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Disfrutalo Ranchos y Villas
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Reviewed December 5, 2010

We stayed 4 nights at Disfrutalo in a bungalow and were very satisfied. We traveled as a couple, so were not necessarily looking to meet people, althoug, if you are travelling by yourself, you might prefer a hostel were there;S a space to meet people. Disfrutao was safe, quiet, clean, very pretty bungalow equipped with (almost) everything to cook for yourselves everyday. Close to everything by walk, it is amazing for the price. The outisde porch/ patio with a hammac and a hammac chair was so useful and cozy. Great spot!

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank Veronique1985
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Reviewed April 12, 2010

This place was soooo sweet!!!! This was sort of my husbands and mine, last big hoorah vacation before kids. We arrived at night so we couldnt see what the scenery was like, but it was well worth the wait till the morning to see the beautiful scenery as a wonderful surprise!!!
You had your own private bungalow which had beautiful teak wood for the floors and walls, a kitchenette, bathroom, sitting area and the bed was upstairs in the loft.
The indoor shower was a little scary, just because of how they heat their water down there, but I survided taking a shower in it once! The rest of the time we used the outdoor shower, which we had to keep our swimming suits on, but it was well worth it!
Even tho there was no hot water for the outdoor shower, you didn't even need it, because it was so hot there, and the water was a little warm from sitting in the well.
The power went out one night for a few hours, and we were given tea lights to light the bungalow, and i brought a little flashlight with me just in case, and boy am I glad I packed it!
There was no AC there, but there were fans, but in the middle of the day it was so hot, the fans helped a little, but I was just not used to all the heat, esp coming from Michigan in the middle of winter.
The trip getting there was quite a ride!! We did the land transfer, and used Costa Rica Shuttle which was a good deal! We were very confused tho when we got to the ferry, the driver didn't speak English very well, and we were under the impression he was going the whole way with us, but he was just the first leg of the trip, but he did go and buy out ferry tickets (which we already bought online when we booked, but he had to physically buy them so we had a stub to give to get on the boat), and then we had to wait for the ferry, then we got on the ferry which was a fun experience, and then had another driver take us the rest of the way. The total trip time from the airport to Disfrutalo was about 5.5-6 hours. It was great on the way there because we were super excited, but coming back, we just wanted to be home, so I would suggest flying out of Tambor into San Jose on the way back, if you can afford it.
Disfrutalo was a GREAT deal!!! There was no pool, which was fine, and the ocean was about a 5 min walk down a path thru the forrest. By the way, bring your own beach towel, because they request that you not take the shower towels to the beach. You might want to bring 2 per person depending on how long you will be there, because the ocean is VERY salty down there and our towels turned orange from all the salt, and got a little crusty, and I wished I had brought an extra towel, but they didn't fit in our carry-ons.
We did not rent a car or anything while we were there, it would have been nice to rent a 4x4 or a dirt bike but the walking was just fine with us.
Be prepared for price shock when you get there!! We were expecting food and things to be super cheap down there, which is part of the reason why we chose Costa Rica, but the food was pretty American priced. We could use our credit cards, but were charged a fee to use it down there, every place had a different fee. We did take money out of the ATM in Playa Carmen (it is walking distance but its a long walk in the hot sun), which was fine.
There was a very very good place to eat north of where we stayed, about an 8-9 min walk, and I cannot remember what it was called, but it was on the left (ocean side of the road) and just before the path to the ocean (the second path to the ocean going north from Disfrutalo). They had delicious authentic food and it was a great price!!! They served breakfast, lunch and dinner, and had a dinner speacial every night!
There was also a little authentic mexican place before that on the right side of the road in a little building with the grocery, they did not speak any english, but had the BEST guacamole!!! If i ever remember the names of these places, I will defintely put them in here!
It seemed to be the places that spoke very little english, and looked questionable were the best as far as price and quality!!!
There were lots of dogs around there too!! At first I felt bad for them (being a dog lover) but then I realized they were happy as can be!! They were wild but domestic... they had owners that fed them, and gave them shelter (when they wanted it), and during the day they ran down the street or the beach and played with all the other dogs!! It was very fun to see!!!
All in all, I think Disfrutalo was the best place to stay there!!! Even tho it wasn't on the beach, it was the best!!! I am very glad that I chose Disfrutalo after my many days of researching the best place to stay. it was relaxing and just what we wanted!!! We will definitely stay there again if we are ever in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica again!!!!

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 31, 2010

This place was great, as long as you aren't expecting a standart hotel. I stayed in Casa Tucano which is typical for most of the little villas there, at $30 a night for a 2 floor bungalow with thatched rooftops - the price couldn't be beat for the green season. We had our own little cabana surrounded by foliage so it felt more like our own little jungle house than a hotel. At night we had the porch to ourselves and the sounds of monkeys were the only thing that may of kept me awake.

There was a private gate for us, with a driveway (perfect for renting a 4x4), additional outdoor shower, and little front yard and porch. Inside the house was a TV, very nice clean full bathroom, and window that opens out to the porch where there are hammocks waiting for you. Upstairs was the bed, which admittedly was very hot on the second floor (as was the entire country during the green season) so if you really are incapable of living without AC then this isn't the spot for you. You can rent a villa for significantly more which does have AC, but if you are the kind of person headed to Santa Teresa/Mal Pais then you can probably rough it for a few days and if you get hot go take a dip in the ocean!

I thought this spot was a great cheap solution for those staying in Santa Teresa. The service was totally adequate (towel sculptures were left on our bed every day) and every grain of sand was clean from our room by the time we came back from a day of exploring. It is not a 5 star resort, but if you are looking for a nice clean, private spot to relax that is comfortable and mellow, then this is the place for you. In fact, we may go back this summer!

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank pokacco
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Reviewed August 10, 2009

The complex is vey nice and well placed (shops are just in walking distance and so the beach). Houses are surounded by a beautiful garden with coloured birds and butterflies.
Houses are nice (Villa madera is wonderful for a couple and the ranchos too) and well equipped. Safe and wireless internet available.
Owners are friendly and kind.
Probably the best one in the area by price and quality.
I love that place, and I will come back for sure.

Stayed: January 2009, traveled with friends
Thank MalonePuraVida
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Reviewed May 21, 2009

We stayed here for week in April 2009. We had originally booked only 3 nights, but after staying there the first 2, decided to just stay here for the rest of our trip. The owners Marco and Paula are incredibly friendly (and chill) and were quick to accommodate all of our questions and requests. About a 3 min walk to the beach, great location in central Santa Teresa.

Having a kitchen was also a big plus, as we went to the grocery store just down the street and cooked a few meals, saving us a decent amount of money (food is not cheap in Santa Teresa).

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank mellowsurferdude
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