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Award Winner: TripAdvisor's Luxury 'Top Vacation Rental'- Walk to Beach and Park

Bedrooms 6
Space 6,500 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Family friendly luxury estate nestled in the rain-forest, overlooks the Pacific

Location, location, location... Casa Tolteca has won TripAdvisor's "Top Vacation Rental" because of its spectacular views, luxury amenities, award winning service, and exceptional location. CasaTolteca has remained one of the most popular and most requested luxury homes in Manuel Antonio for over 10 years because ONLY CasaTolteca has:

1) Perfect location... close to the beach as well as the town (this is one of only two large homes in town that you can comfortably walk to the public beach where you will find the entrance to the National Park).

2) Privacy - From virtually every corner of the estate, you have complete privacy. Your view is lush tropical rain-forest and stunning ocean views, not noisy, distracting neighbors. Most homes in town are built on narrow lots with neighbors just a few feet away.

3) Perfect layout for large groups... one large great room for everyone to get together when you want, and three other living areas for everyone to have their own private space when needed.

4) Horizontal layout that rolls up into the rainforest, which gives you that great indoor/outdoor feeling that you are living in the rain-forest, not just looking over it.

5) Safety - Completely gated, located in a very safe area of town, with security cameras (and security guard just in front of our entry gate), you can rest assured that you and your family will have no surprises.

SAVE $1000

Because of the unique location, you may not need rental cars which can save you over $1000!

Surrounded by lush rain-forest with virtually no visible neighbors, CasaTolteca offers extraordinary peace, privacy, and seclusion for you and the local exotic birds, monkeys, and other wildlife that frequently visit our home. Walk through our colorful butterfly garden and out our secure entrance gate and you can walk to over a dozen restaurants, bars, a private nature reserve, casinos, the beach, and even the world famous National Park in just minutes. You don't need a car!

Enjoy morning coffee on the balconies or evening cocktails in the living room, you will always have huge ocean and jungle views. CasaTolteca gives you comfortable indoor/outdoor living with incredible ocean views from every level.

Experience CasaTolteca now - its lush jungle setting and breathtaking ocean views are out of this world. Explore the many exciting attractions of this pristine coastal rain forest from one of the most pleasant and delightfully relaxing luxury havens in all of Central America.

Please allow us to help assure that you and your entire group enjoy a truly fabulous expedition in this incomparable tropical paradise. Contact us anytime. We will be happy to tell you more about Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio, and CasaTolteca. We look forward to hearing from you soon, and to eventually serving you at CasaTolteca!

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More Details

Property Manager
Michael Cunningham
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 19, 2018

About Michael Cunningham

After year's of traveling through Asia and Europe, Costa Rica was my first travel through the Americas. I quickly fell in love with the people and the incredible beauty of Manuel Antonio, purchasing an estate as my home-away-from-home in 2006. After extensive renovations, I'm proud that I have made CasaTolteca one of the most rented home in the country... unfortunately, that means I rarely get to visit. So I purchased another property and built my 'retirement home' in beautiful Manuel Antonio. I have recently moved to Manuel Antonio full time, but do spend much time in my home town of Chicago.

Why Michael Cunningham chose Manuel Antonio

Costa Rica has many beautiful areas, but none more spectacular or famous than Manuel Antonio. Manuel Antonio has the best of everything Costa Rica has to offer in one place. While other small towns of Costa Rica are growing too fast with tall towers and fast food restaurants, I will always have the natural beauty and privacy of Manuel Antonio National Park right next to me.

What makes this villa unique

Location, Location, Location... walk through our butterfly garden, out the front gate and you are in the middle of town with dozens of shops, restaurants, and activities. You can even walk to the beach!

Guestbook comments from the manager

Hi Michael,

Sorry this email is so late in getting written, life has been very busy since returning from Costa Rica.

We, my family and friends, had an absolutely wonderful time staying at Casa Tolteca. Everybody LOVED the villa and the privacy it afforded. We can be a pretty loud group when we start telling stories and laughing but due to the set up we never feared disturbing the neighbors. The purpose of our trip was to surprise my brother, who lives in San Jose, for his 50th birthday. Our driver, William, was very accommodating in helping us pull off this surprise. To say the least my brother was shocked and speechless.

Thomas did a great job setting up the bus service, chef service and all of our excursions. He was very responsive and helpful during our stay. I am sure you are happy to have him as the concierge for your property. The chef service along with the quality and presentation of the food exceeded my expectations. What a fantastic group of people, we were all so happy that we opted to have them make dinner for us on 2 occasions. Very reasonably priced as well. The companies you utilize for excursions are top notch and their staffs really helped to enhance our enjoyment of the area.

Everyone in our group fell in love with Costa Rica and especially Casa Tolteca. We arrived at the villa late Friday night and by Saturday morning everyone was already talking about coming back. By Monday we had all decided to make this biennial family reunion and of course plan ahead of time to ensure we can get accommodations at Casa Tolteca. We will return!

Thank you again for everything, the entire experience was at the very top of my favorite vacations taken to date.


Nancy and the rest of the gang.
May 2014
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Manuel Antonio Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 6500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Spa
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • Dining Room
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower
  • Hair dryer and double sinks in all bathrooms. There is also an outdoor shower.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single
  • CasaTolteca can sleep up to 18 comfortably. CasaTolteca is an estate with a large great room for group gatherings, but alto 3 other separate living suites, each with their own kitchen and sitting area. The the large Sky Suite great room is used for everyone to get together for dinner and socializing. It is located on the upper terrace and has two bedrooms, two baths with a very large 550 square foot great room. The Ocean Suite is located on the middle terrace and has two bedrooms, two baths and another large 440 square foot great room. The Jungle Suite located on the lower terrace and is an intimate studio. The Casita Studio is also an intimate, private studio and is located on the upper terrace. All suites have ocean views! The entire CasaTolteca complex is 6,500 square feet of living space.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 30 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Each of the four living suites enjoys a breathtaking ocean view, and has its own garden seating. There is plenty of covered outdoor space for our large oversize hammocks, as well as a gas barbecue.


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Award Winner: TripAdvisor's Luxury 'Top Vacation Rental'- Walk to Beach and Park
average rating of 4.9813085 based on 126 reviews

Awesome house & Location!

  • 5 of 5

This house is perfect for a large family like ours! “13” people ranging in age from 6 years to 62 years. Walking distance to restaurants & local bus system. Scarlet Macaws, Toucans, TiTi Monkeys, Howler Monkeys, Iguanas.... these are wildlife we viewed from the upper deck of our Casa. Any needs we had were immediately addressed & taken care of By Angie with a quick text message. She helped with all our needs, Stocked our Casa with groceries before we arrived! Marisol cooked an exquisite dinner with the fresh Snook & 3 Fin fish we caught....... truly a magical vacation! The kids loved the pool rain or shine. Spacious accommodations for plenty of privacy. We will definitely be back👏?👏?👍?

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you and your family enjoyed our wonderful home! Can’t wait to host you again.
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Safe and comfortable stay

  • 5 of 5

The house was beautiful. The views were incredible. The location was perfect. Nature was all around us. But most importantly, our family felt safe and comfortable at all times. My wife was concerned about our young children in central america. Fortunately, this home felt so safe, we never worried at all.

Thanks for letting us stay in your home.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We found Casa Tolteca to be a perfect setup for our group – 4 older adults and 5 young adults. The location is steps away from restaurants, stores and bars. Yet while at the property enjoying the view, sunsets and vegetation, we didn’t even realize we were that close to all of the establishments right up the steps. It was very quiet, safe and secluded.

Angie, our concierge, was most helpful and had the perfect blend of assisting us, stopping by a couple of times at the start of our stay, but not over doing it or being pushy. She helped us setup an amazing sunset snorkel and dinner sail, 10 in 1 adventure, shuttle ride back to the airport as well as a personal chef for two of our evening meals.

What else made Casa Tolteca so great for us is that it gave the young adults the flexibility to head out ahead of us before we met for dinner, to walk to a store, or to head to the beach using the short ride on the city bus. What a deal – 315 colones, about 60 cents!!!

Another positive about this area and the excursions that Angie arranged is the fact that we were picked up by a driver. It was so nice not having to take our big van out, figuring out driving directions or worrying about the drive home.

We adored Ericka, our housekeeper and Mauricio, the pool and outdoors guy. They do a great job and are very trustworthy!!!!!

We would highly recommend this property as there were so many positives about our stay.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy to hear your review. We are very lucky to have the best location in Manuel Antonio. On top of the great location and beautiful scenery, our team is second to none and make the experience truly out of this world. Thank you for choosing our Villa as I know that there are many choices these days and we are grateful that you gave us the opportunity and hope to see you back soon.
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A paradise on earth!

  • 5 of 5

A big group of adults and kids went to Casa Tolteca to celebrate a milestone birthday. The house had something for everyone...a spectacular pool overlooking the rain forest, comfortable bedrooms with brilliants views, a big kitchen for us to make whatever we wanted and an attentive staff who took care of all of our needs. The house exceeded all our expectations and we all did not want to leave the house at all. Angie (the concierge) was very responsive to all our needs and made sure that she coordinated all of our tours. The kitchen staff made fantastic food for the large group on demand and did it with a smile. The housekeeper ensured that the rooms were always clean for us every single day. Overall, this was truly an amazing experience for all of us and we cannot wait to go back there.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous large home in heart of activity

  • 4 of 5

Casa Tolteca was a lovely property with breath-taking views of the ocean surrounded by the tropical forest.

It was ideally located near shops, supermarket, restaurants and bars.

Rooms were comfortable and very clean. Communal spaces were plenty, starting with the fun swimming pool and the two living rooms in the main house.

Housekeeping kept the rooms tidy and clean everyday.

My only suggestion would be to try and get WiFii access to all rooms, even the last one at the bottom of the house.

we had a wonderful stay with our friends and would highly recommend this lodging to anyone visiting Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Truly a paradise!

  • 4 of 5

The villa is beautiful...both indoors and outdoors! It's situated right on the main road from Quepos to Manuel Antonio, and only steps from the bus stop. Upon entering, you descend a number of steps, thereby leaving the hustle and bustle of the street and entering your own private paradise. The villa is situated on 3 levels, with the pool conveniently located on the middle level. All 3 levels have kitchens, with the upper being the main living area. In addition there is a little casita with its own kitchen on the upper main level.

The upper level consists of the living, dining and kitchen, along with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The 2nd level consists of a living area and kitchen, along with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The third level is a studio with a small kitchenette, bathroom and has a day bed in the living area. The casita has a kitchen/living area, also with a day bed and its own bathroom. It has a separate bedroom area with a curtain for privacy.

The grounds are well maintained, as well as daily housekeeping.

There is plenty of outdoor living space on each level, with many tables and chairs conveniently placed. We also very much appreciated and used the large outdoor bar and stools on the upper level.

As a family we used the main cooking area. We did notice, however, that the other kitchens were a bit sparsely stocked and not all of the appliances were working in the casita.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and give it a big thumbs-up!

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Quepos (QPX)
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
El Avion
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Los Suenos
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
The Falls Garden Cafe
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Playa Espadilla
Car: not necessary

CasaTolteca is located in the heart of Manuel Antonio and is one of the closest homes to the world-famous National Park. Surrounded by rain-forest, just walk through our private butterfly garden and out the front gate to easily walk to all the best restaurants, casinos, clubs, bars and discos.

Several world-class beaches and the famous National Park are just a two minute drive or 15 minute walk from the villa.

All this means that you may not need to rent a vehicle during your stay at CasaTolteca, since inexpensive cabs and public buses frequently pass by its main entry gate throughout the day and evening. The CasaTolteca complex is spread out horizontally, not vertically like most other houses in the area, giving an open feeling that you are on a large property, not just in a house.

CasaTolteca is surrounded by rain-forest and gardens, not other houses, giving you complete privacy, except, of course, for the monkeys, birds and other animals that frequently visit the house.

Other Activities: zip line; horseback ride; jet ski; etc


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

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