Submitted: March 25, 2008
Stayed: March 2008
Our experience of staying in this condo was very positive - we loved it!
To start with the owners, Bud and Lori, gave us great directions on how to find Junquillal and their manager, Barbara, was waiting to check us in when we arrived.
The property is accurately described and is beautifully furnished with new comfortable furniture and equipped with new stainless appliances. Everything we could need was there! There were just the two of us, but the condo is definitely large enough for another couple - there was a huge bedroom and bathroom that we never used. We enjoyed the fact that there was no phone, TV or stereo because we wanted to be away from everything for our stay. The grounds are lovely and we spent many hours around the pool.
The description is accurate that the condo has a sea view, but it is really just a glimse through the trees. The beach is a lazy 10 mins walk.
Junquillal is a small community of mostly ex-pats who are amazingly friendly. It has a tiny but surprisingly well-stocked store, a couple of beach bars, and some very good restaurants. We didn't find a 'village centre' like a plaza or soccer field, and did miss watching Costa Rican village life unfold. However, we did some good bird watching, and drove to other beautiful local beaches to snorkel, swim, collect shells, and watch the surfers. We definitely made good use of our rental vehicle.
We ate at Guacamaya and Hotel Villa Serena, and had excellent meals at both places. We saw sunset at Barnardo's beach bar and the bar at Hotel Iguanazul, which are both frindly and scenic places. The sunset from El Castillo is supposed to be good, but we never checked it out - too busy having other fun with new frineds,
Would we go back? Definitely. Would we take friends with us? Absolutely.
Helpful votes: 8/8
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