PRIVATE HOUSE, PANORAMIC OCEAN VIEWS, WALK TO BEACH

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Bedrooms 2
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PRIVATE HOUSE, PANORAMIC OCEAN VIEWS, WALK TO BEACH

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House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-5)

Casa Mirador sits on a cliff overlooking Punta Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park. It is a 10-15 minute walk to both Playa Espadilla and 15-20 Playa Biesanz. Playa Espadilla is great for surfing and body boarding while Playa Biesanz is more protected and better for snorkeling and swimming.

The house was designed by an award-winning architect to bring the area’s natural beauty right into the house. There are breathtaking views from every window and terrace. Even the bathroom has a spectacular view. A tropical forest surrounds the back of the house providing privacy and a front row seat to Costa Rica’s exotic plants and wildlife.

The house has two bedrooms on the second floor and can easily sleep four people. There is a queen sized bed in one room and two twin beds in the other. There are several private terraces, including one in the master bedroom. The architect designed the house in a European style. It is simple and elegant in its construction and furnishings. The house is mostly suitable for those who do not require lavish amenities, as there is no TV or air-conditioning. You will find however, that air conditioning is not necessary as the house sits on the top of a ridge and enjoys a constant fresh ocean breeze. Numerous windows and ceiling fans also provide for excellent ventilation.

Casa Mirador is a place to relax and appreciate Costa Rica’s natural beauty. In the morning, you will awaken to the exotic songs of rainforest birds and the sounds of the rolling waves of the sea below. Occasionally, you will hear howler monkeys in the distance (sometimes not so distant) giving their morning salutations. Often there are toucans in the palm trees around the house. If you’re lucky, you might even see white-faced monkeys, squirrel monkeys or sloths dangling and jumping from the trees around the house. There are identification cards in the house as well so you will know what type of animal you are viewing - from mammals to birds to amphibians to butterflies.

You can have your morning coffee on the terrace and enjoy the fresh breeze as you take in the spectacular view of Manuel Antonio and Playa Espadilla. It is a short 10-15 minute walk downhill to Espadilla Beach below the houses and an additional 15-20 minute walk along the beach to Manuel Antonio and the road to the National Park.

The kitchen is fully equipped with a stove/oven, microwave oven, toaster oven, refrigerator, coffee-maker, blender, and all plates, pots, pans, utensils, etc. The house has a telephone in the living room area. There is one full bathroom and also an outside shower. There is hot water throughout the house, including the outside shower. Sheets and towels will be changed once each full week of your stay. This can be done more often upon request. There are plenty of towels for showering and larger beach towels for outside use.

The houses are gay and family friendly and the owners and caretakers welcome everyone to enjoy the property.

Restrictions

Please note that the house sits on a ridge and is only accessible by a series of approximately 110 steps leading from the parking area up to the house. This can make it a moderate physical endeavor. As such, it might not be the best choice for people who are physically restricted. The walk up the stairs, however, is rewarding as it provides you with the fantastic view on top. There is an electric elevator basket that runs up the side of the hill the to the houses, but it was constructed to carry luggage and supplies only. The caretaker will take charge of getting all of your luggage to the house. You need only take your body up the stairs. The steepness of the terrain, the stairs (outside and inside the house), and the high balconies and terraces may make the house unsafe for children under a certain age. Please refrain from smoking inside the house.

Area

Manuel Antonio National Park is one of Costa Rica 's best known and most often visited parks.The area is home to over 353 species of birds. Howler and white-faced monkeys, two-toed and three-toed sloths, coati-mundi and raccoons frequent the beaches in and outside the Park.

The National Park area offers some of the best beaches on Costa Rica's Pacific coast for surfing, swimming and snorkeling. Within the area, there is much to enjoy; bird watching, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, and boat trips for fishing or to watch dolphins.

Located besides the town of Quepos in the Central Pacific Zone, the area is one of the most beautiful in Costa Rica.

Please see the link below for more photos and information. This house is near a second one bedroom house also available for rent (Listing #90822). Both houses may be rented out in combination as well.

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Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Owner
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4.8
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Private House, Panoramic Ocean Views, Walk to Beach
average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews
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Manuel Antonio Puntarenas
Needham, MA (USA)
5

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What a wonderful, wonderful vacation! This house was FANTASTIC - and exactly as (well, better than) described. We saw white face capuchin monkeys fr...
  • 5 of 5
What a wonderful, wonderful vacation! This house was FANTASTIC - and exactly as (well, better than) described. We saw white face capuchin monkeys from the house the first morning, toucans daily, blue crown mot mots, kissidees, turkey vultures, and hawks on a regular basis (just to name a small few). The view of the ocean was breathtaking, and the people were very congenial. Bismark and Gloria (the caretakers) are terrific people, very helpful and warm. The guidebook was extremely helpful, and at one of the restaurants we saw squirrel monkeys every night (both the squirrel monkeys and capuchins had babies with them). We heard howlers every morning and evening, saw geckos and lizards galore, could you ask for better?? Also, the owners are VERY responsive to gazillions of questions. We would return without hesitation, and hope to, soon!
  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2007
  • Stayed: Apr 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Manuel Antonio Puntarenas
Cary, NC, USA
5

Stunning views

  • 5 of 5
Had a great time in this property at the start of green season. We did have some unbelievable thunderstorms (according to the caretaker, Bismark, the worst he's heard in 40 years), but everything was very nice and exactly as described, so read carefully.
Some notes:
- the view is gorgeous--this is what sold me on the property and we weren't disappointed in the least. As a bonus, we were treated to daily sightings of toucans and capuchin monkeys. They literally play in the trees & garden between the house and the road. There's lots of other wildlife. You'll wake up to the howler monkeys for sure.
- there are a lot of steps to climb up & down. There's a pulley system to help with luggage, but you'll be going up & down steps a lot.
- when in doubt, ask. Bismark's entire family is VERY helpful. We had a few bad sunburns; we able to help ourselves to some aloe growing in the garden and were given some aloe-based creme. It's so nice having someone nearby to keep in eye on things and to answer questions.
- the beaches are nice--Playa Biesanz is more protected (no riptides) if you have smaller children. We actually drove to the entrance way and parked on the road--it's all up-hill coming back and we wanted the kids to have energy for other stuff.
- the balconies banisters are somewhat low and the floor boards are spaced kind of far apart. It's nice but something you might want to consider with kids.
- Since we did arrive in green season, it's worth mentioning that although it was somewhat hot, we didn't have any issues with bugs or mosquitoes or anything. There were some gnats in the bathroom sink each morning for whatever reason, but we didn't have any issues with biting insects. We had fans that worked well (we moved the big one downstairs to the 2nd bedroom where the kids slept; that solved that problem).
- the kitchen was fine and exactly. The refrigerator/freezer worked well. There's no oven, but I honestly don't want to start up an oven when I'm vacationing in the summer in the tropics. There were dishes and pots & pans, toaster, coffee maker, etc. and those all worked fine. The outdoor shower was really good to clean up after a day at the beach.
Also--it's hard not to look at the other non-5 star review... but in my opinion you can't compare properties in Manuel Antonio to Arenal any more than you can compare a mountain lodge in Colorado to a beach house in Hawaii.
  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice review! Very kind of you to take the time to write it all down. The only thing is that we have an oven. I just emailed our caretaker (in case I was losing my mind...) and double-checked and it's a stove/oven? I'm so sorry it seemed like we didn't have one - but it sounded like it worked out anyway? Please come visit us again - we have a 15% discount for returning guests and thank you again for the nice comments!
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Manuel Antonio Puntarenas
Wauwatosa, WI USA
5

Everything we expected

  • 5 of 5
Our stay at Casa Mirador was absolutely everything we expected. View was amazing, caretaker was excellent, accomodations were beautiful. We have 2 pre-teen boys and between the wildlife, the views and the action (excercise and ocean) we were VERY happy! Would have cooked more at the house in hindsight because the area eating establishments are quite American in pricing but as we left the owner was in town starting an upgrade to the kitchen so that is a big plus! Can't wait to go back again and would definitely stay here again.
  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2011
  • Stayed: Mar 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you liked the house. It was really nice meeting you and your family. Yes, we're doing lots of upgrades! There's a new stove with oven, new refrigerator, new lamps, new fans, new pots/pans, bedding, a ipod/iphone docking station, etc. There's a lot of new stuff. (: We'd love for you guys to come back and as always there's a returning guest discount. Thank you so much for the nice review. We really appreciate it. Sincerely, Julie
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Manuel Antonio Puntarenas
New York
5

Even better than what we expected

  • 5 of 5
We spent a week at casa mirador and it was an amazing vacation. The house has the most incredible views of the ocean and it is very private but still close enough to cafes and restaurants if you do not want to dine in. Bismark and his family were very helpful with any request we had. If you are planning to stay at this house you won't be disappointed, it is exactly as described by the owner.... if not even better.
  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2010
  • Stayed: Dec 2009
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Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Manuel Antonio Puntarenas
SF area, California, USA
3

More like a camping bungalow...

  • 3 of 5
I agree with everything in the 5-star reviews but I can't rate it so high. The place is too rustic for the price, esp. compared to the Arenal property (#163797) where we stayed our 1st week. Overall rating: 3 with caveats.

House: 3 (but only due to the views/wildlife).

I don't know about "lavish" but a TV w/DVDs, or a boom box, would be nice. We knew this lack going in & it might not have matter at the start of a trip, but Quepos doesn't offer much for kids in the evening. Even some board games might help.

The place is cabin construction & needs more screens & fans. The mosquitoes got in unless we shut the doors and those windows w/o screens, cutting the breezes a lot. We ended the week as masses of itches. The ceiling fans on the 2nd floor offset the heat at night, but that on the 1st floor was too high and slow, resulting in muggy evenings with little to distract us from the bugs after dark.

A washer/dryer would be nice after sweaty/sandy days, but impractical given the property. Some brooms certainly *would* be practical.

Kitchen: 1 - Caveat: If I'm staying for a week, I want a decent kitchen; if that's not you, skip this.

I missed having an oven & there *was* room for one. The small fridge is old w/ a freezer that ices up and won't close. It wasn't turned on till we arrived - tough on the frozen goods we got on the way in. The fridge door is warped & you have be careful when you shut it. All 4 electric burners are w/in 1" of each other, so using more than 2 was almost impossible and even 2 produced a concentrated heat it was like using one mega-burner on high. No wonder the pans were warped! Sacrificing a little of the limited counter for a stove with more room for the burners would help. But then the table would be the only prep area. If your cooking plans are limited to sandwiches and soup, the kitchen won't bother you; if you plan on getting creative, this isn't the place.

Location: 4 - Both beaches are great & close. The hike back isn't bad and is the cost of those fabulous views. Lots of restaurants to offset the kitchen (plan on U.S. prices). This gets a 4 as the day trips are a ways off and pricier than similar inland.

Welcome: 3.5 - I kind of felt I was communicating with a corporation. Bismark saved this onsite.

In sum: Views & wildlife amazing (but this *is* Costa Rica). Facilities rustic for the price. If you're going to stay here do it when you're fresh and more wowed by the natural wonders of C.R.
  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing
Owner's Response: He is correct that the house is simple. We really try to communicate that to our guests from the very beginning. We have since made some upgrades to the kitchen, new sink, new stove with oven, new fridge, iPod/iPhone docking station and lots of other upgrades throughout the house. However, it is still a pretty relaxed, simple house (with fantastic views and tons of wildlife) and we really try to set expectations accordingly.
- Julie Pereyra
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Manuel Antonio Puntarenas
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5

  • 5 of 5
What a great house...the view is breath-taking! The house is ideally located near Manuel Antonio Park and has easy access to 2 beaches. The area is full of great restaurants and plenty to do. You can't get bored...even if it rains! You can see lots of wildlife right from the back porch; White faced monkeys, Aracaris (toucan like birds), hummingbirds, and so many other birds. The caretaker Bismark is wonderful and he will make you feel right at home. The dogs were great greeters each time we came home and joined us for breakfast every morning. We look forward to returning someday soon.

The Shearer Family - Atlanta, GA
  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2009
  • Stayed: Jun 2009
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Map

Map

Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Quepos Airport
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Playa Espadilla
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Barba Roja
Nearest Golf
75 Miles
Los Suenos Marriot Resort

Manuel Antonio National Park is one of Costa Rica 's best known and most often visited parks. The area is home to over 353 species of birds. Howler and white-faced monkeys, two-toed and three-toed sloths, coati-mundi and raccoons frequent the beaches in and outside the Park.

The National Park area offers some of the best beaches on Costa Rica's Pacific coast for surfing, swimming and snorkeling. Within the area, there is much to enjoy; bird watching, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, and boat trips for fishing or to watch dolphins.

Located besides the town of Quepos in the Central Pacific Zone, the area is one of the most beautiful in Costa Rica.

Other Activities: Wildlife viewing, fishing, boating, parasailing

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Manuel Antonio House Rental Rates

Notes

  • From $160/nt - $1000/wk - $3500/mo
  • US Dollars
  • Dec 01 - April 30 (2013-2014) .. $180/night .. $1100/week .. $4000/month
  • May 01 - Nov 30 (2014) .. $160/night .. $1000/week .. $3500/month
  • Add 20% for the Holiday Season (Dec. 15 - Jan. 15). Minimum 5 night rental during
  • We ask for 50% to reserve and remaining 50% two weeks before arrival.
  • Payment in full for stays less than 1 week or booked less than 1 month in advance
  • We accept personal checks, cash, travelers checks and credit cards via paypal
  • Please visit our website, beachhouseinfo.com
  • 15% discount for rental of both properties (#100010 and #90822)

Amenities

Amenities

Manuel Antonio House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Parking On Street
  • Internet
  • Activities Guide
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Living Room
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Cooking Utensils
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (1) Queen in master bedroom. , Twin or Single Beds (2) Two single beds in second bedroom.
Entertainment:
  • Music Library ...
  • Books
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Large Cooler
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • health/beauty spa
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • eco tourism
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
  • sight seeing
  • boating
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • parasailing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • jet skiing
  • rafting
  • snorkeling
  • whitewater rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing