If you're planning a trip to Costa Rica, you need to make a decision before you book: do you want to be in a luxurious spa-type atmosphere where your every need is catered to, or do you want to submerse yourself in the culture and actually LIVE the experience and learn about the country and people? If you answered number one, go to a local motel, order room service, close the curtains and put in a Spanish speaking movie. It'll save you some time. If the second option sounded better, you may find this review helpful.
There are a few all-inclusive gated resort type places along the Caribbean Coastline, but they will cost you a great plenty. However, we found a perfect hidden gem near the town of Puerto Viejo that won't.
Gary and Kathy's Caribbean Beach House sits just far enough from the water that you can clearly see and hear the water lapping the shoreline, but the pippa and coconut palms between the sandy beach and the cabinas mute it enough so that you can still hear the...