Our adventure started off with getting picked up by our driver, Marvin, at the airport. Our trip from the airport to the hotel took a bit longer than 2.5 hours, but that was because he showed us some great things along the way (macaws, toucans, great view of the pacific, crocodiles, and stopping for some mango smoothies). We were happy to have him for the trip back at the end of the vacation. He was wonderful and made our first experience in Costa Rica a positive one.
I was a bit nervous traveling as this was the biggest trip our family has ever taken. So of course, I inundated concierge with many questions prior to arrival. Waharner was wonderful in being patient and forthcoming with information. This continued throughout our stay from both he and Hilda. Dennis was also great to work with as well as the entire front staff, I just didn't get everyone's name.
We stayed here for 8 nights and never gave it a second thought during our stay. The staff is wonderful and truly want to make your stay as relaxing as possible. The pictures make the hotel seem larger than it is, but it truly is just the right size. We didn't think the walk to any part of the property was arduous and it was definitely needed after the tasty breakfast. My favorite was the banana bread, fresh pineapple, and crispy bacon.
The view from our room was stunning and the only noise we had other than other guests are also at the hotel, were the ocean waves and some nights the sound of the howler monkeys. The rooms are clean and the room safe was just the right size. It would have been nice to have a couple more hooks to hang towels to dry, but that's not a big deal. We enjoyed sitting on the balcony and just taking in the sounds and scenery.
We found taking the free shuttle to the beach/park was great, but it was quick and easy to just take the public bus back to Si Como No so you didn't feel like you were on any time line to be rushed or wait too long. The public bus is only 280 colones (roughly 60 cents per trip per person). We then either walked to restaurants and shops or took the bus.
It was nice to not have to pack beach towels as you could check them out for either the pool or the beach or for a tour. My husband and daughter enjoyed the movie theater a few nights, but often we were too tired from the fun tours to do much else.
We only ate at Rico Tico twice. Once for dinner and once for dessert. It was very tasty and the service was great, just a bit pricey.
We liked having a refrigerator in the room so we could keep our water cold and any leftovers that could be eaten cold (like pizza from Pizza Plata).
Even though we could have used the adult pool, we preferred the family pool as it was cozier and had more shade.
We did many tours and they were all wonderful. Our favorites were the Combined Santa Juana and Canopy tour. This is best best place to see a lot, learn a lot, and get a fabulous meal as well as buy top quality coffee. We also really enjoyed the Villa Vanilla and Rafting. If you are ever here during a Friday evening, we strongly suggest going to the farmers market in Quepos. It's on the walkway by the beach wall and you can take the bus to the last stop (bus terminal) and walk a couple blocks. This was a fabulous trip and we would stay at Si Como No again.
Be aware that there is a "donation" for the titi monkey added to your bill at a cost of $2/day. It is in the paperwork you sign when you check in.
Overall a fabulous place to be and we miss it already.
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