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Recent Costa Rica reviews

  • Amazing Vacation - True Gem in Costa Rica

    "My husband and I and our best friends and their family rented all 4 villas. My husband and I stayed in Villa 2. It was so beautiful. Big kitchen, beautiful bedrooms, just amazing. We were greeted each day with a warm smile by Maria and received fresh flowers daily. Richard was amazing, we can't say enough about him. He helped us with all of our transportation and excursions (fishing, canopy tour, horseback riding, massage, etc.). Whatever we needed, Richard & Maria were there with their warm smiles and truly genuine hospitality. The Rocamar Beach Lounge is a true gem. Great people, good chill vibe, amazing food and beautiful sunsets each night. Great place to just kick back and lounge around. We couldn't have asked for more. The Villas are beautiful whether you are walking out and going into the pool to cool off or relaxing in the hammock or on the couch...it just doesn't get any better. Thank you to everyone at the Villas Santa Teresa for all that you did to make our stay so wonderful."
    Guest: J and C McBee Date of Stay: February 2014 Review Submitted: February 28, 2014
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  • Great deal in Flamingo

    "We visit this area about every 2 years or so and have stayed in a few different places so I have a good idea of what I want to spend, what is a good deal etc. We were very happy with this rental. It is actually much nicer than the pictures show. The beach was closer than I thought it would be ( the condo is on the end closest to it). It's also the nicest part of Flamingo beach. Maybe not as much shade but the other end of the beach can get crowded. Lovely sunsets and on one early morning walk we saw two turtle tracks and obviously one had found a spot to lay eggs..amazing. There is a new beach front restaurant you can walk to. Loved it! If you walk to the other end of the beach Flamingo has a number of other restaurants, small stores, tour kiosks and a small store. There were also a few taxis there so you could get away with no car if you wanted. We ended up cooking quite a bit at the condo. The owners have it well stocked and it had everything we needed. I'd recommend shopping at the store right out of Flamingo, can't remember the name. It's not far though. About the condo itself- nice master suite, the other bedroom had two full size beds and it's own bathroom The beds are not that comfortable, but we have found this to be the case just about everywhere we have stayed in Costa Rica. It's a quiet complex, which we loved, so I wouldn't recommend it if you are wanting to party late. We still enjoyed our drinks by the pool and met some of the other condo owners, all very friendly. The owner was also great to deal with. This rental was a excellent deal. We went with another couple and it was far, far cheaper than renting a hotel room. It would have easily slept another 1-2 people and with a third full bath downstairs you would never feel in each others way. Loved that howler monkeys sometimes hang out in the trees right out the back door!"
    Guest: Michelle Date of Stay: January 2014 Review Submitted: April 22, 2014
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  • Perfect spot for a relaxing beach vacation!

    "Casa Miramar was the perfect place to kick off our honeymoon! We spent a week there relaxing, recharging and enjoying all of the beautiful sights in the Dominical area. The house itself is the perfect place to relax, we spent many hours sitting on the deck watching the ocean and enjoying meals and snacks that we prepared using the fully stocked kitchen. A few other things that were great about the place - it was spotlessly cleaned prior to our arrival, the decorations were lovely so we really enjoyed the space and the curtains are nice and dark so you can really block out the early morning light if you want to sleep in (which we did!). The kitchen is fully stocked with everything you need to prepare meals and there is a washer and dryer for sandy beach towels. The house is set up on a hill which gives you a feeling of total privacy, but it's not so far up the hill that you feel isolated or that it is inconvenient. There is a really useful house handbook that we referred to in planning our daily activities - the handbook has information from the house owners and reviews from previous guests. There were only 2 of us, but the house would also be great for 4 as there is another very private suite downstairs with a private bathroom. We spent one night in a local hotel and can say that aside from all the other great points about this house, it is a great value. Super clean, comfortable and equipped with modern amenities at a much lower price than local hotels offering similar amenities. I could go on and on about how wonderful the house is - highly highly recommend this place."
    Guest: Pamela R. Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: August 4, 2014
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  • Great Family Vacation!

    "Our family just returned from a fantastic vacation to Costa Rica! We have 3 children (13, 11, 11) and found this condo to be perfect for our family. Beautiful accomodations with all the upgrades. The beds were very comfortable. Washer and dryer a huge bonus. Beach towels and beach chairs in the condo were a pleasant supriese. Great kitchen to eat in a few nights. Beautiful sunsets from the balcony. The short walk to the beach was easy. We rented surfboards and were able to store them in the locker at the hotel. Once in Tamarindo only used our car once to go surfing at another beach. Easy walk to several great restaurants. The owner was easy to work with and all was as promised. Thanks for a great stay!!"
    Guest: Jeff M. Date of Stay: February 2014 Review Submitted: March 17, 2014
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Costa Rica Travel Tips

Costa Rica is a paradise for eco-tourists. With 27 percent of the land dedicated to national reserves and more than 500,000 different plant and animal species, Costa Rica is no ordinary walk in the park. You can soar over the rainforest canopy on ziplines, hit the waves for world-class surfing or go on exotic hikes that will leave you in awe. From coast to coast, this Central American gem is a must-see.

Nicoya Peninsula

Boasting more than 80 miles of shoreline stretching from the northern air lowlands to the southern moist hills, the Nicoya Peninsula is packed with beach towns, powdery sands and affordable getaways for all. Its beaches are its crown jewel, as they’re ideal for an assortment of water sports, including snorkeling, scuba-diving and surfing. The surf here is always up, and is deemed one of the best spots for the sport in the world. Shred the waves in the morning, and then take the kids to the turtle beaches or subterranean caves. The Peninsula is divided into two provinces, Gaunacaste in the north, and Puntarenas in the south, but you may want to explore it all.

Manuel Antonio

Less than two hours north of San Jose lies Manuel Antonio National Park, where the rainforest meets the sea. There are four main beaches here: Espadilla Sur, Playita, Teloro and of course, Manuel Antonio, all of which are bursting with marine biodiversity and amazing coral reefs. Be careful, though, as there are rip currents.

Manuel Antonio is only one of two places in the country where you can see all four kinds of monkeys: howler, white-faced, spider and squirrel varieties. Once you’ve got your monkey fix, rent a fishing charter for an afternoon of family fun reeling in fish that are as big as you are. You’ll find sailfish, blue marlin, red snapper and tuna that’ll have you rattling off epic fishing tales to your friends. Last but not least, speed down the legendary ziplines that hang in the tops of the trees for a thrill of a lifetime. Don’t worry, safety is key.

San Jose

With a population of 309,000, San Jose constitutes roughly 40 percent of the country’s total. It comes equipped with your usual commercial stores and side-street cafes, yet also showcases the National Theatre (Teatro Nacional). The amazing opera house is decked out in golden ceilings and marble staircases where you can watch a variety of different acts. Everything that glitters is gold in the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum (Museo del Oro Precolombino), a three-story underground structure below the Plaza de Cultura. The museum houses Central America’s largest collection of pre-Columbian gold jewelry. To practice your Spanish and socialize with the locals, head down to Parque Central, and for serious foodies, be sure to eat at the Hotel Grano de Oro, where you’ll find fine dining amidst a gorgeous ambience.

Arenal Volcano

This behemoth volcano is a cornerstone of Costa Rican wonders. It is located in the 29,960-acre Arenal National Park and in 2010, was said to have moved into a resting state. Interestingly enough, 75 percent of all bird species found in the country can be spotted here. You can partake in a list of adventures for days, but the special ones to try are waterfall rappelling, whitewater rafting and hiking through the breathtaking jungle. You can even go spelunking in caves as you glimpse the colorful fish and frogs all over the rocks, or head to the Butterfly Exhibit in Castillo for a whole metamorphosis of fun.

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Yes, you read correctly, Cloud Forest. Located in the Tilaran Mountains northwest of the capital San Jose, Monte Verde is a wonderland for biodiversity buffs. Its lush jungle is teeming with wildlife, such as the red-eyed tree frogs that you find in National Geographic. It also hosts the longest zipline in the country, and insightful guided nature tours where a professional will point out bits of the flora and fauna that will blow you away. The night tours are a blast as well. Don’t forget to step across the Sky Walk, a series of suspension bridges with well-maintained walking paths that will take you through the canopy of the tropical forest.

Costa Rica is perfect for all ages. It’s animal-filled adventures and charismatic coastlines practically breed excitement. From volcanic peaks to vast rainforests to a culture that places family at the heart of life, Costa Rica is an end-all be-all getaway.

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