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The Secret Cove Inn
Alajuela, Costa Rica
2 reviews
“I love this place!”
Reviewed September 18, 2010

This was the second time I've visited San Juan Del Sur. I loved the Secret Cove the first time, and I stayed there again for four nights this week. The facilities are nice, the prices are great, and the owners (Ray and Donna) are more like friends than business owners. They'll do most anything to help. I highly recommend the Secret Cove!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled solo
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San Juan Del Sur
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Reviewed August 29, 2010

This is the perfect place to relax and enjoy your time in San Juan Del Sur. It is a beautiful house where you feel totally like you are in your own home. Ray, the owner and Waleska are absolutely wonderful. The house is about 2 blocks from the beach so you are super close to everything but still far enough away to not be disturbed by the noise of any of the bars. We looked around at a lot of places before we chose the Secret Cove and it is by far the best value in town. Not a party spot at all so if you are looking for a quite place to hang out and relax after surfing or just hanging out in the sun we highly recommend the this Secret!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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nytoba.com
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Reviewed July 3, 2010

Donna the owner is there for you, the Hostel is clean, the rooms are nice, the staff is super friendly and you really feel at home.
Theis is the real bed and breakfast but with the addition you have use of a very clean kitchen and a great common area with a huge TV and free US calls... We stayed there for 3 nights, and we would have stayed more.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
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Sarasota, Florida
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Reviewed June 29, 2010

was recommended by a sdjs local. my 3 sons and i stayed. everythibg great. owner ray most helpful

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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London
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Reviewed May 30, 2010

I recently stayed here for 3 nights and was looking for a comfortable, relaxing place. The rooms were nice and fresh feeling with AC if required. Communal kitchen and comfortable lounge area. Breakfast was included and very tasty.
They offered a range of activities too, a trip on their boat or yoga sessions and were always happy to help and offer advice. We started the days with yoga, a tasty breakfast and then a massage...organised by the owners. Friendly and welcoming.
Super nice place to stay.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with friends
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London
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Reviewed April 2, 2010

My friends found the Secret Cove online but we hadn't booked, so once we arrived, we wandered round trying to find a decent place in town. When Donna the owner opened the door, and welcomed us in, we knew we wanted to stay there. It is definitely like staying in a home, rather than a hostel or hotel. Both Ray and Donna made us feel very welcome in their home. Ray offers sailing trips and Donna is a yoga teacher if you're keen to join in. It's a very relaxed home, the breakfasts are typical Nica - pico gallo, toast, fruits, coffee, juice etc - all free as is the wifi. The rooms are very clean - we stayed in 2 different ones over our 10 day stay (we found it hard to leave) As it was so hot at the time, we really found the a/c beneficial...otherwise the rooms downstairs are roomier and with fans and hot water. There's a lovely chill out area with hammocks upstairs and the lounge and shaded patio downstairs. We also went out on the boat with Ray and had a fantastic time - unlimited drinks were a bonus - the coastline around San Juan is lovely! Pricewise it was a little more than the norm around town but so worth it - we felt very at home there...and would definitely stay again! I would recommend booking as they are normally busy with only 5 rooms.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 11, 2010

Found this gem through a friend who is a SJds local. The owner is exceptional and will go out of his way to make your stay comfortable. Friendly staff who make a consistently good breakfast (included with room fee), free wifi and free calls to the US and Canada. Ray, the owner--also does sailing trips if the wind is cooperative.

The best part for me, and recommended for anyone doing a longer stay, is use of the kitchen with full amenities and the location---which is a close walk to everything but off far enough from the main beach strip so you can sleep without the 90's pop music blaring from the clubs.

Cost is a tad more than a lot of the hostels around here, but definitely worth the price for the security, amenities, staff and location. Nice living room and just an overall homey feel. Felt more like moving in with family than staying in a hotel.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled solo
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Additional Information about The Secret Cove Inn

Property: The Secret Cove Inn
Address: Av El Albanil, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #42 of 58 B&Bs / Inns in San Juan del Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
The Secret Cove Inn Nicaragua/San Juan Del Sur

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