I had come to Costa Rica on a "dental tourism" visit, and arrived at Coyaba by myself the day after oral surgery in San Jose to recover for a week before stitches could be removed. Fun, right? Loaded with pain killers and antibiotics, the surgeon had restricted my activity level - no zip lining, etc., for me! So, I needed to be in a place where I could rest, and if there were complications, and I needed help, someone was there who I could trust.
As soon as I arrived at Coyaba, I knew I was in the right place: two generous, caring and knowledgeable men, Mike and Paul, made me feel instantly comfortable and safe, and their dogs were full of love. And their home was so tranquil and beautiful; the pool was delicious. I had restrictions on what I could eat, and their breakfast was just perfect each day. I had to eat yogurt while on antibiotics, and they not only went out and got it for me, but allowed me to keep it in their refridgerator. They arranged a sailing trip; a guide to take me through the park; and even took me to a restaurant and a bar (yes, I know, I wasn't supposed to drink),etc.
A life-long New Yorker, I sadly know no Spanish (my bad), and had no rental car, so this presented some challenges for me about getting around. Coyaba is walking distance from nothing (and limited/non-existent sidewalks make walking dangerous) except the beautiful and expensive Gaia Hotel next door (unmissable for it's sunset cocktails). While the bus stop is directly across the street, you have to know how to use it in terms of what the stops are and when to get off. There's no bus map, and Costa Rica doesn't have street numbers, so it's all done by landmarks, which can be hard to see at night. Taxis are available, but become scarce at night, and without Spanish, I had to figure out a way to tell them where I wanted to go. (It always worked out. Some nice taxi drivers gave me their cards/numbers for return trips; others jerks tried to rip me off on price.) So, if I go again (and I would in a heartbeat), I think I'd rent a car. Or learn Spanish!!
I notice some reviews mention that the house is directly on the main roadway and was noisy, but, again, as New Yorker, this didn't bother me. This was amateur noise from my point of view!
This warm-spirited home welcomes both gay and straight people, so if you're not so warm-spirited, you may want to look elsewhere.
I cannot recommend Coyaba more highly!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Coyaba Tropical B+B - Adults Only, offers modest priced quality accommodations. Each one of our rooms is uniquely different and tastefully decorated using locally made furnishings and artwork. You have the freedom of choosing a stay that has no-breakfast" included, however most guests enjoying our home-cooked breakfast every day, with locally grown coffee and herbal teas, fresh tropical fruit and home-made bread. We offer complimentary high speed internet Wi-Fi inside your room and throughout the property, parking is available as well as the local public bus every 30 minutes which stops just outside our gate, going to Manuel Antonio National Park/Beach or into the Port town of Quepos. We're glad to help recommend local tours/attractions, and Nature Guides, as well as booking adventure tours and arranging transfer services. Please feel free to e-mail us with any questions or if you would like assistance planning your visit to Manuel Antonio. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Coyaba Tropical Bed And Breakfast - Adults Only Costa Rica/Quepos