About this listing
This charming rustic home is located in the peaceful village of Manzanillo. Manzanillo is the end of the road and the entry point to the Gandoca Manzanillo Preserve. The house is directly across from a gentle family friendly beach protected by the coral reef. It is two doors down from a market and next door to Aquamor dive shop which also offers snorkel equipment, sea kayaks and tours. Restaurants and bars are within walking distance. it is a very short swim out to the
coral reef for an amazing snorkel experience.The house has a large front porch with a view of the ocean. It boasts a lounging couch (a great place for a siesta or a read) and chairs as well as a table for six. There is an outdoor shower on the side of the porch. The downstairs was designed with several beautiful double doors that fold back to let the outside in.
The first floor includes a living room with a, phone, wifi and a television with premium channels. There is a fully equipped kitchen with gas stove, refrigerator, and hot and cold water cooler. There is a counter bar and stools for informal dining. The middle room of the house has a desk and a bar. The elegantly tiled bath includes a hot water shower, sink and commode. The private back bedroom has a comfortable double bed and doors that fold open to the lovely back garden.
Upstairs there is a large bedroom with a very comfortable king size bed designed with unique screened and lattice walls for natural air conditioning, light and a sense of being part of the greenery. There is also a loft off this bedroom with a double mattress overlooking the living room/kitchen.
The house can accommodate 6 maximum. Caretaker (Jenn) lives in the little house way in the back. She is a very talented masseuse and will help you with all local information.. Laundry and Maid service can be provided if desired. There is also a safe for your valuables while you go out to play.
Activities: Swimming, snorkeling, diving, surfing, kayaking, sunbathing, walking the uncrowded beach, hiking the preserve, fishing or dolphin trips. Horseback riding, Yoga classes and many fine restaurants and bars.
You can drive from San Jose to Manzanillo if you prefer to have your own rent a car. It's about a 4 hour drive,really beautiful through the mountains. The least expensive way to get to Manzanillo
is the Mepe bus(around $10.) that comes direct to Manzanillo. The bus stop is diagonally across the street from the house. . A taxi from the airport to the bus terminal is around $25-$30.You could also take the interbus(also two other companies) which is an airconditioned minivan for around $45. per person but they will not pick you up at the airport just a hotel. Another option is to have a driver pick you up at the airport or your hotel in San Jose and he will stop along the way as you please. We have a really nice guy who speaks English with a van who charges $180 no matter how many people. Once your in Manzanillo you can take the local buses which run back and forth to the laidback town of Puerto Viejo.You can also rent bikes,scooters or golf carts. The road in is lush and beautiful so nice to experience it being outside on a bike etc.
Other Things to Note
We ask that guests check in after 3p.m. and check out by 11 a.m.. Exceptions can be made but we need to know well in advance.
The house really is nicer than shown in the pictures, like another reviewer said. The deck out front is great, with a clear view of the ocean across the street. The upstairs bedroom is very relaxing with the sound of the ocean all night. Jennifer was very helpful, scheduling a guided hike with Omar, letting us know all the good places to eat and go. There's plenty to do - we didn't even get to everything this time. Manzanillo is a great little town- I think it's better to stay here and just go back into Puerto Viejo and the other towns down the beach. Overall a great experience.
This experience was better than we had dreamed of! Once we arrived in Manzanillo, Jenn greeted us warmly on her bicycle and spent the morning debriefing us on the area (things to do, the flora and fauna) - she even chopped down fresh pipa (coconut) from the trees in the front yard! Jenn was the kindest soul, and really went out of her way to make our experience memorable in Manzanillo; we considered her more as a friend than anything!
The pictures of the house don't do it justice. We were blown away by its authentic feel, especially when all the windows were open and we could hear the monkeys howling! It was so nice to sit on the patio with a couple candles burning at night, watching the ocean waves hit the shore: paradise.
Manzanillo is a very funky caribbean town. The locals were all very friendly, and we never felt unsafe. The beach outside our front door was peaceful and serene. It was one of the best combed beaches in the Caribbean side, in our opinion. The town of Manzanillo is full of locals wandering about and a short but scenic bike ride up the jungle road, the larger towns are not far! We enjoyed standup paddle boarding through the jungle river in Punta Uva and saw sloths, monkeys, turtles and iguanas going about their way along the river edge.
We always felt relieved returning to the beach house in the quieter and less touristy Manzanillo. It felt like home!
We had such a wonderful time at the perfect beach house. No complaints whatsoever!!
Manzanillo is an incredibly unique place. It feels like going back in time at the edge of the world. This house is in the center of this tiny village and seems like the nicest house in this rustic town. There is a helpful dive shop next door and two small grocers in town. Jennifer was our host and was incredibly helpful. We had a couple things go wrong with the house (leaky sink, spotty wifi, land line phone not working) and Jennifer took care of it right away or sent a maintenance guy to do so. A great house for the adventurers!
It was just so nice to be at the end of the road and not have to deal with your average tourist commotion. I recommend it to anyone who wants to get a real sense of the undeveloped Caribbean beach towns.
Fair warning, there is a restaurant about 100 meters down the road that played reggae music pretty loud until late. I didn't have trouble sleeping through it bc it was pretty far away but you can definitely hear it.
Diane was a great owner, she responded to all our questions quickly and gave great directions to the house. Jennifer, who lives behind the house and takes care of it, was awesome! She was there to welcome us and had invaluable tips about the area and fun things to do.
The location of the house is amazing, just across the beach and walking distance to multiple stores and restaurants. The house was clean and spacious and well equipped. Our kids had a blast with the bed above the kitchen! The power & water went out more than once, but always came back on within a day.
We enjoyed our week at the house and who knows - we might be back one day :)
The best aspect of this home is the caretaker, jennifer! she has lived in the country for several years, and has a vast knowledge of the area. she also has an wide knowledge of many "alternative" healing modalities. she helped our stay in manzanillo become more of a retreat than just a vacation. she is fabulous.
the house is definitely a "rental" where the pluses outweigh the minuses. even with all the lights on, the house is dimly lit. there are a couple of standing lamps that can be used for proper reading lamps. the front porch is the best. the divan is ultra comfy for 2 people. the outside dining table is equally as comfortable. the kitchen is very well equipped, if not well lighted. the living room furniture could be more comfortable. the bathroom is small with a tiny shower, again, dimly lit. the center room really doesnt seem to have a purpose (we used it as a catch-all) and the back bedroom is quite sparse although the double bed is comfortable. the upstairs bedroom is fantastic. the roar of the ocean waves is quite the lullaby. the makeshift king-size bed is again, very comfortable. the beach is literally across the street and is very suitable for swimming. long walks can be taken on the beach.
all in all the house is as advertised. we liked it and probably will return.
Perfect location in quiet Manzanillo with some of the most beautiful beaches of Costa Rica nearby. The house itself has a frontyard and only one street separates it from the beach. The architecture of the house is very unique, especially around the upper bedroom, which gives you the impression of being right in the jungle. Only the bathroom could need some improvements.
If you have any questions about the house or the area, Jennifer will help you out in a very friendly way and can organise tours for you.
I would highly recommend staying here if you are looking for perfect paradise in a quiet surrounding.
About the Host, Diane
Originally from Boston and grew up near the beach. Always wanted a beach house. My husband Richard renovated the house in Costa Rica with love and furnished it for me.Really enjoy the ocean and anything else where I get to be outdoors. Costa Rica is so beautiful and green it is the perfect place to chill out and enjoy the ocean and an outdoor activities.. Hope you get to go and enjoy the house and ocean as much as I do.