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Recent Central America reviews

  • Amazing Beachfront Vacation

    "This was my second time renting Casa Mandarina, and I'm reluctant to write a review only because I want to keep this place as our little secret, but that wouldn't be fair. This house is, in my opinion, the best beachfront house in Playa Grande. The grounds are always well maintained, the house is clean, super comfortable and really spacious. The caretakers are the most wonderful people, they are super friendly, they do a really good job, Marcia is a great cook, but they also give you your space. There are waves to surf right in front of the house, and you can watch TV and check the waves at the same time. The beds are comfortable, each room with a private bath, and good water pressure. No complaints, We love this house and would highly recommend it to anyone looking to enjoy the beach."
    Guest: The Miami Beach Crew Date of Stay: March 2014 Review Submitted: March 27, 2014
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  • Amazing location for an authentic Costa Rica beach experience

    "Our family of 12 (6 kids aged between 13 and 7, 3 couples) spent Christmas at Playa Garza. The house was perfect for our needs: comfortable, friendly, a great beachfront garden with outdoor shower and unique direct access to a beautiful beach. I was nervous about the sleeping arrangements but it worked out perfectly: 4 girls slept in a room with 2 queen beds, the 2 boys slept on bunks adjacents to the living room, and then there were 3 rooms for the couples that included the owner’s apartment which had a balcony, TV, fabulous view of the ocean. The house has a lot of character, it is nicely decorated and is well appointed for cooking, and feeling at home. The bathrooms worked well, there was hot water, and were very nicely finished (2 full baths in the main house that we were sharing among 2 families of 5, and the apartment had its own bathroom). Eliza and Greta the housekeepers were unbelievably helpful (I speak a bit of spanish), kept the house clean, prepared us some lunch and dinners and even prepared fish that my sister in law caught earlier in the day with Eliza's brother. Before we arrived Ginger did the groceries for us, it is important to specify sizes as most items are purchased in large size. We did not run out of food! It was awesome, no shopping while we were there. The location of the house is in the center of Garza, a fishing village of 100 people. The main road is right by the entrance and there are neighbors and ambient village noises. Across the street there is a small corner store, a church, a bar and a little place where you can get Vitamix made juices. So it was the real Costa Rican village experience, we loved it, we were not looking for seclusion in a golf course. A 10 minutes drive away from there was the Nosara Yoga Institute, surfing at Playa Guyones with Agua Tibias (these guys took all 10 of us surfing everyday), zip lining with Miss Skynopy, and the exceptional Nosara Monkey Refuge (you need an appointment to see baby monkeys rescued by Brenda Bombard). Amazing, amazing vacation. To top it all, Ginger coordinated for us fireworks on Christmas day -- the most beautiful fireworks on the beach!"
    Guest: Sylvie L. Date of Stay: December 2013 Review Submitted: January 27, 2014
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  • The Schellhorns

    "We stayed in the White Dragon for 11 days. It exceeded all of our expectations. The home was beautiful and very well kept. Frank was our grounds keeper he was very welcoming and helpful!! This beautiful beachfront property was amazing in every way and made for an unforgettable family vacation. We will definitely be back next year!!"
    Guest: The Schellhorn's Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: November 15, 2014
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  • Great winter get away.

    "During our 3 week stay we found everything as described and better. Mature tropical landscaping around pool, condo well equipped, friendly owners, could walk to both Ocotal beach and Playa del Coco (no vehicle required). Weather was perfect. Frank provided airport pick up and drop off, groceries requested and great advise on local sites."
    Guest: Adventurer Date of Stay: February 2014 Review Submitted: March 23, 2014
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