Submitted: February 2, 2013
Stayed: January 2013
My boyfriend and I spent 3 wonderful weeks at the Garden Houses, and had a great time. The property is right on the main road, but the houses are set back, so it is a bit private and doesn't get dusty. It is in the center of Santa Teresa, and close to everything. The grocery store (Ronnys 2) is literally right next door which was super convenient for us, and there was a laundromat behind the property. The houses are nice, clean and each one has its own patio. It was great to have our own fully stocked kitchen and be able to cook. We also enjoyed the air conditioning and cable tv when we were too burnt to be outside.
The owner, Mariah does a great job taking care of the property. She answered any questions we had, was really helpful, made sure we always had clean towels and sheets, plus she even made a reservation for us at a restaurant (Baristas Del Mar, great food, and awesome sunset view). She also has a wonderful dog, Palmera! Who will be your loyal and fun loving companion by day, and guard dog by night; we loved her.
The beach here is amazing, it is really the best beach in the area (we visited malpais and montezuma, both were small and rocky, santa teresa was by far the nicest). The beach is only a short walk down the road and across the street from the garden houses, maybe a 10 min. walk if you're slow. Apparently in Costa Rica no one is allowed by law to have properties on the beach, not even hotels or bars. So you have to walk to the beach no matter where you stay, but we didn't mind.
I highly recommend staying at garden houses. Our vacation was relaxing and beautiful, and I would definitely stay at garden houses again.
Thank you so much Mariah! We were sad to leave!
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