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Casa Manana-Luxurious Ocean View Home with Beautiful Pool and Waterfall

Casa Manana-Luxurious Ocean View Home with Beautiful Pool and Waterfall


Property Details

Updated: Feb 20, 2015
4 Bedrooms, 2 Full Bathrooms, Air-Conditioning, Outside Shower, Sleeps up to 10

This beautiful 4 bedroom air-conditioned home is located in the elegant gated community of Palo Alto, Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste Costa Rica. The Pacific ocean view and surrounding mountains are simply beautiful. If you're looking for a peaceful and serene vacation spot, you've found it at Casa Manana.

The beach is only 3 blocks away. If you feel adventurous there is snorkeling, jet-skiing, fishing, surfing, and many other activities available.

Casa Manana includes 4 large bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, 6 remote controlled air-conditioners, and a large open living room / kitchen area with 15' vaulted ceilings. The island kitchen / dining area seats 8, including 4 bar stools and floor to ceiling glass windows overlooking the private park and ocean. You'll spend most of your time in our gorgeous private pool & waterfall or on the lovely covered patio with outdoor furniture and gas barbecue grill. FREE Long-Distance Calls back to the US, Canada, the UK & Wireless High-Speed Internet!!

Casa Manana is just a few blocks from the beach and is centrally located to rain forest and canopy tours, beautiful beaches, volcanoes, incredible fishing, shopping, howler monkeys, butterfly farms, bird-watching, eco-tourism and much more.

Still not convinced this is the perfect vacation rental home for you? Take a moment to read what previous guests have said about their experiences at our home and our accommodating staff. With so many rental options available, reviewing a property's Guest Book is one of the most important tools when considering where to vacation.

More Details
  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access

Recent Review

About the Owner

We absolutely LOVE Costa Rica!. After several years of exploring most of the country, we found ourselves returning time and again to Playa Hermosa. It just felt like home to us...Our plans are to retire there one day, but in the mean time we've decided to share our our little slice of paradise with others.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

5 out of 5It was hard to say goodbye to Casa Manana!

Kim in Portland, OR Portland, OR

Review Submitted: July 31, 2009 Date of Stay: July 2009

We had a wonderful time in Costa Rica. Casa Manana was a fabulous home base and we thoroughly enjoyed our time there! By the time we reached Hermosa, we had already been in Costa Rica for two weeks and we were thrilled to see a dishwasher, phone, internet, and most importantly a comfortable bed! The pool kept the kids busy and was great to come home to after a day out in the hot sun. The house was very comfortable for our entire family and our kids did not want to leave to come back home to Portland. I really appreciated how well supplied the house was with furniture, dishes, towels, spices, etc. Thank you so much for your hospitality and advice. You helped make this a trip one we will always remember!

Owner's Response: Hi Kim,

I'm so glad your family had a great time in Costa Rica and that I could help. You could probably tell from our phone conversations that I enjoy making suggestions and sharing some of our Costa Rica experiences. If you don't mind, I'd like to use that photo on our website you sent me of your husband and the 50 pound Mahi Mahi he caught when you guys were down. I thought our 3 little 7 pounders we caught last time were nice, but that guy was a monster. I'm guessing you won't be eating fish for a while. Thanks again and let us know when you're coming back down.

Dirk & Lisa
Sep 2009
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Casa Manana-Luxurious Ocean View Home with Beautiful Pool and Waterfall
+1 -214 652-4300
Playa Hermosa Guanacaste

Amazing place for families!

  • 5 of 5
This is a fantastic house in a beautiful location. Casa Manana exceeded all of our expectations. The listing description was entirely accurate and Dirk was very easy to work with. The house was clean and well-organized (we loved cooking in the well-equipped kitchen) and the property manager, Guss, was incredibly helpful during our stay. We went with a group of 9 people (children ages 2, 4, and 5, two sets of parents, and one set of grandparents) and the house and location as a whole were PERFECT for us! Everyone loved the pool and the fact that there are 3 beaches in such close proximity. We enjoyed exploring both Playa Hermosa and Playas Del Coco. There is something fun for everyone--the guys enjoyed a fishing trip (you can choose half or full days), the women loved the shopping, and our kids enjoyed looking for the lizards by taking "Iguana Walks" every morning and were very excited to see a few monkeys in the trees nearby. Overall we would highly recommend Casa Manana to all of our friends!
  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Kelly, thank you so much for staying at our home and so glad you and your family had a good time. Your dad sent me a couple of photos of the fish you guys! I'm guessing that one Mahi Mahi made for a few nice meals:) You all take care thanks again!!! PURA VIDA!
Casa Manana-Luxurious Ocean View Home with Beautiful Pool and Waterfall
+1 -214 652-4300
Playa Hermosa Guanacaste

Wonderful, relaxing vacation

  • 5 of 5
My family and I went to Casa Manana in June. First, I have rented many times from homeaway and found this experience to be the best (from booking to arriving back home). Dirk did an exceptional job of walking the customer (me) through the process, travel advice, etc. You can tell that Dirk treats this as his personal business; the customer is his focus.

The house is located an easy 25 minute drive from the Liberia airport. The house is spacious, open, and has everything you need for your stay. As other renters’ have said, the house has great views, warm pool, quiet hillside location, and easy beach access.

I enjoyed the Playa Hermosa location as well – it was beautiful and laid back. My kids still talk about the iguanas, monkeys, volcanoes, and dad’s poor driving through the CR countryside.

I would highly recommend renting Casa Manana. Great house, great location, and most importantly great owner.
  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey Mike,
Thanks for the kind words!!! Glad you and your family enjoyed your stay! Let me know when you guys are looking to head back down.
Pura Vida!!!
Casa Manana-Luxurious Ocean View Home with Beautiful Pool and Waterfall
+1 -214 652-4300
Playa Hermosa Guanacaste

Fabulous Stay!!!!

  • 5 of 5
I would like to thank Dirk, the owner, for sharing his beautiful home with me and 4 of my closest friends, The purpose of our visit was to celebrate my 50th birthday. We were looking for a home that would accommodate 6 people comfortably, a private pool, and close to the beach. This lovely home provided us with all that we were desiring. It was nice waking up and having our coffee by the pool and listening to singing birds, sounds of monkeys, and having beautiful view of cliffs and the beach from afar. A ten minute stroll to the beach to have coffee was a nice treat as well.

The property was very clean and provided a washer and dryer, grill, fully furnished kitchen and a lock box for security. It also had 3 bedrooms and to full bathrooms. Gus was there awaiting at the gate upon our arrival to lead us up to the house. He was more than happy to provide us with any information about the house and any tour we were interested in. There are many brochures in the house that can help assemble tours you might be interested in.

I recommend renting a car so you can go explore other beaches and to go into town. I also recommend renting Dirks property if you are wanting more privacy, yet the ability to get in the mix of things.
  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Angie,
Thank you so much for the great review! Glad everyone had a great time and hope you'll call us again when you all are planning your next annual girl's getaway!
Casa Manana-Luxurious Ocean View Home with Beautiful Pool and Waterfall
+1 -214 652-4300
Playa Hermosa Guanacaste
Barneveld, WI

Wonderful Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5
We spent spring break with our two little ones (ages 5 1/2 and 3) at Casa Manana. The pool was one of the original features that drew us to the property, and it did not disappoint! The pool was by far the kid's favorite part of vacation. We swam every day, sometimes multiple times per day! It was fun to see the iguanas venture out on the rocks during the day, and by the end of the trip, our son had named the frequent iguana visitors - "Iggy", "Jake", "Max" and "Jack" :)
Dirk was so helpful and extremely responsive when booking our trip, talking on the phone and sending pictures and info. The house was perfect for our family. We've been home for almost 2 months now and the kids still keep asking when we're going to back to our "Costa Rica house".
The weather was absolutely perfect while we were in Costa Rica. Sunny every day, no rain, and nice and hot with a warm breeze. The pool was always the perfect temperature too!
We did lots of fun stuff while on vacation, including exploring the local beaches, a catamaran sunset and snorkeling cruise, river boat tour, and Miravailles volcano tour. All were well worth the time and money!
The kitchen at Casa Manana was well stocked and we ate all our breakfasts and most of our lunches at the house. I loved that there were even spices to cook with!
An extra perk of the house was having the free wi-fi and long distance phone. We had a little hiccup with our daughter getting sick, so we had to make a few phone calls to our doctor back home. It was a relief being able to call home so easily.
All in all, it was a great vacation, and it felt so comfortable staying in Casa Manana! Thank you, Dirk and Lisa!
  • Submitted: May 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey Megan & Scott,
Thank you so much for the great review!!! It was a pleasure visiting with you both as well! Glad you guys all had a big time and please let us know when you're ready to head back down to your Costa Rica house:) We're actually taking our kids down for a (last hooray) week this summer before our oldest heads off to college. Take care and thanks again! PURA VIDA!!!
Casa Manana-Luxurious Ocean View Home with Beautiful Pool and Waterfall
+1 -214 652-4300
Playa Hermosa Guanacaste

Great Vacation! Great House!

  • 5 of 5
Our family of 7 (4 adults/3 kiddos) had a great time in Costa Rica! Dirk and Lisa’s house (Casa Manana) was very clean and comfortable, fully equipped with all the essentials (even spices in the kitchen) and made for the perfect location to explore the area. The first couple of days were mostly spent on the beautiful Playa Hermosa loved the snow cone vendors J There are some nice shaded areas, but you’ll want to bring your sunscreen if you plan on staying for the day. Also, really enjoyed the outdoor patio and pool at the house...the gas grill was a bonus. During our trip, we decided to drive up to the mountains of Rincon de la Viejo to a place called Vandara Hot Springs. You’ve got to do this if you’re going to be in the’s about an hour and a half from the house. For around $80 a head, we went horseback riding, did the zip line/canopy tour, flew down a ¼ mile long water slide (kind of scary), relaxed in a hot natural spring swimming pool, did the volcanic mud rub AND had a fantastic all organic day ever! The last couple of days, we ended up visiting some of the other nearby beach towns (Playa Coco, Playa Flamingo and Playa Tamarindo). Everyone enjoyed the excursions, but the general consensus was that we had made the right decision to stay in Playa Hermosa.
Also wanted to add that Dirk (the owner) was extremely helpful. He spent a good deal of time visiting on the phone with us and sent additional information, a concierge package and photos of the neighborhood and beach. Guss (the concierge/property manager) was great as well! When we first arrived at the gate, he introduced us to the guard, took us up to the house, showed us around and answered all of our questions. It was nice knowing Guss was just a phone call away if we needed anything or had other questions. All in all we had a fantastic time in Costa Rica and we would definitely recommend staying at Casa Manana!!!
  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey Pat,
Thank you so much for all the kind words and glad you and your family enjoyed your vacation! Please keep in touch and let us know when you guys are interested in heading down again.
Casa Manana-Luxurious Ocean View Home with Beautiful Pool and Waterfall
+1 -214 652-4300
Playa Hermosa Guanacaste

Absolutely fantastic!

  • 5 of 5
Firstly, I would like to say that from my very first contact, Dirk was brilliant. Always very prompt at answering emails and a couple of times he even phoned me in the UK, which I really appreciated. He even colluded with a friend of mine from Memphis to arrange a surprise visit....that made my holiday, thanks Dirk :-)

The house was exactly as described and had everything you need to make your stay comfortable. There were 8 of us, and we never felt cramped. Like one of the previous reviewers, we also like to eat together, so when we wanted to eat inside, we just brought in the outside problem.

One of the best features has to be the pool, which is beautifully maintained. We made ourselves a net and played water volleyball daily, which was so much fun.

The staff are lovely. Guss is extremely helpful and always on hand should any problems occur. The groundsman Gordo, is a legend, so friendly. He popped by daily and even though we speak little or no Spanish, we got on so well and laughed a lot together.

We went in "green" season and I am so glad we did. The surrounding area was lush and we prefer it with fewer tourists. There's plenty to do in the surrounding area. If you like adventure, it's a haven.

I would highly recommend both Dirk, his property and the area. One of the best holidays we have had in a long time!
  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey Suzie, You're the best!!! Thanks for the great review and so glad you guys enjoyed your stay at Casa Manana. I'll be sure and pass on your compliments to Guss and Gordo...they'll really appreciate the kind words:) Thanks again and hopefully we'll be hearing from you again!


From the Owner

We built our home in Playa Hermosa for several reasons...We love the people, the climate, the beach, the food, the laid-back pace and just the over-all natural beauty of the country. PURA VIDA

Activity and Interests

Car: recommended

Playa Hermosa is in the Northwest Province of Guanacaste. Our home is literally a 2 minute drive down to the beach or a 10 minute walk. We are about an hour and a half away from beautiful mountains, waterfalls, mud baths, and volcanoes. Additional information on the area and tours are available on request. FREE LONG-DISTANCE CALLS!! Our home is equipped with a VOIP telephone so you can keep in touch with all your family and friends back in the US, Canada, and the UK. We have also installed High-Speed Wireless Internet. Please See The Guestbook Link Below!


From $171 Per night

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season
Jan 2 2015 - Apr 5 2015
5 night minimum stay
Green Season
Apr 6 2015 - Aug 31 2015
5 night minimum stay
Special Rate
Sep 1 2015 - Nov 20 2015
5 night minimum stay
High Season
Nov 21 2015 - Dec 18 2015
5 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Year's
Dec 19 2015 - Jan 1 2016
14 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Refundable damage deposit $500

$1400 - $3200/ weekly, Discounts available on multiple weeks.
Green Season April 27th - August 31st - $1600 weekly, includes maid service.
Special Rate September 1st - November 15th - $1200/ weekly, includes maid service.
High Season November 16th - December 19th - $2000/ weekly, includes maid service.
Christmas/New Years December 20th - January 1st - $3200/ weekly, includes maid service.

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Updated: Feb 20, 2015


From the Owner

Our home is all on 1 level with an ocean view and around a 10 minute walk to the beach. Perfect for families with kids and/or seniors. Gus and Tim (our terrific property managers) have been with us for over 8 years and are usually always available to assist our guests. Please feel free to call us anytime as well if you have any other questions. We're more than happy to share our experiences and knowledge of this wonderful country!

Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...


  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool

Onsite Services

  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View


  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 2500 sq. ft.


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, shower, Master Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet, combination tub/shower, Guest Bath
  • Outdoor - outdoor shower, outdoor shower
  • Master bath has an extra large shower and the guest bath has both a tub and shower.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king, Sliding glass doors overlooking pool
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • Very spacious master bedroom with a king size bed. 2 of the guest rooms have full size beds and the other bedroom has 2 full size futons. All bedrooms include ceiling fans and individually controlled air conditioners.


  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gated Community
  • Golf
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 10 garden chairs


  • Guests provide their own meals

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website


  • FREE LONG-DISTANCE CALLS & WIRELESS HIGH-SPEED INTERNET. Keep in touch with all your family and friends back in the US, Canada, & the UK. Please See The Guestbook Link Below!

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