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Modern Beach Home, Walk to Beach & Lounge Poolside

Mal Pais house

2 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms / sleeps 5

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$263

Chilling time at The Place

Mal Pais house

2 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 5

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$321

Pachamama Tropical Garden Lodge

Mal Pais house

2 bedrooms / 1 bathroom / sleeps 4

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$206

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LUXURY CONDO - AMAZING VIEWS, LOTS OF NATURE

Tarcoles condo

2 bedrooms / 4 bathrooms / sleeps 4

Responds fast! avg. 2 hours 35 minutes

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$144

DoubleTree Puntarenas Junior Type Condo for 6

El Roble condo

1 bedroom / 1 bathroom / sleeps 6

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$260

Eco-Friendly Home Outside Jaco 2 On Converted Mango/Fruit Plantation

Jaco house

2 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 5

“Fantastic two weeks!” Wow, where do I begin? We have never been to Costa Rica and wanted to try something completely different than the typical all inclusive resorts. So the search began and we discovered the beautiful eco friendly vacation homes. This was the best trip in the twenty years of travelling we have done!! We were picked up at the airport by John and he brought us to the resort. On the way there we asked him a ton of questions as any tourist would. He really wasn’t familiar with the area, but let me tell you he was great at finding stuff out for us if he didn’t know. John is a very kind man and excellent to have around. The power went out due to a storm one evening and he was quick to stop by in the pouring rain. He informed us what we should do if it was out for a length of time and brought us candles. (The power was only out for about half an hour) He was very helpful in many other aspects, but I would keep you here forever if I went on. He comes across shy, but he will open up if you take the time to spend with him. Thanks for everything John!! Juan the manager was exceptional; his responses to emails were immediate. He is very informative and has all the answers you look for in a manager. There was never a question he wouldn’t answer. Juan always updated me with information and gave great insight to the area. Juan has a large selection of things to do with all the pricing available up front so you can plan accordingly. They even have special services if you require anything. We had groceries ready for us in the room for when we arrived so we didn’t have to worry about finding a place to eat late at night. Thank you Juan for the best service anyone could ask for! My husband and I stayed in the one bedroom home and we were not disappointed in any way. With exception of the creepy crawlies that visited us throughout the trip. Let’s just say I have seen many bugs that I would never see here in Canada! Hey, it’s the jungle take it all in. Speaking of that, one thing I would recommend to the owners is having door sweeps put on, so those little critters have less chance of exploring the homes. Everything was exactly as described in the photos and overview of the property. The beds were comfy and everything was clean and up to par. Some of the fruit was not in season so we weren’t able to take advantage of all the fresh stuff. However we did get to enjoy the limes, star fruit, grapefruit and tangerines. We did not rent a car while we were there. If you want to be even more adventurous then I suggest a car. If you want to enjoy the life of the locals hop the bus and go see the little towns nearby. The bus stop is on the hour across the street in front of El Jardin and you can go to Orotina (this is where we bought the bulk of our groceries) It’s about 20mins to get there. If you want to catch the bus and go to the crocodile bridge, Tacoles, Jaco, or Play Hermosa the bus comes by half past the hour on the same side of the road as the Villas. We rode the bus to Jaco from the villas and with all the stops it took about an hour to get to Jaco. We had no problem using the transit and we do not speak Spanish. It was so safe and there were no issues. (They don’t take US $$ to ride the bus as far as I know). We had our money changed to colones before we left Canada to make things easy. All the little towns will take US $$ but they give you colones back in change. There were also taxi’s driving by on the highway regularly. They will honk their horn at you if they are available for use. Always ask and confirm pricing prior to getting in. While we were there we met some beautiful people on our resort and had a great time sightseeing with them. We all went to the Carrara National Park and hired a guide, boy it was worth it. They know all the places that the wildlife hangs out. It’s very difficult to pick out the wildlife with your own eyes! He pointed out so many things that we would have never seen. We also went to Jaco which is a resort surf town; it has everything you want in one location. And a beautiful beach to walk. Juan set us up with a water repelling tour and it was fantastic! They are fully equipped with all the gear and very safe. It was an excellent day trip. There was also an incredible beach that is close by where the locals like to be, it was called Playa Blanca. Absolutely beautiful! As for the restaurants and fruit stands nearby, there are plenty around. If you are walking and did not rent a car it can be a lengthy walk. The other option would be to hop the bus and ride it a little ways down to check out the other restaurants. The bus stops frequently and all you have to do is hit the buzzer. We walked to the La Puesta Del Sol fruit stand and purchased fruit there and right beside it was a gas station where we could get items on short notice such as margarine, bread, night time snacks and liquor. We also ate at the little soda and the meal was just fine. Our most favorite place to eat was Los Congos Restaurante. It was about a mile down the road and worth the walk. The food was amazing and there was never a morsel of food left on the plate. YUM!! They had our beverages at our table before we sat down. The employees there were fantastic! And you can’t go wrong eating dinner and watching the howler monkeys up in the trees! We had a flashlight for the walks back as it is very dark in the area and it is a good way for the traffic driving by to know you were there. There is no shortage of wildlife on the property either. Everything from Iguanas’, squirrels, geckos, scorpions, bats, a cat and another animal that we couldn’t quick figure out, it was harmless. I think we saw all the birds in Costa Rica! The Scarlet Macaws even flew over. The highlight of our 2 weeks there was when we were hanging out at the pool we could hear the howler monkeys. The second we heard them we knew they were on the property and we dropped our stuff off at the home and sprinted to the other end of the property to watch the monkey interact. There we were in the jungle surrounded by the howlers with their babies frolicking in the tree tops! WOW, the best moment in time! We stood there for an hour in amazement! We even mimicked their calls and they called back! My trip was complete!! We have been on many tropical vacations in multiple countries. Always staying all inclusive, this time was different. We wanted the simple life and the peace and quiet along with a stress free vacation. This was most definitely the best route to take. If you are looking for nightlife and a resort full of many other tourists I don’t think this is for you. I would recommend Juan and his staff anytime. We can’t wait to return to Costa Rica!

Responds fast! avg. 1 hour 4 minutes

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$62

Vida Mountain Resort & Spa

Salvador villa

4 bedrooms / 4 bathrooms / sleeps 8

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$664

Ranch house

Tajo Alto guest house

2 bedrooms / 1 bathroom / sleeps 4

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$98

Cabinas Royal heights

Jicaral private room

1 bedroom / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 2

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$58

Couples Villa

Orotina house

1 bedroom / 1 bathroom / sleeps 2

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$164

Eco Condos - Budget Friendly Apartments with lots of local wildlife visits! 

Manuel Antonio apartment

2 bedrooms / 1 bathroom / sleeps 5

“Great rooms and amazing service!” We stayed in a condo here for almost a week and had a very nice time. The units are spacious and clean and there are only 8 of them so the pool is never crowded. The monkeys will come right up to your balcony and peek in on you, and the place has a guarded gate at the entry 24 hours a day so everything is secure. The location is good as well, right between Quepos and Manuel Antonio so it's close to everything without being right in the middle of a crowded area. We left having had a very nice time and only discovered that we had left a laptop in one of the rooms after receiving an urgent email (we had no phone service) from Dorit, who manages the front office. We had already driven several hours away to our next hotel when we received the message, and were set to fly home a day later. I was afraid I would have to spend my entire day driving back to get the computer, but Dorit quickly and cheerfully arranged it so their driver would deliver the computer to us at our new hotel, 4 hours away (!), that next morning for a very reasonable fee - probably less than I would have spent in fuel if I made the trip to get it myself! They really went above and beyond and saved us a huge hassle and from having to waste our whole last day in the country driving back for the computer. I can't recommend this location highly enough, and the price for the rooms is great as well! Book it now!

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$92

Royal heights

Jicaral hotel apartment

1 bedroom / 1 bathroom / sleeps 2

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$58

Eco Luxury home

Orotina house

2 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 4

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$237

Villa w/ shared pool, beautiful gardens & great location - walk to the beach.

El Roble villa

2 bedrooms / 1 bathroom / sleeps 8

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$89

Beachfront access & shared pool, just one hour from San José!

El Roble house

3 bedrooms / 1 bathroom / sleeps 10

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$114

Well-situated villa at beachfront property w/shared pool & gardens!

El Roble studio

Studio / 1 bathroom / sleeps 4

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$62

Inviting beachfront Villa w/private beach access, shared pool and gardens

El Roble studio

Studio / 1 bathroom / sleeps 4

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$76

Beautiful House in Gated Community of Pueblo Escondido

Tarcoles house

2 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 4

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$109

Cozy, waterfront villa w/ beach access, gardens, & a lovely, shared pool

El Roble studio

Studio / 1 bathroom / sleeps 3

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$62

welcome to the house beach and river, only 5 minutes of beach curu

Paquera house

3 bedrooms / 1 bathroom / sleeps 10

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$69

Villa at beachfront property with terrace & shared pool - steps to the sand!

El Roble house

2 bedrooms / 1 bathroom / sleeps 6

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$89

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Relaxing Villa with shared pool and great location, access to the beach.

El Roble villa

1 bedroom / 1 bathroom / sleeps 2

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$62

Colorful getaway w/ shared pool/gardens & a great beachfront location!

El Roble house

2 bedrooms / 1 bathroom / sleeps 8

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$62

Inviting oceanfront villa w/ shared pool, gardens & beach access!

El Roble studio

Studio / 1 bathroom / sleeps 4

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$89

Cute villa at beachfront property w/ shared pool & beautiful gardens!

El Roble studio

Studio / 1 bathroom / sleeps 2

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$62

Villa with terrace, shared pool & community gardens - walk to beach!

El Roble studio

Studio / 1 bathroom / sleeps 4

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$89

Villa surrounded by gardens, w/ private beach access!

El Roble studio

Studio / 1 bathroom / sleeps 4

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$61

The Cozy Casita

Paquera house

2 bedrooms / 1 bathroom / sleeps 4

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$55

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