We had a group of ten and were so fortunate to find Casa Coco. The house is secluded, you feel like you have your very own private space even though there are many homes and sufficient security around. It is an open concept plan so we spent hours sitting outside in the awesome gazebo or playing games in the living room. The staff are friendly and we woke up to coffee and breakfast already prepared every morning, such a luxury. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. You are charged for your air conditioner use but I would say to blast away to ensure your comfort. We ran the AC in 4 rooms every night, all night long and our entire usage bill was US $26. The beach is a two minute walk from the house and we utilized the hotel to the fullest. It was a beautiful place to lounge and rest while the kids had a blast playing in the ocean. Definitely take advantage of the chef service if you can. The price is unbeatable and I think one of our favorite memories is sitting at the house and eating dinner together each night. The food was awesome and the chefs were extremely helpful and made us some delicious Dominican meals.
Some helpful tips to consider. Rent a car if you can. While you don't really want to leave the area it would have been helpful to have a vehicle to run into town and grab some groceries or cash. Awwwww cash! You need lots of it. No one accepts credit cards really so we were constantly running short of Pesos. Everything is reasonably priced but it takes a lot of Pesos to get by. Make sure you have plenty on hand.
Skip the trips! We had fun visiting the El Limon waterfall and the tour to the Island but if we had it to do over again we would have just stayed and enjoyed the house and the beach. El Limon is pretty but it is a fairly treacherous 40 minute horse ride to the falls. My kids were not fans. It also entails a 30 minute van ride to get to the horses. The Island tour was a bust for us. The bus ride was well over an hour and the Island, while beautiful, was not worth the money. There was a lot of trash floating in the water and washed up on the beach. Everyone wants pesos from you, including just to sit in a lounge chair.
Final thoughts, you will not be disappointed in Casa Coco. It is an awesome family retreat to one of the most beautiful areas of the Caribbean.
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I have travelled all over the Carribbean and to two other villas in Las Terrenas, and this one really blew me away. Usually you have to pay through the nose to be right on the beach (double what this villa cost), or be far away from the beach. But here you have the best of all worlds: so close to the beach, safe and secure, privacy at the villa thanks to a lovely tropical garden, and a house that is functional, tasteful, and huge. The pictures don’t even come close to doing it justice (recommendation to owner: update your pictures!) We had 3 families staying comfortably. The service is top notch and the owner’s manager helped us arrange everything we needed ahead of time: car rental, activities, and so on. The hotel next door is a real plus. There were hardly any guests there, so it felt like we owned the place. The bartenders became our friends, and we spent many hours in their huge pool and beach chairs sipping coconuts cut from the trees. This is a truly unique villa with such nice service touches – for instance, most villas in the area make you buy your own bottled water, which is very cheap but a hassle to get. At this villa, they had 10 bottles on hand, and they were magically resupplied when we used the last of them.
Oh, and the beach. THE BEACH! It stretches in a gentle curve, lined with palm trees and with mountains in background. There are so few people, and the waves are gentle and safe for the kids (ages between 4 and 10). I really can’t say enough about this beach. Truly amazing. We also learned to surf at the “surf school” (really just two guys with a shack and some boards) at the nearby Restaurant Luis, which is also highly recommended.
Las Terrenas town is close by, but not too close. We went in to town a few times for dinner and shopping, but mostly we hired chefs to cook dinner at the house, which is highly recommended. Also recommended: buying fish right on the beach in town from the local fishermen. The only criticism I have is that the air conditioning required some switch to be set, so we had to ask the housekeeper to do something before it worked. I would suggest that they make sure the switch is on before the guests arrive. But this is a small thing. Overall, we had the best vacation ever, and we will definitely be back.