We had such a wonderful trip. Maria cooked breakfast for us every morning. There was also fresh juice she squeezed. We went fishing 3 days on this trip. Each morning, Freddy would pick us up at our door and take us to the boat at the beach. He always helped us in and out of the jeep, loaded our stuff, and reminded us to "Watch your head!" getting in and out of the jeep. The fishing captains were very nice. The deck hands on both boats did everything for us. Maria also makes your lunch, so you can even make a special request a couple of days in advance of your fishing trip. We booked a horse back trip through the property. This was amazing. Freddy drove us up and around the mountains, crossing a river once, then pulled to the edge of another part of the river where Eduardo and Raphael were waiting with a row of horses. Make sure you are standing next to the person you want to take water fall pictures with so he can give you horses that like each other. We rode through the jungle, around huge trees, monkeys above our heads, across streams, to Eduardo and Raphael's mother's house. She had a bowl of fresh fruit waiting for us. We were allowed to use the restroom in her home. We took pictures in front of two different waterfalls and then went swimming in crystal clear, cool water. Eduardo took pictures with our cameras the whole way. He even carried our little cooler of beer on his horse. We went back to mom's house for lunch. This was by far one of the best meals we had all week. She cooked everything on an open fire. They don't have electricity! She offered coffee from the beans growing around her house. I think she plucked the chicken just before we got there. Eduardo also works security at night at the resort.
Although the package we booked included maid service, that only happened one day the whole trip. We were next to the laundry room, so we were able to exchange towels when we needed. Two people can't take a shower at the same time or when the laundry is running. I would also suggest your bring your own pillows. We were so tired each day from all of our activities, it didn't matter the beds were a bit hard.
We also booked zip lining at the front desk even though this is through another company.
We were shuttled to and from the airport. They allow two hours for this and you pretty much need it. Once you get off pavement, it just about all dirt roads, winding the whole way.
We rented golf carts from the resort. Most everything is about 15 - 20 minutes by golf cart that you would need. Make sure you get a good golf cart.
There is no ice machine. Ice is a high commodity. We went to a little store around the corner for ice each day. Small, maybe 2 pound bags at a time. Not at all like the 20 lbs $.99 ice at Bucees we are accustomed to.
There is sometimes a language barrier and things can get lost in translation. Luckily enough of us knew enough Spanish to get our point across.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nosara Paradise Rentals is a totally new concept in vacation rentals; we offer all the full service (concierge, internet, laundry and cleaning, gardener, babysitting, pool, tours and guides, and much more) of a first class hotel without the lack of privacy. Our collections of unique Costa Rican "Pura Vida" single and duplex buildings sit on their own lots surrounded by landscape barriers to insure your complete privacy and tranquility. ... more less