|Per night:||$150 - $200|
|Per week:||$900 - $1,200|
Description of the Manzanillo vacation home rental
The house is a large, indigenous style home, handcrafted of the finest local hardwoods. Our tropical garden setting is just a 5 minute walk from the beach town of Manzanillo.
Each suite is furnished with a king size bed where you can sleep in the comfort of luxury linens and stay cool ceiling fan style. The adjoining private baths are complete with hot water, high pressure showers and large tubs for candlelit bubble baths. Outside your door awaits a private balcony where you can enjoy conversation or lie in the hammock for an afternoon siesta.
Eat in or dine out' Choose to cook a delicious meal in your own fully equipped kitchen, grill fresh meats, seafood, and vegies on our built in roof covered charcoal grill, or eat out at one of the nearby restaurants. Sitting areas in the front of the house are a great place to delight in nature
and wildlife. We share our garden with sloths, monkeys, morpho
butterflies, and toucans, to name a few. Our visitors say they see more wildlife in our yard than they have on expensive tours. Manzanillo is a fishing village 1k away with restaurants, grocers, a dive shop, and a boutique. Town children play soccer day and night, rain or shine, on the
beach in front of Maxi's famous seafood restaurant.
Rates listed are to rent the entire house. 1st floor can be rented for 2-4 for $145/nt $870/wk 2nd floor may be rented for 2-3 people for $110/nt $660/wk. Each suite has a private bath, lanai, adjoining fully equipped kitchen, dining, and living area. If a party of 2 rents the entire house there is a 10% discount.
La Bella Sirena is located 4 hours south east of San Jose in the Gandoca Manzanillo wildlife refuge. On our property we have many flowers, fruit, and giant Rainforest trees that are home to many species of birds and animals. The Manzanillo beach has a live reef very close to shore for amazing snorkeling with lots of colorful fish and sea turtles. Our caretaker can direct you to the best place to snorkel, rainforest tours, dolphin tours, fishing, and canopy tours.
We can provide information on fishing, wildlife viewing, jungle tours, scuba diving, dolphin watching, sea turtles, surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, horseback riding, local spas, shopping, local organic markets, music venues, rafting trips, etc. to assist you in planning your perfect vacation. Our housekeeper is an excellent cook and meals can be arranged.
|Dec 01 2013||Dec 01 2014||$200||$200||$1,200||$3,900||-|
|May 01 2014||Jun 27 2014||$150||$150||$900||$2,800||-|
|Check In: 1 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.|
|Deposits: 50% to book firm and remaining 50% one week before arrival date. We are unable to return any deposit or final payments due to cancellation unless we are able to re-rent the same unit/house for the same dates you have reserved. Once you reserve, we turn down all other rental requests for your desired dates and because the house is private, we do not get foot traffic to reserve on short notice.|
|Payment Options: Cashier's Check, PayPal, Personal Check|
- 3 King Beds
- 2 Sofa Beds
- Hardwood Floors
- Parking Included
- Linens Provided
- Pet Friendly
- Full Kitchen
- Coffee Maker
- Ceiling Fan
- Refrigerator (Full)
- Charcoal Grill
- Live Entertainment
- Shopping Area
- Grocery Store
- Children's Pool
- Horseback Riding
- Whale Watching
- Deep Sea Fishing
- Scuba Diving
- Whitewater Rafting
Other Vacation Rental Amenities
We do have WiFi at the house if you bring your own device.
Owner Supplied Testimonials
Rating5 out of 5
An idyllic vacation spot at the end of the road
Donna Washington, DC
Review Submitted: May 8, 2011 Date of Stay: April 2011
We spent a week at the Bella Sirena and had an incredible time. The house is beautiful. We woke up every morning to the sounds of howler monkeys howling and birds chirping. The grounds around the house are beautifully manicured -- a feast for the eyes and for the ears. Almost every day we were visited by a hummingbird and a blue morpho butterfly. We saw a sloth high up in the tree and watched two sets of howler monkeys playing in the trees. We all loved the town of Manzanillo. It is tiny and is in no way your typical tourist town -- there are three small grocery stores and three sodas (cafes) and an ice cream store. I'm sure there are other things that we missed, but it's small and quaint. The beach is long and beautiful. If you walk south of town, there is a reef that comes up to the shore so you can see lots of sealife, including lots of sea urchins so make sure you wear your shoes.
La Bella Sirena was a perfect place for a vacation that was a mix of adventure, relaxation (in incredibly beautiful surroundings) and feeling like you are a part of another country, not just a tourist. We ate several meals at the sodas in town and bought groceries to make some meals at home. My son made us one of the best smoothies I've ever had. The fresh mangoes and pineapples were abundant and cheap.
We went snorkeling in several different sports in town and at nearby Punta Uva, We went ziplining (not for the feint of heart) and on a walk in the rain forest with a guide. We went to the jaguar preserve which is a great way to see native animals up close and to learn lots about them.
It was really great having Bibo, the caretaker, around. His brother is a tourguide so he took us on a walk through the rain forest. Bibo took us to a waterfall one day that was incredibly refreshing. We had his mom cook for us two nights -- her garlic shimp was superb.
We went to Puerto Viejo, a much bigger town about a half hour away, one evening for dinner. We had a good dinner, but were happy to return to our quiet home in the jungle -- and glad not to be staying in the midst of so many tourists.
I want to return to La Bella Sirena when I can stay longer. I could have spent much more time in the hammock reading and watching for new forms of life to pass by. A near-perfect vacation -- can't say enough good things about the house, the location and the country -- truly an idyllic vacation spot!
Recommended for: Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review of our vacation rental! We love it when guests have a truly memorable vacation and love the house and the Manzanillo area as much as we do. Future guests will find your comments on activities, local restaurants, and the staff at Bella Sirena extremely helpful -thanks for including information about all of your experiences. We appreciate your business and look forward to your next visit.
All the best,
Mary and Victor
La Bella Sirena
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uest: Kristi27(Washington, DC)
Date of Stay: 05/09/09 Review Submitted: 05/09/09
We stayed at Bella Sirena in June, 2008. We were two adults and two twelve-year-old girls that we mentor. It was an amazing experience! Our city kids from DC certainly had never seen anything like it, and being surrounded by nature was amazing. We also tracked down some howler monkeys by their howels, and saw lots of wildlife. The nearby beaches were beautiful and peaceful. We fully recommend Bella Sirena!
Guest: Padge(Arkansas, United States)
Date of Stay: 09/27/10 Review Submitted: 10/07/10
I just returned from our stay at the "La Bella Serena," and it was one of the most picturesque places I have ever seen or been to. I traveled with my girlfriend and another couple that we work with and stayed for a full week. I was a little skeptical at first, considering we went during the "rainy" season, however, the weather was absolutely beautiful throughout our entire stay...It was Sunny and warm everyday, and it only rained at night which just made for a better nights sleep as the rain hit the tin roof of the Villa...We would wake up every morning to the sound of the Howler monkeys roaring in the trees above. We experienced fantastic food at many restaurants throughout the local towns, went snorkeling, took jungle hikes to the hidden waterfalls, rented bicycles for a day, went to the Jaguar Rescue Center where we were able to play with the monkeys and hold sloths, and not to mention, enjoyed many of the beaches nearby...Manzanillo is a very small town, as well as the other close-by towns, but it was nice to not be overrun by other tourists...The beaches are absolutely beautiful, and also very "non-touristy." The locals are very nice and welcoming to everyone...Bibo is also a very nice guy that takes care of anything that you need at the place...I would definitely reccommend "La Bella Serena" to anyone that enjoys the beauty of nature and serenity...I'll also throw in that it was actually nice to not receive any phone calls or texts, b/c wifi is few and far between...This was my first trip out of the United States and its going to be hard to beat a trip like the one I just took with my friends...Two thumbs up!!!
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, romantic getaway.
We loved, loved, loved everything about our week's stay at Bella Sirena. The setting was amazing--howler monkeys waking us up in the morning and parrots coming in later in the day. Toucans, over 50 species of birds seen--completely amazing. The caretaker was friendly, helpful, warm, and welcoming. The setting was perfect. We definitely would go back.
Yvonne Perret, Cumberland, MD
Just arrived back from la bella sirena. had a fabulous time. would most certainly return in the future.
Michael Giraldi, ontario,canada
We had an AMAZING time! I can't even begin to say thank you for renting
us that absolute paradise property. The house took our breath away as
soon as we stepped out of the car. It was quite dark and the porch was
lit up just like in the photos we'd seen.
Believe it or not, our favorite part of the whole trip was afternoon
rain showers. We'd sit in the upstairs room with the doors flung open
and watch the rain hitting the jungle.
The grounds keeper was great! He arranged tours for the other couple we
were staying with and was always able to answer any questions we had
for him. I also wanted to mention that we had the housekeeper cook for us
one night (on the suggestion of the greeting card on the coffee table)
and we were thrilled with the meal. It was hands down the best dinner
we ate the whole time we were there (and that's saying quite a bit). The
experience was one that every guest should take advantage of. For the
price, it really couldn't be beat and we had the luxury of sitting on
the porch with our glasses of wine, surrounded by nature throughout
dinner without ever having to leave the house :)
I have already had several people ask me for the link since seeing my
photos and I'm sure there will be more still. Andy and I are thinking
of when we can go back and will probably make the Bella Sirena a yearly
get away if schedules permit. Between the two of us, we've seen every part
of Costa Rica now, but Manzanillo has been our favorite by far. We'd
set out to find a quiet and romantic hidden paradise, and we found nothing
short of exactly that.
Please feel free to use me as a reference if anyone every wants a
testimony. I'd also be happy to share any of my photos.
Thank you again and I hope to be in touch quite soon.
Looking forward to a much needed R&R, I found Mary's house on the Internet and booked 2 weeks. The pictures were beautiful but pale considerably with the real thing!
The house was FANTASTIC!!! Plenty of room and drop-dead gorgeous, my wife's vocabulary was reduced to a single syllable, "WOW", which she repeated for 2 days. The boys were just giddy when they saw a three-toed sloth climbing a tree less than 20' from the house. After following the path to the beach, which in itself is wonderful treat for any nature lover and photographer, we stepped out of the jungle and my wife promptly started repeating "the word of the week." The beach made us feel that we were the only souls around for miles, almost our own private beach!
The caretaker, Bibo, was more than helpful and arranged almost all of our excursions for us; zip-lining, dolphin spotting, resturants, and even gave us a tour to Bocas del Toros, Panama. What minor problems that arose he was instantly on top of the situation and had it fixed in no time.
I would make a suggestion to anyone thinking about going to anywhere in Costa Rica; when you rent a car, get the GPS. The fee is nominal when you figure the gas, time, and frustration of getting lost would cost on your vacation. It was a Godsend, took us right to Manzanillo without a hitch, and Mary gives excellent directions too!
Our two weeks were over too soon and I already miss it, I've only been back 4 days!
I want to thank you Mary, and Bibo, for making my vacation a wonderful break and for giving my boys memories that they will carry fondly for the rest of their lives. I will certainly return!
(The coolest part about the whole trip is that neither of the boys, 12yrs and 15yrs, whined once about not having a TV or XBox. And THEY never realized it!)
Much love and thanks again!
Robert, Baghdad, Iraq
Each day while enjoying early morning coffee on the upstairs deck, we watched howler monkeys swing through the trees and flocks of parrots fly over. From the downstairs living area, we had close-up views of hummingbirds, our first ever sighting of chestnut-colored woodpecker (spotted by one of my granddaughters) in the banana tree at the bottom of the
steps, and scarlet-rumped tanagers, among many others.
Preparing meals or washing dishes in such surroundings was pure pleasure. A sloth hung out in a cecropia tree along the path to the beach. The close-in reefs in nearby Manzanillo drew us back each day for snorkeling; even the 5-year-old donned her mask to enjoy the fish in tide pools. The water was calm and clear in June, tropical fish abundant and the coral amazing.
We discovered a gourmet supermarket between Manzanillo and Puerto Viejo on the last day; fresh baked bread every day, wonderful cheeses, plenty of fine choices if you are cooking in. Interesting small restaurants are along that road for an evening out.
Ceiling fans kept the bedrooms cool at night, and we draped the beds with the mosquito netting more for the romance of it than necessity, because the bedrooms are screened. In the evening in the open areas, we did use repellent, but there were not many insects. The big showers are great, the tropical hardwood floors beautiful. We had happy hours playing cards, listening to the sounds, going over the day's adventures. The biggest problem was deciding which hammock, couch or chair to enjoy, plenty for the six of us to choose from. The caretaker came by every day
to see if we needed anything. Our four days sped by, we would love to have had more time at La Bella Sirena. We highly recommend it.
A group of us spent a week at La Bella Sirena in January and loved it! The incredible natural beauty of Costa Rica was perfectly enhanced by our comfortable and elegant lodgings. We had everything we needed and then some, yet we never felt out of place in the wildness of the rainforest. Howler monkeys, sloths, toucans - they're all right there in the yard. The nearby communities of Manzanillo and Puerto Viejo are both welcoming and relaxed, offering anything a traveler might need: restaurants, markets, shops, and gorgeous Caribbean beaches! We enjoyed the great restaurants, and also had a fabulous time cooking in the all-inclusive kitchen. For a little extra fun we created a different "drink of the day" every day to take advantage of the abundance of exotic fruits (and tasty Costa Rican rum). We slept soundly in the comfortable bug-free bedrooms, the gentle sounds of the rainforest providing a relaxing sonic background.
I can't think of a better way to have had our first Costa Rican experience, nor can I offer enough praise for this lovely vacation rental. Take full advantage of its beauty!
My family and I stayed at La Bella Sirena this past winter and had a wonderful time!!!! The location is so perfect for spending time with loved ones and exploring the abundant nature surrounding you. Each morning we looked high in one of the tree tops next to the house to see if "our" sloth was still there. We would always see it and even once watched it come down to the ground (Quite a sight!!) My son was just over a year old at the time and loved watching and hearing all of the animals in the rainforest. We really enjoyed our room, it was all screened in, which we appreciated as it kept the mosquitos outside so we were able to sleep well. The kitchen is really wonderful to use, we would go to the market make fabulous guacamole and fresh fish on nights we felt like staying in. The beach is dreamy, fairly soft waves, but enough for body surfing, I felt totally comfortable to have my son in the shallows to teach him to swim. I would highly recommend this rental to anyone. Especially those who want a truly authentic Costa Rican experience!!!!!
Sarah Drews, Minneapolis, MN.
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