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Private Villa, Million Dollar View $275! Wildlife Galore! Walk to Beach!

Nancy Dunlap

Member since: 2004
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Private Villa, Million Dollar View $275! Wildlife Galore! Walk to Beach!

Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights


Manuel Antonio Villa Rental Photos and Description

Private 2 Bedroom Villa with Ocean View, walk to beach!

Private Villa/House With Ocean View, 2 BR's, Sleeps up to 5 Comfortably. Special pricing for Summer 2015!

Wow!! What a spectacular View...Guests say as they gaze out over the beautiful, blue Pacific. This private 2 BR Villa offers the perfect vacation location with the closest proximity to the beach than most of the other properties with an ocean view. The Villa is not a Condo and is located in a jungle setting. It's just a short walk to the beach where you can take a stroll, Horseback Ride, or Surf the exciting waves. Monkeys, Sloths, Toucans and hundreds of species of exotic birds and wildlife will entertain you. Adventure lovers can take advantage of the many beach activities (including surfing and parasailing), take a Zip Line Tour, Raft down an exciting river, or go World Class Sport Fishing. Or just relax in our beautiful private pool while taking in the awesome view!

The Villa has a washer/dryer, cable TV, telephone and WiFi Internet. There are no steep stairways to get to the Villa as many hillside properties have. If you are looking for affordable, comfortable accommodations with a million dollar view, Villa La Vista awaits you!

The Villa has 2 Air Conditioned Bedrooms, one downstairs with a standard double bed, a Master Bedroom upstairs with a King bed and a futon; there are two balconies both with an awesome view of the Pacific Ocean and Manuel Antonio Park. Bed linens and towels are provided. There is Cable TV, Telephone and WiFi. If you do not feel like cooking, there are excellent restaurants within walking distance. You will have a concierge/manager available to help you choose the most exciting tours, suggest the best transportation options available, direct you to the best restaurants, and answer any questions you have about the property, area, etc.

Laundry Facilities are located in the Villa. The Beach is within Walking Distance, the Bus Within Walking Distance, and there is a Secure Parking Area next to the Villa.

The nearby area offers Surfing, Swimming, Parasailing, Hiking, Boating, Rafting, Horseback Riding, Sunset Sail/Dolphin Watch tours, Canopy/Zip Line Tours, 4 Wheeling, Sport Fishing and Much More!!

Approximately 1/2 Mile From Beach, Approximately 1/2 Mile from Bus Stop, 4 Miles from Town of Quepos. Taxi service is available. The Villa is surrounded by natural jungle and is not located in a commercial area.

Maximum Occupancy: Due to the size of this Villa and for your comfort, MAXIMUM occupancy is 6 people.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Nancy Dunlap (Owner)
Member since: 2004
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Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
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About Nancy Dunlap

We are Steve and Nancy Dunlap and live in Cleveland, TN (not far from Chattanooga). We built La Vista in 1998 while we were still both working. Our plan was to enjoy the peaceful beauty of this location when we retired. We have finally made that dream come true as we both retired in 2010.

Nancy Dunlap purchased this villa in 1998

Why Nancy Dunlap chose Manuel Antonio

My husband and I built Villa la Vista in 1998. We discovered Costa Rica while on vacation and before the huge influx of tourists began. We fell in love with the natural beauty of this amazing country and all that it had to offer. Being wildlife and nature lovers, it was truly a paradise for us.

What makes this villa unique

If you want an escape from the everyday, consider our Manuel Antonio vacation rental in Costa Rica and experience a little slice of paradise. Manuel Antonio travel offers visitors world-class beaches and magnificent views from La Vista of magnificent sunsets with Cathedral Point as a backdrop. From this Manuel Antonio vacation rental, you can explore all the charm of Costa Rica with scuba diving in the crystal waters, rafting down the wilds of the Naranjo River, or hiking in the Manuel Antonio National Park. 24 of the 27 major adventure activities offered in Costa Rica are available in Manuel Antonio so there is little need to waste your vacation time traveling to and from other areas.

As you explore Manuel Antonio, take in the amazing combination of lush vegetation and spectacular scenery. This Manuel Antonio vacation rental gives you access to a part of the world few people get to see. Known for its exoticness, Manuel Antonio houses a myriad of interesting creatures including sloths, iguanas, raccoons, white-faced and howler monkeys, and the unique squirrel monkey -- all frequently visit the area around La Vista. Although the location offers a glimpse into the majesty of the rainforest, Manuel Antonio travel also allows vacationers to enjoy exquisite cuisine in many nearby restaurants like Barba Roja for seafood (within walking distance), Marlintinis for fine dining, or El Avión for the atmosphere.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Las Payitas, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, Costa Rica (150740)

Date of Stay

March 16, 2013

Helpful votes:0/0.

Wonderful! We stayed at Manuel Antonio in March 2013 & loved every bit of it! We booked the 1BR apartment for arrival in Costa Rica prior to our wedding, but just before we arrived Nancy informed us that the Villa was not booked & upgraded us to the Villa as a wedding gift. We arrived in the evening which made the road to the property a bit hard to find, but the town is so small that you can only turn around so many times before you find it. Tom, the host, was incredibly helpful. He gave us great info that was not your standard tourist info, but definitely geared toward us – who to deal with, what to avoid. The power went out once or twice due to nearby construction (& at no fault of the property) & he came over to fix it right away. The views were great & the decks a great place to gear up for the day. The pool was a welcome respite after a day of hiking in the national park. Everything you need is already in the villa. There are plenty of restaurants nearby & a good grocery store. We did decide to drive to the town & the beach because the property is on a hill that would take a bit of time to hike otherwise. But the drive is less than 5 minutes each way. I would definitely recommend this property!
Mar 2014
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Private Villa, Million Dollar View $275! Wildlife Galore! Walk to Beach!
average rating of 4.6 based on 16 reviews

Lovely privacy, pool, and great concierges!

  • 5 of 5

We were here for five days escaping from the snow in Boston. Sabrina, one of the concierges, helped us set up surfing lessons for two 20 year olds and for our 8 year old kids. They had a great two hours learning with Rogelio. Then we had a tour of the national park on the next day--I would only suggest in the future that you try to get there as soon as the park opens in the morning--it was pretty busy and then very hot. Our guide Jason was great, we enjoyed the wildlife spotting and a swim at the beach to wrap it up. Yes, the monkeys did steal some of our food. Smart little dudes. The third day we went ziplining--also set up by Sabrina. Great tour and lots of fun. Highly recommended for anyone not afraid of heights (one of the kids backed out at the last minute and he spent the two hours getting a tour of the butterfly garden and feeding the basilisk lizard. He was fine). We spent the other two days just wandering the beaches--the main one that is down the hill and also the one near Shana Resort. I think it is called Biesatz or something. The house has lots of info on where to go, what to see and restaurants to go to. The other concierge Geralyn helped us get taxis and reservations at the various places for lunch and dinner. Barba Roja was our favorite. We relied on taxis for the most part and the bus. The house is located downhill from most of the restaurants so we walked up and taxied down. It is uphill from the beach and we usually walked down and then took the bus back up and then walked downhill from the bus stop.

What a wonderful place--and the small house pool was awesome--perfect temperature and size for an afternoon cool down. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Altamonte Springs

Exotic Vacation!!

  • 5 of 5

We had the best time in Costa Rica while staying at the apartment La Vista. The size of the apartment was adequate for the two of us. It was very clean and I love the bathroom very sufficient use of space. Spectacular view from the balcony and soothing sounds of the waves, made this a relaxing vacation. The hike to the beach is on a steep path that is an adventure all on its own, but so worth it. The exercise actually helped build endurance for our planned excursions. The beach is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been and will forever compare any beach in my future to this one. The food was amazing everywhere we went and not expensive, the locals are really happy people (who wouldn't be living in Paradise!!). The photos we took while on vacation could easily be put in National Geographic such an incredible experience. I would highly recommend this property to anyone looking for an Adventure of a lifetime, we plan on coming back and bringing friends next time. We will most likely rent the entire villa and the apartment I can not wait to have my children experience Costa Rica La Vista style. The owner was extremely helpful and honest and up front about making sure we understood stealing is the number one crime in Costa Rica, from Ticos to Monkeys. We took only a towel and water to the beach no bag with cell phones and money. We went to Manuel Antonio National Park and climbed to Cathedral Point and Brian set his bag down and we were helping a couple take their picture, when the girl says "they have your bag!" A White face monkey held his bag over the rail and used gravity to help him pull the bag of peanuts located in a mesh pocket. He got the peanuts and the backpack tumbled down the side of the cliff. I got it back but that was another adventure hahah. Just be aware and proactive otherwise you may have to be reactive and missing your nuts. The Manager Sabrina helped us book our excursions and they provided transportation from our doorstep. We horseback rode on the beach with Alua, did the ATV tour and hiked in the Rain Maker with suspended bridges, and did a 7 hour tour with first being served a delicious breakfast then a Unimog taking us up the side of a mountain and hiking through the rain forest to swing like Tarzan over a waterfall and then rappel down a cliff and zip line down through a waterfall, and then they served a Tico lunch well worth the money!! This place would be excellent for Honeymoons, Weddings, Vacations!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Excellent Location - Beautiful View - Wildlife All Around

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 5 nights in the downstairs apartment at Steve and Nancy's oasis while on our honeymoon in February 2014. The villa was easy to find with Nancy's detailed directions and we knew exactly what to expect from the info provided. The beach was a short 10 minute walk down a steep hill to the most FABULOUS sunsets and quiet beach. There was also a great view from the balcony of our unit. We spent quite a bit of time up in the upstairs unit (Nancy and Steve happened to be staying there!) and that unit looked clean and fully appointed for everything one could need (just as our downstairs apartment was!). The views from both upstairs and downstairs were amazing - and it was awesome watching the squirrel monkeys dart around the trees as we relaxed on the balcony (this happened every day!). We can't wait to return - hopefully in the near future! Thank you again Nancy for all of your lovely conversations and thoughtful recommendations. We really enjoyed our time staying in VILLA LA VISTA!!

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Bucks Co PA

FP & CP from Bucks Co PA

  • 5 of 5

Wow! What a great time we had in Costa Rica and our stay at the Villa La Vista apartment in Manuel Antonio was wonderful. Our accommodations were perfect - a comfortable bed, great eat in kitchen with all the amenities - fabulous views. We woke up in the morning and sat up in bed to gaze out at the ocean - what could be better! As we enjoyed our morning coffee we watched numerous birds - toucans, fly catchers, hummingbirds in the trees and bushes right outside our door. We saw many lizards and iguanas and watched monkeys jumping through the canopy of trees below. One night we even saw a kinkajou jump on the balcony roof and into the trees - what a cute creature. We enjoyed local food, fun and friends. It was a great time and we can't wait to go back! Thank you Steve and Nancy for a fabulous time.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2012
  • Stayed: Feb 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Rogers, Arkansas

Greatest View in Manuel Antonio!!!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed for two weeks in the smallest of the two units, downstairs. Wonderful View of the ocean, great to listen to the surf , watch the surf as it breaks off the Islands off shore... see the sky at night, clear, great view of Scorpio!!

Unit had a great Kitchen, all we needed to avoid spending too much money eating out..

Got to tour the upstairs unit, would be great for two couples, completely seperate bedrooms and bath, same wonderfull view, and very spacious...

Short hike to the beach, about 10 minutes. Little Steep, but good for excercise each morning...

Nancy ( Owner) and her cousins were there, we became good friends, hope to see them next year

If they aren't there, The manager, Ron, will take care of all your needs...

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2012
  • Stayed: Feb 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


  • 5 of 5

My friend and I found the apt perfect for the two of us. However, it can hold 3 comfortably too. The large walk-in closet was great because we could hang all our clothes up and not have to live out of our suitcases. The closet is large enough to hold a baby's crib or a cot making the apt good for 4 people. The large glass enclosed shower has the shower head high enough for tall people, something you don't usually find in hotels. The listing was quite accurate and the apt very clean with ample supply of sheets & towels. The kitchen was well equipped and we were not lacking for anything. As the listing says, coffee on the balcony/deck in the morning watching the sunrise, seeing all the birds flying, the monkeys playing and the waves gently rolling in down below us on the shore was so delightful that you felt like you were in heaven. As an 80 year old, I did find the road to the beach challenging but by being careful and going slowly, I made it down. Once at the beach, the sand was white and clean and the water warm with gentle waves. You could even float in the water on a raft or tube. You didn't need an umbrella. To get out of the sun you could sit under the trees and let the monkeys and other animals entertain you. As for food, if you like seafood and fish, you will be delighted with most of the restaurants. Of course you can always get the Tico staple of arroz con pollo (chicken in rice). I loved eating out because most of the restaurants are outdoors where you can watch the sunset. We didn't spend much time in the apt because we were always going or doing something in Quepos or the surrounding areas. Shopping in the village was nice too as the locals were very patient with our attempt to speak Spanish. They were very helpful too. On Saturdays you can shop at the local fresh food market and buy fresh fruits and vegetables, plants and flowers. A trip to Villa Vanilla showed us how vanilla is grown along with pepper, cinnamon and other spices. You can buy them there too. And of course you must not forget the Costa Rican coffee which is some of the finest in the world. We took some home and have shared it with friends & family. Now you ask if I would recommend this apt accommodation to friends & family, you bet I would. It isn't the Ritz but it is comfortable and homey and a place to hang your hat while you are out doing and seeing all the wonders of Costa Rica. I hope I can go again and stay longer next time.

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2012
  • Stayed: Jan 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Makanda By The Sea
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Bus Stop
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Several - Less than
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Las Playitas
Car: not necessary

Canopy Tours, 4-Wheeler Adventures, White Water Rafting, Mangrove Boat Tours, Surfing and much more!


Rates & Availability

From $275 Per night

Manuel Antonio Villa Rental Rates

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Apr 16 2015 - Dec 15 2015
4 night minimum stay
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Nearby Beautiful Beach - Free!
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Manuel Antonio Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • All bathrooms have a large shower with hot water.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , There is a Futon located in the Master BR
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Concierge available to book tours, answer questions, arrange for a private chef, and arrange transportation.

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