Reviews from 2006-2009

April 07, 2009

Dolinas from North Carolina

Stayed at Pete's home in early December in 2008. Pete and Itza are extremely friendly, and helpful, they have two fun dogs as well. Itza will help you arrange trips. This is a great place for views, wildlife, and the pool. Squirrel monkeys came by one morning and ran around our roof and surrounding trees waking us up. A howler monkey came another day. Iguanas would fight each other on trees, and sometimes fall right in front of our windows. All this before even ventured into Manuel Antonio park.

The home is spacious and well furnished, we had 4 adults and 1 child. The views of the forests and mountains are stunning, the view of the ocean is gorgeous. The best part is the pool, side is deep enough for diving the other is great of sitting on the in-pool side bench and sipping a cold drink, or having your kids swim around.

Pete, thank you very much,Peter, Suzanne, and Shannon

December 22, 2008

Maria and Ari from Silver Spring, MD

Our 5-member family just returned from a one-week stay at Pete's Place. The description and photos lived up to our expectations, and the experience of living in such a beautiful home and on such a well maintained property was like a fantasy. We had plenty of space. Although it's hard to decide, each of us had a "favorite" thing about Pete's Place. We loved the wildlife and flowers, the proximity to the beach and other activity but still being somewhat removed from the "bustle", the pool and bathhouse perfect for an early morning or evening dip, every amenity one would want in a home, a well-behaved pet to keep company with us on the deck and porch, and oh my goodness the views! The deck was everyone's favorite place to read, chat, and eat breakfast. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed with with Pete's Place.

August 30, 2008

The Alvarado Party from Albuquerque NM & Los AngelesCA

Absolutely beautiful! The location is so perfect! Very close walking distance to the grocery store, restaurant(s), bus stop etc. If you want a Taxi they are easy to get from the home-just walk out of the court yard, then across the street and you can see them down the road. The home is even better and comfortable in person as well as the landscaping and pool. Awe, the monkeys at the pool, awesome! The view from the deck, breathtaking. This home is highly recommended. Thank you Pete for opening your home to many of us to enjoy! Hope to visit again!

February 05, 2008

Julia and William Slebos from Durham, NC, USA

Just wanted to tell you how happy we were that we selected your home to rent for our vacation stay. The grounds were beautifully landscaped, the home was spacious, the deck and its views were magnificent, and the pool—well, how can you beat having your own private pool and bathhouse tucked away in the jungle? And could walk to the beach, to the grocery store, the internet café, etc. We were somewhat nervous renting a home over the internet for such a long stay —what if it was misrepresented, what if the photography was all done with wide-angle lens, what if….(you get the picture)—but needn't have worried. Thanks again Pete for being such a gracious host and sharing Moose with us. A warm hello to Itza and Aby.

January 17, 2008

Jo, Terry, Bonnie and Jane from Oklahoma City

Pete, you have a wonderful place in paradise. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The home was clean and spacious with all the amenities one could want. The pool was fabulous and the views were fantastic, I must have taken a dozen pictures of the mountain view from the porch. We hope to return very soon. Bonnie said the massage by Itza was the best she'd ever had. Thanks again, you are a wonderful host.

May 10, 2007

Neil Mann and Family

Pete: lovely four days in Manuel Antonio. Had a great time, wonderful dinner at El Patio on Quepos, recommend Ronnie's Place for Sunset.

If this is your first time in the Park I highly recommend taking a guide so that you will see animals you would never see on your own.

Enjoyed the home and Moose.

Neil, Kate, Nick and Suz.

January 21, 2007

The McCarthy and Brant Families from Montauk NY and San Francisco

Than you for a good ol' time! We enjoyed staying at "Pete's Place", it's homey.

We had so much fun on out first trip to Costa Rica and your suggestions were right on. Thanks for taking care of us. We appreciated Alisha and Moose (you're not bad yourself).

Thanks for everything Pete, I would highly recommend your property to any one who asked.

Jimmy, Blue, Melissa, Michael, Jaime and Jennifer.

January 16, 2007

Sue, Matt and Abe

Wonderful place! Thanks so much for your help and hospitality. It was especially nice of Itza to help Matthew with the Pharmacy at the beginning of our stay. It felt great that you two were around to answer any questions. The beds are very comfortable. I like Moose a lot, and enjoyed the pool as well as the nearby beaches. We'll be back!

November 22, 2006


Loved being in a home. The Porch is wonderful and the pool delightful. Thanks for the hospitality.

November 22, 2006

Ellen and David Gennrich

Have had a fabulous vacation! The Park is beautiful, your home is perfect for our family. There are many restaurants to explore nearby and lots of places to see. The weather couldn't have been better. Thanks for a great retreat.

November 22, 2006

Sue Richey from California

Hi Pete & Itza,

Well life is back in full swing again. It's been hectic since we got back, moved Garrett down south, Shannon back in school & of course work!. We wanted to let you know what a fantastic time our family had staying at your home. Except for Shannon's luggage the trip went off without a hitch. Arenal was beautiful & did see some lava flow one evening!

The drive there was something, it took us almost 7 hours with several stops. We spent a day at Tabacon which was really nice. Other than that we did quite a bit of hiking there.

August 28, 2006

Lou, Laura, Meg & Hannah Kokavai

Everything was wonderful, so glad we chose the home over a hotel. The pool was perfect. Moose and Max were great and all your suggestions and knowledge were extremely helpful. We wish we could have stayed longer. Thanks for everything. The Kokavais.

February 25, 2006

Susan, Michael, Allison and Lorn Frilegh

The Frilegh family thoroughly enjoyed our week at Pete's Place. The pool was the best. The home was beautiful and the garden a delight. We loved the wildlife and your dogs Max and Moose.

January 01, 2006