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Recent Dominical reviews

  • Wonderful vacation home!

    "We spent a wonderful month at Villa Mountain Serenity and really could have spent an additional month if time had permitted. The property is very comfortable, in a great location, and was really perfect for us. Mornings always started early with coffee at poolside, binoculars in hand for bird watching, and listening to the lovely toucans who were ever-present in the mornings and early evenings. After many hot and humid day trips, we returned to the house to enjoy the mountain breezes, swim, prepare dinner on the grill, and pore over the home's numerous Costa Rican natural history books in search of something we'd seen that day. It really was the perfect retreat. Do not miss the Uvita Farmer's Market on Saturday. Although quite small, they offer wonderful tamales, breads, fruits and veggies either not available or far fresher than those found in the supermarkets, eggs, homemade plantain chips, spices, artisan cheeses, and hand crafts. Be sure to go early as they run out of the popular items. The only disappointing purchase was a bag of shrimp that turned out to be bland and mushy. The grocery stores in the area (Dominical and Uvita) are fine for meat, dairy, rustic baguettes, and most other items, albeit expensive, but the fresh produce is really lacking. San Isidro is a larger town and offers a better selection. They also have a farmer's market on Thursday(?) but we couldn't find it. The best fruit stands are found along the road from Dominical to San Isidro. Be warned, this road is quite dangerous with trucks drifting into the oncoming lane on turns. We saw several really horrible accidents and always proceeded very slowly around blind corners. Other food finds, Cafe Delicias (sp?) in Dominical sells croissants that are quite good, but cannot comment on the restaurant food as we didn't try it. Although we mainly cooked at home, our favorite restaurants were Villa Leonor in Ojochal (hearty food, beautiful beach and setting), Porque No?, Roadshack Deli, and Sabor Espanol. We found La Fogata Pizzeria disappointing when we ordered dishes other than pizza. I'd like to spend my last allowed characters in this review to thank Massi, Vilma, and all of the wonderful staff from Costa Ballena Management who made our stay at VMS so comfortable. Massi responded very quickly and professionally to all issues that arose and we only regret not getting the chance to meet him. We would return to VMS in a heartbeat, and hopefully will!"
    Guest: Sue M. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 24, 2014
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  • Loved our stay in this tranquil house surrounded by wildlife!

    "We stayed at Casa de Carroll for a week, and could not think of a better place to be. It is secluded and surrounded by tons to see. We saw so much wildlife just from the house - troops of howler and capuchin monkeys (and once where they even crossed paths in the trees heading in opposite directions), olingo, coati, toucans, hummingbirds, chachalacas, vultures, frigatebirds, pelicans, lots of butterflies including the Blue Morphos...and much more. It was fantastic to just sit outside or lounge in the pool and spot so many beautiful things. The bedrooms all have an AC unit (which was important while we were there). It was very warm during the day, but we spent most of our time on excursions or at beaches and could also hop in the pool for a quick cool down. We also hit the pool every night to close out the day. The pool was our favorite feature of the house. The bathrooms were great, and there was plenty of room to spread out. The location of the house makes it easy to explore north and south. We visited beaches in both directions and found something beautiful and appealing about each one - Playa Uvita (Marino Ballena), Playa Ventanas (fun caves to explore at low tide or when the tide is coming in and great body surfing), Playa Hermosa (great sunset beach), Playa Dominical (great place to surf or watch surfers) and Playa Matapalo (beautiful secluded beach that stretches on forever). We were also able to do a few tours, including a guided day in Manuel Antonio, night mangrove tour north of Quepos, and a horseback ride to Nauyaca Falls. One afternoon we also went to the butterfly sanctuary between Quepos and Manuel Antonio. If you want to see the Blue Morphos up close I highly recommend this place. We had a couple meals catered in, and then either cooked on our own or ate out. The kitchen is well equipped. The restaurants that we liked the most were Mama y Papa in Ojochal, Langosta Feliz in Matapalo (order the Mariscos for two) and La Palapa Restaurant at Cuna del Angel Hotel (at the turnout for the dirt road to the house). All communication with the owners, including booking the rental, was very easy. The property manager (Kelley) was also helpful while we were in the house with recommendations for restaurants and activities, and assistance when we needed it. It is fantastic home and we are so grateful we got to spend a week in it! Pura Vida!!"
    Guest: AC Date of Stay: February 2015 Review Submitted: February 24, 2015
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  • Dominical

    "Very nice house, amazing views. House was in good shape. Would visit again or recommend, as long as you have a car that can go up a semi-steep hill, that is not paved. Thanks for all!"
    Guest: tica Date of Stay: February 2015 Review Submitted: February 13, 2015
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  • Awesome Place!

    "This was my family's fourth time in the Dominical area and we found this place to be very well suited to our needs. We chose this place over others we had previously rented mainly due to the outstanding view. It lived up to the pictures. The house is exactly as pictured and during our time there the temperature was very comfortable. We had a great time and I would highly recommend this rental."
    Guest: Lisa Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: December 26, 2014
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