Costa Rica's Favorite Family Destination

Costa Rica's Favorite Family Destination

Overview

Property Details

Updated: Sep 12, 2014
House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 8 Sleeps

This Santa Fe style house sits atop a hillside overlooking the

Manuel Antonio coastline to the West and the Talamunca Range (with 6,000 ft

Mt San Geronimo towering over the valley) to the North. The jungle

comes right up to the pool, and it's often possible to see two

species of monkeys, iguanas, sloths, and many species of birds while

lounging around the pool or from the many decks.There are over 3,000

sq.ft of living space, with decks that surround most of the two

stories. The entire space can be opened up to give the feel of

living in the outdoors with three quarters of an acre of mature gardens,

with hundreds of tropical plants, orchids and fruit trees. The

upstairs is an open living space that includes kitchen,

dining,living room and TV area,and also a bathroom. Downstairs are three bedrooms

(one w/king, one queen, and one with a queen and bunkbeds) all

with fans, and access to the lower patio and pool. There is one bath

downstairs with and extra sink and there are also two outside

showers.

Unlike so many other houses crowded together near noisy roads,

and bar restaurants, this property is secluded, yet 5 minutes drive

to the happening town of Quepos or 5 minutes drive to the

magnificant beaches of Manuel Antionio Nat. Park. You can walk to the main road,

where there are a dozen restaurants within a quick stroll.

From the roof terrace you can watch spectacular sunsets over the ocean

or enjoy a 360 degree view of the jungle vistas. Breezes blow all day and at night switch

directions and come off the mountains to keep this house comfortable

day and night. The house is fully equiped with everything you need

for your stay. Quepos has wonderful fresh produce,fish,meat and

chicken as well as a growing selection of wines and liquors, so you

can stay at home and cook or ask Anna our caretaker to cook "tico

style" meals for your group breakfast, lunch or dinner. There is

twice a week maid service and laundery, but you can request

additional cleaning and laundery from Anna. Security is provided by

the on site caretakers who live in a seperate house at the entry to

the property. They have been with us since 2000 and can provide cooking, babysitting, help w/ tours and transportation or any other requests that come up.

This house was built by local residents in the mid 90's to the

highest standards and reflects their experience of living in Costa Rica over

11 years. Much of the art is by the owner and other artists living

in the area. The gardens are a work of love and care by the couple and

entice you to take walks in the lush greenery. This is the perfect retreat for friends and families. We try to make our rates as reasonable as possible knowing that a vacation can be big expense-- we want you to return and send your friends! Check out Steve's Costa Rica memoir "Stumbling into Paradise" on our personal web site or go to Amazon.

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  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Swimming pool
  • Accept Credit Cards

Recent Review

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Guestbook comments from the owner

"Words escape us to adequately describe our visit to Costa Rica and the paradise found at Casa Tropical. Our stay was overwhelmingly perfect. We cooked, swam, explored, watch the daily troop of monkeys, iguanas, birds and butterflies, listened to music, met on the roof for sunset and were quite spoiled by weeks end. We are most anxious to return and cannot imagine a more beautiful spot to come back to."

-Cheri and Steve



"We had a wonderful time in Costa Rica. Your house is lovely. My son learned to swim in your pool, and he was diving by the end of the holiday. The kids have rated it the best holiday ever. We had a perfect mix of adventure and R&R. We went white water rafting with Iguana Tours. They were great. We went to Isia Damas. We saw monkeys, sloths, and boas. Thanks again. We'll be back at some point. We can see why you love it there so much. It's a wonderful spot."

-Les and Lydia



"We just returned from Costa Rica and wanted to let you know how great we thought the house was. Your house is so beautifully maintained and the art and architecture so aligned with the setting."

-Jennifer and Jerry



Hello Steve & Family,



Words just can't express the awesome vacation we had! The house was beautiful and so cozy. We loved the art work around the house. I would love to have an abstract painting of yours.

Hannia and her son David were very helpful. David went out with the girls once. They hit the night life in Quepos. We enjoyed both Quepos and Manuel Antonio's restaurants. So much to tell and cherish the rest of our lives! Sally



We had a fabulous time in Costa Rica - Thanks in great part to your beautiful house and its magical setting!! We wish we had more time there, and are looking forward to returning sometime soon. We would like to thank Hannia for all her help and kind gestures. They really add to the experience in so many ways.

Thanks for everything!

Barb -from the UK



We did have an excellent time. The

setting of the house was magnificent, and if there hadn't been so manygreat activities, we could have spent even more hours just sitting on

the veranda watching the wildlife. Claudio and Annia were super helpful.We will keep a reference to the property and may find ourselves back

there again! Mike and Family
Jan 2005
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Reviews

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Costa Rica's Favorite Family Destination
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Manuel Antonio Puntarenas
Jackson, WY USA
5

Casa Tropical

  • 5 of 5
Wonderful artist's house,secluded yet 5 minutes walk to bus stop on main road between Quepos and Manuel Antonio. Very helpful caretakers who are available to cook fresh local seafood dinners. Very reasonable taxi service. Very clean and comfortable. Monkeys and iguanas in nearby trees; magnificent flowers and foliage everywhere. Many local restaurants ranging from fancy to cafes. Local Costa Rican people are genuinely friendly, engaging and helpful. Beautiful local beaches, whitewater rafting, horseback riding and zip lining recommended. Lots of fishing and jungle tours available. Short,scenic flight to San Jose. We would highly recommend this property as a great alternative to a traditional hotel or "luxury villa".
  • Submitted: May 2, 2009
  • Stayed: Mar 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Manuel Antonio Puntarenas
Tallahassee, Florida, US
5

Paradise Found!

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I stayed at Casa Tropical for one week, and I can honestly say it was the best vacation we have EVER had. The house was beautiful and was situated high on a hill, receiving tropical breezes all day. To one side is a view of the Pacific and to the other is a beautiful mountain range. Andres and Anna, the caretakers on the property, made a huge difference in our experience. It is so nice to have locals giving you advice on things to see and do and Anna will even go shopping with you and cook if you'd like her to (which we did...AWESOME cook!). The grounds around the house are spectacular! Very well-maintained and lots of local flora and fauna. Titi monkeys came through several times and I even got to feed them right out of my hand! Awesome experience. The general area in CR is also tops. I've heard from friends who have stayed further north in CR and were very disappointed. Manual Antonio is beautiful. I highly recommend a visit to Rainmaker also. Beautiful and well-maintained trails through a rain forest with lots of views of waterfalls and beautiful walks across suspension bridges. I don't know how I lucked out to find this place, but I am 100% sure I'll be coming back. Thanks to Steve and his wife for creating this Eden and also Andres and Anna for their wonderful hospitality.
  • Submitted: May 28, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Costa Rica's Favorite Family Destination
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p7003545
+1 -(406) 585-9548
Manuel Antonio Puntarenas
Asheville, NC
5

Great experience and beautiful home

  • 5 of 5
My family had a wonderful visit at this home. The pool was great for cooling off at night. The housekeeper and her son were very helpful and accommodating. She prepared a delicious meal for us. The monkeys came close to us. It was very spacious and secure. We highly recommend this house.
  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Teenagers
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Manuel Antonio Puntarenas
Ottawa, Canada
5

We Didn't Want To Leave

We Didn't Want To Leave
  • 5 of 5
We truly appreciated the time we spent at Casa Tropical, and we were all really sad to leave. This beautiful home is like an art gallery - we loved the family's paintings throughout the house, which includes ones they did together. The gardens are stunning, and attracted so many butterflies and hummingbirds. We felt relaxed and very much at home-- the owners have created a very peaceful place. Our children had such a great time hanging out in the pool, reading in the hammocks, and checking out all the wildlife, that it took them 6 days to ask if there was a TV in the house! We were greeted by toucans when we arrived, met the iguanas and the tiny boa that live in the roof, spent an entire afternoon with 15 or more titis tearing around all the trees and jumping from the roof, were visited by an enormous green snake (more than 2 m long!), and spotted lots of different frogs, and many other birds. Gorgeous blue and green parrots were there to say good bye the morning we left.

Hannia, Claudio and Andres were wonderful. Hannia taught me how to make delicious Costa Rican food. We had a few fun evenings hanging out with Andres drinking Imperial, and getting the details on all the birds and reptiles visiting the house. Andres knows all the guides in town, so course he set us up with the best guides in the area, and tours that suited us perfectly.

My husband and I both read Steve's book and we loved it. He is such an entertaining writer! Reading this book early in our stay helped us enjoy and appreciate the area so much, as we recognized businesses, towns and rivers that were part of the family's adventures in CR. It was also very special and unique to learn about the family that built the home we had the privilege of occupying.

This was a perfect vacation and we can't wait to come back again!
  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Costa Rica's Favorite Family Destination
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Manuel Antonio Puntarenas
Lansing, Michigan
5

All Agree- Best Vacation Ever

  • 5 of 5
Casa Tropical was the perfect place for our family of eight, four adults and four children. The house was great: very comfortable, clean and well maintained. There was a tremendous amount of outdoor living area from where you could enjoy the beautiful landscaping and terrific views. Anna the housekeeper was very helpful and a wonderful cook. She prepared many meals of local cuisine that were delicious. It was a real treat to come back to the house to home cooked meals after a day of sight seeing. We found this to be a much better option than gathering everyone up again and going back out to dinner, or Heaven forbid, cooking! Andres, her son was also a tremendous help. He arranged for tours and activities that were appropriate for our group, and checked in everyday to make sure all was well and give assistance when needed. Casa Tropical Tropical is in a wonderful location because of all the many and varied activities in the vacinity. You can be on the beach one day and zip lining in the jungle the next. We all agreed that this was our best vacation to date and would love to return.
  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Jan 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Costa Rica's Favorite Family Destination
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+1 -(406) 585-9548
Manuel Antonio Puntarenas
Alexandria
3

Great house, great view.... BUT....

  • 3 of 5
The house is very nice and open, great view and wonderful plants surrounding the house itself. Clean and very well kept however the construction of the next door house is really putting a dent in an otherwise nice vacation... Drilling, hammering you name it starting even before 7 am and not ending at 5 pm for sure.... I wish we would have known about the noise!!
Also the washer for the house translates into the services by the care takers....
  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2011
  • Stayed: Dec 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have had neighbors building a house down the hill next door to us, which is beyond our control. We have asked them to keep the noise down as much as possible and in the 9 months of construction we have only had a couple of complaints from the more than 20 guests who have rented from us. Construction is due to be completed next month in Jan. of 2012 and we will all be relieved to get back to tranquility.

Location

Activity and Interests

Manuel Antonio is famous for it's park and beaches, as well as

world class sportfishing, rafting, kayaking, surfing and canopy tours.

There many great restaurants both in Quepos and Manuel Antonio and diverse

night life, whether dancing to live Salsa Bands or partying in one

of the many nightclubs and casinos. This diverse area offers more

recreations opportunities than any other destination in Costa Rica

and has the best beach climate in the country!

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Notes

  • Nightly Rate: $100 - $400

    Weekly Rate: $1000 - $3250

    Monthly Rate: $5000 - $6500


  • Recession proof pricing, best deals in years!
    Green Season 2013 (June thru Aug, and Nov. 15th- Dec 15th )$1750/wk no taxes etc. Bookings over a week pro rated at $275/night per extra night. $300/night for less than a week. May special rates of $1350 wk. or $250/nt. Sept. and Oct. until Nov. 15th rates are the best rates! $1000/week or $200/nt
    Last minute deals (usually within the month of the reservation) and slow months of May, Sept. Oct. , can be super reasonable, make an offer we can't refuse!
    High Season 2013 (Jan 7 thru April) $2500/wk $400/night for stays less than a week. We're open to your last minute offers if we're not booked.
    Christmas/New Years 2013-14 (Dec 16 - Jan. 7): $3250/wk no stays less than a week.

Amenities

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool

Suitability

  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • Beach View

Bathrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2

Bedrooms

  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3

Notes:

  • Wireless internet, TV/DVD (with cable ) Stereo with receiver, cassette, CD All in a hidden security room you can lock you valuables in plus 24/7 securtiy Phone service Complete Kitchen: barbque, gas stove, frig, blender,toaster oven, all cooking essentials covered. Pool 15 X 30 ft with sun terraces and pool furniture, showers and float toys, great bird and animal watching on the property help with tours and transportation Covered carport Baby crib
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