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“Great Launching Pad for Zip Line Tour”

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Adventure Park and Hotel Vista Golfo
Ranked #1 of 2 Miramar B&B and Inns
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“Great Launching Pad for Zip Line Tour”
Reviewed 15 February 2014

It’s hard to believe there is a hotel at the top of this very steep, winding mountain road above Miramar, but Adventure Vista Golfo is perched right on the side of the mountain. The hotel is the launch pad for their 25 line zipline tour, and many other adventure tours. We stayed in Room 21, which was a large attached villa with a patio and breathtaking view of the valley below. It is also a very steep walk from the reception area to this room, although you can drive your vehicle up to the room. It’s important to remember that the main reason for staying in the hotel is the proximity to the zipline tours. Knowing that, it was easier to overlook the dated décor and squeaky beds. The shower was also tricky as the water heated through the shower head, and required a light touch to avoid a cold shower. There was satellite TV reception, which thrilled my NFL loving family since they were able to watch the games at night, and there was a lovely bar and dining area in the main reception area of the hotel. Dinner and breakfast were included in our package. Dinner included a choice of 4 different entrees, dessert and a beverage (glass of wine or beer was included). For all meals, we were assigned a table in the restaurant with table service, and the food was home-style and traditional, but very good. The staff was very friendly. The zip line tour was spectacular.

Room Tip: The Villas # 20 & 21 are quiet and have beautiful views
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 February 2014

We just just arrived back from a trip to Costa Rica. Stayed the first two nights at Hotel Vista Golfo. The staff were friendly, rooms were great, fantastic view. The restaurant is small and limited in choice but the food was excellent. Ziplined and did the rope course with the kids. Adventure staff were excellent and very safety minded

Would stay here again and highly recommending it.

Room Tip: all rooms have fantastic views
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 February 2014 via mobile

We booked this zip line canopy tour off-ship for a Panama Canal cruise in January. Communication was great via email and our tour guide, Daniel Chavez Montero picked us up on the pier in an air conditioned mini-van and drove us up the mountain to the Adventure Park and Hotel Vista Golfo. He was very friendly and accommodating and spoke English very well. After checking in and paying the remainder of our fee, we locked up our valuables in a secure location and took a 4WD smaller van further up the mountain to the start of the zip lines. There are 25 zip lines in all, two of which are quite steep and set up as repelling over or beside waterfalls (you do not get wet as you are well above or to the side of the water). The zip lines are standard metal cables and the harnesses and pulleys are in excellent condition and well maintained. The breaking technique is a leather glove on your strong hand (right hand for us) with an additional thick leather pad to pull down on the cable when breaking is necessary. We had three technical guides with us, including Daniel, who had complete control of us the entire time. The course criss-crossed a ravine with a large stream flowing down it, and half way down we were given the opportunity to jump into a deep pool at the bottom of one of the falls. We also crossed a long suspension bridge (hooked onto a safety cable as we crossed). We we're encouraged to bring our cameras, at the guides were more than happy to take photos and even videos as we glided down the lines, free of charge. There were no up-hill climbing at all, and only a handful of places where we walked a dozen steps or so to the next platform. After we reached the bottom, we were met by another air conditioned van which took us back up to the hotel where we, collected our valuables, had a very nice lunch (included in the price) and purchased a beer. The price for this "excursion" was only $10 more per person than the zip line excursion offered by the cruise line, but their's had only 9 zip lines, no repelling or suspension bridge. We were a little worried about making sure that we got back to the ship on time since we booked the excursion off-ship, but there was no need. Daniel picked us up at about 8:30 AM and returned us to the ship by 2:30 PM. On the way back to the ship, Daniel kept an eye open for howler monkeys in the trees and stopped to let us look at them when he saw some (we were lucky enough to see a few, including a baby with two adults). He also stopped when he saw a 2-meter crocodile in a river we crossed and we got a good look at it. Since we had extra time, and at our request, he stopped into a local grocery store to show us the Costa Rican coffee that the locals buy at a much cheaper price than the tourist shops that the ship takes it tour groups to. I highly recommend this tour, and especially Daniel as a guide. We are in our 50's and in relatively good shape, butI see no reason why anyone who is mobile enough to walk up and down stairs wouldn't enjoy this!

Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 February 2014

Spent two nights at hotel we found on-line because the zip-line course looked great. We were wrong..it was SPECTACULAR! 27 platforms, 50 mph, over waterfalls and through(not over) the forest. Isolated area. Safety and guides the best and funny and friendly;ask for Daniel&Patricio. The hotel restaurant food simple and tasty "Casados" Costa Rican. Below average rooms,dimly lit,minimal hot water,rough sheets/towels but the staff excellent and caring. Owner Barbara Maier,a bit of a grouchy German, could invest a bit and make it mucho mejor. Your lady /spouse may complain. Make it a day trip. Stay elsewhere; they will come and pick you up and bring you there. Miramar only 10 miles from Port Puntarenas.

Room Tip: Make it a day trip and stay elsewhere.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 January 2014

We are a group of crew members from Queen Elizabeth and we were really happy with our tour. Everything was organised by e-mail and they were very accommodating. Crew there were just great: happy, friendly and helpful. they picked us up from the pier and took us to the Adventure park and back on time (as we were a bit tight on time). Transfer and trip was all included and we even got a sweet surprise at the end of the tour. We will definately recommend to friends docking in Puntarenas! :) Thank you guys!! We had a fantastic day!!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

We had a great ziplining experience, our first. It was so nice to hear the waterfalls the entire 25 zip lines. And the swim at the 9th line was a nice perk too. The water is chilly though!
So highly, highly recommend this place for ziplining!!!
The resort is on a hilltop with a fantastic view of the west coast/sunset. We stayed one night, so as to minimize travel to and from. The 3 meals we got were great! (breakfast, lunch, dinner) Homestyle food, and very tasty. (I do beg to differ on the previous recommendations for the spaghetti bolognese; it's average. Have the mediteranean chicken, very good!) The staff are really nice and sincere. We tipped them generously.
The property has trails, and that was a nice 20 minute walk through orchards and forest. The onsite pool is really nice looking but chilly (as were all the pools in Costa Rica we found).
The hotel itself is a 2 star, basic accomodations, with a great view. (we had the King/Queen room). Bring your own shampoo. No luxuries. Shower water is luke warm, the water pressure is not strong. Can be noisy outside when it's windy; bring earplugs for sleeping in case. Internet worked but was at times spotty.
Overall great value when the room and zipling is combined, includes the 3 meals.
Would go back again!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 January 2014 via mobile

If you only have one place to visit, this is the place!!! Very friendly staff great food, and the best zip lines in the area!!! If you really wsnt to test yourself the high rope course is the thing to do. The only drawback is the lack of an ice machine. If you go tell Barbara or Jorge the Iceman sent you!!!

Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Adventure Park and Hotel Vista Golfo
Address: Tajo Alto | 6 km north of the center of Miramar, Miramar 60401, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Miramar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Miramar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Adventure Park and Hotel Vista Golfo 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Adventure Park and Hotel Vista Golfo is a gateway to adventure in Costa Rica. The peaceful resort with a magnificent view over the Gulf of Nicoya offers a great source of outdoor entertainment. Its unique Waterfall Canopy Tour over 11 Waterfalls is the attraction for adventure loving people. A second Canopy Tour includes one of the longest cables in Costa Rica,an ATV- Funpark, Horseback riding and the only High- Ropes Course in Costa Rica complete the range. ... more   less 
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