Frequently Asked Questions

About Vista Hermosa Estate

Key items included when renting our exclusive beach villa in Costa Rica:

• Private gourmet chef to prepare 2-meals per day (breakfast & dinner) – food costs extra
• 2-Fulltime Maids
• Personal Concierge
• Private beach trail
• Sleeps 24 / beds for 24
• 8 bedrooms with optional 9th bedroom w/ sofa sleeper
• Free laundry service
• Fully Air-conditioned
• One-of-a-kind top floor entertainment zone
• Completely surrounded by the Costa Rican jungle with abundant wildlife.
• The best ocean views in Manuel Antonio

Have a look at our Villa Introduction Flyer

Our Costa Rica Beachfront villa is perfect for multi-families and multi-generation families. The villa was specifically designed for large groups to enjoy each other’s company while admiring the best Ocean Views in Manuel Antonio. Our entire Top Floor is dedicated to a phenomenal entertaining area. Our Top Floor features an air-conditioned Great Room that hosts a fully equipped Kitchen, Living Room, and Dining Area. Our Great Room features 3 full-height floor-to-ceiling glass walls with 3 retractable sliding glass door sets creating a tropical outdoor ambiance including a large covered balcony. Adjacent to the Great Room is a three-sided infinity-edge pool, large covered open event space that includes an outdoor kitchen, bar, barbecue grill, stand-alone ice maker. This outdoor lounge/event area can accommodate up to 40 guests for an event. Two restrooms and a large balcony complete the open lounge/event area. For privacy from the top entertainment area, all bedrooms are located on lower floors.


When it comes to celebrating a milestone birthday, finding the perfect destination can make all the difference. That’s why our Costa Rica beachfront villa has become one of the most popular birthday celebration destinations. From our luxurious accommodations to our top-floor oasis social area, our guests love the experience of celebrating their special day with us.

Over the years, we have hosted countless milestone birthdays, ranging from 30th birthdays to 80th birthdays. However, our most popular milestone birthday celebrations at our Costa Rica beachfront villa are 50th birthday trips, and of course the very popular 60th milestone birthday getaway. These are both significant milestones that deserves a special celebration, and our villa is the perfect place to do it.

So if you’re looking for the most unique birthday destination to celebrate your next milestone, look no further than our Costa Rica beachfront villa. Let us help make your special day unforgettable.

We have also hosted many wedding anniversary vacations where couples invite their entire family to join them for this very special occasion.

Vista Hermosa Estate is the ULTIMATE couples’ vacation destination. With 8 bedrooms plus an optional 9th bedroom, our villa is the perfect tropical vacation location you and your friends will fall in love with. With a private gourmet chef, 2-fulltime maids, a personal concierge, and free laundry service, a tropical oasis awaits.

Vista Hermosa is very kid-friendly. Kids love staying in our villa. From toddlers to teenagers to grandparents, Vista Hermosa is a perfect vacation venue for the entire family. Kids/teenagers can get away and watch TV or play video games in our Lower Floor TV Room which includes Xbox, board games/puzzles, and books is a popular hangout spot for kids. Most importantly for you, no cooking, cleaning, or planning, which can be daunting when traveling with kids.

Babies and Toddlers – Our large 9-inch deep pool play area is a hit among parents with babies and toddlers. It offers a safe and fun environment for parents to play and interact with their little ones in the water.

We have the following baby items:

  • Pack and play
  • Highchair
  • Baby bouncer

To ensure the safety of toddlers, we keep safety netting on hand. Per the request of our guests, this safety netting can be installed on any balcony railing they choose. The netting is only installed at a height of 24″ to minimize obstruction of the view. This netting can be installed in any location you request.

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– 8 Bedroom Villa all with en-suite Bathrooms including optional 9th Bedroom.

– 10 Bathrooms.

  • 2 Primary Suites | Rooms #1 & #4
    Each with en-suite bathrooms with Double-Sink Vanity, 1 King bed, 2 balconies-One ocean-facing balcony, the other facing the jungle.
  • Room # 7 – Studio Apartment
    Includes en-suite bathroom with Double-Sink Vanity, 1 King bed, a Full Kitchen, Living Room Area, Washer & Dryer, and Balcony.
  • Room # 8 – 1 Bedroom Apartment
    Includes en-suite bathroom with Double-Sink Vanity, 1 King bed, a Full Kitchen and Separate Living Room, 2 AC units.
  • 4 Regular Bedrooms | Rooms #2, #3, #5, & #6
    Each Room includes 2 Queen beds, en-suite bathroom with Double-Sink Vanity, Rain Shower Head, frosted shower door lockable from the Inside, and shared balcony
  • TV Room | Optional 9th bedroom
    The lower level TV Room can be used as a 9th bedroom. Includes a sofa sleeper (does not include a private bathroom or closet). Portable beds can be located in this room. Guests occupying this room can use the restrooms located on the top floor. One of which includes a shower.

View the villa room layout

Sleeps 24 | Beds for 24

We have a total of 4 King and 8 Queen beds. All beds are true to size 1-piece King and Queen beds, very comfortable. See our Villa Floor Plan for bed size and locations.

View the layout of our rooms and beds

Vista Hermosa is a fully staffed villa.

  • We have two full-time maids who show up Monday thru Saturday. Because of the wide open layout of the villa, you will hardly notice their presence. They will clean all rooms throughout the entire villa every day.
  • Private gourmet chef services will prepare up to 2-meals per day. Normally breakfast and dinner.
  • Our Personal Concierge is always available to handle all your requests. This includes airport transportation, scheduling tours and activities, reservations, taxi rides, or anything else you might need assistance with.
  • Laundry Service – Personal laundry service available twice weekly at no extra charge.
  • Onsite Security Guard – On-site private security guard patrols the Estate nightly.

Located on our top floor, our 3-Sided Infinity Edge Pool is truly a unique feature of all villas in Costa Rica. Located just in front of the stairs as you reach the top floor, the pool waters seem to blend in with the blue waters of the Pacific, creating a mesmerizing effect that will take your breath away.


The pool extends out towards the ocean from the rest of the top floor, the reason why the infinity edge has 3 sides. There is a very large 9″ deep pool ledge area that includes 4 in-pool lounge chairs. This same area also doubles as the perfect area for toddlers to play.


The balance pool is not only deep but also spacious enough to accommodate everyone in your group. With a depth of 60″, it offers plenty of room for swimming, lounging, and enjoying the beautiful surroundings.


The front ocean-facing edge is where you will find most guests enjoying the best ocean view in Manuel Antonio.

Costa Rica house on the beach
Costa Rica house on the beach

Parents can rest assured that our pool is very safe, and there’s no need to worry. In fact, we have found that around 90% of the groups who book with us have children, including quite a few groups with babies and toddlers.

Our pool area is designed to be extremely safe for kids. The entire length of the infinity edge (all three sides) of the pool is surrounded by a large water catchment area, which means that if a child were to climb over the pool wall, they would land in this catch area. Additionally, as long as there are adults present and keeping an eye on the children (just as with any pool), the pool is 100% safe for kids.

One of the cool features of our pool is a very large 9″ deep ledge area that includes 4 in-pool lounge chairs. This area is not only perfect for lounging but also serves as an ideal space for toddlers to play. The lounge chairs can easily be moved aside to create more space for little ones to play safely.

kids in Vista Hermosa Estate pool
kids in Vista Hermosa Estate pool
Toddler in Vista Hermosa Estate pool
Toddler in Vista Hermosa Estate pool

Includes Two Chef-Prepared Meals per Day

We pride ourselves on being recognized for serving some of Costa Rica’s most savory gourmet dishes to our guests and would not be considered one of the finest staffed villas Costa Rica without providing your very own personal Gourmet Chef to prepare 2 meals per day (food and beverage costs are separate, as well as special pricing for any event). Guests can choose meals from our chef’s menu. Our chef caters to vegans & vegetarians, as indicated with “VG” in the menu. He can also accommodate anyone with food allergies.


View Our Chef’s Menu

Our Gourmet Chef Services include:

  • Chef services include the preparation of 2-meals per day, breakfast, and dinner.
  • Guests choose their meals from a wide variety of options from our Chef’s menu.
  • Our Chef’s menu options includes many vegan and vegetarian dishes.
  • Our Chef can accommodate dietary restrictions and food allergies as needed.
  • Lunch preparation can be added for an additional cost of $25 per person. When planning out your meals, keep in mind that most excursions include lunch.
  • Our Chef will purchase food and beverages for your stay. Guests may add additional items for purchase; this includes snacks, soft drinks, beer, and liquor. Costs for these items will be reimbursed to our Chef (as with food). This convenience is offered free of charge.
  • Food and beverage costs are not included. The food cost for adults typically averages between $18 – $30 per person per day for both breakfast and dinner, while kids average between $9 – $15. Some groups come under this estimate while others go over, but most fall in between. As menu choices and consumption amounts for drinks vary per person, it is difficult to gauge and offer a tighter cost estimate.
  •    Average cost of food Per Person/Per Day:
    – For Adults: $18 – $30
    – For Children: $9 – $15
  •    Average cost of food Per Person/Per Week:
    – For Adults: $126 – $210
    – For Children: $63 – $126
  •   Some examples (7 Days):
    – For a Party of 10 adults and 6 Children: $1,638 – $2,730
    – For a Party of 16 adults: $2,016 – $3,360
    – For a Party of 13 and 7 kids: $2,079 – $3,465
    – For a Party of 16 and 8 kids: $2,520 – $4,200
  • Our Chef will present store receipts to guests for reimbursement of food and beverage costs. He will have these readily available to view throughout your stay. Guests have a few options to reimburse our chef, options as follows:

Option #1: Guests can pay using a credit card at the end of their stay (Single Card transaction only).

Option #2: Guests can reimburse our Chef in cash (US dollars) daily or at the end of your stay.


Before your arrival, guests notify our concierge of a chosen dinner (for when you arrive at the house), and breakfast for the following morning. Guests will coordinate all remaining meals directly with our Chef.

For reservations of 7 nights or more, guests will choose one day when our Chef will only prepare breakfast for your group. Guests can enjoy dinner at one of the many fine restaurants in Manuel Antonio for that evening.

  • Private Beach Trail with wood framed steps carved into the jungle.
  • Surrounded by Costa Rican nature, everyone will enjoy this is a 10-15 minute walk to Playa Espadilla, Manuel Antonio’s Main Beach.
  • Ceiling Fans – Located in all Bedrooms, Master Bathrooms, Living Rooms, TV Room, Dining Area, Kitchen, and covered outdoor areas.
  • Air Conditioning, located in every Bedroom, Living Room, TV Room, Dining Area, and Kitchen with smart keypad control.
  • Water Purification System, the entire Villa has its own water purification system. No need to buy bottled water.
  • High end sound system with several options to play music: wall mounted iPad, Bluetooth, or hardwired to a personal device.
  • 12 large TV’s throughout the Property all with smart TV features and the ability to connect internet streaming services such as Netflix & Amazon.
  • Wi-Fi Throughout, several WI-FI hotspots are located throughout the villa including every bedroom.
  • Ice Makers – Total of 5 ice makers – 2 Freestanding located on the top floor social area & 3 small inside fridges. You will never run out of ice.
  • Key-Free Digital Keypad Door Locks – All lockable doors are accessed with a digital keypad door lock using a preset door code for this villa Costa Rica rental. Locations include the front door & all bedrooms. Upon arrival, our concierge will issue door codes to guests for each bedroom. All bedrooms have individual codes. The exterior pedestrian gates are also accessed by keypad locks. Enjoy the convenience of being key-free with no keys to carry and fumble, or loose at the beach during your stay.
  • Beach Accessories are provided, they include beach umbrellas, beach chairs, beach toys, boogie boards and ice chests. Surfboards are readily available for rent up & down the beach.
  • 3 sets each of washing machine and clothes dryer.
  • 4 portable beds. Can be located in any room upon request. Typical locations to place the portable beds are the Living Room in Apartment #8 & the TV Room located on the lower floor.
  • Fully-Gated Property – Remote controlled rolling gate and 4 pedestrian gates with key-free keypad locks. No need to carry any keys.
  • LP Gas Generator will automatically turn on and provide power to the house in the event of power failures, quite typical in Manuel Antonio.
  • 2 Parking areas, accommodating more than enough room for 7 cars.
    1 Portable Baby Crib.

We have 4 bedrooms that include 2 queen beds in each room. We also have 4 portable beds that can be located in any room however these are mostly comfortable small adults, kids, and teenagers.

Yes, Vista Hermosa Estate is surround by a lush tropical forest with phenomenal ocean views making our villa a perfect location for your special day, vow renewals, or other events. Many decide to have a beautiful beach wedding ceremony and the reception at the villa. Please visit our Weddings & Wedding Venue pages:


Wedding Venue

Our luxury beach villa is located in the wonderful picturesque beach town of Manuel Antonio situated on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast. Map of Vista Hermosa Estate:

  • En-Suite Bathroom with double sink vanities.
  • Ceiling Fans are located over every individual bed.
  • Air Conditioning in each Bedroom with its own Thermostat with smart keypad control.
  • Iron And Ironing Board.
  • Personal Safes – large enough for Laptops.
  • Makeup Mirrors.
  • Hair Dryers.
  • Eco-friendly shampoo/conditioner, body wash, and hand soap are provided.

Air Conditioning is located throughout including every Bedroom, Living Room, TV Room, Dining Area, and Kitchen – each with smart thermostat keypad control. We also have ceiling fans throughout including over each Individual Beds, Balconies, Open Event Area, and all other Rooms.

Yes, we have Wi-Fi Throughout the entire villa. Several WI-FI hotspots are located throughout the villa including every bedroom.

We have 12 TV’s throughout, all have smart TV features and are connected to the internet where you can log into your favorite streaming service such as Netflix & Amazon. They are also connected to a local cable TV service that includes many English speaking channels.

We only rent the entire villa to one group at a time giving your group complete privacy. The only other people you will see in our villa is our wonderful staff. 

Yes, our concierge can arrange a bartender to make custom tropical cocktails at the villa at the rate of $25 per hour.

Constructed on a side of a hill, the entrance and parking lot to this multi-level villa is between the top level and the 3rd floor. The 3rd floor includes 3 bedrooms so it is quite possible for some guests to only climb stairs between the 3rd and top floor levels. For this reason, we do not have an elevator. The villa is not wheel chair accessible. Our 3D video starts at the entrance to the villa:

Vista Hermosa 3D Video

Costa Rica uses the same 120V outlets that you’ll find in the U.S. Visitors from countries who use 220v – 240v outlets will need will need adapters to plug in chargers and other personal electronic devices. USB charging ports located throughout the villa.

Our villa overlooks the main beach of Manuel Antonio, Playa Espadilla. Our private beach trail is a 10-15 minute walk to this main Beach. Surrounded by Costa Rican nature, you might come across sloths, toucans, monkeys, or other wildlife while walking to the beach. If guests in your group are unable to hike the trail, a readily available 24/7 taxi ride will solve that.

Private Beach Trail


Private Beach Trail

Beach Accessories are provided, they include beach umbrellas, beach chairs, Beach towels, beach toys, boogie boards and ice chests. Surfboards are readily available for rent up & down the beach.

If you’re planning on spending holidays such as Christmas, New Year’s, Thanksgiving, or July 4th at Vista Hermosa, please note that these dates are highly sought after and popular with our guests. To avoid disappointment, we strongly recommend booking our villas well in advance if you have a vacation in mind during these holidays.

Book a Reservation
How do I receive a Quote?

Option #1 – Visit our Rates & Calendar page

You can go to our Calendar and Booking Page and fill out the form, then click on the “Get a Quote” button. A page will pop up with a quote.

Click here to open our Booking page: Rates & Calendar


Option #2 – Contact Us

Contact us to let us know your preferred dates and the number of guests in your group. We will follow up with a personal quote. We have several options to contact us, they include:

  1. Fill out the form on our Contact page: Contact Us
  2. Give us a call at 909 322-0931
  3.  Send us an email at
How do I receive a rental agreement?

Option #1 – Instant Book

You can go to our Calendar and Booking Page and fill out the form, then click on the “Get a Quote” button. A page will pop up with a quote. At the bottom of this page, you have the option to make a reservation by clicking the button “Agree & Continue to Book”. You will receive an email with all your booking details. We will send you a rental agreement for signature.

Click here to open our Booking page: Calendar, Rates, Book a Reservation


Option #2 – Contact Us

We have several options to contact us, they include:

  1. Fill out the form on our Contact page: Contact Us
  2. Give us a call at 909 322-0931
  3.  Send us an email at
Once I receive a rental agreement, what are the next steps to confirm my reservation?

· Review and sign the rental agreement
· Once we receive the signed rental agreement, requested dates are on hold for 3 days
· 25% deposit payment must be received within 3 days of signing the rental agreement
· Once deposit payment is received, your dates are locked and your reservation is confirmed
· Payment options: direct deposit, wire, Zelle, PayPal (must add 2.9% to invoice amount using PayPal)
· 2nd payment of 25% due 90 days after signing the rental agreement.
· Final payment is due 60 days prior to check-in

How many people are included in your listed rates on your booking page?

Our listed rates include up to 16 guests. Additional guests can be added at $85 per night, per person. 24 max.

Do kids count the same as adults?

Yes, kids ages 5 and up count the same as adults. Kids 4 years of age and younger stay for free.

How far in advance should I book a reservation?

Vista Hermosa is a very “in demand” villa. It’s very common for guests to book 12 to 24 months in advance. Book early to ensure you reserve your preferred dates!

Is there a minimum night stay requirement?

Yes, we have a 5-night minimum stay from September through mid-November. We have a 7-night minimum stay all other months of the year.

What are the required payment terms for my reservation?

We only require a 25% down payment to secure a reservation. Your initial 25% payment is due 3-days after booking. This initial payment confirms your reservation. A 2nd payment of another 25% is due 90-days after booking. Your final payment of 50% is due 60-days prior to your arrival.

I'm not sure how many people will be in my group. Can I still book?

Our listed rates include up to 16 guests. If you are not sure about the amount that will be in your group, we can generate a rental agreement based on 16 guests or the amount you are confident with, then add more to your group at a later date. This way you can proceed to book the villa and secure your requested dates.


You won’t have to finalize the amount in your group until your final payment is due, 60-days prior to check-in. Any cost adjustments can be added to your final payment. If the total number in your group ends up at 16 or less, no additional amounts will be due. Our guests usually proceed with this mindset just to secure their dates.

Are we required to check-in on a certain day of the week?

You can check-in any day of the week September through mid-November. We require Saturday check-ins all other months throughout the year.

What are the check-in and check-out times?

With such a very popular villa, we typically have a group checking out the same day another group checks in. We need plenty of time to properly clean and disinfect the entire villa. With check-outs occurring at 10:00 a.m. and check-ins at 3:00 p.m., this gives us enough time to greet our guests to a sparkling clean villa.

Are reservation discounts available?

Our villa typically books 12 – 24 months in advance, because of this, discounts are not available. However, you will see some last-minute opportunities advertised. We are always open to last minute discounts so be sure to ask.

Is a security deposit required?

Yes, a $700 damage deposit is included in all rental agreements. We’ll return your security deposit, minus any repairs, within one week after you check-out.

Our group will be splitting up the cost by rooms. Can people in my group pay you individually?

Our rental agreements are made out to a single person. Generally, we do not accept payments from separate individuals in your group but we have accepted payments of up to 4 different people in the past so it never hurts to ask. During the booking process, you will be dealing directly with the owner, who is very flexible.

What's your cancellation policy?

If you cancel a reservation more than 9 months prior to arrival date, you have two options. 1st option – you can receive a 50% refund. 2nd option – you can apply funds to an alternate reservation date at Vista Hermosa within 12 months of the original arrival date. Cancellations for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s weeks are non-refundable. Cancellations less than 9 months from arrival date will result in no refund of amounts paid. We highly recommend that our guests purchase travel insurance that will give you full cancellation coverage for any reason and any cancellation date.

Should I purchase travel insurance?

As mentioned above, we highly recommend all our guests purchase travel insurance that will cover you with full cancellation coverage for any reason and any cancellation date. You never know when an unforeseen event occurs that will not allow you to travel at the last minute. These are two frequently used travel insurance companies;

Travel Ex Insurance

Travel Guard

Allianz Travel Insurance

Trawick International

Here is a great website that compares travel insurance companies: Square Mouth

Pandemics such as Covid-19 - What happens if we are unable to travel into Costa Rica due to travel restrictions?

We highly recommend our guests purchase trip insurance that includes full coverage for any reason.

Traveling to Costa Rica
Do local restaurants and shops accept US dollar or do I have to exchange money into the local Costa Rican colón?

There is no need to exchange dollars for colones, as all businesses will accept U.S. dollars in Costa Rica at close to the official exchange rate. You will usually receive any change in colones, giving you the small change you need for taxis, beach rentals, and small purchases. Many stores & boutiques give discounts for using cash.

What about Credit Cards?

Credit cards are accepted in many places including restaurants, grocery stores, certain gift shops, etc. However, some tour companies and businesses accept payment in cash only. Visa is the most commonly accepted card, and more increasingly, MasterCard and Amex. Diner’s Club and Discover cards are not accepted locally. Travelers Checks are NOT accepted anywhere, and exchanging them at the bank is expensive and time consuming.

What is the currency of Costa Rica?

The official currency in Costa Rica is the Costa Rican colon. However, the US dollar is widely accepted throughout the country, including in most tourist-related establishments. Credit cards from the US are also widely accepted. It’s important to note that smaller businesses may only accept cash payments. When paying with US dollars in cash, you can expect to receive change in Costa Rican colones.

What if I want to exchange my currency into Costa Rican colones?

There is an international currency exchange located at the San Jose airport. ATMs throughout Costa Rica make it easy to withdraw cash from your foreign bank account. ATMs dispense both dollars and colones, so you can decide which currency is easiest for you. There is a bank and an ATM a half mile away from Vista Hermosa.

What do I need to travel to Costa Rica?

For U.S. and Canadian citizens, a valid passport is required to enter Costa Rica, you do not have to apply for a visa in advance. Your passport needs to have at least one day minimum validity from the last day of your stay. Despite this one day minimum rule, our recommendation is, if you can, renew your passport if it’s less than 3 months from expiration. We recommend not travel to Costa Rica if your passport is less than 3 months to expiring. The bottom line is that you should have a passport that is not expiring within 90 days of your travel date and be in good condition – no rips, tears, or missing pages otherwise you may be denied entry.

Upon arrival, Costa Rican Immigration will stamp your passport with an entry stamp (up to 90 days); your passport must have at least one page available for your entry stamp. If you are a citizen of another country, please speak with your embassy or consulate regarding entry requirements to Costa Rica. (NOTE: Your passport must be in good condition and may not have any rips, tears or missing pages otherwise you may be denied entry.)

If you plan on carrying a phone, take a picture of your passport on it for easy reference. If not, bring a color copy so that you are not carrying your original passport all the time.

What special items are required to enter Costa Rica during the Covid-19 pandemic?

· Fill out the electronic epidemiological HEALTH PASS form.
· Negative Covid test is no longer required.
· Unvaccinated travelers must purchase Traveler’s Medical Insurance.

You can find all the latest Covid-19 information as it relates to entering Costa Rica here:

Do minor children have any additional requirements for traveling?

Everyone regardless of age and regardless of whether they are traveling with their parents or not must have their own passport. Children under 18 years of age have special exit requirements, so if your children will not be accompanied by both parents, you should bring a notarized letter of permission to travel, signed by the parent(s) not traveling. It’s also a good idea to bring an official copy of your child’s birth certificate.

Should I purchase Travel Insurance?

Should I purchase travel insurance?
As mentioned above, we highly recommend all our guests purchase travel insurance that will cover you with full cancellation coverage for any reason and any cancellation date. You never know when an unforeseen event occurs that will not allow you to travel at the last minute. Here are some frequently used travel insurance companies;

Travel Ex Insurance

Travel Guard

Allianz Travel Insurance

Trawick International

Here is a great website that compares travel insurance companies: Square Mouth

Is tipping expected?

Tipping is much appreciated in Costa Rica, but is entirely up to your discretion. If you would like to tip in recognition of a job well done for all the services we offer, we’ll be happy to help you determine an appropriate gratuity.
· Restaurants will automatically add 10% to your bill for all the employees to split. Most people will leave an additional 10% for their server if the service is acceptable.
· Tour guides can be the best part of any activity. If you agree, 5-10% to them.
· Transfer drivers: 10 – 20% of transfer cost.
· The Staff at your luxury rental home rely on tips as well. Amounts will depend on your experience, the size of your group, and the length of your stay.
· Housekeepers: A general rule would be at least $5 per bedroom per day, $200 to $300 per week for cleaning and laundry service.
· Maintenance and Security: $50 per week for each employee
· Concierge: $300-$450 per week depending on group size and services
· Chef: $400 – $700 per week for the chef and assistant

What are some additional costs we should budget for?

Because there are endless things to do in Costa Rica, the amount of cash you should bring for extras varies per your personal preference and vacation style. Generally speaking, additional costs include Flights to/from Costa Rica, transportation to/from the villa, grocery pre-stocking (we’re happy to stock the kitchen for you, at cost), tours & activities, and restaurants.

Airport transportation

One way shuttle transfer prices for the entire group traveling between San Jose Airport (SJO) and Vista Hermosa Estate:

• 1 – 2 people; $180
• 3 – 5 people; $200
• 6 – 8 people: $250
• 9 – 12 people: $300
• 13 – 16 people: $380
• 17 – 24 people: $440

To view other transportation options available from San Jose International Airport to Vista Hermosa, click here.

Food Costs

Gourmet Chef with sous Chef services are included. Chef services include preparing succulent dishes up to 2-meals per day, normally breakfast and dinner. Guests will be presented with food store receipts by the Chef, for food cost reimbursement to the Chef, (typically completed by the following day). This ensures that guests have a clear understanding of the food expenses during their stay. Guests can reimburse the Chef in US cash dollars. Food costs  will typically range between $18 – $30 per person/per day. This includes a daily breakfast and dinner. Does not include drinks or alcohol as everyone has different tastes and is too difficult to estimate.

Suggested Gratuity

Tipping is much appreciated in Costa Rica, but is entirely up to your discretion. The suggested amounts below are provided only for your reference if the service met your expectations.

  • Restaurants will automatically add 10% to your bill for all the employees to split. Most people will leave an additional 10% for their server if the service is acceptable.
  • Tour guides can be the best part of any activity. If you agree, 5-10% to them. Transfer drivers: 10 – 20% of transfer cost.

The Staff at your luxury rental home rely on tips as well. Amounts will depend on your experience, the size of your group, and the length of your stay.

  • Housekeepers: A general rule would be at least $5 per bedroom per day, $280 – $300 per week for cleaning and laundry service. Total amount for both maids.
  • Maintenance guy: $60 per week
  • Concierge: $300-$450 per week depending on group size and services
  • Chef: $400-$700 per week for the chef and sous Chef

Other Costs

  • The above estimates do not cover expenses for restaurants (lunch), alcoholic beverages, and shopping.
  • Other than airline tickets and other costs, these estimates should cover everything to include in your budget.
What should I pack?

Pack for warm weather and lots of sun. You will need several bathing suits, shorts and T-shirts, and proper footwear. Hiking sandals that stay on your feet, dry quickly and offer support and good tread are the perfect shoe. Athletic shoes may be comfortable, but due to humidity, can take days to dry once they get wet. Flip flops can fall off or float away too easily for most adventure activities.

Dress is very casual, sundresses and sandals will take you from beach to bar for sunset, and straight unto dinner. A portable rain poncho to throw in a backpack or beach bag might come in handy in the green season. We have plenty of umbrellas at villa.

The staff at the house will take care of your personal laundry twice weekly, so pack light, no need to have clothes for every day of your trip.

A tropical paradise comes with lots of sun and mosquitoes. Be sure to bring lots of sunblock and insect repellent.

Of course pack your passport. You should also bring your driver’s license, and credit cards. If traveling with minors, it’s a good idea to pack an official copy of their birth certificates.

Read our blog about what to pack for your trip: Things to pack for trip to Costa Rica


What airport do I fly into?

The closest international airport to Vista Hermosa Estate is Juan Santamaria International Airport (San Jose Airport – SJO)

How do I get to Vista Hermosa after landing at the airport?

Our concierge will be happy to arrange all airport transportation for your entire group. This includes members in your group who will be arriving at different times or different days.

  1. Shuttles are the most popular option for getting around. Let one of our professional drivers pick you up at the airport in a comfortable and spacious van for an easy introduction to Costa Rica. The drive is approximately 2.5 – 3 hours, and the driver is happy to stop along the way for sightseeing, fruit stands, or lunch. The Shuttle driver will wait at the airport exit holding a sign with your name; with a shuttle reserved with plenty of room for your group and everyone’s luggage. We only hire shuttle services that have the comfiest, late model air-conditioned vehicles.
  2. Rent A Car – If you are familiar with Costa Rica and feel comfortable driving here, we can reserve a rental car for you at the airport. The drive time from San Jose is only about 2.5 to 3 hours. In recent years, Costa Rica has considerably improved the route from the capital to the central Pacific, so you will enjoy smooth traveling along paved highways.
  3. Local Commercial Flights – The fastest way to get to Manuel Antonio from the San Jose international airport is to take a small plane flight on one of the local carriers, Sansa Airlines. The flight is only 25 minutes in the air and offers some spectacular views. Flights depart directly from SJO airport and land in Quepos, just a 15-minute drive from Vista Hermosa Estate. Luggage allowances are very limited, so plan on packing light. Check with our concierge about scheduling, as flight schedules can be tricky to match. These flights are fast and a fun way to see the country since they fly at a lower altitude.

    Costa Rica Green Airways:

    Sansa Airlines Website:

  4. Experience the luxury of reserving private charter flights from SJO to Quepos, where each plane can accommodate a maximum of 12 passengers. In the event of a fully booked flight, our dedicated concierge will expertly organize a separate van to transport your luggage. This arrangement is necessary as the estimated weight allowance, inclusive of personal belongings and baggage, is set at 175 pounds per person.For larger groups, specifically 16 people, the journey will require the use of two planes. However, rest assured that the luggage for these groups can easily fit within each aircraft, eliminating the need for a van. On the other hand, for groups ranging from 20 to 24 passengers, our concierge will coordinate the transportation of luggage using a van. Our concierge can arrange private charter flights for your group.
How long does a shuttle take to get to Vista Hermosa from the airport?

Taking a shuttle, the drive will be approximately 2.5 to 3 hours in a modern airconditioned shuttle. The shuttle driver will make as many stops as you like including bathroom breaks and lunch.

What Airlines fly to Costa Rica?

Many major airlines fly to Costa Rica’s sunny shores, these include:
– Delta
– United
– American Airlines
– Alaska
– Southwest
– Jet Blue
– Spirit Airlines
– U.S. Airways
– Air Canada
– WestJet
– Air France
– British Airways
– Avianca
– Sunwing
– Copa
– Avianca
– Lufthansa
– Aeromexico
– LATAM Airlines
– Interjet flights
– Condor

What is the best website to search for flights to Costa Rica?

To start your flight search, we recommend starting with Google Flights.

Google Flights

Can I drink the water?

Yes, the water in Costa Rica is generally considered safe to drink. If you have a very sensitive system, or are concerned that something could disagree with you, you can play it safe with bottled water. Vista Hermosa Estate has a whole house Water Purification System that is a part of all water faucets and showers.

Will my cell phone work in Costa Rica?

In recent years, the addition of new networks in Costa Rica and changes to phones in the U.S. meant your phone it will probably work. You should check with your home provider before traveling. All major carriers including Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint all have international call packages or offer it for free.
Here is a great article about this subject:

Will my cell phone work in Costa Rica

We also recommend installing WhatsApp on your smartphone before travel. This app allow you to text and call friends and family back home and in Costa Rica who have also installed the app.

Is Costa Rica located within a hurricane zone?

Costa Rica is free of any direct hurricane/tropical storm trajectories.

What can I pack in my carry-on and check-in luggage?

If you are not sure what items you are allowed to pack in your carry-on or checked baggage. You can ask TSA directly through Facebook. Just go to their Facebook page named Ask TSA and send them a message:

About Manuel Antonio
What wildlife will I see and around the villa?

Manuel Antonio is considered one of Costa Rica’s beast beach towns, and for good reason. Home to 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds, one of Manuel Antonio’s main attractions is its wildlife. Vista Hermosa is situated in the middle of the rainforest with abundant wildlife. Be on the lookout to spot squirrel (titi) monkeys, white-faced monkeys, howler (congo) monkeys, toucans, parrots, scarlet macaws, sloths, coatimundis, and kinkajous, just to name a few. You will also see whales while relaxing on our balconies. Both northern and southern humpback whales use Costa Rica’s waters to breed and raise their young. Northern humpback whales typically start to arrive in Costa Rica in December and can be seen until around April. Southern humpbacks will show up at the end of July and stay until the beginning of November. There is the possibility to see humpback whales in Costa Rica nine months out of the year.

A Sloth at Vista Hermosa

Macaws at Vista Hermosa

Daily monkey visits

Toucans Visiting Vista Hermosa Estate

Are there a lot of beaches in Manuel Antonio?

Costa Rica is known for beautiful beaches and Manuel Antonio is the epicenter of these stunning white sand shorelines. Besides Manuel Antonio’s Main Beach, Playa Playitas and Playa Espadilla (Where our private beach trail ends) Beach Trail

There are many other beaches in Manuel Antonio, a beach lover’s paradise.

Manuel Antonio Beaches

6 of the Best Beaches In Manuel Antonio Costa Rica

Besides beaches, what other activities are there to do in Manuel Antonio?

Manuel Antonio is centrally located to take advantage of all the best Tours and Activities Costa Rica has to offer. Whether you’re an adrenaline junky, animal lover or like to chase waterfalls, the possibilities are endless. Don’t forget our world renown Manuel Antonio National Park. Manuel Antonio is a beach lover’s paradise. With so many different types of beaches to choose from, the type of beach activities are endless. Don’t for get about Costa Rica’s beautiful waterfalls, many are located nearby and perfect for a day trip.
Have a look at our Tours & Activities page:

Tours & Activities

What will the weather be like in Manuel Antonio?

It’s always a great time to visit Costa Rica however, the time of year you decide to visit should be based on what activities you plan on doing. December thru April is considered Costa Rica’s dry season (a.k.a. summer season), with mostly blue skies. May & June represent the start of the wet season (a.k.a. green season) and will usually have late afternoon showers, as will July & August. October is considered the peak of the green season, usually the wettest month. September & November are bridge months, not the peak green season but similar to it. These months will typically have less rain at the beginning of September and the end of November. Here is a great article about the seasons in Costa Rica:

Seasons in Costa Rica

Are there restaurants, shops, and nightlife nearby?

Manuel Antonio offers foodies a crazy array of restaurant options. The last decade in Costa Rica has seen the country undergo a culinary revolution of sorts. The luscious forests that have attracted adventure-seekers for decades have become hot-spots for exceptional, unique, indigenous ingredients, helping spawn a new wave of gastronomic experiences that are seriously out of this world. True to its essence, Costa Rica’s food scene is immensely eclectic yet no matter where you go – whether you’re at a casual beach stand or an upscale 5 star white-tablecloth affair or a small vegan joints, you’ll discover there’s one aspect that seems to run through the veins of them all: food in Costa Rica is organic, uncomplicated, healthy and very, very delicious.

You will find that the overall dining experience in Manuel Antonio is one of the best in Costa Rica. There are over 70 restaurants tucked away in town, several of which are only a 1/2 mile away from Vista Hermosa including shops. Dozens more are located in nearby Quepos. There are several restaurants and bars that offer live music and dancing.

Do I need to rent a car to get around Manuel Antonio?

No, you will find that taxis and taxi shuttles are abundant everywhere in Manuel Antonio. A local bus also frequently runs back and forth on the main road. Our concierge will gladly call a taxi for you or you can call one yourself. Our concierge will help you to decide and coordinate transportation that is best suited for you and your guests. Most tours will pick up and drop off guests at the villa.

What language is spoken?

Spanish is primary but English is spoken pretty much everywhere in Costa Rica.

How safe is the area?

Overall, Costa Rica is the safest county in Central America. Manuel Antonio has significantly low crime, but like any other vacation, don’t leave valuables unattended. Personal Safes, large enough for Laptops are located in every bedroom.

Is Manuel Antonio LGBTQ friendly?

Costa Rica in general is a LGBTQ friendly country. Manuel Antonio in particular has always been known to be an exceptionally LGBTQ friendly town.

Are there hospitals or pharmacies nearby?

Yes, the area’s main hospital and several clinics are located 10 minutes away in Quepos. There is a pharmacy a half mile away including several more in Quepos. If necessary, our concierge can also arrange a house call by a Doctor.

Weddings at Vista Hermosa
What area in the villa would my wedding ceremony take place at Vista Hermosa?

There are several options for your wedding ceremony to take place. Our top-floor open event area is the most popular. Surrounded by a tropical forest with phenomenal ocean views, surely a magical wedding location everyone will always remember. This area turns into the dance floor during the reception. We also have an open deck located on the 3rd floor, popular for smaller weddings. A popular option is to have a beach ceremony and then have the reception on our top floor. Our top floor is the perfect area to host your Costa Rica destination wedding complete with a large great room, kitchen, two large balconies, two restrooms, and a large covered open event area.

What about the reception?

For weddings, we dedicate the entire top floor for your special day. The reception is typically held in our Great Room. Furniture is removed and or rearranged to accommodate the reception tables and seating

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What is the maximum amount of guests that can attend a wedding or wedding reception at Vista Hermosa?

We allow up to 40 guests in attendance for any event. We work with a local hotel that can accommodate up to 150 guests in attendance. Contact us for more information.

Do you charge extra to have a wedding or a wedding reception at Vista Hermosa?

Yes, we offer so much for making your special occasion the most efficiently run event, and simply all it can be. In order to do so, we must charge a site fee. The cost is based on the number in attendance.

How much does the site fee cost?

Our site Fee rates;
• Up to 16 in attendance – $300
• 17 – 24 in attendance – $400
• 25 – 30 in attendance – $500
• 31 – 40 in attendance – $600

You can find more information about out site fee here: Wedding Introduction

What is included in the site fee? I don't understand this charge.

Costs included in our site fee are maids during the event, extra hired help to rearrange furniture, and daytime guards if necessary. The top floor of our villa was designed to host events and contains large areas and infrastructure such as 2 sets of public restrooms. Part of the site fee cost is for the use of these spaces.

Do you work with any local wedding planners?

We have worked with several great local wedding planners who have experience planning many beautiful weddings at Vista Hermosa. The engaged couple are welcome to contact these exclusive referrals directly to plan their special event.

You will find a list of our recommended wedding Planners here: Wedding Introduction

Do I have to hire a wedding planner?

Yes, a wedding planner will ensure that no detail is overlooked and facilitate the most wonderful decorations, including lavish floral arrangements – meeting your highest desires so you can fully enjoy your wedding day amongst loved ones. Our commitment to nothing but a 5-star experience requires that one of our approved wedding planners be hired to host a wedding at our villa. Even the smallest weddings will benefit from having an experienced wedding planner overseeing your special day.

An option not to hire a wedding planner is to have your wedding off-site at Arenas Del Mar Resort, 5-minute walk from Vista Hermosa. You can find information here: Vista Hermosa Estate Wedding Introduction

What if I don't want to hire a wedding planner?

If you choose to have a beach ceremony and reception at Arenas Del Mar Resort, you will not be required to hire a wedding planner.

Arenas Del Mar features a beautiful white sand secluded beach. The only hotel in Manuel Antonio with direct beach access. Arenas Del Mar is a luxury 5-star beachfront resort located at the end of our street and is a 5-minute walk from Vista Hermosa Estate. Arenas Del Mar Offers:

• Exclusive beachfront ceremony location

• Flexible wedding celebration dates (Not available Christmas & New Year’s weeks)

• Up to 30 in attendance • Complementary shuttle service to Vista Hermosa Estate

• Varied food & beverage options

• Wedding cake service

• Rehearsal dinners

• Discounted room rates for guests who will not be staying at Vista Hermosa Estate

• Live music

Arenas Del Mar Contact info: Elaine Solano Phone: (800) 394-5970


Contact them via email:

Yes, Contact Us
and we will send you our wedding introduction flyer that includes contact information for recommended wedding planners.

Who will be the chef for my wedding reception?

The chef is such an integral part of a 5-star wedding reception. Wedding planners depend on a masterful chef not only to provide succulent dishes but also to be in sync with the schedule of events. For this reason, wedding planners will provide the most qualified chef for your wedding.

Will I be able to coordinate the hors d’oeuvres, main course, and dessert dishes for the reception with the chef?

Yes, The Bride and Groom along with the wedding planner will coordinate with a gourmet chef to choose from a wide selection of hors d’oeuvres, main entrees, and desserts.

How much does it cost to have a beach ceremony?

The local municipality does not charge anything to have a beach ceremony. The only additional costs incurred are the chairs, decorations, arbor etc. A wedding planner will procure these items.


How far in advance should I be planning my destination wedding?

10 – 16 months is an ideal amount of time for securing your preferred dates. Many groups book our villa 12 -18 months out so If you do have time to plan further in advance, we always advise couples to start the process sooner rather than later. This gives everyone who you invite more time to plan, especially important with larger groups. Have a look at our Availability Calendar to secure your preferred dates.

Are there any nearby hotels/resorts for my guests who are not staying in Vista Hermosa?

Yes, we have many hotels and resorts nearby. Many are walking distance. Choices range from simple reasonable hotels to beach front high end resorts. Contact Us to receive a list of recommended nearby hotels and resorts.

For my guests who will not be staying in the villa, how will they get to their hotels from the airport?

Our concierge will coordinate all the transportation needs for your guests once they arrive to Costa Rica.

Where do I get my hair and makeup done for my wedding day?

Destination wedding hair and makeup is a part of the celebration that bride’s get very excited about! Another big reason to hire a wedding planner as they have the best contacts for all your bridal needs.

A Tropical Paradise Awaits

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