This resort is showing up on an Interval exchange search but I do not see anything on Trip Advisor for this resort. Is anyone familiar with this resort?
Really nice to read postive comments about Costa Rica. As to the accomodation, a bed is a bed. We really don't expect to spend too much time in ours nor, to spend our time on hols cooking!
Thanks. Two Silver Surfers.
They put us in the 2 bedroom after we agreed to do the time share presentation. As I said the condo needed paint. Linens and towels were older but seemed clean. That's the most important thing for me. Kitchen was sufficient for breakfasts and light meals. Weather was wonderful and so hot that I didn't want to cook big meals. Our A/C worked. Unit in each bedroom and one in the living area. It was fairly small but functional. We weren't planning big meals so we moved the table against the wall by the sofa and that gave us more space. We used the table more for storage and we ate at the breakfast/island area.
Wonder if you can pay the $20 "deposit" for presentation and 2br upgrade and just not go, but keep the 2br!? :)
Are there any bars/nightclub like places in walking distance?
How much are taxis to the downtown/happening area?
We're renting a car, I think, but maybe it's best just to take taxis??
Advice? (BTW, we're not party-ers but hope to have a few nights out--dancing maybe?? :)
Is it safe to walk to the shopping area at night?
What tours did you take, if you don't mind answering? Thanks!
We ended up during the time share tour so I'm not sure what they would do if you got the upgrade and didn't turn up. The people in the next door condo didn't go, but their rep tried several times to convince them to go.
Downtown is about a 15 minute walk. Our rep at the resort, suggested that we take a taxi in the evening and we did do this. Most of the taxi charged $2 but a few changed $3. Not sure why the difference. I assumed some taxi added the $1 to ensure a tip, but that's only an assumption. There are two types of taxis....licensed and non-licensed. We were told to use only the red colour cars (the lisence ones). Over the Easter weekend it was extremely busy so we did use the non-licensed one once, but I was with my hubby who was about 2-3 times as big as the taxi driver and it was during the day.
There were bars, a casino in the downtown area. I was travelling with my daughter (9 years old) so I didn't visit these ...sorry I can't give you more information. The shopping, restaurants and bars are all in the same area.
We didn't rent a car as taxis were so cheap. The airport shuttle (we used Tomato Adventures) was a great price. Plus we felt we would learn more and see more if we travelled with the guide on the tours, so we didn't rent a car. Spoke with several people who did. No major issues.... I think you can rent cars at the resort if you just want to rent for a day or two.
With Tomato Adventures (who was so great!!), we did the Jungle Boat tour in one of the National Parks. Saw lots of animals and birds. This included beverages and a great lunch in a family style restaurant. And since it was a private tour, he also arranged forus to visit a coffee plantation to get a coffee experience that afternoon. It was a lovely day!!
Then we went to Arenal Volcano with Tomato Adventures another day. This included cold beverages, a stop at a fruit stand for some freshly squeezed, oranganic orange juice (amazing taste), a nature walk in the rainforest, swim in the natural hot springs, lunch at another great restaurant. It also included several stops of wildlife and pictures on route. I can't say enough good things about Tomato and his company. Just wonderful and it was a private tour so they let us stop at the bank/store on the way home if needed and he arranged to visit a Harley Davidson store on the way to the Volcano as my hubby is a Harley kind of a guy. lol... Tomato even arranged for the store to open early for us.
The last tour we did was the Nicaragua Colonial Tour. Here we visited the city of Granda, visited Masaya Handcraft market (only got 30-40 minutes - so not enough time), boat tour of Lake Nicaragua, visited an active volcano as well as an inactive volcano. This included breakfast and lunch. We booked this through the resort. The tour guide was great but we were with a group of 20-22 people so we couldn't adjust activities to suit what my family and I wanted to see. This was a long but nice day. I may have paid a little extra and see if I could have arranged a private tour if I had to do it again.
Hope this helps with planning your trip.Edited: 3:14 pm, April 21, 2013
That was VERY informative! I really appreciate your thoroughness. Thanks. We're looking to do the Nicaragua definitely (of those you mentioned).
What about internet access there? in the unit? at resort, area, etc.?
Any recs on restaurants?
Since you didn't rent a car, you just used taxis to get to other destinations (i.e., other beaches, etc.)? I guess if you used Tomato, they arranged to pick you up or ??? How did that work?
Thanks again! If I get to be pesky with questions, just tell me you're done. lol :) I'll understand!
There was free internet access in the office area...just needed to ask for the password. No problems. I asked but was told there are no Internet cafes in the area. I think you can purchase access for your condo but we tried to have a electronic free holiday.
The beach was about a 5 minute walk from our condo. It's the darker sand from the volanco, but there are white sand beaches (seemed to be stronger waves/currents from what we were told) about an hour away. We didn't go, but I'm sure you could either arrange it sigh a private tour or taxi. We didn't look into it. Sorry.
When we booked private tours, the first morning he picked us up at the main office area but took us back to the condo in the afternoon. Then the morning if the second tour and on the way back to the airport he picked us up at the condo.
For the group tour, we were picked up at the main office area. It was about a 4-5 minute walk.
With regards to restaurants, we ate at the main one in the court yard. (You go there for a welcome beverage on arrival. ). We enjoyed their thin crust pizza one day and pasta another day. There was another one near our condo (can't seem to remember any of their names. Sorry!) with outdoor seating and lots of flags hung around. This was great as well. We also ate at several restaurants in town. We didn't have a bad meal while we were there. Food was great:). The only food chain I saw that was common to North America was Subway. We did eat there while we were out shopping in the hot afternoon. They had air conditioning and a lot of the lunch places didn't.
It was very hot while we were there, so come prepared with sun block. First morning we went to the beach from 8 am until 11 am with 60 water proof sunblock and all burnt. My daughter and I are fair, but my hubby isn't and he still burned.
I don't mind answering questions if I can:)Edited: 8:20 am, April 22, 2013
Thanks so much! Very informative again! :)
Thank you for all of your information. You are making me feel better about this location based on the recent posts. I have Tomato booked for our transports as well as our tours. We are going in July with another couple and have a two year old. Your detail has helped greatly!