House is Fantastic, Overall Location only so-so
In a nutshell-- This house is fantastic, but the location is not. Manuel Antonio is becoming too touristy. The beaches and national park are crowded and overrated. There are so many other pristine beaches and parks in Costa Rica! I wish we had skipped MA and spent more time in Samara and Arenal.
My husband and I stayed in Bird of Paradise suite. As we were the only guests at the property, we had access to all of the outdoor terraces, including the infinity pool and the outdoor kitchen. We really enjoyed the privacy of having the place to ourselves. The outdoor kitchen was well equipped, however the grill wasn't working, so we had to prepare our food on the third terrace and then bring it down to the first terrace to grill it, then take everything back up to the third terrace to do the dishes. Not a problem during the day, but a pain when it was raining in the evenings, as the stairs and tile floors could get slippery. The views of the ocean and the jungle were spectacular. There are sloths living in nearby trees, and monkeys came through every morning and evening.
The photos in the listing are deceiving, as the house is much closer to other houses and a larger resort than it appears to be. There's some creative cropping and angles going on there. Noise, however, was not a problem.
I would NOT stay here with small children-- the terraces are beautiful, but there are too many ways for them to fall and hurt themselves.
Guest reviews said that Alberto was very helpful. He pointed us in the direction of some good restaurants and the bus stop, but other than that, he wasn't helpful. We asked about going finishing and he said he'd ask around and get back to us but never did. We rarely saw him.
It was easy to get to the beach by taking the bus for $0.50 each way. We also took the bus into Quepos and went to the grocery store there (Pali)-- it was much cheaper than the tourist grocery store in MA (Super Joseth), where even the produce was overpriced.
The national park was nice, but did not live up to my expectations-- it seemed overcrowded (even during the off season) and filled with loud, obnoxious people. It's difficult to spot wildlife when there's a woman screaming into her cell phone a few yards down the trail. We saw more wildlife at the house than in the park. The beach was nice in the late afternoon when the crowds thinned, but definitely not worth the hassle. MA was beautiful a few decades ago but is now overrun with tourists. Skip it.
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Owner's Response: Manuel Antonio, and its National Park are one of the most visited locations in all of Costa Rica. Yes, it is different and much more popular than it was a decade ago. That also means more activities, more restaurants, and more options for visitors to Manuel Antonio.
The wildlife is still here. Most of the guests at our villa report seeing monkeys almost daily from the house.
I would still recommend a tour of the National Park, because of its natural beauty, and different wildlife than what you would see at the house. The guides also provide interesting information about the park and its inhabitants.
Our property manager, Alberto, is available as much or as little as guests request. He will, of course, respect guests' privacy, but is only a phone call away if needed. We want to provide these concierge services as suits our guests. If Alberto can help, please ask.
We try to represent our property accurately, showing photos of the views. Yes, there are other houses on the street. The description on the listing describes the property as being on a street with other vacation rental homes. Our property is not suitable for small children, and this is also stated in the listing.
We do our best to keep everything on the property working well. For any guest, we'd like the opportunity to address any concern while you are still there. If we only hear about it 5 months afterwards, we cannot make it right.
So please tell us if we can improve your stay in any way.
Hopefully, expectations will be met for a great vacation. We do our best to provide information about the property and the area ahead of booking, and before you arrive.
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