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TripAvisor Award Winner: 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

6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, sleeps up to 18

Enjoy close ocean views and lush tropical rainforest in TripAdvisor's "Top Vacation Rental". The award winning CasaTolteca has remained one of the most popular and most requested luxury homes in Manuel Antonio for 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.

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:
June 21, 2017

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.

Michael Cunningham purchased this villa in 2006

Why Michael Cunningham chose Puntarenas

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.

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
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • 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 ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 17 people
  • 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 4 separate living suites, each with their own kitchen and sitting area. There is the large Sky Suite 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 over 6,500 square feet of habitable 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
A beautiful vanishing edge pool with a spectacular view of the Pacific shares the middle terrace with the two-bedroom Ocean Suite. 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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TripAvisor Award Winner: Luxury 'Top Vacation Rental'- Walk to Beach and Park
average rating of 5.0 based on 111 reviews

Absolutely awesome time

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely awesome time in Costa Rica, and did not want to come home! It is hard to get all of our family together in one place as they are scattered across the U.S. And in Japan! Everyone was thrilled with the accommodations, and the location of the house was perfect as everyone was very comfortable with jumping on the bus! The house is perfectly arranged, especially for a group like ours, and was extremely well equipped!

We loved the upper deck and the views, and our resident iguana. We had a wonderful Christmas dinner prepared by your staff, who were delightful! And I cannot say enough about how great Thomas was. He was so responsive, capable, and personable. You have a real gem in Thomas!!! The house exceeded our expectations, and I will definitely recommend it to others who may be interested!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2009
  • Stayed: Dec 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Highly Recommended

  • 5 of 5

Not the first time we have stayed here and not the last. We highly recommend this home to anyone.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Pete. Good to have you back at our home again. Let us know when you will be back for your next visit.
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The Perfect Home - Highly Recommened to Everyone

  • 5 of 5

Our business group of six couples stayed seven days at this property located in Manuel Antonio. Our stay was beyond phenomenal. We can only begin to describe our incredible experience.

Casa Tolteca was selected so we could see as much of Manuel Antonio and Costa Rica as possible. The bedrooms were clean, comfortable, as well as private for each individual couple. The main kitchen area was well equipped and comfortable to work in. The main great room on the top floor served as our meeting point for everyone everyday.

The open-air veranda around that surrounds the great room was an exceptional location (day or night) to read, siesta, and watch sunsets.

The large pool area was surrounded by rainforest and gave the perfect location for daily monkey visits. The wildlife that surrounded the house was truly incredible.

Thomas and Angie took care of all our tours and excursions. They were also happy to provide chef services to prepare delicious meals. The chefs were indescribably fantastic and prepared the best food we had in town.

The owner of the property was diligent to meet our every need. He owns many homes in town and we would not have any hesitation reserving Tolteca or any of his homes in the future.

Our visit was during the dry season which was quite hot. We actually would like to try Manuel Antonio again in July or August when it is not as hot and there is more rain.

The beauty of the beaches, mountains, and National park that make up Manuel Antonio is just impossible to adequately describe. The photos and descriptions you see of Tolteca on VRBO do not do the home justice. The beauty, marvelous accommodation, and perfect location of Tolteca. Our entire group felt welcome, at ease, and at home during the entire stay. While this was a business trip, I am ready to return with my family soon. We would recommend this property to friends or family or anyone interested in a perfect vacation at the perfect home.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were happy to have you group stay with us at CasaTolteca. What a wonderful reward for your employees who earned a special vacation in paradise. I am glad to hear you enjoed your stay and some of you are planning on coming back with your families. March this year was exceptoonally hot, so a visit in July or August would work great for you. With light afternoon showers, everything is just a little bit cooler and a little bit greener. We look forward to seeing you again in the future.
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Exactly as described

  • 5 of 5

The property is exactly as described -- it's beautiful, secluded with plenty of room for more than 10 people. Arrival was easy as we called 15 minutes before we showed up and Angie, the concierge, was there to meet us. Angie was great in responding to all of our questions and helping us arrange meals, excursions and any other activity we asked about.

The location is about 1 mile from Manuel Antonio and the nearest public beach, close to restaurants and within walking distance of a grocery store. The views are stunning with the ability to watch a sunset while sitting on the terrace or in the family room or kitchen of the main part of the house. There are four living areas, each with their own kitchen (albeit of different sizes) and a pool in the middle. We had two families of five and it was more than enough room. You will see wildlife right outside the door. Throughout the week, we saw all three types of monkeys -- squirrel monkeys coming right up to the railing, whitefaces looking down from the roof and even a howler monkey crawling surreptitiously in the trees. There is a monkey bridge right outside the entrance which attracts many to the area. We also were visited by a large iguana several times.

We were able to zip line, take a tour of Manuel Antonio and the Rainmaker using Henry from HP Tours, recommended by Angie. He was great, knowledgable, friendly and great with children. Any activity will pick you up right outside the property, so there is no need for a car. SJO is about a 2 1/2-3 hour drive away but transportation can be arranged rather easily.

We used the personal chef services four times and it was incredible. Rambo and his wife are great in the kitchen making anything you asked for. The last day he made fresh caught snapper fried with panko and coconut and a mango chile sauce, which is not on the menu. With leftovers, we were able to make those several meals stretch out and enjoy homemade cooking more than a couple of times. They also clean up and put away the leftovers, which is an added bonus.

Overall, it was exactly what was expected, couldn't have been better. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pictures do not do it justice

  • 5 of 5

Pictures do not do this home justice! This house and grounds were immaculate and better than described. It's more than just a home, it is a private sanctuary right in the middle of town. For our group, we had a few priorities:

1 Safety - the gated home made us fell safe the entire time.

2 Privacy - Felt like there was not another home in sight.

3 Layout - The pool, outdoor deck area, indoor dining and kitchen work really well. The largest of the 4 living suites was big enough for everyone to get together, especially with the brand new dining room table! The other living suites helped separate the kids from the adults which really became handy when the younger ones wanted to go to be early. All bedrooms are en suite which is a huge bonus when with a large group.

The hardest decision all week was do we stay at the private pool or go to the beach which is a 20 minute walk.

Michael and his staff were great! The helped us with anything we asked and had some great tips for sightseeing.

Casa Tolteca is very special. We will definitely be back.

Pura Vida!

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Beautiful Property in a Beautiful Country

  • 5 of 5

My family and I loved staying at Casa Tolteca. The villa and grounds were beautiful and certainly lived up to the property description. Having 4 separate sleeping quarters worked very well for us, Each quarter had comfortable beds and its own kitchen facility in case we wanted separate time; however, the main area was large enough to accommodate our entire family. The pool was well maintained and very popular with the younger set. Best of all were the patios where we could sit, experience the visiting animals and birds, and watch the glorious sunsets and ocean scenery.

The staff were wonderful in terms of arranging tours, providing a prepared meal for our first night, and responding promptly to whatever questions we had.

We all agreed that we would gladly return for another stay at Casa Tolteca and would certainly recommend it to our friends.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Eleanor. We are happy you were able to spend the holidays with us at CasaTolteca. It's a great time of the year to see Costa Rica at its best. And you were just in time to see our updates to our home. We always want to keep our home looking new and fresh so constantly add and update. You were one of the first to see our newly remodeled Jungle Suite along with all the improvements to the garden and grounds. Next week, we will be adding a brand new dining table, chairs, stools, and trundle beds to the rest of the house. Thanks again for staying with us and let us know when you are ready to visit us again. Michael
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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

Manuel Antonio Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season
Jun 3 2017 - Aug 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Aug 26 2017 - Nov 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 24 2017
7 night minimum stay
Winter Season
Nov 25 2017 - Dec 18 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Dec 19 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
Peak Season
Jan 6 2018 - Apr 27 2018
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Apr 28 2018 - Jun 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance $70

*** SALE *** Ask us about any last minute discounts by contacting me directly at 800-815-6602.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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