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Recent Costa Rica property reviews

  • Casa Fiesta truly is a paradise!

    "Having never been to Costa Rica before, and not knowing what to expect, I was curious to see what Casa Fiesta would be like. I was NOT disappointed. First of all, my wife and I stayed in the apartment at Casa Fiesta and my in-laws (mom, dad, and sister) stayed in the house. The property is fantastic. You are literally 50 yards from the beach, you have all the amenities you need, and the pool is the jewel of the property. The photos of the property really do not do it justice. As well, the property was well maintained. The pool was cleaned every other day. A gardener came twice during our 10 day stay, and the property was clean and well kept. I'll admit when I saw pictures of wild horses, I was thinking they were probably taken years ago, and were seen once or twice. Well, in the 10 days we were at Casa Fiesta we saw the wild horses no less than 3 times, and we had one see us off just outside the back gate on our last day! We also had a sloth climb down one of the trees near the beach on our first day there. We couldn't have been more happier with the wildlife we saw. The location is fantastic too. It's about a 15-20 minute walk into town along the beach or the road. "Banana Azul" is a hotel just up the road which has a tour kiosk, restaurant, and bicycle rentals. We used all 3 resources. We really had a fantastic time and would definitely recommend this location to our friends/family. All in all, I am over the moon with Casa Fiesta. It really is a fantastic place to stay! Local attractions we recommended: Restaurants: The Point - bar and grill just up the road, very friendly to Americans/Canadians. You can get your North American sports fix there. Cafe Viejo - Italian bistro in town. Fantastic food. Definitely go there if you're celebrating or just want to eat well. Salsa Brava - Great seafood, friendly owners, great view of the sunset/surfers/etc. Really loved this place. Activities Puerto Viejo Botanical Gardens - Just up the road towards town, and a great way to see some of the local and not-so-local flora and fauna, as well as some wildlife. Zip-lining - Terradventures and Gecko Tours offer this. Very scary at first, but so fun once you're going! Jaguar Rescue Centre - See monkeys, sloths, snakes, red-eyed frogs, and so much more. Great time! Manzanillo - We rented bikes at Banana Azul and rode down to Manzanillo, doing some beach hopping along the way. A very fun and physically rewarding trip!"
    Guest: Sean Date of Stay: February 2012 Review Submitted: March 9, 2012
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  • Happy Honeymooner

    "I can not think the fine folks at Los Suenos Resort and particularly the wonderful people in charge of our condo for my recent stay during my honeymoon at the end of September of this year. From the golf cart rental, cab rides, visit to an active volcano or hiking and sight seeing through the National Park the entire experience was unforgetable. The resort was simply amazing and the condo we stayed in was magnificent and simply the perfect place to stay. Every step around the condo was beautifully landscaped with bright colors and the brightest greens. The condo itself was clean and had everything you could ask for. It felt like I was at home. I would highly recommend the same exact experience we had to anyone who asked...We will be back soon."
    Guest: Happy Honeymooner Date of Stay: September 2013 Review Submitted: October 14, 2013
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  • Perfect House Perfect Location

    "I have stayed in 5 houses in Hermosa Palms and this was the nicest by far. It was clean, upscale with wonderful furnished porches on every level. Located right near resort like pool, some homes are over 2 blocks away. Rental manager lives in neighborhood and is but a phone call away for all your needs. Great for families and if anyone surfs you will wake up to a minimum of 4ft glass everyday."
    Guest: Michael P. Date of Stay: June 2013 Review Submitted: August 13, 2013
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  • "Very private and secure, Amazing views at night less than 15 minutes from San Jose and easily accessable"
    Guest: Daniel & Lyne Date of Stay: July 2009 Review Submitted: July 19, 2009
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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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