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Tropical house with shared pool in Manuel Antonio. Quiet area, 10 mins to beach

37 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 4 nights


El Cerro House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Located in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica's most popular destination. This 2 bedroom, 2 bath house was renovated in 2010 and offers a comfortable, tropical experience in a quiet residential setting.

The house is 4 minutes walk from the tourist road between Manuel Antonio and Quepos and within walking distance of several restaurants and hotels. There is off street parking at the property, alternatively you are minutes from a bus stop to the local shops and beaches.

The house has an open floor plan downstairs with kitchen and living area. The living area has a large comfortable sofa, TV with cable, plus an iPOD speaker dock. The kitchen is well equipped with cooking utensils, dining ware and appliances, there is bar style seating to enjoy a relaxing glass of wine whilst cooking. Glass doors lead onto a shaded, tiled terrace with tropical jungle views. This outside living area has a gas grill, comfortable chairs and a table and chairs for four...perfect for tropical dining!

The Master Suite is located on the first floor, this is a spacious, light and airy room with a King size bed. Glass doors lead onto a private terrace...perfect for star gazing and monkey spotting. This level has hardwood floors throughout, spacious wooden closets (with built in safe) and attractive full en-suite bathroom. The 2nd bedroom is downstairs with a full size bed, please note that this is a small bedroom, but it does have good storage and the bed is very comfortable :) There is a full bathroom with shower on the downstairs level also.

The house has a fabulous sunny communal pool located in tropical gardens a few minutes walk from the house. There are plenty of sun loungers and a shaded area for relaxing with patio furniture. White faced, and squirrel monkeys visit the area regularly, as well as sloths and tropical birds.

This home offers the best value for a 2-bedroom rental home in the area. Enjoy a tropical, clean, comfortable space whilst not breaking your budget.

Additional Services:

- Tour and restaurant recommendations & bookings

- In-country transport coordination

- Maid service during stay can be provided at an additional cost

- Laundry service extra

Key Amenities:

- Shared Pool

- Off-Street parking

- TV and ipod dock

- 1 large master bedroom

- 1 double room

- 2 bathrooms

- Phone for free local calls

- Free WI/FI

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 22, 2016
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About Katharine

We have been living in Manuel Antonio for the last 10+ years and live close by to the rental property. We can offer you the inside local information on where to shop, the best offers, activities, restaurants etc. We look forward to meeting you during your stay!

Katharine purchased this house in 2005

Why Katharine chose Quepos

We had both been living in Manuel Antonio for some time and loved the quiet area this house is located in. It's the first house we lived in as a couple and were very happy there, we hope you are too.

What makes this house unique

One of our favorite things about the house is the open plan concept with the feature window with an etched jungle scene. I feel like I am in the jungle, even when I am inside!

I love that there are 2 decks..great for monkey and birth watching or for sharing good food/ cocktails and enjoying the tropical sunshine or a balmy night.


based on 37 traveler reviews

Tropical house with shared pool in Manuel Antonio. Quiet area, 10 mins to beach
average rating of 4.891892 based on 37 reviews

Relaxing, beautiful and lots of wildlife

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at this property near Manuel Antonio. It's located about halfway between the small town of Quepos and Manuel Antonio national park. The unit is not fancy, but comfortable and nicely decorated with lots of wood providing a warm feel. The upstairs bedroom is very large, but the downstairs is small with just room for a full-size bed. It was fine for my wife and I and our two daughters. It has two patios (a large one downstairs with a BBQ and a smaller one off the upstairs bedroom). Katherine was a very nice hostess. She lives nearby and is available to help with anything you need. The complex is lush and spread out. We felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. The pool is very nice and there are fruit trees (mango, papaya, coconut, starfruit, plantain) throughout. The best thing was the abundant wildlife. We saw squirrel monkeys (and fed them by hand, although I suppose we weren't supposed to), white-faced monkeys, iguanas, and macaws. I was even woken up from an afternoon nap by banging on the window. When I looked to see what the commotion was, there was a pair of toucans on the balcony. We found a great hiking trail through the jungle nearby with giant bamboo and a waterfall. We went to El Avion (a restaurant built around an old airplane) twice. It has a great view and we dined with sloths just off the restaurant balcony on our second trip. We would definitely recommend this to family and friends.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect home base for a family vacation

  • 5 of 5

My family recently stayed at this home. We couldn't be happier with our experience there. Katherine was really helpful even before we arrived. She answered several questions for me about traveling in the country and arranged transport for us. The house is well maintained and perfect for our family of four (children ages 7 and 9). The master bedroom is lovely with a relaxing deck off of the bedroom. The pool was thoroughly enjoyed by our children and the neighbors helped them pick high hanging fruit when needed. The home is a bit of a trek up a steep hill, but it wasn't a problem to manage at all. We didn't have a car for most of our stay there and it did not pose a problem. Our stay there left us daydreaming about what it would be like to call it home.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Such an amazing experience!

  • 5 of 5

She was such a gracious host, took care of our every need. The home was spacious, very clean, and stayed cool with fans. This was my best rental experience yet! Location is fantastic with easy access to all things Manuel Antonio. We saw monkeys playing on the porch and simply loved hanging out on the patio. We decided when we come back to CR, we will head here to stay and stay in this home again. It is so important for us, who aren't used to humidity, to have the ability to spread out while staying cool. A few minor things to be aware of: the bed upstairs is on the firmer side (we have a pillow top one at home), the largest frying pan is pretty small (but I'm sure if we asked for a bigger one, we would have got one), and there isn't a DVD player which would have nice in down time. On the flip side, there were games to play for the older ones. We can't say enough good things about our stay or the area! It was amazing!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tampa, FL

Great House and area

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed 3 nights at Katherine and John's place in Las Palmas. The house was beautiful, comfortable, clean and nicely decorated. The nearby pool was very large and so refreshing. My favorite thing was the wildlife and pets in the neighborhood. We spotted (and heard)a howler monkey one morning and a large troop of titi monkeys another morning. The variety of birds was amazing. Our favorite were the macaws. There were several friendly and sweet neighborhood dogs that romped and played on the trails throughout the area. One even visted us for breakfast on the terrace one morning. We're dog lovers, so it was a real treat. The owner's Katherine and John were extremely helpful and friendly. Top notch!

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Bend, OR


  • 5 of 5

The owner Katherine is a pleasure! She answered all of our questions prior to our trip and pre-booked a mangrove boat excursion for us as well. She was personally there upon out arrival and toured us through the home and property to make sure we were settled. Fresh fruit upon our arrival was a nice touch. And there is a restaurant with buy one get one free cocktails for happy hour within walking distance of the home which was a great surprise after a long flight and drive. The property is amazing for spotting and hearing all types of wildlife. We raced out of the pool when we heard the howler monkeys and found them in a tree feet from the home. Woke up our last morning with a two toed sloth in a tree right outside the house. The pool is as warm as bath water and so nice after a day at the beach or hiking at the park. Kitchen is well stocked to prepare meals including a gas grill. Air conditioned worked great for our family not acclimated to the Costa Rica heat. Great home for a family wanting to explore the Manual Antonio area. Would highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Worthington, Ohio

Part of an adventure

  • 5 of 5

Our friends and we enjoyed 4 days in this lovely area. The best part was Katharine, who was a wonderful host with her home. She got us some lovely fruit upon arrival. Her dining recommendations were good, especially at nearby Hotel California. When our friend left behind some shoes, Katharine arranged with a friend to deliver them to the resort in Jaco where we spent the next week. She really went above and beyond to be helpful. We highly recommend this home.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Manuel Antonio National Park
"Beautiful beaches and trails. A must do for a morning or afternoon."
Cafe Milagro
"The best coffee in town and always with a friendly welcome. Good for breakfast or lunch and ..."
Restaurante Barba Roja
"Great view, food and craft beers."
Ronny's Place
"Walking distance from the house for the best sunset and happy hour cocktails in town"
Titi Canopy Tour
"Fun canopy tour to do with family, great guides and safety precautions."
La Luna Restaurant at Gaia Hotel & Reserve
"Gaia is a wonderful bar/ restaurant in one of Manuel Antonio's luxury hotels. It is a romant..."
H2O Adventures Costa Rica
"Whitewater rafting, excellent friendly guides and beautiful rivers and countryside"
Oceans Unlimited & Go Pro Costa Rica
"Scuba Diving In Manuel Antonio - PADI Courses and fun dives. "
Cafe Agua Azul
"Great food, friendly service and a killer view."
Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Gaia Hotel and Reserve
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Hotel California
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Manuel Antonio Beach
Car: not necessary

Located 10 minutes from the Manuel Antonio National Park and Beaches. You are walking distance from several restaurants and a short drive or bus journey to the nearest supermarket. The house is in a quiet residential area surrounded by tropical gardens.

There are plenty of activities to do here, the beaches, coastal dolphin and whale watching trips. snorkeling and diving, hikes in the rainforest, canopy zip-wire tours, horseback riding, ATV's..or relaxing by the pool and watching moneys!


Rates & Availability

El Cerro House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Pre High Season Discounts
Oct 28 2016 - Nov 24 2016
3 night minimum stay
Holiday Season 2016
Dec 21 2016 - Jan 4 2017
4 night minimum stay
Easter 2017
Apr 10 2017 - Apr 17 2017
4 night minimum stay
Low Season 2017
May 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100

We do take a $100 refundable damage deposit at the beginning of your stay. This will be returned to you in full at the end of your stay, unless there are any damages - please review the rental agreement when booking
There is no end of stay cleaning fee, but a cleaning service during your stay is not included. If you would like cleaning this is charged at $5 per hour with a minimum fee of $20.
Clean sheets and towels will be provided once a week.

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.
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El Cerro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Upstairs bathroom for master suite
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Downstairs Bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Small bedroom on first floor
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Large Master suite located on second level
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • 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:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting

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