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Property Details

Updated: Apr 12, 2015
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


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

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"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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22 Reviews

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

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
Costa Rica's Favorite Family Destination
+1 -(406) 585-9548
Manuel Antonio Puntarenas

Great house, great location

  • 5 of 5
This house is very comfortable. The rooftop is perfect for bird watching during the day and enjoying the sunset every night. It's within walking distance to several restaurants and also a nice walk along a maintained gravel road to Quepos. The pool is fantastic! This house does not have air conditioning, but there are plenty of fans and we were never uncomfortable and enjoyed the fresh air. Andres and his mother are very kind and helpful with whatever you need. Thank you for sharing your home Steve!
  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Costa Rica's Favorite Family Destination
+1 -(406) 585-9548
Manuel Antonio Puntarenas

Great villa for families!

  • 5 of 5
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Casa Tropical with our 3 children ages 17, 15 & 11. It is located in a central area in Manuel Antonio close to all the beaches, restaurants & excursions. The pool was always great at the end of a long day. The house was very clean, and the on site staff (Ana & Andres) were very helpful. Be sure to have Ana cook you an excellent Costa Rican meal! Some highlights include the wildlife surrounding the villa including two types of monkeys, lizards, iguanas, birds (macaws & toucans) and the beautiful flowers and natural vegetation. We saw more wildlife at the house than we did in Manual Antonio park! A must see is a day trip to Nuayaca falls and lunch in the laid back surf town of Dominical. We would highly recommend this rental for active & adventurous families.
The Evans Family - Horseshoe Valley, ON Canada
  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Costa Rica's Favorite Family Destination
+1 -(406) 585-9548
Manuel Antonio Puntarenas

Stunning views and fun fury guests

  • 5 of 5
We loved our stay at Casa Tropical. We looked for a long time to find a place conducive for a family with small children and this place was perfect. From the roof top views to the visiting monkeys, we could not have asked for more on our vacation.
  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Costa Rica's Favorite Family Destination
+1 -(406) 585-9548
Manuel Antonio Puntarenas

Best vacation ever!

  • 5 of 5
My wife, son, daughter, and I stayed at Casa Tropical for ten days in August 2014. Steve was easy to work with during the booking process. The location is perfect. There is easy access to the bus for beach days or going to town. Taxi service is also very convenient and inexpensive. The views are incredible. The house is beautiful, clean, and spacious. The kids loved the pool. The animals around the property were amazing. Andres is incredibly helpful with anything we needed and assisting with arranging sightseeing activities. Anna is an incredible cook. It felt like they were both part of the family. My wife and children did not want to leave to come home. I plan on returning here again in the future!
When you go to Casa Tropical you should consider:
1. Have Anna cook at least one meal for you.
2. Read Steve's book.
3. Have Andres hook you up with Henry for guided excursions.
4. Go down to Mary's Rentals at the beach. We got chairs, umbrellas, drinks, and food there almost everyday.
5. Go to Cafe Milagro for coffee. This was also a daily stop for us.

My 7 year old son says: "I liked it so much. I wish I was still there. My favorite part was the pool."

My 10 year old daughter says: "The pool rocked. I loved the roof top balcony."
  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Costa Rica's Favorite Family Destination
+1 -(406) 585-9548
Manuel Antonio Puntarenas
Tallahassee, Florida, US

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: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway


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!


Rental rates


  • 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.
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Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool


  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • Beach View


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2


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


  • 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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