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“The place to go to relax by the ocean”
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Casa Cecilia
Ranked #6 of 27 Santa Teresa B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
San Francisco
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“The place to go to relax by the ocean”
Reviewed April 10, 2012

This was the last place I stayed in the area and by far it had the best location. Your room will open right onto the beach in a much less crowded area then just down the road in Playa Carmen. Right outside your door you can enjoy great surfing, beautiful sunsets or just relax in the hammocks and do nothing. Don is super helpful with anything you need to know or want to do in the area. The breakfast they provide is perfect. Overall a great little place and so worth the value.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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Paso Robles, California
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Reviewed February 14, 2012

I have to begin this review by prefacing that I have been a long time "all inclusive" traveler, loving the goregous destinations and easiness of having everything planned out for the entire vacation. That mindset had quite an eye opening on our recent trip to Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.
Getting there. Well depending on where you are coming in from, this may or may not be a long journey to the destination. For us, the trip began in Newark, NJ. An easy 5 and a half hours later on our direct flight we were in San Jose. Great! Then we rented a 4x4 (I will get into more reason why you MUST have such a vehicle later in this review). All good. Then we got onto the roads of San Jose and the next 7 hours are a blur.San Jose is very poorly marked as far as street signs, and we just were complete idiots about getting to the main road that would take us to the Ferry in Puntarenas. Long story short, once we got there, the ferry had just departed. We waited 2 hours in Puntarenas, carefully keeping an eye on our vehicle(!).... Got on the ferry and started to relax. Of course, we would be arriving at the other side of the water in the dark and have to navigate our way over hills and valleys of unpaved, rocky terrain without the GPS system my husband decided to turn down at the rental agency. Well, atleast the road signs actually helped out on this side of the country and although it was a dark, somewhat challenging 2 hours (hungry and cranky from being up since 3 am!), we were happy to finally pull into Casa Cecilia. It was dark, but I could hear the ocean crashing from the open air living room of the main building. Exhausted, we got into our Villa (the only one at Casa Cecilia) turned on the very well functioning AC in the bedroom and I swear I never fell asleep so fast.
When morning came, we woke to the sounds of birds and barking dogs, and something new....a giant deep roaring sound that really resembled a Lion. Turns out it was the Howler Monkeys living at the moment in the trees outside our door. Walking outside the first thing in my view was a glimpse of this gorgeous blue sea, peaking through the tropical foliage. We were enthralled and drawn to the ocean like moths to a flame. All I can say is that the moment we walked into the living room and were offered an amazingly fresh and delicious selection of breakfast choices, had a cup of the best Costa Rican coffee ever, and were greeted by a friendly and attentive staff, headed up by Don, who clearly loves what he does, we were in love with Casa Cecilia.
We stayed in Santa Teresa for 11 days. This was such a treat for many reasons, but the truth is, it wasn't long enough. We didn't want to leave. So much can be said about the area, the things we did and saw in Malpais and Montezuma, our trip to Tortuga....but this is about the hotel.
The Villa is private and about 150 steps from the main house, a lovely stroll through Hibiscus plants and tweeting birds, and of course, Monkeys! I loved the Villa, very private, and again the great AC in the bedroom. It was nicely appointed, and clean, and kept up by a sweet housekeeper daily. The shower pressure was awesome, good call! Full kitchen and a nice futon in the salon...super comfortable.
Once in the main house there is access to the kitchen in a vary nice communal way, and very gracious in that there is a lasting supply of purified water available all day long. Breakfast is served at tables where everyone can meet and greet before their daily adventures or their leisurely beach time and we met so many fantastic people. The food was great, and Don is an awesome breakfast cook! He was so accomodating to my "princess" needs! I like Egg Whites, no problem, certain fruits, no problem. No onions! Whatever I wanted he was there to make it happen.
The beach is absolute perfection here. Waves t hat just keep coming, up to 10 or 12 feet at times, and breaking far out, so that the less athletic water types like myself could still enjoy the water. My husband loved body surfing and it was stellar for that. The water was a perfect 80 degrees everyday, and clear as can be. The sand is white and soft and clean. I can feel it under my feet just writing this.
Relaxing at Casa Cecilia is so easy, from the great start to the day, to the awesome sun and sand, to the hammocks hanging gracefully from palm trees along the beach. There is a little adorable dog that lives at the hotel and she was a blast, and helped me to not miss my two goldens too much!
There is also a lot close to Casa Ceclia so that by walking in either direction on the beach you can find so many things...bars, restaurants, surfing schools, and access to the road if you need to stop at the Super Ronny! I recommend checking out the restaurant next door, Roca Mar, Argentine food, the most amazing cocktails and big, giant, childlike green blow up chairs on the sand! We bought our own liquour and made plenty of cocktails in our Villa and brought them to the beach, which makes having your own kitchen a sweet deal. We made sandwiches a few times and it really felt like we had a "beach house" in paradise.
More about Don. Well we cannot say enough. We got to know the general manager very well during our stay and he truly made it very special. Don takes what he does very seriously and will be your tour guide, historian, comedian, doctor, chef and family member by the time you leave Casa Cecilia.
Would we go back? What do you think? We are hoping to bring back a group of friends and rent the entire place some time (16 Guests would take it over). How cool would that be? I can't think of anything better.
We recommend Casa Cecilia as a perfect place to unwind, find adventure and feel at home, away from home....all with perfect weather!

Room Tip: The Villa is perfect for a couple or couple with a small child. The Suite is great for a family of 4...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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london
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Reviewed January 13, 2012

You've read it here and hands down this place has the best location and a very chilled vibe. My husband and I spend a week there in December (we would have stayed longer but the place was fully booked) and we loved every second of it. The place is just a small house with only 6 rooms so you feel like you are staying in a private villa. The place is located on the best bit of the beach in Santa Teresa. Closer to town and its too busy, further down north and its too rocky. Also Rocomar bar/restaurant is right next door so you can have lunch / drinks without much effort. The manager Don is a great guy. Very helpful and resourceful. Ultimately he takes care of his guests with anything they need. He was spot on with restaurant recommendations/yoga/surfing.
The place is very relaxed and one of the few places in santa teresa that does breakfast. Don is an early riser and the coffee will be on from 6a.m. so if you are up early its wonderful to get some coffee and watch the waives.
The rooms probably have not been updated in some years and its such shame because if one were to spend a little money this place could be first class. It has the best location and the best manager all it needs is some comfortable beds and toiletries. The only thing you get in the bathroom is the tiniest soap; the nearest pharmacy is 40 minutes walk so bring your own soap, shampoo etc..
Great location, great vibe, delicious breakfast with early coffee, very relaxed but very simple and could do with upgrading some amenities.
If this place is full or you want something a little more luxurious try Nautilus hotel.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed January 7, 2012

We spent a week in the Casa Cecilia and loved it. With ocean view and sound of the ocean. You are directly by the sea and can surf whenever the waves come. Don helped us to find an accommodation as we stand ad hoc in front of his hotel and he could not give us a room spontaneously because of renovating. After 4 days we finally moved to Casa Cecilia. The hotel has four double rooms ground floor and a bigger one for about 5 people upstairs with a nice separate terasse. For all guests there is an open living room (open, because there is no wall in direction to the ocean) The rooms are clean and commodious with fridge and fan (and AC that we did not need in Nov). We had the fortune to stay there almost alone because of the low season in November. There is a comfortable couch in the open living room and a huge range of books in the shelf. So we enjoyed laying lazy on the very comfortable couch and read in the evening. It might be more crowded when the hotel is fully booked in the high season. For breakfast you can chose from a little menue e.g. eggs, fruits, joghurt and wraps which will be prepared fresh for you. Sitting in the living room at heavy wooden tables with the ocean in a 50 m distance you enjoy toast, coffee, juice ... We liked it a lot! We also enjoyed to cook in the kitchen in the evening!

Don is a really friendly host who is always around and openminded. He made us feel very comfortable and welcome. The beach is only a few steps away and you can surf in front of the hotel. Or laying in a hammock and watch the surfers. During the night you can hear the sound of the ocean, so it won't be absolutely quiet... We liked it a lot.

The hotel is located a little outside of town - wonderful for us. Restaurant, soda and supermarket are in a walking distance.

In one word - A great place to be! We definitely want to come back! :)

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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San Diego, CA
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Reviewed January 4, 2012

If you want a beach front B and B in Santa Teresa this is the hotel. The manager and staff are terrific. They will help you with any request. It is a very clean simple hotel directly in front of the best surf spot in Santa Teresa. You can spend the day lounging in the hammock watching the surfers, sunsets and beach goers go by. The hotel has created a very low key environment which makes for a perfect mellow vacation. My husband and I have had many visits to the area and our favorite hotel for this location is Casa Cecilia you cant beat it. The rooms are simple and clean with a fan and air conditioning which is helpful during the hot months. The mananger Don has great suggestions for side trips and daily adventures. He is also a good surf instructor and his breakfast burritos aren't bad either. We will stay here again and again. Pura Vida

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Dana Point, California
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Reviewed December 28, 2011

This was a family trip with our two teenage surfers. The reservation process with Don the manager was seamless and he was very helpful answering all questions. The hotel is at the quiet end of Santa Teresa, right in front of several quality surf peaks, away from the crowds. You are literally on the sand in front of the surf, which is hard to find anywhere.
The rooms are simple but clean, with fridges, good AC, and hot water. Nice complementary breakfast every morning. We were able to make our own lunches in the kitchen each day. Several amazing restaurants are in easy walking distance for dinners; others can be accessed by taxi.
Don the manager is very knowledgable and friendly, and took great care to ensure we had an excellent experience from start to finish.
We always felt safe and secure.
The other guests there were very nice and a pleasure to meet and spend time with.
I would highly recommend for families and couples who appreciate the ocean and beach, quiet time, and great company.

Room Tip: The upstairs suite is spacious and perfect for a couple. It worked great for us to stay upstairs and...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed November 23, 2011

my first solo trip and i picked casa cecilia in santa teresa on the recommendation of a friend. it was the best decision i could have made. the hotel is perfectly located on the end of the beach, so it's quiet and private. there is a really great bar/restaurant next door called roca mar. walking distance to yoga at florblanca. quick bike ride to town/supermarket/restaurants. the best part is the caretaker, don. he couldn't have made my stay easier, more enjoyable or more pleasant. we spent the entire time hanging out, talking, drinking, cooking. he made me feel right at home and when i was stuck there an extra few days because of a hurricane at home, he made sure to help me as much as he could to rearrange my travel arrangements. love casa cecelia!!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Casa Cecilia
Address: Nicoya Peninsula, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
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Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #6 of 27 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Teresa
Number of rooms: 7
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Casa Cecilia Costa Rica/Santa Teresa

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