Perfect House, Perfect Location!
We had a fantastic time at the Hilltop House! There were 6 adults and 5 kids (between 3 and 8) and we were very comfortable, with plenty of room. The pictures here are great, but they can’t really convey the stunning views and beauty that surround this awesome place. Brent was extremely helpful and gracious – offering us several recommendations on activities and restaurants, all of which were superb. While not directly on the beach, the house is beach accessible via a short walk down the steep road, or a quick 1 minute drive. We actually preferred being up in the tree tops and the top floor viewing deck just can’t be beat. We were able to spot a few monkeys and lots of birds from the very relaxing hammocks – and everyone enjoyed the pool and second floor outdoor deck area. The house is nicely finished, but very comfortable and a great fit for multi or large families.
The geographic location of this house is perfect for exploring the entire SW region of Costa Rica. Playa Hermosa and Jaco are only 15-25 minutes to the North and Quepos and the National Park (Manuel Antonio) are only about 45 minutes to the south. Esterillos Oeste offers just the right amount of restaurant options, a great beach, boogie/surf board rentals, and the tiny “super sol” market is all you need for necessities like eggs, produce, beer. If you fly into SJO, the drive down to Esterillos is just under two hours (if it’s not raining or during rush hour) and offers you beautiful mountain views during the day.
Places/experiences that we enjoyed include: Rainmaker Park (rainforest hike with swinging bridges – a must do – and eat at Tilapias Rio Seco next door, where you can catch your own fish and have them fry it right up), Los Suenos Canopy Zipline Tour, The beach in Esterillos, Crocodile Bridge (be careful), Manuel Antonio National Park (go on a weekday, and go early), Los Almendros (restaurant in Esterillos), La Sirena (restaurant in Esterillos), Panaderia Artesenal (bakery in Jaco – worth the drive in the morning for awesome pastries, American breakfast and delicious coffee), Pizza Bocha (pizza and phenomenal empanadas in Playa Hermosa). So much more we wanted to do.... we could have stayed two weeks at the Hilltop House – and we encourage you to do the same!
Thanks Brent for making our first trip to Costa Rica and our stay at Hilltop House better than we could have imagined.
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Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the nice words!
Hope to see you on your next trip.
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