Beware the little windows.
Hi Everyone, Just a word to the wise, I agree with all the reviews, this is an amazing property a beautiful place...but...
When we arrived we took the caretaker's advice to lock valuables in the small safes provided (the combo pad didn't work, I was given a key...not great, but I had to trust him.) As a traveler I know to take the usual precautions so I was also careful to lock the doors at night. However,
on the 3rd night I awoke to find a big lumbering man staring at me in my bed...he was carrying a backpack and I believe his intent was only burglary (and the adjacent thrill of doing it while I was there)...my angry words frightened him and he ran out the sliding glass door. We felt so violated we left the next day.
Unfortunately, as you can see from the photos provided, there are 'ventilation windows' under the big windows which appear small because of the trim. In reality, when you slide them open, they are big enough for a man to slip through. I learned this the hard way when one of the windows was left ajar at night. So, mea culpa, I accept responsibility for letting my guard down and not checking this small detail. But please folks, be aware, the little windows aren't too little. This is a small settlement and everyone seems to know when new people come and go which seemed reassuring at first, but kind of scary after my incident.
Finally, being a gringo, I was surprised that ALL toilet paper must go in the trash. Not quite what I thought I was signing on for although I got used to it.
I would recommend this house to big strong men and adventurous types as the surf is quite rough as well. My family are Huntington Beach body surfers, so we are usually not intimidated by waves, but in this case, with no emergency services, it all felt like a bit too much.
I would not recommend this property to american families with little kids...unless they are much braver than I and they don't mind the lack of 911 services at their disposal.
In my heart I had to weigh whether or not I should write because I wish the owners well. Still, it felts wrong to have this experience and not share it. I hate to think a young girl leaves a window open and has the same experience one day....
Owner's Response: First of all let me apologize that your vacation was not up to your standards. I am sorry that you didn't have the trip you were hoping for and understand your disappointment. I can say for potential renters that I encourage you to take our security talk seriously and to keep your wits about you. As in any developing country there are risks when traveling. We are installing new windows in an effort to update security. We do have an on site manager full time for security. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns and do research san pedrito online before coming to make sure it is a good fit for your group. We have had years of family visits with no problems.
Helpful votes: 4/4
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