A one bedroom cottage with kitchen/living room and bathroom and small deck. Breakfast is included in the morning. Surrounded by nature don't be surprised if the howler monkeys wake you up in the morning. Off street parking and within walking distance of the beach and national park.
I will only receive guests after 6 pm by direct request, so ask first if you plan on arriving at night.
Sorry no arrivals after 6 pm
Anita was very accommodating and her place is beautifully nestled into the landscape with fantastic views of the Manuel Antonio. I highly recommend a stay at her place.
We stayed 2 nights with anita. Though the house we stayed in didn't have a a/c we slept surprisingly good. Anita was a good host, helpful and friendly. From the big porch you have a wonderful view in the jungle. You see and you'll hear the monkeys. The parc manuel antonio is in walking distance, also the restaurants. You can leave your car super protected at anita's. Breakfast was also good. We have nothing to complain. You get what you pay for.
Anita and Nuria were great hosts. I had my own bungalow for some privacy, but also used the public areas for socializing (and wifi!). Just a couple minutes walk to shops and restaurants, and about a 1 km hill down to the amazing beach. Staying at Casa Buena Vista was affordable, comfortable, and easy
LOVED Anita and her beautiful home!!! We stayed at the cottage, and wow, we were impressed. Incredible views, got woken up by little squirrel monkeys, it was so cool! Anita was super hospitable and great to talk to as well as her housekeeper. Everything was super clean, we got fresh towels the next day after we took ours to the beach without asking, we got to cook both nights with our little kitchen (great market nearby). Highly recommend Anita's house, it was one of the best experiences we had over a two week trip. Certainly an area of Costa Rica to visit.
Anita was very fast to respond and extremely helpful and nice in person. Breakfast was good and prepared quickly each morning. The location was perfect, close to a very beautiful beach and also close to shops. Bus stop is just up the street and you can go to the MA Natural Park or Quepos for c315 ($.60) I also saw both sloth species up in the trees between casa buena vista and the hotel with the frog and lizard on it which was an awesome bonus. I loved the how the cottage was in the forest and I liked the privacy. Some cons (though I found this to be true for several places in Costa Rica), wifi does not go into the room (I think its because the buildings there are made of cement or very hard material) you can get it just outside though, no AC (some days it gets very hot, we came Jan 4-8th). Though I will say that the covers and fan were very adequate and other places I stayed provided blankets that were much too thick. I also would have preferred more towels provided in the beginning. However I could have probably requested that and it would not have been an issue. All and all I would definitely stay with Anita again, Anita and her cook were always nice and helpful and even made phone calls for us because our Spanish was limited.
Lugar muy agradable, ideal para sentirse en casa y conveniente de precio. Ideal también para socializar con otros huéspedes sin perder la privacidad. El balcón de madera es genial y hemos visto allí más animales que en el resto del viaje! Muy buen desayuno, y Anita es una gran conversadora y dispuesta a ayudar en todo.
La única contra que encuentro es que para quienes vamos sin coche propio, el acceso no resulta del todo práctico, ya que hay que bajar unos cientos de metros desde la carretera principal por una ruta que no tiene aceras para peatones, y luego se debe calcular unos veinte minutos en bajada (con la consiguiente subida) para ir a la playa. No es problema, pero aquellos que no quieran moverse, deberían tenerlo en cuenta. Por lo demás, todo muy bien.
Casa Buena Vista is located on a steep hill in between the town of Quepos and the town of Manuel Antonio (closer to Manuel Antonio.) It is walking distance from the beach (about 20 minutes downhill) and from an ATM and restaurants (about 10 minutes uphill). There are no sidewalks on the street and many curves so be careful walking. Many people do walk though. Uphill near the ATM and restaurants there is a bus that takes you to either Quepos or Manuel Antonio for about 350 colones. (The bus gives change but doesn't take dollars.) Manuel Antonio was a much more interesting place to spend time (more tourist-friendly) so we spent most of our time there.
Breakfast consisted of eggs (fried or scrambled), toast with a selection of butter or jams, fruit, coconut cookies, and fresh juice.
Anita provides keys to the main door, common rooms, and your individual room, which makes coming and going on your own schedule very easy. The Teak Room (common area) was dusty but had a selection of books to read. There was a common kitchen and a huge porch with a hammock and lots of seating. During the day you can see the Pacific Ocean. The tv room was junky but provided 10 channels of mostly English language programming.
Our individual room consisted of a kitchen (oven/stove, refrigerator, cooking utensils, dishes, and silverware), sitting area, bathroom with stall shower, and bedroom with lots of storage. The bed was slightly above overnight camp bunk quality. Ask for more pillows and an extra blanket, especially if there are two in the bed. The storage area was dusty. Ask for some cleaning materials if you want to stay for a while. The room is more rustic than you might expect. And, as in all of the places that we visited in Costa Rica (outside of San Jose), you cannot flush toilet paper down the toilet. You must use a trashcan to dispose of it.
We were awakened by car alarms, a skateboarder, motorcycles, and monkeys. It wasn't terrible, just be aware if you are a light sleeper.
Be aware that there are cats on the property. They are friendly and very cute.
Anita and her assistants are very friendly and helpful.
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I discover Manuel Antonio 38 years ago after graduating the University of California in Berkeley. Don Melton and myself first did a research project in the National Park and adjoining beaches and decided to make Punta Quepos our home. Don was the local historian and gave educational talks for many groups including National Geografic. We were among the founders of the first Chamber of Tourism in Manue Antonio, founders of ASCONA (Quepos first conservation organization), and have continued to be active in civic and conservations groups to date. I am currently working with a group to establish an animal shelter here in our area. (website hidden) We worked for many years on the problem of drownings (see page 7). I ran my gift shop LA BUENA NOTA for many years and because of my extensive knowledge of Costa Rica, I can answer most questions about our area and some advice about other tourist destinations in Costa Rica.