Submitted: March 11, 2012
Stayed: February 2012
My husband and I (in our 40's) and my in-laws (in their 80's) stayed at Villa Playa Vista for 6 days and loved it. This was my husband's and my second time staying in this villa as we loved the views so much the first time, we had to come back for more. A typical day was waking to the sounds of the ocean early in the morning and then going for a walk up the jungle road to see if the white-faced monkeys were out (saw them most days). We also looked for sloths and toucans. We would then head back to the villa for breakfast with wonderful Costa Rican coffee and fresh fruit. If we didn't have an excursion planned, we'd sit on the patio with the view of Playa Dominicalito (bring your binoculars) and sip on margaritas or take a dip in the pool. There are so many wonderful restaurants in the area, we only ate in a couple of times (would buy fish at La Marcha just up the road). Domilocos, Azul, Jolly Roger's and Chappy's are some places we ate. There are wonderful beaches for walking (Playa Baru is our favourite) and plenty of activities. Manuel Antonio Park makes for a great day trip. We didn't get out to Corcovado this time around, but had found it an interesting tour the last time we were here.
The house is clean, air conditioned with a fully functioning kitchen with access to the patio. This is a great place for both couples and families (especially with each bedroom having its own bathroom). The hills are quite steep, so we didn't walk around too much (except on the roads behind the villa and on the beaches). We would recommend taking in the view from Azul (Dave gave us great directions as it's not that well marked from the main road). The people were extremely friendly everywhere we went and we've always found this area very safe and comfortable. One day, we had stopped at an artisan's stand on the mountain road near Perez Zeledon (about 10 minutes from Dominical) when our truck wouldn't start back up. The artisan, Francisco was amazingly helpful. He and his wife, Carmen, and daughter, Maria Del Mar, were very hospitable offering us coffee and shade while we waited for our truck to get fixed. His place is on the right-hand side of the road if driving to San Isidro and he has some great pieces at reasonable prices. Muchos gracias!
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