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My stay was fantastic! It was my first time in Costa Rica, and Special Places of Costa Rica - Vacation Rental and Management was very helpful. They provided assistance regarding my needs related to the condo as well as arranging excursions. Phem was the best!
The condo was fully furnished, including a full array of kitchen appliances and accessories. In addition, cleaning people come in once a week to change sheets/towels and thoroughly clean the place. The pictures show all! It is truly marvelous for 1-2 people.
The condo location was perfect for me. Playa Flamingo is a quiet beach town. The condo is nestled between the two beaches in Playa Flamingo - only 5 minutes walk in either direction. There is a lazy street right in front of the condo, which is a bit unsightly - but not enough to detract from the beautiful sunrise and beach views.
In addition, my condo had a large veranda which overlooks the pool/jacuzzi as well as one of the local beaches. Being on the top (3rd) floor was also provided a better view, more breezes and less noise/distractions from other tenants. (There appears to be six apartments in the building.)
Taking a local bus or short (5-10) minute ride to Potrero or Brasilito gives you a little more restaurant/sensible night-life. And, a 30-minute drive takes you to Tamarindo, which is a like a Fort Lauderdale town with great surf as well as many shops, restaurants and a vivacious night-life.
Costa Rica provides you approximately 12 hours of sunshine each and every day. Playa Flamingo is in the dryer, sunnier part of the country. The weather every day was simply spectacular! You can travel to the volcanic mountains (to see the waterfalls), rivers (for rafting) and rain forests (to see the abundant wildlife), where it is a bit more rainy. But, having the base camp in a sunny, beach climate simply cannot be beat!
I will be coming back for sure! Both the condo and Special Places made it a vacation to fondly remember!
While the condo is nice, it was not our favorite visit or place to stay in Costa Rica. This was our 6th trip to CR. We have stayed different places each time. My husband and I went with our adult son and his wife. The condo was nice but not the 5 star resort property that some reviewers have described. Our biggest problem with the condo was that the road to access the property is extremely rutted, rough, bumpy, and difficult. We rented a new 4 wheel drive SUV but dreaded coming and going each day. We have stayed in ocean view properties before with access roads that were nothing as bad as this one. Two local drivers who picked us up for zip lining and ATV both commented on how bad the road is. Our ATV tour went down remote dirt roads that were in much better shape. Management told us we should have rented a higher car and that we should book in the center of town if we want smooth roads. When we arrived, we did not know it would take over 12 hours for our son's room to cool so we asked for someone to look at AC unit. They came the next day on Christmas but by then it was a good temp. Prior to arriving, we asked that the twin beds be made into a king. It was not done upon check in so we asked again. We were told by management that the bed converter could be found in the closet. Yes, we did it ourselves and found a king sheet to complete the job. So much for concierge service. Someone came the next day to fix the bed but we had done it by then. The condo has a nice view but it a little bit obstructed by the condo complex in front. If you want unobstructed, you will need to be on a higher floor. Some of these things may seem minor but since we have the benefit of now 7 trips to CR, there are certain things we like in order to make our visit more pleasant.