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Scarlet Macaws/Butterflies/Monkeys galore. Huge Pool with slide and swim lane

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 - 5 nights

About the property

4BE/4BA/2HalfBA, Sleeps 18, recent remodel

ASK ABOUT OUR SMALL GROUP DISCOUNTS FOR GROUPS OF 5 OR LESS. 10% discount for groups of 5 or less

You deserve it! You really do. 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. 4 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. Newly remodeled! With newly redesigned granite counter-tops in the kitchen, full interior and exterior painting, extra bathrooms, new outdoor shower, new beds, new floors - will be fully remodeled in October of 2015!!

6. Roxana and her amazing food 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 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!! $50 for breakfast for 10 people (each additional person pays $7 per person) and $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.

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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Property Manager
Heather Burt
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 10, 2017

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 Quepos

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!


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(53 traveler reviews)

Scarlet Macaws/Butterflies/Monkeys galore. Huge Pool with slide and swim lane
average rating of 4.773585 based on 53 reviews

A little slice of heaven......

  • 5 of 5

Our family group of ten stayed at the Family Jungle House over the Christmas holidays and enjoyed ten days at the house. We did a lot of research in and about the area before booking and took the reviews seriously in making a decision. In fact, we went through every review to make a list of all possible things to consider.

We had a few minor things to address while we were there and they were handled by the staff. Anything else is expected as part of a holiday in Costa Rica. Our kids and friends reviewed the list of tours offered by Josue and he prebooked them on our behalf in advance of the trip.

We have provided positive reviews on their respective sites, so can highly recommend, the adventure tour, canopy/superman adventure, Josue as a guide for the Manuel Antonio park tour, parasailing, and the deep sea fishing trip.

We took advantage of Roxanne/Janet's cooking for a few meals, and yes it was as promised, and delicious. One night she cooked the fish that had been caught on the fishing trip.

For other meals, we cooked at the house, and took the local and reliable city bus to the grocery stores in town. There is a super grocery store called BM that is a little further out but well worth the trip.this helped us to manage the diverse food requirements of the group for vegetarian, and gluten free needs.

We ordered pizza one night as per a flyer and recommendation at the house and it was well received and delivered in 30 minutes. We also ate at Si Como No for dinner one night at the Rico Tico grill, and a favourite several times during the day was Sanchez taqueria.

One helpful hint was that we bought beer in town at the grocery store to try to be recycle friendly ( in bottles) but they would only take back empties if buying the same amount of beer. If we had known that early enough on, we would have not waited until the end of the trip to return. Roxanne offered to take them back for us.

With respect to the house, we had no issues with the beds, wifi, power, pool etc. It was everything we expected and we needed a safe and hassle free vacation. We savoured the nature and wildlife that we observed. Monkeys, butterflies, and macaws. We felt safe with the alarmed house, and the security guard at the gate. We also felt quite comfortable despite the large size of our group who could escape to their own rooms and beds, or socialize in the kitchen.

We would not hesitate recommending this property to anyone.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful house met all our needs and more!

  • 5 of 5

We had a group of 6 stay in the house, we all had our own beds. We spent every morning on the decks watching the monkeys and macaws. Very peaceful and beautiful. Only suggestion to make it better is to get better mattresses for the beds, most were VERY firm

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Family Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The only negative thing I can say about the trip was the travel day (and I'm only complaining because I had a cranky 19 Month old with me). Other than that, the family jungle house was everything we imagined and more. The house was larger than I had expected, with each couple having their own room (and bathroom). The service was spectacular. The owner, Heather, was very helpful and accessible. She responds to emails within minutes. I would recommend using Josue, the concierge, for everything and anything. He was extremely accommodating, and always answered his phone. He set us up with a few excursions including zip-lining, a catamaran trip, and also took us on a tour of the national park. He really wanted to make sure we enjoyed our trip, and reached out to us almost daily to make sure we were ok. Roxana's cooking was second to none. We were very surprised at how good the Costa Rican cuisine was when we went out to eat, but Roxana's meals trumped everything we had at restaurants. She made enough food to feed a small army, and it was a lot less expensive than going out for meals. She handled everything else with us barely knowing she was there.

I thought the best part of the house was the pool. After going to the beach all day, it was a really nice treat to come back and use the pool to cool off. It was clean, the slide was amazing, and the 3 different levels allowed everyone to enjoy it (including the baby) thoroughly. The pool was cleaned and maintained 3 times while we were there. The house has a security system which was a nice feature as well.

This house was recommended to me by a friend, who told me it was paradise...I would agree and recommend this to anyone who wants a relaxing and fun vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Exactly as described

  • 5 of 5

My family and I are still at the house yet I felt compelled to write a review right away.

The house is awesome, comfortable, spacious with all the creature comfort one can desire. Staff is available yet invisible, location perfect! kids loved the pool and slide and the fast wifi (unfortunately, lol.)

Saw white faced monkeys on the trees right next to house, watched a sloth across the house for hours, admired the myriad of butterflies that fly around the pool, watched the macaws screech as they flew by displaying their beautiful plumage.

House is halfway between Quepos and Manuel Antonio Park so every attraction and shopping is close by (Check out the Pescaderias downtown, excellent fresh fish at reasonable prices) . Tons of great restaurants with stunning views for sunsets but we cooked in most nights. Kitchen was functional with plenty plates, cups and utensils to feed an army.

Please read the description carefully, I know it's hard to visualize the words but it is exactly as described!

Would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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We would rent this house again!

  • 5 of 5

This home is well maintained and definitely an excellent fit for multiple families. I think our pre-teens and teens spent more time swimming (between the pool trips to the beach) than they did sleeping. We stayed here after a week of other Costa Rican adventures and lodges and we were not disappointed. The owners and staff have thought of everything to make your stay comfortable and fun! Take advantage of Josue's trip planning and guide services!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Perfect Rental Home

  • 5 of 5

Recently stayed just 3 days, 4 total families. The place is in a fantastic spot less than a 10 min drive from the Manuel Antonio Park entrance.

The house is amazing and we did not feel cramped at all with our big group. Roxana is as great as everyone says. I would encourage you to have her cook for you some. Unfortunately, we were a little worn out at the end of our CR hopping and did not use Josue for any tours. He was super nice though. Everybody in our group wants to go back in the future for longer. Next time Josue!! But thanks for everything. I have been to CR many times and done a number of tours. I can tell Josue is top notch. I also highly recommend the Jungle Safari Crocodile Tour on your way in or out of Quepos, about an hour and a half away.

I will point out that someone mentioned water and wifi problems only a couple of months back. These are apparently fixed as we had zero issues. The wifi was fast even with 12 or 13 of us connecting. My only disappointment was the animals. We saw saw everything under the sun in Manuel Antonio, but did not see any at the house... probably due to our kids splashing around in the pool 24/7. Not completely true, Bolita stood faithfully by me when I was on the grill. Oh, and the agitated Scarlet Macaw couple up above the street who seemed to be beyond intervention or counseling. That was worth watching!

The kids loved the slide and adults loved the comfort. Heather has gone to great lengths to make sure guests have a great stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh wow! I have tears in my eyes. What a wonderful and beautiful review. I am so blessed with such wonderful guests. How wonderful! Scarlet Macaw sightings are nearly daily now! Sorry the monkeys did not make their way to the house while you all were there - they typically do, and it is only annoying when the Congo (aka Howler) monkeys come around!! Again, thank you for you kind words. I feel joy spreading this little piece of heaven with those lucky enough to pass through!!
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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!


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January 2017
Jan 4 2017 - Jan 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
February/March 2017
Feb 1 2017 - Apr 10 2017
3 night minimum stay
Easter Week 2016
Apr 11 2017 - Apr 17 2017
4 night minimum stay
Late April 2016
Apr 18 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
May-June 2017
May 1 2017 - May 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early June 2017
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer Season 2017
Jun 22 2017 - Aug 6 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early December 2017
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Holiday Season 2017
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 2 2018
5 night minimum stay

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Refundable damage deposit $500

Rates are subject to change until confirmed.
Rates are for up to 10 people.
GROUPS OF 7 or fewer ask for small-group discount.
Cash deposit required at "check-in."

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El Cerro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes 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 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet
    Bathroom 6 - toilet
    Bathroom 7 - 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.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Convertible bed(s) - 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Also we have access to an air mattress
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , Memory foam mattress
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Memory foam mattress
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Memory foam mattress
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , There is one set of bunk beds and a trundle bed
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), 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
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed ...
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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