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Jungle Beach Hotel at Manuel Antonio
Ranked #1 of 17 Manuel Antonio B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Greenville, South Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Great Place Close to the Park”
Reviewed July 16, 2012

First, this really isn't a typical Bed & Breakfast. However, the breakfast was more than adequate with fresh pineapple, papaya and other fruits in addition to toast, and a type of pound cake.

The hotel is about 60 yards to a semi-private driveway that leads down to the north end of the beach. It's also about a 250 yard walk to the "downtown" portion of Manuel Antonio, where there are several restaurants and shops. It's only another 250 yard walk to the entrance to the Manuel Antonio park. (which if you're scared about walking, you don't need to visit this park anyhow.)

While here, we could hear howler monkeys in the distance during the morning, and one morning, we had a family of squirrel monkeys come behind the hotel and feast on the mango tree. But, the absolute best wildlife was, after searching all day in the park for a sloth, a 3-toed sloth appeared outside our room one evening. Very Awesome!

Also, the bathrooms were beautiful, spacious and immaculate.

There were really only two negatives to this property.
1. The lack of soundproofing in the rooms. One wall is almost entirely glass, which allows you to hear all the wildlife in the morning... but it also allows you to hear the buses on the road.
2. The television was FAR too loud. Even if putting the TV on the lowest volume, it was incredibly loud.

If you reserve a room here, don't opt for the King room next to the office. It's too close to the road. Instead, pick one of the rooms further from the road.

For the money this was one of the best properties we stayed at during our entire vacation to Costa Rica and Panama!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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junglebeachhotel, Owner at Jungle Beach Hotel at Manuel Antonio, responded to this review, July 18, 2012
We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. The monkeys often go right thru our property on a regular basis and our guests really like that. It's wonderful that you were able to see the sloth too! There is some road noise during the day in some rooms, but it quiets down considerable in the evening and night time. But most people are out on tours or at the beach all day anyway so any noise wouldnt affect them. Too bad we didnt know about your TV volume problem the first day you were here as I believe we would have been able to rectify that right away. We are going to go ahead and check all the TV's and make adjustments as needed so that future guests don't have the same problem. We really appreciate the feedback and try to take those comments to continue make improvements to the amenities and services. Thank you so much for staying with us and we really hope you can come back and stay with us again!
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Reviewed June 23, 2012

We spent 3 nights at jungle beach and we had a great time. Firstly the reason it didn't get a five is because it is a touch noisy :(. You are right next to the road and the local bus does thunder past twice an hour, however you then also get the howler monkeys started so it is a bit of fun. Breakfast is also scant, not a huge selection but enough to do you till lunch, and there is endless magnificent costa rican coffee, but enough of the negativity the rest of it.

The location is great. You aren't even 5 minutes from the beach and to get to anywhere else is about a 10 minute walk and no more then 15 to the entrance of the national park, wonderful.

The staff were nice enough, and helpful, and were very quick to help, but they were a bit impersonal. We weren't looking for friends but it was a bit more like a hotel than a b&b, however this didn't affect our stay.

The room is the best part of this entire experience! Decorated beautifully, and the beds are simply amazing!!! The bathrooms are always clean and good water pressure, just what you need after a day at the beach. We had a balcony out the front, and that was a great place to just sit and chill out, have a beer and watch the monkeys :). There is A/C in the room however we never had to use it because the room was so well ventilated that it wasn't necessary.

The laundry is expensive as they charge by the item rather than by weight but you don't have to use that if you want.

All in all a great place to stay for the price, and would recommend to anyone!!

  • Stayed June 2012
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, Owner at Jungle Beach Hotel at Manuel Antonio, responded to this review, June 27, 2012
We appreciate the feedback as this helps us make improvements where necessary. It's nice to hear you would recommend the hotel. We really appreciate that. And thank you for staying with us!
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Phoenix
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Reviewed June 20, 2012

It is close to the beach (about 5-7 min walk), but not close enough that you hear any noise. The staff was helpful and recommended where to eat and the food and the place were just amazing. Also, the staff recommended us who to use to tour the park. The only bad thing were the mosquitoes inside the room but other than that the place was pretty awesome. Also, it has free parking and a security guard. .

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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, Owner at Jungle Beach Hotel at Manuel Antonio, responded to this review, June 22, 2012
Thank you for staying with us. Rainy season has started, which means we still have a good mix of sun and some light rains right now, but usually in the evening. The best of both worlds! This also means that there are a few more mosquitos, so we recommend you keep the doors to your room closed as much as possible, to keep the mosquitos from coming in. Especially towards the late afternoon and into the evening. And we do have ceiling fans and air conditioners for your comfort when the room door is closed. We are in the jungle so it's a good idea to bring mosquito repellent and also sunscreen for the beach. That, and a swimsuit are all you need! We are happy you enjoyed the hotel and hope to see you again soon!
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Reviewed June 19, 2012

I just returned from a trip to costa rica where i traveled alone due to someone cancelling on me. I was fearful of taking the trip. Once I got to the Jungle beach hotel I loved it. I felt very safe there. The staff was so pleasant and I really liked them. Kathy is one of those "comfort" kind of people. My room was cute and perfect temp., i didn't even use the air just the ceiling fan. I loved the tiled shower and i loved the location of it. You could walk into the town, to the beach or to the park, no having to deal with the bus or the car!!!! I also enjoyed the fresh fruit breakfast with toast and yummy costa rican coffee. Oh did i add that i saw more wildlife at my hotel than in the national park. I saw howler monkeys (the black ones) and those light brown ones and also a sloth went by one night on the telphone wires. I loved all the lush vegetarion around the place too. I didn't have any bugs in the room and there was a safe so it had everything a solo paranoid woman traveler could ask for ;)...the paintings on the building were also such a plus and made it so attractive that that is one of the reasons i chose this place. I will definitely be back cause this place is perfect ...enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!! .... D

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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junglebeachhotel, Owner at Jungle Beach Hotel at Manuel Antonio, responded to this review, June 20, 2012
We definitely have a lot of wildlife around the property. It's great that you were able to see so much of it! We have 3 types of monkeys, sloths, and various kinds of birds that come thru on a regular basis. Sometimes people just hang out on their balcony and enjoy the garden and the animals. Your comfort and safety is important to us so we are happy to hear that you felt safe and were treated well by our manager and friendly staff and even more pleased to hear that you will be coming back. Thank you for staying at Jungle Beach Hotel and we look forward to seeing you here again!
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Reviewed June 4, 2012

The Jungle Beach Hotel was a great find. The price was right, at only $65 including breakfast, and it had a charming atmosphere. Our room was tranquil (except for the howling monkeys), and it stayed cool despite the blazing sun. I definitely recommend this hotel to those who are looking to stay in a nice hotel on a budget. The bed and the room were both huge!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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junglebeachhotel, Owner at Jungle Beach Hotel at Manuel Antonio, responded to this review, June 20, 2012
We find that many travelers like the charming atmosphere at the hotel as well as the close proximity to the beach and other services. We recommend that potential guests check our website for seasonal pricing and inquire about any special offers. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay here. Thank you for choosing us!
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Syracuse, New York
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

My husband and I really enjoyed our stay for the same reasons as everyone else- it's a clean, nice-looking place with a friendly staff. They are apparently going to have a pool and whatnot sometime in the future, so that would bump it up to a 5-star. Howler monkeys hung out for an entire day right in front of the rooms. The beach and the park are a short walk away. We wouldn't stay anywhere else, honestly. No pretension, just pura vida.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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junglebeachhotel, Owner at Jungle Beach Hotel at Manuel Antonio, responded to this review, June 2, 2012
It's nice to hear that you would recommend us. Our location is great if you want to be within walking distance to the beach and the Manuel Antonio National Park. And yes, we are definitely working on some upgrades to the property in the very near future so please check back with us. Thanks for staying with us!
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed May 20, 2012

My friend and I stayed two nights at Jungle Beach Hotel at the beginning of the green season and were very happy with our experience! We traveled bus so we wanted to stay close to the beach. If you don't mind walking a bit, it takes about 5 minutes to walk downhill to the beachfront strip. The staff is very friendly, the young man at reception is the person to ask if you want to know what's happening nightlife-wise. Breakfast is minimal but satisfactory. One morning while we were having breakfast on the little balcony outside reception, a group of monkeys jumped through the branches of a tree right over our heads. It was such a sight that even the young lady at reception came out to see. The rooms themselves are colorful and the decoration is aesthetically pleasing. The murals on the walls are very charming and just add to the good vibes. The bathrooms are clean and the tiling is a very nice earthy red color.

JBH was definitely a great experience! If you're looking for a resort experience go elsewhere, but if you want a friendly little hotel that covers the essential necessities, is decorated with taste and personal charm, and is also walking-distance to the beach, then this is the place. Really good vibes.

Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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junglebeachhotel, Owner at Jungle Beach Hotel at Manuel Antonio, responded to this review, May 22, 2012
Thank you for the review. We have made a lot of changes in the past year and it appears that our guests are noticing. We have more plans in store in the future based on our clients suggestions. We are pleased that you were able to see the monkeys playing in the trees and that you enjoyed your stay here at Jungle Beach Hotel.
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Property: Jungle Beach Hotel at Manuel Antonio
Address: Main Road | 200 Mts From Espadilla Beach, Manuel Antonio 60601, Costa Rica (Formerly Hotel Pura Selva)
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Manuel Antonio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Jungle Beach Hotel at Manuel Antonio 2.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small hotel with 12 rooms featuring tropical murals. Just a 2 minute walk to the beach and a 15 minute walk to the Manuel Antonio National Park. Our proximity to the National Park, Pacific Ocean, and the lush jungle that surrounds us make our hotel a perfect daily visit for the three different species of monkeys in the area, including the Titi (Spider), White face, and Howler monkeys. We offer free buffet-style breakfast, WiFi, private parking with surveillance, 24 hour access to reception, daily room cleaning, and laundry services. All of our rooms are equipped with a refrigerator, cable TV, air conditioning, ceiling fan, safe box, hot water, bathroom set, and towels. Additionally, the studio room comes with kitchen appliances. A 5 minute walk from our hotel you have restaurants, supermarkets, shops and other recreational areas. Manuel Antonio offers a large variety of activities and tours for people of all fitness levels and ages, including wildlife viewing, white water rafting, zip-lines, countless water sports, horseback riding, fishing, among many other excursions for you to enjoy. We are more than happy to help with booking any tours or activities of your preference, as well as make transportation arrangements. Welcome to Jungle Beach Hotel, an ideal resting place between the tropical jungle and the pristine beaches of Costa Rica. Pura Vida! ... more   less 
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