"Last summer my family and I traveled around Costa Rica, staying in seven different places. This was where we stayed the longest (one week) and was hands-down the best. The ocean view is unbelievable, and the setting is totally secluded. We saw the sloth by the pool on three different days, and daily had toucans and parrots in the trees right by the house, and many other birds. We saw the closest neighbor on the road, and he said he often sees monkeys. From the deep wrap-around porch, upstairs or down, day or night, you see only nature - there are no other houses or other development in sight - not even on the view of beach.
The house is very well built and well maintained. You can tell it was built as a home – definitely not built on the cheap to try to make money as a rental. We were there in a heavy storm, and felt completely secure.
Although the house is very secluded, you don’t feel isolated. The closest town, Dominical, is a just a short drive down the mountain. Unlike the east coast, most people here speak English. Although Dominical is a very small town, we never found a reason to go anywhere else. There is a grocery store there with a great selection of everything you need, as well as a great bakery, several restaurants, bars, gift shops, a large beach market, surf board rentals, adventure guide services… even a spa.
The location is near several beautiful beaches. There’s also a great pair of waterfalls just a bit farther up the highway from the house. It’s called Nauyaca Waterfalls. You can hire a service to do a horseback ride to the waterfalls, or just pay a small fee and hike in. The waterfall is spectacular, and there is a good swimming area at the base. There’s a restaurant along the trail (surprising, because you’re on a trail in the middle of jungle) about half-way in. Just another couple of miles up the road is a reptile sanctuary that is also worth a visit. No credit cards accepted there – so bring some cash.
It had been almost 20 years since I’d been to Costa Rica. The infrastructure has developed tremendously in that amount of time. We flew into San Jose, and the highway is great all the way to Dominical. The only unpaved road is the one going up to the house. It’s in good condition – a bit steep in places, but I’ve seen worse public roads in Missouri.
Costa Rica is a lot like Hawaii, with a much shorter and cheaper flight. I recommend going there – and staying here, for either rel axation or adventure – whichever you choose."
Date of Stay: July 2015
Review Submitted: October 8, 2015