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Tropical house with shared pool in Manuel Antonio. 10 mins drive to the beach!

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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

Located in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica's most popular destination. This 2 bedroom, 2 bath house 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 including kitchen and living area, with both AC and ceiling fans. The living area has a large comfortable sofa, flat screen cable TV, plus an iPOD speaker dock. The kitchen, though small; 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 wooden 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. This room has both AC and ceiling fan. 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 very small bedroom, but it has AC, fan and a comfortable full bed. 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 and Personal Laundry service during stay can be provided at an additional cost.

- Phone for free local calls

- Free WI/FI

More Details

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

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 El Cerro

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.


El Cerro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • 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 1 - 1 king , Large Master suite with AC and ceiling fan
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Small bedroom on first floor with AC and fan
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Tropical house with shared pool in Manuel Antonio. 10 mins drive to the beach!
average rating of 4.8653846 based on 52 reviews

10 stars if I could!

  • 5 of 5

We loved this place! Great layout, well equipped, and our hostess was so helpful and accommodating. She booked some activities for us and gave us tips about the area. The pool in the complex was great - even better than we thought it would be based on the pics. We would definitely recommend the place and would stay here again if we decided to come back to Quepos. Thank you so much for a wonderful week!

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Jungle hideaway

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic location in a jungle like setting but close to beaches and restaurants. Monkeys and birds visited daily. House was very comfortable and the hosts the best we've ever experienced on VRBO. John even loaned us a camera as we'd forgotten ours. Katharine helped organize tours and her local knowledge added immensely to the experience. All in all a marvellous vacation. Pura Vida

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place in jungle

  • 5 of 5

The area. This house is located in bungalow community located about 150 meters from the road connecting Quepos and Manuel Antonio national park. The community is a beautiful tropical forest. The pool is not very enjoyable since it's chlorinated twice a week with huge amount of powdered chlorine.

The house. The description is fully true. It has everything needed for great vacation. Owner lives in adjacent house and is willing to satisfy all reasonable requests. Clearness is 5 stars.

Hosts. Katharine and her husband John are amazing people. They are super hospitable and love to have guests. Our son played with their daughter almost every evening and we became a good friends.

Wildlife. Yes, it's jungle. White-faced Capuchins will wake you up at ~7.30 am running on the roof. Then cicadas will be your second alarm clock. At night you will be falling asleep with frogs songs.

Mosquitoes. Surprisingly, not bad. We expected more. But don't forget repellent, since at night it can be a problem on balcony and veranda. Inside there're no mosquitoes at all.

Conclusion. For us it was ideal place and I highly recommend it to everyone. I bet this place will exceed your expectations.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing place!

  • 5 of 5

My husband, two kids, and I had a wonderful time staying in Katherine and John's beautiful vacation home. The house itself is very unique and beautiful with lots space for us. We especially loved the two outside decks. The gardens and trees surrounding the house and complex were so beautiful and tropical. From the house we were able to see a lot of wildlife including monkeys, toucans, and macaws. The house feels very private and safe nestled in among the other houses. The walk to the pool was beautiful with plenty of wildlife to see along the way. The shared pool was very spacious and clean and also surrounded by plants and wildlife. We loved the location of the home being so close to the Manuel Antonio reserve and the small town of Quepos while feeling completely secluded from it all. Katherine and John left us great suggestions about restaurants and activities in the area and truly enjoyed all of our experiences there. We would love to go back one day. Thank you for making us feel so at home!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Highly Recommend

  • 5 of 5

This was our last stop, on a 10 night, 4 stop journey in beautiful Costa Rica. We saved the best for last.

Katharine met us when our shuttle dropped us off. The place looks exactly like the photos. The location was perfect for us, with bus stops at the end of the road heading to either Quepos or Manuel Antonio. We saw lots of monkeys and others animal life right outside her beautiful house.

The hot water and internet worked perfectly. She had a full kitchen which we took advantage of, and the shared pool was basically empty except for us.

We did ziplines, walked the national park seeing man sloths, raccoons, monkeys etc. The public beach is great.

So much to do, but never enough time.

We will be back. Thanks again, Katharine.


Richard and Darius

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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We loved that we saw more wild life from the balcony view than we did at the national park.

  • 4 of 5

Very clean rental home. With all the necessary items you would find at home. Restaurants/bars that were of walking distance. Loved that we were able to see 2 species of monkeys, macaws, and the very curious tucan that was watching us through balcony sliding door.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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