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Beachfront, OceanView, 2 min walk to beach, Gym, Snorkel Equip, Kayaks, Bicycles

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

2 BR, 2 Baths, sleeps 4, A/C, Full kitchen, Wi-Fi, Screened Patio,Tennis, Gym

Los Almendros is an upscale, beachfront development on Playa Ocotal’s northern shore. This modern, gated community has 43 privately owned condominiums. The development has 3 swimming pools, 2 outdoor barbecues and a covered gazebo for weddings and group meetings.

Condo 42 is the end unit on Los Almendros' premium front row. The condo's rear patio is located directly above a small tropical forest. The patio has a beautiful ocean view. It also provides nature lovers an excellent vantage point to observe colorful birds, howler monkeys and other wildlife living in the trees below. It is a 2-3 minute walk from Condo 42 to Ocotal Beach.

Los Almendros classifies their condos as "Standard" or "Superior". A 10% premium is charged for "Superior" units. Condo 42 a "Superior" rental unit. Superior condos are required to offer:

- Upgraded furnishings and wall decorations

- A/C units in each bedroom and the living room

- Flat screen TV

- Private Wi-Fi system

- Combination safe, and

- Dead bolt locks on exterior doors

Condo 42 is Los Almendros' most popular and best equipped two bedroom condo. This condo offers many extras that enable our guest's to enjoy a more relaxing and memorable vacation:

1) Beautiful ocean view, and less than a 3 minute walk to Ocotal Beach.

2) Very quiet & private. No condos above or below. No passing auto traffic.

3) Los Almendros' best equipped kitchen.

4) Member privileges at The Club at Coco Bay: Exercise gym, tennis courts, swimming pools, yoga.

5) Entertainment center with 42 inch Sony flat screen television, DVD player and iPod music system.

6) Screened rear patio with 32 inch flat screen television.

7) Tastefully decorated with art & pottery from five Latin American countries.

8) Three independently controlled split level A/C units in living room & both bedrooms.

9) Private Wi-Fi, telephone and cable TV.

10) Honeywell combination safe (Combo set by guest).

11) Deadbolt locks on all exterior doors.

12) Wall mounted hair dryers

13) Covered, secure, parking a few steps from condo's front door.

14) Cell phone: Free calls to anywhere in Costa Rica.

15) Garmin GPS: Explore Guanacaste without getting lost or having to ask directions.

16) Free snorkeling equipment: adult & children sizes.

17) Free kayaks: two 8' Sit-On-Top kayaks.

18) Free cruiser bicycles: Two 3-speed bikes w/baskets (One men's & one women's).

19) Binocular: Over 60 bird species have been observed from our rear patio. Howler monkeys come within 30-40 feet of our rear patio.

20) Beach Canopy/Sun Shield: ZiggyShade (Amazon's top rated sun shade)

21) Beach chairs, beach towels, ice chest, ...

22) Hiking gear (Binoculars, canteens, backpack).

23) Swimming pool toys: Kick boards and inflatables.

24) Charcoal barbecue.

25) Washer, dryer, iron and ironing board.

26) Premium linens and towels purchased in USA.

27) Pack & Play for infants/toddlers(Upon request)

***L/A's most popular 2 bedroom rental unit 2012 -2016***

Screened Patio: Condo 42 is the only Los Almendros rental unit with a screened rear patio. In the evening, guests can relax and listen to the ocean surf without being bothered by insects attracted by the patio's overhead lights. The ability to use the patio, day or night, significantly increases the condo's living space. Families with children appreciate having a second television on the patio.

Outstanding Swimming and Snorkeling: Playa Ocotal is one of Guanacaste's quietest and cleanest 'Blue Flag' beaches. The ocean surf is very gentle. Playa Ocotal has no dangerous riptides. Travel guides recommend Playa Ocotal to outdoor enthusiasts who want to snorkel from a Guanacaste beach. Guanacaste snorkelers drive many miles to explore the rock formations at both ends of Playa Ocotal Beach. Playa Ocotal's best snorkeling is directly below Los Almendros. On most days, snorkelers see numerous species of colorful, tropical fish in Playa Ocotal's tranquil waters.

Sun Screen for beach : ZiggyShade is made from UPF50 light weight lycra (swim suit fabric) . The ZiggyShade, protects beach users from the sun. The ZiggyShade beach tent can be set up by a single person in less than five minutes, When positioned properly, ZiggyShades are wind resistant and have no bendable/breakable umbrella spokes. Open on four sides, the tent allows ocean breezes to pass under the canopy while providing users a 360 degree view of their surroundings. The ZiggyShade weighs 11 pounds and comes with its own carry bag.

Club membership: We are members of The Club at Coco Bay. Guests staying in our condominium enjoy full membership privileges at this outstanding private facility. The Club at Coco Bay offers lighted tennis courts, a gym with modern exercise equipment, two swimming pools, yoga/Zumba classes and one of the area's best restaurants.

Father Rooster's Restaurant: One of Ocotal's most popular restaurants is located less than 200 meters from the entrance to Los Almendros. Father Rooster's is a beachfront restaurant that serves tasty appetizers, full meals and delicious tropical drinks. Fresh seafood is the restaurant's specialty. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. Father Rooster's is a great place to enjoy a beautiful Guanacaste sunset.

Playas del Coco: Coco is Guanacaste's fastest growing beach community. The town is a 5 minute drive from Los Almendros. Coco has modern grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, ATM machines, restaurants, ice cream shops, disco/bars, souvenir shops, a casino and an emergency medical facility.

In July, 2015, the Hard Rock Café opened a new restaurant in Coco. Los Almendros is less than10 minutes from this popular chain restaurant.

Garmin GPS: We provide our guests the same EZFind GPS software that local rental car agencies charge $7-10 per day. We have added numerous restaurants and activities to EZFind's standard package. Our GPS unit includes all of Coco's best restaurants and Guanacaste's most popular tourist attractions. Select 'Home' and our GPS unit will provide you the safest, quickest route back to Los Almendros.

Pre-Paid Cell Phone: Cell phones from the USA and Canada require a different chip to work in Costa Rica. To eliminate communication concerns, we provide our guests a pre-paid cell phone that can be used to call anywhere in Costa Rica. A few important phone numbers have been programmed for emergency use. These include the Los Almendros office, our General Manager's cell phone and the cell phone number of an English speaking doctor who works out of the emergency medical clinic in Playas del Coco.

Most guests use their iPads and Skype to make inexpensive calls to the USA or Canada.

Rocket Frog Diving: The Rocket Frog dive shop is located directly across from the entrance to Los Almendros. Rocket Frog has Guanacaste's fastest dive boat and newest scuba equipment. Training is conducted in a modern on-site swimming pool. Guests staying at Los Almendros enjoy a 2-3 minute walk to the boat launch site.

Los Almendros' fully equipped condominiums are classified as a 'specialty lodging'. There are 279 housing developments in Guanacaste that are classified as "specialty lodgings". Los Almendros is Playa Ocotal's #1 rated 'specialty lodging' and the #3 rated "beachfront" specialty lodging Guanacaste. Local travel agents consider Los Almendros de Ocotal Guanacaste's best beachfront value.

Vacation Planning Assistance: Playa Ocotal is an excellent location from which to initiate day trips. Los Almendros has an experienced, bilingual office staff that assists guests in making reservations for deep sea fishing, diving, snorkeling, sailing, rafting, tubing, zip lining, massages, hiking, bird watching, hot springs, rain forest tours, volcanoes, canopy tours and horseback riding. Our General Manager is bilingual, a Guanacaste native, and knows all the local tour operators. One of her greatest strengths is her ability to help guests plan and coordinate their vacation activities.

Transportation: A car is nice to have, but is not a necessity in Costa Rica. Taxi’s from Los Almendros to Coco cost $7-8 each way. Bilingual tour operators provide affordable transportation from Los Almendros to Guanacaste tourist attractions. Taxi service is available to and from the Liberia airport ($55 car, $70 van). The Los Almendros office can arrange to have a rental vehicle delivered to your condo.

Bicycles: Coco rental shops offer single speed cruisers. We provide our guests two 26"" cruisers, one men's model and one step-through female. Both cruisers are equipped with Shimano's reliable and easy to use, Nexus 3 speed gear system. Two medium sized hills between Los Almendros and Coco are easier to climb with the Nexus gear system. Both bicycles have baskets, comfortable saddle seats and old style cruiser/pedal rear brakes.

More Details

Owner
Gail Brewer
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2017

About Gail Brewer

We are originally from Rochester Hills, Michigan. Ron worked for Ford Motor Company as a Lean Manufacturing Specialist. I was a Registerd Nurse. We both retired ten years ago at age 55 and moved to Costa Rica. We enjoy Costa Rica's beautiful weather and year around outdoor activities. We are both Univiersity of Michigan graduates. Ron earned his MBA at the University of Texas in Austin. We have three adult children. They live in Cincinnati, Ohio, Washington D.C. and Southfield, Michigan, Our children enjoy vacationing in Costa Rica. During the USA's cold winter months, they enjoy coming down to Playa Ocotal for a relaxing week in the sun. Our grand children enjoy swimming in Los Almendros' pools and building sand castles on the beach.

Gail Brewer purchased this condo in 2005

Why Gail Brewer chose Costa Rica

Los Almendros de Ocotal enjoys a 'Prime' beachfront location. Most equivalent properties in Guanacaste are owned by large hotels. Los Almendros de Ocotal is preferred by travelers who prefer to stay at a small, less commercial resort. Los Almendros does not require its guests to purchase an 'all inclusive' meal plan. Our guests enjoy dining at local independent restaurants, and the option to occasionally prepare a home cooked meal. Los Almendros guests do not worry about missing pre-paid, scheduled meals. They dine in private restaurants wherever their travels take them.

Playa Ocotal is a very quiet and peaceful beach. The rock formations directly below Los Almendros is one of Guanacaste's most popular locations for snorkeling from shore. Snorkelers routinely see schools of beautiful angel fish, game fish, rays, eels and octopi. We provide our guests good quality snorkeling gear, free of charge.

What makes this condo unique

Relying on feedback from our guests, we continuously add new items for our patrons to enjoy. For example: 1) Playas del Coco has over 30 restaurants. Several of the best restaurants are not easy to find. We provide our guests a free GPS unit. The GPS device is pre-programmed with the location of Coco's best restaurants and Guanacaste's most popular tourist attractions. Our GPS unit recognizes Los Almendros as 'Home'. No matter where you travel in Costa Rica, your GPS unit will provide you the quickest, safest return route to Los Almendros. 2) US and Canadian cell phones require a special chip to function in Costa Rica. When they do work, roaming charges are expensive. We provide our North American guests a cell phone that can be used to make free calls anywhere in Costa Rica. The phone numbers of the Los Almendros office, our General Manager's cell phone, and the number of an English speaking doctor in Coco are pre-programmed. 3) Playa Ocotal offers Guanacaste's best snorkeling. The rock formations directly below Los Almendros is the most popular off-shore snorkeling location in Northern Guanacaste. 4) A popular, reasonably priced, beachfront restaurant is located less than 100 meters from the entrance to Los Almendros. 'Father Rooster's' specializes in seafood and delicious tropical drinks. The 'vegetarian nachos' are a favorite appetizer. 5) Los Almendros has a top rated dive shop on site...Rocket Frog Divers. Guests our entitled to a 10% discount off Rocket Frog's published rates. 6) In addition to world class deep sea fishing, many families enjoy fishing near shore for red snapper. They grill their fresh catch on the private charcoal BBQ in front of our condo. 7) Our guests enjoy membership privileges at Coco Bay Beach Club. This club offers spa treatments, tennis courts, swimming pools with children slide, exercise machines, yoga classes and Zumba classes.

Guestbook comments from the owner

5 of 5 stars



What a great place! Thank you so much to Stefanie for taking care of us. She helped us plan day trips at a moments notice and was more than accommodating with anything we needed-and we needed a lot! The condo #42 was very nice with breathtaking views of Ocotal. We woke up to monkeys practically on our deck one morning. The pool options were endless and the occasional sight of the howler troop was always exciting. The beach was beautiful-black sand with blue water-amazing! Sunsets were colorful and we loved exploring the rocks at low tide. We saw colorful fish in the tide pools and exotic birds overhead. Not much in the town to do or see-but plenty to see in the surrounding areas if you have a car. It was very hot though otherwise-highly recommended





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Amenities

Guanacaste Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Both bathrooms have a full shower. Hot water is provided by a Steibel instant hot, tankless water heater...you will never run out of hot water. All electrical outlets are wired for 110v current (Same as in the USA and Canada).
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Master bedroom has a queen size bed w/premium mattress purchased in 2015. Second bedroom has two twin beds. We also provide our guests two military cots that can be set up for children of up to 125 pounds. The cots can be set up in the living room or on the rear patio. The twin beds each have 2 inch, high quality, latex toppers over the mattress. Mattress pads, linens and latex toppers are imported from USA. If you are traveling with a small child, a Graco Pack & Play is available upon request.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting

Reviews

Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)

Beachfront, OceanView, 2 min walk to beach, Gym, Snorkel Equip, Kayaks, Bicycles
average rating of 4.625 based on 32 reviews
5

Great views, amazing location, awesome beach and pools

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time at wonderful Playa Ocotal. Amazing views, stunning beach and awesome wildlife. The weather was increadilble - loved the warm afternoons at sunset on the patio.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Serene and Great Location

  • 4 of 5

We spent five days in this unit and really enjoyed our stay. The unit was everything we expected and the complex is very clean and quiet. The views from the enclosed screen porch and dining room were spectacular. This particular unit as at the end of the road with no one above or below which is very nice. Be aware though, from this unit, the hike to and down to the beach is very steep albeit short.

The beach itself is a black sand beach with rocky parts of the beach that lead into the ocean. Snorkeling is just okay due to the strong winds making the viewing challenging but we enjoyed it nonetheless. There's not much to do in Ocotal except chill and read a good book. Everyone was super nice and friendly. If you want more activity, then Coco was a quick 5 minute ride and cost about $6 each way.

The owners went above and beyond to stock it with everything you needed and more. While it is nice to have a bike and kayak to use, there was really nowhere to bike because Coco was too far and hot. And unless you were fairly strong, there is no way to hike up and down this serious hill to the beach carrying 30lb kayaks. I did appreciate having the snorkel gear and binoculars though! We saw so many birds from the enclosed porch and were fortunate to see the Howler monkeys too!

The beds in the unit would comfortable with good pillows. I have to disagree with a previous poster who called this a dump. It's not. It's a low key complex on a quiet beach. I would say that it does need some slight updating as the unit is starting to feel slightly worn but that shouldn't dissuade you from reserving the unit.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Williston ND
5

Private and cozy condo near Ocatal beach

  • 5 of 5

Loved our 3 nights here diving with rocket frog divers, eating at Fathers Roosters, and relaxing in the condo.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Okotoks, Alberta Canada
4

Private paradise

  • 4 of 5

Wonderful unit and a great location. The views are spectacular and the unit is very comfortable. The owners are an absolute pleasure and called us the day we arrived to welcome us. The screened in porch is an amazing place to see monkeys. We would definitely rent this unit again. It's very well equipped.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pittsburgh, PA
4

Condo a stone's throw from the ocean with extras

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I enjoyed our time at the Los Almendros condo. The beach was great - very sparsely populated (maybe 15 people at most at one time in the three days we were there), soft black sand, clear water, and good snorkeling. It's only about a 5 minute walk, although coming back up the hill is a little bit of a challenge. We especially appreciated the snorkeling equipment that Gail had available at her condo for us to use. After a long drive there (from the Arenal area), we appreciated just being able to walk down the beach to Father Rooster's for dinner. The condo itself was exactly as described. The air conditioners worked great, and we especially enjoyed being able to sit on the screened-in porch with the view of the beach. Our biggest disappointment is outside of the owner's control - we did not see a single monkey during our stay! I wish we would have had another day or two because we never did get to try the kayaks.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Nice condo with a view

  • 4 of 5

My families experience at los alamendos was very good. The beach is a 5 min walk down the road in the development or u can drive down the hill. The condo itself was clean and well furnished.We had a miscommunication on the cots but the owner attentively took care of it! The area is pretty quite but a five min drive to cocco for restaurants , bars , shops, and supermarkets was nice. People are friendly and we felt safe! The only negative was the weather and my wife and I got sick. If I were to go back I'd try to go in the dry season we went in the green season and had a decent amount of rain. The owners of the condo also belong to the club so you can use there amenities pool gym etc. it was a nice place 5 min drive from the condo. Also the beach may look dirty but the sand is actually black. Different experience the water was warm clear and calm though. Screened in porch at night was also a plus nice view to the left.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Liberia
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Playas del Coco
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Papagayo Country Club, Open to Public
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Father Rooster's, Seafood, Tropical Drinks
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Playa Ocotal
Nearest Point of Interest
Los Almendros de Ocotal
Nearest Point of Interest
Father Rooster's Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Liberia Airport
Nearest Point of Interest
Papagayo Golf Course
Car: recommended

Los Almendros is 30 min. from the Liberia Airport, 5 min. from vibrant Playas del Coco and 60 minutes from two of Costa Rica's finest national parks. Our central Guanacaste location provides convenient access to activities in both the Northern and Southern parts of the province. Playa Ocotal is a protected 'Blue Flag' beach. It is a perfect beach for snorkelers and families with children. On most days, the surf is very gentle. Ocotal has no dangerous rip tides. Snorkelers are able to see and enjoy numerous species of colorful fish, eels and rays. Children spend hours exploring the tide pools directly below Los Almendros. The tide pools contain hundreds of small, colorful fish that get trapped by the changing tide.

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Rates & Availability

Guanacaste Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Low Season
Apr 18 2017 - Nov 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
$131
$786
 
 
High Season 2: 2017
Nov 18 2017 - Dec 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
$176
$1,056
 
 
Christmas: 2017
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 1 2018
5 night minimum stay
$218
$1,307
 
 
High Season 1: 2018
Jan 2 2018 - Mar 24 2018
3 night minimum stay
$176
$1,056
 
 
Easter (Semana Santa)
Mar 25 2018 - Apr 2 2018
4 night minimum stay
$218
$1,307
 
 
Low Season 2018
Apr 3 2018 - Nov 17 2018
3 night minimum stay
$131
$786
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$131
 

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 13.0%

The above rates do not include Costa Rica's 13% hotel tax.

Maid service is provided once per week. Clean towels are available upon request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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