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Casa de Frutas - Tulemar - 3BR - Sleeps 8 - 4 pools & 1 private - Tulemar Beach!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

Villa, 3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)


Located in Tulemar, a 33 acre, gated and secure, residential resort located right in the heart of Manuel Antonio. Our villas are surrounded by jungle and the wildlife is abundant; you’ll see monkeys, sloths and exotic birds throughout the property and on our hiking trails. At the Tulemar Beach you’ll find warm, tropical waters with a sandy beach and lots of shady palm trees plus free lounge chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, boogie boards, towels and food/beverage service.

For more information and availability on Casa de Frutas call 800-936-9622 or

Casa de Frutas is a privately owned luxury rental villa located in the renowned gated resort of Tulemar Gardens in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. This “Bali Modern” style house totals 4,000 square feet of tropical, open-air living with 3 large air conditioned bedrooms each with its own bath, kitchenette and dining area, outdoor living room and ocean views. Some of the many amenities include panoramic sunset ocean views, an infinity edge plunge pool, Balinese pavilion and a private award winning beach just minutes down the hill. Your perfect vacation begins at Casa de Frutas. (A 12 page photo spread of Casa de Frutas was featured in the architectural magazine Su Casa)


One of the things our guests rave about the most, is the unexpected and unrivalled service they received during their stay at Casa de Frutas from Mauricio, their own personal concierge. Mauricio, a native of Costa Rica, graduated from ULACIT university with a business degree and then spent three years in the US working and studying English. After his time in the US, he returned to Costa Rica to work in banking and hospitality, learning the high level of service required to excel in both industries. Mauricio has worked with Casa de Frutas from the beginning in management, marketing and the concierge role. He takes pride in knowing what guests expect staying in a luxury vacation rental, and utilizes his extensive network of local contacts to fulfill all our guests wishes. You can feel comfortable at Casa de Frutas knowing that whatever you need during your stay will be taken care of by Mauricio. As one of guests remarked “He knew what we would need before we even asked”.


Tulemar is exactly where you want to be in Manuel Antonio! It is the only gated and secure, 33 acre resort development in Manuel Antonio with it’s own private beach. There are nature and hiking trails leading thru the jungle areas complete with plaques describing trees and vegetation. You will see as much wildlife in Tulemar as you do at the national park including all three types of monkeys, sloths, exotic birds, insects and other wildlife. The private beach is perfect for swimming and snorkeling and has free lounge chairs, umbrellas, sea kayaks, and boogie boards for all guests to use. Tulemar’s private beach was also proud to have just received the prestigious “Blue Flag” award (Programa Bandera Azul Ecologica) signifying pristine water and beach area, and environmentally/ecologically protective practices. Food and beverage service is available. You can walk just minutes down the hill to the beach and either walk back up or take the resort shuttle. Tulemar is located in the heart of Manuel Antonio, within walking distance to the best restaurants and fun bars. The national park is just minutes down the street.

More Details

Dave Houck
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
January 12, 2018

About Dave Houck

Born and raised in the Central Valley of California, I worked with my parents and brothers until we sold our 'family business' in 1996 and I was able to travel. Costa Rica was one of my first trips; each year I returned for a longer stay. In 2002 I bought a piece of land and began building my home here. Finished in 2005 (and still looking brand new!) I have now moved to Costa Rica as a full time resident, renting Casa de Frutas, living in a tropical bungalow (Ku De Ta) nearby and building other vacation homes.

Dave Houck purchased this villa in 2005

Why Dave Houck chose Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio is THE DESTINATION in Costa Rica....set along the mountain top above beautiful beaches....surrounded by dense jungle and exotic wildlife .....a very small, eclectic community filled with surfers, sportsfishermen, backpackers, international tourists and the wonderful Costa Rican people! The most expensive real estate in all of Costa Rica is here....for a mega resorts(yet).....very casual and very comfortable.

What makes this villa unique

Make sure you watch the 'video tour' of the villa...all of our guests say the same thing...your website photos are great, but they don't capture the feeling of walking thru front's breathtaking....our guests don't want to leave the house....but you'll also enjoy our pool and the private beach....our 'repeat' guests and their 'word of mouth' advertising keep us busy.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We just returned from our 4th visit to Casa de Frutas - absolutely our favorite vacation spot!! Vacationing here is truly an extraordinary experience. We have our own private pool and near by a private beach (with small bar and restaurant). This area is great for boogie boarding or just relaxing. Casa de Frutas is a beautifully appointed home/villa that easily accommodates three couples comfortably. This villa provides an open air spectacular view of the ocean and jungle from the main living area balcony But most of all - we have the best staff!! Service is five star by all. Mauricio is our own private concierge - takes excellent care of us by making all our dinner and excursion suggestions and reservations or whatever else we might need. Housekeepers do an impeccable job and our pool and grounds managers attend to every detail. Last but not least is Tulemar Dave, the Master Host. Always available with suggestions or to answer questions. Many things to do nearby. We have enjoyed zip lining, riding horses through the jungle to waterfalls, riding ATVs through the jungle, white water rafting, mangrove tours, fishing and guided Manual Antonio Park tours, just to name a few. There are many very good restaurants that are just a short distance from the house that serve delicious food. We are never disappointed at Casa de Frutas!! We will definitely be back.
May 2017
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Manuel Antonio Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 queen
  • Books
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
MAIN FLOOR - 2000 square feet, Open air living room with 25 foot ceiling, Open air kitchen/bar, Master bedroom/bath with air conditioning, Open air water fall shower, Terrace dining room that seats 10, Terrace living room, LCD flat screen TV with Netflix in bedroom, LCD flat screen TV in bath, Sound system with iPod dock, & ceiling speakers, Separate guest bath, Safe, Desk area, Iron/ironing board, Hair dryer, Aveda bath products, Bathrobes, & Binoculars. DOWNSTAIRS SUITES - 2 identical suites, 1000 square feet each, Completely air conditioned, Two Queen-size beds in each, Kitchenette/bar, Dining area that seats four, Outdoor terrace living area, TV with Chrome Cast, Bose iPod dock, Binoculars


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Casa de Frutas - Tulemar - 3BR - Sleeps 8 - 4 pools & 1 private - Tulemar Beach!
average rating of 5.0 based on 49 reviews
Miami, FL

Paradise at Casa de Frutas

  • 5 of 5

Casa de Frutas was one of the most elegant and comfortable homes that we have ever stayed in. To our surprise there was a very helpful staff to make our stay even more special. From the private pool to even the monkeys in the trees outside of the kitchen and living room our time there was a true delight. Our host, David, and our concierge Mauricio made us feel as if we were part of their family. Mauricio arranged special activities for us like zip lining in the canopy of the jungle, deep sea fishing and a dinner and sunset sail. All were first class. Overall our vacation was absolutely outstanding.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Elyse.....we loved having your family with us at Casa de Frutas and hope to have you back again! Tulemar Dave
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San Jose, CA

Casa de Frutas

  • 5 of 5

Paradise! Amazing place!! Casa de Frutas is the most beautiful home with stunning views and impeccable attention to detail. The exquisite furnishings make you feel as if you stepped on a movie set on your own private island without the lights camera action! Pure luxury, so inviting, warm and relaxing. The views are beyond anything I can describe; prettiest place on earth may be the best way to describe Casa de Frutas at Tulemar. From the moment we arrived, we were transformed into another place and time. The service team welcomed us with open arms, and took great care to make our visit very special. Sunshine warmed our skin as we enjoyed the beautiful rain forest, warm silver sand private beaches, hiking trails and sunsets that enchanted us to stop and enjoy the many wonders of a more relaxed time and place. We saw monkeys play, beautiful birds soar above the trees, colorful butterflies and soaked our skin in the warm water of the pacific! Such a peaceful place! Highly recommend! Only suggestion; stay as long as you can as this place is heaven on earth and once there you will never want to leave!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I loved reading your review! Thank you for such an amazing description of your stay. We look forward to your return! Dave
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Casa de Frutas - WOW!

  • 5 of 5

This was the first time we stayed at Casa de Frutas, a private home in Tulemar, and it was spectacular. A post card view which finishes every night with the most beautiful sunsets. Panoramic views of the ocean from every room. Spacious with comfortable beds and private balconies for each room. Sparkling infinity pool. Beautiful tropical flower arrangements artistically displayed throughout the property in every room replaced weekly. We were in the middle of a tropical paradise where wildlife is abundant. A shuttle takes you to a private beach that included staff ready and waiting to serve you. The Pool Bar & Restaurant in Tulemar had great food and drinks. Located close to many good restaurants as well. Convenient to get transportation, they will pick you up at your front door. Just minutes away from Manuel Antonio National Park with a large beach, restaurants and shopping. The attention to detail and tireless efforts to achieve perfection by Dave, Mauricio and staff was outstanding. We can't wait to come back again. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the great review! We hope to have you back with us again! Dave
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Beverly Hills, CA

My most amazing vacation

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Casa de Frutas. the most amazing experience i have ever lived. i have been traveling in many places all my life but definitely an adventure like this 8 days in Costa Rica , Manuel Antonio. Exceed all my expectations.

beautiful house- amazing vegetation- perfect weather- amazing people- 10 stars service.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the 5 Star review and all the kind words; we hope to have you back with us again!
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New Jersey

Better than ever.....Casa de Frutas

  • 5 of 5

I am not exactly sure how you improve on "perfect" but somehow Dave and Mauricio did it on our most recent visit. The Villa still looks like it is brand new: day one condition. The grounds were immaculate. We find the shoulder seasons the very best time of year to go as it is almost like we have the park to ourselves. Plunge pool has a new look to it. The staff remembered us from our previous visit. We feel like "old friends" upon our arrival. Casa de Frutas is now on our regular rotation for our "Get Away" vacations. Pura Vida

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the wonderful review; we loved having you with us!
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Decatur, Texas

Still in denial

  • 5 of 5

My family has rented this home the last two summers. I'm in denial that we won't be renting it this year so I decided to go ahead and submit my review. We have come to love Costa Rica, more than any other, and this has much to do with Dave, Mauricio and the staff at Casa de Frutas and Tulemar. We love everything about CDF. When walked up to the property with Mauricio and the staff there to greet us, we knew it would be a special place. It did not disappoint in any way. There is as much to do or as little to do as you would like. Mauricio booked deep sea fishing for our crews on both trips. We returned with a lot of fish to have the chef prepare it for us. He made the arrangements for our excursions and the reservations when we decided to go out. I would recommend everyone to rent the house, but then it would leave less time for me to do so! If you are thinking about it, you will not regret it. Pura Vida from Texas!

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Trent....we loved having you with us and look forward to your return.....we'll be ready! Dave Houck
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At our beach - free use of ocean kayaks, lounges and umbrellas, hiking trails through out the property


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 17.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Canceled bookings will not receive a refund