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Ivan Chorney

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Hip places to stay in Manuel Antonio and Nicoya?

I'm traveling to Costa Rica for the second time but with my dad this time and it will be his first. We are going to split time between Manuel Antonio and Nicoya. I'm looking for that really special place to stay that has it all. Dads paying and he prefers luxury over rustic! I've seen some interesting places in Quepos and Santa Teresa.

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  • Terry Suero

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    I would suggest skipping Manuel Antonio and going further South like many have suggested..... but having been part of an experiential travel company (www.costaricanvibes.com) - the most amazing experiences can be found there... I would even suggest starting off in Dominical, something like Kurá (chic luxury: www.kuracostarica.com) or Oxygen (zen-type luxury: www.oxygenjunglevillas.com). Rafiki Safari Lodge is great and wonderful tent-camp unique experience - but not luxury - in case you were looking at luxury.

    We would also be doing an injustice if we did not suggest going a tad further South into the jewel of Costa Rica - Osa Peninsula - National Geographic called it the most Biologically diverse spot in the World... Several Bare-foot Luxury options there... such as El Remanso (www.elremanso.com), Lapa Rios Ecolodge (www.laparios.com) and Luna Lodge (www.lunalodge.com) in the Puerto Jimenez region or Copa De Arbol (www.copadearbol.com) and La Paloma (www.lapalomalodge.com) in Drake Bay.

    As for Nicoya, hands-down recommend the Southern tip.. Santa Teresa and/or Malpais (they touch).... An international bohemian flair that combines with a mixture of Surfer and Yoga vibes and turns into an understated luxury... Properties to consider here are Florblanca (www.florblanca.com) and Latitude 10 Resort (www.latitude10resort.com). There are also plenty of villas available for private use.... If you are looking at the northern side if Nicoya... there is always the soon-to-open El Mangroove (www.enjoyhotels.net/about-the-collection/el-mangroove) that is supposed to be out of this World.

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      Wow.. now that that is a super thorough and well written piece right there! I'm going to investigate these places and really appreciate the time you put into the details here. Cheers! · (1 likelikes)

    • Terry S.

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      Again, if you like nature, for the sake of true nature.... Osa Peninsula... The best way to describe the difference between them would be... In Manuel Antonio the monkeys come down give a show while another set is combing the beach to steal the tourists food, etc. fun to watch, really fun actually BUT in fact it show how we have messed with their habitat - they are depending on Humans for food. In Osa you will experience the exact opposite... You will feel like the visitor - the animals are clearly in charge and it is their domain... You are spectator into their world... · (2 likelikes)

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  • Haydee S.

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    You are going to love our town of Santa Teresa !! The nicest hotels in the area are Pranamar Oceanfront Villas and Yoga Retreat , Florblanca, Latitude 10 Resort and then a ton of private rentals you can find on VRBO or AirBnB. If there is a specific place you are curious about you can let us know and happy to give you more details. Even though we only have one main road, things can be a bit spread out so we also recommend renting a vehicle. Cars are the best options (4x4 only!) since our road is dirt & during the high season can be a bit dusty on an ATV.

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      Thanks Pollo.. . I actually won't make it to Santa Teresa this time but I'm sure I'll get there next year! · (1 likelikes)

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    Hello!! I would suggest that you focus your stay on the Guanacaste area, (northwestern of Costa Rica). It is located along the coast of the Pacific Ocean which means you can drive and visit many beaches during the day. I will suggest you stay at Villas Hermosas, it is a 4 villas boutique located at Playa Hermosa of Santa Teresa.Villas Hermosas. I live in the capital of Costa Rica and have had the opportunity to visit this area many times. I will name as well other hotels which I consider nice hotels depending on the place/area you want to stay. Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa, Westin Playa Conchal, Tamarindo Diria Beach and Golf Resort, Jw Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa,among others.

    Hope you enjoy your visit!!

    P.S. There is an international airport in Liberia, Guanacaste Daniel Oduber International Airport in case you want to travel directly to Guanacate from the U.S.



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      Cool... thanks for the info Rocio. I've heard the roads on the Nicoya are pretty bad. What are your thoughts on that? Also, how easy is it to travel by small plane on Sansa or Nature Air? · (0 likelikes)

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      Some of them are bad but Not pretty bad, remember it is rainy season downhere. Therefore, a 4x4 will be strongly suggested. Santa Teresa is a 'must' in your agenda. Roads to get to Santa Teresa requieres this type of car. Sansa and Nature Air are both excellent options (and both very safe airlines) to fly out from San Jose to the Liberia airport, they offer early morning flights back and forth. Let me know if you have more doubts/questions. · (1 likelikes)

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    We stayed at couple of different places in July of 2013. We stayed at Rafiki Safari Lodge (http://www.rafikisafari.com/). It's off the beaten path, but it's a beautiful property and well worth the trek. Another place we stayed was Cuna de Angel (http://www.cunadelangel.com/) in Dominical. It might be a bit further south than where you want to be. The hotel is very nice and the onsite restaurant was fantastic. The only down side is that it is not on the ocean and there is no walking trail to the ocean. I know that your father isn't looking to rough it, but if you want a truly unique experience check out Diamnte Falls in Baru . You hike up a mountain and spend the night in a cave with the a 90ft waterfall flowing overhead! The hike isn't overly demanding, we did it with an eight and ten year old.

    We booked through a company called Costa Rican Resource. They were fantastic. They are a small eco tour company based out of Costa Rica.


    I hope you have an awesome trip!

    Pura Vida,

    Brandon

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      Thanks Brandon! Staying at the falls sounds absolutely perfect... for me! I think my dad would have to pass though. Rafiki's also great for me. Love the South African character having spent two months in Cape Town last year. · (0 likelikes)

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    I have an upscale surfing lodge near Tamarindo Playa Avellana if you're interested. It's for surfers mainly, but very isolated and state of the art, great food, local produce, individual 4 star bungalows, connectivity, pick up from Liberia, brand new architect design, surf at your doorstep

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    We liked the Blue Monkey , it's not fancy but has a lot of character and the food was good. If you stay there, ask for a room across the road from the hotel, they are the nicest rooms. Not within walking distance of the park

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      Thanks I'll check it out! · (0 likelikes)

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    I stayed at Vela Bar Hotel and I really enjoyed it. It is relatively inexpensive, but it is not rustic. The best part about it is the location. It is a five minute walk to both the gates of Manuel Antonio and the beach.

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      Cool thanks! I'll look into it Ted. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Instituto Estelar Bilingüe

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    Have to agree with Rocio A.
    Guanacaste has some amazing places to see with luxurious places to stay. All of his suggestions are good, especially Playa Flamingo , Playa Conchal , and Playa Tamarindo - these are all some of my favorite places! Nicoya is really nice too, I just recommend finding a good deal on your hotel before going. No matter what you do, you will have an amazing trip - it is Costa Rica!!

    Have fun!!

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      Also, if you and your father are interested in studying Spanish during your trip, we would love to have you! Check out Instituto Estelar Bilingue through Google or Facebook for more info! · (0 likelikes)

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    A search on vrbo.com or airbnb.com will give you a list of houses you can stay in. How about a place like this?

    http://www.flipkey.com/manuel-antonio-resort-rentals/p174357

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