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“Perfect conditions to learn surfing” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ranchos Itauna

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Ranchos Itauna
100 Meters North Super Costa, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica   |  
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Beachfront for 60 us
Ranked #25 of 30 Santa Teresa B&B and Inns
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“Perfect conditions to learn surfing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

A friend and me booked a week at Ranchos Itauna to learn surfing. We found perfect conditions: The surfcamp is right at the beach, excellent food & accomodation and Peters passion about surfing will likely catch on. We did not just learn how to surf practically but also about the background of surfing (history, boards, theory). We just had the best time!

Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014 via mobile

We checked out the website carefully before we booked.it looked the kind of place we wanted.laid back , on the beach and close to good waves.it turned out to be an excellent choice.Peter the owner was a great host., helpful and very knowledgable, any problems were sorted easily.every person who we came in contact with was really friendly and polite, made us feel at home and let us really feel relaxed. The food in the restaurant was always
Delicious but the service is not rushed or too formal.the atmosphere is really chilled with great music and lots of cool friendly peple around
the gardens were full of wildlife, we saw a beautiful anteater one day by the bar. The accommodation is not chain hotel type, but clean, comfortable, spacious and adequately equipped and the water was always hot.
overall, we got excellent value for money, and a big thankyou to peter and his staff for a very pleasurable stay.







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Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Myself and twoof my mates stayed at Itauna for fourteen, beautiful and relaxing days. Peter and his staff were always available, friendly and helpful. I have been to Santa Teresa several times and have stayed at varying levels of accomodation. I can assure all that Ranchos Itauna ranks right at the top. I would return without hesitation and hope to do exactly that next year.

Cheers!!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Thank you to Pedro, Fatima, their friends, and all the staff at Ranchos Itauna for the great friendly service!!! My husband and I were only there for two days but we had an incredible time in Santa Teresa, the weather was perfect! I loved the atmosphere at Ranchos Itauna, a peaceful experience. We had such a fun and relaxing time at their sunset sessions with awesome music and food. I also need to thank Raquel for the amazing massage by at sunset by the beach (; I highly recommend this place. May God keep Blessing all the amazing people we met here!!
love-
MARS

  • Stayed January 2014, 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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Venice, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Me and my wife stayed there in january for a couple of days. The owner asked us to write a review on this platform. I just don´t know why?
First of all, it´s a surf camp, not a hotel as written on their homepage. The 4 rooms they offer, are a kind of dorm rooms for 4 people and they are much too close to the unpaved and very dusty road (apx. 40 to 50 ft). Because of this it´s very noisy and extremely, unhealthy dusty all day and night long. The backyard of their rooms looks terrible.
Although it´s called a Beachfront Hotel, you can´t see or hear the ocean from the rooms. What you see is just the dusty road and the ugly backyard.
Next thing is, there is no privacy at all. Lying in your bed you have to look directly to one of the beds of your immediate neighbor room if doors are opened. We didn´t like this situation. The walkway to the beach, the bar and restaurant is passing by right in front of the rooms. From there you can look or even grab right through the window into the room. People are passing by all day and night long. It was terrible!
The mattresses seemed not to be changed since years. They smelled sourly. Disgustingl
One night there was a party at the beach bar and hundreds of people passed by till 6 am! Very loud techno music. Impossible to sleep. They broke in in one of the neighbor rooms and several things got stolen. Realy scary!
Our points of view regarding the "hotel" are for sure completely different to the austrian owner´s one. They are different in every sense we found out during our stay. From a certain time on also because of this everything got a kind of strange vibe for us. Worse luck.
But the beachfront garden is nice. Two surf spots are roughly 15 min walk away.
You can't swim at their beachfront. It´s too rocky and there are very strong currents. It´s fine at low tide.
All in all … not for everybody … nothing for us.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ranchositauna, Owner at Ranchos Itauna, responded to this review, January 13, 2014
first off all that review feels like someone wants to damage our image. we never had a client with this name last year. then why doing a review one year later ???? also we had no break in last year in january !!! that's an absolout LIE !!!!! our rooms are also no dormstyle rooms. dust problem had everyone in st.teresa cause of that road but meanwhile they paved and there is no dust anymore !!!! with the backyard you probably mean my neighbores property where i have absolut NO influence to change anything. usually peopel look into the tropical green front yard !!! and not back into the neighbores yard !!! also you can hear the ocean from the property and you can see the ocean cause we are right infront.!!!! how you can't see it ???? and the swimming is the best in whole st.teresa on low tide infront of our place !!!
if you check my other reviews no one complains about that what this person invents. sorry but it seems more that you have been in someone elses property !!!!!!!!!!!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for 4 nights and loved it! Peter and his family are so welcoming! We stayed in an upper level cabina. Hot water and cold air! We even had a holiday cat that visited us often! We tried surfing for the first time and Peter is a great coach! I highly recommend this wonderful place! His dogs, Ghandi and Luna were also so friendly! We will return!

  • Stayed December 2013, 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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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

We have been to Mal Pais/Santa Theresa 4 times last 6 years. This is by far one of the best places to visit and stay. Always loved the Brazilian food in Rancho Itauna and best services in town. Didn't stay there until our last trip in Dec 2012 (hard to get a reservation as it's always booked!), which we decided to have our destination wedding on the beach at Rancho Itauna. Peter, the host, was wonderful who was the DJ for the receiption, built and set the arbor on the beach, and referred us great chef (Glenn) and photographer (Diana) for the wedding ceremony and reception. We had the beach ourselves for the entire afternoon/night! I was nervous how it would turn out as I am organizing everything remotely; however, it turned out so perfect and definitley my dream wedding that I won't change a bit of it. The beach is so relaxing and facing the sunset. The food was excellent and the bartenders just won't stop serving us drinks. The bills are very reasonable (much cheaper in the state) and the rooms are comfortable. My guests all gave thumbs up and some of them went to surfing the next morning or just stayed on the beach for the rest of day. We all had a great time. Can't say enough about this place. Oh, forgot to mention that this is the place to go during New Year's Eve where it has the biggest bonfire in town as it's Peter's birthday. Always a big celebration. The entire town people will be there dancing, drinking, and celebrating. Thank you, Rancho Itauna, for a great memory. We for sure will be back soon!

  • Stayed December 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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 #25 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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Ranchos Itauna Costa Rica/Santa Teresa

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