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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 1 - 14 nights


About the property

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

This beautiful 4 bedroom SINGLE STORY - FAMILY FRIENDLY 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 totally private, peaceful and serene vacation spot, you've found it at Casa Manana. Please check out our AMAZING REVIEWS form our previous guests!!!

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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Dirk Owen

My wife and I started Applause Productions (an event planning company in Dallas Texas) over 30 years ago. After our first visit to Costa Rica some 15 years ago, we absolutely fell in love with the Pura Vida lifestyle! 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.

Dirk Owen purchased this house in 2005

Why Dirk Owen chose Playa Hermosa

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 Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
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
  • Living Room
  • 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!


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Casa Manana-Luxurious Ocean View Home with Beautiful Pool and Waterfall
average rating of 4.990099 based on 106 reviews
Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Left the farm in Illinois at 17. In Costa Rica 19 years

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: August 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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Great house for a family reunion

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I travelled to Costa Rica to spend time with her brother and his family who live in Costa Rica near Arenal. We wanted a private residence near the ocean where we could all enjoy family time together.

Casa Manana was perfect.

The house is spacious and well maintained. It is just a short walk to beach which gave us daily exercise and we felt safe within the gated community. The covered patio and pool all with a view of the ocean provided a relaxing setting to enjoy the beautiful weather and time together with our Costa Rican relatives.

We happily recommend this house to other travellers and hope to visit again before Dirk and his family decide to make it their permenant residence.

Thank’s Dirk to you and management staff for giving us a great vacation.


Merv & Denise

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Mervin, Thanks for the great review!!! Let me know when you guys are interested in heading back down again. Moving down there is definitely on the radar, but it may be a ways down the road. PURDA VIDA!
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Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Left the farm in Illinois at 17. In Costa Rica 19 years

Fantastic as always!

  • 5 of 5

There really can be no better compliment to anything in this world than a desire to return to it. Casa Mañana is the home we always want to return to.

We live full time in Costa Rica, inland about 2.5 hours from the coast. Every once in awhile we enjoy a few days to go to the beach for a change of view. We as a family have stayed at 5 star all inclusive resorts, rental homes, hotels all across the country, so we are very familiar with the different levels of lodging available.

Without a doubt Casa Mañana, the fantastic owners, the outstanding management company Zindis and the property itself are one of the true gems in the Costa Rican rental community. Truly outstanding in every way.

As I said earlier in my review there is no better reflection of a destination than your desire to return to it, we have stayed at Casa Mañana 3 times now and truly look forward to returning again. We would not even consider another place now when going to Playa Hermosa, it is truly a home away from home and delivers in every possible way. Thank you to Dirk, Tim, Indra and everyone else that makes Casa Mañana such a fantastic place to enjoy Playa Hermosa!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks again Patrick for another amazing review!!! Lisa and I just got back from the house...switched out all the bulbs to LEDs, brought down new pots & pans, new kitchen appliances, cleaned, re-stained & painted, so I think we're all good for high season :) Next time we're down, I promise to try and make it over to your place "The Sunset" at Lake Arenal. It's look gorgeous and I'm sure a welcome change from the beach. Look forward to talking soon! PURA VIDA!!!
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Great house. Wonderful owner. He is very hands on.

  • 5 of 5

Place is great. No issues. Area is a little less busy than the Tamarindo, Playa Flamingo or Playa Conchal areas. Make sure to get some Colones at the actual exchange rate before getting to the area. Local businesses like to give you a 13% haircut on the exchange rate. This has nothing to do withthe fabulous house and this great owner. I give it 2 thumbs up.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Todd, thanks for the 2 thumbs up!!! Glad you guys enjoyed our home! I really never experienced the exchange rate issue you're referring to. I do know when paying for things in dollars, you generally get colonies back. Also, the dollar/colones fluctuates almost daily and that may have had something to do with the difference. Anyway, thanks again!!! PURA VIDA!!!
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Holland, Pennsylvania

This is the home you want to stay at!!!

  • 5 of 5

Just wow! This home was perfect! My husband and I went for our 10 year wedding anniversary. It was just the 2 of us in this 4 bedroom house but it really felt like home! We wanted the comfort of our own space with the freedom to cook and lounge by a private pool. The location was great, a quick 25-30 minutes from the airport. This house offered all the amenities you could need. The house was clean and beautifully furnished. We felt so relaxed and worry free during our stay. Any questions or concerns were taken care of immediately by the owner Dirk or the property managers at Zindis. We loved the Zip lining trip at Borinquen Mountain Spa. By far, a highlight from our stay and was recommended by our concierge at Zindis. They gave us all the details of where to go and what restaurants or sodas to eat at. The local sodas were a favorite serving authentic Costa Rican food. You can't beat the price of $8 for a full plate! All were AMAZING! We ended up eating at some of the same places 2-3 times! This trip was everything we could have hoped for and we definitely want to return! You can not go wrong renting this gorgeous house!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey Shauna & Evan, thanks so much for the great review!!! Glad you guys enjoyed your stay and I'll be sure and pass on your glowing remarks to Zindus :) I haven't tried that zip line in Borinquen, so I'll put that one on my list next time we head down in August. Thanks again!!!
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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: January 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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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!




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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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