Update: Make us an offer for last minute bookings. (We have another listing renting out the whole house, if whole house not rented, make us an offer for last minute bookings for one of our suites (2) available).
Perched on a hill in a gated community estate overlooking Quepos, your private apartment awaits. The forest surrounding your apartment is bursting with life, from monkeys to birds to iguanas.
The apartment is situated in an ideal location, walking distance to Quepos and just off the main road leading into Manuel Antonio. You can walk to anything Quepos has to offer and find a taxi or bus just outside the gated entrance to go into Manuel Antonio.
Your apartment includes all the amenities you would expect from a great hotel:
- Clean bedding and environment
- Fast wifi internet
- air conditioned room (not really needed except for a couple hours in the afternoon, the mornings and evenings are cool here and we're so high up we don't really have any mosquitos!)
- Maid service!
- Washing clothes (optional extra)
Your private Villa apartment is detached from main house with your own separate entrance, You'll also appreciate there's a slight temperature drop even when you're just a couple hundred feet higher up.
Nestled inside a well maintained gated community and home to the Rain Drop Spa, Manuel Antonio Estates sits on the main road to world famous Manuel Antonio national park and its beaches. A true sanctuary when you're home, yet very easy access to everything Quepos and Manuel Antonio has to offer! From zip lining tours, massages, surfing (yes!), fishing, golf, hiking, gym, horseback riding, sight seeing, snorkeling/diving, boating, jet skis, swimming, wildlife viewing, tennis, biking, yoga, shopping, white water rafting and more!
It seems you'll never run out of new foods to experience, from some of our favorite restaurants in Quepos (with healthy options too!) to the long row of restaurants and hotels in Manuel Antonio.
Looking for an amazing place to stay before you continue on your journey through Costa Rica, you won't want to miss an opportunity to stay at Happy Jacana.
ABOUT THE LOCATION
Costa Rica is often referred to as the gem of central america, and Manuel Antonio, the gem of Costa Rica. The property is uniquely situated at the start of Manuel Antonio, just after Quepos, so you get the best of both worlds. 10 minutes from Quepos airport, a 45 min. drive to Dominical, 45 minutes away from world class waves in Hermosa and the buzz of Jaco Beach. Plus there's many places just a short drive away if you want to actively explore the are awhile you're here.
ABOUT THE HOSTS:
James and Shereen live at Happy Villa Jacana through most of the year. James is an avid surfer and entrepreneur. Shereen is a passionate about healthy eating and juicing. After you book your apartment with us you'll receive a "welcome guide" that will unlock the secret to having the best Manuel Antonio experience ever! From the secret surfing spots to our favorite eats, you'll get it all!
. If you have any hesitation at all about staying here, feel free to ask any questions you might have. My goal when you book the Happy Jacana is to make sure you have the best / happiest experience possible from the time you arrive to the time you leave. Feel free to ask questions or share any feedback you might have before your stay, during your stay and especially afterwards!
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The condo was a great place to begin our trip to Costa Rica. We loved the (email hidden)uth end of the beach about 5-10 minutes from the busier downtown. The condo was secure, the pool is awesome and the caretakers were very kind and helpful. The condo has a small kitchenette which is stocked with the basics, and 2 AC units. The host also provided a surf board which we took advantage of. We would certainly consider staying here for a longer period of time in the future.
Mar Arena Review
Our fist time in Jaco and we stayed at #8 for 2 weeks. James' contact for the airport transfer was reliable and friendly and greeted us as at the airport. Unfortunatley there was a misunderstanding somewhere and the key to the apartment was not available to us when we arrived 3 PM. We waited out the 6 hr. delay with the ever so friendly and helpful neighbours. Many, many thanks to them. Merci Ginette & Richard!
Good night sleeps were had in the Tempur-pedic king size bed. The sun, beach and pool were of course amazing.
We felt safe & secure on this very well maintained property.
We drank the osmosis filtered water, but the neighbours who return each year are at ease to drink the water directly from the tap. (So no worries there.)
The fridge 'crushed ice dispenser' was a cool extra. A/C worked fine; no problems as was described in another review. Also, no mosquitos around us.
It definitely needs to be understood that Paula is the on site contact for any concerns and help you may need (not the husband & wife concierge working on the property 6 days a week). Paula helped us to get some bikes and they were great to have for getting around.
Dining in: we did basic cooking many evenings. It was nice to have the blender for breakfast and/or happy hour smoothies!
Dining out: Lots of choice. We ate out primarily at the 'Tipica Costa Rican' restaurants and they were within walking distance (if you don't mind walking through the small unlit section of the road). We walked all the time and felt safe.
Check out these Tica Soda restaurants:
Rancho Santa Ana - Soda y Marisqueria on Pastor Diaz past Morgan's Cove resort on the left.
Alta Mar - Soda y Marisqueria, complete south end of Pastor Diaz at Calle Madrigal.
Marea Alta - Soda y Marisqueria - on Pastor Diaz across from the gym.
Our favourtie icecream treat place was: Heladería El Barco
The Green Room resto. was good, too (a little costlier than 'Tipica' menus).
If you want to do something different than the beach there is a trail up to the old observatory. The entrance is at route 34 & Calle Madrigal. It's about 12 mins. to the first stop. You'll see guides going up with tourists on horseback.
Don't forget to go to the Friday Market for fruits & vegetables. (Next to the soccer field.)
We had a great time and we would definitely return.
We made accommodations to stay at James' residence for 4 nights. It's a 1 bedroom apartment, beach front property, just a bit further distance out from the hub-bub busyness of Jaco. Nice and quiet, with friendly neighbors all around the complex. Need to be careful with the A/C in the bedroom, don't turn it too cold or it will trip out/overheat and not work for a few hours til it cools down again. Make sure to bring mosquitoe repellant, they are relentless. There's a full kitchen there, and you could go to the local market about 1.5 miles away, costs about $2US via taxi. groceries aren't cheap, but many things we are familiar with in US is available there and you can cook your own food if you prefer cooking. We didn't need to contact James, as Paula was there to follow up with us if we needed to make any arrangements for transportation and tours. Be aware, you need to contact her for the wifi information, and a minor dilemma was that our phone in the apartment was not usable, luckily I was able to ask a neighbor for wifi info, and able to contact Paula via a internet phone and email correspondence. Paula stopped by the night before we left and let us know how we should arrange to checkout.
We actually rented a scooter at nearby AXR and took it to adjacent tourist attractions Villa Calentes (hotel) for the sunset and views, and also down to the Esterillos Oeste, a quiet beach town with serene beach coast line. Beautiful country, wonderful experience. We would definitely like to come back again.
James' condo was the perfect place to stay during our time in Jaco. As in the description, it is directly on the beach. Wake up, walk by the pool and you're right on the sand! The area is beautiful and quiet if you're looking for something just outside of Jaco downtown. South Jaco beach has a very cool laid back vibe with local bars and smaller boutique hotels along the beachfront. Beautiful sunsets. The condo is a great size for 2, bathroom is renovated, there is a full kitchen. The king size bed has a very nice memory foam mattress and is as comfortable as sleeping at home. James provided great tips about the area, was able to help with transportation and parking as well. Highly recommend this condo to stay! Overall, great!
James's Beachfront Getaway in South Jaco was the perfect place to stay on my trip to Jaco. It's a very nice and well kept condo community steps away from the beach. The condo itself was kept in great condition and Angela, the property manager, was a pleasure to work with. I recommend this place to others.
The place was perfect! It was on the beach - literally stepped outside to surf every morning! Very close to town (Jaco), only about a 2-3 minute bike ride.
Thanks for the awesome experience!
I had an amazing time staying here. The condo was set up with everything you could want and the pool was fantastic. Everything was clean and well taken care of. A definite must if you are coming to Jaco and want the comfort of home while you are on vacation.
It's close to everything and the view is spectacular.
I will definitely want to stay here again if I get the chance.
Mar Arena #8 is a gem of a condo. It's on the south end of Jaco in front of the best part of the beach that is perfect for our 2 year old daughter to play on. The oceanfront pool is awesome and the neighbors are friendly and quiet. The condo itself is perfect with a nice kitchen, large flat screen TV's in the living area and bedroom, and free internet. Maybe the best feature is the king size bed with one of those memory foam mattresses that is absurdly comfortable. James did a good job of coordinating our stay!