The Fascinating Beach Town of
The Crown Jewel of Costa Rica
A Picturesque Beach Town
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Where Wildlife Abounds
If you are looking for Manuel Antonio vacation rentals, and have a luxury tropical vacation in mind while staying at one of the finest Costa Rica private beachfront villas, then the architectural masterpiece known as Vista Hermosa Estate, which sleeps 24, with its perfect location is your ideal Costa Rica vacation rental villa.
One of Central America’s most popular vacation towns Manuel Antonio, we’re talking about facilitating your tropical dream escape with everything from fabulous beaches, wildlife, parasailing, and surfing… to plenty of restaurants, nightlife, sport-fishing, and a beautiful world-renown national park with plenty of wildlife. Also, Manuel Antonio is centrally located for all the terrific tours and excursions Costa Rica has to offer such as white water rafting, zip-lining, beautiful waterfalls, ATV tours, and catamaran tours…….Need we say more? Okay, we will!
Beach Town of Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio – with an eye on Vista Hermosa as your Costa Rica vacation rental – is the clear choice for world travelers. Thousands flock to the beach of Playa Espadilla and its lush tropical surroundings each year. The town is situated on rolling hills, drawing tourists to its expansive views of the Pacific Ocean, encompassing jungle views, pristine beaches, and Manuel Antonio National Park.
Manuel Antonio has struck a fine balance between development and nature, maintaining plenty of its thick tropical rainforest. Even as tourism-based businesses and family resorts have sprung up along the hills, the town retains its integrity for what matters most.
The best reason for a Manuel Antonio vacation is its variety of beautiful vacation rental options, specifically the Vista Hermosa Estate property. Of all the luxury Costa Rica vacation rentals, no other vacation home offers the combination of such expansive views, an exquisite Bali-modern design, popular amenities, and an attentive staff, especially for a large group. We have no doubt that our staff will demonstrate extreme professionalism to give you and your family an unforgettable experience in paradise.
Relaxing with your coffee on our balconies or in the infinity pool, as you enjoy lovely jungle views, you will awaken to the exotic songs of rainforest birds and the sounds of the Pacific Ocean. It is not uncommon to occasionally hear toucans chirping in a nearby tree. On other mornings, you might find white-faced or squirrel monkeys jumping between trees and even stopping by to say good morning 🐒.
Manuel Antonio Beach Rentals
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica is a popular destination for vacationers looking for a tropical getaway. With its beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, and diverse wildlife, it’s no wonder that many travelers choose to stay in one of the many vacation rentals available in the area. Whether you’re looking for luxury villas or a more modest rental home, there are plenty of options to choose from.
One of the most popular types of vacation rentals in Manuel Antonio is luxury villas. Manuel Antonio rental properties offer spacious living spaces, and private pools, and often come with a private chef, who can prepare meals for you and your guests during your stay. Many luxury villas also offer ocean views, making them a perfect choice for those looking to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the area.
Another popular option for vacationers is beach rental homes. These properties offer more privacy and space than a hotel or a resort and are often located overlooking the beach of Manuel Antonio. Many rental homes in Manuel Antonio are within walking distance of the beach and local restaurants, making them a convenient choice for those looking to explore the area.
One of the most sought-after vacation rentals in Manuel Antonio has it all, Vista Hermosa Estate. Our exclusive vacation rental is centrally located in Manuel Antonio. Vista Hermosa’s location takes advantage of being able to walk to one of Manuel Antonio’s amazing beaches, Playitas Beach. Also, guests can walk into town to restaurants, shops, and bars. Known to have the best ocean views in Manuel Antonio, Vista Hermosa Estate showcases its breathtaking panoramic views on its top-floor entertainment zone. Also, this luxury vacation rental has a full staff at your service.
If you’re looking for a more affordable option, there are also vacation rentals in Manuel Antonio that are more budget-friendly. These properties may be smaller or less luxurious, but they still offer a comfortable place to stay during your vacation.
No matter what type of holiday rentals you choose, Manuel Antonio is sure to provide an unforgettable vacation experience. From the beautiful beaches to the lush rainforests, Manuel Antonio has something for everyone. But if you’re looking to have the ultimate luxury beach vacation, don’t just choose any Manuel Antonio vacation rentals, with its stunning ocean views, the best deal is Vista Hermosa Estate.
Skip the small hotels and crowded resorts, because Vista Hermosa Estate proudly takes the luxury Costa Rica vacation rental villa experience to the next level with luxury amenities, including a private pool, (which is an infinity pool), panoramic views of the ocean, accommodations for large groups of families or friends, (sleeps 24), a luxury entertainment space, en-suite baths, and access to quiet beaches within walking distance from the privately-owned property.
In the morning while your gourmet private chef prepares a succulent breakfast, relax with your coffee on our balconies or in the infinity pool, as you enjoy lovely jungle and ocean views, you will awaken to the exotic songs of rainforest birds, the roar of howler monkeys and the sounds of the Pacific Ocean. It is not uncommon to occasionally hear toucans chirping in a nearby tree. On other mornings, you might find white-faced or squirrel monkeys jumping between trees.
Weather in Costa Rica
Consider what the weather will be like when planning your next vacation in Manuel Antonio.
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:
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Tropical Gardens, Waterfalls, and Fantastic Beaches
Wonderful as it is picturesque, the town of Manuel Antonio is a seaside enclave located on the Pacific side, and is just a 2.5-hour drive from Costa Rica’s San Jose International Airport.
A Vacation Paradise
This amazing beach town of Manuel Antonio is perched high above the enchanting national park and boasts exceptional sights. With plenty of accommodations, the town offers some of the country’s most exquisite lodging options and vibrant nightlife. Don’t just imagine panoramic ocean views, shimmering blue water, and the ocean breeze… but actually experience it all from an architectural masterpiece, one of the many balconies at Vista Hermosa Estate. Soak up the Costa Rica sun in the infinity-edge pool at the villa as your stress melts away.
Traveling To Vista Hermosa Estate From SJO
Juan Santamaria International Airport (San Jose Airport – SJO)
The town of Manuel Antonio is a seaside enclave located on the Pacific side and is just a 2.5-hour drive from Costa Rica’s San Jose International Airport.
No need to stop at any stores during your travel to Vista Hermosa. The villa awaits pre-stocked upon your request and is ready to start your tropical 5-star Costa Rica vacation. Our gourmet chef will serve masterful dishes the day you arrive.
Best Time To Drive
An ideal time to drive into town is during the day when you take advantage of the lush beauty of the scenic mountain road and seaside drive. Also stretch and enjoy your first real taste of nature through the unique rest stop at the Rio Tarcoles Bridge (aka, The Croc Bridge) – where you are sure to enjoy watching crocodiles in their habitat. Several great restaurants are at the halfway point en route to the villa property.
Shuttles are a popular option for travel. Let one of our professional drivers pick you up at the airport in a comfortable van for an easy introduction to your Costa Rica vacation. The drive is approximately 2.5 – 3 hours, and the driver is happy to stop along the way for sightseeing or food.
The driver will wait at the airport exit holding a sign with your name and a shuttle reserved with plenty of room for everyone and their luggage. We only hire shuttle services that have the comfiest air-conditioned vehicles.
One-way shuttle transfer prices for the entire group traveling between San Jose Airport (SJO) and Vista Hermosa Estate:
1 – 5 people; $175 | 6 – 10 people: $250
11 – 14 people: $340 | 15 – 20 people: $380
21 – 25 people: $420
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. If this is your first time in Costa Rica, we can have a car dropped off at the house for you. The drive time from San Jose is only about 2.5 to 3 hours. Costa Rica has considerably improved the route from the capital to the central Pacific, so you will enjoy smooth traveling along paved highways. You can rent them daily or on a weekly
Local Commercial Flights
The fastest way to get to Manuel Antonio from the San Jose international airport is to take a domestic flight on one of the local carriers. The flight is only 25 minutes in the air and offers some spectacular views. Flights depart directly from SJO airport and land in Quepos XQP, 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 a fun way to see the country since they fly at a lower altitude.
Costa Rica Green Airways: www.costaricagreenair.com/en/
Sansa Airlines Website: www.flysansa.com
If you’re deciding whether to rent a car, everything in Manuel Antonio is located along one main road… so you may not need one. Taxis and taxi shuttles are abundant everywhere in town. A local bus frequently runs back and forth on the main road.
Our concierge will help you coordinate transportation that is best suited for you and your family to and from the property.
Manuel Antonio Beaches
For the connoisseur of only the most beautiful beaches in the world, you will absolutely love Manuel Antonio!
The Main Beach in Manuel Antonio
Playa Espadilla Norte a.k.a. Playitas Beach
Over a mile long, this beach is recognized as the crown jewel of Manuel Antonio. Playa Espadilla Norte is Manuel Antonio’s main beach located just south of Playitas beach. locals consider the North end of the beach Playitas, which happens to be Manuel Antonio’s best surfing spot.
It is a long, wide beach with fine white sand and clear blue waters. The beach is known for its beautiful scenery and is a popular spot for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports. The beach is also a great spot for fishing and is known to be a good location for catching various types of fish.
The beach is surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, which provides a picturesque backdrop for visitors. Visitors can also take a walk along the beach and enjoy the beautiful views of the ocean and the surrounding nature. The beach is also a great place to watch the sunset. Playa Espadilla Norte is a great place to relax and enjoy the raw beauty of Costa Rica.
Vista Hermosa Estate is one of the few Manuel Antonio rental properties with a private trail through the jungle for easy access to this beautiful beach, the most visited beach in Manuel Antonio.
Playa Biesanz Beach
Biesanz Beach is a beautiful and secluded beach located in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. The beach is known for its calm waters and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. The beach is surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, which provides a unique and serene atmosphere.
About a 30-minute walk from Vista Hermosa Estate and other Costa Rica vacation rentals, Biesanz Beach is off the beaten path and secluded. It lies at the end of a jungle trail that starts by the side of the road.
One of the main attractions of Biesanz Beach is the abundance of wildlife that can be seen in the area. Visitors can spot monkeys, sloths, and a variety of tropical birds while exploring the surrounding rainforest. The beach is also a popular spot for swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling.
Biesanz Beach is a bit more secluded compared to the other beaches in Manuel Antonio, making it a great spot for those looking for a more peaceful and intimate experience.
The beach is accessible via a short hike through the rainforest, which adds to the adventure and beauty of nature to the experience. There are no amenities available on the beach, but the natural beauty of the area more than makes up for it.
Local vendors can be found daily offering kayaks, drinks, and food.
Playa Playitas Beach
Playitas beach is located within Arenas Del Mar, a luxurious eco-resort in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. Located within a 5-minute walk from Vista Hermosa Estate, the beach of Playa Playitas is also home to its popular companion restaurant, Playitas Restaurant & Bar. It’s a secluded and serene beach that offers visitors a peaceful and intimate experience. The beach is known for its white sandy shores, crystal-clear water, and lush tropical rainforest that surrounds it. It’s the perfect spot for swimming, sunbathing, or just relaxing with a cold drink.
The beach is only accessible to guests staying at Arenas Del Mar, which keeps the crowds low and the atmosphere relaxed. This allows visitors to fully immerse themselves in the natural surroundings of the area, and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the beach. The resort also offers a variety of activities such as yoga, guided nature walks, and bird watching, which allows visitors to fully appreciate the raw beauty of the area.
Playitas beach is a great spot for those looking for a peaceful and secluded escape, with all the comforts of a luxury resort. The beach is surrounded by the true nature of the jungle and offers a unique blend of relaxation and adventure.
Playa La Macha
Playa La Macha is a beautiful beach located in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. It is a popular destination for those looking for a relaxing and scenic vacation spot. The beach features crystal-clear waters and a secluded stretch of soft, white sand that’s perfect for sunbathing and swimming. Manuel Antonio’s forests cliffs enclave the beach and also offer plenty of opportunities for hiking and exploring.
While Playa La Macha is a stunning beach, it is also relatively secluded and can be difficult to reach. The beach is located in a remote area of Manuel Antonio, and the only way to access it is by hiking through the jungle. The trail to the beach is not well-marked and can be challenging to navigate, especially during the rainy season. It is recommended to take a guided tour or hire a local guide to help you reach the beach safely.
Due to its secluded location, Playa La Macha is less crowded than other beaches in the area, making it the perfect spot for those looking for a more secluded and peaceful Manuel Antonio vacation experience. However, it is important to be prepared for the challenges of reaching the beach and to keep in mind that the journey can be difficult, especially for those who are not physically fit.
If you’re planning a Costa Rica vacation, Playa La Macha is a must-see destination. And for accommodation, there are many options available for a vacation rental in the area. From cozy beachfront cottages to luxurious villas.
Manuel Antonio National Park Beaches
Playa Espadilla Sur Beach
Playa Espadilla Sur, also known as Playa Dos or Playa Segunda, is a picturesque crescent-shaped beach located within Manuel Antonio National Park. It spans from Punta Quepos to Punta Catedral, forming an arch shape, the iconic point of the park. The beach is divided into two parts by an estuary, with Espadilla Norte being a free-access beach and Espadilla Sur being part of the stunning Manuel Antonio National Park.
To access Espadilla Sur, visitors must pay the park’s entry fee. This stunning beach stretches from the national park entrance to nearby Punta Quepos and is a must-see destination for visitors.
Due to its location within Manuel Antonio National Park, there are limited vacation rentals in Manuel Antonio that are within walking distance for visitors.
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Manuel Antonio is the shining star of Manuel Antonio National Park, and a must-see destination for any visitor. This beach is known for its white sand and calm waves, making it the most popular spot for swimming in the area.
Its picturesque setting and calm waters make it perfect for families with young children as the entrance are shallow and the waves are gentle. It’s one of the best things to do in Manuel Antonio and a great place to enjoy a relaxing day in the sun.
When entering the water at Playa Manuel Antonio, it is important to note that the bottom is rocky. It is highly recommended to wear water shoes to protect your feet. These shoes are suitable for different outdoor activities such as swimming, hiking, and snorkeling.
This beach is also great for snorkeling, despite the water not being extremely clear. The small waves make it easy to navigate and spot coral and a variety of small fish. It’s a great spot to enjoy a few hours of lounging on a beach.
Don’t leave your bags unattended, not because of other tourists or locals, white face monkeys and raccoons frequent the area and love to grab bags and look for food.
Tours & Activities in Costa Rica
The beach town of Manuel Antonio is centrally located to enjoy a full range of tours and excursions during your Costa Rica vacation. From zip-lining, hiking, waterfalls, white-water rafting, kayaking, ATV tours, waterfall rappelling, mangrove tours, parasailing, horseback riding, stand-up paddle boarding, jet skiing, sport-fishing, sunset cruises, and whale watching tours… ALL are available for your enjoyment!
The Most Experienced Concierge in Manuel Antonio
Susan Ranger is the concierge at Vista Hermosa Estate in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. With over 25 years of experience in the local hospitality industry, she is considered to be one of the most seasoned and experienced concierges in Manuel Antonio.
Susan is known for her exceptional customer service skills, as well as her ability to anticipate and meet the needs of guests at the estate. She is also well-versed in the local area and can provide guests with valuable information and recommendations for things to see and do during their stay. Overall, Susan’s experience and dedication to her craft make her an invaluable asset to the Vista Hermosa Estate team and an excellent resource for guests looking to make the most of their time in Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio The Ideal Location For Tours and Activities
Embark on a journey of a lifetime as you explore the wild and unspoiled beauty of Manuel Antonio. From the white sandy beaches to the lush rainforests, this paradise has it all. At Vista Hermosa Estate, we’ve handpicked the best tour companies to bring you unforgettable experiences that you’ll cherish forever.
Indulge in the ultimate luxury and treat yourself and your loved ones to the ultimate pampering experience and have a relaxing spa day at Vista Hermosa Estate. Imagine unwinding in the comfort of your own private oasis while the expert hands of local spa professionals pamper you with a variety of in-house treatments.
Leave the planning to our seasoned concierge, Susan Ranger, who will carefully select the best local spa companies to ensure you have a rejuvenating experience during your Costa Rica vacation. From massages to facials, Susan will customize the treatments to your preferences and needs, making sure you leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Gather your family and friends and make it a day to remember. Let Susan arrange the perfect spa day for you, and enjoy the tranquility and relaxation together.
The ultimate Costa Rica vacation starts with planning your stay with no stress before you arrive. Leave your worries behind and let our seasoned concierge, Susan Ranger, take care of the details. She’ll curate a personalized tour and excursion itinerary that caters to your interests and preferences, and will even arrange for a relaxing massage to end your day of adventure.
Whether you’re an adrenaline seeker, animal lover, or waterfall chaser, Manuel Antonio has something for everyone. Let Susan customize your adventure and immerse you in the culture and fun that defines this beautiful country.
Manuel Antonio National Park
Wildlife, Tropical Gardens, and Fantastic Beaches
You can’t go on a Costa Rica vacation without experiencing the natural exquisiteness of the famous Manuel Antonio National Park. With sloths, three types of monkeys, basilisks, iguanas, and exotic birds along even the main trail, you won’t have to look hard. The park contains a charming combination of rainforests, beaches, and coral reefs. Many trails in the park have been recently improved, so you will find well-maintained paths leading to spectacular viewpoints, secluded quiet beaches, and small waterfalls. You can also sunbathe and snorkel at the park’s many pristine beaches.
Dining in Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio is highly regarded as one of the best places for luxury dining in all of Costa Rica. While fresh-off-the-boat seafood is standard, the town also boasts dozens of restaurants with panoramic ocean views for a variety of taste buds such as authentic Italian, steakhouses, sushi, pizza, and BBQ. Most restaurants offer spectacular ocean and sunset views, while others are in an open setting surrounded by a tropical background. Some offer live music and dancing. Many restaurants have panoramic ocean views or jungle views and are within walking distance of Vista Hermosa Estate.
So don’t miss the diverse range of luxury dining options Manuel Antonio offers, including fresh seafood, Italian cuisine, steakhouses, sushi, pizza, and BBQ, many with breathtaking ocean and jungle views and with the added bonus of live music and dancing.
Marina Pez Vela
With the addition of the world-class deep-sea fishing marina, Marina Pez Vella located in Quepos, the area now has several more amazing restaurants to choose from that overlook the marina. This fine selection includes contemporary seafood dishes, hearty homemade pasta, and great steaks. Marina Pez Vela also features several shops and boutiques, as well as ocean excursions and fishing charters. So from delish cuisine, fine shopping, boat rentals, jet ski rentals, fishing charters, and catamaran tours… you will find it all here!
Take Luxury To Another Level at Manuel Antonio Villas
Remember, your only task here is to play, relax, and hit repeat.
This Costa Rica beachfront villa books fast, so book your stay early to secure your desired dates at one of the most in-demand villas for a Costa Rica vacation. We look forward to making our exquisite mansion your annual luxury Costa Rica vacation destination.