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Recent Playa Ocotal reviews

  • Condo a stone's throw from the ocean with extras

    "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."
    Guest: Kathy M. Date of Stay: July 2016 Review Submitted: August 3, 2016
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  • Great Property with Great Views

    "Our stay was great!! Awesome location with great views. Would definitely stay again."
    Guest: Lindsey J. Date of Stay: July 2016 Review Submitted: July 29, 2016
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  • Wonderful

    "We recently had a fabulous stay at Villa Gecko. Mary, the owner made the arrangements as easy as can be, and was in constant contact for months leading up to the trip. She provided valuable information not only about the resort, but the entire area. The villa is exactly as described, no surprises. It is well stocked and very clean. The private pool and jacuzzi were a real treat, and we spent alot of time enjoying them. The resort staff are readily available, and very friendly and helpful. They would even call for taxi's for us when we requested, which was very helpful considering the language barrier. The restaurant, Picante was a favorite afternoon activity for drinks and snacks, and the staff there were wonderful. (Thanks Cesar, Juan, and Gabrielle!) We were fortunate to be able to see the howler monkeys every day, (when you go out the back door, look to the left, near the bottom of the hill). The beautiful birds were always around, and will eat out of your hand. We also saw a large iguana several days, and were visited every night by the cutest and friendliest pair of raccoons! The beach is beautiful black sand, and swimming in the ocean was fun, but I would caution people to watch children very carefully, and not swim alone, as the current can be very strong at times. We had great snorkeling just off our beach near the rocks to the right. We did not rent a car, as we were weary of things we had read about the driving in CR, and found it perfectly ok getting around by taxi. The cost to go to town is 10 dollars, and every time we wanted to go grocery shopping, the cabs had no problem waiting for us, and did not charge for the wait time. It is a good idea to verify the price before you take the ride, as unfortunately there are a few who will prey on your ignorance. We had arranged the airport transfers through the resort and were told that it was 50 dollars, payable directly to the driver. When we were dropped off at the villa however, the driver told me it was 80 dollars. I called him out on it and he backed right off, but I can see how easily somebody with a more timid personality could be taken advantage of. For activities, we did deep sea fishing, palo verde river tour, heliconias rain forest, and snorkeling. We loved Villa Gecko, and loved Costa Rica. Can't wait to return to both! Pura Vida!"
    Guest: tera c. Date of Stay: March 2016 Review Submitted: April 8, 2016
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  • Great place to stay! What you see is what you get!!

    "Ending a beautiful week here in Costa Rica! We had a great trip due largely in part to Al who made booking the villa and all the details super easy and also Cesar in the front office who not only arranged our transportation to and from the airport but also helped us book tours, etc. Fantastic staff at the resort only enhanced our experience. The villa was everything it was advertised to be!!! Clean and tastefully decorated, the villa is located a mere 10 steps to the pool and just a few hundred yards from the most beautiful private beach I've ever seen. Great place for a relaxing trip away with the girls or a low-key, hang at the beach week with your family. The pool and the beach were rarely crowded and most mornings (being early risers) we had the entire beach and pool to ourselves. It was almost like being on your own island with modern amenities!!!! We did not rent a car while we were here and I do not feel that we missed out on anything by not doing so. While the resort itself seems fairly isolated and unspoiled, when we wanted to go into town it was just a short taxi ride away. In town, you can easily walk the strip between Coco Beach and the main drag so shopping and dining was easy and hassle free. We will definitely recommend this rental to our friends and family back home and hope to come again ourselves in the near future!!"
    Guest: Beth B. Date of Stay: July 2016 Review Submitted: August 3, 2016
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