By almost any standard, Hotel Kasha is a dump. We rented a large bungalow and were led to believe it was air conditioned. It was not. The room was old, battered and dirty, with furnishings to match. Pillows did not have pillow cases, both of our small, thin towels and the sheets were disgustingly stained. Nails protruded from what passed as a bathroom vanity, plumbing barely worked, there was no hot water and the ceiling fan barely functioned. We'd booked for five nights and fled after two -- when even the trickling water supplies vanished. Pictures the hotel shows must be at least 30 years old. That beautiful swimming pool? The water is murky and UNFILTERED and the pool furniture is so old it's finish is crackling. Like almost all Puerto Viejo places, Kasha is NOT on the beach. That's across the roadway, and one must walk through 100 to 200 yards of forest to get there, which means, of course, that there are NO ocean breezes. Of course, the hotel would not tell us the path's location (a lot of these paths are difficult to find ... they are NOT marked) because rip tides make that beach unsafe. Rather, they will direct you to a path maybe a mile southward, where there's no parking; you must walk. Kasha's restaurant has fairly good food ... desperately overpriced, and they forget little things like napkins. The Shawandha hotel directly across from the beach path is a lovely Tahitian style place where everything is more than "done right" -- it's done with artistry and flare and in excellent taste, including a wonderful restaurant. The bungalows there don't have AC, either, but the excellent design keeps the place comfortable and the somewhat higher prices ... well, it's more than worth it. The Playa Chiquita Lodge across from Shawandha -- yes, it's on the beach side -- was highly recommended by an American expat as being equally nice at half the price but we didn't have time to check it out. Aguas Claras beach cottages also are on the ocean side of the road; we couldn't check interiors but bungalows are lovely looking Victorian-style places and the surrounding gardens are promising. One more thing, Vandy: We would NOT go back to Costa Rica's Caribbean side. Getting there's a real challenge (we drove) and the beaches can't begin to compare with Jamaica or the Bahamas. Arenal and the Monteverde Cloud Forest are infinitely more rewarding destinations!