Casa Voladora sits on a cliff overlooking Punta Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park. It is a 10-15 minute walk to Playa Espadilla and 15-20 to Playa Biesanz. Playa Espadilla is great for surfing and body boarding while Playa Biesanz is more protected and better for snorkeling and swimming.
The house was designed by an award-winning architect to bring the area’s natural beauty right into the house. There are breathtaking views from every window and terrace. A tropical forest surrounds the back of the house providing privacy and a front row seat to Costa Rica’s exotic plants and wildlife.
The house has one private bedroom on the second floor and is best suitable for a couple, although the downstairs daybed is suitable to sleep one more person. It is an intimate and romantic setting with several private terraces, including one in the master bedroom. The architect designed the house in a European style. It is simple and elegant in its construction and furnishings. The house is mostly suitable for those who do not require lavish amenities, as there is no TV or air-conditioning. You will find however, that air conditioning is not necessary as the house sits on the top of a ridge and enjoys a constant fresh ocean breeze. Numerous windows and ceiling fans also provide for excellent ventilation.
Casa Voladora is a place to relax and appreciate Costa Rica’s natural beauty. In the morning you will awaken to the exotic songs of rainforest birds and the sounds of the rolling waves of the sea below. Occasionally you will hear howler monkeys in the distance (sometimes not so distant) giving their morning salutations. Often there are toucans in the palm trees around the house. If you’re lucky you might even see white-faced monkeys, squirrel monkeys or sloths dangling and jumping from the trees around the house. There are identification cards in the house as well so you will know what type of animal you are viewing - from mammals to birds to amphibians to butterflies. You can have your morning coffee on the terrace and enjoy the fresh breeze as you take in the spectacular view of Manuel Antonio and Playa Espadilla. It is a short ten-to fifteen minute walk downhill to Espadilla Beach below the houses and an additional twenty minute walk along the beach to Manuel Antonio and the road to the national park.
The kitchen is equipped with a microwave oven, toaster oven, refrigerator, coffee-maker, and all plates, pots, pans, utensils, etc. The house has a telephone in the living room area. There is one full bathroom and also an outside secluded shower. There is hot water throughout the house, including the outside shower. Sheets and towels will be changed once each full week of your stay. This can be done more often upon request. There are plenty of towels for showering and larger beach towels for outside use.
The houses are gay and family friendly and the owners and caretakers welcome everyone to enjoy the property.
Please note that the house sits on a ridge and is only accessible by a series of 128 steps leading from the parking area up to the house. This can make it a moderate physical endeavor. As such, it might not be the best choice for people who are physically restricted. The walk up the stairs, however, is rewarding as it provides you with the fantastic view on top. There is an electric elevator basket that runs up the side of the hill the to the houses, but it was constructed to carry luggage and supplies only. The caretaker will take charge of getting all of your luggage to the house. You need only take your body up the stairs. The steepness of the terrain, the stairs (outside and inside the house), and the high balconies and terraces may make the house unsafe for children under a certain age.
Manuel Antonio National Park is one of Costa Rica 's best known and most often visited parks.The area is home to over 353 species of birds. Howler and white-faced monkeys, two-toed and three-toed sloths, coati-mundi and raccoons frequent the beaches in and outside the Park.
The National Park area offers some of the best beaches on Costa Rica 's Pacific coast for surfing, swimming and snorkeling. Within the area, there is much to enjoy; bird watching, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, and boat trips for fishing or to watch dolphins.
Located besides the town of Quepos in the Central Pacific Zone, the area is one of the most beautiful in Costa Rica....Read more
Left on 09/17/2013 for a stay in April 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Sep 17, 2013Stayed Apr 2013
We had an amazing time during our 10 day stay in Manuel antonio. We traveled with a couple kids (16 and 5 years old) and grandma and everyday was filled with amazing experiences. The house had everything we needed and was a great gathering place for breakfast, afternoon naps, and evening get togethers. The view is amazing from the local wildlife, to lightening/thunderstorms and amazing sunsets.
We saw plenty of animals from the house including monkeys, sloths, parrots, land crabs, lizards and tons of other butterflies, bugs and birds. It's centrally located, so a short walk to restaurants, a local beach, and the bus line.
We met many local people, each with great stories. Some spontaneous excursions with locals to pet goats and try local cheeses. The beaches are amazing (of course) and the Manuel antonio park simply is amazing - definitely get a guide!
Renting chairs on the beach is easy and safe and easy to get anything you need (thinking food and drinks!) I would definitely recommend this house and would love to return for another trip.
Left on 09/05/2013 for a stay in March 2013 | CougniccoReviewed Sep 5, 2013Stayed Mar 2013
We rented this house for a week and I wish we could have stayed longer. The house sits up on a hill with amazing views of town and the ocean. You can walk to everything you would need: store, restaurants, beach, tourist attractions, tours. If you don't feel like walking there is a site manager that can call a taxi or help you set up tours, he is very helpful.
The house itself offers a living/reading room, dining room, kitchen (with everything you could need), three decks that offer amazing views, and a bedroom that makes you feel like you are staying in the middle of the wildlife. Plus free wifi. There is a property manager on site at all times who can help you with anything you might need.
If you are planning to go to the Manuel antonio area I really recommend staying here, Julie is very responsive to emails and requests, it was a very easy and pleasant process to rent the house. You have a whole house to yourself in the heart of the city and it is cheaper than staying at a resort.
From the deck of the house we saw frogs, monkeys, toucans, all sorts of other animals we had a fun time looking up.
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