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Typical Breakfast included, Discount for 5 guests or less, Monkeys, Butterflies

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Space 5,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights


About the property

6BD/5BA/2HalfBA, Sleeps 20, Monkeys daily

ASK ABOUT OUR SMALL GROUP DISCOUNTS FOR GROUPS OF 5 OR LESS for a reservation of 6-nights or more.

10% discount for groups of 5 or less

You deserve it! You really do - and now with a homemade Typical COsta Rican breakfast included in the price every morning of your stay at 7:30AM*. A beautiful, private, quite home located in the El Salto Estates gated community where you can sit comfortably while watching your children play and have fun in our giant pool or on our awesome jungle gym (pun intended). Bring your friends and family - there is plenty of space here at the Family Jungle House. Our staff is gracious, caring, hard working and ready to serve! So, yes! Book now! Do not miss out on this awesome opportunity for rest and relaxation at a price you can afford!

Perks: 1. Sediment/Carbon/UV Light filter for CLEAN drinking water included now at the house!

2. 5 Full baths PLUS 2 half baths. One of the half baths is located right next to the pool for convenience.

3. Gated Community with controlled access

4. Great Pricing for larger groups and for smaller groups - compare our pricing to other homes and ours will be the most competitive!

5. New remodel finished May 2017! With newly redesigned granite counter-tops in the kitchen, full interior and exterior painting, extra bathrooms, new outdoor shower, new beds, new floors, finer finishings and MORE SPACE inside!

6. Breakfasts included and Roxana and her amazing dinners at an unbelievably good price!!!!!!

7. Scarlet Macaws - virtually daily sightings of these magnificent birds recently reintroduced to Manuel Antonio.

8. Plenty of parking for multiple guests.

9. Large families or multiple families traveling together can stay here without breaking the bank!!!

10. 450 Sq. Ft or covered deck space and 450 Sq. Ft of deck with sunlight. To tan or not to tan . . . . .

This house has 4 Master Bedrooms - each with its own bathroom. On the pool level there is a private Bedroom (with a kin-size bed) and the downstairs living room (which has two twin beds and futon) which share a bathroom. There are 2 additional half bathrooms and an outdoor shower.

This open air style house is situated to where it is surrounded by over an acre of tropical gardens and peaceful forest. There are spectacular views of the Talamanca Coastal Range and 6000 foot Mount San Geranimo. There are daily sightings of exotic Costa Rican animals such as Blue Morpho Butterflies, Sloths, Monkeys, Jewel-toned Hummingbirds, and now Scarlet Macaws!! The 5-Star Gaia Boutique Hotel (only 200 meters away as the crow flies) began a program to reintroduce Native Scarlet Macaws to the Manuel Antonio area about 1 year ago. And the lucky guests of the Family Jungle House are right in the flight path of these gorgeous, amazing birds!!! The are sightings virtually everyday!!

This gorgeous home has multiple Master Suites for multiple families traveling together! This is a 4 or 5 bedroom/4.5 bath (currently a 4/5 bedroom home with 3.5 baths - remodel will be finished in October 2015) home which has an second living room which can be converted into a 5th bedroom. The bedroom layouts are as follows: Master Bedroom #1 has a King-size Memory Foam mattress with a trundle bed in the room to be used either as a day-bed or two twin beds at night! Master Bedroom #2 has a Queen-size Memory Foam mattress with a trundle bed in the room to be used either as a day-bed or two twin beds at night! The downstairs bedrooms now have two full bathrooms and the "Blue" room has a King-size and the Pirate Room has a Queen-size Memory Foam mattress with a bunk bed. The Pirate Room will have its OWN full bathroom in October of 2016!!

If you are staying for 6-nights or more, when you arrive to the Family Jungle House you will find some delicious local, Costa Rican fruit available for immediate consumption, or wait until the next day and have Roxana, the maid, cut it all up for you! We now also provide 250g of Coffee for all guests staying Dec - Aug so that you can arrive and immediately enjoy a cup of delicious, hot Costa Rican coffee! WE ALSO HAVE AN OUTDOOR GRILL FOR BBQ BY THE POOL!!

The Family Jungle House now has a local chef with fantastic food and great deals!! $120 for dinner for up to 10 people (each additional person pays $12 per person)!! Exclusive, only for the Family Jungle House and these prices include food cost! Roxana does not cook anywhere else and you will NOT find this deal anywhere else in Manuel Antonio. There are some restrictions: service is only Mon-Fri, only certain meals are prepared, the food is all local Costa Rican cuisine, and the meals are only served at certain times. There are no subsitutions and only one main course may be selected! Only here at the Family Jungle House!! I dare you to find another deal this good in Manuel Antonio!

There are covered terraces surrounding most of the upper level and the bedrooms at pool level. The house can be opened up completely to these terraces allowing for a tropical out of doors living experience. Monkeys pass by in the trees outside our bedrooms most days and an occasional sloth has crawled across our property. Come and hang-out by the pool - we have huge decks, both for sunbathing and plenty of space in the shade - and the pool is huge and was planned for children of all ages with three separate depths: 30 centimeters for toddlers and small children, 120 centimeters for moms and dads to walk smaller non-swimming children around and then a full 2 meters where the slide empties into the pool! There is also an outdoor shower right next to the pool to wash off children before bed without having to convince them to take a shower inside the house!!!

The hillside pool is situated beneath towering jungle trees where White-faced or Titi Monkeys are often swinging through the branches. There is fantastic bird, butterfly, and iguana watching right from our decks. There is 24 hour security in this gated, secure community. The house is very private and quiet, unlike so many rental houses and hotels crammed along the busy main road and with giant walls as your next door neighbor. You can walk to the main road in three-to-five minutes where there are buses and taxis to take you to Quepos or the gorgeous beaches of Manuel Antonio. Within a 10 minute walk are the restaurants: La Gondola, El Arado, and La Luna at Hotel Gaia! By car you are only five minutes from the National Park and some of the worlds most beautiful beaches or equal distant from the entertaining town of Quepos. There are generous parking and storage areas.

For your pleasure and comfort, the Family Jungle House offers the following amenities: WIFI, Phone, air conditioning in all the bedrooms PLUS in the living room (most houses, even the most luxurious here in Manuel Antonio do NOT offer AC in the living room - ask for yourself and you will see!!) , and there are three flat screen TVs and a DVD player. We have a well outfitted full kitchen. The washer and dryer and currently next to the kitchen but will be moved down stairs in October. We ask that ONLY the maid use the machines and she will wash, dry and fold your clothes for you. Bed linens and towels are provided.

Outdoors we have a teak wood jungle gym for kids, BBQ grill, and fantastic pool complete with its own water slide. After an exciting day in the tropics, the pool and terrace make for a relaxing evening.

We offer housekeeping everyday EXCEPT Wednesdays and Sundays! Laundry is done by the maid the days she cleans the house and we can arrange for a private chef (outside of Roxana if you choose) and babysitting for an additional fee.

*Breakfasts is only prepared and served by 7:30AM as the chef/maid must continue on with her day of work (no breakfasts nor maid service on Sundays nor on Costa Rican national holidays). Breakfast includes: scrambled eggs, gallo pinto, maduro, and toast. No exceptions, no substitutions, no changes to the menu are allowed. Should you like to buy bacon or fruits, the maid/chef will gladly cook it for you or cut up the fruit.

Keywords: Manuel Antonio, Quepos, Puntarenas, San Jose, Escazu, beaches, surfing, boogie boarding, Scarlet Macaws, mountains, ocean, serene, peaceful, birds, butterflies, gated community, pool with slide, zipling, white-water rafting, parasailing, deep sea fishing

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El Cerro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 5800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Max. adults: 16
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Master Bath #1 - toilet , shower
    Master Bath #2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Master Bath #3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom # 4 - toilet , shower
    Master Bath #5 - toilet , shower
    Half Bath Upstairs - toilet
    Half Bath Next to Pool - toilet
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower
  • This whole house was built between 2007-2012 so just about everything in this house is new or at least new-ish. The bathrooms are clean and relatively large. Remodeled in 2017
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Master #4 - 1 king
    Master #1 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , King-size Memory foam mattress & 2 twins
    Living Room Downstairs - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 2 twin beds/double futon in Downstairs Living Room
    Master#3 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Memory foam mattress
    Master #2 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Memory foam mattress
    Master #5 - 2 queen , 2 Queen-size memory fown mattresses
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (4), Twin or Single Beds (4) Bunk Beds in kids room, Baby Cribs (1) We have one available Pack n' Play for babies., Futons (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • 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
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
This house is located about 1.5 miles on the road to Manuel Antonio National Park. This is a secure, gated community with lovely hiking trails, gorgeous views, silence, peace and a ton for kids to do. This house is perfect for 2 or 3 families traveling together who want to keep their kids occupied. There is a huge pool and a jungle gym to keep all age ranges happy. We have a great patio for grilling with an outdoor sink next to the pool. The monkeys come by with frequency since this house is on a monkey trail. There are 5 restaurants and a spa within walking distance. Our home has kid-safe railings on the balcony that are sometimes difficult to find in this area.


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average rating of 4.8 based on 60 reviews

Fabulous house with amazing pool, staff, and wildlife

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay and loved the pool and water slide. Josue and Roxanna were great. We saw monkeys, toucans, macaws, and so many cool butterflies. The sunset was spectacular if you walked up the hill from the house to watch it. And the Costa Rica coffee was great too!

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved the comfortable, beautiful designed and decorated -- provided a great home away from home feel

  • 5 of 5

The house was just as beautiful as it showed in the pictures. Super confortable and furnished to include all one would need for a getaway vacation. Nice welcoming with fruits in the refrigerator and beautiful flower arrangement. The cleaning service was great and much appreciated especially the dirty clothes laundered and folded each day. Lots of towels and even shampoo & conditioner dispenser available in the washrooms which was not expected. Roxana was great! Super friendly, easy to talk to and very helpful.

The location was hard to find at first especially since we arrived at night ...we later realized how close and central its location was with so many restaurants, activities and the beach minutes away.

Absolutely recommend anyone to stay at this beautiful location and if the opportunity comes for us again we would definitely would love to spend our time in this home. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Paradise in the Jungle

  • 5 of 5

This house is awesome!! Quiet and off the main road but close enough so that a taxi will take you anywhere! We even ordered pizza on night and the food was great and delivery quick! Shopping, beach and restaurants are minutes away.

Roxanna and Janet are so great... cleaning, laundry and their cooking is fantastic. They cooked for 14 of us one good. Even if no one in the party speaks Spanish, communicating through Josue is very easy. Josue is always there when you need him and answers all the questions and phone calls.

The kids and adults LOVED the pool and BBQ area. Great place to gather to watch the many monkeys, iguanas, birds, butterflies, etc. Always a daily visitor.

The house was clean and very comfortable.

In preparation for booking the house the owner Heather was easy to communicate with and very informative and helpful.

We slept at least 6 people a night and a couple of nights 11 people with no problems and everyone had a bed. Very comfortable. We will return!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home, perfect for large groups!

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough about how amazing our vacation was. Josue was fabulous. From the day we booked until check out, he was accommodating and answered all of our questions. He met all of our needs, took us on a fantastic tour of the National Park and set up all of our activities. Roxanna was the sweetest ever! She took great care of us. I highly recommend her cooking as well! She made us 4 delicious dinners and 3 breakfasts so we didn't have to worry about our large group going out every night. She was great with the kids, especially the baby! The house was perfect! We had 3 families with 8 adults (2 - 18 year olds) and 6 kids between the ages of 1 and 12. The house was large enough for the older teens and each family to have their own bathroom and we never felt cramped, not once. The pool was a huge hit with everyone! The kids and the kids at heart loved the water slide and after doing excursions in the morning, it was nice to be able to lounge around the pool and spacious covered patio. There were tons of monkies and macaws that we saw just around the house. The squirrel monkies were the best and they weren't scared of us and came very close. The location was also very convenient. Minutes from downtown Quepos and just 7 km to Manuel Antonio. The welcome book at the house helped us find a little beach that had chairs and umbrellas to rent, drinks and some of the best ceviche! Everything was perfect for our vacation, Josue and Roxanna made sure of that! Thank you! Pura Vida!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and comforable

  • 5 of 5

Secluded spacious home, close to Quepos or beach by public bus. Large enough for our family, 7 adults and 6 children. Roxana was an amazing cook and prepared 6 delicious breakfasts and an excellent dinner. We were a little surprised of the final costs for the breakfasts due to additional items which we were offered, however were unaware they would incur an additional cost. This being said, she did a great job and her cooking was excellent. She and her helpers cleaned the house and did all of our laundry daily. The kids loved the pool and the slide. The adults loved the pool as well, and the spacious patio. Beautiful grounds with no close neighbors. We saw some wildlife, macaws and monkeys in the backyard where we spent the majority of our time. Josue was very knowledgeable of the many tours and did an excellent job setting them all up for us. He gave a great tour of Manuel Antonio National Park. Overall a 5 star experience and we will return and recommend highly to our friends.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Completely Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Although the place was intitially challenging to find once we arrived it was absolutely worth it. The location is gorgeous, with a great view of the mountains and beautiful wildlife only a few steps away. We saw a sloth, monkeys, iguanas and plenty of birds on it very close to the property. Roxana was incredible and Josue helped us setup an incredible catermaran tour. I brought 11 of my friends here and most hadn't been to Costa Rica before. They were blown away by the house and many talked about coming back with their families. Again, completely perfect!

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
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Property Manager

Heather Burt
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 24, 2018

About Heather Burt

I moved to Manuel Antonio in Aug of 2004 because I simply fell in love with the delightful Costa Rican people and the convergence of powerful elements all meeting in one place - the mighty Pacific Ocean, the strong sun, the wildness of the jungle, the tropical animals and foods, the strong winds and rains . . . We lived there with our two girls until April of 2012 when we moved back to Florida - and we now long for the days when we get to go and visit Manuel Antonio ourselves. We hope you love Costa Rica as much as we do!

Heather Burt purchased this house in 2006

Why Heather Burt chose El Cerro

We hope you find the peace and joy and harmony we tried to instill in this house and the surrounding gardens. We love entertaining guests - always have. We wanted a comfortable house that would be practical and fun for families. I know from experience that can be difficult to achieve.The beach, the ocean, the waves, the mountains, the sunsets, the clean air, the nice people - why would you not want to visit here?

What makes this house unique

This house is wonderful for families and for Multiple Families traveling together that will NOT break the bank! Kids have outside and the pool, and the biggest kids have plenty of space for themselves too! Right in the middle of Manuel Antonio to where access to the beaches is a five-minute drive and Quepos is a 4-minute drive, but removed from all the noise and crazy drivers. True peace in paradise!


Manuel Antonio National Park
"A must see! Zoo in the wild. Spend the money for a qualified and certified National Park G..."
Manuel Antonio National Park
"A must see! Zoo in the wild. Spend the money for a qualified and certified National Park G..."
Cafe Milagro
"Great breakfasts and lunches! And the coffee is worth going back for again and again and ag..."
Biesanz Beach
"Perfect for families with young children - virtually no currents in this bay! On a typical ..."
Restaurante Barba Roja
"Worth the trip up the mountain - gorgeous ocean and sunset view year-round! Great daily spe..."
Bambu Jam
"Try it! Not sure what is happening there these days!"
Super Joseth
"Great international grocer only 1 mile from the Family Jungle House - can be more expensive ..."
Tarcoles Bridge
"Stop here on your drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio - all I can say is that once you arr..."
Ríos Tropicales
MidWorld Costa Rica Tour Office
"The picture is of myself and my 5-year old daughter about to enjoy some 'hang-time!' Very ..."
Cafe Agua Azul
"Great food! Prepare to wait a little bit to sit down!"
Agua Azul
"Water Sports and Parasailing!!! Do this! Parasailing is awesome!!"
Nearest Airport
8 Kilometres
Quepos Municipal Airport
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Z Restaurant, Ambar Lounge at Hotel Gaia
Nearest Golf
80 Kilometres
Los Suenos at The Marriott in Herradura
Nearest Motorway
150 Metres
Manuel Antonio Highway
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Z Restaurant, Pizza de Marco, La Luna
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Manuel Antonio Beaches
Nearest Point of Interest
Gaia Hotel
Nearest Point of Interest
Plaza Yara
Nearest Point of Interest
Mono Azul Hotel
Nearest Point of Interest
Lot # 1, El Salto Estates
Car: recommended

Manuel Antonio beach or Playa Espadilla - was just rated as the Best Beach in Latin America this past April 2013 and Costa Rica is the happiest country on the planet according to various surveys! Come see what all the fuss is about! Don't want to go to the beach, then maybe try a ziplining tour, or some deep sea fishing, or raft down one of our awesome white-water rivers. Or just hang out at one Manuel Antonio's fantastic Happy Hour bars!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $150
Pet Fee $100
Servicing Fee $80
Tax Rate 13.0%

Typical Costa Rican Breakfasts are included: scrambled eggs, gallo pinto, maduro.
Rates are subject to change until confirmed.
Rates are for up to 12 people.
GROUPS OF 5 or fewer ask for 10% small-group discount.
Dgos and cats are allowed. Pet fee is $100 PLUS any damages occuring from the pet.
No parties.
No prostitutes.
Dinner Services available for an additional fee.
No swimming in the pool at night.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund