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The condo sits on the most beautiful beach in the area with clean, cool sand, post card palm trees, plenty of papalas, and security. The ocean is that blue/green color we all love, clean, and lots of fun in the surf. You are approached by local vendors and a simple no thanks with a smile is enough. I never felt pressured, uncomfortable, or unsafe. The locals are wonderful people; I enjoyed taking time to chat for a few minutes.
Emailing the owner (Roberta) from the very start through our vacation was excellent. We had standard questions in the beginning, detailed questions once we booked, and then a few emails while we were at the condo. All were promptly replied to by Roberta, I really enjoyed working with her, and she is a great communicator. Roberta has an amazing team onsite available day/night. Luz helped with anything we needed and Bernardo and Winston helped with security. The day of our departure, we had to have a 4:30am taxi, all was arranged to get us started for our long journey home, and it was so helpful.
The ‘beach cottage’ condo has a covered patio area literally a step off the beach. We used the charcoal grill too, I believe it is for the entire building, but Luz had it moved for us to use outside our patio anytime. The Kitchen had French doors off the main patio looking out to the beach/ocean. It was very basic with essentials, but could use a few more items such as a cutting board and plastic drink cups. The living area had another set of French doors that you could go outside onto a smaller patio with another total view of the beach/ocean. The living area had ‘L’ shaped couch built into the wall with a large coffee table. Flat screen tv with lots of English channels, I’ll admit we turned on a few times at night to unwind and catch a few minutes of a movie.
The 3 bedrooms were all very basic with lots of closet space. I suggest bringing pillows, but I say that for all travel. The bathrooms all need to be updated or just replace the plumbing fixtures. The main sitting area and 2 of the 3 bedrooms had AC. This is not a fancy condo, it is basic, but as I titled this review, it is all about the amazing location on the beach!
The area around the condo has plenty of restaurants and grocery stores within walking distance. The big grocery story is a taxi drive away, we went once day one, but realized we could get all we needed at local grocery stores.
We stayed at the 2BR ground floor apartment of Villas Chiara (located on the side of the ocean front building). We really appreciated the sandy beach few steps from the apartment, the balcony with a small view of the beach and the privacy. The pictures on their website are beautiful and gives you a good idea of what you will see at Villas Chiara. There are many good restaurants, a small shopping center and a car/scooter rental at a walking distance. Thank you very much to all the staff!