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If you appreciate architecture and design you will love Casa Pura Vida! It is beautifully designed with tongue and groove ceilings , and hand crafted arched windows and doors throughout. There are huge decks upstairs and downstairs with a hammock and Adirondack chairs right outside the bedrooms and living area . Our stair rails and deck rails are artistically sculpted as wrought iron leaves.
It is important to us that our guests feel the quality of being in a home, rather than a 'house rental' or hotel. We have decorated with love and attention as if we were inviting our closest friends to come visit.
Our house backs into the rainforest. Each day Titi monkeys and white faced monkeys play in the creek right off the deck. It is in the back of a residential neighborhood so it has the feeling of home, rather than a tourist destination. The property is not so secluded that you feel desolate. You will love relaxing by our pool. We are five minutes from Quepos and Manuel Antonio.
Amenities: Pool, air conditioning in upstairs bedrooms, Phone, Cable TV, DVD, Full Kitchen, Refrigerator, Cooking Utensils provided, Linens provided, Washer & Dryer, Parking, No Smoking
Activities: Hiking, Biking, Gym, Fishing, Wildlife Viewing, Horseback Riding, Shopping, Restaurants, Sightseeing, Swimming, Snorkeling/Diving, Boating, Sailing, Surfing, Windsurfing, Parasailing, Jet Skiing, Shelling, Rafting
Chris and Penny Williams were from San Diego and bought this house on their honeymoon in 2002.
Dana or Penny purchased this house in 2002
Casa Pura Vida is a beautiful house with unique architecture and is located in a great neighborhood. We wanted to have this place for our children and their children to come to for nature and monkeys!
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Our few days in Casa Pura Vida were just like it's name. it was living the good life. The home was spotless and big enough for our family of five. The pool was a lovely addition to have after a hot day. We got rained out one day and it was great to sit on the balcony and watch the weather. We also enjoyed the visiting monkeys from the balcony. The beds/mattresses are huge and very comfortable. There was good air conditioning in the bedrooms, which helped. We ate some of our meals in and had enough utensils to cook a real meal. There are restaurants close by as well. Manuel Antonio park is either a taxi or an inexpensive bus ride away. The bus stops across the street from Casa Pura Vida. My kids enjoyed the surfing but the waves were a bit too challenging for beginner/intermediate surfers. The best part was that Penny and Chris were helpful and hospitable and available to answer any and all questions. all in all, a highly recommendable place to stay in Manuel Antonio.
I love, love, love this house. Sitting on the hammock on the back porch was one of the most relaxing things I've done in my life. I enjoyed having our own priivate pool. The location was great and Penny was wonderful in answering all the questions I had, as well as suggesting adventure tours. Im not sure why the previous guests were so disgruntled, as I found the house and sheets clean and everything in good working condition. The house was as advertised. I will definately book this house again
We stayed at Casa Pura Vida for eight nights. The house is beautifully designed but the owners didn't maintain it well. There are so many things wrong with this house:
1. Leaking toilet & kitchen sink
2. Not enough hot water for shower...we probably got a few hot shower during the stays. The very first night, I have to get the pot to get the hot water from the sink to bath my baby.
3. Dirty sheets, foul smelly sofa (we found food & many stain on it). My kids got asthma attack after the couple nights stayed at the house.
4. Only 2 rooms out of 3 have a/c, the small room downstair has musky old smell (worst when it's rain - sewer smell, mildew smell)....my mother was coughing so much the whole times we were stayed there.
5. Old TV with no remote control
6. Weak internet....basically, we have to walk around the house, inside, outside to find the signal.
7. Termite in house
8. Old outdoor furniture, too dirty to seat on it..
Too many things wrong with the house. I would not recommend Casa Pura Vida to anyone.
The house was very clean and comfortable. I would suggest that the owners add places to hang towels because we went in rainy season and pop up storms gave way to places to dry towels. The stove/oven didn't work so we had to be creative with cooking in electric skillet. Carlos was helpful with things to do. There are many restaurants to try and know we missed a few. Easy travel to Quepos and Manuael Antonio Park, also to other towns. . Penny suggested tour company, which was great! Take a tour in park because well worth seeing so many animals. We saw Jesus Christ lizards by pool but no monkeys! Kids loved zipline and we found Rainmaker Forest. Didn't need a guide and was very pretty. Swinging bridges scary for me but I did them and was worth it! I would also suggest having better lighting for reading. The common area had overhead lights but lamps didn't work! All in all, things were great. We loved the pool after a hot day of touring or early in morning to get us started! We would stay here again if you make a few corrections. My husband should write a cookbook about cooking meal in electric skillet! He got really good at it! Must be creative! Thanks for sharing Pure Vida!
My family was celebrating my father's 60th birthday in Costa Rica. This house was absolutely perfect for our stay. The pictures are exactly what you can expect when you arrive. Very clean, spacious, and beautiful decking with a private pool! The surrounding trees, flowers, and wildlife only added to our experience! The location was also great. Easy access to Manuel Antonio as well as Quepos.
Carlos (who takes care of the house) was more than helpful too! Thank you so much, Penny, for letting us stay here.
We had a group of 7 there for our stay in late Feb. It was a perfect location for our daily adventures in Manuel Antonio. The property is like the photos. Tastefully decorated with great attention to detail. We enjoyed the swimming pool and used it everyday to cool off after our events. Casa Pura Vida is very quaint and cozy- has a very open feel with the porch off of the 2 updtairs bedrooms. The downstairs bedroom is very small with a double bed- The kitchen is small but well stocked with the essentials- we ate out anyway since the restaurants there were so good.
We really enjoyed out hike to the waterfall with Carlos the property manager next door. We found some great restaurants in the area! We loved Ronnies Place- you have to order the nanna banana desert! We walked there from the house. We loved Milagras cafe- great coffee and the breakfast and dinners were really good!
Manuel Antonio is known by Costa Ricans and by tourists as being the most beautiful town in Costa Rica. We are four miles from Manuel Antonio National Park which is spectacular with wildlife and nature. Our beaches are beautiful with nearby restaurants that are great for a wonderful day of relaxation.
Other Activities: river rafting, canopy tours, jungle cruises
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2 night minimum stay
50% to book
50% due one month before 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.
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