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... to renew their visa but this Sunday it was not very busy. We took a road on the left at the border to head of to Puerto Armuelles - I had read a review by an American resident saying how under-rated the beach, promenade and town pier were in this "delightful" seaside town.
The drive to this town passes through a flat and mainly uninteresting countryside, the only excitement was being stopped by a customs checkpoint and having our ...
... on the right block.
The Hotel Cuidad David could not be more different than La Buena Vida - it is 5 star and we have a huge 40m2 bedroom with a view onto Volcan Baru costing $105 per night (including breakfast) so almost exactly the same as La Buena Vida. But there's no beach here and lots of other hotels which explains the disparity in prices.
We dine and have an early night in our big soft bed - this is more our style!
... and waves of the ocean. We saw hundreds of hermit crabs on the beach in different sizes, fishes, colorful coral reefs, and snorkeling! But we were still ready to go to other island, Gamez, for more fun. When we arrived to there, the ocean was calm, and the island was filled with less rocky and many palm trees which contains coconuts. So we tried to taste the juice and eat "meat" inside ...
... field to get to the 3hidden waterfalls, where cascade Minestine is the last one. This local man makes you pay him $5 each for access to the falls and we thought for maintenance of the path! Walked on and got to inside the forest area. It was very dense with trees and over growing bushes. We were a little afraid to touch too many things incase we grabbed something that we hadn't planned to! We arrived at the first waterfall and it was nice. The spray ...
... had been ferried out from the mainland for the day by small boats
called pangas. After we had anchored just off the beach we all donned our
snorkeling gear and swam over to a wreck just a few metres off the beach and
which had become a manmade reef for the fish, corals and other sea life in the
area. It was just plain idyllic to float there in crystal clear 30 degree
Celsius water gazing at the multicoloured fish, sponges and fans that moved
amongst or clung to the ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
The hotel is quite nice. Our room was great, the pool was very nice. Food was great. Our only issue is that our credit card was charged twice for our stay. I tried to contact the hotel a few times but had no response. Luckily i booked through booking.com and they intervened and managed to get a refund very quickly.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.