The roads down here used to be awful. That had the fortunate effect of limiting development, so the gorgeous views here are not marred by any gaudy hotels or buildings. Even at night (and watching the sunset from here is a MUST) there are only a few lights breaking the canopy of green falling down to the crescent shoreline below. The road up the hill to this place may be a bit intimidating, and the parking area is somewhat cramped, but the instant you take in the view from the main rancho, that will all be only a distant memory. Put it this way, I would gladly hike for two hours straight up a mountain path just to get the exact same view that you can view anytime from the hammock on your own deck.
The rooms are somewhat basic (but comfortable), although they have a nice little kitchen area which provides you with some nice options. A pastime with the group that was there while I stayed was to shop for some noshibles in town (they have a great costa rican cheese that is something like fresh mozzarella which can be found in every store), pick up a bottle of your favorite libation and climb into one of the towers to watch the sun dive into the sea. It really is like something out of a magazine cover. The toucans tended to show up around this time, and just after the sun went down you could hear the Howler monkeys calling in the tress below.
The pool was kept very clean, and the numerous decks and towers offered a variety of lounging spots, each with a great view. And the decks in front of each cabin were very nicely equipped with chairs and hammocks, guaranteeing you a great spot to sit and ogle the view.
A couple reviewers have commented on Suzie being a bit "aloof". I would respond by saying that while she was not overly gregarious on my visit, she was very helpful, and made sure I had whatever I needed. George was simply a blast and he kept me entertained whenever we'd swap stories. He is a hard guy not to like. I'd also add that if you were constantly responding to the same questions about the place and your life over and over again, I wouldn't be surprised if it became difficult to always be "on". With all that said, I found them to be very pleasant hosts.
One tip I would give potential visitors (aside from setting up your own sunset watching party in a tower) is to make friends with the dogs pretty early on. They can forget who you are if you don't spend a little time with them when you check in, and that can make for a tense entry into the rancho the next morning. However, once they know you, they are big ol balls of doggie luvin.
Pacific Edge provides nice access to the Dominical area, and there is much to see and do down here. But just don't forget to enjoy the view from the place itself. You rarely get a chance to step into a travel magazine cover, but this place delivers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built on a finger ridge 600 feet above the sea, perched on an all around drop off. One sided a incredible white water ocean view with fantastic sunsets. On the other side a densely wooded primary rain forest, alive with the cry of howler monkeys and toucans. Pacific edge is designed for the 'eco-minded guest' seeking an imaginative escape in an environment that is both picturesque and unspoiled. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Pacific Edge Hotel Dominical
- Pacific Edge Costa Rica/Dominical