MANUEL ANTONIO COSTA RICA'S FAVORITE FAMILY RENTAL

Steve Osman

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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
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MANUEL ANTONIO COSTA RICA'S FAVORITE FAMILY RENTAL

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Very Private Luxury Home: One Acre of Mature Gardens with Pool

This Santa Fe style house sits atop a hillside overlooking the Manuel Antonio coastline to the West and the Talamunca Range w/ 6,000 ft San Gerenimo to the North. The jungle comes right up to the pool, and it's often possible to see two species of monkeys, iguanas, sloths, and many species of birds while lounging around the pool or from the many decks. There are over 3,000 sq. ft of living space, with decks that surround most of the two stories. The entire space can be opened up to give the feel of living in the outdoors with nearly an acre of mature gardens, with hundreds of tropical plants, orchids and fruit trees. The upstairs is an open living space that includes kitchen, dining, living room and TV area, and also a bathroom. Downstairs are three bedrooms: one with a king sized bed, two with queen sized beds (one has bunk beds for kids) all open on to the lower patio and pool. Our onsite caretakers provide 24/7security and help w/ all amenities. We now have wireless I-net.

General house info: We have had the same wonderful caretakers since we began renting in 2000 ready to help in any way.

Unlike so many other houses crowded together near noisy roads, and bars and restaurants, this property is secluded, yet 5 minutes drive to the happening town of Quepos or 5 minutes drive to the magnificent beaches of Manuel Antionio Nat. Park. You can walk to the main road, where there are more half a dozen restaurants within a quick stroll. From the covered roof you have a 360 degree view where you can watch spectacular sunsets over the ocean . Breezes blow all day and at night switch directions and come off the mountains to keep this house comfortable all the time. The house is fully equipped with everything you need for your stay. Quepos has wonderful fresh produce, fish, meat and chicken as well as a growing selection of wines and liquors, so you can stay at home and cook or ask Anna our caretaker to cook 'tico style' meals for your group. We try to offer the best rates in the area.

There is twice a week maid service and laundry, but you can request additional cleaning and laundry from Anna. Security is provided by our on site caretakers who live in a separate house at the entry to the property.

This house was built by local residents to the highest standards and reflects their experience of living in Costa Rica over 11 years. Much of the art is by the owner and other artists living in the area. The gardens are a work of love and care by the couple and entice you to take walks in the lush greenery and to see the wonders of the tropics close at hand (It's really like living in a tropical zoo!) Check out our personal web site for more pictures, info, maps and links to the area and services. The owner will gladly help with any aspect of your vacation.

Amenities: The house is completely furnished: full kitchen with all amenities, TV room with DVD player, cable, CD player. Phone service, also washer and dryer, pool with two out door showers, covered carport.

Steve's new memoir: Stumbling into Paradise: Activities: Nature walks and tours, snorkeling, surfing, whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, horse rides, boat tours, National parks, great snooping around with your car up and down the coasts finding isolated beaches etc.

Area: Costa Rica's favorite destination, with the most beautiful beaches and a fun port town with lots of restaurants, bars and night life.

Steve has just written his memoir on the families 11 yrs in Costa Rica: 'Stumbling into Paradise' a great read if you're planning on visiting the country or dropping out to live on the beach.

More info at their personal site costaricahouserental.com or it can be ordered thru Amazon or Xlibris.com

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Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Guestbook comments from the owner
"Words escape us to adequately describe our visit to Costa Rica and the paradise found at Casa Tropical. Our stay was overwhelmingly perfect. We cooked, swam, explored, watch the daily troop of monkeys, iguanas, birds and butterflies, listened to music, met on the roof for sunset and were quite spoiled by weeks end. We are most anxious to return and cannot imagine a more beautiful spot to come back to."

-Cheri and Steve



"We had a wonderful time in Costa Rica. Your house is lovely. My son learned to swim in your pool, and he was diving by the end of the holiday. The kids have rated it the best holiday ever. We had a perfect mix of adventure and R&R. We went white water rafting with Iguana Tours. They were great. We went to Isia Damas. We saw monkeys, sloths, and boas. Thanks again. We'll be back at some point. We can see why you love it there so much. It's a wonderful spot."

-Les and Lydia



"We just returned from Costa Rica and wanted to let you know how great we thought the house was. Your house is so beautifully maintained and the art and architecture so aligned with the setting."

-Jennifer and Jerry



Hello Steve & Family,



Words just can't express the awesome vacation we had! The house was beautiful and so cozy. We loved the art work around the house. I would love to have an abstract painting of yours.

Hannia and her son David were very helpful. David went out with the girls once. They hit the night life in Quepos. We enjoyed both Quepos and Manuel Antonio's restaurants. So much to tell and cherish the rest of our lives! Sally



We had a fabulous time in Costa Rica - Thanks in great part to your beautiful house and its magical setting!! We wish we had more time there, and are looking forward to returning sometime soon. We would like to thank Hannia for all her help and kind gestures. They really add to the experience in so many ways.

Thanks for everything!

Barb -from the UK



We did have an excellent time. The

setting of the house was magnificent, and if there hadn't been so manygreat activities, we could have spent even more hours just sitting on

the veranda watching the wildlife. Claudio and Annia were super helpful.We will keep a reference to the property and may find ourselves back

there again! Mike and Family
Jan 2005
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Steve Osman

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2004
Speaks english, spanish
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We lived in Manuel Antonio from 1989-2000 and built our house after we knew exactly what we wanted in tropical living. Steve started the first tour company on the W Coast offering rafting and sea kayaking. In it's design, gardens and art (mostly by the family) it reflects our love for Costa Rica.

Steve Osman purchased this house in 1997

Live like the locals would, not tourists shut up in AC rooms with boring accommodations you might find any where.

We've had the same wonderful caretakers since we started renting in 2000 - see the reviews! They are there to ensure you have a great vacation.

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

4.9
based on 18 traveler reviews

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Manuel Antonio Costa Rica's Favorite Family Rental
average rating of 4.888889 based on 18 reviews
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Manuel Antonio Costa Rica's Favorite Family Rental
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Manuel Antonio Puntarenas
Jackson, WY USA
5

Casa Tropical

  • 5 of 5
Wonderful artist's house,secluded yet 5 minutes walk to bus stop on main road between Quepos and Manuel Antonio. Very helpful caretakers who are available to cook fresh local seafood dinners. Very reasonable taxi service. Very clean and comfortable. Monkeys and iguanas in nearby trees; magnificent flowers and foliage everywhere. Many local restaurants ranging from fancy to cafes. Local Costa Rican people are genuinely friendly, engaging and helpful. Beautiful local beaches, whitewater rafting, horseback riding and zip lining recommended. Lots of fishing and jungle tours available. Short,scenic flight to San Jose. We would highly recommend this property as a great alternative to a traditional hotel or "luxury villa".
  • Submitted: May 2, 2009
  • Stayed: Mar 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Manuel Antonio Costa Rica's Favorite Family Rental
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Manuel Antonio Puntarenas
Tallahassee, Florida, US
5

Paradise Found!

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I stayed at Casa Tropical for one week, and I can honestly say it was the best vacation we have EVER had. The house was beautiful and was situated high on a hill, receiving tropical breezes all day. To one side is a view of the Pacific and to the other is a beautiful mountain range. Andres and Anna, the caretakers on the property, made a huge difference in our experience. It is so nice to have locals giving you advice on things to see and do and Anna will even go shopping with you and cook if you'd like her to (which we did...AWESOME cook!). The grounds around the house are spectacular! Very well-maintained and lots of local flora and fauna. Titi monkeys came through several times and I even got to feed them right out of my hand! Awesome experience. The general area in CR is also tops. I've heard from friends who have stayed further north in CR and were very disappointed. Manual Antonio is beautiful. I highly recommend a visit to Rainmaker also. Beautiful and well-maintained trails through a rain forest with lots of views of waterfalls and beautiful walks across suspension bridges. I don't know how I lucked out to find this place, but I am 100% sure I'll be coming back. Thanks to Steve and his wife for creating this Eden and also Andres and Anna for their wonderful hospitality.
  • Submitted: May 28, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Manuel Antonio Costa Rica's Favorite Family Rental
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Manuel Antonio Puntarenas
Asheville, NC
5

Great experience and beautiful home

  • 5 of 5
My family had a wonderful visit at this home. The pool was great for cooling off at night. The housekeeper and her son were very helpful and accommodating. She prepared a delicious meal for us. The monkeys came close to us. It was very spacious and secure. We highly recommend this house.
  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Teenagers
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Manuel Antonio Costa Rica's Favorite Family Rental
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Manuel Antonio Puntarenas
Ottawa, Canada
5

We Didn't Want To Leave

We Didn't Want To Leave
  • 5 of 5
We truly appreciated the time we spent at Casa Tropical, and we were all really sad to leave. This beautiful home is like an art gallery - we loved the family's paintings throughout the house, which includes ones they did together. The gardens are stunning, and attracted so many butterflies and hummingbirds. We felt relaxed and very much at home-- the owners have created a very peaceful place. Our children had such a great time hanging out in the pool, reading in the hammocks, and checking out all the wildlife, that it took them 6 days to ask if there was a TV in the house! We were greeted by toucans when we arrived, met the iguanas and the tiny boa that live in the roof, spent an entire afternoon with 15 or more titis tearing around all the trees and jumping from the roof, were visited by an enormous green snake (more than 2 m long!), and spotted lots of different frogs, and many other birds. Gorgeous blue and green parrots were there to say good bye the morning we left.

Hannia, Claudio and Andres were wonderful. Hannia taught me how to make delicious Costa Rican food. We had a few fun evenings hanging out with Andres drinking Imperial, and getting the details on all the birds and reptiles visiting the house. Andres knows all the guides in town, so course he set us up with the best guides in the area, and tours that suited us perfectly.

My husband and I both read Steve's book and we loved it. He is such an entertaining writer! Reading this book early in our stay helped us enjoy and appreciate the area so much, as we recognized businesses, towns and rivers that were part of the family's adventures in CR. It was also very special and unique to learn about the family that built the home we had the privilege of occupying.

This was a perfect vacation and we can't wait to come back again!
  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Manuel Antonio Puntarenas
Lansing, Michigan
5

All Agree- Best Vacation Ever

  • 5 of 5
Casa Tropical was the perfect place for our family of eight, four adults and four children. The house was great: very comfortable, clean and well maintained. There was a tremendous amount of outdoor living area from where you could enjoy the beautiful landscaping and terrific views. Anna the housekeeper was very helpful and a wonderful cook. She prepared many meals of local cuisine that were delicious. It was a real treat to come back to the house to home cooked meals after a day of sight seeing. We found this to be a much better option than gathering everyone up again and going back out to dinner, or Heaven forbid, cooking! Andres, her son was also a tremendous help. He arranged for tours and activities that were appropriate for our group, and checked in everyday to make sure all was well and give assistance when needed. Casa Tropical Tropical is in a wonderful location because of all the many and varied activities in the vacinity. You can be on the beach one day and zip lining in the jungle the next. We all agreed that this was our best vacation to date and would love to return.
  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Jan 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Manuel Antonio Puntarenas
Alexandria
3

Great house, great view.... BUT....

  • 3 of 5
The house is very nice and open, great view and wonderful plants surrounding the house itself. Clean and very well kept however the construction of the next door house is really putting a dent in an otherwise nice vacation... Drilling, hammering you name it starting even before 7 am and not ending at 5 pm for sure.... I wish we would have known about the noise!!
Also the washer for the house translates into the services by the care takers....
  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2011
  • Stayed: Dec 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have had neighbors building a house down the hill next door to us, which is beyond our control. We have asked them to keep the noise down as much as possible and in the 9 months of construction we have only had a couple of complaints from the more than 20 guests who have rented from us. Construction is due to be completed next month in Jan. of 2012 and we will all be relieved to get back to tranquility.
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Map

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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Manuel Antonio
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Manuel Antonio
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Car: recommended

Located in Manuel Antonio Costa Rica half way between Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park, it's the most diverse tourist area in the country mid-way on the Pacific Coast.The airport in Quepos is 15 min, away and the drive from the San Jose Airport is 2 1/2 hr. drive to the house. Transportation by bus and taxi available locally to town and beaches or fly down in 15 min. on Sansa Air from the International Airport

Other Activities: seakayaking, rafting, canopy, dolphin watch

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Availability & Rates

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Manuel Antonio House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Fall Season
Sep 1 2014 - Nov 15 2014
2 night minimum stay
$200
$1,000
 
 
Pre-High Season
Nov 16 2014 - Dec 14 2014
2 night minimum stay
$275
$1,500
 
 
X-mas thr New Years
Dec 15 2014 - Jan 7 2015
7 night minimum stay
$3,500
 
 
High Season
Jan 8 2015 - Apr 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
$400
$2,500
 
 
May discounts!
May 1 2015 - May 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
$225
$1,350
 
 
Summer/Green Season
Jun 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
$300
$1,750
 

Additional information about rental rates

Notes fall Season Sept thru Nov. 15th $1000/wk $200/nt
Green Season June thru Aug. $1750/wk $275/nt
High Season Jan 8 thru April $2500/wk $400/nt
Christmas Dec 16 thru $1000 to $2500 /Week with x-mas /new years $3000/wk
50% deposit to hold reservations,
$500 security deposit (separate check not cashed)
final payment a month in advance.
Full refund if cancellation period can be filled

Cancellation Policy

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

Amenities

Manuel Antonio House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
Theme:
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Laundry Soap
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Toilet Paper
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Telephone
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Shampoo
  • Internet
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Blender
  • Ice Maker
  • Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 2 full bathrooms
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 2 child bed
  • The third bedroom has a bunk bed for two and there is also a crib for small children. Other sleeping options on built-in couches upstairs and cushions.
Entertainment:
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Books
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Beach Towels
  • Small Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Porch / Veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Housekeeper
Attractions:
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • rain forests
  • botanical garden
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • bay/sound
  • churches
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • eco tourism
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • pier fishing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • fishing
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • rafting
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
On site caretakers have been with us 10 yrs.and live in a small house on the property help with cooking, babysitting, transportation and tour info. Wireless Internet is now available at the house so bring your laptop.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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