We (family of 4 with kids 11 & 14) stayed in Cottage 6 beach front for 4 nights and Cottage 3 for the last night (since 6 wasn't available). Both cabins were fine - clean, new air con, met all basic needs (this is more like a bed and breakfast than a hotel). Cottage 6 with the kitchenette, small fridge (the hot plate provided was not very good for cooking...it wouldn't heat up enough to boil water for pasta) and covered deck, is more spacious and better for our group. Cottage 3 isn't as new, and would be better for a short stay and smaller group. The beds were all comfortable and showers at both cottages were strong and hot enough. Breakfast was simple and good enough for us (strong coffee, toast, juice and fresh fruit). We didn't think we would use the small pool but it turns out to be perfect for a relaxing dip after playing in the strong ocean waves (not a swimming beach for young kids). My kids loved boogie boarding (rentals available) and playing with their friendly host dogs. I even took a surfing lesson from Alfredo and was able to stand up during the initial lesson. We had a rental car so it was easy to reach Jaco and Quepos (both about 20 mins drive) for other activities and grocery shopping. The couple taking care of the place while we were there were great and helpful, but they were there only temporarily so I can't comment on the usual management and service. All in all a great experience for us and we'd certainly stay there if in the area again. PS the neighboring restaurants at the Pelican Hotel and Alma del Pacifico were both good and reasonably priced (most items).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Encantada Ocean Cottages is located in Esterillos Este. The quaint, friendly community is just 90-minutes from the San Jose airport on the Central Pacific Coast and 30-minutes from Costa Rica's most popular tourist destinations: Jaco, Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park. The 7 units can either be rented out individually or for groups. Each is unique and able to accommodate 2-5 people; the property sleeps 30 people. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Encantada Ocean Cottages Costa Rica/Esterillos Este