Beachfront Rental - Coral Reef House

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Manzanillo Bay (Coral Reef House in middle)

Coral Reef House as seen from the Beach
Email: Stacie

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Phone: 619-961-8799


Sleeps 8
4 Bedrooms(s)
2 Bathrooms(s)
Children Allowed
Pets Considered - Yes
WiFi Internet Connection Provided
Smoking: outside
Full Kitchen
2 Floor(s)
Villa / Home
2 King Beds, 1 Full Bed, 3 Twin Beds

Beach waterfront rental

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This unique rustic house is on Costa Rica's southeast Caribbean coast. Literally at the end of the road, the home is built on a 30-foot pedestal of coral rock only 50 yards from the beach. Outside Magazine (October 1999) has recognized the Manzanillo area as having “one of the most beautiful deserted beaches in the world.” The Coral Reef House is located inside the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. The refuge abounds with wildlife - monkeys, sloths, tucans, parrots, iguanas, anteaters, jaguarondis and dolphins off shore.  To reach the house there is a (usually) small creek to cross and then it is 200 meters by trail. You may drive in to unload luggage and supplies, and then leave the car inside a private gated yard near the creek.  If the creek happens to be too high to cross, we can arrange to get your luggage across.

The house has been remodeled to add a king suite on the main floor (photo at bottom of pate).  The house itself is simple and rustic, perched directly above the beach and has 2 stories, now with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a full time manager/caretaker living on the property. The king suites have a king bed and one twin bed.  The other bedroom on the main floor has a full size bed. The other bedroom upstairs has a single bed.  There is a full bathroom on each floor.

The huge, perched deck is wonderful and is undoubtedly where much of your time will be spent relaxing to the sounds of the ocean and getting to know the monkeys and other wildlife in the tops of the trees, at eye level with the deck. Unlike many foreigners’ homes in the area, the Coral Reef House is a simple beach house of local style and built with native materials. While it still has the comforts you would need, it fits into the surroundings of the refuge and ocean environment in a unique and refreshing way.

When you need a little exercise, follow the steps down to the always 83-86 degree reef-protected ocean and snorkel with the amazingly vivid fish populations. There's even a small tide pool safe for kids. Take a walk to town and rent a kayak for touring the ocean or river estuaries or have Dolfi set up a jungle tour, a dolphin watching trip, or other favorite adventure. Bikes can usually be rented and are a great way to roll around the area.

The marine part of the reserve is one of a kind. Its waters are home to three species of wild dolphins, sea turtles, coral reef, and manatee. Sport fishing for tarpon, wahoo, mackerel, and kingfish make this area a sport fishing paradise. Also, scuba diving and snorkeling in the marine reserve can be arranged through the local dive shop. Kayaking is both easy and popular inside the reef and in the Gandoca lagoon. Trained guides in wildlife and bird watching, sport fishing and dolphin/marine tours are available for bookings in Manzanillo. Just ask our caretaker/manager for help in setting up tours. 

Manzanillo is an outdoor person’s paradise, and the Coral Reef House will have you thinking twice about leaving!

Note: If the Coral Reef House is booked for the time of your visit, take a look at the booking dates for the Dolphin Lodge.  The Dolphin Lodge, next door, also sleeps 6-10. For TRAVEL INFORMATION and answers to frequently asked questions, visit the FAQ page.  This will help orient you to the two coasts of the country and answer basic questions.

If your flight lands after noon, we highly recommend staying at the Costa Verde B&B near the capital so you can start out early in the morning for Manzanillo.  The Costa Verde is also a great place from which to make day trips, they can even take you in a private shuttle van and visit the waterfall gardens, Poas Volcano, rainforest or other areas on your way to Manzanillo.

Airport: San Jose
Distance: 4-5 hours
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Activities and Attractions

Overlooking the ocean with perfect reef-protected 83-86 degree ocean swimming directly in front of the house! Also, take the organic farm tour and the iguana farm tour. Or how about snorkeling, seakayaking, or a jungle walk?

               Fully Equipped Kitchen  

Upstairs Bath with Coral Rock
Upstairs Master Bedroom

Downstairs Master Bedroom                

Downstairs Bathroom with Coral Wall

  • Beachcombing
  • Surfing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Surf Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Beaches
  • Swimming
  • Boating
  • Reef Fishing
  • Groceries
  • Reefs
  • Kayaking
  • Fly Fishing
  • Restaurants
  • Snorkeling
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Biking

Jungle Canopy from the Expansive Deck

On-Site Amenities

Experience monkeys and the jungle canopy at eye level from the spacious deck.  Look in the other direction for a relaxing view of the ocean! Want to go world-class fly fishing for tarpon? Check out (Sept/Oct, Feb-May).

The house is 50 meters from the waters edge. 

Laundry service is available for an extra charge.  An in-house cook can be arranged with the manager/caretaker once you arrive.  Cost depends on number of meals per day and number of people. Daily housekeeping is also available for an extra charge.

Note:  All beds will be made up at the start of your stay, and towels provided. You will be given a fresh set of sheets and towels that you can change as needed. If you elect for extra housekeeping, the midweek change will be done for you.

  • Ceiling Fans
  • Porch
  • Coffee Maker
  • Games for Kids
  • Cook (extra charge)
    Daily Housekeeping
     (extra charge)
  • Bed Linens
  • Stove and Oven
  • Toaster
  • Satellite TV
  • Large Deck
  • Bath Linens
  • Refrigerator
  • Laundry Service
    (extra charge)
  • Mosquito Nets
  • Phone

Rental Rates  See main page for nightly rates.  The Coral Reef House is available for partial-week stays.  Also, if the House is booked, please click on the link for our other house next door, the Dolphin Lodge.

Start Date End Date Duration # Guests Rate Each Extra Guest
Dec-01 Jun-01 Weekly 6 $1,400.00 $120.00
June-01 Dec-01 Weekly 6 $1,200.00 $120.00

Rates are in $US and will not change without notice.



25% Reservation Deposit holds reservation. Balance due 30 days prior to arrival (Christmas reservations have 50% deposit and balance due 60 days prior). $75 cancellation fee if more than 60 days prior to arrival. Within 60 days of arrival date refund is dependent on our ability to re-rent your reserved dates.


Jungle Canopy from the Elevated Deck

Master Bedroom Upstairs

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This page last edited:  Monday April 27, 2009