WELCOME TO LA BELLA SIRENA! CLOSE TO THE BEACH AND IN THE RAINFOREST!

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WELCOME TO LA BELLA SIRENA! CLOSE TO THE BEACH AND IN THE RAINFOREST!

Manzanillo House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedrooms - 3 Baths - (Sleeps 2-8)

The house is a large, indigenous style home, hand crafted of the finest hardwoods. Our tropical garden setting is just 300 meters from the beach and a 5 minute walk to the beach/town of Manzanillo. Each suite is furnished with a king size bed where you can sleep in the comfort of luxury linens and stay cool ceiling fan style. The adjoining private baths are complete with hot water and high pressure showers. Outside your bedroom door awaits a private balcony where you can enjoy conversation or lie in the hammock for an afternoon siesta.

Eat in or dine out? Choose to cook a delicious meal in your own fully equipped kitchen, grill fresh meats and seafood on our large, roof covered outdoor grill, or eat out at one of the nearby restaurants. Sitting areas in the front of the house are a great place to delight in nature and wildlife. We share our garden with sloths, monkeys, morpho butterflies, and toucans, to name a few.

The house can be rented as a whole or you can rent just one floor depending on your party's size and needs. If you decide to rent just one floor, there is a private entrance for each. Parties of 2 can rent the whole house at a discounted rate to ensure privacy.

The 2nd floor of the house is fully screened and the 1st floor bedrooms and bath are screened. The 1st floor kitchen and living areas are open air to catch a cool breeze and enhance wildlife viewing. We do have floor to ceiling mosquito netting curtains that can be pulled closed at dawn and dusk or as desired.

While we feel a car isn't necessary and we provide 4 bikes to ride to the beach or local destinations, if you have young children or people in your party who are unable to walk aproximately a quarter mile, you may wish to have a car while staying at our home. Public transport is reliable and inexpensive as well and there are many transport methods to reach our home.

Coming to Costa Rica is a very exciting experience because of the natural beauty and the fact that there is still plentiful wildlife to see. People are amazed by the grand scale of the trees, the many species of birds and butterflies, the lush tropical flowers and

local fruits, the variety of beaches, plus seeing monkeys and sloths. On the Caribbean coast we enjoy all that plus reggae music and diverse cultures living in harmony. We think you will be delighted if you choose this amazing destination for your Costa Rica vacation!

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Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Mary (Owner)
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About Mary

World traveler who fell in love with Costa Rica while living with a family and studying Spanish many years ago. I enjoyed learning about this peaceful country with a high literacy rate, good health care, education, and no army or history of wars. Of course living in the northern US contributed to the decision to find a tropical escape from our cold snowy winters!

Mary purchased this house in 2003

Why Mary chose Manzanillo

My partner Victor and I looked for homes in Puerto Viejo and couldn't find anything to meet all our wishes so we decided to take a drive to a little beach town I had visited a few years before and we saw a land for sale sign on the way into Manzanillo and decided to stop. We fell in love with the beauty of the land and sighting a tree full of toucans seemed like a sign! It was then that we came up with the idea of designing and building our own home that had the best of both jungle and beach locations.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Review submitted: December 24, 2010 Date of arrival: September 27, 2010



Guest: Padge(Arkansas, United States)

Date of Stay: 09/27/10 Review Submitted: 10/07/10



I just returned from our stay at the "La Bella Serena," and it was one of the most picturesque places I have ever seen or been to. I traveled with my girlfriend and another couple that we work with and stayed for a full week. I was a little skeptical at first, considering we went during the "rainy" season, however, the weather was absolutely beautiful throughout our entire stay...It was Sunny and warm everyday, and it only rained at night which just made for a better nights sleep as the rain hit the tin roof of the Villa...We would wake up every morning to the sound of the Howler monkeys roaring in the trees above. We experienced fantastic food at many restaurants throughout the local towns, went snorkeling, took jungle hikes to the hidden waterfalls, rented bicycles for a day, went to the Jaguar Rescue Center where we were able to play with the monkeys and hold sloths, and not to mention, enjoyed many of the beaches nearby...Manzanillo is a very small town, as well as the other close-by towns, but it was nice to not be overrun by other tourists...The beaches are absolutely beautiful, and also very "non-touristy." The locals are very nice and welcoming to everyone...Bibo is also a very nice guy that takes care of anything that you need at the place...I would definitely reccommend "La Bella Serena" to anyone that enjoys the beauty of nature and serenity...I'll also throw in that it was actually nice to not receive any phone calls or texts, b/c wifi is few and far between...This was my first trip out of the United States and its going to be hard to beat a trip like the one I just took with my friends...Two thumbs up!!!



Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, romantic getaway.
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Welcome to La Bella Sirena! Close to the beach and in the rainforest!
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews
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Welcome to La Bella Sirena! Close to the beach and in the rainforest!
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Manzanillo Limon Province
5

Absolutely Pura Vida !!!

  • 5 of 5
We recently returned home from a wonderful and relaxing stay at La Bella Sirena. We travelled with three boys (two teenagers) and we could not have asked for more. The "jungle house", as we nicknamed it, is located in the middle of the jungle. During our morning coffee, we enjoyed the sights of howler monkeys, toucans, sloths and morpho blue butterflies. The home is well taken care of, spacious and lovely. Mary is a wonderful host and the house manager is absolutely fabulous. She attended to all of our needs, booked tours for us and assisted us whenever needed. She is worth her weight in gold !! The home is located very close to the Manzanillo beach--a short bike ride away. It is a lovely beach where you can snorkel the reef or hike through the wilderness refuge. Give Abel, a local guide, a call, he is terrific. The house is also located on a bus route to Puerto Viejo, Cahuita and Limon. We did not have a car so we either used the bikes or the local bus service which was easy to figure out. Thanks to Mary, we were also able to have a local person come into the home to make our meals....she was a terrific cook and really made it a vacation for my husband and I. We all loved this home. Our boys were able to have their own space on the second floor and we had down time on the first floor. It is a great property and a great location in Costa Rica. The village of Manzanillo is quiet, full of wildlife, great beaches and hiking and the local people are very friendly and helpful. I would not hesitate to recommend this property and we will certainly return to Costa Rica and La Bella Sirena.
  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Welcome to La Bella Sirena! Close to the beach and in the rainforest!
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Manzanillo Limon Province
5

A first class jungle villa.

  • 5 of 5
We decided to stay a couple of days in Manzanillo on a Caribbean tour my family and I had. These were the last days of our trip, and by far the greatest.
This place is near to the Manzanillo beach, surrounded by enormous trees and exotic flora. Waking up each morning was beautiful, hearing hundreds of birds singing, even watching the rain fall was a joy.
Totally recommended
  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad to hear you and your family had a happy stay at Bella Sirena! We hope you will think of us for future travels. Thanks for taking the time to send a review, we appreciate it!
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Welcome to La Bella Sirena! Close to the beach and in the rainforest!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p209216
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Manzanillo Limon Province
5

Exceeded already high expectations!

  • 5 of 5
My wife and I spent a week here and had an amazing vacation! Being a weary traveler and hardly ever traveling outside of the U.S. I had my reservations to travel to a remote area, but my worries were lifted from the second we got there. This amazing home is unlike anything we had ever experienced and was truly an unforgettable time.
The house itself is amazing. Beautiful wooden structure with charm and engineering feats that were an art in itself. With 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 3 kitchens; this house is incredible for entertaining many or for two people to enjoy all of the space offered. No pictures will do this house and property justice, as a still photo doesn't capture the amount of open space and care that the home offers. The main floor offers a wide open area with no walls, so you feel like you are a part of this beautiful jungle at all times. This was great for coffee and a book in the mornings while relaxing in the hammock or at night when we would stay in to enjoy cocktails and listen to the many sounds of nature. Extremely clean and well maintained and everything you need to live comfortably. The staff was also extremely pleasant and helpful whenever we needed anything. A+ for them as well.
The surrounding towns and beaches were something out of a magazine. Some of the most incredible beaches were only a short bike ride away. Bikes were also provided and quickly turned into our primary means of transportation. The towns offered endless amounts of activities, whether it was a lazy day on the beach with a beer, or checking out a surf competition in Playa Cocles, to taking in the night life and checking out Reggae bands in Puerto Viejo, every day was a day you wished would not end. The towns had a Rastafarian vibe and is almost a Caribbean sub-culture of it's own. Everyone seems to have a care-free attitude and made a couple "outsiders" feel right at home. Extremely nice and pleasant people, no hassles or problems whatsoever.
I would recommend this house and vacation rental to anyone. Not one bad thing to say, and we will be coming back next year. In fact, we started to plan our return trip on the flight home. Definitely a different experience than an all-inclusive resort or a pampered trip, but I would argue that this is better. A better adventure, a better experience, and an all around better time!
If I could give this 10 stars I would! Thanks Mary, we will be back!

- Ryan & Rory
  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
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Owner's Response: Thank you for this amazing review of our home and our area of Costa Rica! We love to hear that guests enjoyed their stay to the fullest and took advantage of all the house and Caribbean coast has to offer. We look forward to hearing from you when you are ready to book that next visit!
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Welcome to La Bella Sirena! Close to the beach and in the rainforest!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p209216
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Manzanillo Limon Province
5

Breathtaking home, Best vacation by far.

  • 5 of 5
My family spent a week here and it wasn't long enough! From the moment we arrived until the day we had to leave, we were in awe of the beautiful home and it's surroundings. One afternoon we spotted a sloth climbing up a tree in the yard and every morning the howler monkeys were our alarm clocks! :P We traveled in a group of 5 adults and one 2 year old by rental car from San Jose Airport. The drive was scenic and pretty easy to travel with our GPS and the coordinates Mary provided. When we arrived, Dania, our caretaker was waiting for us, she was an absolute sweetheart and we couldn't have felt more comfortable. The people of Manzanillo were warm and welcoming, we even met a guy who knew the local fishermen and ended up scoring 5 fresh HUGE lobsters for a great deal! We used the large outdoor grill at the home and had a FEAST that night! The home had everything we needed, fridge, stove, cups, plates, utensils even a blender! needless to say, we felt right at home. La Bella Sirena is Highly recommended, we loved every second of our stay! If you are traveling in a large group, there is no better place to make memories that will last a lifetime yet have enough space to really be able to relax and enjoy your vacation. This was our first time visiting Costa Rica but not our last and we will definitely be staying at La Bella Sirena again! Thank you Mary and Victor!
  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
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Owner's Response: Thank you Janie! So happy to hear your family had a great vacation together and found the house and surroundings enjoyable! Our housekeeper really enjoyed your group. That grilled lobster feast sounds fantastic! We hope to see you again very soon!

All the best,
Mary and Victor
La Bella Sirena
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Welcome to La Bella Sirena! Close to the beach and in the rainforest!
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Manzanillo Limon Province
5

Stunning and Unforgetable

  • 5 of 5
My friends and I could not believe this house and it's location. We stayed here for a week and it more than exceeded our expectations. It's beautiful, thoughtfully equipped and actually large enough to accommodate a sizable group (there were only 4 of us this time). It's decorated with beautiful one of a kind furniture and accessories (which I love), and very well maintained. The town of Manzanillo was in walking distance and delightful. I still can not get over the 12 foot hibiscus hedges lining the roads.The stretch from Puerto Viejo (to the north) to Manzanillo is one of the most fun, interesting, diverse locales I have found. The owner, Mary gave us great tips, especially about not driving over the mountain in the dark. The roads take a little getting used to but we think it's well worth the price to find this paradise. We will definitely be going again. More biking, grilling, snorkeling, hiking, exploring please. My only complaint was that we didn't discover this until the last leg of our Costa Rica adventure. I could not recommend this house more, that is if a relaxed beautiful tropical respite in a incredible area is what you're looking for. We will definitely be back. e
  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
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Owner's Response: We greatly appreciate your wonderful and informative review of our vacation home! Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience at the house and including some info about the surrounding area. We hope you will be back to visit soon. Happy traveling!
Mary and Victor
La Bella Sirena
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Welcome to La Bella Sirena! Close to the beach and in the rainforest!
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Manzanillo Limon Province
5

Beautiful Vacation

  • 5 of 5
We recently spent 10 days at the beautiful "Bella Serina" guesthouse near Monzanilla, Costa Rica.
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The guesthouse fits in perfectly with the jungle feel, couldn't have been happier!
Two floors....the first consists of a large open veranda/kitchen/sitting area, hammocks, and 2 bedrooms with baths. (king size beds!)
The second floor, a huge open room with kitchen, bath,another king sized bed, and screened windows all around, made us feel as if we were living up in the trees!
The house is built of beautifully polished native wood, is surrounded by a clearing with exotic flowers and wildlife...we watched monkeys play every evening, discovered a sloth climbing up a tree ( very slowly!!) and saw beautiful butterflies and birds all around. Feels very private, too, no other buildings/people in sight.

There's a nice beach a short walk away,at Monzanilla, soft waves and Caribbean blue.Had a great meal nearby at "Maxi's", a whole grilled red snapper, plantains, etc
In the opposite direction.....a 20 minute drive into Puerto Viejo, are a variety of beaches along the main road, white sand, black sand, crashing or gentle waves.
Puerto Viejo has several great restaurants, two favorites for us were "Jungle Love" and "Pecora Nera". Great breakfasts and even better dinners everywhere we traveled!
We also bought groceries and cooked a few meals at Bella Serina, relaxing and watching the monkeys at sunset.
We really enjoyed all the thoughtful and pretty details....gorgeous beach glass- framed mirrors in each room, pretty hand painted sinks, beautiful hand carved furniture, and the essentials....pots, pans, dinnerware, ceiling fans, etc
A caretaker couple were available if needed.
We really spent most of our time relaxing on hammocks and swing chairs "at
home."We got a much needed rest and a complete change of scenery, and enjoyed every minute of it!
Bring a few friends and rent the whole house, definitely worth it!
Highly recommended!!!!
  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to submit a lovely review of La Bella Sirena! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay at our home. Also appreciated is your description of the amenities at the house, as well as some suggestions for activities and restaurants in the surrounding area. We think future guests will find it quite helpful to read about the house, it's immediate surroundings and local spots they might enjoy from a fellow traveler's perspective. We hope you will return soon, and often!

All the best,
Mary and Victor
La Bella Sirena
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
235 Kilometres
San Jose International Airport
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
Manzanillo
Car: not necessary

Located in the Gandoa Manzanillo wildlife refuge:

Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge located about 12 kilometers southeast of Puerto Viejo, and nearest to the small village of Manzanillo on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast is one of the most beautiful and scenic sites in the country. Fine sandy beaches, gentle waves, coral reefs near the surface of the sea all make this region a paradise for nature lovers and underwater enthusiasts.

Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Boating, Wildlife viewing

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Availability & Rates

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Manzanillo House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
$175
$1,050
$2,750
 

Additional information about rental rates

Notes Cleaning/fresh linen mid visit included in price. Guests wash own dishes.
Whole House is $175/night ..$1050wk..$2750mo
1st flr $125/nt $750 wk 2ndflr $100nt $600wk
10% discount if party of 2 rents entire house. Prices subject to increase
Deposit is 50% of total cost for stay. We are unable to return payments due to
cancellation unless we are able to rerent the property

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Amenities

Manzanillo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Adventure
General:
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Activities Guide
  • Filtered Water
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Toilet Paper
  • Telephone
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Sofa Bed
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking
  • Wireless Internet
  • Living Room
  • Hair Dryer
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Refrigerator
  • Kitchen
  • Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • There is one outdoor shower in the garden, besides the 3 in the house itself. All showers, sinks and baths have hot water from a central hot water heater. There are NO suicide showers in the house.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single
  • All bedrooms have attached baths and can accommodate 1 king and 1 twin daybed. They are spacious and well equipped with rocking chairs, ceiling fans, reading lamps, side tables, vanities with Artisan Mirrors and hand painted ceramic sinks. Sheets and towels are high thread count 100% cotton. There are hotel room safes in every bedroom.
Entertainment:
  • Books
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Wood Deck
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • waterfalls
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • sight seeing
  • scenic drives
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • groceries
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hunting big game
  • hiking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing
  • rafting
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
3 king-size beds, 2 twin daybeds, 3 bathrooms, 3 full Kitchens, 2 Refrigerators, 3 stoves, Blenders, toasters, coffee makers, juicers in each kitchen, towels provided, hot water in all sinks and bath, ceiling fans, private balconies for each bedroom, screened bedrooms and baths, screened second floor, mosquito netting curtains for dining and sitting areas downstairs, large built in charcoal grill with roof. The beach is a 5 minute walk from the house along the road to town. 4 bikes provided
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