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Harry's, El Escondite
Kitchener
1 review
“Amazing Vacation!!”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

We could not have had a better time on our trip and it's all thanks to Harry. His place in Tamarindo is perfect! The pool is just the right size for an afternoon float. The second floor deck was a great place to enjoy our morning coffee and watch the wildlife (monkeys are way too much fun)! But even better than his amazing location is his knowledge of the area. He showed us all of the great places to go and none disappointed. We can't wait to go back. Thanks Harry! Pura Vida.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
2 reviews
Reviewed November 8, 2013 via mobile

Loved staying at Harry's place. It's clean, has good A/C, nice pool, plenty of free surf boards for all abilities, free bikes, tv, wifi, Internet, kitchenette the list goes on. My buddy and I went to Tamarindo solely to surf and his boards worked great for us. The only reason I gave 4 out of 5 instead of 5 out of 5 was because its a brisk 10 minute walk to the beach, would have loved if he was a touch closer (that's just my preference). We surfed twice a day for 6 days so the walk (carrying boards) became an issue towards the end.On the flip side it's nice and quiet there, Harry gives great info about the area and is genuinely a great guy. I would definitely stay again.

Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

First, Harry is a great host. He has been here for a long time and it pays off through his recommendations. If you wan to know where to get the best quality and good value-for-money restaurants, surfing lessons, fresh seafood, taxis, etc, he will do that and more.

Second, the place itself is perfect. There are lights that automatically turn on when you come home. You have your own safe. You don't need to worry about keys because the doors use push-code buttons. The bed in the blue room is large and comfortable. There are plenty of windows. The shower works great and definitely had hot water and is pretty spacious.

Moving onto the other amenities, there's a laundry - perfect. You can cook - you have everything you need, even a blender for making your own margaritas.

You're also very close to town.

It was great.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Oakland, California
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

If you are looking for an amazing host, great neighbors and a friendly atmosphere look no further than Harry's. I would highly recommend it to any traveler visiting the area. The rooms are great you can cook your own food in your kitchen or use the BBQ. There is also a very cool pool and Harry is awesome.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Oakland, California
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

Next time we find ourselves in Tamarindo... we'll be staying at Harry's!
M and I arrived hot and grumpy to Harry's after a red-eye flight and long drive from San Jose. Spirits were immediately lifted to find a happy host, full supplied kitchen (including coffee and milk!), a nice little pool, and a higher tech media set-up than we have at home in the San Francisco Bay Area. There's a GoogleTV in each cabina stocked up with movies, music, and of course high speed internet... just in case if you're stuck inside during the rain. M brought his surfboards from California and in retrospect we could have just used Harry's because he has a selection of well maintained shortboards, longboards, and foamies. Over the course of our week, we made friends with our cabina neighbors, grilled fresh fish up on the rooftop deck, surfed at a lot of beaches (we had a rented car), and went on a few boating expeditions. Bonus: if you're interested in ocean fishing, Harry connected us with Jason at http://tamarindofishing.net/, it was a highlight of our trip!

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

From the hammocks and pool to the barbeque area, Harry's Escondite was a great place to hang for 3 weeks. We thoroughly enjoyed all of the other guests as well as Harry. It was a super friendly atmosphere. We highly recommend it!!

  • Stayed August 2013
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Melbourne, Florida
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Harry's is the best places to come back to EVERY day after a full day of enjoying the beautiful surf and local sites. This was our first time out of the country and to be honest we were a little nervous not quite knowing what we would be getting ourselves into...BUT...Harry made us feel immediately welcomed and ended up being taken under his wing and shown how to fit in with the locals. The pool was amazing...the location was not on the tourist strip so it truly felt like an escape. Whatever we needed Harry made sure we had..it was bikes or surfboards...free of charge I might add...or even taking the time to make sure we had everything we needed to leave ..travel info too ..when our vacation ended. The property is very well kept...the place is surrounded by beautiful tropical flowers and never once did I feel uneasy or unsafe. If your wanting to feel like true traveler..not a tourist then Harry's is the place to stay. We will definitely be back ....PURA VIDA :))

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Harry's, El Escondite
Address: Cabinas Escondite, Tamarindo 2000, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 75 Specialty Lodging in Tamarindo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Free use of surf boards and bikes. Surf lessons and guide available. A secluded 4-plex of studio-apartment style cabinas; favorite 'hideout' for both returning surfers and first timers. Accommodations for individuals up to a party of 10 in 4 cabinas. Each cabina can sleep up to 3 people and has a kitchen, large bathroom with hot water, air-conditioning and cable TV. El Escondite also has laundry facilities, phones and internet access. A pool, BBQ and hammocks round out a perfect place to hangout after surfing. ... more   less 

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