's home.

Michael, the owner and Thomas, the concierge were patient with my many questions and quick with their responses. Angie, who met us at the house when we arrived was warm and personable as well as a wonderful source of information and advice on the area.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking the time writing such a nice review. We love to hear how our guests enjoyed our home and our town. It sounds like you took full advantage of all the fun things to do in town! We look forward to having you back again for your next trip to paradise.
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Quepos (QPX)
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
El Avion
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Los Suenos
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
The Falls Garden Cafe
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Playa Espadilla
Car: not necessary

CasaTolteca is located in the heart of Manuel Antonio, one of the closest homes to the world-famous National Park. Surrounded by rain-forest, just walk through our private butterfly garden and out the front gate to easily walk to all the best restaurants, casinos, clubs, bars and discos.

Several world-class beaches and the famous National Park are just a two minute drive or ten minute walk from the villa.

All this means that you may not need to rent a vehicle during your stay at CasaTolteca, since inexpensive cabs and public buses frequently pass by its main entry gate throughout the day and evening. The CasaTolteca complex is spread out horizontally, not vertically like most other houses in the area, giving an open feeling that you are on a large property, not just in a house.

CasaTolteca is surrounded by rain-forest and gardens, not other houses, giving you complete privacy, except, of course, for the monkeys, birds and other animals that frequently visit the house.

Other Activities: zip line; horseback ride; jet ski; etc

Golf: The nearest golf course is about 45 minutes away from Manuel Antonio


Rates & Availability

Manuel Antonio Villa Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Peak Season
Jan 28 2017 - Apr 7 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Apr 8 2017 - Apr 21 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Apr 22 2017 - Jun 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
High Season
Jun 3 2017 - Aug 25 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Aug 26 2017 - Nov 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 24 2017
7 night minimum stay
Winter Season
Nov 25 2017 - Dec 18 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Dec 19 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
Peak Season
Jan 6 2018 - Apr 27 2018
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Apr 28 2018 - Jun 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance $70
Tax Rate 13.0%

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Manuel Antonio Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 6500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Spa
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower
  • Hair dryer and double sinks in all bathrooms. There is also an outdoor shower.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • CasaTolteca can sleep up to 18 comfortably. CasaTolteca is an estate with 4 separate living suites, each with their own kitchen and sitting area. There is the large Sky Suite used for everyone to get together for dinner and socializing. It is located on the upper terrace and has two bedrooms, two baths with a very large 550 square foot great room. The Ocean Suite is located on the middle terrace and has two bedrooms, two baths and another large 440 square foot great room. The Jungle Suite located on the lower terrace and is an intimate studio. The Casita Studio is also an intimate, private studio and is located on the upper terrace. All suites have ocean views! The entire CasaTolteca complex is over 6,500 square feet of habitable space.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 30 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
A beautiful vanishing edge pool with a spectacular view of the Pacific shares the middle terrace with the two-bedroom Ocean Suite. Each of the four living suites enjoys a breathtaking ocean view, and has its own garden seating. There is plenty of covered outdoor space for our large oversize hammocks, as well as a gas barbecue.

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