The Fascinating Beachfront Town of
The Crown Jewel of Costa Rica
A Picturesque Beachfront Town
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
If you are looking for luxury vacation rentals in Manuel Antonio, and have a luxury Costa Rica 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 people, is your ideal Manuel Antonio villa.
Manuel Antonio is one of Central America’s most popular travel towns. We’re talking about facilitating your tropical dream escape with everything from fabulous beaches, wildlife, parasailing, and surfing to a plethora of dining options, night activities, sport-fishing, and the beautiful renowned Manuel Antonio National Park. Also, Manuel Antonio is centrally located for all the terrific activities and excursions the country has to offer, such as white water rafting, zip lining, beautiful waterfalls, ATV rides, and catamaran tours.
Beachfront Community of Manuel Antonio
Thousands flock to the beachfront community of Manuel Antonio and its lush tropical surroundings each year. Manuel Antonio is situated on rolling hills, drawing tourists to its expansive views of the Pacific Ocean, encompassing Costa Rican jungle views, and pristine beaches like Playa Espadilla.
Manuel Antonio has struck a fine balance between development and nature, maintaining its thick tropical rainforest. Even as tourism-based businesses, family resorts and hotels in Manuel Antonio have sprung up along the hills, the area retains its integrity for what matters most.
The best reason for a trip to Manuel Antonio is its variety of beautiful rental options, specifically the Vista Hermosa Estate villa. Of all the country’s rentals, no other villa 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 views of the Manuel Antonio jungle, 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 Vacation Rental
Manuel Antonio a popular destination for vacationers looking for a tropical getaway. With the beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, and diverse animal species in Manuel Antonio, it’s no wonder that many travelers choose to stay in a luxury vacation rental available in the area. Whether you’re looking for luxury villas or a more modest rental home, Manuel Antonio has plenty of options to choose from.
One of the most popular types of rentals in Manuel Antonio are luxury villas. These rental properties offer spacious living spaces, en-suite baths, and private pools, and often come with a private chef, who can prepare meals for you and your guests during your stay. Many luxurious villas in Manuel Antonio also offer stunning ocean views of the Pacific Coast, making them a perfect choice for those looking to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the area.
Another popular option in Manuel Antonio for vacationers are beachfront homes. These Manuel Antonio rental properties offer more privacy and space than a Costa Rica luxury resort or a 5-star hotel and are often located overlooking beautiful beaches. Many rental homes in Manuel Antonio are within a short walk of the beachfront and local dining options, making them a convenient choice for those looking to explore the area.
One of the most sought-after rentals in Manuel Antonio has it all, Vista Hermosa Estate. Our exclusive rental house is perfectly located in central Manuel Antonio. Vista Hermosa’s location takes advantage of being able to walk to two of the best beaches in Manuel Antonio, Playa Espadilla and Playitas Beach. Also, guests can walk to downtown Manuel Antonio and enjoy restaurants, shops, and bars. Known to have the best views in the area, Vista Hermosa Estate showcases its breathtaking panoramic ocean views on its top-floor entertainment zone. Also, this magnificent Costa Rica villa has a full staff with a private chef at your service as part of the numerous amenities.
If you’re looking for more affordable options in Manuel Antonio, there are also rentals that are more budget-friendly. These properties may be smaller or less luxurious, but they still offer a comfortable place to stay during your travel to Manuel Antonio.
No matter what type of holiday rentals you choose, this incredible vacation rental
is sure to provide an unforgettable 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 beachfront getaway, be careful how you choose between Manuel Antonio vacation rentals. With its stunning ocean views and incredible Costa Rican jungle, as well as incredible amenities, the best deal is Vista Hermosa Estate.
Skip the small hotels and crowded resorts, because Vista Hermosa Estate proudly takes the luxury villa experience to the next level with luxury amenities, including a private pool, (which is a beautiful infinity pool), a panoramic ocean view, multi-level accommodations for large groups of families or friends, (sleeps 24), an incredible entertainment zone, en-suite baths, and access to a gorgeous white sand beach, just a short walk from the privately-owned vacation rental.
Enjoy the astonishing amenities each morning while your gourmet private chef prepares a succulent breakfast. Relax with your coffee on our multi-level balconies or in the infinity pool, as you enjoy lovely jungle views and panoramic views of the ocean, 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. The amenities alone are worth the journey to this phenomenal Manuel Antonio vacation rental.
Weather in Costa Rica
Consider what the weather will be like when planning your next trip to Manuel Antonio.
December through April is considered the 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 this country:
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Tropical Gardens, Waterfalls, and Fantastic Beaches
Wonderful as it is picturesque, the community 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 Journey to Paradise
This amazing beachfront community of Manuel Antonio is perched high above the enchanting natural landscape and boasts exceptional sights. With plenty of accommodations and amenities, the area offers some of the country’s most exquisite lodging options and vibrant nightlife.
Don’t just imagine a panoramic ocean view, shimmering blue water, and the ocean breeze… but actually experience it all during your stay in Manuel Antonio from an architectural masterpiece private villa at one of the many balconies at Vista Hermosa Estate. Soak up the tropical sun in the infinity-edge pool with a panoramic ocean view at the villa as your stress melts away, thanks to the numerous amenities.
Traveling To Vista Hermosa Estate From the SJO Airport
Juan Santamaria International Airport (San Jose Airport – SJO)
Vista Hermosa Estate is just a 2.5-hour drive from Costa Rica’s San Jose International Airport.
During your drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio, there is no need to stop at any stores. The villa awaits pre-stocked upon your request and is ready to start your tropical 5-star experience. Our gourmet chef will serve masterful dishes the day you arrive.
Best Time to Drive from The Airport
An ideal time to drive into Manuel Antonio 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 located 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 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 plus 13% tax for your 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
Rent A Car
If you are familiar with the country 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. The country has considerably improved the route from the capital to the central Pacific, so you will enjoy smooth traveling along paved highways. You can use rentals daily or on a weekly basis.
Local Commercial Flights
The fastest method to get to the area from the San Jose international airport is to take a domestic flight on one of the local carriers. The flight lasts only 25 minutes and offers some spectacular panoramic views. Flights depart directly from SJO airport and land in Quepos XQP (adjacent town to Manuel Antonio), just a 15-minute drive from Vista Hermosa Estate. These planes are limited to 12 passengers, so larger groups will have to take multiple planes. 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
Private Charter Flights
Private charter flights are available to book from SJO to Quepos. The maximum capacity for each plane is 12 passengers. In the event that all seats are occupied, our dedicated concierge will arrange for a van to transport your luggage separately, as the estimated weight allowance is 175 pounds per person, inclusive of personal belongings and baggage. For larger groups such as 16 people, two planes will be required, but luggage should fit on each plane so no need to send a van. For groups of 20-24 passengers, a van will be required to transport luggage. Our concierge will arrange everything for you.
Is a Rental Car Needed?
If you’re deciding whether to invest in car rentals, everything in Manuel Antonio is located along one main road, so you probably won’t need a car. Taxis and taxi shuttles are abundant everywhere in Manuel Antonio. 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!
Playa Espadilla Beach
Playa Espadilla, also known as Playa Numero Uno or Playa Primera, is over a mile long. This beach is recognized as the crown jewel of Manuel Antonio. Playa Espadilla is Manuel Antonio’s main beachfront, located just south of Playitas Beach. Locals consider the North end of the beach Playitas to be the area’s best surfing spot.
It is a long, wide beach with fine white sand and clear blue waters. This area in Manuel Antonio is known for its beautiful scenery and is a popular spot for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports. The beachfront 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 sands and enjoy the beautiful ocean view and the surrounding nature. The beachfront is also a great place to watch the sunset. Playa Espadilla is a great place to relax and enjoy the raw beauty of Manuel Antonio.
Vista Hermosa Estate is one of the few Manuel Antonio rental properties with a private trail to the beach through the Costa Rican jungle for easy access to this beautiful spot, the most visited beach in Manuel Antonio.
Playa Biesanz is a beautiful and secluded spot. The area is known for its calm waters and stunning views of the Pacific coast. The beachfront is surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, which provides a unique and serene atmosphere.
About a 30-minute walk from Vista Hermosa Estate and other nearby rentals, Playa Biesanz 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 Playa Biesanz is the abundance of species that can be seen in its vicinity. Visitors can spot monkeys, sloths, and a variety of tropical birds while exploring the surrounding rainforest. The beachfront is also a popular spot for swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling.
Playa Biesanz is a bit more secluded compared to the other beaches in the area, making it a great spot for those looking for a more peaceful and intimate experience.
The beachfront 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 beachfront, but the natural beauty of the area more than makes up for it.
Local vendors can be found daily, offering kayaks, drinks, and food.
Playitas is located within Arenas Del Mar, a luxurious eco-resort in Costa Rica. Located within a 5-minute walk from Vista Hermosa Estate, the beachfront of Playa Playitas is also home to its popular companion restaurant, Playitas Restaurant & Bar. It’s a secluded and serene beachfront that offers visitors a peaceful and intimate experience, perfect for date night. The spot 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 to chill out with a cold drink.
The beachfront 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 beachfront. Luckily, our exclusive partnership with Arenas Del Mar allows our visitors special access to their private beach and a 20% discount on all purchases.
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 is a great spot for those looking for a peaceful and secluded escape, with all the comforts of a luxury resort. The sands are surrounded by the true nature of the jungle and offer a unique blend of relaxation and adventure.
Playa La Macha
Playa La Macha is a beautiful beachfront in the area. It is a popular place for those looking for a relaxing and scenic spot. The area features crystal-clear waters and a secluded stretch of soft, white sand that’s perfect for sunbathing and swimming. The park’s forest cliffs enclave the sands and also offer plenty of opportunities for hiking and exploring.
While Playa La Macha is a stunning beachfront, it is also relatively secluded and can be difficult to reach. The beachfront is found in a remote area of the territory, and the only way to access it is by hiking through the jungle. The trail to the beachfront 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 sands 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 family vacation experience. However, it is important to be prepared for the challenges of reaching the beachfront and to keep in mind that the journey can be difficult, especially for those who are not physically fit.
If you’re planning a vacation, Playa La Macha is a must-see destination. And for accommodation, there are many options available for a retreat in the area. From cozy beachfront cottages to luxurious villas.
Manuel Antonio National Park Beaches
Playa Espadilla Sur
Playa Espadilla Sur, also known as Playa Dos or Playa Segunda, is a picturesque crescent-shaped beachfront within the area. It spans from Punta Quepos to Punta Catedral, forming an arch shape, the iconic point of the area. The beachfront is divided into two parts by an estuary, with Espadilla Norte being a free-access beachfront and Espadilla Sur being part of the stunning National Park.
To access Espadilla Sur, visitors must pay an entry fee. This stunning beachfront stretches from the National Park entrance to nearby Punta Quepos and is a must-see spot for visitors. Due to its location within the National Park, there are limited rentals in the area that are within walking distance for visitors.
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Manuel Antonio is the shining star and a must-see location for any visitor. This beachfront 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. This is the main reason why it’s one of the most popular things for families to do in the area.
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 beachfront 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 the sands.
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.
Activities in Costa Rica
The beachfront community of Manuel Antonio is centrally located to enjoy a full range of tours and excursions during your travels. From zip-lining, hiking, waterfalls, white-water rafting, kayaking, ATV rides, waterfall rappelling, mangrove exploration, parasailing, horseback riding, stand-up paddle boarding, jet skiing, sport-fishing, sunset cruises, and whale watching adventures… ALL are available for your enjoyment!
The Most Experienced Concierge
Susan Ranger is the concierge at Vista Hermosa Estate. 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 the area.
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 amenities of 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.
From milestone birthdays, holidays, multi-family vacations, wellness getaways, multigeneration families, family reunions, or maybe just a larger group of friends, Susan can curate the ultimate experience.
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The Ideal Location For Activities
Embark on a journey of a lifetime as you explore the wild and unspoiled beauty of the region. 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 amenities and treat yourself and your loved ones to the ultimate pampering experience and have a relaxing spa day or night at Vista Hermosa Estate. Imagine unwinding in the comfort of your own private villa 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 travels. 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 travel experience 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 soothing massage to end your day of adventure.
Whether you’re an adrenaline seeker, animal lover, or waterfall chaser, this region 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 journey 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 hiking trails 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 area’s many pristine beaches.
Dining in Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio is highly regarded as one of the best places for luxury dining in the entire country. While fresh-off-the-boat seafood is standard, Manuel Antonio also boasts dozens of restaurants with a panoramic ocean view for a variety of taste buds, such as authentic Italian, steakhouses, sushi, pizza, and BBQ. Most restaurants offer spectacular ocean and sunset views at night, while others are in an open setting surrounded by a tropical background. Some offer live music and dancing, especially at night. Many restaurants have panoramic jungle or ocean 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. Leave the house or condo you are renting and fully immerse yourself in the Pura Vida lifestyle and enjoy Manuel Antonio’s vibrant nightlife.
Marina Pez Vela
With the addition of the world-class deep-sea fishing marina, Marina Pez Vella in Quepos, the area now has several more amazing dining spots 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 rides, you will find it all here!
Luxury Vacation Rentals in Manuel Antonio
Indulge in the allure of magnificent panoramic ocean views and immerse yourself in unparalleled luxury at Vista Hermosa Estate, where every aspect is meticulously crafted to create the epitome of a Manuel Antonio vacation experience.
The magnificent Vista Hermosa Estate books fast, so for your next vacation, book your stay early to secure your desired dates at one of the most in-demand villas in Manuel Antonio.