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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

Overview


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

About the property

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.

More Details

Owner
Evelyn and David - Homeowners
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, Spanish, Italian
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
20 January, 2017

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 -
(12 traveller reviews)

TripAdvisor Top Vacation Rental in Manuel Antonio and it's ON the Beach!
average rating of 5.0 based on 49 reviews
5

Perfect family vacation: luxury and adventure

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 -- including children ages 16, 13, and 11 -- had one of the best vacations EVER staying here. Not only is the home's interior lovely, but its situation right on the beach yet with an amazing private pool, couldn't have been better. The kids took surf lessons right down the beach and then came back to swim in the pool for hours and hours! The Manuel Antonio area is gorgeous but hilly. Many of the resort hotels are on hillsides with lengthy walks or rides to the beach. This home truly is on the beach. The restaurants/bars of Manuel Antonio really are just a short walk down the beach, yet this home is secluded on gorgeous gated grounds of its own. Monkeys, sloths, lizards, and tropical birds all hung out here, giving us up-close & amazing views. I can't imagine a place being more relaxing yet thrilling to stay in.

The house itself is more than merely comfortable. Not only is it absolutely clean, but the furnishings are luxurious and special yet not so fancy as to make me worried about staying there with our teen and pre-teen kids. They loved the place and are already clamoring to return.

While staying in comfort, we also had amazing adventures. Sabrina's concierge services were invaluable. Prior to the trip, we discussed with her activities in the area (of which there are many) and she set us up with excursions that our family will remember for the rest of our lives. Zip-lining through the canopy, snorkeling, sunset catamaran, surf lessons, canyoneering, and best of all waterfall jumping and sliding -- all were arranged via Sabrina -- and she doesn't recommend any company that she hasn't used herself. Sabrina was always available to help -- she facilitated easy retrieval when we left our cell phone in a van, she got us last minute reservations for New Year's Eve at a restaurant perfect for our family, she delivered my daughter's custom-made swimsuit when we couldn't pick it up during business hours. In short, Sabrina was instrumental in making our vacation both fun and worry-free. And she's nice!

Perhaps the other best part of this fabulous home is the staff on-site. Manuela, the housekeeper, is so friendly and lovely. And the security/groundskeepers are the best! Every day Juan would let us know if the sloth was back and help us see it. He pointed out all kinds of wildlife to us. And he wove the most beautiful palm frond decorations for the house. The staff is the best.

We can't wait to return!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review. You described our home, location, setting, surrounding area and staff perfectly. Our goal was to make your vacation all-fun and worry-free. We couldn't be happier that your family had such an awesome vacation. Please think of our Discovery Beach House as your home away from home in Costa Rica. Best of all - we're excited you plan to return! Paradise Awaits! Evelyn & David Homeowners
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Hunting Valley
5

awesome, magical experience for our family

  • 5 of 5

Our family of seven had an incredible stay at the Discovery Beach House. It met and then exceeded our expectations, from all the pre arrival planning that Sabrina and the team provided, to the final drive to the airport, everything was done to perfection. We were picked up by Riccardo's limo service and had planned a chef prepared feast by Desiree on arrival-- a must for anyone -- which was a perfect welcome. The place was amazing, with perfect beach access and great grounds, pool and hot tub and all the amenities. The staff, Manuela, Roberto, Juan, Ceasar and Sabrina were like family and the pups, Diego and Frieda, made us feel at home. There were the daily sloth or monkey sitings which the staff made sure we saw. The excursions that Sabrina helped us choose were perfect, form the zip line adventure to the catamaran and buggy tour and deep see fishing. Even when we needed to order pizza or make last minute dinner reservations, Sabrina was there. We felt taken care of and secure.

The location is perfect, the beach and setting of Manuel Antonio and Playa Espadilla is beyond beautiful--an idyllic setting for maximum relaxation or fun. There were plenty of casual eateries and the food in town was quite delicious. All in all we were delighted by our stay and would, and have, recommended this special place to our friends.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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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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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

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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £811
13% Costa Rica Tax $5900 £622
Tax Rate 13.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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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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