Forbes Magazine has just named Manuel Antonio as one of the world's 12 best national parks. Read on:
"Here is a stunning combination of beaches and coral reefs, perfect for snorkeling and exploring the area’s famous tangle of mangroves. Rainforest jungles remain untouched habitats for Brown-throated Three-toed Sloths, iguanas, Central American squirrel monkeys and birds of extraordinary colors. One of Costa Rica’s smallest national parks, Manuel Antonio is nevertheless one of its most popular, with activities ranging from white-water rafting and sea kayaking to horseback riding on one of the park’s four beaches."
Villa Tekla is a distinctive three-level Spanish-Moorish hacienda, an eco-friendly home designed for the tropics, on 5 acres of forest and landscaped grounds, with ocean and mountain views, set off the main road. It has extensive patios and is fully furnished. It can easily accommodate three couples and is suitable for families traveling together. Features include a lap swimming pool (six feet deep at one end) and free broadband wi-fi Internet. King-sized beds on each of the three floors. Perfect for 2 or 3 couples or a family
Especially designed for the climate of Costa Rica's south-central coast, it is an open house, but with the pool-level bedroom and en suite screened. It is protected from both sun and rain by wide roof overhangs and rain blinds on pulleys and is intended to provide an optimal experience for nature lovers and yet be entirely secure. Sitting atop a spur over jungle that runs all the way to Manuel Antonio National Park, it commands views west, north and east, towards the ocean and the forests and the mountains. Rare semi-precious and precious flowering hardwoods east and west shade it from the sun.
The acreage is fenced, some of it planted in various fruit species and hardwoods, the remainder natural vegetation. The lap pool, with its own tiled patio, is below and just adjacent to the south side of the house.