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Chuck Quinlan

Member since: 2007
Call Manager
Speaks: english, spanish

Luxury pool apt. in rainforest, spectacular beach, monkeys & toucans

16 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Puntarenas Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Well appointed one bedroom apt. sleeping 2 and 3. Pool and Laundry

Well-appointed apartment in natural rainforest setting where monkeys can be seen almost everyday on the balcony of the apt. and around the pool area. View of the ocean and a short walk to one of the most spectacular beaches in the world. Located on the central pacific coast of Costa Rica. We can set you up with extraordinary breathtaking tours, ie: river-rafting, canopy zip lines, waterfall repelling, surfing and fishing. It's all here. We have the flora and fauna of paradise.

Nearby National Park: Manuel Antonio National Park is a gem among Costa Rica's nature reserves and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Costa Rica. A lush blanket of tropical green spills headlong onto several hidden and incredibly beautiful, jungle-lined beaches. There are White Faced Monkeys within this magnificent dream-scape. You may catch glimpse of whimsical monkeys, loud and colorful parrots, giant toucans, three-toed sloths, and a whole host of rare plant and animal species that inspire and overwhelm the senses. The birding opportunities are nothing short of fantastic with more than 350 species spotted in the park's small boundaries. Easy walking trails take in sweeping vistas of Costa Rica's dramatic coastline and meander through primary rainforest with over 300 species of trees.

Punta Serrucho in Manuel Antonio National Park

Secluded beaches and unworldly vistas create a special sanctuary to rest the soul. One can sit quietly, shrouded in magnificence.

More about Quepos: Tourism is now the area's leading employer as Quepos evolves from its banana growing roots into a premier holiday destination. After the demise of the Quepoa Indians in the late 1800's, vast banana plantations were developed throughout the region. Bananas were shipped to world markets across the docks that now service the sport-fishing fleet. In the 1980's bananas lost out to heartier African palms and their high quality palm oil. As Quepos diminished in importance as a banana port, it renewed itself as an ecotourism and sport-fishing destination. World travelers are discovering the area, with many visitors purchasing homes and returning each year to enjoy the relaxing village lifestyle and natural beauty of nearby Manuel Antonio.

Some Costa Rica Stats: Country Capital: San Jose

Area: 51,000 square kilometers, 19,652 square miles

Location: Located in the Central American Isthmus, immediately north of Panama, with ports in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and 153 highway miles between them.

Political Environment: Traditional and stable democracy, with elections held every four years. Army abolished in 1949. Stable political and economic environments. Lowest risk rating in Latin America. Business environment and legal framework open to foreign investment. No limitation on foreign control of corporations and ownership of property.

Population: 3.6 million

Density: 183 inhabitants per square mile (70.5 inhabitants per square kilometer)

Major metropolitan center: San Jose (1 Million)

Main Exports: Total goods: $6.6 billion. Electronic components, textiles, bananas, coffee, pineapples, foliage and ornamentals, fish and seafood, sugar, processed foods.

Major revenue generator: Electronic circuits and micro-structur

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Chuck Quinlan (Property Manager)
Member since: 2007
Call Manager
Speaks: english, spanish

About Chuck Quinlan

I have been living in Costa Rica for twenty years now and I am a wildlife artist and did some rain forest tour guiding for a while. I lived in a remote part of the rain forest for twelve years before building my apartments here at the beach near the national park.

Why Chuck Quinlan chose Puntarenas

This place is only 8 years old and the location is so perfect because when you are at the beach you usually have quite a walk to get back up the hill to where most of the hotels and rentals are located, but we are situated between the main part of Manuel Antonio with all the restaurants. shopping and the beach. So less walking because you are staying between the two and all the while living on the edge of a jungle with all the monkeys that pass almost daily and stop to visit us here by the pool.

What makes this apartment unique

A small quaint operation that makes you feel relaxed and comfortable for an enjoyable vacation.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We couldn't have imagined our vacation would be so wonderful. The stay at El Paseo del Mar was so comfortable, living in the rainforest with all the ammenities and conveniences and seeing the monkeys play by the pool evryday. The staff was so helpful and they took care of our needs as far as any tours we requested. We have already made plans to return next year. We named the monkeys so we have to return to see how they are doing.
Dec 2009
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based on 16 traveler reviews

Luxury pool apt. in rainforest, spectacular beach, monkeys & toucans
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews
alberta canada

Sounds too good to be true, but its Great

  • 5 of 5

Right from the beginning when the manager was up late waiting for me to the final taxi ride back to the airport we did not have a complaint, but only compliments. The room was clean and well looked after, no bugs and everthing worked including the Ac. If and when we build a pool for ourselves it will be modeled after this one. The size and location and depth was well thought out. Watching monkeys, sloths and birds from in the pool is something we will remember for a long time to come. Its location (once a short steep walk is done) is reallly perfect. A word of warning though there are steep hills in Manuel Antonio and if you dont like exersize a car is a must and quite reasonable (40 + 15 insurance)just up the hill next to the bank and close to a food store. I would go back without any hesitation and dont mind answering any questions.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2008
  • Stayed: Apr 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review Jim. Hope to see you back soon. Chuck
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Blissful place, wonderful accommodation

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I booked a rather last-minute New Year's trip to Costa Rica and were scrambling to find hotel availability. We got incredibly lucky when Chuck wrote back right away to let us know Unit B was available on our dates. Thanks to Chuck's responsiveness over email, booking was quick and easy.

We arrived at El Paseo Del Mar on New Year's Day after a long drive. To my relief, Chuck was still available to check us in. We were happy to park the car and rely on walking, the local bus, and tour operators during the length of our stay. Manuel Antonio National Park was a pleasant walk down the hill and along the beach; some great restaurants including Emilio's Cafe and it's sister La Lambretta Pizza are just slightly up the hill. (Also don't miss the Mariposa Hotel bar for a sunset drink!)

Our 4-night stay was superb. The apartment was beyond our expectations: in addition to being clean, comfortable, and cool, with a functional kitchen and reliable WiFi, it also had nice touches such as a library of books to browse and a flat-screen TV with cable to catch the NFL playoff game (the only exception we'd make to our "no TV on vacation" rule). Only one minor comment ... we recommend stashing some salt/pepper in your luggage (or picking some up at the nearby supermarket) if you plan to cook eggs for breakfasts as we did.

The pool area was just as fantastic as it looks, if not better. We won't soon forget the endangered titi monkeys emerging from the jungle and playing around us. We loved ending our beach days with a cold poolside beer as a treat for hiking up the hill. Floating in the pool under the stars, then looking over the infinity edge into the jungle, was awesome.

It's obvious how much thought, care, and personal touch has gone into El Paseo Del Mar, from the design to Chuck's fantastic artwork. (Ask about how he mounted the giant frog and iguana mosaics on the building! Very cool.) As a host, Chuck was present and very helpful (e.g., booked us 2 excursions), without us ever feeling watched; on the contrary, it felt like our private spot (even though we weren't the only guests). We hope to return to this gem in the rainforest and wish Chuck all the best.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

These are lovely apartments in a great location near Manuel Antonio Park. Although the area itself is quite developed, this small apartment complex is nestled in a forested area on a hillside. When sitting on your balcony you are right in the tree-tops so it is ideal for observing monkeys up close. Very peaceful and relaxing. The AC worked great and was really appreciated as it was extremely hot and humid during our visit. The pool area is absolutely beautiful and also attracts monkeys so your opportunities to see them are many. Everything is very well-cared for and the owner, Chuck, was a great host. He is a wonderful resource for information on the area. Thanks for everything, Chuck. We hope to return someday.

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Couldn't be happier with our stay. Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect place for our week long stay in Costa Rica. Great location about 20 minutes downhill to the beach (we walk slowly) and 10 minutes to a range of restaurants. The apartments was lovely, clean and very comfortable, and the pool area our quiet afternoon oasis.

Chuck is warm and welcoming, the perfect host. He helped us arrange a tour and gave great advice on the area. We loved that he identified and told us about the local animals.

Be prepared to walk some hills but it's well worth it to enjoy the beautiful views.

Overall, I would recommend this location in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Minnetonka, Mn.

Costa Rica's Best

  • 5 of 5

We were late getting to the property, but Chuck was there to greet us. Since November is the off season we had loads of peace and quiet in our beautiful room. Swimming (what a pool!) and seeing the monkeys was an everyday occurence. Chuck was so helpful in lining up fun tours and told us the best places to eat. We walked to the beach and took the bus back. Greatest beach around is about a half mile away. Steep climb, but well worth it. This property is unique and well maintained. The pictures on the website are good representations of the value you will find. What a terrific way to get to know this part of Costa Rica.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Where do you live?

Loved It

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent eight weeks here in January and February 2013. We loved it. In 2012 we spent three months in Cabuya on the Nicoya Peninsula and as much as we enjoyed that, we found the Manuel Antonio area much more pleasant.

The apartment building, El Paseo del Mar, is situated on the same road as the Hotel Mariposa. In fact it is just below the hotel which means that visitors don’t have a long walk to the top of the hill to the main road which runs between Quepos and the Manuel Antonio Park. It also means that a car is not necessary if one isn’t planning on doing a lot of day trips outside the immediate area of Manuel Antonio and Quepos. It is quite convenient for shopping, restaurants, and the bus. Many other places along this road are further down a fairly steep hill which makes for a long walk for those without a car.

There are a lot of restaurants in the area. There are some which are inexpensive and many which are moderately priced. However, one need not spend a fortune to eat out. The only thing lacking was the inexpensive soda that can be found in most parts of Costa Rica. A well-equipped grocery store is about a kilometer away. On Saturday mornings we went to Quepos to get vegetables and fruit at the farmers’ market.

The apartments are about 600 sq ft which is big enough since most of the time we were outdoors. One of the reasons we chose this place was that it had a pool and a nice patio surrounding it. On one side of the building a ridge rises up which is completely forested. The trees give easy access for monkeys. There was never a day that went by that we didn’t see large numbers of monkeys: Howlers, Squirrel and Capuchins. The Squirrel and Capuchins sometimes came to the pool area. We even saw sloths.

The present owner of El Paseo del Mar, Chuck Quinlan, is more than helpful. Whenever we had any problem with the apartment he made sure that it was put right immediately. He also has lots of insight into life in Costa Rica because he has lived there for almost twenty years. His assistant Edith is ready to book any tours that visitors might have. What we really appreciated was the daily maid service.

We highly recommned El Paseo del Mar. With its close proximity to a beautiful beaches and lots of services it is a great place to stay, especially those who are looking for a home away from home. However, even people looking to stay for a night or two will find El Paseo del Mar a great spot.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Manuel Antonio
Car: not necessary

Puerto Quepos drapes itself across a tropical inlet surrounded by primary rainforest. The village center is a delightful six-block square of restaurants, bars, hotels, bakeries, art galleries and gift shops, all fronted by the main beach and sport-fishing fleet. Quepos is growing quickly yet maintains many of its sleepy and humble beginnings.

Quepeños are great celebrators of life and seem to make dancing in the streets a local pastime. The high season runs through the drier months of December to April and explodes during the Festival del Mar, a month long party held each February that features concerts, sporting events, parades and a street carnival with dancers from across the country. Quepos fills to the brim with families, surfers, backpackers, ecotourists, blissed-out scientists and gay jet-setters, all as colorful and intriguing as the flora and fauna surrounding the village. The friendly locals take it all in stride, going out of their way to make sure you have a good time.

Other Activities: River Rafting, Canopy Zip Lines, Waterfall Repelling


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$129 to $165
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Puntarenas Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Resort
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 queen , 3 twin/ single
  • We have one apartment with a king, the others are queens and some will have an extra single. The mattresses are the highest quality pillow top for comfort. No children under the age of 14.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Walkway to Water
  • 7 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
No children under the age of 14

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