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What is Tulemar?

Tulemar is a 33 acre, gated and secure, residential resort located right in the heart of Manuel Antonio. We have a collection of over 50 different, unique and individual 3★, 4★, and 5★accommodations, ranging from our classic Bungalows to our luxurious Private Villas.

Our properties are surrounded by jungle and the wildlife is abundant; you’ll see monkeys, sloths and exotic birds throughout the property and on our hiking trails. At the Tulemar Beach you’ll find warm, tropical waters with a sandy beach and lots of shady palm trees plus free lounge chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, boogie boards, towels and food/beverage service.

We are not a traditional 5★ resort, an all-inclusive or a franchised hotel (with loud music playing around the pool areas and lobby). The “official hotel” operation in Tulemar refers only to the original Tulemar Bungalows, of which there are just eight. All other accommodations in Tulemar are privately owned vacation homes. Not every homeowner in Tulemar rents their home, but most do. Our front desk and reception area is located in the main building in Tulemar. We provide reservations for ALL of the accommodations in Tulemar, many of them, exclusively. Our Reservations Team is also located right here in Manuel Antonio, so they know the best options for you. There are other companies that provide similar services in Tulemar. No matter which villa you rent or which company you book with, you’ll enjoy all the amenities of Tulemar!

The Tulemar Gardens Resort is managed by the Homeowner’s Association made up of the individual homeowners. Since every property in Tulemar is privately owned, we have several property management companies that manage the bungalows, casas and villas within. The food and beverage services in Tulemar are leased to an onsite operator.

We are continually ranked as the top hotel property in Manuel Antonio based upon our service, our accommodations, the Tulemar Beach and all the wildlife. We are great for families, but we are also perfect (and popular) for couples!

10 Reasons to stay in Tulemar...

  • The Tulemar Beach

    Within the resort with free lounge chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, boogie boards and towel service

  • A Personal Concierge

    Each rental comes with your own personal concierge who will help with all the planning and details

  • No “Hotel” Building

    A unique collection of individually owned bungalows, casas, and private villas

  • Ocean Views

    Hillside location provides panoramic ocean views

  • Resort Pools

    4 pools including one reserved for adults only

  • Dining Options

    Full-service restaurant plus our Beach Bar and Grill and 15 restaurants within 3 blocks of our front gates

  • Lots of Wildlife Daily

    Located within 33 acres of jungle; monkeys, sloths and exotic birds!

  • Nature & Hiking Trails

    Explore the flora and fauna of Manuel Antonio on hiking trails right in Tulemar!

  • Free Shuttle Service

    To the Tulemar Beach and within Tulemar.

  • In the Heart of Manuel Antonio

    Shopping, groceries, ATM and dining within easy walking distance


  • The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica

    Research and release facility located within Tulemar. Take The Sloth Walk daily with their research assistants; exclusively for our guests!

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Why Choose Tulemar and Manuel Antonio?

There are many different geographical areas to choose from in Costa Rica: from the flat, arid plains of the Guanacaste region to the remote jungles of the Osa Peninsula. Each is special, but Manuel Antonio/Quepos is unique among them all.

Every country has one or two of those “quirky little towns” and Manuel Antonio is “it” in Costa Rica. Very small, but filled with an eclectic mix of Costa Ricans and “expats” from Europe, North and South America.

We have a large artist community and a lively music scene. Add to that visiting sports fishermen (Quepos is world renown), surfers, back packers and international tourists and you’ve got a very social and diverse community. After just a few days of staying in our Manuel Antonio rentals, you’ll start recognizing the locals and others you’ve met at the beach or on a tour.

Manuel Antonio itself, is spread along the ridge top road from Quepos to the Manuel Antonio National Park (the most visited park in Costa Rica) and is surrounded by dense jungle filled with exotic wildlife (monkeys, sloths, toucans) and quaint little open air restaurants, bars and small boutique hotels (not the mega resorts). Some of the most expensive real estate and villas in Costa Rica are located in this area.

I’m Dave Houck. I live in Tulemar and own this company with my business partner, Mauricio Jara, a Costa Rican.

I first came to Costa Rica over 19 years ago on vacation. After exploring the country during many subsequent trips, I decided that I wanted to live in Manuel Antonio, so I built a home in Tulemar and now live here year round.

Most of our luxury Costa Rica villas are located in Tulemar, the only gated and secure, 33 acre jungle resort community in Manuel Antonio with private residences and its own beach. We have hiking trails thru our jungle, food and beverage service at the pool and/or beach and paved roads (which may sound odd, but you will appreciate them!).

We’re located right in the heart of Manuel Antonio, within walking distance to many fun restaurants and bars. There are many beautiful beach resorts in Manuel Antonio, but a location in Tulemar is where you’ll want to be.

At Tulemar Vacation Home Rentals, we’re able to make reservations for all the privately owned properties in Tulemar, from the small, tropical, Tulemar bungalows to the luxurious private Manuel Antonio villas. These owners are our friends and neighbors. We know them and their properties well. We have an office located inside Tulemar, so we can assist throughout your entire trip: from lodgings and transportation to tours, restaurants, activities and special services. Whatever your Costa Rica vacation needs, we can make it happen!

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