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“Ultimate vacation!!” 5 of 5 stars
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Vista Hermosa Bed and Breakfast
3.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Lot 14, Villas del Mar, Tambor, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Tambor B&B and Inns
Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Ultimate vacation!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

My husband and I wanted to visit Costa Rica and happened upon Vista Hermosa Bed and Breakfast in Tambor on Expedia. When we arrived at Vista Hermosa via very convenient shuttle service we were met by Hosts Judy and Javier. We had rented the guest house which was beautiful and private. The property is very well maintained and gorgeous. With the gardens,Private pool, short walk to the beach our expectations were exceeded. Judy and Javier offered us full service excursions, including zip lining, horse back riding, ATVing lead by Javier and a trip to Tortuga Island. We ended up taking the all inclusive packages which included meals and beverages. The dining experience was fantastic. Food was plentiful and superb. It really felt like we were in a private oasis. There are many sleep options as well. There is another guest house available as well as 2 beautifully decorated bedrooms. We have already booked our return trip in March. We highly recommend this as an ultimate vacation spot. Javier is from the area and we felt that we were privy to some adventures that the average traveller would not experience. Go and see for yourself!!
Sandra and Walter Zanetti

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  • Stayed September 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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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012 via mobile

3 words ... "A must stay" I booked the Villas Vista Hermosa B&B because of all the great reviews, and, I must say they're absolutely spot on! The moment we arrived, we were welcomed with an amazing tropical cocktail (o.k., cocktails) and already felt at home. This property is just GORGEOUS! The main house and rooms are spotless, the gardening and landscaping are absolutely beautiful, and the service is impeccable. Judy and Javier are AMAZING! Two of the most hospitable people ever. Anything you ask for, you shall receive. The food was cooked to order and was always hot, fresh and delicious. We took the ATV tour guided by Javier and saw every part of Tambor and the surrounding towns ... I would highly recommend this tour. If you ever make it to Tambor, please stay at the Villas Vista Hermosa and experience the hospitality of Judy and Javier, in addition to this beautiful hidden gem. Tell them Kim and Mike from L.A. say hello.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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NYC
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3 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

Judy and Javier made my first vacation in four years and my first solo trip in many more easy, relaxing, comfortable. From quickly responding to my email inquiry about availability, picking me up that evening at the pitch black fork in the road, and offering the deservedly famous welcome cocktail to a further discount to an already great rental deal from Alamo, arranging great surf lessons, and even - seriously - negotiating directions in Spanish, by telephone, with a biker I passed on the road when I got lost driving, Judy and Javier are consummate professionals. You'll never want to leave.
Thanks Judy and Javier!
Stephanie

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oceanside, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

Judy and Javier were on top of things from the beginning of the vacation to the end. They put my wife and I at ease from the moment we met them starting with a delicious meal waiting for us at their hidden great local restaurant. Javier and Judy catered to our every needs and provided us some with some insight about the Costa Rican culture. Every excursion with them was better then what I expected. Jokingly but not really, I told Javier that he should run for mayor because he was greeted by locals everywhere we went, which gave us a good feeling that we were with someone that was well liked which comes to no surprise. Just to sum things up, at the end of our vacation we now have an extended family in Costa Rica. My daughters miss their Uncle Javier and Aunt Judy.

  • Stayed August 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, Texas
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

My boyfriend and I visited Costa Rica during the off season in July. We arrived to Vista Hermosa late in the evening, after driving through the pitch blackness of the Nicoya Peninsula at night. It was a bit hard to find... you have to look for the periodic signs on the side road.

Javier was there waiting for us and he gave us a gorgeous room with fresh flowers and a complimentary cocktail. He was very friendly and willing to answer any questions we had about the area. We were the only guests at the B&B, so we were totally spolied.

The food was wonderful. Javier whipped out a propane tank just for us and grilled a delicious surf and turf for dinner.

The hospitality and atmosphere of the hotel were so perfect that the boyfriend chose to propose to me that very night! It was an incredible experience.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Las Vegas, Nevada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

Villa Vista Hermosa was chosen as our vacation stop as a result of the nice comments made in it's favour. Needless to say, the place exceeded our expectations of comfort, food quality and service!
Judy contacted me prior to the trip to let me know of excursions that she was setting up for her other guests, so we decided to join them.
Javier met us at the small landing strip at Tambor. This was so welcome after a red-eye flight from Los Angeles via San Jose (Costa Rica). It was the perfect start. I can't say enough about Judy and Javier and how far they go (with complete ease) to make the time there so nice. We barely had to think! Our excursions to Tortuga and our adventure on ATV's were marvelous! Judy and javier came along and enjoyed the day with us. They are more than hosts!!
We looked forward to the evening dinner with the guests who became friends. Splendid!
Tambor is a beautiful location. Simply natural and untouched. Peace at last.
The term 'bed and breakfast' does not do Villa Hermosa justice.
Thank you Judy and Javier. Without a doubt we will be back and all our friends will hear about your wonderful place.
Robert and Danielle

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  • Stayed May 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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Delray Beach, Florida
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012

Forget your cell phones, ipads, laptops, and watches and go back to nature and enjoy this wonderful B&B, with a natural beach only minutes away. We wanted to do a girls trip to a new destination, and feel safe, yet experience a new country. We booked all our excursions with the owner Judy, and were surprised when Javier also accompanied us with the local flair. The atv, zip line, were only topped by the most picturesque horseback ride from the forrest to the beach and surf. The "off season" aslo known as the rain season did not stop us at all, in fact we enjoyed the overcast days from the sun. Book now and enjoy!

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Address: Lot 14, Villas del Mar, Tambor, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Tambor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Casino and Gambling Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Tambor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Vista Hermosa Bed and Breakfast 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a six room B&B. All rooms have private en-suites, a/c fans/ TV w/ Satellite, video library, pool,indoor and outdoor dining areas, 1/3 acre with lovely gardens, ten minute walk to beach. We Offer F&B service between 11:00 am and 9:00pm. Full hot breakfast is included with room rate. ... more   less 
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