Villa was Perfect
Submitted: December 19, 2011
Stayed: November 2011
Before our trip to Costa Rica we had never rented a home outside the United States; and, frankly, we were a bit apprehensive about doing so. But the photos of the villa on Playa Longosta were so alluring that we threw caution to the wind as it were. We contacted the owners and asked a number of detailed questions about the property and the area. Both before and after we paid the rental fees the owner was an eager wealth of information, and so willing to help us choose the activities that our family would enjoy most (I probably could have saved myself $50 in travel guides . . . ).
Anyway, upon arriving in Playa Longosta after a long flight, the folks at the property management company just handed us our keys -- no hassle, no paperwork, no worries. Five minutes later we were relaxing in the villa. The pictures of the villa are accurate but don't quite do it justice. Both the home and the private pool were in great condition, were comfortable and tastefully decorated, and included a number of useful items that some home owners don't think to provide (umbrella, boogie board, hammock swing, giant beach towels, pool toys, everything one would need in a gourmet kitchen, and so on). We breathed a sigh of relief that we had landed a great property.
The 24-hour security guards were very friendly, allowed us to practice our limited Spanish on them, and even (unsolicited) rinsed-off our SUV after some muddy four-wheeling on some of Costa Rica's more adventurous dirt roads. The convenience store a two minute walk down the road was also a big help when we ran out of milk or got hungry for a snack.
The next time we plan to visit Guanacaste we'll have no need to scour home rental sites for properties because we've found the perfect house for us in that part of the country.
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