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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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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.
Tariqs place was wonderful for many reasons. There is a great view of the forest and Pacific coast from the balcony. Although open enough to see the view and feel the breeze, the space is private and everything in the design seems to be situated to make it difficult for outsiders to see in. There are a number of restaurants located nearby. We enjoyed Emilio's for breakfast- great view and I recommend the rice and bean based dish. Tariq was very helpful especially in helping us get off the beaten bath on a kayak tour with his friend Loki, which led us to finding our next destination on the trip.
We had a wonderful time at Tariq's place. He gave excellent directions to the condo which is located within a few minutes from the beach and several restaurants. The places was clean and cozy. We were even lucky enough to see a monkey from outside our kitchen window during our stay. I would highly recommend staying here if you plan on spending time in Manuel Antonio.
We had a fabulous time at this beautiful apartment. Tariq and Faheeda were welcoming and gracious; they invited us to tag along with them to a farmers market in a nearby town to see more of the "real" Costa Rica. As someone else said, the apt. is even nicer than it looks in the photos. The big big veranda does indeed overlook the ocean and gets cooling breezes. All the amenities were top-notch. And the pool was a relaxing oasis. The location near the Manuel Antonio Park, fabulous beaches & lots of restaurants, was a big plus also.