$745 / night
Total guests, Nights

ON THE BEACH! Discovery Beach house is TripAdvisor's Top Vacation Rental! – Home 2379135 Villa

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 8 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

ON THE BEACH! Discovery Beach house is TripAdvisor's Top Vacation Rental! – Home 2379135

  • Villa
  • 3 bedrooms
  • sleeps 8
  •  min stay varies

Excellent Excellent – based on 103 reviews

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Villa / 3 bedrooms / 4 bathrooms / sleeps 8

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 mi
  • Swimming pool
  • Child Friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner


#TripAdvisor Top Rental The Discovery Beach House vacation rental home is directly ON the beach. It was awarded "Top Vacation Rental Home in Manuel Antonio" by TripAdvisor/FlipKey.

Imagine the most convenient location in all of Manuel Antonio a mere 1-5 minute beach walk to restaurants, a grocery store and souvenir shopping. You're just a 10-minute walk along the beach to the national park. This property was once part of Manuel Antonio National Park and still attracts monkeys, sloths and other fascinating wildlife. Lush exotic gardens, artifacts and hand painted sinks add to your tropical experience.

This 3 bedroom 4-bath home sleeps 6-8. Ask about our rental options for larger groups of 12-16. Everything you need is right here; 2 King size beds (1 converts into 2 twins) and 1 Queen size bed, fully equipped kitchen (just like home), wrap around balconies with ocean views, a huge infinity pool and an oversize hot tub. Free WiFi. Credit cards accepted.

Looking for a romantic beachfront destination wedding location? The Discovery Beach House has beach access, an outdoor 9x9 meter deck by the beach for your ceremony or reception and other outdoor/indoor options for your Welcome Party, Bridesmaid's Luncheon, Rehearsal Dinner and other events. This is the most wedding-friendly villa directly on the beach in Manuel Antonio. We work with Costa Rica best wedding planners who will make your wedding a dream come true within your budget.

Concierge service is included. Housekeeper, free laundry, gardener and 24/7 security are all included. The entertainment center includes a 42" plasma TV, DVD player, DVD library and board games. Our staff can't wait to pamper you in paradise.

Reserve your dates now before someone else does!

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: King bed
    Bedroom 2: Queen Bed
    Bedroom 3: King bed
    Beds in other rooms: Sofa beds
  • 2 Full baths, 2 Attached (ensuites)


  • Air conditioning
  • Private outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Jacuzzi or hot tub
  • Private garden
  • Grill
  • Patio
  • Solarium or roof terrace
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Deck
  • Internet access
  • Safe
  • Staffed property
  • Stove
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • Telephone
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Housekeeping Included

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  • Parking

Getting around

Getting around couldn't be easier. There is a bus stop on the road outside the house and cabs are readily available.

Interaction with guest

Our concierge, Sabrina, will take care of your every need and will be on call 24/7 during your stay. If you prefer more privacy, let us know and we'll be happy to accommodate you.


Check in time: 15:00, Check out time: 11:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through FlipKey using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

Damage deposit: $1,000.00
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

No refund If you cancel, any money you have paid cannot be refunded.

Check-in date

House rules

We host events such as beach weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and family reunions.


About the owner

Evelyn G.
Calendar last updated:
07 Apr 2019
Years listed:
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English, Spanish





103 reviews

Very Good

“Perfect Beach Wedding Location!”

Reviewed 16 May 2015

We had our wedding at the Discovery Beach House and it was a truly amazing experience. If you’re looking for a beach wedding location in Manuel Antonio, I highly recommend doing it here with Chelsea Brandau as the wedding coordinator. (She’s not directly associated with DBH, but did such a phenomenal job that she deserves recognition) The house itself is lovely and comfortable; the perfect gathering place for our large group of friends and family. We spent a lot of time hanging out by the pool, in the hot tub, and on the back patio. Its proximity to the beach can’t be beat! It was so nice to be able to lounge by the beach and make the short walk into the house to grab a drink or use the restroom. It felt like we had our own private section of the beach behind the house. The staff here is amazing! We hosted gatherings at the house for several days, including the wedding, and they were excellent about accommodating us with a smile. They offer 24-hour security and assistance, which was an excellent feature. We felt safe being outside at night and well attended (Juan was there to unlock an accidentally locked door at 1 a.m. ☺). We wanted a beach wedding with a more authentic and personalized experience than a resort and Discovery Beach House was simply perfect! We’re so happy we chose to have our wedding weekend here. It was AMAZING!

Response from the owner We are honored to have hosted your destination wedding and are happy to hear you enjoyed having the beach at your feet. I'm glad Juan was there to let you back into the house at 1:00 A.M. Our goal is to serve our guests 24/7 with a genuine smile. ~ Evelyn

“A week in Paradise!”

Reviewed 17 Apr 2015

We stayed one week at the Discovery Beach house. My husband, teenage son, 5 yr old son and two friends with their 7 yr old son. Our stay was fantastic! The house is right on the beach, which is not easy to find in Manuel Antonio beach. The house is absolutely beautiful! Not your typical rental house, it has so much attention to detail in every way. It feels cozy from the moment you walk in. The pool is big and the hot jacuzzi great for the evening time. Monkeys and iguanas come right to the property and it is just beautiful to watch. The service in this house is unbelievable! Sabrina, the concierge, is simply the best! She helped us to organize all the tours and to book the private chef, and just made everything go smooth during our stay. Desiree, the chef, is amazing! She made us feel really pampered, and all her ingredients are fresh. Manuela, the cleaning lady, is such a talented person. She surprised us every day with a different work of art on our beds, which she makes out of towels. One day it was a monkey, other an iguana, and so on. She cleaned the house everyday and did our laundry, too. Juan is the guard and was also very helpful. He made sure that the jacuzzi was hot at night time, opened coconuts for us, and in general made us feel very safe throughout our stay. And of course, Diego and Frida, the dogs, add so much to the whole experience. My sons were so happy to have them around. The owners were so great that even got a new queen air matress so that my mom, my brother and his wife could come and stay with us for a few nights. During those days, we were 7 adults, a teenage boy and 2 kids and we were very comfortable. My only recommendation to the owners would be to add one bathroom to the upstairs, so that the 2 bedrooms upstairs each has it's own bathroom there. There are 2 full bathrooms downstairs, so it is not a major problem, just would be more comfortable :) Manuel Antonio beach is beautiful, and there is so much to do. There is a surf school right next door, and Karahe hotel is also a few steps away, so you can walk to their restaurant for a quick bite. We have been to Manuel Antonio many times, and my only recommendation would be to avoid going during Easter week if you can. It is probably the most crowded week of the year. Other than that, it was really like being in Paradise. We highly recommend staying at the Discovery Beach house if you want to feel pampered while in Manuel Antonio. Thank you David and Evelyn for sharing your beautiful piece of heaven on earth. We look forward to go back to Paradise soon!

Response from the owner I couldn't be happier that you had such a wonderful time and that our staff succeeded in pampering you beyond your expectations. I also appreciate your recommendation to add an additional bathroom upstairs. It's been something I've been thinking about doing for a while. Thanks for the nudge forward. I promise that when you come back there will be a 4th bathroom!

“A stay at discovery beach house is worth every penny. I'll be back!”

Reviewed 2 Feb 2015

I stayed at the discovery beach house for 5 days total, and actually had my wedding there as well. The house is beautiful inside and out, and has the most amazing staff helping throughout the entire stay. The décor inside the house is so unique and authentic. The beach is just steps away from the house. I really couldn't have asked for more.... We had 20 other guests staying in Manuel Antonio (other hotels), that spent most of their trip at our beach house enjoying the beach and pool. I was really surprised by how kind and attentive the staff was. The staff was always just one phone call away, and resolved any problems encountered within a few hours that same day. When we got back to our rooms in the afternoon, we always had the best towel figurines/animals waiting for us all on our beds. On our wedding day we had a wedding cake made from towels on our bed. It was the cutest thing. Our wedding at the beach house was the perfect setting. We had the ceremony right on the sand and then moved the reception to the large wooden deck. After the wedding, we even had a pool party (the pool is huge!). My husband and I were so happy with our stay there, we are thinking of returning in a few years and renewing our vows at discovery beach house. :) Would absolutely recommend a stay at this house for anyone planning on visiting Manuel Antonio.

Response from the owner Thank you for your kind words. I'm so happy that you had such a lovely wedding on our beach and that your guests were able to enjoy our home as well. I always appreciate hearing about our guest's experience with our staff. I love and appreciate them beyond words and you've made me feel very proud of them. Please do come back to renew your vows in a few years. We'll make sure to make you feel like you're coming home. ~ Evelyn

“Dream wedding destination!!”

Reviewed 7 Jan 2015

I would like to thank our wedding coordinator for turning us on to the Discovery Beach House Costa Rice. The home was beautiful in itself but it also served as the perfect location to have our beach wedding and reception all in one place. The commercial kitchen allowed for the caterers to prepare a wonderful dinner for 50 of us. The remainder of the week my wife, myself, and two of our closest friends and their spouses enjoyed the home to the fullest spending our days at the beach and floating in the pool and hot tub in the evenings. The house is fully connected with wireless internet and dish tv which allows you to be in touch with the world if you want. There are many great restaurants within walking distance and a short cab ride to markets. With other hotel resorts also within walking distance its a great destination for a large family getaway or just a couples retreat to paradise. The staff was extremely helpful from calling cabs, suggesting places to eat, and helping out with any questions about the house. I truly look forward to coming back in the future to this unique vacation home.

Response from the owner I'm thrilled that our Discovery Beach House was your dream wedding destination. We were so lucky to have found this property 14 years ago and to be able to share it with you on your special day. ~Evelyn

“Wonderful stay in paradise!”

Reviewed 6 Jan 2015

Our family had a wonderful holiday stay at Casa Discovery! We were all thrilled to escape the Chicago and New York weather to vacation in paradise and certainly were not disappointed. One major highlight for our entire family was the easy access to a stunning beach. The daily sunrise and sunset walks were a must. We also loved taking in all of the wild life each day. Hearing monkeys scampering on our roof was such a fun surprise! The lovely staff members, Juan and Manuela, were so hardworking and helpful. We felt as though the property was in exceptional hands. Manuela also took the time to craft towel art as a surprise each day, including two personalized "birthday cakes" for our family members. Definitely can't say enough great things about them. Our group also loved the Vacation Buggy Jungle Buggy Tour to the suspension bridge. It was a great way to see areas of Costa Rica that we wouldn't have had access to otherwise. If you want a place to relax and take in the beauty of Costa Rica, we would definitely recommend a stay at Casa Discovery.

Response from the owner I'm glad our tropical beach getaway worked out so well for you because brrr - Chicago and New York had to be cold in January. It's wonderful to hear that our staff made you feel all warm and cozy. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to pamper you in paradise. ~ Evelyn

“Dreamy, feeling good about the entire experience,fun, friendly, luxurious accommodations.”

Reviewed 3 Jan 2015

Our stay at The Discovery Beach House was much more than I expected in every way. The staff is exceptional,friendly and fun! Every detail at the house is luxurious, homey and so comfortable we didn't want to leave. Waking up to the sound of howler monkeys each morning was exciting and having the capuchin monkeys playing in the trees right by the pool was so much fun to watch. Along with the exotic bird calls and songs in the morning and evening it really is heaven on earth. My mind, body and spirit relaxed into such a deep sweet connection back to being one with nature. Having these memories is a gift that keeps on giving. Thank you Evelyn, David, Sabrina and staff for this beautiful experience. Looking forward to visiting again soon!

Response from the owner Isn't it wonderful to be able to connect with nature? The sights and sounds are soothing and often entertaining. This is exactly what we enjoy sharing with our guests. Thank you for letting us know how much you appreciated it. We look forward to your return. ~ Evelyn

“Discovery Beach House lived up to its reputation!”

Reviewed 22 Dec 2014

Our time at the Discovery Beach House was absolutely wonderful. This is definitely a dream home and so eco-friendly! It was our “dream home” for a week too. We couldn’t have picked a more perfect place to celebrate our 52nd anniversary with our family. Our daughter Ami worked so diligently on all the arrangements with Evelyn & Sabrina. They couldn’t have been nicer and so very helpful especially with the surprise arrival of our son, Greg. We will never forget it. The grounds are breathtakingly beautiful and so relaxing. I’ll miss morning coffee looking at the surf. It was hard to leave the villa but we enjoyed our beach walks every day and they were great for Jerry’s knee (NO SNOW) We did an outstanding tour with Dopper – the Private Jungle & Waterfall Tour with Vacation Buggy. We all would highly recommend it. On Thursday we had quite a monkey “show” just before sunset. We made a nice video of it. We couldn’t get over it. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful piece of paradise here in Costa Rica. Can’t forget to mention the delicious meal we had prepared by Chef Desiree. So friendly and such a great way to start our week. We would highly recommend her! Manuela took such good care of us and the villa was always so neat and clean. Jerry & Bea and Family

Response from the owner We worked a long time to build our reputation, so it's good to hear that we're living up to it! Fyi - we built the Discovery Beach House as our "dream home" and we're happy that you felt the same way about it. We're also honored to have hosted your 52nd anniversary along with helping to keep the secret about your son's surprise visit. ~ Evelyn

“Can we move in?”

Reviewed 2 Dec 2014

We just got back from our first stay at the discovery beach house. We cannot say enough good things about everything during our experience. The location, the staff, the house itself. We not only stayed at the Discovery Beach House, we also used it as our wedding venue. (minus the rain) it was PERFECT. We tented the outside area. It was romantic and intimate, but we were still able to enjoy the beauty of the jungle around us. Sabrina the concierge you get with the house is incredibly helpful. From calling taxis to setting up Chef Desire to prepare meals she took care of everything. Every a rare request of renting a guitar she fulfilled!! The house staff are all so nice and helpful too. The laundry is done without you even knowing, everything is tidy, its like heaven! We cannot wait to plan our next trip! Thanks for everything! I'll post pics when we get them from the photographer!

Response from the owner Can we move in? Ja-ja (spanish for ha-ha)! This has to be one of the best compliments we've ever gotten. I'm so happy your wedding was perfect and romantic. As for the rain - that's something we have no control over, so thank you for being so gracious about it. I'm glad the tent worked out so well an allowed you to enjoy the beauty around you. ~ Evelyn

“Fabulous Beach House and Nature Experience”

Reviewed 12 Oct 2014

Elegant house with large spa and infinity pool steps from the beach. Three bedrooms with three master baths. Manuela's daily housekeeping was impeccable and we had different folded towel designs on each bed each day. The pool was cleaned daily and the gardening was also done daily. The concierge, Sabrina, did a nice job scheduling our excursions and making the vacation hassle-free. We were also treated to monkeys playing in the trees on the property nearly daily. Best vacation I have had in a long time.

Response from the owner Now you're tugging at my heart strings by saying this was the best vacation you've had in a long time. Hearing this makes all the love and attention we put into our home and into training our staff worthwhile. Thank you. ~ Evelyn

“This was a wonderful place to stay in Manuel Antonio!”

Reviewed 7 Sep 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Discovery Beach House! The home is amazing, decorated so lovely with artifacts from the owners travels and their life experiences. The location - right on the beach - is ideal! The swimming pool is beautiful, well maintained daily. It was perfect to be able to go back and forth from the ocean to the pool. The easy access (just steps!) to the beach was wonderful! We enjoyed coffee daily in our beach chairs on the sand, enjoying the sunrise and waves, followed by a daily walk on the beach that leads to Manuel Antonio National Park. Our 2 teenage boys loved the boogie boarding on the waves right in front of the house. They waves were perfect for the boogie boards, not to mention the comfortable temperature of the water - just right! We enjoyed the wildlife at the home...there were monkeys daily that made their way through the trees - down the property line to the beach. We also saw a sloth in a nearby tree. There are several iguanas that seem to live on the property, and they were entertaining as well. The entire staff at the home were such a pleasure to work with. Very helpful and friendly when needed, and discreet and private when working around us. We felt very safe with the security team; Diego and Frieda, the security dogs, were an added bonus - sweet demeanor towards us, but good watchdogs! Sabrina, our concierge, was truly a gem! She helped us with travel arrangements, tours, dinner recommendations/reservations, transportation, shopping, she does it all! And she is such a pleasure to work with - so thoughtful, kind, and generous with her time! We enjoyed all of the tours that Sabrina arranged for us...river rafting, Costa Rica's longest zip line, and a jet ski tour along the coast line that included snorkeling. This is our 3rd time to CR, and with the Discovery Beach House, it was one of our best trips! Thanks to the owners - Evelyn and David, Sabrina, and all of the DBH staff!

Response from the owner Our intention is to create a dream vacation experience for all of our guests. Making you happy makes us happy. Thank you for your kind words of appreciation. We hope you come back. ~Evelyn

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