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Playa Grande or Santa Teresa for Christmas week with kids?

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Playa Grande or Santa Teresa for Christmas week with kids?

I'm planning to rent a house on the beach in either Playa Grande or Santa Teresa during the Christmas week. We're looking for a laid back town with great beaches for surfing, safe swimming for kids (at least nearby), and a small town feel with restaurants. We were leaning towards Playa Grande but just read some reviews that it gets overrun during the Christmas holiday with people who wander into your property, sit on your chairs, etc. Any recommendations for a great beach town that will be manageable this time of year? Are Santa Teresa or Playa Grande good options? We'll be traveling with grandparents and children ages 3 and 5.

Santa Teresa, Costa...
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1. Re: Playa Grande or Santa Teresa for Christmas week with kids?

I would suggest the northern section of Santa Teresa or even a bit farther north to Playa Hermosa or Manzanillo. There are some great properties on VRBO for these areas. The beach at Playa Manzanillo is perfect for swimming because it has no huge surf due to the natural reef protecting the beach. There are some nice huge tidepools between Playa Manzanillo and northern Santa Teresa that are fun to explore and swim in as well. The beaches are beautiful and Santa Teresa has a great selection of restaurants.

Playa Grande is not a good place for swimming (very dangerous and not advisable for kids), but good for surfing.

San Carlos...
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2. Re: Playa Grande or Santa Teresa for Christmas week with kids?

Thank you - this is incredibly helpful. It's hard to tell from all the maps where each home is, but these are the four I've found with availability. Do you have thoughts on which is the best location?

http://www.vrbo.com/221142

http://batikcostarica.com/casas/batik-blue/

www.vrbo.com/104673

holidaylettings.co.uk/rentals/mal-pais/183053

Thanks again!

Santa Teresa, Costa...
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3. Re: Playa Grande or Santa Teresa for Christmas week with kids?

I guess I will come down to how much you want to spend and if you want a pool or not.

Did you read the reviews?

4. Re: Playa Grande or Santa Teresa for Christmas week with kids?

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