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“Ranchos Itauna located in paradise, but...” 3 of 5 stars
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Ranchos Itauna
100 Meters North Super Costa, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #24 of 30 Santa Teresa B&B and Inns
Langley, British Columbia, Canada
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Ranchos Itauna located in paradise, but...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2012

Our time at Ranchos Itauna was SPECTACULAR, I mean it's hard to complain about such a fantastic location, with stunning visuals, and a perfect view of the sunset over the Pacific. We are not surfers, and rather came here for the R&R. We arrived after Easter but before the Rainy season hit. Intentionally timing this as to avoid crowd, our timing was perfect, as there were few people around, and so we could enjoy the beach in virtually total privacy. Peter is an awesome guy (Austrian surfer), however as Canadians we had to let go of our ideals/expectations for customer service. The problems are your own, and if you experience any issues, that's just kind of tough. We had MAJOR issues with the A/C in our room, but they were intermittent, sometimes it would work and sometimes it wouldn't, as a result Peter thought we didn't know how to operate the remote, and that we were making it up... tough for us. The rooms were clean (Costa Rican clean), but there were a crap load of biting red ants, and we got our legs bit up every night!!! nasty. We did not travel alone (there were 5 of us) so we took up 3 of Peter's four rooms. All of us got bit by ants at night. A small price to pay I suppose for the glorious experience of the beach. We were literally laying out on the beach in absolutely privacy for most of the 8 days we were there. The restaurant was not open while we were there except for one night, then the chef just took off apparently. The beach bar was totally awesome (2 cocktails for 4000 colones, which is about $8 US)... The beach, views, wildlife, and rooms were awesome. On our last night there I broke the PLASTIC key off in our room safe, it was apparently my fault, and I was responsible for the cost of replacing the safe. What a gong show getting someone into this remote surfing town to open that safe. Almost concerned we would miss our flight due to the fact that our passports and all our money were in that safe. Luckily Peter came through, aggressively making sure we knew that all these issues were OUR fault.... anyway, we didn't let it ruin anything. PURA VIDA BABY. That's the mantra you must live by if your down here. After all the only thing that is on time is the tide.

Room Tip: Four rooms here, they are all good. Though I'd recommend the top floor!
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Palu, Indonesia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2011

I stayed there for two weeks end of august/beginning of september 2011.
Had the best holidays ever... Hammock between the palm trees, surf twice a day, the best food and great weather for the rainy or "green" season. The surf was great, but too big for me on a few days. Ask Peter the owner, he's the man with tight knowledge on the surf conditions down there. I also had virtually no Mosquitos, got bitten only 5 Times in 2 Weeks. The rooms are big and as the bathrooms cleaned every day.
The standard of hygenie therefore is really high at itauna.
However, make sure the regular bus really passes by itauna during green season. The roads get really bad due to the erosion from rain and vehicles, and you might have to get off in playa del carmen. My recommendation, even though I would like to have this place to myself ;-) :
GO THERE, you will not regret it!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2011

The couple that run the business did a very good job choosing the place and building the facilities. It's right between Malpais and Santa Teresa beaches, strategically positioned if you're checking the surf, and also a short walk to a variety of restaurants and a mini-market.
Price is ok considering what you get: clean and quiet rooms, wi-fi internet, yoga classes in the morning and local surfing tips from Peter, the friendly Austrian-born owner/surfer/barman.
And never mind the language: Deutsche, Portuguese, English, Spanish... this guy speaks everything!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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toulouse
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2010

This place is just like paradise... The hotel is right on the beach. It is quiet, only birds, monkeys, geckos, squirrels and crabs! The only thing you have to do is enjoy and relax... The beauty of the surrounding, the beach, the surf, coconuts... Nature and peace all around you...

  • Stayed July 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Ranchos Itauna

Also Known As:
Ranchos Itauna Costa Rica/Santa Teresa
Address: 100 Meters North Super Costa, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Teresa
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A small family run business on one of the most beautiful beachfront properties in St,Teresa. The property is inbetween the 2 main surfing beaches situated on a 5000sqmtr big property. The property has lush tropical vegetation and infront of the property we have the best natural pool in whole St.Teresa. Just walk out to the beach and jump into the Pacific Ocean. we also offer 4 comfortable , clean and secure rooms. 2 are equiped with kitchens. all rooms have wifi. We have a restaurant which serves breakfast all year round . From nov. to april we also offer restaurant service from 3 pm , specially for sunsets on on our ocean front.there is also free parking, a chill rancho with sofas and dvd player and a beautiful yoga and massage rancho out on the front.we offer all kind of excursions, massage, yoga classes and we offer NSSSIA certified surf instructors. ... more   less 

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