|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Second floor condo just a few steps to the beach. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, expansive living/dining area open to well-equipped updated kitchen. The screened-in sleeping porch with double bed provides a lovely third bedroom, children's corner or relaxing getaway. Central French doors open onto the huge veranda with treetop vistas and cooling breezes. Hard to beat this location just steps from gorgeous and family friendly Playa Pelada. Follow the beach path and in five minutes more you are on Playa Guiones, one of the best surfing beaches on the Pacific coast. Walk to outstanding restaurants, the fresh fruit and vegetable stand and bodega market. Wi-fi, laundry facilities, maid service, garage, and large swimming pool with rancho are all within beautifully landscaped grounds of this small and friendly condo complex. Nearby activities include surfing and surf lessons, yoga, horseback riding, stand-up paddle boarding, wellness and spa centers, snorkeling, fishing, canopy, coffee and eco tours.
We visited Costa Rica for two weeks in August 2015 as a family of four, with a 4 year-old and a 1 year-old. Overall a great trip and the Nosara area is awesome.
The location of the condo was great for us with the beach just a few minute walk and a few GOOD restaurant options also within an easy walk. The condo itself was a nice open layout, just as seen in the photos and it was well-appointed with pots, pans, coffee maker, etc. so that we were able to cook most of our meals - a few with fresh fish we bought from the fishermen on the beach.
Playa Pelada was an ideal location with kids as the tidal pools at low tide were playgrounds for our kids to swim, discover shells, chase fish, etc. Pelada seems mellower and less crowded than Guiones, which has the surf and is a 15 minute walk to the first breaks.
The other condo guests were families like ours, though mostly European, and we enjoyed meeting and spending time with them. The pool on the upper level was where we spent most afternoons to escape the heat, and it is very quiet and peaceful up by the pool.
We went during August, which is typically the rainy season, but the rains did not come when we were there, so the open-air condo was very hot during the majority of the day (this is coming from a Texan family, we know humid heat). This made naps for the kids challenging, and we basically spent the whole day in our swimsuits, wet, either from the shower or swimming pool. We were told, this weather was atypical, but we want future families to have that on the radar. The fans weren't great, but the owner did supply a floor fan a few days into the stay to help with the heat. We never used the nice furniture inside because it was too hot.
Keep in mind, the entire complex is open air so you hear everything around you (Howler monkeys, cars, music, birds, etc.). This makes for a very Costa Rican experience.
The condo's internet was down while we were there, which made working remotely much more challenging that I had planned. I ended up hunting for a reliable wifi source throughout Nosara's coffee shops and found the best to be Cafe Paris, FYI. The condo owner apologized and mentioned looking into a dedicated internet service for the condo in the near future.
Angela, the property manager, was available and helpful during our stay. There is constant property surveillance, so we felt totally safe.
Overall, a great trip and we do plan to return to Nosara in the future.
Walk or a short drive to excellent surf breaks and local surf schools, daily yoga and wellness classes, horseback riding, deep sea or surf fishing, stand-up paddle boarding, skate park, organic farmer's markets, excellent restaurants and juice bars, live music. Close to canopy tours, eco and coffee tours, bird watching. For a remote area with a laid back, easygoing vibe, there is no loss of outdoor activities and adventures you can have every single day.
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.