Our stay at Casa Tranquila was great. It's perfect for a family of 4! The kitchen is spacious and has all the amenities you could ask for. If you like to cook a lot and are bringing check-in luggage, I would bring a chef's knife. I did find, however, that I was able to do most things with the steak knives that were provided. Also, we were there during the dry season and the water ran out at around 4:30pm and did not come back on until 8:30am in the morning. You have to fill up jugs of water to see you through to the evening. It isn't really a big deal, but it would have been helpful to know before we booked! We never did find out if we could drink the water at the house, but luckily we arrived with a big jug of water that we were able to pick up at a supermarket en route from the airport, thanks to our Gypsy Cab driver who kindly stopped there. The house is located about 8 minutes from the gorgeous beach by foot and is close to a fruit stand and a little grocery store, called La Bodega, that is stocked with many western things, they even carry hazelnut milk! It was great to have a washing machine, and we were able to use the phone to make local calls. We were urged to use the safe and to lock everything with multiple padlocks and set the alarm, which we did, but the area felt very safe, and all the locals were very friendly. There are many great spots to explore in Nosara, and the restaurants - La Luna and El Peperoni, like Erika, our hostess, recommended, were great. We also took an amazing tour with Experience Nosara through the mangroves and learned a lot about the local flora, fauna, and history. We didn't rent a car and found that it was easy to arrange rides anywhere. We walked to Guiones, and also flagged down a Tuk Tuk, but you can also hitch a ride easily, if you want to. We were traveling with another family who stayed at Beach Break Bungalos, so we were able to have the kids jump in the pool there and use our fantastic kitchen at Casa Tranquila for family meals. There is a little trail that you can take through the forest to get to the grocery store, it cuts the walk by about half. Overall, our experience was perfect, and I am only sorry that we were unable to do the dishes before we left! Thanks so much for a wonderful time!