Masrissa Brunetto

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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
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Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
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Manzanillo House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

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The Dolphin Lodge is a rustic house right next to the Coral Reef House just outside of Manzanillo. Both homes are inside the Gandoco Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, so it is only a short walk or bike ride to town. The main walking trail to Monkey Point passes just in front of the houses.

The best feature of the house is its location inside the refuge and beyond the end of the road (although the locals tend to still drive in :), which is very unique. To reach the lodge there is a (usually) small creek to cross and then it is 200 meters by trail. You may drive in to unload luggage and supplies, and then leave the car inside a private gated yard near the creek. If the creek happens to be too high to cross, we can arrange to get your luggage across.

The simple, rustic beach-house style Dolphin Lodge is constructed of native woods which glow. On the main floor, there is a red tiled open-air eating area, a full kitchen, along with one of the king-size bedrooms (with 2 king beds) and a full bathroom. Upstairs are 2 large king-size bedrooms, each with private bathrooms, accessed by a common deck overlooking the ocean. Each king-size bedroom can be set up with either a king bed and a single bed, or with 3 twin beds. Mosquito nets are provided with each bed. All the windows are fully screened and have privacy shutters as well. The woodwork is refreshingly simple and finished completely with local craftsmanship.

When you need a little exercise, it's just 50 meters to the always 83-86 degree reef-protected ocean. Snorkel with the amazingly vivid fish populations or search the shallow tide pools shells, starfish and other marine life . There's even a small tide pool for the kids to swim in. Take a walk to town and rent a kayak for touring the ocean or river estuaries, or have the caretaker set up a jungle tour or another of his favorite adventures. The manager/caretaker lives in an apartment attached to the Dolphin Lodge.

The marine part of the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge is one of a kind. It's waters are home to three species of wild dolphins, sea turtles, coral reef, and manatee. Sport fishing for tarpon and other species make this area a sport fishing paradise. Also, scuba diving and snorkeling in the marine part of the reserve can be arranged through the local dive shop. Kayaking is both easy and popular inside the reef and in the Gandoca lagoon. Trained guides in wildlife and bird watching, and dolphin-watching tours are available for bookings in Manzanillo.

Manzanillo is an outdoors person’s paradise, and the Dolphin Lodge is the perfect place for larger groups of the adventurous type to enjoy the splendors of Costa Rica!

Note: For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, visit the link at the bottom of this page called 'more information about Dolphin Lodge.' This will help orient you to the two coasts of the country and answer basic travel questions.

Keywords: Beach House

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Masrissa Brunetto

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2002
Speaks english
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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
Book with confidence
Book with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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Reviews

4.3
based on 3 traveler reviews

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average rating of 4.3333335 based on 3 reviews
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Manzanillo Limon Province
Fairfield County, CT
3

NEEDS SOME TLC, BUT THE LOCATION IS GREAT

  • 3 of 5
Well, first off... The location IS - without a doubt - amazing. Manzanillo is one of my husband's favorite spots on earth... he is from Cahuita originally and used to work at Maxi's. So, we are familiar with the area. We rented the Dolphin Lodge to gather with his family over Semana Santa. And side note - whoa... it was jam packed for Semana Santa. We didn't mind the 200+ people walking by every morning - but if I was someone expecting to be off the beaten path, they would have been a bit bummed out. We didn't even venture into town because it was so packed you could hardly cut your way through the crowd. Anyway, we wouldn't go there again for Semana Santa although any beach in Costa Rica over Easter is a similar scene. But the location of the Dolphin Lodge is SWEET. It would have been sweeter without the hundreds of people camping and leaving trash around, but hey...

My only real complaint about the Dolphin Lodge is that is in in need of some serious updating. The pillows are lumpy, clumpy and horrible... the beds, sheets.... the lighting... everything seems really REALLY old and used and in need of replacement.

Upon arrival, things looked generally fine... but taking a closer look, my son's bed had damp sheets on it and a ton of sand INSIDE the made bed. The ceiling fan didn't work. Lots of the lamps were just exposed bulbs... My husband and I have two rental properties and I was very surprised to see that these few of these basic (and inexpensive) items were so rundown. Just a few new pillows from Ikea and it would have been SO much better...

It was nice for everyone to have their own space... lots of room. We have kids and it was SO nice to be so close to the beach. I feel that the upper level is very hazardous for younger kids... the railing is dangerously low.... but we stayed in the larger downstairs bedroom with our 2 and 5 year olds. Mostly, it was good. But with just a few basic updates, it could be AMAZING all around.

My suggestions to the owners is to go down for a couple of weeks or send some friends to do some basic updates and you could transform this mediocre rental into something really spectacular. You have the main thing which is location, location, location.
  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Manzanillo Limon Province
Idaho Falls Idaho
5

FAMILY VACATION AT DOLPHIN LODGE

  • 5 of 5
We had a wonderful stay at the Dolphin Lodge.
The grandkids could snorkel almost right out the front door. The lodge was clean and comfortable and everything the internet ad said it was. Dolphi was very helpful getting a fishing boat and dolphin watching tour set up and answering any questions we had about the area. I would recommend this location to friends and other family members, in fact I already have.
All questions that we asked during the reservation process were answered quickly and correctly. They made suggestions as where to stay in San Jose, where to rent cars and even where to stop and buy groceries, making our vacation easy and fun.
  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Manzanillo Limon Province
Fort Lauderdale
5

THE REAL COSTA RICA

  • 5 of 5
Myself and 5 friends spent a week at the Dolphin Lodge. We truly had a lifetime experience. Since we were 3 couples, the accomodations were perfect for us as we each had our own private room with a bath. Even though the location was remote, the scenery was more than worth it. What more could you ask for than to view the ocean and jungle from your porch and balcony?

Our caretaker, Dolphi was amazing. He arranged transportation and tours for us every day. He accompanied us on many of the tours and brought us places that most tourists do not have the opportunity to see when visiting Costa Rica. He has become a very good friend to us and we will certainly return to the Dolphin Lodge again to share moments with him.

I would highly recommend the Dolphin Lodge to anyone who really wants to experience the real Costa Rica!!
  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2011
  • Stayed: Mar 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Manzanillo House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Peak Season Fall
Sep 1 2014 - Nov 1 2014
4 night minimum stay
$1,449
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Chistmas / New Years
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 5 2015
7 night minimum stay
$1,949
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Peak Season Winter
Jan 6 2015 - Mar 29 2015
4 night minimum stay
$227
$1,449
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Easter Week
Mar 30 2015 - Apr 6 2015
7 night minimum stay
$1,949
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Peak Season Spring
Apr 7 2015 - May 1 2015
4 night minimum stay
$1,449
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$198
$1,253
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Refundable Cleaning Deposit $250
Notes Rates based on 6 person occupancy, additional people will be charged 20/person/night

50% Reservation Deposit hold reservation. Balance due 15 days prior to arrival. $75 cancellation fee if more than 60 days prior to arrival. Within 60 days of arrival date refund is dependent on our ability to re-rent your reserved dates.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Manzanillo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
General:
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 1 king , king bed can be split into 2 single beds, private bathroom
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Private bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Private bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , Private bathroom
  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Balcony
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Attractions:
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • boating
  • shelling
  • wildlife viewing
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
Notes:
Upon Request $75 per day for personal cook (food and tip not included in price) for up to 6 people. Additional guest $10 per person.
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