Our family (two adults, girls aged 1 and 4) stayed here in mid-March for two nights, and very much enjoyed our visit. The hotel grounds are beautifully landscaped, with lush vegetation and paths winding among the cabins making a fun place for small children to explore. There's lots of wildlife to see on the property: howler monkeys pass through each day, iguanas roam the paths, and occasionally you can see a coati scurry by. At the centre of the property is a magnificent guanacaste tree, and it and the other mature trees are filled with birdsong. The place is very well maintained, and our room was spotlessly clean. We stayed in the Enkidu room, which makes one half of a large cabin split with the Gilgamesh room. The room is very spacious, and made a great space for the kids to play.
We enjoyed the breakfast buffet, with plenty of fresh fruit, cereals and eggs to give us and girls a good start to the day. Lunch and dinner menus are limited, and as vegetarians, there wasn't too much for us to chose from. In the evening, we also tried the pizza at El Castillo near the beach. The pizza was great, but it took a very long time to come (over an hour - better to order ahead). Apparently it was a busy day, but there were interesting people to talk to, and we got to see the crocodiles across the estuary.
Playa Buenavista itself is about 12 minutes away on foot. Other reviewers have commented that this beach is dirty, and it's true that near the road end, there's a fair amount of trash, despite some obvious bins for garbage and recycling. Once you cross that small area onto the beach proper, it's as pristine as almost anywhere else in Costa Rica. The best part was that it was almost deserted when we were there - we had a gorgeous Pacific beach pretty much to ourselves.
Overall, we had a great time at the Flying Crocodile, and would happily visit again!
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