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Recent Playa Ocotal reviews

  • 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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  • Gorgeous view, Great location, All the amenities to keep you cool, comfortable and relaxed.

    "What a gorgeous view to wake up to every morning or watch the sunset at night! This condo has everything you need to make you feel right at home. A porch with grill, living room, kitchen, two gorgeous bedrooms with their own bathrooms, a large tub and multiple showers mean you have all the space you need to enjoy your stay. It offers a great location close to many great beaches and within an hour or so of the lush green mountains. This was our first trip to Costa Rica and it was a blast. We went up to the cloud forest of Monteverde, snorkeled at Ocotal, spread out on the white sand beach of Conchal and rode horses and swam in waterfalls of Guachepelin. Staff are friendly and very helpful at the gate and on the property. Pool and tennis courts are first class. Supermarkets are close by and the kitchen is full appointed. We were not left wanting for anything. Our neighbors were super friendly and helpful too. We can't wait to go back... Pura Vida!"
    Guest: PK Date of Stay: June 2016 Review Submitted: June 21, 2016
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  • Precisely what we were hoping for and more

    "My wife and I stayed at Casa Holmes for 10 days and I can very much say it was exactly what we were hoping for and more. One of the most overlooked components of booking a property through VRBO/HomeAway is the interaction with the owner and I can tell you first hand that Nita is absolutely amazing to work with. She is responsive, informative, and well deserving of your trust. On top of that, Wes & Lisa, the local property managers, couldn't be more helpful. We had a small snafu - I forgot my driver's license - and Wes & Lisa made it a non-issue for us by introducing us to people we needed to know and helping us get it down to CR via DHL (no small feat). The property itself has THE best view in Playa Coco - even better than the Lookout. We found ourselves just relaxing on the deck and not even wanting to go anywhere else. The house also has just about everything you may need.... from snorkeling gear (there's a neat little rock about 100 yds out in front of the house that is fun to poke around) to a great little stereo (don't bring bluetooth speakers like we did - you don't need them for the house) to an extremely well appointed kitchen. A few things - make sure you rent a vehicle with AWD/4WD. We were without a vehicle for 5 days and the driveway will give you a serious workout... I would believe there are many people who would actually not be able to make it up without help (i.e. my mother, etc.). There is a GREAT little store about 300 yds down the street that has just about everything the larger stores do but I think many people don't know it exists. The house comes with a local cell phone - it's extremely handy. There are a few things I could nit-pick about but we have stayed in many homes around the world is this property is easily deserving of a 5 star rating as is Nita and the way she welcomes you into her home. We would recommend this property to friends and family but also kind of want to keep it to ourselves. :)"
    Guest: John Date of Stay: November 2015 Review Submitted: December 15, 2015
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  • Jon

    "Our family vacation was wonderful. The accommodations are spetacular, and the staff was outstanding. This was our second time at this home and it gets better every time. It's one of the most beautiful places on earth."
    Guest: Jonathan K. Date of Stay: February 2016 Review Submitted: March 24, 2016
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