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In a quieter side of Costa Rica, although local beach parties can be loud with boom boxes. Great dvd collection, but no DVD player in living room. Great pool, towels, appliances, etc. outdoor grill had spotty heat, but still okay. Security guard outside all night.
Paddle board and kayak rental place very close by, and good restaurants as well. Excellent place to explore from.
I stayed a week at Casa Esmeralda and had an amazing time. It was in a very convenient location, and within walking distance to Playa Portrero. There were many other nearby beaches as well such as Playa Danta, Playa Flamingo, and my favorite, Playa Conchal. The home featured air conditioners and ceiling fans in every room, which made the hot weather much more comfortable. There is a large BBQ grill and a nice outdoor private dining space. The kitchen had all of the amenities which we used to cook some of our meals at the house. On the nights we ate out, there were so many options within walking distance. La Forketta, a nearby Italian restaurant was one of our favorites. La Perla, a bar and grill down the road had delicious food and daily drink deals. In the nearby town Brasilito, there was a delicious soda "Soda Brasilito", and a good fish and seafood restaurant on the corner. The area was beautiful and the neighbors were very friendly. We did notice there weren't any televisions, but it wasn't that big of a deal for my husband and I, as we didn't come to Costa Rica to watch tv :) the owner Gary was very responsive and easy to work with. His assistant Lis, was very gracious and welcoming. Thank you for making our stay so special. Pura Vida!