Close enough but far enough.
Submitted: May 27, 2011
Stayed: May 2011
This was a perfect balance between being located near restaurants and stores and not being in traffic. Adding to that was the beautiful view, well outfitted house and the immaculate grounds. I went there with some old college friends and everything was better than advertised. Plenty of room and everything worked. The property manager, grounds keeper, and housekeeper were great. They were there when you needed them and not when you didn't. Jorge, the property manager, was friendly and very informative - a highly underused resource. Ernesto, the grounds keeper, tolerated my attempts at his language but was still able to provide the services as requested. Anna Marie, the housekeeper, was always charming and very industrious. Kanga, Misty, Skye, and Jack, the dogs, were a special treat. Hint: Don't take the dogs to the beach unless you intend to walk on the beach. I walked down to the beach with three of them on leashes just to take a look at the surroundings. When I turned to walk back to the house without going onto the beach, the three dogs turned to stone and wouldn't budge until we took the walk ON the beach. They were smarter than me. The house and very large yard was enclosed by a high fence. Ernesto and Anna Marie were always around so locking the door to the house didn't seem necessary.
A few items that were noticeable but not necessarily detractors: The Mayans, Incas, and Aztecs were going to fight over this land but they saw the TV at this house and left. Big enough but ancient. Hey - who comes to Costa Rica to watch TV. Plenty of channels and DVDs to watch if needed. The provided Wifi was quick and continuous.
The house is located on a dirt road, like 80% of the houses here. Fortunately, Ernesto was available to wash the car as needed.
There were the obligatory tropical critters that were more vocal than visible.
Bring your Spanish/English dictionary. While many of the locals speak some English, many in this area don't and you can't survive without a number of basic phrases and the ability to understand the responses to those phrases. To me, this added to the local color. I learned the word "despacio" which means slow.
We flew into San Jose and drove from there. Do yourself a favor and fly into Liberia. The added expense to fly to Liberia is worth it. The drive from San Jose was 6.5 hours. Liberia is about 1 hour. The drive back was only 4 hours because we drove at night when the radar carrying police were in bed.
Families with Teenagers,
Helpful votes: 3/4
Did you find this review helpful?