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Coral Reef House

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay nights


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About the property

4 bedrooms 2 baths, sleeps 8, large outdoor veranda, high in coconut tree

Costa Rica is full of tropical experiences from beach to mountain. On the Caribbean side of Costa Rica is a little village at the end of the road called Manzanillo, located in the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife and Marine Refuge. It's a small traditional town, about 4 hours by car or bus from the capital, that offers prime fishing and ocean adventures as well as all jungle wildlife. This area is relatively undiscovered, uncrowded and therefore much more laid back as compared to the Pacific side. The culture is also distinctly different, being Afro-Caribbean.

Note: If the Coral Reef House is booked, check our web site for availability of the Dolphin Lodge right next door, which also sleeps 8.

Manzanillo/Gandoca Wildlife Refuge: The Coral Reef house in in the Refuge and is situated on a 30 foot coral rock. Monkeys, sloth, parrots, toucan and other wildlife abound and are easily seen form the outdoor veranda. There is excellent snorkeling in coral tide pools right in front of the house. The sea breeze, sound of the ocean and cool night air make sleeping a dream. The average day time temps are about 85/ night 70 and the water temp is always 83-86 F.

Activities for the real outdoors person: This is an outdoor paradise. Beside the great snorkeling and diving, hiking in the jungle will present new and unique wildlife experiences. The local guides can educate you and your family to the wanders of the outdoors. Dolphin tours in the area present a magical experience with the rare tucuxi dolphin and playful bottlenose and Atlantic Spotted Dolphins are arranged with the local boat captains. Also, sea kayaking, canopy tours and fishing are popular activities.

More info and photos: Please visit our own web page below for more information, photos, reviews, and nightly rates.

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Owner/Property Manager
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
January 31, 2016


5/5 -
(3 traveler reviews)

Coral Reef House
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews
Apple river, Il USA

Jungle Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We spent one week at the Coral Reef house with a party of three adults and two young children. It was perfect for us. Dophi helped us across the river the first day, and from them on we were very comfortable. The rustic house was exactly the simplicity we were looking for. The kids loved playing in the tide pool right in front of the house. We enjoyed watching the monkeys and birds which are very close. We explored the jungle with the kids, and separate, for a more advanced hike. We walked to town easily and explore a wide range of beaches. Thank you for having us!

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Jungle Retreat

  • 5 of 5

The Coral Reef House is a wonderful wooden house hidden in the jungle. It is perfectly located- with great beaches and wonderful wildlife. Manzanillo itself is a joy with Sodas for Breakfast, perfect mohitos at Maxis, 2 reasonable shops and safe swimming. The weather was pretty wild while we were there, we had huge storms, torrential rain & huge waves but everyone loved it.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fort Collins Colorado

family beach vacation

  • 5 of 5

We spent two weeks at the coral reef house over christamas and new years. Our party was two families (four adults two late teens and one two year old). The setting was absolutely perfect. We were close enough to town to get there if we wanted but far enough to be selcluded. We woke to howler monkeys almost every day. Dolphi (caretaker) was great and Paul House was very helpfull with questions and all. If you are looking for a resort style stay this isnt it, but if your looking for a great home in the jungle on the beach to rent and are adventurous and self sufficient this is perfect.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This owner has not provided a specific location. If you would like more information, please contact the owner.
Nearest Airport
150 Miles
Manzanillo, Costa Rica, Caribbean coast
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Car: recommended

Manzanillo is the end of the road on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast, near the Panama border. It is a small village, just large enough to have all the basic supplies, and rich in natural beauty. The Coral Reef House, and neighboring Dolphin Lodge, are just beyond the end of the road in the wildlife refuge, a 10-minute walk from the village.

Other Activities: jungle tours, dolphin tours, canopy tours


Rates & Availability

Manzanillo House Rental Rates


  • Price is total, no hidden fees or taxes to be added on
  • Rate is for 6 person occupancy; additional people are $20/person/night
Calendar not updated in over 2 months and may not be available. Look for rentals with Request to Book or updated calendars.


Manzanillo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
  • Each king bed can be split into 2 singles. Bedrooms 1 and 2 each have a King-size bed and a twin size, for some reason this shows up as 'extra large double bed.' Also, twin and single are the same size bed.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Balcony
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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