"A few things to understand about the property.... If you are looking for the Ritz Carlton, this is not it. If you want to spend a lot of time indoors lounging around on fancy furniture, this is not for you. If you are looking for a 'home base' while you are out and about in Costa Rica that has everything you might need in addition to very helpful assistance from the property manager, you should consider this.
The house is pretty basic. It has plenty of room, a full kitchen, A/C in the bedrooms, etc. It had all we needed.... we were really only in the house to sleep and prepare food occasionally. The grounds are wonderful... nice pool, great seating area with views, awesome elevated porch for great sunsets, and easy access to the beach. The water in the ocean around Tarcoles is mixed with freshwater from the Tarcoles River, so it doesn't have that crystal clear blue color that you always see in pictures. That being said, we swam on the beach in front of the house every day, and in the pool every day.
We were a bit shell shocked when we got there about it's location, and about how remote it felt. That was quickly dispelled by exploring. There are easily 10 restaurants within a 10-15 minute walk by beach (we always walked on the beach) or by road. If you are even slightly fit, you will have no issues walking to get food. Walking down the beach in either direction leads to civilization (town or beach restaurants). We ate out almost every night, and did breakfast at the house. During the day we were usually out and about somewhere.
Patri lined up a great zipline tour, a Tico tour with Gino (well worth it) and horseback riding on the beach. We also spent a day in Jaco. There is a bus that runs from Tarcoles to Jaco. We speak almost no Spanish, but with a little common sense and some gumption, you can find your way around and figure things out. Jaco was a zoo. More Americans than in America. If I want to see a bunch of Americans, I'll stay in in Virginia. It was worth a day to play in the surf there, but a week in Jaco would have driven me insane. I feel like we got to experience the real Costa Rica on our trip by staying away from the resort areas."
Date of Stay: March 2015
Review Submitted: April 14, 2015