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Casa Manana-Luxurious Ocean View Home with Beautiful Pool and Waterfall

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 14 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 2 Full Bathrooms, Air-Conditioning, Outside Shower, Sleeps up to 10

This beautiful 4 bedroom air-conditioned home is located in the elegant gated community of Palo Alto, Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste Costa Rica. The Pacific ocean view and surrounding mountains are simply beautiful. If you're looking for a peaceful and serene vacation spot, you've found it at Casa Manana.

The beach is only 3 blocks away. If you feel adventurous there is snorkeling, jet-skiing, fishing, surfing, and many other activities available.

Casa Manana includes 4 large bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, 6 remote controlled air-conditioners, and a large open living room / kitchen area with 15' vaulted ceilings. The island kitchen / dining area seats 8, including 4 bar stools and floor to ceiling glass windows overlooking the private park and ocean. You'll spend most of your time in our gorgeous private pool & waterfall or on the lovely covered patio with outdoor furniture and gas barbecue grill. FREE Long-Distance Calls back to the US, Canada, the UK & Wireless High-Speed Internet!!

Casa Manana is just a few blocks from the beach and is centrally located to rain forest and canopy tours, beautiful beaches, volcanoes, incredible fishing, shopping, howler monkeys, butterfly farms, bird-watching, eco-tourism and much more.

Still not convinced this is the perfect vacation rental home for you? Take a moment to read what previous guests have said about their experiences at our home and our accommodating staff. With so many rental options available, reviewing a property's Guest Book is one of the most important tools when considering where to vacation.

More Details

Dirk Owen
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 11, 2017

About Dirk Owen

We absolutely LOVE Costa Rica!. After several years of exploring most of the country, we found ourselves returning time and again to Playa Hermosa. It just felt like home to us...Our plans are to retire there one day, but in the mean time we've decided to share our our little slice of paradise with others.

Why Dirk Owen chose Guanacaste

We built our home in Playa Hermosa for several reasons...We love the people, the climate, the beach, the food, the laid-back pace and just the over-all natural beauty of the country. PURA VIDA

What makes this house unique

Our home is all on 1 level with an ocean view and around a 10 minute walk to the beach. Perfect for families with kids and/or seniors. Tim (our terrific property manager) has been with us for over 10 years and his team are usually always available to assist our guests. Please feel free to call us anytime as well if you have any other questions. We're more than happy to share our experiences

and knowledge of this wonderful country!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Rating5 out of 5It was hard to say goodbye to Casa Manana!

Kim in Portland, OR Portland, OR

Review Submitted: July 31, 2009 Date of Stay: July 2009

We had a wonderful time in Costa Rica. Casa Manana was a fabulous home base and we thoroughly enjoyed our time there! By the time we reached Hermosa, we had already been in Costa Rica for two weeks and we were thrilled to see a dishwasher, phone, internet, and most importantly a comfortable bed! The pool kept the kids busy and was great to come home to after a day out in the hot sun. The house was very comfortable for our entire family and our kids did not want to leave to come back home to Portland. I really appreciated how well supplied the house was with furniture, dishes, towels, spices, etc. Thank you so much for your hospitality and advice. You helped make this a trip one we will always remember!

Owner's Response: Hi Kim,

I'm so glad your family had a great time in Costa Rica and that I could help. You could probably tell from our phone conversations that I enjoy making suggestions and sharing some of our Costa Rica experiences. If you don't mind, I'd like to use that photo on our website you sent me of your husband and the 50 pound Mahi Mahi he caught when you guys were down. I thought our 3 little 7 pounders we caught last time were nice, but that guy was a monster. I'm guessing you won't be eating fish for a while. Thanks again and let us know when you're coming back down.

Dirk & Lisa
Sep 2009
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Playa Hermosa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Master Bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Guest Bath
    Outdoor - outdoor shower , outdoor shower
  • Master bath has an extra large shower and the guest bath has both a tub and shower.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Sliding glass doors overlooking pool
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • Very spacious master bedroom with a king size bed. 2 of the guest rooms have full size beds and the other bedroom has 2 full size futons. All bedrooms include ceiling fans and individually controlled air conditioners.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gated Community
  • Golf
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
FREE LONG-DISTANCE CALLS & WIRELESS HIGH-SPEED INTERNET. Keep in touch with all your family and friends back in the US, Canada, & the UK. Please See The Guestbook Link Below!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(97 traveler reviews)

Casa Manana-Luxurious Ocean View Home with Beautiful Pool and Waterfall
average rating of 4.989691 based on 102 reviews

Take it from someone who knows. They do it right!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I have been operating a rental home/boutique hotel in Costa Rica for the last 15 years and loving it. When we travel in Costa Rica and other getaways we always try to work with others in our industry, that is the vacation rental market. Sometimes we are disappointed and other times we are just blown away. This time we were just blown away. It is great to see when others in the market really "get it" and Dirk and Lisa are certainly operators that do. Great communication, great on site staff, no exaggerations, no excuses, surplus of all the important things like towels, kitchen items, linens, kids toys and games, everything that a traveling family needs to feel that they really are at a home away from home is exemplified at Casa Mañana. We enjoyed the location, the vistas, the thunderstorms at night, the great nearby beach, awesome pool and waterfall, markets close by and air conditioning so cold we had to turn it way up and sometimes off but never down. Everything works and is easy to understand, everything is well marked. Super secure and very welcoming. Everyone involved in Casa Mañana has done a fantastic job and it shows. We very much look forward to staying again if they will have us.

Patrick and Family

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey Patrick, Your review just blew us away!!! Now we're going to have to travel over to your neck of the woods (Lake Arenal) to stay at your beautiful place "The Red Sunset of Guanacaste". Thank you so much for ALL the kind words and don't be surprised to hear from the Owen Family soon! PURA VIDA!!!
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Perfect vacation spot near the beach

  • 5 of 5

The listing was exactly as described and very close to many restaurants, a grocery store, and the beach. We decided to rent a car based on Dirk's recommendation and went on a few excursions that were about an hour away. Rincon de la Vieja is a must for hiking since it is close (and you can do some zip lining for $50 at Hacienda Guachipelin before you get to the park). We also went on a river tour in a pontoon boat at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands. Many crocodiles and even a family of white face monkeys were spotted.

The house was very comfortable the pool was a great way to cool off in the afternoon. It took a few days for us to see the iguanas near the house but they were more active the last few days we were there. We also spotted a small group of howler monkeys in the trees just behind the house. Each night we could hear them howling even before finally seeing them.

I would definitely stay here again if in the area. Also, check out Coco Viquez restaurant on the way down to the beach. Great local food at an excellent price. The owner is very nice too!

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey Matt, Thanks for nice review and glad you guys enjoyed your stay! Pura Vida!!!
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Luxury and Tranquility Meet in a Beautiful Setting

  • 5 of 5

We knew that we would love our stay at Casa Manana from the moment that Steve, our host from Zindis, opened the door to our temporary, but spacious "home". The Great Room and large bedrooms provided so much space for all six of us to gather as a family for meals and entertainment, or enjoy some privacy for reading and " napping."'

We decided to eat "in" for many of our meals and were thrilled that the kitchen was so well appointed with appliances and dishes.

The beach was very peaceful, so we spent quite a bit of time there! The owners were surely aware that any one who stayed in their house would enjoy the beach, as well as the lovely pool at the house. Thank heaven that they stocked the house with towels, towels, and more towels! (I think our 15 mo. grandson stayed in the pool with his Mom more than he slept!)

The most thoughtful feature of the house was the washing machine and dryer! We were constantly washing our clothes (and towels). We were appreciative of the fact that there was plenty of detergent and fabric softener on hand!

This was an awesome vacation for us. We brought the baby, yet could still be entertained at the pool while he took his daily naps. We enjoyed going to nearby cities and absorbing the flavor of the country. We were sad to leave and hope to return to Casa manana in the near future!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey Gloria, So glad you, Dennis and the rest of your family all enjoyed your stay at Casa Manana!!! Next time you've got to talk Dennis into doing the zip line :) Having to watch the baby was an "OK" excuse, but next time he needs to get him up in the canopy! Thanks again for staying with us and hope you enjoy your well deserved retirement! PURA VIDA!!!
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Great family house for a perfect vacation!

  • 5 of 5

First, Dirk is such a gracious, friendly host. When we booked the house, he called me a couple times before we arrived to check in and make sure we knew where we would need to go and what we needed to go after landing. He answered any questions we had, and he was so accommodating! He even made sure the property manager had a portable crib ready for us since we traveled with our 1 year old. He also steered us in the right direction for a rental car, and he called a few days after we arrived to make sure everything was OK.

Second, the house was fantastic! We arrived at the property management company, and Grethel took us to the house. She showed us around and gave us some great tips on where to eat, shop and visit. She also gave us very helpful tips on Tico customs and safety. The house is very open and large. The large windows looking over the pool and the ocean are a very nice touch. The rooms, linens and bathrooms were very clean!

We enjoyed the wildlife around the house, especially the two iguanas that visited daily and sunned themselves on the rocks surrounding the pool. The location is convenient to restaurants and grocery stores and is about a 10 minute walk to the beach. We loved to lay around the pool and stare at the night sky. The stars were so clear! While it was pretty hot during the day, the pool helped keep us cool (along with the local beer - Imperial).

Overall, the house was very cozy, inviting, clean and relaxing. If we every return to Costa Rica, we know where we be staying!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey guys, thanks so much for the great review!!! Lisa and I are heading down in a couple of weeks so if there's anything you think we need to bring with us, please email me. We're flying Southwest with 6 family members - 12 free 50 lb bags :) so we'll have plenty of room to pack extra sheets, towels, things for the kitchen, den, etc. It was a pleasure working with you and hope to be getting that returning call soon! PURA VIDA!!!
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Beyond our expectation... Deserves a sixth star!!!

  • 5 of 5

Wow.. We've been there for four weeks and everything was perfect!!! With two young families (three kids under four), we couldn't ask for more! The location was perfect because we felt that our kids could play around the house (with the iguana's) without any trouble. The space inside was better than we expected with an open area for the kitchen and the living room. Beach nearby were amazing, lot's of restaurant and grocery store with everything you need.

We must admit that after reading the other review of that property that we agree with the fact that laying down near by the pool with a cold beer was awesome! We used the BBQ for every single meal and it was perfect!

And what about the service, we might have experience the new crew but it didn't showed because they always knew right away what to do and their advice were really helpful!

Take the time to read the comment in the notebook... There is a lot of very relevant information inside!

Again, thank you so much the Owen familie for letting us enjoy your property!

Pura Vida and hopefully we will be back!

  • Submitted: May 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey Alex, Thanks for the great review!!! Lisa and I are so glad you guys all had a great time at Casa Manana. I'll pass on the kind words to our new crew...I'm sure they'll appreciate it! We're heading down with our kids sometime this summer so if you can think of anything we need to bring down with us, please shoot me an email. Again, thank you so much and hope to hear from you soon!!! PURA VIDA!!!
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Fantastic week in Playa Hermosa!

  • 5 of 5

We just got back from a great week in Playa Hermosa. Dirk's house is great - 4 comfortable bedrooms and a great open space with a full kitchen and living room area. The pool is a necessity during these hot and dry months and was very much appreciated. We had two couples with four kids total (ages 4-10) and we felt perfectly comfortable and safe in this area. I feel like we also got lucky by staying in Playa Hermosa. It's a sleepy little town, has a large black sand beach (not my favorite), but awesomely huge waves to play in. One day we went to Playa La Penca (you need a 4x4 to access the main parking area) which was another great beach to check out. We also hit up Playas del Coco and were not very impressed (beach was dirty, kids were pulling gloves and shoes out of the water!).

In terms of things to do in the area - we did the Palo Verde boat tour (good, but not great), Congo Tour zip line (also good, but not great), and a day-long excursion to the Miravalles Volcano with Tico Tours (completely awesome as it included two waterfalls and a visit to a mud bath).

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey Rob, Thanks so much for the review and glad you guys enjoyed our home, the beach and the neighborhood! A lot of our guests have told me about Miravalles as well. Lisa and I are heading back down in a couple of months and plan to go check it out :) PURA VIDA!!!
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Car: recommended

Playa Hermosa is in the Northwest Province of Guanacaste. Our home is literally a 2 minute drive down to the beach or a 10 minute walk. We are about an hour and a half away from beautiful mountains, waterfalls, mud baths, and volcanoes. Additional information on the area and tours are available on request. FREE LONG-DISTANCE CALLS!! Our home is equipped with a VOIP telephone so you can keep in touch with all your family and friends back in the US, Canada, and the UK. We have also installed High-Speed Wireless Internet. Please See The Guestbook Link Below!


Rates & Availability

Playa Hermosa House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Green Season
Apr 17 2017 - Aug 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
Special Rate
Sep 1 2017 - Nov 15 2017
5 night minimum stay
High Season
Nov 16 2017 - Dec 15 2017
5 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Year's
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 1 2018
14 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

$1400 - $3200 weekly. Discounts available on multiple weeks.
Special Rate September 1st - November 15th - $1400 weekly.
High Season November 16th - December 25th - $2200 weekly.
Christmas/New Years December 17th - January 1st - $3400 weekly.
High Season January 1st - April 16th $2200 weekly.
Green Season April 17th - August 31st $1800 weekly.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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