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Manuel Antonio Costa Rica's Favorite Family Rental: awesome birds and animals!

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Luxery villa on an acre of gardens/ private pool/360 rooftop views

This Santa Fe style house sits atop a hillside overlooking the Manuel Antonio coastline to the West and the Talamunca Range w/ 5,000 ft San Gerenimo to the North. The jungle comes right up to the pool, and it's often possible to see two species of monkeys, iguanas, sloths, and many species of birds, while lounging around the pool or from the many decks. Sixteen Scarlet Macaws were recently introduced to a sanctuary near our property and are often seen at the house, as well as large Toucans, also new to our area. Our rooftop terrace offers some of the best bird watching opportunities in the country. There are over 3,000 sq. ft of living space, with decks that surround most of the two stories as well as a covered roof top. The entire space can be opened up to give the feel of living in the outdoors with nearly an acre of mature gardens, with hundreds of tropical plants, orchids and fruit trees. The upstairs is an open living space that includes kitchen, dining, living room and TV area, and also a bathroom. Downstairs are three bedrooms with AC: one with a king sized bed, two with queen sized beds (one also has a bed for kids, plus lots of other sleeping options around the house) all open on to the lower patio and pool. Our onsite caretakers provide 24/7security and help w/ all amenities. We have Wi Fi, also cable TV.

General house info: We have had the same wonderful caretakers since we began renting in 2000 ready to help in any way. Ana offers wonderful 'Tico' meals at very reasonable prices. Her son Andres helps with the best tours and transportation options. He now has his own van and offers San Jose Airport transfers right to the house for up to 5 adults and 2 kids (he can send a bigger van for larger parties). He can also take you on tours where others don't go into the mountains or Southern coast. He's a great naturalist and photographer.

Unlike so many other houses crowded together near noisy roads, bars and restaurants, this property is secluded, yet 5 minutes drive to the happening town of Quepos or 10 minutes drive to the magnificent beaches of Manuel Antionio Nat. Park. You can walk to the main road in a few minutes, where there are more than half a dozen restaurants within a quick stroll. From the covered roof you have a 360 degree view where you can watch spectacular sunsets over the ocean . Breezes blow all day and at night switch directions and come off the mountains to keep this house comfortable all the time. The house is fully equipped with everything you need for your stay. Quepos has wonderful fresh produce, fish, meat and chicken as well as a growing selection of wines and liquors, so you can stay at home and cook or ask Anna to introduce you to local foods. We try to offer the best rates in the area, knowing you'll value your experience with us and recommend the house to others.

There is twice a week maid service and laundry, but you can request additional cleaning and laundry from Anna. Security is provided by our on site caretakers who live in a separate house at the entry to the property.

This house was built by local residents to the highest standards and reflects their experience of living in Costa Rica over 11 years. Much of the art is by the owner and other artists living in the area. The gardens are a work of love started in 1996 and entice you to take walks in the lush greenery and to see the wonders of the tropics close at hand (It's really like living in a tropical zoo!) Check out our personal web site for more pictures, info, maps and links to the area and services. The owner will gladly help with any aspect of your vacation including transportation to the house from the international airport.

Amenities: The house is completely furnished: full kitchen with all amenities, TV room with DVD player, cable, speakers for your ipod or other devices w/ charging ports. Phone service, Wi Fi , also washer and dryer, pool with two out door showers, covered carport.

Activities: Nature walks and tours, snorkeling, surfing, whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, horse rides, boat tours, National parks, great snooping around with your car up and down the coasts finding isolated beaches etc. Ask Andres for suggestions.

Area: Costa Rica's favorite destination, with the most beautiful beaches and a fun port town with lots of restaurants, bars and night life.

Steve has written his memoir on the families 11 yrs in Costa Rica: 'Stumbling into Paradise' a great read if you're planning on visiting the country or dropping out to live on the beach.

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Steve Osman
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
June 16, 2017

About Steve Osman

We lived in Manuel Antonio from 1989-2000 and built our house after we knew exactly what we wanted in tropical living. Steve started the first tour company on the W Coast offering rafting and sea kayaking. In it's design, gardens and art (mostly by the family) it reflects our love for Costa Rica.

Steve Osman purchased this house in 1997

Why Steve Osman chose Quepos

Live like the locals would with all the personal touches of a private home. Our location is near everything you might need or want to visit, but very private. Looking out, it's mostly jungle views, away from large hotels, restaurants and homes so you'll see more animals and birds than in most other places in our area. Guests often remark that they saw more more animals and birds at the house then their tour of the Nat. Park. On a recent trip we counted 27 different species of birds in one day!

What makes this house unique

We've had the same wonderful caretakers since we started renting in 2000 - see the reviews! They are there to ensure you have a great vacation. Our hill top location is one of the best spots to view a multitude of birds, as well as the local monkeys, iguanas and occasional sloths. Andres is a talented photographer and loves to take guests to less visited locales in the area.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Words escape us to adequately describe our visit to Costa Rica and the paradise found at Casa Tropical. Our stay was overwhelmingly perfect. We cooked, swam, explored, watch the daily troop of monkeys, iguanas, birds and butterflies, listened to music, met on the roof for sunset and were quite spoiled by weeks end. We are most anxious to return and cannot imagine a more beautiful spot to come back to."

-Cheri and Steve

"We had a wonderful time in Costa Rica. Your house is lovely. My son learned to swim in your pool, and he was diving by the end of the holiday. The kids have rated it the best holiday ever. We had a perfect mix of adventure and R&R. We went white water rafting with Iguana Tours. They were great. We went to Isia Damas. We saw monkeys, sloths, and boas. Thanks again. We'll be back at some point. We can see why you love it there so much. It's a wonderful spot."

-Les and Lydia

"We just returned from Costa Rica and wanted to let you know how great we thought the house was. Your house is so beautifully maintained and the art and architecture so aligned with the setting."

-Jennifer and Jerry

Hello Steve & Family,

Words just can't express the awesome vacation we had! The house was beautiful and so cozy. We loved the art work around the house. I would love to have an abstract painting of yours.

Hannia and her son David were very helpful. David went out with the girls once. They hit the night life in Quepos. We enjoyed both Quepos and Manuel Antonio's restaurants. So much to tell and cherish the rest of our lives! Sally

We had a fabulous time in Costa Rica - Thanks in great part to your beautiful house and its magical setting!! We wish we had more time there, and are looking forward to returning sometime soon. We would like to thank Hannia for all her help and kind gestures. They really add to the experience in so many ways.

Thanks for everything!

Barb -from the UK

We did have an excellent time. The

setting of the house was magnificent, and if there hadn't been so manygreat activities, we could have spent even more hours just sitting on

the veranda watching the wildlife. Claudio and Annia were super helpful.We will keep a reference to the property and may find ourselves back

there again! Mike and Family
Jan 2005
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El Cerro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 2 full bathrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 2 child bed
  • The third bedroom has a small bed for a child and there is also a crib for small children. Other sleeping options on built-in couches upstairs and taking sleeping mattresses to the roof or decks.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • Private Chef
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
On site caretakers have been with us 14 yrs.and live in a small house on the property help with cooking, babysitting, transportation and tour info. Wireless Internet is now available at the house so bring your laptop.


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Manuel Antonio Costa Rica's Favorite Family Rental: awesome birds and animals!
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Great Wildlife Viewing Experience

  • 4 of 5

Really enjoyed our stay at Casa Tropical. House was set up well for 3 couples. Got up every morning at about 0530 (daybreak) to see the birds and the monkeys. Wildlife diversity is incredible. Went to Manuel Antonia park with Henry - excellent tour guide. We saw birds and wildlife that we never would have seen if we had chosen to enter without a guide. Inshore fishing trip. Massages. Bird watching with a sighting scope and bluetooth speaker on the phone to call them in. Experience was quite memorable. Only thing that kept me from giving the vacation 5 stars was the house was not ready when we arrived - miscommunication between the owner and caretakers. That being said, the caretakers dropped everything that they were doing to get the house ready for us. We sat on the rooftop deck and relaxed until the house was ready. Great views and sunsets from the deck! We'll be recommending the house to others in our group who'd like the Costa Rica wildlife experience.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I take responsibility for the miscommunication. The guests added another day to the front end of their stay and I thought they were getting a transfer from our caretakers son, and had advised him on the new date of arrival. Unfortunately that was not the case, someone else was hired and I apologize for the inconvenience.
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Best 3 weeks ever!

  • 5 of 5

First of all, we lucked out finding this place. The owner is amazing and really helped us out with descriptions of the house and advice on the area. He started the best tour company there years ago (which we used to go to Midworld and a whale watching boat tour). The house is so nice and we have stayed at a few other homes in different parts of Costa Rica. This is our favorite by far! It felt like our own home and I wish it was. I think I could have stayed forever. Ana and Andres are so good and I felt so safe knowing they were around. We got to practice our Spanish with them and learned so much about birds! We had 6 kids at the time of our vacation and all of them were so super comfortable and couldn't get enough of the titi or squirrel monkeys. The kids would make their own monkey type noises outside and a whole bunch of them would come and eat bananas out of their hands! I don't think they will ever forget that. So many wonderful animals just on the property. Our kids really wanted to see a sloth and Ana found one for us up a big tree and we got some great video. I think we saw every bird possible thanks to Andres. The kids loved the rooftop patio and would watch movies on theier iPads up there and had a sleep over up there as well. I loved the farmers market in Quepos and we made every kind of juice from all of the awesome fruit. We went whale watching and to the wagon and el avion restaurants to eat. Those are some seriously unforgettable restaurants. We had rented our own van, but Andres has one as well which is a great option. He helped us book our whale watching tour. Loved the private pool at the house! Iguanas and monkeys visit you while you swim! Casa Tropica is super spacious and comfortable. It has the best fans upstairs and downstairs where the bedrooms are have A/Cs. We loved that the master bed had its own bathroom. I loved the artwork and hammock in the back yard. Manuel Antonio is a must see! It's where the rain forest meets the white sand! Best beaches and town. National park is fun, but we really saw all the animals way closer at the house! Quepos is fun too with an amazing harbor. Anyone who stays here will love it. There is a whole book of reviews from former guests at the house. People have been returning for years and I seriously wish I could buy this house. Best location and perfect yards/gardens that have been cultivated for years. It's like your own tropical paradise.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Nice vacation spent in family

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful grounds and views!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Casa Tropical. The accommodations were comfortable spacious for the 6 of us. The view from the rooftop you can see mountains, ocean and best of all many species of birds, macaws and we had a visit from family of squirrel monkeys wrestling on the deck. Andres the caretaker went above and beyond with transports from airport and his knowledge of area. He set us up with his associates for a tour of Manual Antonio park, day at Secret beach snorkeling, kayaking and paddle boarding. Manual Antonio has beautiful beaches, restaurants and views of sunset. Would come back in a heartbeat. Wonderful experience thank you Steve for letting us stay at your beautiful home!

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tropical Eden

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved Casa Tropical & with this being our first ( but not last ) visit to this beautiful country we were thrilled beyond expectations . We arrived late at night, in the dark & awoke early in the morning to a myriad of exotic sights , sounds & smells : macaws , toucans , caracaras , monkeys , iguanas etc etc ! A tropical Eden for sure !

With the mountains , ocean & all the lush vegeation framing our view ... spectacular ! Andres & Kassandra were so very very helpful & unending resource of helpful information about everything . As well Jonathan who chauffeured us to & from the airport . It was like having a individually escorted tour . He was wonderful ! Henry , our knowledgeable naturalist , who led us through the Park .

Everything in our home away from home was so clean & efficiently laid out . Immersed in this colourful , artistic breath taking spot was sheer joy . Convenient to hop on the local bus & head to the beach or market or Manuel Antonio Park . Hopefully we will be back ...

Thank you Steve & Marylou for sharing your special place with us ...

Thumbs up for Casa Tropical !

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Awesome Experience!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from our Costa Rica vacation and our family of five were all very pleased with Casa Tropical! The house and amenities were exactly as described. The house is beautifully maintained and the wildlife sightings were as advertised. We had two large groups of monkeys appear in our four days as well as some beautiful bird sightings (macaws, caracaras and toucans). The house is convenient to both Manuel Antonio National Park (very cool park, great trails and lots of wildlife including sloths and monkeys) and Quepos. We loved the marina area in Quepos (a couple very good restaurants - Z and Gabriella's) as well as their Saturday morning market.

The owner is very easy to work with and the caretakers are lovely people who can help with any need during your stay. All in all a wonderful trip and Casa Tropical provided an excellent base for our time in the Manual Antonio region!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Hotel California
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Hotel California
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Manuel Antonio
Car: recommended

Located in Manuel Antonio Costa Rica half way between Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park, it's the most diverse tourist area in the country mid-way on the Pacific Coast.The airport in Quepos is 15 min, away and the drive from the San Jose Airport is 2 1/2 hr. drive to the house. Transportation by bus and taxi available locally to town and beaches or fly down in 15 min. on Sansa Air from the International Airport. We offer transfers to SJO

international, all local areas and airport.

Other Activities: seakayaking, rafting, canopy, dolphin watch


Rates & Availability

El Cerro House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
Jun 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Nov 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving pre-Xmas
Nov 16 2017 - Dec 14 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

fall Season Sept thru Nov. 15th $1000/wk $200/nt
Green Season June thru Aug. $1750/wk $275/nt
High Season Jan 8 thru April $2500/wk $400/nt
Christmas Dec 16 thru $1000 to $2500 /Week with x-mas /new years $3000/wk
50% deposit to hold reservations,
$500 security deposit (separate check not cashed)
final payment a month in advance.
Full refund if cancellation period can be filled

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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