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PARADISE PRIVACY PRICELESS! Just Read Our Reviews! Don't Let Your Date Get Away!

59 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 5 nights


El Cerro Villa Rental Photos and Description

3 bedroom, 2 story villa, 2 Baths, (Sleeps up to 8).

Come to a Paradise. You Deserve a Break!!

The Perfect Vacation Awaits You -

Choose an All Inclusive or Rental Only Package.

Family Vacationers & Other Enchanted Travelers:

Rental Only - Green Season Rates $215 per night

High Season Rates $230

Come enjoy complete privacy on our 222 acre rain forest property where you will find the perfect combination of natural wonders, adventure & relaxation, If it is just the two of you, few places are more romantic than this tropical setting!

The unique Rainforest Villa is located 1000 ft above Manual Antonio State Park. You are lifted up from the crowds & humidity into your own private tropical paradise. Choose tours from dozens of high adventure activities, or a sunset sail perhaps. At night you are lulled to sleep by a symphony of waterfalls that surround you.

Spend enticing nights under starry skies in the enchanting two story villa, surrounded by picturesque balconies and verandas. Immerse yourself in refreshing, secluded waterfalls encircled by forest-covered mountains that entangle the clouds. Hike trails that abound with astounding tropical flowers, birds, and butterflies. Relax all day at the beach. Picnic on a deck overlooking the lively Naranjo River.

And just for the moment .......

leave all the stress & chaos behind.

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Honeymoon and All Inclusive Packages:

2 people/8 days/7 nights - $3700

Every aspect of your trip is completely customized. Additional (or fewer) days (or people), can be pro-rated. We can make adjustments for your schedule & budget.

The All Inclusive package includes:

Trail Guides, Tours, Chauffeur, Gourmet Chefs (with a separate kitchen near the villa), Masseuses, House Attendant, & a Photographer! The kitchen is stocked with your favorite & unlimited snacks, beverages, & alcohol of your choosing.

Please read our reviews to see for yourselves.

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More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 17, 2016
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About Edgar

The magical, privately owned property is rented out to Luz de Alba (Light of Dawn). It is Costa Rican company who employ local help, including fabulous chefs from the area who cook mouth watering tropical delicateness customized personally for you alone. They are involved in various local projects to help protect and promote the Rain Forest.

Edgar purchased this villa in 2005

Why Edgar chose Quepos

It is the closest places to Paradise. Only a few hours flight from US. Out of the hurricane zone. English is widely spoken. The property is conveniently located within a half hour of town, the Park, the beaches, and the airport. CR is only 9 degrees from the equator. The property is normally 10 cooler than in town, so most couples find it really refreshing at the end of a hot day. Heat and humidity can sometimes range in the 90's down below.

What makes this villa unique

Your own private rainforest - like having a National Park without the tourists. One of the most varied collections of tropical flowers as you will see in one place. Your absolute privacy is guaranteed.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Light Of Dawn was the best decision we ever made! It was a bit of a trek to get there, but well worth every flight and bumpy car ride to the most exotic, romantic and spectacular place we've ever been to! If you want all-inclusive, private, pampering, this is the place to go! I have celiac disease and I wasn't sick once the whole week we stayed. They knew exactly how to take care of my dietary restrictions. The private chef actually researched the history of gluten, just so he knew what all I could and could not eat. We felt like royalty! The owners made us feel like family from the very second we met them. Very warm and loving, we even invited them to have a drink with us one night, we just wanted to hear all their fascinating life stories. I have recommended this place to MANY people already and will be telling stories of our visit for the rest of our lives! We will definitely be going back as soon as we can! We love you Pete, Deb, Edgar and Clara You made our stay the honeymoon of a life time! Thank you sooo much Love Always Alana & Angelo
Dec 2015
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PARADISE PRIVACY PRICELESS! Just Read Our Reviews! Don't Let Your Date Get Away!
average rating of 4.9322033 based on 75 reviews
Skokie, IL

Lovely place great communucation

  • 5 of 5

My title explains it all. These people make VRBO the only way to go. Superb communication and follow up. Lovely pics. This place is the best!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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wonderful property, a hidden gem with animals, birds, waterfalls, and very helpful staff

  • 5 of 5

We started out our first trip to Costa Rica at this house- 4 adults and two granddaughters 6 and 9. We and they loved the house, waking up in the deep forest with animal and birds and their sounds. Peter gave us a great tour of the property ending at the spectacular waterfalls and a swim for everyone- Pura Vida happened immediately.

We enjoyed the property so much we didn't venture out to the National Park until our third day. It was super helpful to have Peter meet us at the Super Compro (supermarket in Quepos) and lead us up to the property- after that we had it down and it was easy. Got used to driving on the potholed Costa Rican dirt roads but it was well maintained and no challenge. Our only complaint (from all the group) is that we didn't book enough time there, we liked it so much. Thanks to all who run the house and make it such a great experience.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are thrilled that you had such a wonderful time here. To be able to have multi generations share their time together, experiencing nature, is a rare and memorable occasion these days. We are so pleassed that it worked well for your family. You know where we are now ,,, come back any time! >Best to you from Light of Dawn.
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Clermont, FL

Relax and unwind!

  • 5 of 5

Second stay with Peter and Deborah and most definitely not the last! This is the perfect property to start a Costa Rican vacation....with the constant sound of the river and waterfalls in the background your stress will melt away almost immediately! The house is spacious and comfortable and you can have meals prepared and served if you wish. A true slice of paradise here......

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well our friend, you are just part of the family now! Always a welcome site. The staff loved and enjoyed having both of you, and we await your welcome return. (It is a well kept secret tho ..... sssshhhh!) All the best from Light of Dawn
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The Perfect Place to Get Away from it all!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing stay at Light of Dawn! The beautiful house is located high on the mountain and makes you feel like you are deep in the rainforest. Our favorite part was the walk through the property with the owner. We learned SO much about the incredible amounts of plants and trees, and the work he has done on the property is astonishing. The waterfall was especially beautiful and we had a great time jumping off the rocks into the cool river. The electricity went out for a bit each evening (not for long) but this made dinners all the more romantic by candle light *they provided PLENTY of candles and flash lights. The construction of the house being all screened in on the bottom made it truly feel like you were out with nature, and the sounds of animals at night and birds in the morning was so peaceful. The owners are extremely nice and care about the comfort and experience of each guest visiting. Highly recommend this place if you want to get away from it all and relax in the Costa Rican rainforest!

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You guys were so much fun! What a high spritied group. It is great that they were able to join you here, so you could all spend some quality time together ...... and enjoy the magic of Costa Rica! Best to you all from LIght of Dawn
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Maryland, USA

Ahhhh, a lovely oasis in the rain forest

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of five adults, visiting Costa Rica for 10 days. The first part of our trip was spent in the Arenal area, then we drove southwest to Quepos, to Light of Dawn. We had great directions and advance communication from Deborah, and met Peter at the Maxi Pail (market) in Quepos. After some food shopping, we followed Peter to LOD. The trip is not long, but it is on a dirt road, so be ready. We arrived at LOD and immediately were happy we had chosen this location. Peter and Deborah were lovely, and the house was a wonderful oasis in the middle of their 200+ acres of rain forest! The house is comfortable, the living area surrounded by screened in porches. The first floor bedroom does have air conditioning, but the two upstairs do not. There are large fans and we actually turned them off during the night, the temperature was cool enough.

Peter gave us his tour the next morning. This is a tour, but so much more….he talks about the birds, the animals, the trees, bushes, flowers, how they have transformed their formerly grazing land by planting tons of native trees and bushes and flowers, and he shared some of their ideas for the future. We had fun getting wet in the pool created by their waterfall, followed by some fun in the river that runs through their property. The next morning, we had a private bird tour (definitely ask Deborah to hook you up with Manuel for this tour) and saw too many gorgeous birds for me to list (including a toucan). Manuel also took us on a private tour of Manuel Antonio park another day, he is a gem.

Deborah and Peter could not have been more helpful. They arranged other tours for us and offered us any fruit that was growing on the property. We all highly recommend LOD to anyone wanting to feel like you are truly in the rain forest while staying in a lovely comfortable home, with easy access to Manuel Antonio park and Quepos.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for all your many kind comments! You were a terrific group. You packed it all in .... appreciating so much of what Costa Rica has to offer. Great people seem to find us and you certainly are an example of that. We hope your fond memoreis of the rain forest stay wih you always. >Best to you from Light of Dawn
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful and enchanting. You will not be disappointed with your accommodations or the support, care and friendliness of Pete and Deb. You are in your own SANCTUARY and off the beaten path. You need your own reliable transportation and be prepared to travel back roads. We loved our time at LOD. My daughter wants to go back to LOD when she is ready to get married. I am looking forward to that trip!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well we are so grateful for the opportunity to "enchant" you here! What a lovely family. We are most honored that your daughter would consider a wedding with us. The last one we had was quite magical. So we look forward to seeing you in the future. Pura Vida from Light of Dawn
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
30 minutes
Nearest Beach
14 Miles
35 minutes
Car: necessary

Waterfall Rappelling, Zip-Lining, ATV Tours, Mountain Biking, Vanilla Farm, Botanical Gardens, Jet Skiing, Snorkeling, Mangrove Boat Tours, Rainforest Tours, Catamaran Sailing, Sunset Sails, Weddings


Rates & Availability

El Cerro Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Green Season
May 16 2016 - Nov 15 2016
2 night minimum stay
High Season - Before Holidays
Nov 16 2016 - Dec 18 2016
2 night minimum stay
Christmas & New Years Weeks
Dec 19 2016 - Jan 2 2017
5 night minimum stay
After Holidays
Jan 3 2017 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

One Time cleaning fee $25
Tax Rate 13.0%

Parties over 6 people will be charged an additional $7.00 per day, per person.

50% to hold booking.
50% due 30 days prior to arrival.

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El Cerro Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Hotel
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Printer
  • Safe
  • Scanner
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom have showers, not bathes. Hair blow dryers, fresh flowers, & linens are provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2 sleep sofa /futon , Large room Calif King Blow-up mattresses for children avail.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 sleep sofa /futon , Excellenct mattresses. Blow up mattresses avail also.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , 2 sleep sofa /futon , 1st floor 2 singles or 1 double avail. Also blow-up mattress
  • Two upstairs bedrooms, each with private balconies. The master has a California King sized bed and is set up with luxurious high quality linens for the All Inclusive packages. For group or family rentals, the second bedroom has a Queen sized bed and the downstairs bedroom has the option of 2 singles or a double bed. We also have blow-up mattress which can be placed wherever you choose.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 5 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • 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
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Dozens of waterfalls, one with 12 ft natural swimming pool. Naranjo River borders the property; fishing available. Fish ponds, hiking trails, hundreds of tropical flowers, fruit and palm trees. Totally private; Swim in the falls - no one is watching .....

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