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200m North of Florblanca Resort | Beach Side, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #9 of 30 Santa Teresa B&B and Inns
Santa Fe, New Mexico
1 review
“Best Kept Secret”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2012

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This is a great place to stay if you are looking for charming, affordable accommodations right by the beach. Cabinas Makanas is located a bit outside the village of Santa Teresa, which makes it secluded and more tranquil. The ocean is only 300 feet away and that stretch of beach is among the most beautiful in the area. It's also not far from the top surfing spots. There are only three bungalows in a nicely landscaped garden so it feels very private.  Each spacious bungalow has teak-wood ceilings with fans and is equipped with fridge and coffee maker. All are very clean and functional and have nice verandas overlooking the garden. I enjoyed spending time in the hammock, watching the iguanas and howler monkeys who love to visit the neighboring trees. This is a great place to hang out and feel the peaceful, jungle vibes. But what makes Cabinas Makanas truly special is the TLC you get from Kari who runs this small hotel and its incredibly delicious restaurant Ambrosia with friendly efficiency. Her passion for creative, flavorful food translates into simple yet superb specialties such as the mango coconut encrusted catch of the day, which is pure delight, or the rich chicken or fish pesto wrap. The burger options are amazing...I loved the exotic taste of the chicken burger served with a slice of grilled pineapple and a feta dressing. All burgers and entrees are available with a choice of French fries or sweet potato fries--both excellent. There are also tasty salads. Everything is made fresh and reasonably priced.
Kari goes out of her way to make everyone feel welcome and she is more than happy to share tips about the area. I highly recommend this place and if you happen to be staying somewhere else in Santa Teresa, make sure to at least try the Ambrosia restaurant. You'll be glad you did!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Berkeley, California
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2011

Makana's was a perfect place for us to stay. As a family of 5 we were able to put the kids in one cabina with a queen bed and bunk beds and we had our own private cabina with queen bed. The price was very reasonable. We were a short walk to the beach with tide pools at low tide and good surfing a short stroll down the beach. Each cabina has a shaded porch, outdoor seating, and a hammock, private bathroom with hot water, 2 fans, and a small refrigerator. Conveniently, there is an excellent and reasonably priced restaurant next door--Ambrosia Restaurante. All extremely comfortable and satisfying for our stay. We will stay here again when we get back to Sta Teresa.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sooke, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2010

This is a lovely property, small, quiet and peaceful, away from the hustle and bustle of Santa Teresa. The cabinas are very clean and comfortable. The lanais are large with chairs and a table, a wonderful place to sit and watch and listen to the monkeys passing by and still have room for your surfcoards. There are 3 cabinas so it is very private. Each unit has a ceiling fan, a standing fan, small frig and hot water, there is also maid service.
In less than a minute with a short walk down the path you are right on the beach.
The restaurant on property is wonderful and the food is delicious and while we were there they had a different special every day.
Really great place to stay!!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2010

Been there 5 times and it gets better every time. Can't wait to get back over there. The waves are good every day.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 200m North of Florblanca Resort | Beach Side, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Makanas offers three discreet and quaint cabins by the ocean. Step out of your room and watch the monkeys swing by in the canopy above or listen to the tropical birds in the morning as you enjoy a cup of delicious Costa Rican coffee. We are located well away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Santa Teresa, yet steps away from the prized beaches Santa Teresa is known for. Come experience Santa Teresa at its best, with world class surfing, fishing, excellent cuisine and some of the best sunsets the world has to offer. Whether you are a couple looking for something more private or a larger group looking to all stay together, we can accommodate your needs. We look forward to seeing you at Makanas! Pura vida! ... more   less 
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Makanas Costa Rica/Santa Teresa

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