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Marea Brava
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Playa Hermosa
Certificate of Excellence
Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
“Marea Brava stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

I stayed at the Marea Brava Hotel in Hermosa, Costa Rica for almost 4 weeks Oct-Nov. 2013.
The American owner, Jamey Harmon and his staff were just wonderful. Their hospitality and
desire to serve were simply at an elite level.
The room rate was super for the off season. Keyner is bilingual and helped a great deal with the local guests as well as English speaking guests. Karla could only speak Spanish, but her welcome with a warm smile and good eye contact made it easy to work with as she found someone to help with communication. Both provided a plethora of suggestions and information
regarding things to do and places to go.
Located right on the beach, the pool was clean and family friendly, especially on weekends. On occasion there were only a few couples at the pool. The poolside bar was run by Tom, Jamey's brother.
The suites were large, clean and perfect for multiple guests or families.
Marea Brava is a hidden jewel for any traveler or surfing enthusiast.

Sincerely,

Boston Brad

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013 via mobile

Charming hotel with courteous service. Penthouse kitchen equipped with everything necessary. There is daily cleaning services. Strongly recommend. Thanks for everything Jamie, Jordan & Arni from Israel:)

Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

This accommodation is far superior to anything we found in Jaco and only a 5 minute drive to town. So glad we stayed here. The small cabins are a little tiny but surround a beautiful pool with gardens and have wifi. They also have 2 bdrms and a kitchen all with a/c. The prices were great in low season ($60/nt if you stay a minimum of 2-3 nights, $80 for one night). We were lucky and were upgraded to a condo that can sleep 6 and it was very spacious. I would highly recommend the condos for a family or two couples. Really big. Parking is close and restaurants near-bye are good (Vista Hermosa). Keyner who works the desk was so amazingly helpful and friendly. Everyone was. His is the nicest place in Playa Hermosa.

  • Stayed August 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

A friend and I spent 10 days staying in one of the apartments overlooking the beach - getting up at 5am to take advantage of the early morning off shore winds we just had to roll out of bed and onto the beach.
Good wifi reception round the pool (free) the apartment was spacious and kept clean outstanding value - hope to go back again next year.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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MareaBrava, Gerente at Marea Brava, responded to this review, January 13, 2015
Dear friend, thank you very much for your warm review. It make us feel very proud to be part of the short list of savvy travelers like you and make us work even harder to stay as close as we can to excellency. . We hope to see you back soon with us. Have a great day. info@mareabravacostarica.com
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Taos, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

Both the owner & staff were wonderful, we stayed in two different type of rooms,, one a two bedroom more for budget minded & the other a 3 bedroom condo style with full kitchen.. balcony off the back overlooking the ocean.. Great place for the whole family to stay or just a couple surfers looking to catch some really great waves.. the grounds are beautiful & the pools are kept perfect.. You can walk to some great places to eat.. just up on the main road are a great pizza place & a bakery called Blue grass café,, that has real homemade American Apple pie & cinnamon rolls like grandma made.. hard things to find in Costa Rica.. Will be going back for sure!!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Amarah G
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Friendswood, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

I love to stay at privately owned hotels, especially when an American owner lives on property and supervises the day to day operations. No language barriers. We had a great stay at this beautiful property. It is located between a beautiful black sand beach and a mangrove area. The rooms were clean and neat. The staff was very friendly. And the beds were comfortable. We were on the road and took a chance on this place. So the first day we were able to stay in a beachfront "surfer" two bedroom suite right on the beach. The second day we were upgraded to a magnificent suite with a 3rd story penthouse view of the Pacific. Both suites were a very good value. The pools were kept very clean. The grounds were beautiful. While we are not surfers it was sure fun to watch those surfing pros who surfed in front of Marea Brava. They told us that Hermosa Beach is one of the top surfing destinations in the world. The best thing was how close the hotel was to the major tourist city of Jaco, yet without all the noise of that busy city. We found lots of fun things to do nearby including zip lines, canopy tours, casinos, shopping, and a really cool nearby bakery called the Bluegrass Cafe and Bakery...really great homemade cinnamon rolls, house blend gourmet coffee and apple pie. This was a really great vacation!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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MareaBrava, Gerente at Marea Brava, responded to this review, January 13, 2015
Dear friend, thank you very much for your warm review. It make us feel very proud to be part of the short list of savvy travelers like you and make us work even harder to stay as close as we can to excellency. . We hope to see you back soon with us. Have a great day. info@mareabravacostarica.com
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013 via mobile

Marea Brava is a great hotel with a beautiful pool area right on the beach. It is located on the northern end of Playa Hermosa which made it nice and tranquil and more private but still close enough to walk to restaurants which we really liked. There are great waves for surfing right out front and the beach is beautiful. Overall we had a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Property: Marea Brava
Address: Playa Hermosa Beachfront, 2 Blocks off Main Road | Playa Hermosa -Jaco, Playa Hermosa 4023, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Playa Hermosa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Playa Hermosa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Marea Brava 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Marea Brava hotel and condos are located in Playa Hermosa (translation: "beautiful beach"). We have two pools, 24hr security, a bar, ATV tours, secured parking, wireless internet, beautiful gardens, beachfront location, air conditioning, maid service, and laundry service. We can arrange any number of exciting local tours and excursions right from our concierge desk. There are (2) one bedroom hotel rooms and (5) two bedroom hotels rooms. The beachfront penthouse condo is uniquely decorated & located on the top floor. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Marea Brava Playa Hermosa
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