Playa Grande was just what the doctor ordered and our stay at Frijoles Locos was our medicine. Our family of five was warmly welcomed by owner, Drew, and manager, Jeannette, and their genuine care and hospitality extended throughout our stay - nothing was too much trouble and they went out of their way to look after us - they are absolutely top notch individuals and made staying at Frijoles Locos really special.
Playa Grande is a small place with a wonderful beach and the crew here are happy to share their local knowledge on surf breaks, restaurants or anything.
The apartment is situated above a great little surf shop, only a few minutes walk from the beach (even with surfboards and kids). The living room is spacious, the bedrooms (and beds) are comfortable, the kitchen is a good size and well stocked with cooking implements making meal prep really easy - important for us as we were travelling on a budget. There are two bathrooms, with nice toiletries supplied and a good size balcony/ terrace with a BBQ and a table for hanging out with a drink as well as lounges for reading/ sunbaking. The pool was a welcome respite from the afternoon heat and the whole family enjoyed a splash. Even with a bustling surf shop downstairs, the apartment was not noisy and still felt private.
There were a great selection of surfboards on offer to rent, I couldn’t go past the 9’6” McTavish Fireball and my wife was happy to find a McTavish Carver there too. The kids were on foamies - nice quality and a variety of lengths on offer.
Under new management since October, the new owners are in the process of restocking the apartment with new items. They had just returned from San Jose with a car full of new stuff although, honestly, the apartment didn’t seem to be missing anything we really needed.
Sadly our stay was cut short by a family emergency back home with the unexpected death of a close family member. We were shocked and sad and Drew did everything he could to help make the difficult position we were in all the more bearable. His generosity and genuine concern for us all, including our young children, showed deep compassion and revealed the type of spirit that we could all learn from.
Thank you for everything - we highly recommend this apartment and wish Drew and the team the best of success with the business.