"We spent a week at Villa Noor in mid-January. Our hosts, Cindy and Freddie, were very helpful despite the language barrier. The Villa was well stocked and comfortable. The property felt like our on wildlife reserve where we saw Iguanas, Jesus Christ lizards (those guys that walk on water), toucans, leaf cutter ants, sloths, kinkajou, skinks, blue crabs, butterflies if many sorts including the wonderful blue morpho, moths that look just like leaves, hermit hummingbirds, and howler monkeys! The beach is a short stroll away as is the center of Manzanillo. Manzanillo abuts the Gandaco-Manzanillo refuge where we went for a day long hike with Abel Bustamante. He's a great guide, very lively and knowledgeable and speaks English well. He gave us a lot of tips on spotting wildlife as well as a lot of commentary on life in Costa Rica. With a car, you can access Puerta Viejo (great for surfers- too much congestion for us!) and the mountains easily from Manzanillo though the busses seem to be able to take you everywhere."
Date of Stay: January 2017
Review Submitted: January 30, 2017