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TripAdvisor's Top Vacation Rental Home in Manuel Antonio. Right ON the Beach.

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,800 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 4 baths, sleeps 6-8. Ask about our rental options for larger groups

The Discovery Beach House vacation rental home is directly ON the beach. It was awarded the 'Top Vacation Rental Home in Manuel Antonio by TripAdvisor two years in a row.

Imagine the most convenient location in all of Manuel Antonio. It's a quick 1-5 minute beach walk to restaurants, a grocery store and souvenir shopping. The Discovery Beach House is a 2-minute drive or a 10-minute walk to Manuel Antonio National Park. Until 1972 this property was a part of the national park and still attracts monkeys and sloths. Lush gardens and hand painted sinks add to your tropical experience. This beach villa features a huge Infinity pool and hot tub. Public transportation is a one-minute walk away.

This 3 bedroom 4 bath villa sleeps 6-8. Ask about our rental options for larger groups of up to 16. Free WiFi. Credit cards accepted.

The Discovery Beach House has everything you need; 2 King size and 1 Queen size bed, fully equipped kitchen (just like home), wrap around balconies with ocean views, a huge infinity pool and an oversize hot tub. Housekeeper, free laundry, gardener and 24/7 security are all included. The entertainment center includes a 42' plasm TV, DVD player, DVD library and board games.

If you're looking for a romantic destination wedding setting the Discovery Beach House is the most wedding-friendly villa directly on the beach in Manuel Antonio. We have a 9 x 9 meter deck beachside for up to 50 people for your reception. We work with the top wedding planners in Costa to fit every budget.

Owner, Evelyn Gallardo, is the author of 'Costa Rica Travel Guide - The Best of Quepos & Manuel Antonio 2015' and 'Among the Orangutans - The Birute Galdikas Story.' She lives in Manuel Antonio with her husband David and her dogs Frida & Diego..

Concierge service is included. The Discovery Beach House staff is waiting to pamper you in paradise. Make your reservation now.

More Details

Evelyn and David - Homeowners
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 29, 2017

About Evelyn and David - Homeowners

David & Evelyn are a conservationist couple whose passion for endangered primates led them to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica as naturally as a river seeks the sea. Prior to settling in Costa Rica they had traveled to the remotest rain forests of Africa, Asia and Latin America. Of all the countries they visited the owners adopted Costa Rica to build their dream vacation home, the Discovery Beach House. They completed their Costa Rica vacation villa in 2006 and converted the property into a private nature reserve with the intention of sharing it with like-minded people looking for the ideal Costa Rica beach vacation.

Your hosts have worked with scientists such as gorilla expert Dr. Dian Fossey and orangutan authority Dr. Biruté Galdikas. David produced a documentary, “Orangutans Grasping the Last Branch.” Evelyn is a wildlife photographer whose photos adorn the walls of their vacation rental home.

She’s also the author of the award-winning book, Among the Orangutans, which earned a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly.

Evelyn spoke worldwide on the issue of saving endangered primate and their habitats. She was invited to speak at more than 500 schools where she inspired students with her “Follow Your Dream” theme and her captivating photos and stories.

Some students were motivated to form pen pals partnerships with students in Uganda to help save their dwindling wildlife, other students raised funds to hire anti-poaching patrols to protect mountain gorillas in Rwanda;yet others adopted orphaned orangutans in Borneo by recycling cans and used the proceeds to provide critical veterinary care.

The Discovery Beach House is a reflection of David & Evelyn’s life experiences. Their story is unique and remarkable and they’re happy to share it with you.

Evelyn and David - Homeowners purchased this villa in 2001

Why Evelyn and David - Homeowners chose Manuel Antonio

More than a beach.

More than a house.

It's an adventure!

What makes this villa unique

- One of only 3 luxury villas directly on the beach.

- 30 second walk to the beach

- Award winning service.

- 10 minute walking distance to Manuel Antonio National Park

- Concierge service included

Guestbook comments from the owner

This was our 1st time visiting Costa Rica and The Discovery Beach house and we can't wait to go back. The house is beautiful, comfortable and clean. You can't beat the location! It is within walking distance or a short cab ride to many shops, restaurants, and grocery stores. The kitchen and house are well equipped with 3 bedrooms and 4 full baths with a shower in each. The pool and patio, which includes a grill and prep area, make hanging out at the house very relaxing and enjoyable, but if you'd rather hang out at the beach, that's easy too... It's only a few steps away. We loved seeing the monkeys come down for a visit, too.

We felt very safe with having someone that watches the property 24 hours a day.

Sabrina, along with the staff went out of their way for us and truly made our vacation a vacation! We highly recommend The Discovery Beach House and hope to be back soon!
Jan 2016
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Nearest Airport
9 Kilometres
San Jose (airport code: SJO)
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Rafael's Terrazas
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Espadilla Beach aka Manuel Antonio
Car: not necessary

The Discovery Beach House is directly on the beach, one of only 3 vacation rental homes in Manuel Antonio that are actually on the beach. It's the most convenient location in all of Manuel Antonio and within 1-3 minute walking distance of 5 beach restaurants, a 5-minute walk along the beach to buy groceries and a 10-minute leisure walk to Manuel Antonio National Park.

Buses and taxis are conveniently available on the road.

Other Activities: canopy safari, river rafting, mangrove tour, Manuel Antonio Nat'l Park tour, parasailing, horseback riding, ATV, canyoning, surfing, boogie boarding, on site wildlife observation, on site massage and spa treatments. Ask your concierge about the many services offered.


Manuel Antonio Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Gym
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Safe
  • Secure Parking
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , Garden Bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Hand painted details
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Hand painted details
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom 1. Master Bath has its own garden and tub for two. Callalily sinks and accent tiles are custom hand painted. Bathroom 2. 'The Monkey Bathroom' has a pedestal sink with hand painted monkeys and several primate accents. Bathroom 3. Hand painted sink features African women. Bathroom 4. Brand new.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Comfortable window seat can sleep an additional person.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , Bed converts from king to 2 twin beds. Includes window seat.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Has an additional private entrance. Room for a crib.
  • Master Bedroom 1: The focal point of this romantic second story room is the hand carved African four poster canopy bed draped with an amazing animal print designer fabric. A comfy window seat is lined with jungle print pillows that invite you to lean back and read a great book, watch the monkeys, or take a decadent afternoon nap. Bedroom 2: Suspended over the living room, this 2nd story bedroom boasts a 260° view overlooking the Great Room and Japanese Entrance Garden. A welcoming window seat provides extra seating or can function as an extra bed. Bedroom 3: Enjoy the ultimate in privacy. This 1st floor bedroom has it’s own entrance, bathroom and coffeemaker. No need to disturb anyone if the call of howler monkeys wakes you up earlier. Take your morning cup of delicious Costa Rican coffee out onto your own private patio and appreciate the lovely tree garden and early rising monkeys from your own Moroccon tiled table.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
This eco-friendly home was built by photographer/conservationists David Root & Evelyn Gallardo. It's decor was inspired by their experiences photographing mountain gorillas in Africa, orangutans in Borneo, and wildlife around the world. They've installed an energy saving system, waste treatment plant, and underground cables to give you unobstructed views of surrounding nature. The owners appreciate your cooperation to help conserve energy in the community. Please turn off all air conditioners and lights whenever you leave the house.


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TripAdvisor's Top Vacation Rental Home in Manuel Antonio. Right ON the Beach.
average rating of 5.0 based on 55 reviews

Great house, prime location, top-notch service

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for our family vacation. The combination of comfortable accommodations, phenomenal location and outstanding service exceeded all our expectations.

The kitchen is very well stocked, has great appliances and ample space. The entire property is very well maintained and cleaning services were not only thorough but delightful. Each day we were excited to see what towel art Manuela left on our beds!

Sabrina was so helpful both with pre-trip arrangements and bookings and also during our stay.

Muchas gracias for making our stay in Costa Rica so wonderful!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We strive to exceed our guest expectations, so this is wonderful to hear. We want our guests to feel as comfortable as they do at home, which makes providing unique touches a joy. Paradise awaits! Evelyn & David Homeowners
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  • 5 of 5

My family had a wonderful vacation at Discovery Beach House. Sabrina and the good people who tend the house are warm and helpful in every way. (Thanks again!) The house is beautiful and very comfortable. It fit our family of six perfectly. This was our fourth trip to Manuel Antonio, so we have come to know the area very well. Discovery Beach House easily is the best situated house in the area. We will return!

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're thrilled to hear you had a wonderful time and you found our location the best in the area. Paradise awaits at the Discovery Beach House. We look froeard to your return. Evelyn & David Homeowners
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Beautiful house and location, right on the beach!

  • 5 of 5

In planning our first trip to Costa Rica, Sabrina Segal made us feel comfortable weeks before we got there. She sent us lots of information about the house and booked two tours for my three girlfriends and me. She had a driver all ready to pick us up from the airport and drive us to Manuel Antonia. Upon arrival at the house Sabrina was there to greet us. She was personable and helpful, showing us around the house and grounds. During our stay she was even available to call a taxi when needed.

The two guys who provide 24-hour security and take care of the grounds are the best. Manuela comes to the house every day to clean and will even do your laundry.

The pool is nice and refreshing after a hot day touring the area. The monkeys are so much fun to watch! We had two iguanas hanging out at the pool with us too!

We thoroughly enjoyed our week at the Discovery Beach House and visiting Manuel Antonio. The Zip Line tour through El Santuario Canopy Adventure and the Vacation Buggy Tour with Doppler were highlights of our trip. We also enjoyed going out to eat at the many open air restaurants in the area. Views and sunsets are spectacular. We also had a great meal at Gabriella's at the marina.

There is a nice area within walking distance of the house with a grocery store, couple of restaurants/bars and shopping opportunities.

We did not need a car during our one-week stay. Sabrina set everything up for us and our trip was perfect!

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Laura, Thank you for sharing your experiences at the Discovery Beach House. Reading a review like yours makes happy you had such a wonderful time. It also makes us grateful for the love and attention our staff gave you. They've developed a sixth sense how to make your vacation all all-fun and worry-free - while respecting your privacy. David and I hope to see you again. Paradise awaits! Evelyn & David Homeowners
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Monkeys, Pool, Iguana, Beach...and so much more!!!

  • 5 of 5

Incredible location in Manuel Aontonio! House is perfectly located on the beach, set in the trees with monkeys arriving every day! It felt like home; staff was so welcoming and hospitable. Everything was taken care of, never had to do a dish or make a bed, so relaxing and restful. Like our own private hotel! Sabrina was amaizing, taking care of all the details and planing for all the tours and needs we had from restaraunts, taxis, name it. Can't say enough about how wonderful this place is, paradise! Saw more wildlife on the property than on any of the tours we took. We are already playing our return trip! Don't miss this piece of paradise. Thanks so much Discovery Beach House!

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: These words are music to our ears and exactly the experience we strive to give our guests. We love that you're already planning your return trip (what a compliment!) and we look forward to pampering you in paradise again. Paradise awaits! Evelyn & David Homeowners
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Incredible Vacation

  • 5 of 5

The Discovery Beach House was truly an amazing experience. Our family decided to make the trip after the new year, to kick off 2017! It was really more than we could have hoped for. The property is gorgeous - beautiful house, grounds, pool, hot tub, right on the beach. The monkeys come by to visit here and there in the morning, which was so much fun! Our family loved every bit of this vacation.

Sabrina helped us plan the entire vacation, down to every detail of whether the wifi would be good enough for us on vacation, activities, and which restaurants were best on which nights. The owners came by to visit us, too and check-in to see how the vacation was going.

Everything was wonderful. Absolutely recommend the Discovery Beach House. I hope to be back one day!

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was fun meeting you and so gratifying to hear your vacation was all fun and worry free. We look forward to you coming back. Pura Vida, Evelyn & David Homeowners
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It's a Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

The Discovery Beach House is a most unique opportunity to enjoy a vacation. The setting is a private home, and it allows both privacy, and a wonderful home setting to be with your family and friends. You have easy walking access to restaurants and markets. The pool and Jacuzzi are your own. The monkeys and lizards are fascinating visitors, and the beach is right in your backyard.

The services that are provided are excellent, and the people who provide them are warm and friendly. Juan, Cesar, and Maneula performed their jobs of housekeeping and grounds keeping with excellence and always a smile. Juan and Desiree provided us wonderful cuisine in our home setting. Diego and Frida wagged their tails into our pack. And Sabrina’s concierge service was committed and flawless. They clearly want to establish whatever relationships that guests allow. We enjoyed them all and appreciated all of their efforts.

The beauty of the country and the friendliness of the people were unmistakable. Our adventures showed us Costa Rica’s nature and communities, and introduced us to many good and sincere people.

As “tropical” vacations go, it was my best so far.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $1,000

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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