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Where to stay on pacific coast

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Where to stay on pacific coast

My fiance and I are planning our honeymoon for next July. We will be staying at the Monteverde lodge for 4 days, and then want to travel to a resort on the pacific coast where we can relax and enjoy a variety of restaurant options, fishing, dolphin tours, and possibly a glass bottom boat tour. We want a welcoming, safe atmosphere but are not at all interested in nightlife, aside from having some good dining options. We can't decide between Guanacaste and Puntarenas. Does anyone have any advice? We really want to find a nice, clean, family friendly area. Two hotels we are looking at are the Los Suenos Marriott in Herradura, and the Bahia Del Sol Hotel in Potrero Bay... In terms of lodging we are looking for beachfront, 100-200/night, and nice gardens/landscaping and pools to relax in. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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1. Re: Where to stay on pacific coast

The Los Suenos Marriott is an excellent hotel with a great marina but does not have a good beach. If you're looking for a great beach you need to head further away from San Jose. Haven't seen Bahia del Sol so can't comment there.

Two options farther north of the Marriott which would be great for a honeymoon are the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort, beachfront with a long walkable beach, 10 minutes outside the town of Montezuma (rates include breakfast and dinner) and the Samara Tree House Inn with individual bungalows on stilts right on the beach in the charming town of Samara. If you want to look farther southnof the Marriott head down to Uvita and check out Tiki Villas Rainforest Lodge overlooking the ocean with great veiws but on a hill above it all. Recommend 4WD for the last of these 3 options

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2. Re: Where to stay on pacific coast

You will not like Doubletree in Puntaranes. Over priced. Bad condition. Head further north. Harmony Hotel in Nosara is very nice, but not a lot to do unless you like surfing, watching wildlife, or ATV's. They have free yoga lessons and will give bikes to ride on beach. Very laid back. There is horseback riding nearby, but we didn't try it. Might be more to do when you visit, but off-seaon now... very quiet.

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3. Re: Where to stay on pacific coast

Beachfront and for around $120/night = Flamingo Marina hotel. Awesome oceanviews, right on beach and Flamingo beach is one of Costa Rica nicest.

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Plenty to do in Nosara! The ATV tour is a blast, with a stop in Ostional, a stop to hike (easy, short hike) to waterfalls and a stop for lunch. Of course there is a lot of surfing, and lots of yoga, as well as pilaties, horseback riding, kayak tours, boat tours on the Nosara River through mangroves, Zip lining, fishing, exploring tide pools....yes it's off season now and lots of things are closed, but will be open again in November. The Harmony is a good choice, as well as Casa Romantica, Gilded Iguana and Lagarta Lodge.

Agree that Puntatanes is not a good choice!

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5. Re: Where to stay on pacific coast

Los Suenos Marriott is a great hotel with nice pools but the beach is not really nice. Maybe the Guanacaste area might be better look at the JW Marriott if you want a dlx hotel or the Flamingo Beach Resort with more options for nearby restaurants and great beach.

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