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“Ideal Location--A Must Stay!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Casa Cecilia
Ranked #6 of 32 Santa Teresa B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Ideal Location--A Must Stay!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2013

I chose Casa Cecilia because of good reviews on Tripadvisor and it exceeded my expectations and blew me away. Don, the manager, helped my boyfriend and I settle into our vacation the moment we stepped off the plane in Tambor. Don knows all the local activities offered and can help you book if you want to do something in addition to swimming, surfing and hammocking. I know it's hard to find activities listed online in the area and even TripAdvisor is somewhat limited but Don knows all the local offerings. It seems like people will do what they love everyday regardless (surf, fish, dive, hike, farm, etc) but will take you along for a fee. All the locals are very friendly and honest-to-goodness want you to have a pleasurable experience.

Our room was beautiful and very very clean. I have a minor bug phobia and even though the hotel was literally on the beach and adjacent to the jungle, there was nary a bug in sight in our bedroom. Splendid! The new renovations gave it a spa-like atmosphere due to all the wood detailing. The room was equipped with Wifi, AC, mini-fridge and safe. They provide towels and soaps. Bring everything else with you. They are also dog friendly.

The location of the hotel was slightly outside the main Santa Teresa strip which my boyfriend enjoyed because it was quiet. However, both slightly upscale restaurants and cheaper local cafes ("Sodas") line the street behind the hotel within walking distance. A nice beach bar and grill, Rocamar, is Casa Cecilia's beach neighbor. We went during high season where it is very dusty on the main road. The best way to do anything outside of the immediate area next to Casa Cecilia (Santa Teresa town, Mal Pais, Cabuya, Montezuma) requires a car, taxi or ATV. Ask Don for booking rentals and also food recommendations. He gives me the impression he is a foodie at heart. He cooks an excellent and plentiful breakfast and uses locally sourced and often organic foods. Try the local yogurt + granola! It's glorious. Also, try all the local condiments.

A wonderful experience through and through. We will try our best to return next year!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Juliet2170
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Miami, Florida, United States
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2013

We looked for a nice place on the beach and came across this place by chance. Boy, how luck we were! this place is beautiful, right on the beach, amazing view, clean and well managed. They make great breakfast! Don, the owner is extremely nice and friendly, he will assist you in any way he can, just to make your stay as pleasant as possible.

Room Tip: All rooms are similar and face the ocean
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Shai Y
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Ladera Ranch, California, United States
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2013

Just got back from a week at Casa Cecilia and it was unbelievable! The rooms were great and the location was absolute perfection. It is right on the beach with hammocks in the palms right above the high tide line, and fantastic waves all over out front. Plus Don is the man to go to there, and he brings it all together. He takes such amazing care of every person that walks in there, you can tell immediately you are in good hands. Go for his breakfast burrito with 'todo' (everything) on it and a couple cups of his famous Tico coffee to get your day started! You can't go wrong.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Kevin D
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Santa Barbara, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2013

First of all, my thanks to the community of Trip Advisor reviewers that wrote about Casa Cecilia. The accumulation of excellent reviews was very helpful when I was researching options for a special trip to celebrate a friends' 50th birthday. The choice became clear after reading all the wonderful things everyone had to say, hearing various local merchants recommend Casa Cecilia, and in consideration of the hotel's prime beachfront location on the quiet north end of Playa Santa Teresa.
The previously submitted review by Dude0nSurf, who was one of my travel partners on our recent stay, pretty much explains what you'd need to know about the place. I agree with his review 100%.
What I'll add here is a note about how truly wonderful the staff are at this charming B&B. I was fortunate to spend 16 days at Casa Cecilia, half of it as a time for just my wife and I to be together, and the second week focused on connecting with a small group of friends as we enjoyed the excellent surf right out front. So I really got to know the fine folks running the hotel, and as various guests came and went I could see how the staff seamlessly sustain such a warm, open, friendly atmosphere that quickly welcomes in new arrivals, and spreads into an "aloha" spirit that thrives among all the guests. And I can honestly say that I feel like I've made new friends there, especially with Don and Pia. These are not people who just politely help take care of your travel needs, these are people that really enjoy getting to know their guests, that take pride and joy in helping people, and that are fascinating individuals worth chatting with. That said, they are super respectful of everyone, so if you're looking for quiet time without someone chatting at you, they will certainly know to give you that space.
I thank Don for his amazing positive energy, every single day, and his very generous sharing of local surfing information. As an excellent surfer himself, he could have been guarded about his knowledge and left us to find our own waves. Instead, his suggestions for other options were shared freely, with excitement, and steered us to some really fun times. I will say the same here about Pia, who was very helpful and made a wonderful connection surfing with my wife and I. We already miss you guys and can't wait to come back and reconnect with YOU. Angelica and Yor keep the hotel, the rooms, and the grounds very clean and beautiful, all with a smile.
Altogether, it is these fine people that I will remember and look forward to seeing again when I return to Casa Cecilia. Oh, and the incredible breakfasts, amazing surf, best ocean views ever, jaw-dropping sunrises and sunsets, and all the rest of the charms and benefits of the hotel and it's perfect location. Pura Vida!

Room Tip: All four of the downstairs rooms are excellent, with a window that faces the ocean and provides a vi...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Michael_Murray_1965
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

Casa Cecilia has a beautiful open air design with marble floors, wood ceiling and matching wood cabinets and accents. Local surf art and photography adorns the walls and solid wood tables and chairs provide the perfect setting for Don's delicious and healthy breakfast. A fully stocked kitchen is available to fix a meal as long as you clean up after yourself. The rooms are clean comfortable and air conditioned and include a small refrigerator but you won't spend much time inside. The home opens up to a palm shaded private beach on the northern end of Santa Teresa in front of the legendary surf break Suck Rock. The B&B's six suites make it the perfect size to get acquainted with the other guests.

No need to brush up on your Spanish before calling to ask questions or inquire about availability. The manager, Don Martinez, is originally from California and maintains a US phone number. He is a natural host and is supported by Pia and Angelica in taking care of all the guests needs. If you are concerned about the best way to get to Santa Teresa, call Don. He knows all the options to fit every budget and timeline.

I accidentally rated a pool a couldn't unselect it. There is no swimming pool but why would there be. There is a great ocean and tides pools to play in.

Room Tip: The four rooms we saw opened up to the beach and were virtually identical. The suite was upstairs a...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Dude0nSurf
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

This place is much better than shown on the pictures! The house has just been fully renovated and is right on the beach. It is such a relaxing place... you won't want to leave! The manager is wonderful, the place is run like a B&B and all guests were very friendly. They have boards you can borrow, hammacks for a lazy afternoon and a really cool restaurant/bar on the beach 2 doors up. You won't find better at this price. Loved it! HIGHLY recommended! Perfect for solo travelers, couples, families or small groups.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank EmmanuelleH2013
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Lulea, Sweden
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2013

We loved Casa Cecilia! A beautiful beach, wonderful hammocks among the palm trees right next to the beach. Nice and tidy area in front of the hotel down to the beach. We had the only "second floor" room and it was perfect.

The hotel is in a bit of a remote area (at the north end of Santa Teresa beach), which is nice because it is calm and beautiful. There is a restaurant in the hotel next to Casa Cecilia 3 minutes walk on the beach and one 5 minutes away both with excellent food, maybe a bit more expensive. A small supermarket 10 minutes walk from the hotel and every room had a refrigerator (a small but not very small that you see in most hotels over the world). We bought some food that we kept in the refrigerator and we were allowed to used the hotel kitchen to prepare a salad or sandwiches for lunch. Very close to the supermarket is a restaurant with local food that is inexpensive with big food servings (apparently trying to focus on young surfers that are hungry). Breakfast is included in the stay at Casa Ceceilia and we usually got into pleasant conversations with other guests around breakfast table. One morning I brought breakfast into the room so my wife got breakfast in bed.

For a small sum the cleaning woman helped us with laundry and we got the clothes back the same day.

The best thing with Casa Cecilia though is Don who takes care of you and the hotel. He made us feel very at home and also made us breakfast every morning and gave us good tips on the surroundings and what to do. Thanks Don!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank lbjohnik2
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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
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Teresa
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
Casa Cecilia Costa Rica/Santa Teresa

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