"We knew we were in for a treat when a passenger on our flight told us we wee staying in one of the top two condominiums in Tamarindo (she owned a unit in the "other" one). However, we were not fully prepared for the experience upon opening the door to Annette and Tom's unit in Crystal Sands - as beautiful as the pictures are, they do not do full justice to this villa, which was everything we were looking for and more! It was tastefully furnished, large, with all the latest appliances and kitchen gadgets. There was plenty of room for our extended family of seven adults (covering three generations) - three large bedrooms (each with its own bathroom) with four large beds (two kings, two queens); a wide balcony with a table for all of us to have breakfast at; dining table with eight chairs, and enough seating in the living room for all of us. We were all astounded by this place, and never found ourselves tripping over each other.
In our eight days at Crystal Sands, we had ample opportunity to explore the region, and found there was much to do! For the adventurous, members of our group went ziplining and took surfing lessons, along with all of us taking a sunset catamaran sail. For sightseeing, we went on a river tour of Palo Verde and visited Guaitil, a pottery village following ancient traditions. We definitely recommend having a vehicle (SUV is best) as Crystal Sands is in Playa Langosta, a couple of minutes along a rough dirt road from Tamarindo, where the restaurants, shops, and attractions are.
The local team at RPM Vacation Rentals were excellent, answering the few questions that we had and offering to book our outings for us. Crystal Sands had no drawbacks from our perspective, as there was 24 hour on-site security, underground parking, ensuite laundry, free local telephone, cleaning service every third day, beach towels, guide books, etc.
We loved getting up early in the morning to the sound of waves crashing below us, and stepping out onto the balcony to enjoy our morning coffee while taking in the stupendous view. That was only challenged by the spectacular sunsets every evening. Truly a paradise setting! This is definitely on our list of places to return to, and Crystal Sands will be our choice next time, too."
Guest: Greg and Susan
Date of Stay: August 2015
Review Submitted: August 28, 2015