Stunning location and very cozy for family of 9
Despite a few rainy days, our 4 day vacation in Punta Uva was a real joy. It's been one of our few vacations with my two year old son and 10 month daughter, and I'm so glad we picked a spot which was so private and comfortable.
The house, as described by the owner and other reviewers, is a bit rustic. However, it is clean, dry (very important!), and all the appliances (hot water heaters in the showers, microwave, large stove, etc.) worked perfectly. Despite all the humidity, it didn't smell moldy at all and the sheets and bedspreads were all new.
The housekeeper Cruz and the cleaning ladies were extremely helpful and Cruz in particular had a lot of colorful stories to share about the area. He was also very thoughtful in pointing out a plant on the edge of the property that we should keep away from the kids, and one afternoon he opened about 15 coconuts for us and filled a whole pitcher with "agua de pipa"... delicious!
We enjoyed spending afternoons and even evenings in the jacuzzi, which is not heated, but you get used to it in a jiffy and it is actually what you need in that balmy weather. The dimmers on the lights let you set the mood just right. We also used the grill for a cookout and enjoyed playing board games in the gazebo.
The short trail to the beach is beautiful, and there's kayaks available for rent to explore the river upstream. So convenient not to have to get in the car to go to the beach! The beach itself is picture perfect. I recommend the quieter far south corner of the beach (about 5 minute walk) if you have small kids like ours, as the waves are smaller there, plus there's a wonderful estuary.
The road to Reloj de Arena, all the way from Limón, has been fixed up and barely has a single pothole (very different from a visit to the area two years ago!). The restaurants nearby are absolutely fabulous. Don't miss La Pecora Nera and Koki Beach if you get a chance.
Overall I would highly recommend Reloj de Arena for large groups that value the convenience and privacy of an authentic costarrican home in a stunning jungle and beach location.
Helpful votes: 10/10
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