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Rancho Armadillo Estate

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Playas del Coco, Playas del Coco 5019, Costa Rica
Rancho Armadillo Estate
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Our family had a spectacular time staying with Rick at Rancho Armadillo! Rick goes above and beyond to ensure his guest have a wonderful easy going holiday!! From planning day trips, excursions, identifying birds, tips on the best restaurants and which roads to take (this is important as there are few road signs and you often need to take dirt... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Make no mistake about it: Rancho Armadillo is one man's labour of love. Rick the owner runs the place himself, making himself available to visitors 24/7. He's an American expat from Detroit, who has been living in Playas del Coco for a couple of decades now. You will often see him help the kids of his few workers with their... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Four girlfriends and I traveled to Costa Rica for my birthday (it was a big one). After lots of research, I chose Rancho Armadillo as our destination for the 4 night adventure. I sent the owner, Rick, an email back in August and he responded within a day, and from there, he helped me plan the entire stay. He suggested... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

I traveled to Costa Rica for the first time with my family. We spent the week at Rancho Armadillo and were so happy with the whole experience. When we were even in the planning stages of our trip, I would shoot Rick an email and he would always get back to me within that day. He helped with planning our... More 

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Commerce Township, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We just got back from our vacation staying at Rancho Armadillo. We had such an Amazing time and experience. Our accommodations were excellent and our host Rick Vogel was Awesome and very knowledgeable in the history of Costa Rica. Every morning after our delicious breakfast Rick would inquiry about our activities for the day. He would then supply us with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

I came here for a couple of days of relaxation and this place was the perfect destination! Rick was soo much help and so kind throughout my whole stay and really takes a great interest in all his guests. Only a 15 minute walk from the local supermarket and an extra 5 minutes to the town, it was a good... More 

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Sioux City, Iowa, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Our first visit to Costa Rica included spending 6 days at rancho armadillo, we could have not had a better place to stay. With Ricks help we really enjoyed our stay. Each day started with Ricks infamous breakfast and his inquiry what we had planned for the day. Before we were done eating breakfast, Rick would have maps for our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

If you and your family would like the experience of staying in the real Costa Rica look no further than Rancho Armadillo. In an intimate, rustic location, owner, Rick Vogel,guides the traveler to the natural locations and activities in and around Playa del Coco . His Knowledge of nature and the history of Guanacaste will make your trip most enjoyable.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

The positives: 1. Rick, the owner, is a good host and shows a great interest in his guests. 2. The location is convenient for exploring the area. 3. The view from the dining and raised terrace is wonderful. The negatives: 1. The grounds and landscaping are neglected. ie- bougainvillea lining the entrance are overgrown, other plants in need of attention,... More 

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RanchoArmadillo, Owner at Rancho Armadillo Estate, responded to this review

As the owner of Rancho Armadillo I would like to address each of your comments. This is the first time I have ever felt the need to respond to a review. 1. The grounds and landscaping are neglected. ie- bougainvillea lining the entrance are overgrown, other plants in need of attention, landscape lighting rusted and askew, pathway tiles broken, etc.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We're a family of 9, ages 8 - 78, traveling for Christmas holiday. We spent 5 nights with Rick and had a fabulous time. We all felt so at home and appreciated the wealth of information Rick has about the area. He set up several adventures for us and cooked an amazing 7 course meal for us - individualizing for... More 

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