Pete's Place in Manuel Antonio

Family and Friends Holiday Home Rental in Beautiful Manuel Antonio Costa Rica.

marina-pez-velaWhy should you stay at Pete's Place?

Pete's Place Manuel Antonio

poolPete's Place is a beautiful, safe, secure property located in the heart of Manuel Antonio. Casa Linda and Casa La Nina are set on one and a half acres of flora, with a nicely landscaped property that offers ocean, sunsets, mountain and valley views. Walk down to our wonderful swimming pool (one of the largest in Manuel Antonio) set in the jungle, with it's daily visits by monkeys, birds, sloths, iguanas and much more. You were looking for paradise and now you have found it!

We now also offer free high-speed wireless internet access!

Casa Linda

Petes PlaceCasa Linda is a private home that offers three bedrooms, two bathrooms including a master suite with it's own bathroom, sunny reading nook and fully equipped kitchenette. From the front balcony you have an unbelievable ocean sunset panoramic view, and from the side balcony off the bathroom and all the bedrooms you have incredible valley and mountain views!

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Casa La Niña

casa-la-ninaCasa La Niña is is a one bedroom 1 Bathroom home located o the same property as Casa Linda but is also a completely separate home with alternate acces as well. With full access to the pool as well as the rest of the amenities that Pete's Place offers it is great for couples looking for a get away.

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Pete's Place in Manuel Antonio

Family home rental in Manuel Antonio Pete's Place a family home rental that caters to your family. Private, secure and ready for you family and friends to come stay here in Manuel Antonio. The entire property is secure so you can be comfortable in letting the little ones roam or just play in the pool. If privacy is what you are looking for on your holiday in Manuel Antonio than you have found the right home, if you don't want the hustle and bustle of a hotel than this family home rental in Manuel Antonio is for you!


Pete's Place Manuel Antonio Guest book

April 2014

We came as a family to Costa Rica to celebrate my 70 th Birthday! The accommodations here at Pete's were perfect for us. It was wonderful not having to eat every meal out. It also was nice having restaurants, grocery stores, etc. in close proximity. We all loved the pool and spent many hours there.

I love the views from the front and side porches. Pete's Place was like having our own private jungle right outside the door!!!!! Great bird watching!

We did the Canopy Tour zip line (I highly recommend it!) They pick you up and drop you off right at your door. NB: If you get a headache it might be that your helmet was too tight (from personal experience) the guided tour of Manuel Antonio National Park is also well worth doing. My daughter and son in law had massages with Itza and highly recommend that as well.!!!

We hate to leave but we are off to Arenal.

Joyce H. Rochester NY

Mike H. Washingston DC

Kim, Jasper,Lucy, & Anja Oakland Ca.

April 2014


We had a wonderful time here, everything was great! ( Even though our Oklahoma Thunder lost last night!)

The only bad thing was that our stay was way to short. Can't wait to come back here. I'll make sure that we book ahead of time to make sure we return to Pete's Place.

Thanks again for being so accommodating on my late booking and all your helpful suggestions.

Tell Itza thanks for us too, she took good care of us and the girls loved the massage!

All the best

Rick Knapp @ Family

March 2014

Our family of six came down for a girls trip because our Grandma always wanted to visit Costa Rica. The house and pool were beautiful and the location was perfect, we walked or took the bus everywhere with no problems.

Our favorite restaurant was Kapi Kapi and out favorite activities were: Zip lining with Canopy Safari Nature walk through Manuel Antonio National Park, Sunset Cruise, Beach at Manuel Antonio

Our 82!!!!! Year old grandmother did all the above activities with us but said her favorite was " Ziplining"!!!!!

Every one in Costa Rica is so friendly...... Especially Peter and Itza, thanks for all your help!

Grandma June & Aunt Deb & the cousins Amy Kristy Lianne & Kerri

Gainesville Florida

March 2014

We loved our stay in your amazing house. Everything was so comfortable and the monkeys and toucans at the pool were so fun.

We loved how you could walk to the market and restaurants. Perfect for the kids( 2 and 5 years old.) Lots of outdoor space and the pool bathroom was perfect!

February 2014

We had the perfect stay here at Pete's Place. Loved the pool and outdoor areas around the property.we also enjoyed walking to various restaurants in the area .

We will recommend Pete's a Place to our friends.

Diana~Kier~From Detroit Michigan

January 2014

Peter & dogs and future guests:

A most fantastic week in CR, is drawing to a close~ but because of our location! relaxed accommodations and suggestions plus help from Peter and Itza , we will take great memories back to snowy Pennsylvania , and we know we will be back!!

The pool alone could have kept us and our 3 and 6 year olds happy and entertained., but they and we checked out several activities around the area~ from the Canopy Zip Lines to Kayaking with Iguana Tours to Sunset Sailing on the Ocean King Catamaran and park walks to surfing with Todd.

We enjoyed every moment.

With so many big activities, it was perfect to have Pete's comfortable house and pool to relax in.

We will recommend Pete's to anyone coming to Costa Rica~ it was an excellent multi generational family vacation.

Pura Vida.

Ty- Margaret- Rowan and Linden M plus Mary Beth from PA!!

New Years 2014

This house was a great place to rest and use as a base for all our outings, Peter and Itza are very helpful.

The Super Joseth Grocery Store is close and has all the amenities.

The taxi stand and the bus stop are very convenient ( the bus is a lot cheaper than cabs between Quepos and Manuel Antonio!!)

KAPI KAPI was great but a bit pricey!

EL AVION has the best sunsets!

The pool on this property is a great place to cool off.

RAINMAKER hike and MANUEL ANTONIO PARK are great, go the Park early to enjoy it without crowds ( before 8 and get a guide)

NB: Itza can arrange this for you, they will pick you up and return them to the house!!!

This was a wonderful way to start the New Year.

Safe, friendly, and great weather.

Thanks for the hospitality Pete.

Best wishes to the next guests for a Happy New Year

Corrine - Indiana

Dawn - Canada

Rajinder - California

Dec. 29 2013

We had guests ranging in age from 14- 74 and all had a wonderful time. Thank you Peter and Itza for staying up to greet us upon our late night arrival. Your kindness and hospitality were much appreciated .

In addition to the great suggestions of other guests, we did some cooking in. We bought Mahi- Mahi at the grocery store and barbecued a feast on the grill on the deck.

We enjoyed Pete's gorgeous pool, dogs, iguanas, birds and more, Also the great location so we could walk to the beach , stores and restaurants.

We are avid tennis fans and took advantage of the Quepos Tennis Club after which we enjoyed massages by Itza and her daughter Abby.

This was a very special 3 generation International adventure for our family. Pete's Place is full of light and fun and will remain in our happy memories

Judy Britt Hayden Travis Marilyn


NB: River rafting Canopy Tour Manuel Antonio Park Nature Walk were fun BUT be sure to check Iguana Tours credit card charges. ( They made errors in their favor ) converting dollars to colones) We contacted Itza and she straightened it out right away ( Thanks for everything Itza ).

Travis from MA. 14 years old.

Restaurants to try:

  • NGO: Asian food with very kind owners ( Try the sweet and spicy chicken )
  • SOL FROZEN YOGURT Some of the best Froyo I've had with very nice American Owners )
  • THE FALAFEL BAR: A nice stop out of the sun with all fresh ingredients and great food.
  • EL LARGARTO A little more expensive but the quality of the food shows why. A restaurant not only with great food but a nice ocean view as well

Top Activities

  • 1: Rafting
  • 2: Surf Lessons ( with Itza's son David )
  • 3: Canopy Tour
  • 4: Mangrove Kayaking
  • 5: Manuel Antonio National Park

These were all very good.


Nov. 2013

We really loved staying at your place! Thanks for your hospitality. We loved Sasha and Max ( now deceased ) as our own personal bodyguards and BFF's.

The pool was great, we even saw a whole group of squirrel monkeys ( Mono Titis ), a huge grasshopper ( langosta's ) and a Jesus Christ Lizard ( walks on water ) .

The location is great as well as the indoor WiFi , the beds and couch were very comfortable!

Thank you so much for letting us stay and we hope to come back soon

The Bukhtiyarova Family

August 18 2013

Pete, I'm going to write this in print because my cursive is horrendous. Your place was phenomenal!

We arrived last Sunday and you had arranged for us to be picked up at the airport, even though we didn't get in till after midnight.

The house itself is wonderful and fittingly decorated.

We contacted Itza as per your request and she readily gave us advise on where to eat, transportation and activities.

What we did:

  • Monday we relaxed on Manuel Antonio Beach.
  • Tuesday we took a guided tour of Manuel Antonio National Park. At $37.00 per person (including transportation to and from ) it was a great deal Even my Grandmother who walks with a cane was able to complete it. She absolutely loved the Racoons.
  • Wednesday we went Zip Lining with Canopy Safari $65.00 per person gave us transportation to and from the tour, entrance to a butterfly garden, a snack, the tour itself and a meal at the end!! My Grandmother didn't brave this trip but my Father In Law was able to do this activity even with his disabled right arm.
  • Thursday we took the Catamaran Tour to a spot just outside Manuel Antonio Park and snorkeled Transport , snacks, drinks and a meal cost $65.00 per person total. Although we didn't see any whales we did see many dolphins. I didn't take Dramamine but I recommend it if you get seasick as it was a little choppy that day. Be prepared to eat fish (yum!!)
  • Friday ( today ) we spent at the Beach. My wife and Mother in Law pampered themselves with a massage from Itza (Wonderful). Granny sat beachside and listened to music while my Father in Law went swimming and she'll searching! Sadly we spent the rest of the day indoors as it rained the rest of the day. ( I say sadly but but in truth, your place was nice enough that we enjoyed the rain from your covered side porch.

What we ate:

  • We did some minor grocery shopping at Amisted and Super Joseth. They had everything we looked for.
  • We had dinner at El Lagarto , El Avionics and El Tipico We recommend all three!
  • El Tico is the most traditional of the three.
  • El Lagarto was impressive , surprisingly good despite having only one chef. ( Kinda pricey but absolutely worth it!!!)
  • El Avion is historical, great food at a reasonable price.The pitcher of frozen Margaritas did me in!

Wow, now I feel as if I have written a novel I have a web site @ blog if you or anyone else would like to follow: thesoapcloset .com, it links to my Facebook page as well. Friend me if you like.

We love to travel and read about others travels as well. Sorry for all this writing, we just loved this place that much.

Thanks for everything!

Oscar G. Jr. ( Writer )

Erica G.

Carman G.

Ernesto G.

Carmen B.

King wood and Rio Grande City, Texas

August 16 2013

We had a great time. The house is so spacious and comfortable and the pool spectacular. Great place for a family vacation.

Rebecca R.

June 8 2013
Dave Vanessa Trevor & Kaylee Anderson
Amarillo Texas

Great vacation
We spent a week at Pete's Place and could not have had a better time.This was our kids ( 10 & 8) first time out of the US and it was an amazing experience.
Make sure you take Itza up on her offer to organize your adventures.
She will save you enough $$$ to pay for a massage as well.
Out tours included, Canopy Safari Zip Line- which our kids report as the best day of their lives.
The guides were informative and funny and very focused on safety.
We did a guided tour of the National Park at Manuel Antonio, it's worth every penny to get a guide.
Our last day we did a Catamaran Cruise which was not so great.
The swells were really big and lots of people got sick so we should have saved out $200.00 and just gone to the beach.
Food was amazing, every one recommended Mar y Luna but Itza suggested the place next door, El Lagarto ! Oh my goodness, one of the best dining experiences for us, " anywhere" !!!
El Lagarto is worth the timenand the $$$$ just to see the views and watch the meal prep!
The interior of this restaurant is out of this world beautiful and the food is top notch too.
Don't miss your morning coffee or evening deserts from Emillio's Coffee Shop either, the cappuccinos are delicious and the sunrise views are too.
Thanks to Pete, Itza, Maxwell and of course Sasha for this amazing experience.
We will certainly be back!
Pura Vida

May 22.- June 1 2013
Daniel, Dan, Lesley and Tim

Wow!! What a great vacation and wonderful house to stay in!
Itza was great at arranging all our activities, from Sailing, Spice Farm and horseback riding.
We met so many great locals that we formed lasting friendships with.
Pete set us up with a fabulous chef Desiree Brassert, who cooked some of the best mouth watering foods we ever ate.
Sasha and Max greeted us every morning on thebporch for coffee and were waiting at the gate when we returned each time we left.
We can't wait to return again next year!
Pura Vida

May 18 2013
Keire and Kathy

Awesom vacation.
Pete, we loved the house, it was perfect.
Great location, close and convient to everything.
Enjoyed cooking here and the restaurants as well.
Kapi Kapi was fabulous.
We had great adventures on all tours, including, zip line, horseback riding, parasailing, and the Manuel Antonio National Park Tour.
The pool was an awesome retreat.
Thanks for everything and we will plan on coming back to once again enjoy this great paradise.
Pura Vida

April 18 2013
The White's
Red Deer Alberta

We spend five nights at Pete's Place and loved it.
Our first day we were at the pool and heard a " thud " behind the Washroom.
We checked it out and found a sloth that had fallen out of the tree ( he was ok ).
We got the best pictures, litereally a foot away from us.
We went on a tour and every one was looking at a sloth through a telescope, we felt so lucky to have had such a close up experience right at our own pool! Very cool!!
We also saw plenty of lizzards and frogs.
The Americano's @ Emillio's Coffee Shop ( less than a block away!) were awesom as were the home made desserts.
Everything we needed was within walking distance.
We also enjoyed eating at " El Avion" several times.
The most beautiful view and great food atbreasonable prices.
Thanks Peter

March 29 2013
The Johnsons
Denver Colorado

What a week in Costa Rica.
Sloths, Toucans, Monkeys, Lizards and Birds galore.
The Canopy Tours Zip Line was our kids favourite day.
We spent about 4 hours a day in Pete's pool too!!
Thank you, Thank you, Thank You.

March 15 2013
The Johnson Family

We just spent a week at Pete's.
I can't believe it is already over.
The weather was awesome! I don't think we could have asked for more.
The house and the property were very comfortable.
The huge private pool....really great!!! We could not keep our daughter out of it!
We don't ask for much but Pete was available for whatever.
Itza took care of our tours and booked our transport to and from San Jose.
She is the very best!!!!
My wife said that Itza's massage on the beach was heavenly!
Thank You guys very much.
Look forward to seeing you again.

3 March 2013
Anne-Marie and Stefan Comox BC
Rob Nanaimo BC
Nicole & Anton Richmond BC

February 24 2013

Lena, Rob, Andrew and Daniel

Three weeks went by just to quickly.
Love this house and pool as well as all the local fruits and veggies....
The Villa Vanilla farm tour was very educational - highly recommended.
Thanks Pete
Again, thank you to Itza for arranging our tours!
Will miss Sasha, Maxwell and Chester.

January 30 2013
Annick Jean-Paul, Rick and Michel
Toronto Canada

Fantastic Holidays.
Pete's Place is beautiful, welcoming and cool!!
( Love this Banana Paper guest book)
My only regret is not getting a massage from Itza. Next Time!!
Back to Canada tomorrow, in the cold.

January 9 2013
Steve and Arlene
Richard and Sandy

Another wonderful week at Pete's Place.
Our parting gift this morning was a flock of Chesnut Marbled Toucans in the yard.
Thanks again for your hospitality, Peter and Itza.

January 5 2013
The Trujillo Family
Flagstaff Arisona

What a great start to 2013.
Our time here has been all that we hoped for and more!
The house, the tours, and the restaurants were great,and the warm, welcoming care shown by Itza was the icing on the cake.
We will be back!

So when my brother and I go on vacation, what makes it or breaks it is the food.
There is a good selection of great food easily accesabile from the house.
Restaurant El Typico at Backpackers Manuel Antonio is a great place for breakfast, their " Typicos are great and a good way to experience traditional breakfast food.
NGO is a GREAT Chinese/ Asian Restaurant and the people who run it are super nice and great cooks.
Cafe Milagro is a nice place for lunch and drinks and the live entertainment in the evening is worth checking out.
The best meal we had was at Monchado's in Quepos. this place has a full bar and amazing food, unique dishes with great flavours.

Pete and Itza are wonderful people and incredibly helpful.
I highly recommend getting a massage from Itza, she can give an amazing back massage with her feet that will rock your world.
You will have a good time regardless of what you choose to do.
Have a great stay, Pura Vida
Marios Trujillo.

The Weatherford Family April 2012

What a great week we had, Grandma to Evan ( 5Yrs.)
Our family of five had a wonderful time between the beach and your GREAT Pool!!
We had a zip line tour planned by Itza- surf lessons from her son David, our 9 year old was excited and happy.
What a great Country and great people.
We enjoyed the dogs too.
Thank you Pete
See you again

I too echo what my Mother has said - It is so difficult to leave such a warm, wonderful environment.
Peter and Itza took great care of us....the kids had a ball and none of us want to leave.
The flora and fauna are amazing - iguanas, toucans, monkeys and birds... we will be back!!

The Webers June 26 2012

We had a relaxing and adventurous stay here at Pete's Place.
My husband and I and our twin 4- Yr. old daughters.
The girls loved looking for spiders, lizards and plants on the porch, and listening to the sounds as we walked up from the pool.
We thought the beach ( Playa Espadilla ) was perfect for small children and for learning to surf
Itza arranged a great tour in the National Park as well as the Nature Walk at Hotel Si Como No, which had crocodiles, turtles, butterflies and an excellent guide
The house was cool. quiet, and comfortable.
Muchas Gracias
The Webers

Karen Allen July 2012 2 Weeks

What a wonderful place to learn Spanish.
My son and I had a great time taking classes at the Academia de Amore ( five minutes from the house walking)
The location of the house was perfect, and the setting.....WOW what marvelous views!
The house is beautiful, the pool is amazing...we could not ask for more.
Thanks so much for your kind hospitality.
We hope to return yearly.
Karen and Darien Allen

Veronica Rodrigues and Friends

Thank You!
We had an awesome time here.
Very comfortable place with a fantastic pool.
Pete was a great host with cool dogs.
Very good locale to Manuel Antonio.
We were here for our friends wedding and had Pete's Place to celebrate another birthday.
What a way to celebrate a 30th birthday.
I definitely recommend this place to relax, socialize and enjoy.
Totally fit our expectations and would definitely come back.
Muchas Gracias!!


Lisette P.

What a great week we had Grandma to Evan 5 – our family of 5 had a wonderful time between the beach and GREAT pool – we had a zip line tour planned by Itza – surf board lesson by David – our 9 year old excited & happy. What a great country and great people - We each enjoyed the dogs too. Thank you


Weatherford Family

I too, echo what my mother has said – it is so difficult to leave such a warm, wonderful environment Peter & Itza took great care of all of us. The kids had a ball and none of us want to leave. The flora & fauna are amazing – the iguanas, toucans, monkeys & birds….we will be back!!

April 2012

Linda W.

We had a wonderful time here Pete. Thanks for all your hospitality. A special thanks to Itza for arrange some of our tours. It is a beautiful spot! Loved it. Saw a few monkeys at the pool our last evening.

April 6, 2012


Great time at Pete's Place. The accommodations were great. The trips that were arranged were a lot of fun. Will be back.

Had a wonderful time enjoying everything at Pete's Place. Loved saying hello to the pups everyday and the pool was a real treat. Will be back soon for sure!! _Pat

March 30, 2012

Fred and Shirley M.

Had fun enjoyed every minute. All trips that were arranged were great. Restaurants were amazing. Can't wait to come back.

March 30, 2012

Matt, Pat, Jim & Sandi-Manitoba, Canada

13 nights in Paradise!

Highlights were the tours Itza arranged for us. Manuel Antonio Park, Mangrove at Night, Sunset Sail, Zipline and Butterfly. Café Milagro was the best – breakfast, lunch, dinner. Canopy was the best of all. The pool made our holiday! We enjoyed the dogs & company when they decided to visit us. Love the Costa Rican coffee. Last night dinner at Victoria's – superb & music! Thanks Pete

February 2012

Claudia D. & family

Pete's Place is fabulous! We had an amazing time. Pete & Itza scheduled our transportation and tours and all went smoothly. The house is very comfortable and the pool is the best! We saw 3 toucans and lots of monkeys by the pool. Loved the canopy tour. Loved waking up to the sweet dogs (Sasha, Moose & Max)

Thanks Pete & Itza - We will definitely be back

  • Donna A. – Vernon, Florida
  • Gloria Arnold D. – Pensacola, Florida
  • Carolyn & Leslie D. – Tallihasee, Florida
  • Claudia D. – Lawrence, Kansas
  • Valerie D. – Chicago, Illinois

January 2012

Rudolph Family – Canada

Enjoyed our stay. The kids loved the pool keep it up. Pete & Itza thanks for arranging tours, for baby sitting & thank you Itza great massage.

January 2012

James & Allison Macfarlane-Sydney, Australia

Both Pete's Place & Manuel Antonio met our expectations. The kids especially loved the pool-must be one of the best in Manuel Antonio. Felt we were lucky with both the weather and the wild life we saw – our highlights 2 toucans and a red headed viper snake & all types of sloth.

Allison would also highly recommend Itza's massage therapy!!

Thanks Pete,

Dec 2011

The Sasines

Awesome vacation and great place to stay. Pete rules. We would come again in a snap! The pool is beautiful, great views and a clean home! And Itza is so nice, and helped with all our tours. My mom got a massage from her and loved it. Thanks Pete!

May 20, 2011

David, Steven, Karen, Janet, Brandon and Tashawn from Pa. USA

Just home from a great week at Pete's Place. House way better than expected. Visits from Monkeys everyday - amazing pool. Itza was amazing - thanks for all your help with tours. ( great massages). Hope to return one day soon.

May 01, 2011

Dave, Julie, Will, Kristen, Brad & Matt from Des Moins Iowa

A trip to remember. Our family of six enjoyed the home and the pool very much. Pete was a gracious host. Itza was so helpful arranging the shuttle and the tours, our family went on a dolphin sail, zip lining and toured the park ( The third beach is beautiful!! ) Spent several mornings, afternoons and evenings at the public beach. Kids surfed and rented boogie boards. Saw lots of wildlife from the back porch and pool. Monkeys galore today as the family sadly packed to leave. The meal and the view last night from La Mariposa Hotel Restaurant was something our family will remember forever! The flowers Alicia ( cleaning lady ) cut and arranged were so pretty. We all enjoyed the dogs as the family missed ours back home. Don't be afraid to barter on cab rates!!!

Dave, Julie, Will, Kristen, Brad & Matt "The Silver-Darrah-Smith Family Des Moins Iowa

March 19, 2011

Sandy, Richard, Arleen & Steve from Philadelphia, PA

Enjoyed the murals and the beautiful tropical flower arrangements from the moment our group entered. The pool, the pool, the pool. We loved the pool and spent a lot of time down there. It was different morning, afternoon and what a treat to have night swims.

The iguanas, butterflies and birds kept us company. This morning we had a visit for about two hours with a troop of squirrel monkeys. Thanks to Itza our group went on tours with Iguana Tours, very professional and prompt. Definitely use them for your Park Tour!

Best beach chairs and umbrellas are from David at the quiet end of the beach ( behind Verde Mar Hotel ). Itza ( concierge) set up everything for us and had good tips. Best meals: Kappi Kappi: Canopy ( at Villas Lirio) is a good value with nice service. Luna at Gaia is a lovely setting but the food is so so, nice service.

Check out the little groceria just up the road ( go left outside the main gate) for your staples. It's more authentic than Super Joseths, and cheaper too! We met lovely people in the town ( Quepos ) and enjoyed our stay here. Sandy&Richard Malkin Arleen & Steve Bierns Philadelphia Pa PS: Sunsets at the beach ( public beach is fine) Early AM on the side porch- wonderful animals Max and Moose ( dogs) are very cool!

February 17, 2011

Erling Rud from Ottawa, Canada