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“Perfect End to a Great Vacation, Pura Vida!”
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Agua Vista
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“Perfect End to a Great Vacation, Pura Vida!”
Reviewed 23 July 2014

My daughter is starting College in the fall and we traveled as a family of 4 to Costa Rica before she goes off to college. She picked Casa Cariblanco and its was perfect way to end our trip. Loved waking up to the beautiful sunrise, the hike down to the waterfalls, the small but eclectic town of Montezuma. Loved the beach past Ylang Ylang beach resort, with it short hike up to sweat water swimming hole and small waterfall. Alex and Khalida were great hosts, had an afternoon swim with Khalida and the girls talking about their choice of giving up the big city life of New York , to come to Costa Rica and the girls school close by(sounds like an amazing school) Can not wait to go back for another stay.

It was great to wake up to sounds of the monkeys and birds as the morning broke sitting out on the porch with a cup of coffee, without the distraction of a TV.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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AguaVistaCR, Owner at Agua Vista, responded to this review, 10 September 2014
Thank you! We are honored to have been part of your Costa Rica trip and it was a delight to meet your family. Next time you visit, come take a tour of our girls' school!
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CHAPEL HILL
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

Wow, what an amazing place! Such a beautiful area, unbelievable view from Agua Vista, such a secluded and lovely place, feel so lucky to have found it. Montezuma is not too bad of a drive (and ferry trip) from the airport, especially considering we first traveled all the way to the Limon area. When you get off the ferry it is about an hour drive to Agua Vista. Very long and bumpy road up the "driveway" to Agua Vista, but wow is it worth it! You will see animals along the road if you are slow! At the top there are 4 amazing bungalows and Alex and Khalida's home. I didn't have the pleasure of meeting Khalida, but Alex was very friendly and helpful but also respected our privacy (honeymooners)! The bungalow is well appointed and we wished we could have stayed for weeks! With a fully equipped kitchen you can make your own meals. The plunge pool is to die for and very necessary considering the heat! We spent a lot of time in it and also spent a few hours at the larger pool near the owners house. Yes it is hot without a/c, but we found that taking a cold shower outside before getting in bed helps a lot! Plus the fan helps greatly - you'll get used to it. The power went out once while we were there but we hear that is rare. We got to watch monkeys and other animals eat fruit that we left out right beside the pool! You may have to "leave" and then sneak back to catch them outside the house!! Amazing. We also hiked to the waterfalls - very beautiful though brown becuase of the recent rain. Go to the beach, but make sure to not go right by the restaurants where it is polluted, just take a left in the downtown area and you will find a beautiful beach with plenty of parking - Alex will tell you :) We ziplined at Suntrails in Montezuma and loved it, they take you to the same waterfalls, but to a different point that you reach at the bottom of the Agua Vista trail. Do not expect the zipline to be like ziplining in Monteverde - Alex says Suntrails does not compare, but we still greatly enjoyed and I think you will too if you have not done Monteverde! Great place, we stayed 3 nights, make sure you stay longer ;)

Room Tip: We stayed in Casa Morfo, beautiful view with a plunge pool.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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AguaVistaCR, Owner at Agua Vista, responded to this review, 10 September 2014
Come back for an anniversary! :) We are very honored to have hosted you for your honeymoon and thrilled that you enjoyed your time with us (or rather with each other at Casa Morfo).
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McLean, Virginia
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

I've lived in Costa Rica for the past 8 months and can say hands down this is the best place I have ever stayed. Alex and Khalida we're more than you could ask for as hosts. We stayed in Casa Tragon which was everything we needed and a dipping pool. Agua Vista is the perfect place to have a lazy day or go hike and explore the waterfalls, a 5 min dive from town and about 45 minutes from Santa Teresa you won't run out of things to do. Also of note is the amount of wild life around the villa, we saw toucans, coati, monkeys and go figure, a tragon. Anxiously awaiting a return trip. An absolute jewel. Don't think, book it.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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AguaVistaCR, Owner at Agua Vista, responded to this review, 10 September 2014
We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us! We are so lucky to have such lovely people stay with us. Come visit us again - since you live here in CR!
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nyc
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Reviewed 19 March 2014

I've been coming to Montezuma for 5 years and this property is my favorite property in all of Costa Rica. Whether you are a solo traveler, or with a group and need a few homes, this is the place to be. The view on the hill is breathtaking, the owners are amazing, you feel as if you have been friends with them for years, and the wild life is more abundant than most national parks. The homes are cleaned daily, and the outdoor showers make you feel as if you are one with nature. Two houses have dipping pools and the property has a gorgeous infinity pool. We just had our wedding in Montezuma and the owners accommidated and helped us with our special day. Be prepared to see monkies, butterflies, and fish from their ponds. The waterfall is close and they have a private trail to it! It's the perfect spot for couples, families, retired people who want to relax, and yoga retreats. You will feel like a new person after you stay here, it is paradise. You can have a car or walk into town takes 20 minutes, or take a cheap taxi, nights are cool and days are full of sunshine. Thanks for an amazing experience. I will continue to come back to Costa Rica just to stay here!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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AguaVistaCR, Owner at Agua Vista, responded to this review, 10 September 2014
What can I say? We adore hosting you on every occasion and we look forward to seeing you again soon! It has been such a gift to have gotten to know you over the years.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 March 2014

Absolutely loved this place. We stayed in Casa Morfo when we first arrived in Costa Rica on a 3 week trip and found it the perfect place to relax, unwind and plan our itinerary. It was so quiet, with lovely views and wildlife all around you. We particularly liked waking up really early to sit on the patio, watch the day dawn and hear all the noises from the birds and monkeys!
Facilities wise Aqua Vista has all you need and Alex and Khalida are lovely and more than happy to help if you need anything.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Eastsound, Washington
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

My husband and I spent a week in Bamboo Bungalow in February as finale to our 3+ week trip to Costa Rica. It was just perfect, with the open-air shower being a particular delight! I don't know what else I can add to everything that has been said before, except to reemphasize that we saw more wildlife from our deck at Aguavista than anywhere else! In fact, we've been home for 3 weeks and I still wake up every morning wishing I could have my coffee there! Alex and Khalida are the greatest hosts, with an answer for pretty much everything we needed or wanted. To say they made us feel "at home" is an understatement!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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AguaVistaCR, Owner at Agua Vista, responded to this review, 10 September 2014
Thank you! Wonderful words, indeed, from such seasoned travelers. We hope to see you again if you make another trip to Costa Rica!
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Willits, California
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

My wife and I spent a week at Agua Vista (in Casa Morpho) in February and absolutely loved it! While in Costa Rica we visited Cabo Blanco, Corcovado, and Quetzels National Parks and also the Curu Preserve.......and yet we saw more wildlife (more closely) at Casa Morpho and along the driveway in than at all those parks COMBINED! Coatimundi, tamandua, toucans, eagles howler monkeys, capuchins, kisskadees, various colibri, iguanas, pygmy owls, puffbirds, blue morphos, and more. My advice.....book a week at Agua Vista and just hang out for your wildlife experience. The accommodations are first rate, the hosts are super friendly, and you won't need to deal with the overused parks.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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AguaVistaCR, Owner at Agua Vista, responded to this review, 10 September 2014
Oh yes, oh hum :) THANK YOU! I have quoted you now on several occasions when guests have asked about going to the National Park. We hope you can make it back someday - and come in November, the wildlife is really overwhelming then!
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Property: Agua Vista
Address: 1 mile from downtown Montezuma, Montezuma 60111, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Montezuma
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 26 Speciality Lodging in Montezuma
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Agua Vista is located in the lush hills above Montezuma, at the bottom of the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica. We offer stunning views, convenient access to town, and abundant wildlife. Each house, unique, tastefully designed and nestled into the jungle, is clean and comfortable and comes fully equipped. Agua Vista provides the perfect combination of seclusion and accessibility. We look forward to sharing our piece of paradise with you. ... more   less 
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Agua Vista Hotel Montezuma

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