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Casa Marina for 2 was just perfect for my husband and I! Most of our time in Costa Rica was spent adventuring, but Casa Marina was the perfect place for us to get some sleep and rest up for the next day. The pool was perfect to end the day and cool off or jump start our morning. It was easy to find and we felt super safe in the neighborhood. Beach access in the neighborhood as well as a mini market, restaurants/bars, and other hotels with restaurants/bars that are open to the public. Playa Grande was a such a cute town and more quiet/less touristy than its neighbor Tamarindo.
Marina was also alway available! She was very nice and sweet and made us feel so welcome!
We had nine of us staying in the 5 rooms, including 4 7-year olds. We went down with the thought of doing lots of exploring in the area but soon discovered that we were happiest sticking around the house, splitting time between the beach and the pool.
Tamarindo was madness during Christmas week but Playa Grande was quiet and wonderful. We timed our ventures to the beach to avoid the highest tide as the beach gets steeper and you get a bit of a shore pound. There are also more beginner surfers that you need to dodge. With the long flat beach that is exposed at lower tides the bigger waves break out further leaving easy white water in the shallows. The kids learnt to duck dive the deeper waves and used the Casa's boogie boards to scoot around on the shallow white water. They LOVED it.
The pool area is also a great place to hang out, with a cushioned sofa area on one side and a dining area on the other. Both areas are covered and have fans so there's no limit to how long you can sit out. The pool catches shade at either end of the day so that's nice too. The pool was a perfect temperature Christmas week and the kids could stand for about half its length.
We couldn't recommend it highly enough. So much fun for both kids and adults. Perfect for catching up with a second family that lives on the other side of the continent and has kids the same age!