Costa Verde II
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After spending our last night at Rancho Cerro Azul, we sadly said goodbye to our hosts Don Alvaro and his daughter Tatiana we headed out to our next destination: Quepos/Manuel Antonio National Park.
Poor Brian, the drive was quite treacherous and we arrived in Quepos more than 5 hours later. The owner of the place was a very nice lady who greeted us with a lot of information and instructions that Brian was ...
Today we woke up early and got breakfast down the street at a cute little cafe with amazing food and coffee. We both got eggs with rice and beans and corn tortillas. I got an amazing iced latte. Then we headed back and were picked up by our bus for the Canopy Safari Zip line tour. There were about 20 people in our group/bus. The ride out to the zip lines was about 30-40 minutes and we were taken through the palm oil tree plantations and learned quite a bit ...
... the night tonight, and the goodbyes are going to be hard. But it would be the same way even if we just lived in distant states and didn't get to see each other often. Dennis and I are spoiled because most of our immediate family lives in and around Arlington, VA, where we both grew up, so we see them often. Dennis and I went back out for two more dives on the afternoon of January 1, and I successfully completed by open water scuba certification! We have other dives ...
... on the beach and decide that it's time to go sunbathing too. As we are leaving the park (not the same way we came in), we see that we need to cross the water that is up to our waist deep and has a huge sign saying 'Crocodile water'. Are you kidding me?? Dannii's face changes considerably and she is in panic. We hold our stuff over our heads and we run for life! Phew, we are still alive...
We find a nice spot on the ...
... around ten the next day and arrived at Pure Vida Hostel around noon! This was a very affordable hostel and we had a wonderful welcome from monkeys passing through in the afternoon. They just dropped in front of our rooms and continued along their trail. I was quite excited about this.
Manuel Antonio's National Park is supposed to be one of the best to visit in the Country. Known for wild life, sea and sand. Its a compact area. I fell sick the first day ...
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We stayed at Costa Verde II the last week of April. In general the hotel has great views and a good location. After going down to Manuel Antonio I wouldn't want to stay anywhere downhill from Costa Verde. Reservations were a hassle. They didn't answer any questions that I asked in e-mails so I had to call. They didn't reserve the room we booked. They didn't offer any compensation.
The location made up for the problems that we encountered. This place really is about location, location, location.
We stayed for 4 nights at the Costa Verde Hotel in April. There were serval problems associated with the hotel. Our room wasn't ready on arrival even though it was l hour past check in. We were told it would be ready in 20 minutes, which turned out to be an hour. We were in Bldg E which is a VERY STEEP 300-400 meters from the reception desk, pool or restaraunt. Don't stay in E Bldg unless you are used to a vigorous workout on stairstepper! Every evening we would freshen up for dinner and be soaked with perspiration by the time we got to the restaraunt.
Firstly, I think this place has possibly the BEST restaurant in the world. The food is AMAZING (and I eat out a lot...!), and the view is out of this world, squirrel monkeys run through the bar at sunset... I really can't describe what a fantastic place this is...
On top of that, the rooms are also fantastic! Large, clean, with great balconies.... It's about a 15 minute walk - down hill, to the beach, and the national park entrance is 5 minutes along the beach to your left (obviously, there are no hotels in the National Park itself)...
The hotel has a couple of other restaurants, one based in an old war plane...!?! Overall, a wonderful place, i'd reccommend it to anyone!
We stayed in the hotel for 2 nights and had a fantastic time. The rooms are big and clean with balcony overlooking the rainforest and the ocean. In the afternoon you can see a lot of monkeys. The pools are open till 10pm and the restaurant serves fantastic food (especially steaks and fresh fish).The hotel is in the middle of the rainforest. I would always recommend this place!
We had a studio room - with AC, mercifully - and a spectacular view of the Pacific. The staff were pleasant and helpful, and we were able to book a great 3-hour hike in Manual Antonio using their suggestions.
My friend and I stayed here for 3 nights this past June. We found the room to be spacious and clean. Our room had AC and satellite t.v. Since there aren't many restaurants close by, we ate most of our meals at the hotel restaurant and enjoyed the view of the water as well as the food. We saw many monkeys right outside our room and around the hotel grounds.
My family of 5 just returned from a two night stay in an ocean view studio-plus room in Costa Verde II, which was wonderful! Due to unforseen change of plans upon arriving in San Jose we needed to book an additional two nights in the Quepos area during Christmas. We already had booked four nights at the Si Como No, down the street from the Costa Verde, but couldn't check in earlier. We were luckily able to get two beautiful rooms at the Costa Verde for the 2 nights and we were pleasantly surprized. The rooms are extremely large with two queen beds, kitchen area with dining table and very large balcony overlooking the adult pool as well as the jungle and the ocean. In this complex there is no a/c, but just screened in windows and doors with 4 ceiling fans which kept the rooms comfortable and allowed us to hear all the noises of the jungle. We all enjoyed the breakfasts in the dining room overlooking the jungle and the ocean served by very friendly staff. The entire environment of this property was special, giving us a wonderful introduction to our first stay in Costa Rica. Lots of monkeys also reside here which are fun to observe. The entire hotel is very well maintained, updated and clean, yet is able to maintain the feel of a unique jungle property. We were sorry to have to leave for the Si Como No, which we also enjoyed, but didn't get the same feeling from. Next time I will only stay at Costa Verde!
I had decided to return to Costa Rica twelve years after my first visit. I enjoyed the Junior Suite 2 at Costa Verde II for a few days and nights in November 2004. This is not a standard size room. For me, traveling solo, it was great to spread out after staying in more cramped spaces in other locations in this wonderful destination on the Central American isthmus. Costa Verde's proximity to the Manuel Antonio National Park is their best asset. The walk to the National Park is downhill, but I'd suggest that for only 100 colones (less than 25 cents) taking the Quepos-Manuel Antonio public bus to return after a few hours enjoying the Park ("salida" at any of the hotels along the way of go all the way to Quepos) as the steep, uphill walk on the narrow, windy road is too uneccessarily risky, especially after hours of doing the trails in the park. After climbing the slippery slope to Punta Catedral, why do a road with speeding taxis and tourists?