I highly recommend staying at La Boruca. We stayed here 5 nights from November 30 - December 7, 2012 (2 nights were spent at Manuel Antonio). We traveled with my elderly parents, husband, and 17 month old toddler. The rooms are very clean, and the service is excellent! This is a family own and operated B&B, and Kenneth and his family were excellent hosts. The excellent service started even before we booked the rooms; Kenneth went out of his way to provide guidance when planning our trip before we arrived and during our stay. We said we were staying 5 nights and Kenneth suggested that depending on what we wanted to do that perhaps staying that many nights might be inconvenient for us. Turns out that we have family in the area, so staying here for most of our trip was very convenient. He also suggested places we could go eat and even suggested routes to take when going to the places we wanted to go to. He even lent us one of his navigation systems, which I would almost say is a must to have in Costa Rica. He also lent us a car seat to use, and even provided guidance on choosing the type of rental car contract when the rental company showed up at the hotel. The breakfast served every morning was excellent and just the right amount and they even had a high chair at the table for our toddler. Breakfast included a combination of local fruit, coffee, toast, and a main entree which would be different each day. The only meals we had there was breakfast. They will only prepare other meals per request and requires advance notice. Kenneth is an absolute joy to chat with; my parents absolutely loved chatting him up. He also allowed us to leave a few of our bags on the days we were going to the beach, and he also provided a key to the safe as well. Just be sure you don't lose the key, or else he'll have to break the safe! Luckily that didn't happen to us, but we were warned that it could happen if we lost the key.
I would suggest that if you plan to stay here, pack warm clothing; it gets pretty chilly early in the morning and in the evening. The rooms can get pretty chilly as well. The grounds and landscaping is absolutely beautiful! I highly recommend taking a stroll of the grounds. There are a few insects here and there; they are located in a rainforest setting after all. However, the bug situation was not that bad. Also, the Wi-Fi connection is excellent. There isn't any TV cable available, but there is an extensive library of movies available in the room (the TV is hooked up to a computer in the room). Although SIM cards were not available for iPhone 5 in Costa Rica at the time, Kenneth offered to give me one of his cards and attempted to cut it to fit my phone, but unfortunately it didn't work, so I would highly recommend you contact him beforehand and find out if the cards he has will work for your phone before purchasing one from the airport. Thanks to the Wi-Fi connection, I was able use Face Time to call family and friends in the States, and we used my parents' phones to call family in Costa Rica. I also recommend checking out his gift shop. One of his daughters makes really unique and cute jewelry at a very affordable price. We bought several pieces from her and get compliments when I wear them.
If I had to say anything negative, it would be our experience with the taxi service. Apparently the guy that Kenneth uses isn't an official taxi driver and he was not outside the airport waiting for us like we expected. The guy that wheeled out our bags was nice enough to lend us his phone so that I could contact Kenneth to find out what was going on. Turns out since he is not an official taxi driver, he can't stand outside like the rest of the taxi drivers and wait for their passengers, or else he would get a ticket. A man approached us and told us he was the guy that was going to pick us up and was telling us to follow him to the parking garage across the street which made us quite uneasy. After calling Kenneth again, he convinced the driver to drive up to meet us at the airport exit rather than to go into the garage. It also turns out that the guy that approached us was not the driver either; it was the driver's friend, which was hitching a ride to San Jose. We were obviously not pleased with this since that took space away from us, and we were quite cramped in the vehicle as a result. We also had to stop and get gas right afterwards, and we wondered why he didn't do this beforehand. Also personally I found the driver's friend annoying; he tried to come across as clever and witty but instead came across annoying and arrogant. He constantly talked about American politics and it didn't help that we disagree on many things regarding that topic and several other topics he brought up (he wasn’t from the States but lived in Boston for a few years). Needless to say we were quite uncomfortable and uneasy and made for an awkward ride to La Boruca. I did tell Kenneth about the friend riding with us, and he said he was aware of what had happened and told the driver to not do that again in the future. I will say that the navigation system was able to direct us to La Boruca quite nicely so if you plan to rent a car at the airport and rent a navigation system, it will take you there without much trouble.
On a side note, I highly recommend exchanging money at the banks or even at Walmart; their exchange rates match the current exchange rate unlike the airports which charge a hefty premium. I highly recommend staying here and would stay here again, but probably would not use the taxi service again.
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