This studio apartment is one of two upstairs in the villa belonging to Gary and Cynthia; there are fifteen villas in this secure development which has a tropical garden with good sized pool in the centre. The apartment we stayed in for two months (except for a few road trips) is quite large with a good bed, TV, A/C, en-suite bathroom and a small kitchenette with fridge, hotplate and utensils. Unfortunately the ceiling fan was inoperative for the duration.
Gary and Cynthia are a really helpful, friendly couple, always happy to assist with local information, directions and where to shop.
The Villas del Sueno hotel is across the road and has a very good restaurant with great food and service, but is a little pricey. We ate there a few times during our stay, including a really impressive set menu Valentine night's dinner dance. Playa Hermosa is small town with beachfront hotels, restaurants and a small supermarket, the beach is a short walk downhill from the apartment. The neighbouring town of Playa del Coco is bigger, with banks, large supermarkets, a casino and lots of restaurants (but at tourist prices). There is a Walmart in Liberia, which is the capital of Guanacaste province and is about a half-hour drive away.
We rented a small car for the duration of our stay in Costa Rica, which was a reasonable price, but the comprehensive insurance costs were almost prohibitive.
Gary and Cynthia, and the house-cleaner Hilda, made our stay in their home very memorable.
This was our second time staying in this studio in Playa Hermosa. Studio had everything we needed to make our 10 day stay comfortable. Cinthya & Gary are wonderful friendly, helpful hosts. Loved the quick walk to the beach and restaurants. Good location to airport. We will be back. Thank you Cinthya & Gary
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Perfect start in Costa Rica, the studio was perfect situated, near the beach and diving center, nice restaurants at the beach!
Do not hesitate renting this studio. It is large and the owners are extremely accommodating. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this rental. It was very clean, there was a nice breakfast area, it only took a couple of minutes to walk to the beach, free wifi, linens, a pool, I could go on and on. I almost stayed in a hotel but chose this place instead and am I ever grateful! It was much better than I expected.
There is a small grocery/convenience store within walking distance so if you want to buy food to keep in the small refrigerator, you can. The beach is literally around the corner. Most places are within walking distance. There are some wonderful restaurants down on the beach.
The best part of this place are Cinthyia and Gary, the owners. They are such wonderful people. This was my first trip ever to Costa Rica and I was also traveling alone. Cinthyia and I emailed back and forth for a couple of weeks before I arrived and she helped ease my concerns. She helped me find tours, offered suggestions on things to do while in Costa Rica, suggested restaurants for dinner, and even helped me get back and forth from the airport as well as various beaches around Playa Hermosa. I enjoyed spending time chatting with both her and Gary. They always had wonderful advice about where to go and what to do, and are great company as well.
My advice: STAY HERE.
Thanks again Cinthyia and Gary! Hopefully I will see you again in the near future.
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