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TripAdvisor Top Vacation Rental in Manuel Antonio and it's ON the Beach!

People8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Property
villa
People
8
Bedrooms
3
Bathrooms
4
Minimum Stay
5 - 7 nights

Description

Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday villa in Quepos - Discovery Beach House

3 bedrooms, 4 baths, sleeps 6-8. Ask about our rental options for larger groups

The Discovery Beach House vacation rental home is directly ON the beach. It was awarded the 'Top Vacation Rental Home in Manuel Antonio by TripAdvisor two years in a row.

Imagine the most convenient location in all of Manuel Antonio. It's a quick 1-5 minute beach walk to restaurants, a grocery store and souvenir shopping. The Discovery Beach House is a 2-minute drive or a 10-minute walk to Manuel Antonio National Park. Until 1972 this property was a part of the national park and still attracts monkeys and sloths. Lush gardens and hand painted sinks add to your tropical experience. This beach villa features a huge Infinity pool and hot tub. Public transportation is a one-minute walk away.

This 3 bedroom 4 bath villa sleeps 6-8. Ask about our rental options for larger groups of up to 16. Free WiFi. Credit cards accepted.

The Discovery Beach House has everything you need; 2 King size 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. Housekeeper, free laundry, gardener and 24/7 security are all included. The entertainment center includes a 42' plasm TV, DVD player, DVD library and board games.

If you're looking for a romantic destination wedding setting the Discovery Beach House is the most wedding-friendly villa directly on the beach in Manuel Antonio. We have a 9 x 9 meter deck beachside for up to 50 people for your reception. We work with the top wedding planners in Costa to fit every budget.

Owner, Evelyn Gallardo, is the author of 'Costa Rica Travel Guide - The Best of Quepos & Manuel Antonio 2015' and 'Among the Orangutans - The Birute Galdikas Story.' She lives in Manuel Antonio with her husband David and her dogs Frida & Diego..

Concierge service is included. The Discovery Beach House staff is waiting to pamper you in paradise. Make your reservation now.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Owner
Evelyn and David - Homeowners
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, Spanish, Italian
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
80%
Calendar last updated:
3 December, 2016
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About Evelyn and David - Homeowners

David & Evelyn are a conservationist couple whose passion for endangered primates led them to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica as naturally as a river seeks the sea. Prior to settling in Costa Rica they had traveled to the remotest rain forests of Africa, Asia and Latin America. Of all the countries they visited the owners adopted Costa Rica to build their dream vacation home, the Discovery Beach House. They completed their Costa Rica vacation villa in 2006 and converted the property into a private nature reserve with the intention of sharing it with like-minded people looking for the ideal Costa Rica beach vacation.

Your hosts have worked with scientists such as gorilla expert Dr. Dian Fossey and orangutan authority Dr. Biruté Galdikas. David produced a documentary, “Orangutans Grasping the Last Branch.” Evelyn is a wildlife photographer whose photos adorn the walls of their vacation rental home.

She’s also the author of the award-winning book, Among the Orangutans, which earned a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly.

Evelyn spoke worldwide on the issue of saving endangered primate and their habitats. She was invited to speak at more than 500 schools where she inspired students with her “Follow Your Dream” theme and her captivating photos and stories.

Some students were motivated to form pen pals partnerships with students in Uganda to help save their dwindling wildlife, other students raised funds to hire anti-poaching patrols to protect mountain gorillas in Rwanda;yet others adopted orphaned orangutans in Borneo by recycling cans and used the proceeds to provide critical veterinary care.

The Discovery Beach House is a reflection of David & Evelyn’s life experiences. Their story is unique and remarkable and they’re happy to share it with you.

Evelyn and David - Homeowners purchased this villa in 2001

Why Evelyn and David - Homeowners chose Puntarenas

More than a beach.

More than a house.

It's an adventure!

What makes this villa unique

- One of only 3 luxury villas directly on the beach.

- 30 second walk to the beach

- Award winning service.

- 10 minute walking distance to Manuel Antonio National Park

- Concierge service included

Guestbook comments from the owner

This was our 1st time visiting Costa Rica and The Discovery Beach house and we can't wait to go back. The house is beautiful, comfortable and clean. You can't beat the location! It is within walking distance or a short cab ride to many shops, restaurants, and grocery stores. The kitchen and house are well equipped with 3 bedrooms and 4 full baths with a shower in each. The pool and patio, which includes a grill and prep area, make hanging out at the house very relaxing and enjoyable, but if you'd rather hang out at the beach, that's easy too... It's only a few steps away. We loved seeing the monkeys come down for a visit, too.

We felt very safe with having someone that watches the property 24 hours a day.

Sabrina, along with the staff went out of their way for us and truly made our vacation a vacation! We highly recommend The Discovery Beach House and hope to be back soon!
Jan 2016
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Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
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TripAdvisor Top Vacation Rental in Manuel Antonio and it's ON the Beach!
average rating of 5.0 based on 47 reviews
5

Monkey House Manuel Antonio

  • 5 of 5

A friend and I had the pleasure of staying at the Monkey House for 2 weeks in January. Was fabulous. We both had our own bed and bathroom, the kitchen was equipped with everything we needed. We had a large deck with table and chairs and loungers. The monkeys came by frequently and we were even awakened a couple of times, early, with them frolicking on the roof. We had cleaning services Monday, Wednesday and Friday and laundry could be done for us if we wanted it. The home had an alarm system and was gated. We felt completely safe. The location was great because we were a but off the beaten path of the busy part of Manuel Antonio. Just 10 minutes down the road was a nice beach where you could rent chairs. Taxi's are readily available and the concierge, Sabrina, was always available to call a taxi for us. We relied on her because of the language issue. We never paid more than $12.00 to get anywhere such as beaches, restaurants, grocery etc. Generally the fare was between $6.00-$8.00 U.S. We had a wonderful vacation and would go back to the Monkey House if the opportunity ever arises again.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Westport, WA
5

We Love, Love, Love this Place!

  • 5 of 5

Can't tell you enough how much we love, love, love this place! It was such a perfect location for my husband's 70th birthday celebration with all our friends - couldn't have been more perfect. From the moment we arrived the date and time ceased to matter. We just let ourselves be swept away by the beautiful surroundings. The pool and hot tub are unbelievably close and we used them daily (many times). Such a great spot to view the monkeys performing for us in the trees.

Thank you so much for creating this gorgeous home and sharing it with us. We'll definitely be back again soon.

Louise & Peter

Westport, WA

  • Review Submitted: Nov 23, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hermosa Beach, CA
5

A Perfect Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Wow! Well, I first have to start off by saying that this was a real vacation, not that I haven't been to tropical destinations before with great accommodations, but this was the real deal. This place really was right on the beach, all I had to do to go in the ocean was walk out the little gate by the pool and the ocean was right there in front of me! I didn't spend any time getting around like you would have to at a resort or hotel, from room to pool to ocean, because everything was right there within 50 feet! I tend to work a lot so I don't like to spend my vacation time commuting or in a car.....in fact, the only time we got in a car was to go out to dinner, which made it a perfect vacation for me.

The pool is incredible and the monkeys came almost every night to nest in the palm tree over the Jacuzzi. It was a little humid but the air conditioners in the house kept things cool. This was an absolute top-notch place to stay in which I will revisit again and again!

Governor of Hermosa Beach

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: When we first saw this property 8 years ago we saw beyond the swamp and underbrush. We envisioned building our dream home and creating a private nature reserve where our guests could conveniently walk onto the beach, to Manuel Antonio National Park, to restaurants, and to buy groceries nearby without having to get in their car. The underbrush was cut away and the swamp was displaced by fruit trees, tropical gardens, paths, our home and the swimming pool. The monkeys and other wildlife hung in there with us throughout the process. It's very gratifying to see our guests not only enjoy but enthusiastically appreciate what the Discovery Beach House has become.
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5

Discovery Beach House Ranks at the Top

  • 5 of 5

I never cease to be amazed at the beauty and wonder of God’s creation. Costa Rica and the Discovery Beach House rank at the top of my list. The house, swimming pool, beach and all the fun activities have been perfect for our family. It has truly been a blessing to spend the week here with my family and we can’t forget the monkeys! We enjoyed meeting you at La Hacienda restaurant. All of your workers have been very gracious and helpful. Thanks for making this experience possible. Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice!!

Nashville Tennessee Family

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are truly blessed to enjoy such an abundance of natural beauty, wildlife and available activities. There's enough here to keep a family entertained for weeks!
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Phoenix, Arizona, USA
5

Truely Paradise

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time vacationing at the Discovery Beach House and we really love this place! Everything is clean and well taken care of and all the staff made us feel special and did whatever was needed to make us comfortable. To us there isn't a more beautiful place to spend a vacation. Where else can one see wild monkeys play in the trees every afternoon and even see a sloth in the tree above our bedroom. We enjoy the privacy of the crystal clean pool and jacuzzi and the feeling that time doesn't matter. We enjoy being able to walk across the way at the beach to have a Michilada and Heart of Palm Salad at the Karahe Hotel & Restaurant, or a Sunset dinner at Aqua Azur (don't miss their Tuna Margarita Appetizer). The owner organized a Horseback riding tour for us as well as the Canopy Safary Zipline tour which we think is one of the best !!! The sound of the Ocean and the Rain forest is so relaxing and it was hart to leave. We will be back for sure !

Thank you ! KK & Peter

  • Review Submitted: May 27, 2009
  • Date of Stay: May 2009
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Laguna Woods, Ca
5

Amazing is an understatement

  • 5 of 5

Amazing is an understatement…. We stayed at the Discovery Beach House this last March 2009. We had such a wonderful time and fell in love with the warmth and coziness that the Discovery Beach House offers. It has everything you need and More!!! First of all it’s located just steps from the beach. You can hear the waves crashing while sipping your morning cup of coffee. But yet you are surrounded by lush vegetation and the occasional monkey or sloth. It’s Truly Paradise… The Pool and Jacuzzi are a lot larger than I imagined and the beds and linens are so comfy I didn’t want to get out of bed. The kitchen is supplied with everything you need to cook a meal at home and the local grocery store is just a short taxi drive up the road. For fun we also took advantage of hiring the house chef to prepare a couple of meals for us. The Discovery Beach House also comes with a concierge so you don’t feel like you’ve been left alone in a foreign Country. She is a phone call away and is there to greet you upon your arrival. The house is filled with amazing artifacts from around the world. The living room has a cozy African theme while the kitchen honors the famous Artists Frida and Diego. Simply amazing…. I can’t wait to go back!!!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 23, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This group appreciated our home, pool and gardens so much they hardly left the property. What a compliment. They also came during monkey mating season, so I guess even monkeys like a little privacy!
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Location

Nearest Airport
9 Kilometres
San Jose (airport code: SJO)
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Rafael's Terrazas
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Espadilla Beach aka Manuel Antonio
Car: not necessary

The Discovery Beach House is directly on the beach, one of only 3 vacation rental homes in Manuel Antonio that are actually on the beach. It's the most convenient location in all of Manuel Antonio and within 1-3 minute walking distance of 5 beach restaurants, a 5-minute walk along the beach to buy groceries and a 10-minute leisure walk to Manuel Antonio National Park.

Buses and taxis are conveniently available on the road.

Other Activities: canopy safari, river rafting, mangrove tour, Manuel Antonio Nat'l Park tour, parasailing, horseback riding, ATV, canyoning, surfing, boogie boarding, on site wildlife observation, on site massage and spa treatments. Ask your concierge about the many services offered.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Quepos, Puntarenas

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
High Season 2016
1 Nov 2016 - 18 Dec 2016
5 night minimum stay
£3,531
for 5 nights
From
£706
£4,682
 
 
Christmas
19 Dec 2016 - 26 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
£8,650
for 7 nights
£8,650
 
 
New Year
27 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
£11,427
for 7 nights
£11,427
 
 
High Season 2017
3 Jan 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
5 night minimum stay
£3,531
for 5 nights
From
£706
£4,682
 
 
Low Season 2017
1 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
£2,976
for 5 nights
From
£595
£3,888
 
 
High Season 2017
1 Nov 2017 - 18 Dec 2017
5 night minimum stay
£35,312
for 5 nights
From
£7,062
£4,682
 
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
£3,531
for 5 nights
From
£706
£4,682
 

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Refundable Damage Deposit £794

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Quepos, Costa Rica

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront
  • waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Gym
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Safe
  • Secure Parking
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , Garden Bath
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Hand painted details
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Hand painted details
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1. Master Bath has its own garden and tub for two. Callalily sinks and accent tiles are custom hand painted. Bathroom 2. 'The Monkey Bathroom' has a pedestal sink with hand painted monkeys and several primate accents. Bathroom 3. Hand painted sink features African women. Bathroom 4. Brand new.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Comfortable window seat can sleep an additional person.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Bed converts from king to 2 twin beds. Includes window seat.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , Has an additional private entrance. Room for a crib.
  • Master Bedroom 1: The focal point of this romantic second story room is the hand carved African four poster canopy bed draped with an amazing animal print designer fabric. A comfy window seat is lined with jungle print pillows that invite you to lean back and read a great book, watch the monkeys, or take a decadent afternoon nap. Bedroom 2: Suspended over the living room, this 2nd story bedroom boasts a 260° view overlooking the Great Room and Japanese Entrance Garden. A welcoming window seat provides extra seating or can function as an extra bed. Bedroom 3: Enjoy the ultimate in privacy. This 1st floor bedroom has it’s own entrance, bathroom and coffeemaker. No need to disturb anyone if the call of howler monkeys wakes you up earlier. Take your morning cup of delicious Costa Rican coffee out onto your own private patio and appreciate the lovely tree garden and early rising monkeys from your own Moroccon tiled table.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace ...
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Jacuzzi ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
This eco-friendly home was built by photographer/conservationists David Root & Evelyn Gallardo. It's decor was inspired by their experiences photographing mountain gorillas in Africa, orangutans in Borneo, and wildlife around the world. They've installed an energy saving system, waste treatment plant, and underground cables to give you unobstructed views of surrounding nature. The owners appreciate your cooperation to help conserve energy in the community. Please turn off all air conditioners and lights whenever you leave the house.

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