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Recent Guanacaste reviews

  • A tropical Utopia

    "We had promised ourselves an extended holiday somewhere in the tropics to escape another English winter. We researched extensively and Costa Rica came to the fore with its credentials for climate, fauna and wildlife. We chose Carillo and managed to stretch our visit to five weeks including travel from UK. We liaised with the owner who gave countless tips and helpful advice, we would recommend new visitors to do the same. Arriving at the house and stepping out onto the deck was just breathtaking, with views over the dry forest to the Pacific Ocean, humming birds darting in all directions, and howler monkeys occupying the adjacent Balsa tree. We used the upstairs master bedroom which gave an even wider vista, waking up every morning at daybreak to the sounds of parrots, woodpeckers and innumerable other birds was a humbling experience. We found the house easy to manage with a well laid out kitchen with big fridge freezer and generous oven. The outside lower deck has a BBQ and seating for alfresco dining. The pool below was perfect for cooling off after a hot day on the nearby beach. A 4wd is an absolute must as not all roads are paved, and we enjoyed exploring the numerous coves and beaches within easy reach. We also explored further to the Monteverde cloud forest and The Arenal which was another piece of advice given to us by the owner. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and we look forward to returning in the future."
    Guest: Stanners44 Date of Stay: January 2014 Review Submitted: February 25, 2014
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  • Great getaway for families or couples

    "We really enjoyed our stay, especially since Connie was so helpful to arrange for us to have Pac-n-Play for our 10 month old grandson. The availability of the pool, just outside our door, and of the beach, a 5 minute walk away, increased our satisfaction. Many of the residents are there for 2 - 3 months every winter, so there is a wonderful, friendly tone. We received lots of welcome advice about where to eat and what to do from our new found friends. The condo is furnished well, with lots of kitchen equipment, and, given that it was in the high 90's during our week, the A/C was terrific for sleeping."
    Guest: Elaine S. Date of Stay: March 2014 Review Submitted: March 31, 2014
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  • Loved it!

    "We were two families of 4--4 adults and 4 teens. This house was perfect! We also rented the adjoining apartment. While we all had separate places to sleep, the center gathering spot of the house was wonderful. The pool was incredible. Quite large by Costa Rica standards--in fact, the pool at the house was as big as the pool at the hotel we stayed in at Arenal. Carrillo Bay is a short walk away, and we played in the waves with the boogie boards. We also borrowed the cooler and the hammock for the beach. The store is a short walk down the road and Hula Jungle was one of our favorite places to eat. We went several times during our stay. We also had dinner right across the street at the steak house. Delicious! We did drive into Samara one day for surf lessons, and that was fun as well. I would highly recommend this house to anyone visiting the Samara/Carrillo Bay area in Costa Rica. Thank you Michael and Linda for sharing Casa Ventana Del Mar with us!"
    Guest: Stacey B. Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: April 28, 2014
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  • Great Stay - Thanks So Much

    "This is a special place. You can: 1) Hear the surf and experience a more quiet residential cottage-like setting away from the hustle of Tamarindo. 2) Swim in the morning near the river by Barcello (they have life gaurds who will warn if rip tides or hazards are present) 3) Never miss the sunsets right outside your gate on the beach 4) Take an evening swim before bedtime....after wandering into Tamarindo for a bite. Love it and will return again soon. Owner and property manager are wonderful people. RPM is right across the street. Thanks so much for your kindness."
    Guest: Chris B. Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 8, 2014
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