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Harry's, El Escondite
Whistler, Canada
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7 reviews
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“Best place in town!”
Reviewed 22 November 2013

Harry & his dog Don’t welcomed us with big smiles & barks when we arrived. He showed us around the property and gave us the low down on our cabaña. We had a chance to settle in a bit, and then it was off to happy hour at Nogui's! He is so knowledgeable about the area, and pretty much anything else too. He booked a private surfing lesson for me and another couple (Hi Nick & Kris) and it was great. My boyfriend got a lot of use out of the selection of surf boards.

Harry is the best host, going out of his way to help you. He recommended good places to eat in town, and suggested the perfect catamaran snorkel tour (the Marlin del Ray).

We stayed in the Green cabaña and it was just the right amount of space for 2 people. Air conditioner was a bonus. Loved having the private little patio to lounge on the hammock. We enjoyed floating on the pool with a cold beverage in the afternoon (thanks for the beer cozy Harry!) It was such a refreshing temperature. Perfect for cooling down after walking/biking back from town.

We had a few big bbq feasts using the upstairs common area with the other guests staying there as well. Fresh Tuna, Mahi Mahi, & jumbo Shrimp… So tasty! Lots of room for prep, and having a sink up there was helpful. It was the best place to hang to watch stars come out at night, or the lightening during a thunderstorm.

Staying there is so much more than just a place to sleep & store your stuff. It’s a social environment where you meet other awesome people from around the world and get to hang in paradise. You can go on adventures during the day, and come back to what quickly became ‘home’ at night. If you want to relax, there are so many areas to kick up your feet and zone out. Having the bikes there made getting around so easy!

We spent one week at Harry’s, and the 2nd week in Langosta. We ended up coming back to Harry’s at least once every couple days to hang out with Harry & the friends we made (Hi Chris & Kim!), jump in the pool, make dinner or head down to happy hour.

There is a reason there are no bad reviews on here. It’s because Harry has created the perfect environment for the ultimate vacation. He goes above & beyond and it shows as soon as you arrive.

Miss you Harry!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

We could not have had a better time on our trip and it's all thanks to Harry. His place in Tamarindo is perfect! The pool is just the right size for an afternoon float. The second floor deck was a great place to enjoy our morning coffee and watch the wildlife (monkeys are way too much fun)! But even better than his amazing location is his knowledge of the area. He showed us all of the great places to go and none disappointed. We can't wait to go back. Thanks Harry! Pura Vida.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Reviewed 8 November 2013 via mobile

Loved staying at Harry's place. It's clean, has good A/C, nice pool, plenty of free surf boards for all abilities, free bikes, tv, wifi, Internet, kitchenette the list goes on. My buddy and I went to Tamarindo solely to surf and his boards worked great for us. The only reason I gave 4 out of 5 instead of 5 out of 5 was because its a brisk 10 minute walk to the beach, would have loved if he was a touch closer (that's just my preference). We surfed twice a day for 6 days so the walk (carrying boards) became an issue towards the end.On the flip side it's nice and quiet there, Harry gives great info about the area and is genuinely a great guy. I would definitely stay again.

Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

First, Harry is a great host. He has been here for a long time and it pays off through his recommendations. If you wan to know where to get the best quality and good value-for-money restaurants, surfing lessons, fresh seafood, taxis, etc, he will do that and more.

Second, the place itself is perfect. There are lights that automatically turn on when you come home. You have your own safe. You don't need to worry about keys because the doors use push-code buttons. The bed in the blue room is large and comfortable. There are plenty of windows. The shower works great and definitely had hot water and is pretty spacious.

Moving onto the other amenities, there's a laundry - perfect. You can cook - you have everything you need, even a blender for making your own margaritas.

You're also very close to town.

It was great.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Oakland, California
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

If you are looking for an amazing host, great neighbors and a friendly atmosphere look no further than Harry's. I would highly recommend it to any traveler visiting the area. The rooms are great you can cook your own food in your kitchen or use the BBQ. There is also a very cool pool and Harry is awesome.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Oakland, California
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

Next time we find ourselves in Tamarindo... we'll be staying at Harry's!
M and I arrived hot and grumpy to Harry's after a red-eye flight and long drive from San Jose. Spirits were immediately lifted to find a happy host, full supplied kitchen (including coffee and milk!), a nice little pool, and a higher tech media set-up than we have at home in the San Francisco Bay Area. There's a GoogleTV in each cabina stocked up with movies, music, and of course high speed internet... just in case if you're stuck inside during the rain. M brought his surfboards from California and in retrospect we could have just used Harry's because he has a selection of well maintained shortboards, longboards, and foamies. Over the course of our week, we made friends with our cabina neighbors, grilled fresh fish up on the rooftop deck, surfed at a lot of beaches (we had a rented car), and went on a few boating expeditions. Bonus: if you're interested in ocean fishing, Harry connected us with Jason at http://tamarindofishing.net/, it was a highlight of our trip!

Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 August 2013

From the hammocks and pool to the barbeque area, Harry's Escondite was a great place to hang for 3 weeks. We thoroughly enjoyed all of the other guests as well as Harry. It was a super friendly atmosphere. We highly recommend it!!

  • Stayed August 2013
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Property: Harry's, El Escondite
Address: Cabinas Escondite, Tamarindo 2000, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 74 Speciality Lodging in Tamarindo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Free use of surf boards and bikes. Surf lessons and guide available. A secluded 4-plex of studio-apartment style cabinas; favorite 'hideout' for both returning surfers and first timers. Accommodations for individuals up to a party of 10 in 4 cabinas. Each cabina can sleep up to 3 people and has a kitchen, large bathroom with hot water, air-conditioning and cable TV. El Escondite also has laundry facilities, phones and internet access. A pool, BBQ and hammocks round out a perfect place to hangout after surfing. ... more   less 

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