Costa Rica is one of those destinations that has been on my to-go list forever and finally traveling there was everything I imagined it would be. Waterfalls, check. Jungle-like setting, check. Tons of mosquito bites, oh-boy-check! Delicious local cuisine with scrumptious plantains, check. Snorkeling, check. Beauitful beaches, check!! After getting feedback on where to go in Costa Rica, we decided on Montezuma, a hippie beach town located in the province of Puntarenas and we were very content with that choice.
I found Luna Llena through tripadvisor.com, which was my first time using the site, and I'm glad we chose to stay there. We initially booked two nights at cabina #8 with a private bathroom, but decided to stay one more night in Montezuma (waiting for AA to delivery my long lost luggage, but I won't go there)--but since #8 was booked on the third night, we checked into a different cabina nearby with a shared outdoor bathroom. We liked Luna Llena because it had that rustic, jungle feel to it (no TV in room, and surrounded by trees), but I'd have to admit that I preferred #8 over the other cabina. The #8 cabina had its own private balcony that overlooked trees, and we got to spot a gigantic lizard, gecko or whatever reptile it was and even a monkey jumping from one branch to another. We even woke up to the sound of monkeys pitter pattering on our roof.
The bed had a mosquito covering, which we used every night, yet despite that and practically drenching myself in anti-bug lotion, I was still a BIG target. The hotel service was exceptional and location-wise was perfect for us, but Luna Llena might not be for everyone. But for a traveller who likes to experience local life, I certainly did feel like a local who lived on Montezuma beach and not just a tourist on vacation for a few days.
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