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Private, Quiet Home with Pool in the Heart of Manuel Antonio!

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • children welcome


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5)

Experience the extraordinary beauty of a tropical rain forest, as you relax on the patio or terrace of Villa Titi.

Villa Titi is a quiet, private home on the grounds of the Hotel Selina Manuel Antonio. This distinctive Mediterranean style villa, located above Manuel Antonio beach, takes advantage of the prevailing ocean breeze and offers all the comforts of home. The deluxe lower suite can comfortably accommodate three with a queen size bed, plus a single bed. This suite has an open spacious floor plan with a fully equipped kitchen, bedroom, large private bath and living room that opens to a covered patio. The comfortable second floor bedroom, with a queen size bed, also has a private bath and covered terrace for relaxation as you take in the surrounding beauty. Separate entries on both levels provide optimum privacy. Villa Titi is equipped with both ceiling fans and air conditioning.

Villa Titi also has satellite television in both bedrooms and was recently updated with large flat screen TVs. It also has Wi-Fi throughout the house, and separate telephones on each level of the home.

“Titi” is the Costa Rican name for the endangered Central American squirrel monkey or Mono Titi. Often times you will be greeted in the morning by the sights and sounds of the “Titis” as they pass overhead, foraging for mangoes next to our house, on their daily rounds. We also have the white face or Mono Blanco monkeys around the house each day as well! In the distance you will hear the howler monkeys and the squawk of the green parrots as they fly overhead. Observe some of the most rare and exotic animal life on earth. Costa Rica is home to more than 9,000 species of birds and animals, as bird watcher’s paradise! Or, just sit under a palm tree with a good book and enjoy the warm ocean breeze.

A short distance away is the Manuel Antonio National Park entrance, where the tropical rain forest meets dazzling white sand beaches. Enjoy a relaxing day with friends at the beach, taking in the sun and surf. Or, simply enjoy a dip in our refreshing pool.

The pool at the Hotel Eclipse is a short walk from your door (approx. 50 meters). After a dip in our pool comes the hard part – selecting one of the many excellent nearby restaurants for dinner! Choose from French, Italian, German, Asian or “Tico” style restaurants. We highly recommend the “catch of the day” such as Mahi Mahi, Yellow fin Tuna, or Snapper. Other varieties are also seasonally available.

Keywords: Casita, Hotel Casitas Eclipse, titi monkeys, pool, private, gay

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Property Manager
Property Manager
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 24, 2017

About The Owner

My partner Steve and I have been traveling to Costa Rica since 1988! It is a fantastic country; the people are wonderful; the food is fabulous; and the beaches are incredible. There is an amazing variety of wildlife, with warm temperatures year around. The average high temperature during high season from late December to April is about 88 degrees F (31degrees C), and the average low temperature is 75 degrees F (24 degrees C).

The Owner purchased this house in 1993

Why The Owner chose Costa Rica

The Manuel Antonio area is one of the most popular resort areas in Costa Rica and is easily accessible by car, bus or air. The new highway from San Jose makes the 150km trip about a 2 hour drive. There is also frequent bus service and almost hourly air service!

This area is quite different from the northwest part of the country in that the climate is very tropical with very lush vegetation and wild life. The Manuel Antonio beach is almost 2 km long and is also one of the best in all of Central America! The water is warm year around and there is fairly good surfing at the north end of the beach.

What makes this house unique

Our house is on the grounds of the Hotel Eclipse property but we choose to operate it apart from the hotel. We are part of an association that still allows us access to the pool and off street parking. Security is provided by the hotel's security staff. They not only guard the house but the off street parking lot as well.

Since we are near the equator, the sun rises before 6am almost every day of the year, and it sets around 6pm as well. Our favorite thing is to rise early, make a pot of fabulous Costa Rican coffee, with a breakfast of just picked fresh fruit and listen to the jungle awaken! It is very easy to spend a couple of hours doing this. Then, it's off to the beach or a walk through the National Park. The trees and vegetation grow right down to the sand on the beach, so it is easy to spread your towel under a group of palm trees or the native "allmendro" or almond trees that lean out over the white sand.

Lunch is a filet of mahi mahi, tuna or a hamburger and fries. The beer is the best, with most of the Costa Rican breweries originating in Germany over 100 years ago!

A nap or late afternoon swim at the pool is a nice way to finish the day, before the tough decision of deciding where to eat dinner.

After dinner, it's a little reading or watching television, before turning out the lights at 10pm.

Get a good nights sleep, because the jungle will wake you before 6am the next day!


Puntarenas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 5
  • non smoking only ...
  • children welcome ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Other (See Description) - 1 twin/ single , In the Living room the lounge twin bed is for the 5th person
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1) The twin bed is also a day bed in the living room. It's a great place to curl up and read on a rainy day.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Dining is outdoors under a covered patio. The upstairs also has covered terrace with table and two chairs. Each unit has separate entrances and an internal stairway connecting the two levels. The stairway can be locked if only one floor is being rented. There is a nice territorial view from both floors and the property backs up to jungle. Because of the location, the Titi monkeys and the white face monkeys are frequently overhead in the mango trees. Laundry can be arranged upon request. Linens and maid service are included and are every other day for longer stays.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(38 traveler reviews)

Private, Quiet Home with Pool in the Heart of Manuel Antonio!
average rating of 4.8157897 based on 38 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This villa is in a great location, the property its on is beautiful, well kept, and clean. The hotel staff are very friendly. The villa itself is awesome. We rented both levels. Rosa, the manager of this villa is fantastic! She goes above and beyond to make your stay welcoming and comfortable! We will be returning! Thanks Rosa and John.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Enjoyed it

  • 5 of 5

Really nice two story house. Good amenities. The guys who own it count a lot on their local contact, Rosa, to help guests out, and she delivers and is wonderful. The area is a bit rough, in our view, in that you cannot walk hardly anywhere safely (cars go whizzing by and there are really no sidewalks). That, of course, is not a criticism of the house, but a heads' up about the area.

All in all, a great place to relax, recharge, and a great base for day trips to parks and adventure.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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"Boris" the Iguana at Villa Titi!

  • 5 of 5

Yes, we had to name or "guard dog" at Villa Titi! This place was fantastic, we really had a great time. Iguanas about, monkeys in the trees and numerous other creatures complete the beautiful grounds. All the basic amenities you would need are at Villa Titi. The adjacent hotel staff were very friendly and helpful, but we were fortunate enough to be spoiled by Rosa to book our excursions. Nearby there are many restaurants to choose from, our favorite being El Avion, just across the street. The perfect place for a meal, or just a drink to sit out a thundershower. Also, we would recommend Gaia Hotel and Restaurant for a cocktail, dinner and a panoramic sunset view. We had a rental car half of the time, but the rest we relied on the ease of the buses and taxis. Lack of sidewalks can be a bit of a challenge, especially in the evening, but use your phone flashlight of bring one. Our tours were all brilliant! Rafting, zip-lining and catamaran. What a wonderful vacation, we have many fond memories and hope to return someday.

Cheers, Randall and Rob - Seattle, WA, USA

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great value and great hosts

  • 5 of 5

The other reviews are all accurate - wonderful to have a private house or suite within a hotel and your own jungle outside your front door. No ocean view but easy to find - all restaurants walkable. We had a 4 wheel drive so could get to the lovely beach Rosa told us about. We have stayed at VRBO and Air BnB all over Europe and John was probably the most helpful and responsive host ever! Kitchen was very well stocked. It would have been great to have beach mats since no beach towels are provided - maybe they wouldn't "disappear" as often?

We would definitely return here!

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Choice

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed in Villa Titi for an extended visit to Manuel Antonio (2 months). We were nervous about selecting a location online since we were going to be there for quite some time, but we completely lucked out with Villa Titi. The location was great - an easy walk to the beach, even with a 2 and 4 year old, and right on the bus line which came every 20 minutes or so and was a much preferred option for the trip back up the hill from the beach. We were able to get to Quepos (the neighboring town with more amenities) within 15 minutes, to a wide variety of restaurants (many of which were within walking distance as well), and pretty much wherever else we wanted to go without a rental car since the bus dropped off and picked up right in front of the complex which houses Villa Titi.

The owners and property manager went completely above and beyond to help us get settled, find Spanish school for our children, and get assimilated into the on-goings of Manuel Antonio life. I do not think we could have found better service elsewhere, and everyone we spoke with was genuine and friendly.

Our kids loved the pool on site and our plethora of visitors: iguanas (one we affectionately named Leroy after seeing him daily on the stairs up to Villa Titi), white-faced monkeys (with babies riding on the backs of their mamas), titi monkeys, howler monkeys, sloths, toucans, butterflies, frogs, and agouti! We didn't even have to go to the National Park to see all the wildlife as there was plenty of it in our backyard. I would recommend waking up at sunrise and just sitting outside on the porch to listen to the animals wake up and start their day. It is truly a magical experience.

All in all, I would definitely recommend Villa Titi for most anyone visiting the area. It was clean, comfortable, and perfect for our 2 month stay. Thank you John and Rosa for being extremely hospitable during our stay!


  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cannot go wrong with this choice in manuel antonio

  • 4 of 5

We rented both levels of Villa Titi for 3 nights while we were in Manuel Antonio, and loved it - it is hard to go wrong as there are many things that will make this a great spot while in MA.

1. People: Everyone associated with Villa Titi are warm, responsive and helpful. Prior to arriving, John (the owner) was very helpful over the phone and email. The staff on location (remember this is a villa within a hotel) were helpful, and most importantly John's friend Rosa, who made us feel at home and less of a tourist - She spoke to us at least 2-3 times on the phone, advised us on what buses to take, what activities might be appropriate with kids, how to avoid getting ripped off as tourist, and even arranged our transport to San Jose with a wonderful car and driver - she is an excellent resource who makes you feel at home.

2. The Environment : Villa Titi is located in the Hotel Eclipse, which is a collection of villas on a cliff surrounded by lush greenery - there are trees, flowers and wildlife all around. You end up getting the best of both worlds - you own private villa surrounded by nature, yet creature comforts like a swimming pool or a hotel bar or laundry are a few steps away. We saw two types of monkeys, large garden lizards, and butterflies and birds - more animals than you will see at the national park.

3. The Location :You will not find a better location in MA - the hotel entrance is on the main road from Quepos to Manuel Antonio national park, and there is a bus stop just outside the hotel - the bus will take you to the Manuel Antonio beaches, the national park, and also Quepos and the supermarkets. You can also walk to all the other major hotels and restaurants ... they are all walking distance. For little kids, there is a mini butterfly garden about 200 meters (opposite the Si Co Mo No hotel) - you really dont need your own transport to get around.

4. Things you should be prepared for:

a) Villa Titi is beautiful but its not luxury - Its a charming home with all amenities (kitchen+utensils, bed, A/C, open space, fast WiFi) but don't expect the four seasons - the bathroom tiles are an older design, and the sinks might be smaller than your fancy resort, but after about 10 minutes you dont notice it, and settle right in

b) Manuel Antonio is expensive - Expect New York prices everywhere, and that everything is built for tourists

c) Villa Titi has stairs - You are on a cliff so be prepared to walk up and down a fair bit

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Puntarenas House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season
Dec 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Low Season
May 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
High Season
Dec 1 2017 - Apr 30 2018
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

The upstairs and downstairs can be rented separately. Each has its own private entrance and the central door at the top of the interior stairs is locked when there are guests in both the upstairs and downstairs. Lower contains complete kitchen. Upstairs has a small fridge, and coffee only. (No microwave).

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Nearest Airport
7 Kilometres
Quepos airport is about 4KM from town
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
the main beach is about 1/2 KM downhill
Car: not necessary

Our house is very near the Manuel Antonio National Park. There is a small fee for entry and guided tours are available. There are some very good restaurants and bars, both straight and gay, nearby.


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