When we travel, we like to have some independence from the craze of the large beach resorts and all-inclusives. Privacy, calm and autonomy is just what we wanted in our Costa Rica vacation and Casa Las Brisas delivered all of that, but with the added hotel-like conveniences of high-end local recommendations for restaurants, activities and tours.
The home is beautifully decorated, clean and very comfortable. The kitchen is well stocked - my husband is quite the cook and we wanted for nothing as he whipped up our meals! - and we felt completely safe the entire time. Although we had no reason to question the safety of the area, the home's security system and safes in the bedrooms gave us the added level of assurance you want when you're in a foreign country and away from your own home.
The layout of the home is ideal for larger groups with its two large master bedrooms - one with a separate entrance for added privacy - and two other spacious bedrooms, but it is comfortable enough for a couple or a small group. The open floor plan of the main living area means almost every inch of the house boasts a stunning ocean view - just what you want when you're at the beach! And I can't tell you how much fun we had using the second floor porch! The view from that vantage point is spectacular - no better place to watch the sun set while sipping a fresh fruit cocktail :)
We rented a car and used it to get to and from some destination beaches and activities, but there are so many restaurants, shops, beaches and activities right in Flamingo that we walked almost everywhere. Strolling on the beach was a great start - or end - to each day, but when we wanted to take a more strenuous hike, there are a number of more challenging walks through the tropical hills of Flamingo that the owners had written out for tenants. We saw howler monkeys, exotic birds and huge iguanas on our walks - so cool! Right down on Flamingo Beach, our group surfed, paddle boarded, got massages, kayaked, and snorkled. But unlike some other beaches nearby, there were no obnoxious merchants interrupting us every 10 minutes.
The owners had an extensive book filled with menus, tour pamphlets, restaurant recommendations, and other helpful phone numbers and resources, which made our trip more enjoyable. We loved all of their recommendations and can't wait to return to try out everything we didn't have time for!
I would absolutely recommend this home to our friends and family. You will love it!