A well run timeshare complex located on the peaceful and delightful Playa Hermosa, a great tropical beach with a laid back ambience and easily accessed local facilities.The complex itself is built on a very steep hill but a most reliable free shuttle service runs every few minutes. One can be either very lazy or very energetic getting around the resort or to the beach itself which is literally a few seconds away! A good pool complex with far reaching sea and country views provides an excellent alternative.
The resort restaurent is above average but try as well the outstanding 'Ginger' nearby and for great fresh fish the 'El Velero' hotel right on the beach from where you can watch the daily and spectacular sunset!
Back at the resort howler monkeys,racoons,coatis and iguanas are regularily seen in the grounds as is an abundance of exotic birdlife. However while the local area provides ample interest,we recommend that treat yourself to at least a couple of the 'Mardigi' tours who have a knowledgable on-site representative. We particularily enjoyed the Paolo Verde National Park half day visit (river cruise perfect for bird watching!) and ,if you didn't stop off en-route, a day in the Monteverde Cloud forest is a must. We flew into San Jose, hired a car, and spent a couple a days at the Los Angeles Cloud Forest Resort closeby and experienced the fabulous Tropical Rain Forest's contrasting fauna and flora there. Take a waterproof jacket!
At Condovac sunshine and temperatures in the mid 30's are the norm and the sun shines non stop all day. (the exception we are told is the period Sept/mid October when heavy rain can occur though it is still very warm.)
You can now fly into the revamped and modern airport in Liberia which is just 25 minutes away rather than San Jose, but this tends to make flights more expensive.
Flights often arrive late in the evening at San Jose from your stopover at Miami and we thoroughly recommend overnight at The Holiday Inn Express less than a kilometer from the airport with a free 24 shuttle to and from the airport.From here it is 4 and a half hours by the busy Interamericana highway to Condovac but we found the quieter backroads, particularily Routes 21 and 18 which branch off the Interamericana north of the turning to Puntarenas and take a more western course, are, despite the lack of signage, full of fascinating views and scenery. Invest in the National Geographic 1:350,000 scale map of Costa Rica for a good detailed map.
We did not visit San Jose itself where there are apparently pickpockets etc at work but we found the locals absolutely friendly and charming where ever we went.
In short we would highly recomend this resort.
- Also Known As:
- Condovac La Costa Hotel
- Condovac Costa
- Condovac La Costa Playa Hermosa
- Hotel Condovac La Costa Costa Rica/Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste