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I'm originally from London and my wife is from Trinidad & Tobago. We moved to Manuel Antonio (after only a two week holiday) in 2010 and haven't looked back since.
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This condo at Villas El Parque and Manuel Antonio is a great getaway! This is the tropics. Colorful flowers and birds. Monkeys, sloths, an iquana which seems to live on a neighbor’s roof. Multi-layered jungle on all sides. Mangos and coconuts. Beaches are beautiful, and the water is warm. Tariq’s condo is a gem. It’s airy and immaculate. Tasteful, tropical furnishings. Comfortable king-size bed. It has three ceiling fans and the lanai, which is the highlight. Such an amazing view. We spent hours hanging out, watching wildlife, distant surf, sunsets, and a lightning storm. The condo is convenient to several excellent restaurants, such as the Aqua Azul, Emilio’s, Victoria’s and El Milagro. Tariq is a wonderful host, welcoming, generous, accommodating, and unobtrusive. He arranged transport from San Jose and gave us good tips for local excursions. We used one of his guides for a hike in the National Park, and saw things we could not have spotted alone – an owl, bat, five-foot long green snake, spiders, iguana and other lizards, two species of monkeys, sloths, and raccoons. We also enjoyed the zip line immensely. This is the place to stay in Manuel Antonio. You’ll be pleased.
Great location! Walking distance to restaurants and a small market. Short drive to the beach and national park. The patio in the front is wonderful for eating breakfast or hanging out. Amazing views. The apartment itself is comfortable and has everything you need. Tariq gave us a recommendation for a guide names Gama who have an excellent tour of the park. We even saw the elusive sloths!
We spent 22 nights at #10UP and could not of been happier. Absolute paradise. The condo was spacious and the view of the beach from our windows was spectacular. Loved that we were able to walk to the beach and on the way home either walk back or take the bus for .60 cents each. Loved walking on the beach and playing in the awesome waves. Little secluded pool was a bonus. Loved watching the various types of monkeys in the trees right in front of us as we sat on our little deck around 5pm each evening. We went on three tours. The Mangrove Tour, Rafiki Safari Lodge Tour and the Manual Antonio Park Tour. Loved the Rafiki tour the best. Excellent day. Our landlord, Tariq, was the best. He was extremely helpful from the beginning to the last day. Tariq was very prompt with his emails answering all our questions. Restaurants and bank were within 2-3 minutes walking distance which was great.
Very sad to leave but hope to return again. I highly recommend this place!
Tariq's condo was the perfect place for my boyfriend and I to stay for a week in Manuel Antonio. I could rave about the view from the balcony forever, it was exquisite. We had friends staying in a very pricy private villa close by and our view was better than theirs. The hammock was a great place to read and nap, of which I did both quite a bit. The inside had everything we needed and was very spacious and comfortable. As far as location it cannot be beat. You are right on the main road in town and walking distance to a bank, small market, and many great restaurants. The pool was well kept and we mostly had it to ourselves which was very relaxing. Tariq himself was very responsive, accommodating, and helpful as a host. By far the best experience I've had with Airbnb yet, highly recommended!!
Tariq was a wonderful host and the photos don't even do his beautiful place justice. Before the trip, he was always easy to reach via email and offered a lot of helpful advice. When we arrived, he had the fridge stocked with necessities- beer, coffee, milk, OJ, bread and more, which was wonderful so that we didn't have to go out to the store after a long trip. We relaxed and watched the ocean. We were only able to stay for two days but saw lizards, beautiful birds, a sloth, and a few monkeys in the trees from the balcony. You can walk or take a quick bus ride to the beach, the grocery, a bank, and many fantastic restaurants. We went to the pool on both nights after sunset and had the place to ourselves. The condo itself has everything you'll need in the eat-in kitchen, and the comfy bedroom. It is decorsted in good taste and is very clean.
We were so pleased that we stayed here and can't imagine that anyone wouldn't feel it's a perfect choice.
We will be back- thanks Tariq!
My partner Cathy and I had a wonderful month long stay at this rental property. Tariq was very friendly and helpful with any problems we might have had. He also had some great recommendations for local restaurants. The apartment we rented was nicer than the pictures could make it look. A very positive experience indeed. Thank you, Tariq!
Very well kept home in a nice condo complex near Manuel Antonio. Tariq was very friendly and helpful in getting to know the area.
This condo was a great place to stay while I was in Manuel Antonio. It had a great view out during the day of the Pacific and some of the smaller islands just off the coast. And at sunrise and sunset you could hear the nearby monkeys and birds, making you forget that you were anywhere near civilization. The A/C unit was more than enough to keep it comfortable at night, and during the day the ceiling fans and ocean breezes were more than enough while I was there. The location was great as well, as you were close to the main road and could get to the many restaurants and stores nearby easily, but not so close that you had much traffic and other noises.
Tariq was great during my stay there. I had a little delay with my shuttle bus in from San Jose and had already booked an afternoon diving excursion. He was able to meet me at the dive shop to drop off the keys. I had a couple of minor issues with the internet, but it seems like it was more of a utility issue than anything on his end, as my friends staying elsewhere were having similar issues. And it just meant I had a better reason to forget/ignore about what might be going on at home.
I would definitely stay at this or another of Tariq's rentals again.
Tariq stayed in regular touch with us and made us feel very welcome. He even had some milk and OJ in the fridge for us. The number of the steps up to the apartment was a bit of a surprise but worth the effort as the view was beautiful and the terrace very private. The apartment was more than adequate. The pool is handy right across the driveway. This is a very popular tourist area close to many good restaurants thus a bit noisy. They usually settle down by 10:30 pm. From this unit it was not a problem. If you want a treehouse view through the canopy and don't mind climbing a few stairs than this one is for you!
Tariq is very accommodating, as he arranged airport transportation to and from the condo, had some essentials waiting in the fridge upon our arrival, and was easily accessible if we had any questions about the area or needed activity suggestions. No complaints whatsoever.
The condo itself did not disappoint either. It was clean, well maintained, and centrally located to pretty much everything you would want/need in Manuel Antonio. The pool was an amazing getaway when you didn't want to make the trip to the beach and we were usually the only people there. The view from the balcony/porch was beautiful at all hours of the day and the hammock makes a great place for early morning/evening reading or relaxing.
Overall, it was an amazing stay. Highly recommended.