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“Great Relaxing Spot, Great Rooms for Travelling with A Group of Friends or Family” 5 of 5 stars
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Encantada Ocean Cottages
Beachfront, Esterillos Este, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #2 of 5 hotels in Esterillos Este
California
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“Great Relaxing Spot, Great Rooms for Travelling with A Group of Friends or Family”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2009

I've been to Costa Rica four times now and each time I come back to this place. I love it, you can't find a more tranquil and peaceful vacation anywhere. The value is great, show up with your friends or family and get a cottage that accommodates all of you. The owner lets you use an outdoor BBQ, that is great for cooking dinner each night and helps you save $$$$.

The beach is wonderful, cleaner and less crowded than a lot of other Costa Rican beaches, there is consistent surf all the time, and you can rent boards (both long and short) from the owner. After relaxing on the beach it's nice to read a book in a hammock.

The cottages are simple but clean. Each cabin has it's own bathroom and big closet with a small safe. The truth though is in Costa Rica you don't really spend too much time in your room. If you want to spend a little more money Cabin 6 is nice - it has a nice veranda opening up to the beach and you can cook inside. I've never stayed in there but checked it out when they were cleaning it.

Esterillos Este is really amazing, you escape the bustle of Jaco or even Oueste, but if you need to go there to pick up groceries are go out for a nice meal it is just a short drive away. I am already planning my next trip for the spring. Check it out.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2009

I was completely disappointed and actually disgusted after my stay in this so-called hotel.

1. We had a BAT and a toad in our room which doesn´t even compare to the next morning when animal excrement was on our floor: some excrement was toad and the other (we were told by the owner) was from a larger mammal which we dont know what it was and had been in our room that night.

2. It was dirty (walking barefoot on the floor left your feet covered in dirt).

3. We weren´t given towels and the shower barely worked.

All the above suggests that it was definitely NOT a hygenic and decent place to stay.

I do NOT recommend this hotel.

Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2009

We went to Encantada in December of 2007 with our 6 year old, and 5 month old, along with another family with 3 young boys. The beachfront is fantastic for kids, very open wide beach, with very gently surf. The cabins were clean and comfortable. Pool was great. Breakfast was great, and they will let you bring your own food and cook, too! Great place to get together a group of families and spend the weekend!

  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2009

My wife and I and two friends rented a cottage for the night. Space wise the cabinas are great with a king bed, and two twin beds. One twin bed was up in the loft. There is an A/C, but it's got a big space to cool, and the person in the loft being higher up with the hot air will most likely fry. Our friend who slept in it felt like he was in a sauna. The rooms are functional, but are not aweing.

The pool was fine. Nothing special here (i.e., no diving board, not very big).

This place does well because of the beach it is on. I have never seen such a big and wide open beach. You can literally walk as long as you can see. The beach is very flat, which makes it great for running.

When we were here in March, it was so hot, that the ocean was almost not refreshing because the water was so warm. Be prepared to sweat. That said, there is a great hammock area in the shade where one can get some serious reading (or sleeping) done while looking out at the ocean.

The owner stays on site, and is very friendly. We wanted to watch a movie on our laptop, and she was cool with letting us borrow one of hers. She also has a variety of surf boards she rents out. The breakfast in the morning (complimentary) was awesome. Excellent fruit, juice, coffee, and toast. We loaded up and were well fueled for the day. There is also WiFi in the main breakfast area. It was so cool to be able to get highspeed, watching March Madness, while a stone's throw from a great Pacific beach in the small town of Esterillos Este.

Note though that there isn't a lot around this place if you're just walking. There's a pathetic pizza place, but a nice sit down restaurant. You'll probably want a car/taxi to experience more/better food options.

Overall, we enjoyed our stay here, but don't think we'd stay here for an extended time or for a family reunion. That said, there were definitely larger families there that definitely seemed to enjoy themselves. If you want something different and off the beaten path, check this place out.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Encantada Ocean Cottages

Address: Beachfront, Esterillos Este, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Esterillos Este
Amenities:
Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 5 hotels in Esterillos Este
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Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Encantada Ocean Cottages is located in Esterillos Este. The quaint, friendly community is just 90-minutes from the San Jose airport on the Central Pacific Coast and 30-minutes from Costa Rica's most popular tourist destinations: Jaco, Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park. The 7 units can either be rented out individually or for groups. Each is unique and able to accommodate 2-5 people; the property sleeps 30 people. ... more   less 
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Encantada Ocean Cottages Costa Rica/Esterillos Este

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