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Manuel Antonio Costa Rica's Favorite Family Rental

Steve Osman

Member since: 2001
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Speaks: english, spanish
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Steve Osman

Member since: 2001
Speaks: english, spanish
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Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 12, 2015
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Manuel Antonio Costa Rica's Favorite Family Rental

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Manuel Antonio House Rental Photos and Description

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/ 5,000 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. Sixteen Scarlet Macaws were recently introduced to a sanctuary near our property and are often seen at the house, as well as large Toucans, also new to our area. Our rooftop terrace offers some of the best bird watching opportunities in the country. There are over 3,000 sq. ft of living space, with decks that surround most of the two stories as well as a covered roof top. 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 also has a bed for kids, plus lots of other sleeping options around the house) all open on to the lower patio and pool. Our onsite caretakers provide 24/7security and help w/ all amenities. We now Wi Fi also cable TV.

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 are 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 at a very reasonable price. We try to offer the best rates in the area, knowing you'll value your experience with us and recommend the house to others.

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 or it can be ordered thru Amazon or

More Details
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Steve Osman (Owner)
Member since: 2001
Call Owner
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Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 12, 2015

About Steve Osman

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

Why Steve Osman chose Manuel Antonio

Live like the locals would with all the personal touches of a private home. Our location is near everything you might need or want to visit, but very private. Looking out, it's mostly jungle views, not large hotels, restaurants and homes so you'll see more animals and birds than in most other places in our area.

What makes this house unique

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.

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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Manuel Antonio Costa Rica's Favorite Family Rental
average rating of 4.909091 based on 23 reviews
Jackson, WY USA

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

Great house, great location

  • 5 of 5

This house is very comfortable. The rooftop is perfect for bird watching during the day and enjoying the sunset every night. It's within walking distance to several restaurants and also a nice walk along a maintained gravel road to Quepos. The pool is fantastic! This house does not have air conditioning, but there are plenty of fans and we were never uncomfortable and enjoyed the fresh air. Andres and his mother are very kind and helpful with whatever you need. Thank you for sharing your home Steve!

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway

Great villa for families!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Casa Tropical with our 3 children ages 17, 15 & 11. It is located in a central area in Manuel Antonio close to all the beaches, restaurants & excursions. The pool was always great at the end of a long day. The house was very clean, and the on site staff (Ana & Andres) were very helpful. Be sure to have Ana cook you an excellent Costa Rican meal! Some highlights include the wildlife surrounding the villa including two types of monkeys, lizards, iguanas, birds (macaws & toucans) and the beautiful flowers and natural vegetation. We saw more wildlife at the house than we did in Manual Antonio park! A must see is a day trip to Nuayaca falls and lunch in the laid back surf town of Dominical. We would highly recommend this rental for active & adventurous families.

The Evans Family - Horseshoe Valley, ON Canada

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway

Stunning views and fun fury guests

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Casa Tropical. We looked for a long time to find a place conducive for a family with small children and this place was perfect. From the roof top views to the visiting monkeys, we could not have asked for more on our vacation.

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Best vacation ever!

  • 5 of 5

My wife, son, daughter, and I stayed at Casa Tropical for ten days in August 2014. Steve was easy to work with during the booking process. The location is perfect. There is easy access to the bus for beach days or going to town. Taxi service is also very convenient and inexpensive. The views are incredible. The house is beautiful, clean, and spacious. The kids loved the pool. The animals around the property were amazing. Andres is incredibly helpful with anything we needed and assisting with arranging sightseeing activities. Anna is an incredible cook. It felt like they were both part of the family. My wife and children did not want to leave to come home. I plan on returning here again in the future!

When you go to Casa Tropical you should consider:

1. Have Anna cook at least one meal for you.

2. Read Steve's book.

3. Have Andres hook you up with Henry for guided excursions.

4. Go down to Mary's Rentals at the beach. We got chairs, umbrellas, drinks, and food there almost everyday.

5. Go to Cafe Milagro for coffee. This was also a daily stop for us.

My 7 year old son says: "I liked it so much. I wish I was still there. My favorite part was the pool."

My 10 year old daughter says: "The pool rocked. I loved the roof top balcony."

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Tallahassee, Florida, US

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


Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Manuel Antonio
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


Rates & Availability

From $225 Per night

Manuel Antonio House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May discounts!
May 1 2015 - May 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
Summer/Green Season
Jun 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
2 night minimum stay

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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Manuel Antonio House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 2 full bathrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 2 child bed
  • The third bedroom has a small bed for a child and there is also a crib for small children. Other sleeping options on built-in couches upstairs and taking sleeping mattresses to the roof or decks.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • Private Chef
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
On site caretakers have been with us 14 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.

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