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Recent Costa Rica reviews

  • The Best Vacation Ever!

    "We stayed here for 2 weeks in late July with our best friends. There were 8 of us -- 4 adults, 2 older kids and 2 younger kids. Our families loves to surf, and the setting could not have been more perfect. There was a fantastic point break a short 10 min walk down the beach and a break right out front that's perfect for beginners and intermediates. The grounds and golf course are beautiful and meticulously maintained. The on-site family is wonderful and is adept at finding and sharing all kinds of Costa Rican wildlife/ reptiles with the guests. The town of Pavones is a 20 minute drive from the house, and there you will find massage, horseback riding, grocery stores, and a few restaurants. We will definitely be back!!"
    Guest: Anna Belle Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 25, 2014
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  • Costa Rica Spring Break

    "We had an extraordinary time. Los Suenos is an awesome facility. It is truly like staying in paradise. Los Suenos has everything anyone could need. The views are spectacular and the condos are roomy and comfortable. But the best future of Los Suenos is there service. Nancy and her staff do a great job! I have been to Costa Rica three time and definitely Los Suenos is the place to stay!"
    Guest: Arty Date of Stay: March 2014 Review Submitted: March 17, 2014
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  • A beautiful home in a beautiful country

    "I will start by sharing the basic details of my family. I went over to Costa Rica with my husband, 2 kids (7 & 2), and my mother. We arrived in San Jose and rented a car to drive to the ferry, and then Montezuma. Please be advised that if you have children (especially small children), it is probably best to stay overnight in San Jose and head out the next morning for the journey to Montezuma. It takes over 4 hours to get to Montezuma from the airport, and that is if you have no major delays and get on the ferry quickly (which can also be a challenge)...and bring food (depending on the route, you may have very limited options along the way). Anyhow, once we arrived at the home in Montezuma, we were greeted by the caretaker. He was very friendly, and showed us where things were, and had already set up the beds for us. That was very nice, as we arrived late that evening. The home is very nice! My 2 kids had a great time running in and out onto the porch, and really liked the option of having breakfast outside on the porch. Please take into consideration as well (when you are packing) that the home isn't equipped with air conditioning as it is not really common in the area. It can be humid as well...it is essentially in a rain forest. The home is installed with a solar hot water heater, which worked out well as we never ran out of hot water. Most things that you need at home are there (i.e. washer/dryer, refrigerator, microwave, stove, etc). The home has a beautiful view of the ocean. The wildlife and plants surrounding it are fascinating. My children had a great time noticing all of the new plants, lizards, monkeys, and red squirrels. The beach is very near and was lots of fun to explore. The home is very near the city of Montezuma...where there are great restaurants and a small store to purchase grocery items. We had a very relaxing fun time in Montezuma!! The kids talk about going back a lot! I would also recommend spending a day in San Jose before you return home. Carol, the owner of the home in Montezuma, referred us to a taxi driver that took us to visit the coffee plantation, volcano, and waterfall garden for a great price! We definitely plan to return to Costa Rica one day!!"
    Guest: Rachel J. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: September 27, 2014
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  • Pura Vida

    "This casa exudes the Costa Rican life style, frequently referred to as Pura Vida. Sitting in the title pools (when safe) with your favorite bevarage removes any stress that one may have brought down with them. It is close enough to Montezuma but far enough away that one can engage in the life there or escape into your own private garden. The casa is artistic with beautiful wood work and tile. The hammock on the front porch will afford you as many hours of peace and calm you may need. We loved this place and would recommend it only to people seeking Pura Vida."
    Guest: Suzanna Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 9, 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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