I've stayed at quite a few cabinas/hotels throughout Costa Rica over the years and Costa Paraiso stands out as my definite favorite. In fact, this is my first review on tripadvisor and I just had to create an account to share my wonderful experiences at this place.
When my wife and I arrived, we were greeted by Bryce and taken up to the Toucan Nest where we stayed for four nights. It had a great big patio overlooking the garden and the ocean. The room and view reminded us of the private bures in Fiji. You can even see the garden and the ocean from your very own bed! And yes, the bed was very comfortable.
Every night we enjoyed personal homemade dinners. I loved the three-course dinners with desserts. A couple nights they served fresh fish. I don’t even like fish , but this fish was too fresh and tasty to pass up. I totally over-ate on pizza night. Bryce and Sandra served us a whole pizza and when we were about half way through the first pizza they told us that three more pizzas (with different toppings) were on the way. I couldn’t resist trying some of each.
I didn’t jump in the pool but it looked very well maintained. I did, however, jump into one of the hammocks near the pool (a must). I love this location for surfing too. A short walk to the north puts you at playa dominical which is one of the most consistent breaks in CR. It’s one of those waves that’s always bigger and heavier than anywhere else. If it gets too big or walled at playa dominical, you take a short walk south and surf at dominicalito where it’s always smaller. One day, Bryce took me out surfing at dominicalito and we had some good waves with no crowd. I’ll never forget the reef out front though. We were so entertained each time a big wave came in and spilled over the reef like a waterfall.
The entire staff was great. My wife even said, “they make me feel like a celebrity.” The entire experience felt very personal and welcoming which is what I look for when I travel to Costa Rica.
BOTTOM LINE: There are no TV’s, no bars, and no nightly entertainment. If you are looking for those things this place is not for you. If you are looking for privacy, excellent food, and friendly people, I think Costa Paraiso will exceed your expectations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Costa Paraiso is an oceanside boutique hotel located near Dominical on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, you will find several hideaways to relax along with a refreshing swimming pool. The onsite restaurant Por Que No serves delicious Tican-fusion dishes along with a Chef's Daily Special.On the beach, the hotel backs onto the north entrance to Playa Dominicalito. Only a 5 minute drive to Dominical, you have access to all the adventure tourism the region has to offer...surfing, kayaking, scuba, stand up paddleboards, canyoning, ziplining, atv, horseback riding and yoga. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Costa Paraiso Dominical
- Costa Paraiso Hotel Dominical
- Costa Paraiso Costa Rica/Dominical