Submitted: January 2, 2010
Stayed: February 2008
We had a fantastic trip to Casa Elsa in February. We took our son who was two at the time, and had some reservations regarding the open layout but it worked very well for all of us.
We were thrilled to see three different types of monkeys every day - there were congo monkeys, known as howlers, as well as squirrel or titi’s, and capuchin monkeys. They were daring but not intrusive, and were amazing to see and hear. Our son was thrilled by all the wildlife, especially the monkeys, but also lizards, frogs, sloths and butterflies. To our surprise there were no biting bugs, even at night.
The weather was sunny & hot every day. The days were long in Feb and the sun came up early. Fortunately the house was cool during the day & night. We had 5 minutes of rain on our last day, which was a nice reprieve.
We felt very safe the entire trip, and had no issues of any kind. I did have some concerns since this was our first out of country vacation with our young son, but even with our flight getting cancelled (extreme snow in southern Ontario) it all worked out perfectly.
The beach was stunning and much larger than we had expected. The sand was fine and nice to walk on.
Location is fantastic - the house is close to the beach, local shops and a National Park. We walked, took the bus and cabs to different areas, including the beach, cafés and restaurants. Nothing was more than a 10 minute ride away, and lots of places were within walking distance. Anything we needed or wanted was available, the shopping was excellent. We went grocery shopping several times and everything was super fresh and delicious. We also visited the two markets which were huge.
Petronella, the cleaning lady, was fantastic. She did a wonderful job and was extremely pleasant. She went about cleaning quietly and was unobtrusive.
Carlos was most helpful and answered any questions we had for him.
Our son LOVED the pool as did we. We spent lots of time swimming, cooling off, and relaxing in it. The view of the cost & ocean from the pool was nothing short of spectacular. We hope to visit again soon!
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
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