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ON the Beach Top Vacation Rental 2012 & 2013 - Feel Like Family

Evelyn - Homeowner

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english, spanish, italian
Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Evelyn - Homeowner

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, spanish, italian
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Calendar last updated:
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ON the Beach Top Vacation Rental 2012 & 2013 - Feel Like Family

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


Manuel Antonio Villa Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms, 3 baths, sleeps 6-8. Ask about our Rental Options for Larger Groups

The Discovery Beach House boutique vacation rental home is directly ON the beach. It was awarded the 'Top Vacation Rental Home in Manuel Antonio 2012' and also received an 'Excellent' rating in 2012 .

This 3 bedroom 3 bath boutique villa sleeps 6-8. Ask about our rental options for larger groups of up to 16. Free WiFi. Credit cards accepted.

The Discovery Beach House has everything you need; 2 King size and 1 Queen size bed, fully equipped kitchen (just like home), wrap around balconies with ocean views, a huge infinity pool and an oversize hot tub. Housekeeper, free laundry, gardener and 24/7 security are all included. The entertainment center includes a 42' plasm TV, DVD player, DVD library and board games.

Imagine the most convenient location in all of Manuel Antonio. It's a quick 1-5 minute beach walk to restaurants, a grocery store and souvenir shopping. The Discovery Beach House is a 2-minute drive or a 10-minute walk to Manuel Antonio National Park. Until 1972 this property was a part of the national park and still attracts monkeys and sloths. Lush gardens and hand painted sinks add to your tropical experience. This beach villa features a huge Infinity pool and hot tub. Public transportation is a one-minute walk away.

If you're looking for a romantic destination wedding setting the Discovery Beach House is the most wedding-friendly villa directly on the beach in Manuel Antonio. We have a 9 x 9 meter deck beachside for up to 50 people for your reception. We work with the top wedding planners in Costa to fit every budget.

Owner, Evelyn Gallardo, is the author of 'The Best of Manuel Antonio & Quepos 2012' and 'Among the Orangutans - The Birute Galdikas Story.' She lives in Manuel Antonio with her husband David.

Concierge service is included and so is a FREE Welcome Tour around town in a cool new vacation buggy. The Discovery Beach House staff is waiting to pamper you in paradise. Make your reservation now.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Evelyn - Homeowner (Owner)
Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english, spanish, italian
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
April 14, 2015

About Evelyn - Homeowner

David & Evelyn are a conservationist couple whose passion for endangered primates led them to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica as naturally as a river seeks the sea. Prior to settling in Costa Rica they had traveled to the remotest rain forests of Africa, Asia and Latin America. Of all the countries they visited the owners adopted Costa Rica to build their dream vacation home, the Discovery Beach House. They completed their Costa Rica vacation villa in 2006 and converted the property into a private nature reserve with the intention of sharing it with like-minded people looking for the ideal Costa Rica beach vacation.

Your hosts have worked with scientists such as gorilla expert Dr. Dian Fossey and orangutan authority Dr. Biruté Galdikas. David produced a documentary, “Orangutans Grasping the Last Branch.” Evelyn is a wildlife photographer whose photos adorn the walls of their vacation rental home.

She’s also the author of the award-winning book, Among the Orangutans, which earned a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly.

Evelyn spoke worldwide on the issue of saving endangered primate and their habitats. She was invited to speak at more than 500 schools where she inspired students with her “Follow Your Dream” theme and her captivating photos and stories.

Some students were motivated to form pen pals partnerships with students in Uganda to help save their dwindling wildlife, other students raised funds to hire anti-poaching patrols to protect mountain gorillas in Rwanda;yet others adopted orphaned orangutans in Borneo by recycling cans and used the proceeds to provide critical veterinary care.

The Discovery Beach House is a reflection of David & Evelyn’s life experiences. Their story is unique and remarkable and they’re happy to share it with you.

Evelyn - Homeowner purchased this villa in 2001

Why Evelyn - Homeowner chose Manuel Antonio

More than a beach.

More than a house.

It's an adventure!

What makes this villa unique

- One of only 3 luxury villas directly on the beach.

- 30 second walk to the beach

- Award winning service.

- 10 minute walking distance to Manuel Antonio National Park

- Concierge service included

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just returned from one of the best vacations we’ve ever had. We found Discovery Beach House on TripAdvisor and it was everything the reviews and YouTube videos said it would be. The location is perfect – a rare gem right on the beach so that you can easily relax by the pool or body surf in the waves all day and then enjoy breathtaking sunsets at night. Restaurants and shopping are within easy walking distance. Several are right down the beach while others require a trek up the hill, but there is a bus stop near the house which is very convenient and inexpensive if you prefer not to walk up. The National Park is a short walk down the beach. The grounds, pool, hot tub are beautifully maintained and feel very private. We had daily sightings of monkeys coming by to cool off at the pool or grab a snack from the greenery growing in the yard. We also saw several unique lizards, frogs/toads, sloths, toucans right in our own backyard. The house has very comfortable patio furniture, great floats for the pool, and some new beach lounge chairs were added while we were there. Inside, the accommodations were immaculate – comfortable beds, great sheets, towels, very well stocked kitchen. It really felt like home away from home down to the last detail. The wonderful staff did a great job of keeping everything spotless all week, both inside and out. We always had fresh beach towels and as an added bonus after a day of sport fishing, we put our ‘fishy’ clothes in the laundry and had them back clean and folded the next day. In addition to having an amazing place to stay, the services provided by Sabrina, the concierge, allowed us to also enjoy some great activities – stress free. We did the Jungle Waterfall Tour, White Water Rafting and Deep Sea Fishing. Everything went off without a hitch and exceeded all expectations – transportation was there on the dot, the activities were very fun and also interesting (we learned a lot about Costa Rican plants, history, culture), and all in all made for many great memories. It was also a great feeling having Sabrina on call for any questions or to help with the language barrier (she ordered pizza delivery for us one night when we chose to lounge in the hot tub after hiking all day in Manuel Antonio). It felt like we had a local friend in town if we needed help with anything. Everyone in our group agreed that we’d give Discovery Beach House our absolute highest recommendation.
Feb 2015
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ON the Beach Top Vacation Rental 2012 & 2013 - Feel Like Family
average rating of 5.0 based on 52 reviews
Westport, WA

We Love, Love, Love this Place!

  • 5 of 5

Can't tell you enough how much we love, love, love this place! It was such a perfect location for my husband's 70th birthday celebration with all our friends - couldn't have been more perfect. From the moment we arrived the date and time ceased to matter. We just let ourselves be swept away by the beautiful surroundings. The pool and hot tub are unbelievably close and we used them daily (many times). Such a great spot to view the monkeys performing for us in the trees.

Thank you so much for creating this gorgeous home and sharing it with us. We'll definitely be back again soon.

Louise & Peter

Westport, WA

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2009
  • Stayed: Oct 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Hermosa Beach, CA

A Perfect Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Wow! Well, I first have to start off by saying that this was a real vacation, not that I haven't been to tropical destinations before with great accommodations, but this was the real deal. This place really was right on the beach, all I had to do to go in the ocean was walk out the little gate by the pool and the ocean was right there in front of me! I didn't spend any time getting around like you would have to at a resort or hotel, from room to pool to ocean, because everything was right there within 50 feet! I tend to work a lot so I don't like to spend my vacation time commuting or in a fact, the only time we got in a car was to go out to dinner, which made it a perfect vacation for me.

The pool is incredible and the monkeys came almost every night to nest in the palm tree over the Jacuzzi. It was a little humid but the air conditioners in the house kept things cool. This was an absolute top-notch place to stay in which I will revisit again and again!

Governor of Hermosa Beach

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: When we first saw this property 8 years ago we saw beyond the swamp and underbrush. We envisioned building our dream home and creating a private nature reserve where our guests could conveniently walk onto the beach, to Manuel Antonio National Park, to restaurants, and to buy groceries nearby without having to get in their car. The underbrush was cut away and the swamp was displaced by fruit trees, tropical gardens, paths, our home and the swimming pool. The monkeys and other wildlife hung in there with us throughout the process. It's very gratifying to see our guests not only enjoy but enthusiastically appreciate what the Discovery Beach House has become.

Discovery Beach House Ranks at the Top

  • 5 of 5

I never cease to be amazed at the beauty and wonder of God’s creation. Costa Rica and the Discovery Beach House rank at the top of my list. The house, swimming pool, beach and all the fun activities have been perfect for our family. It has truly been a blessing to spend the week here with my family and we can’t forget the monkeys! We enjoyed meeting you at La Hacienda restaurant. All of your workers have been very gracious and helpful. Thanks for making this experience possible. Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice!!

Nashville Tennessee Family

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2009
  • Stayed: Jun 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are truly blessed to enjoy such an abundance of natural beauty, wildlife and available activities. There's enough here to keep a family entertained for weeks!
Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Truely Paradise

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time vacationing at the Discovery Beach House and we really love this place! Everything is clean and well taken care of and all the staff made us feel special and did whatever was needed to make us comfortable. To us there isn't a more beautiful place to spend a vacation. Where else can one see wild monkeys play in the trees every afternoon and even see a sloth in the tree above our bedroom. We enjoy the privacy of the crystal clean pool and jacuzzi and the feeling that time doesn't matter. We enjoy being able to walk across the way at the beach to have a Michilada and Heart of Palm Salad at the Karahe Hotel & Restaurant, or a Sunset dinner at Aqua Azur (don't miss their Tuna Margarita Appetizer). The owner organized a Horseback riding tour for us as well as the Canopy Safary Zipline tour which we think is one of the best !!! The sound of the Ocean and the Rain forest is so relaxing and it was hart to leave. We will be back for sure !

Thank you ! KK & Peter

  • Submitted: May 27, 2009
  • Stayed: May 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Laguna Woods, Ca

Amazing is an understatement

  • 5 of 5

Amazing is an understatement…. We stayed at the Discovery Beach House this last March 2009. We had such a wonderful time and fell in love with the warmth and coziness that the Discovery Beach House offers. It has everything you need and More!!! First of all it’s located just steps from the beach. You can hear the waves crashing while sipping your morning cup of coffee. But yet you are surrounded by lush vegetation and the occasional monkey or sloth. It’s Truly Paradise… The Pool and Jacuzzi are a lot larger than I imagined and the beds and linens are so comfy I didn’t want to get out of bed. The kitchen is supplied with everything you need to cook a meal at home and the local grocery store is just a short taxi drive up the road. For fun we also took advantage of hiring the house chef to prepare a couple of meals for us. The Discovery Beach House also comes with a concierge so you don’t feel like you’ve been left alone in a foreign Country. She is a phone call away and is there to greet you upon your arrival. The house is filled with amazing artifacts from around the world. The living room has a cozy African theme while the kitchen honors the famous Artists Frida and Diego. Simply amazing…. I can’t wait to go back!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2009
  • Stayed: Mar 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This group appreciated our home, pool and gardens so much they hardly left the property. What a compliment. They also came during monkey mating season, so I guess even monkeys like a little privacy!


  • 5 of 5

The Discovery Beach House on Manuel Antonio Beach is the only place to stay while vacationing in Costa Rica. This house has everything. From an amazing sparkling infinity pool that seems to disappear into the ocean, to the oversized hot-tub, and the immediate beach access, you'll never stay anywhere else. I have stayed three times in the last 2 years and have another trip planned for the end of this year. This property is safe and secure, with an incredibly friendly and helpful staff. It is centrally located close to Manuel Antonio's finest restaurants and night clubs, as well as all the fantastic local attractions. Not to mention, monkeys, sloths, and all kinds of amazing natural wildlife surround you everywhere. Take the time to go on a nearby canopy safari through the Costa Rican Rain Forest and make sure to take long walks on the most beautiful beaches in the world - right outside your door! There is also plenty of great shopping very close by. Everything that was promised in the brochure was delivered and then some. The owners of the property were incredibly helpful and made sure we felt very welcomed and we did not want for a single thing our entire time there. There were 4 of us and we had plenty of room to spare. This place is big! The Discovery Beach House is a must while traveling to Costa Rica.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2009
  • Stayed: Jun 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: These guests are a vacation home owner's dream. They were so appreciative of every detail we poured into decorating our home and they made the most of the best Manuel Antonio has to offer. We look forward to hosting them again and again!


Nearest Airport
9 Kilometres
San Jose (airport code: SJO)
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
On the Beach at Espadilla Beach aka Manuel Antonio
Car: not necessary

The Discovery Beach House is directly on the beach, one of only 5 vacation rental homes in Manuel Antonio that are actually on the beach. It's the most convenient location in all of Manuel Antonio and within 1-3 minute walking distance of 5 beach restaurants, a 5-minute walk along the beach to buy groceries and a 10-minute leisure walk to Manuel Antonio National Park.

Buses and taxis are conveniently available on the road.

Other Activities: canopy safari, river rafting, mangrove tour, Manuel Antonio Nat'l Park tour, parasailing, horsebackriding, ATV, Vacation Buggy welcome tour, canyoning, surfing, boogie boarding, on site wildlife observation, on site massage and spa treatments. Ask your concierge about the many services offered.


Rates & Availability

From $750 Per night

Manuel Antonio Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season 2015
Jan 6 2015 - Aug 31 2015
5 night minimum stay
Low Season 2015
Sep 1 2015 - Oct 31 2015
5 night minimum stay
High Season 2015
Nov 1 2015 - Dec 18 2015
5 night minimum stay
Christmas 2015
Dec 19 2015 - Dec 26 2015
7 night minimum stay
New Year 2016
Dec 27 2015 - Jan 4 2016
7 night minimum stay
High Season 2016
Jan 5 2016 - Aug 31 2016
5 night minimum stay
Low Season 2016
Sep 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
5 night minimum stay
High Season 2016
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 18 2016
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000.00
Tax Rate 13.0%

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Manuel Antonio Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Gym
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Safe
  • Secure Parking
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , Garden Bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Hand painted details
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Hand painted details
  • Bathroom 1. Master Bath has its own garden and tub for two. Callallily sinks and accent tiles are custom hand painted. Bathroom 2. 'The Monkey Bathroom' has a pedestal sink with hand painted monkeys and several primate accents. Bathroom 3. Hand painted sink features African women.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Comfortable window seat can sleep an additional person.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , Bed converts from king to 2 twin beds. Includes window seat.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Has an additional private entrance. Room for a crib.
  • Master Bedroom 1: The focal point of this romantic second story room is the hand carved African four poster canopy bed draped with an amazing animal print designer fabric. A comfy window seat is lined with jungle print pillows that invite you to lean back and read a great book, watch the monkeys, or take a decadent afternoon nap. Bedroom 2: Suspended over the living room, this 2nd story bedroom boasts a 260° view overlooking the Great Room and Japanese Entrance Garden. A welcoming window seat provides extra seating or can function as an extra bed. Bedroom 3: Enjoy the ultimate in privacy. This 1st floor bedroom has it’s own entrance, bathroom and coffeemaker. No need to disturb anyone if the call of howler monkeys wakes you up earlier. Take your morning cup of delicious Costa Rican coffee out onto your own private patio and appreciate the lovely tree garden and early rising monkeys from your own Moroccon tiled table.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
This eco-friendly home was built by photographer/conservationists David Root & Evelyn Gallardo. It's decor was inspired by their experiences photographing mountain gorillas in Africa, orangutans in Borneo, and wildlife around the world. They've installed an energy saving system, waste treatment plant, and underground cables to give you unobstructed views of surrounding nature. The owners appreciate your cooperation to help conserve energy in the community. Please turn off all air conditioners and lights whenever you leave the house.

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