|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Apartamentos Iguanas is situated in a peaceful, private & safe hideaway location in Esterillos Oeste, just 20 minutes South of Jaco Beach and 45 minutes North of Manuel Antonio.
We offer 3 quaint, tranquil, ocean view units. They're fully furnished and include a/c in the bedroom, cable TV, kitchen (complete with dishes, pots, pans and utensils) oven, range, microwave, refrigerator, rice cooker, blender and a toaster. All three units have a queen size bed that sleeps two adults with an additional full size bed that pulls out from underneath and sleeps two children or one adult comfortably (a tight fit for two adults). The bottom unit also has an additional small bedroom with a dresser and a full size bed. Air mattresses, pack and play crib and/or highchair are available upon request.
All units have access to the pool with a choice of two outdoor showers one by the apartments and the other pool side. To the left side of the pool is a large, covered, ocean view BBQ area. To the right side of the pool is a two story zen tower for bird watching, meditation or a good game of cards. Just 10 feet down the hill from the pool is a secluded Ranchero complete with seating, electricity, BBQ and running water. Perfect for additional outdoor dining and hangout space. A private path will lead you to the beach which is just a short 5 minute walk from the property. There is one general store and a handful of restaurants and bars all within walking distance. And when your stomach is full, you can walk through miles of tide pools during low tide. If you’re up to it you can keep walking to Punta Judas which spans a quarter mile out into the ocean which hosts a protected turtle reserve. Once the tide starts coming in, grab your surf board, head out and enjoy the world renowned surf.
Toward the end of the day grab a chair, kick your feet up and relax in the ocean breeze with the beautiful iguanas and tropical birds on your covered balcony while overlooking the splendor of Esterillos Oeste beach through the tropical trees of paradise.
We are family owned and operated. Very hospitable, friendly and accommodating to our guests. Marga and Russ Hanks own and occupy the property. Son James helps maintain the property and manages the online inquiries. Thanks for taking the time to look at our listing.
Marga and James purchased this apartment in 2005
Close to the beach with a beautiful ocean view and yet the property is still very large and secluded.
You can't beat the beautiful private trail leading down toward the beach!
My husband and I stayed for about a month and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We had rented a car but saw Marga driving people without cars into town for groceries and other things. We found the accommodation quite adequate for our needs and even used the air conditioning occasionally as it was extremely hot while we were there. The pool was wonderful and we made good use of the barbeque and the zen tower. It was very noisy with all the bird chatter and the sound of the surf but that is a good kind of noise. We enjoyed the beach and were astounded at how few people there were on the beach, even on the weekends. There are miles and miles of beach to walk, seeing lots of crabs and even monkeys. The town is small and the restaurants have limited selection but we found the food quite good and the selection was not a problem.
Marga, Russ and James were excellent hosts and having the owners living on the property gave it a very homey feel, not like staying in a big impersonal hotel. We thank them for their help and company during our stay.
Clean units on a piece of nicely manicured property. Nice pool, patio and bbq grill to hang out at and look out over the ocean. A short walk down some stairs and a path to a part of the beach that's rocky and great for exploring, collecting shells. A ways down the beach you can find some better spots to swim, but the beach in general has grey, dirty sand. Better beaches in Manuel Antonio, or even Jaco.
We stayed in unit #2, the top back unit w one bedroom. The queen bed was super comfortable with a pull out bed that our daughter comfortably slept on. There is a small living room w a couch and two chairs and a tv. The furniture was strangely hard and uncomfortable. The kitchen had mostly everything we needed to cook.
In my opinion, unit #3, the top unit closest to the ocean is the best. They get the morning sun, best view of the ocean. The bottom unit, #1, has two beds, but is awkwardly laid out, in my opinion, with the kitchen in the same room as a bed and couch, and a small room off to the side with another bed.
If you are looking for peaceful, quaint accommodations away from the tourist areas, this is a nice option. However, you really need a car to get to anything. The town itself has few services....maybe three small eateries and a very small, sparse grocery store with minimal fresh fruits, veggies, meat. It is a twenty minute drive to the nearest place for shops, eateries. We didn't have a car, and had to pay US $30 each way by taxi to get to nearest town for eating and activities. To take the bus, it's a long walk to the bus stop/main road.
It was 90-95 degrees F while we were there, and very humid. The place advertises air conditioning in the bedroom, and we were told to keep the bedroom door closed while running the air conditioner, and that it was strictly to be used 'for emergencies'. The living room and kitchen were always sweltering hot with no breezes, even with all windows open. There were enough comments from the owners about the cost of electricity and air conditioning that we felt guilty using the air conditioner at all. Lastly, the owners pressured us to change to the bottom unit #1 because there were people staying in the unit we had booked who wanted to stay longer, and the owners didn't want to have to move them and clean the apt for us. When we opted to stay in the unit we had booked, we were met with a cold, brusque reception. It made it a very awkward and unfortunate start of our vacation.
We stayed 5 days and really liked the apartment and the pool area. Everything was well maintained and very clean. Russ, Marga and James are all very nice and went out of their way to help us enjoy our first stop in Costa Rica. We had no car so Marga drove us to get our groceries and showed us how to take the bus to Manuel Antonio Park (takes a few hours by bus but is definitely worth it). The beach is OK, but not as nice as others we saw elsewhere in CR. The town of Oeste is a bit run-down and not much there. Only one mediocre Soda, one restaurant and a general store. There is nothing on on the beach itself. Don't go for the nightlife, but if you want to relax and just soak up the natural Costa Rican beauty all around you (including lots of iguanas!) then this is a great place.
My wife and I stayed here for a week. When we got there, James opened two coconuts and gave one to each of us as we settled in by the pool. The apartment was spacious, with high ceilings, everything we needed to cook, and a really comfortable bed. Russ and Marga were great hosts as well and showed us the 5 minute walk to the beach and made us feel at home. The views are amazing and the pool is nice and relaxing. I would highly recommend this place and we will definitely go back!
I stayed there for 5 days and it was great. It is clean and quiet, near to the beach (walking distance).
The owners are lovely. They take care of the place with a lot of love and dedication.
It is a place to have a change for resting and enjoying the beauty on Costa Rican weather and nature.
My Husband and I recently returned from two glorious weeks. These apartments are very well maintained by the owners - no 3rd party person to deal with. Great location just a short walk down to the beach or easy drive to Jaco, Manuel Antonio and other surrounding towns and access to more beaches then you can visit during your stay. One nearby beach is a great place to find Sand Dollars. Marga & Russ were fabulous host. Always available for any questions or needs but not intrusive to our personal time away. HIGHLY recommend this beautiful property to anyone looking for a rental in this area.
Esterillos Oeste is a very unique place. The beach goes from sand to lava flows out to a point called 'Punta Judas'. There you can walk along the beach and explore baby turtles hatching in a protected turtle reserve. If you look up at the trees in the jungle you will see Monkey's, Macaws, Sloth's, and a slew of other wildlife.
Directions from San Jose International Airport (Juan Santamaria, SJO)
The drive from the San Jose airport (Juan Santamaria International Airport) to Jaco will take any where from 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes and is fully paved with the new highway in place. We suggest exchanging at least $5 US dollars into Costa Rican colones for the tolls on the highway. Ask any rental car agents or taxi drivers to send you off in the right direction, which should be west on Route 1, past the airport. Drive defensively and be aware when two lanes become one, 'CEDA' means 'Yield'.
Note: The first 13 km uses the same 'old' route to Manuel Antonio. GPS devices might not be updated and will likely still have the 'old' route so do not rely on them to follow the complete recommended route.
Once on Route 1 - follow signs to San Ramon, and continue straight ahead for about 10 km. After the second bridge crossing, get in the right lane and take the next exit (Route 3) for Jaco / Quepos / Manuel Antonio. There is also a sign here for Punta Leona and Atenas. Turn left at the stop sign, crossing back over Route 1.
Follow Route 3 for about 3 km. Look for a large Christian church on the left and then a soccer field and make a left on the road immediately after it. You are on the road to Turrucares. There are no signs and it's a secondary road, so don't think you've made a mistake. It's currently the best connection to the toll highway from the airport.
Drive for another 3 km through this somewhat winding road. Once you arrive at the highway intersection turn left BEFORE the highway. Again, there are no signs here yet. Be careful as it's a narrow two-way gravel access road. After some 300 meters you will arrive at a roundabout. Make a right following the highway signs to Orotina / Atenas.
Drive on the highway through 2 toll booths. Then, take the next right exit to Route 34, follow signs for Jaco / Quepos. This exit forms a loop and then you bypass a roundabout to continue straight to Jaco (another 36 km).
Follow Route 34 (also called Costanera) for a while and you will cross over the Tarcoles River Bridge - there are usually a few cars parked before/after the bridge since it is a popular viewing point for the crocodiles lurking in and around the river.
Shortly after this you will see the ocean on your right hand side and then you will pass Punta Leona. Roughly ten minutes later you will pass the entrance to Los Suenos on your right side and then Plaza Herradura Shopping Mall will be on the right hand corner with Automercado supermarket and different shops and restaurants (perfect time to stop for some groceries).
Next you will see signs for entering Jaco on the right hand side.
KEEP STRAIGHT ON THE HIGHWAY, DO NOT TAKE ANY OF THE EXITS INTO JACO.
After driving thru the outskirts of Jaco the road follows a wide uphill curve to the right. Here you find a viewing point overlooking Jaco and Jaco Bay. Once you pass this point the road turns to the left, from here it will be twenty minutes to Esterillos.
Playa Hermosa – Great surfing!
Esterillos is broken up into three towns, in order from North to South (traveling from Jaco to Esterillos). Esterillos Oeste, Esterillos Central & Esterillos Este. You will be taking the first entrance into Esterillos Oeste. You’ll travel roughly 1 km into town where you will see a restaurant and a small super market (Super Sol) on your right. Take a right just past the super sol. This paved road winds to La Sirena Hotel which will be on your left side. From there you will go 100 meters and turn right up a dirt hill (Canada Hill) which bends to the right as you reach the top. You will see a sign for Apartamentos Iguanas along with two brick pillars. Turn right down a long driveway and you have reached paradise. Enjoy your stay!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jan 5 2015 - Jun 15 2015
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes||Remaining balance is due upon arrival in USD or Colones. Above rates are for two adults only. Additional adults are $10 per night. Additional children (age 2 to 13) are $5 per night. Children below 2 years old are free. A maximum of 4 people allowed in upstairs units. A maximum of 6 people allowed in bottom unit.|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.