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Beach & Community


Aerial view of beaches within minutes of Discovery Beach House, Costa Rica

Espadilla Beach & Manuel Antonio National Park

One of Manuel Antonio’s best features is its abundance of beautiful beaches making it perfect for your Costa Rica beach vacation. The water is always warm and the sunsets are spectacular.

Espadilla Beach is the main public beach in Manuel Antonio and can be accessed by walking right outside the front gate at our Discovery Beach House vacation rental home. This gorgeous bay is dotted with several islands, which make it one of the most beautiful views in the world.

View of beach from Discovery Beach House

View of beach from Discovery Beach House

At the northwest end of Espadilla Beach is Playitas, the favored Manuel Antonio surf spot. Just walk north along Espadilla Beach to find it. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you see a huge rock on the shoreline. Climb the rock for a great vantage point for photos.

Manuel Antonio National Park boasts 3 beaches of its own. Cathedral Point, once an island, is now connected to the Pacific coastline by a narrow strip of land. This link separates Playa Espadilla Sur and Playa Manuel Antonio. The beach facing south is Playa Manuel Antonio with its gorgeous white sand crescent shape and the other side is Playa Espadilla Sur, a private, secluded cove.

biesanz beach

Biesanz Beach

Playa Puerto Escondido is farthest from the park entrance and although littered with driftwood it’s worth the hike.

Biesanz Beach is found along the road to the Parador Hotel. It’s a local Tico beach in a calm bay suitable for families with children of all ages. This is the beach to visit on weekends when you feel like a taste of the local flavor.


Playa Manuel Antonio Chosen Best Beach in Central America!

Playa Manuel Antonio in Manuel Antonio National Park is just minutes away from your beach house vacation rental.

Award Winning Playa Manuel Antonio

Our very own Playa Manuel Antonio won TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice #1 Best Beach in Central America 2013. Woo-hoo!


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Manuel Antonio beach community

Manuel Antonio’s beachfront community

Manuel Antonio is one of the most beautiful vacation rental areas in all of Costa Rica with spectacular ocean views. It also has an abundance of quality restaurants, wildlife, activities and services. Located on the Pacific coastline it’s a scenic 2½-hour drive or a 20-minute domestic flight from San Jose.

Technically Manuel Antonio is part of the town of Quepos. It spans the distance between Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park. Many hilltop vacation villas have superb views of Espadilla Beach and its bay dotted with 7 picturesque islands. The Discovery Beach House is one of only four beachfront homes in the area and a wonderful location for a Costa Rica beach vacation.

The town of Quepos is a 10-minute drive from Manuel Antonio and convenient for shopping for groceries and souvenirs. There’s also a full facility hospital and airport located just 20 minutes from the Discovery Beach House.



Quepos is a short 10-minute drive or bus ride from our Manuel Antonio vacation rental. It has a population of 7000 although you’d never know it by walking the village center. Downtown Quepos covers a six-block square of restaurants, gift shops, banks, bakeries, bars, hotels, and art galleries. Nightlife in Quepos can be enjoyed at several bars, a casino and at Arco Iris – the local disco that gets going around midnight. It has a modern hospital and a domestic airport. The international airport in San Jose is a short 20-minute flight away.

Downtown Quepos

Downtown Quepos

A must-do is the Farmer’s Market known locally as “La Feria”, where local growers set up their booths on the breakwater at the edge of town late Friday afternoon and close down early Saturday afternoon. Here you’ll find tropical fruits, organic vegetables, chicken, fish, home baked goods, freshly squeezed sugar cane and orange juice. Be sure and seek out vendors with large coolers containing “pipas”, coconuts filled with their nutritious water. The vendor will open it up with his machete for you right on the spot.

An interesting aspect of Quepos is that it has an eclectic characteristic to it, attracting people from all over the world. It’s commonplace to meet people in both Quepos and Manuel Antonio who first came to visit, fell in love with the area, and decided to stay.


Marina Pez Vela: A Marina like You’ve Never Seen Before

Nearby Marina Pez Vela provides easy access to fishing, dolphin tours and other activities on your Costa Rica beach vacation.

Marina Pez Vela

The world’s finest sportfishing destination should naturally have facilities to match. Marina Pez Vela, when fully completed, will offer services rivaling those of any first-class, five-star marina resort. Our full-service marina facility, the largest in all of Central America, will create a major destination for anyone looking to base their boat on a long-term or short-term basis in Costa Rica. Boating and fishing enthusiasts alike will love Marina Pez Vela.

Under construction are 300 concrete floating dock slips that will accommodate boats up to 200 feet. The first 100 slips open as of June 1 will surround the perimeter of the basin and will offer complete amenities you would expect to find in a first class marina such as this.

Our marina slips are available for sale (with revenue sharing when rented out) or available for short and long-term renting. From 35′ up to 200′, Marina Pez Vela has opened up a new opportunity for boaters to explore the finest waters in all of Central America. Once you arrive here, you will not want to leave!

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