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Gumbo Limbo Villas
Ranked #23 of 27 Santa Teresa B&B and Inns
Reviewed 27 January 2014

We stayed there for 3 nights, it was good but we were left just a bit disappointed. Don't get me wrong, its a lovely place but its more a B&B than the boutique hotel they market it as on the website. Its under new management , they're great guys but it they're their to surf, not run a hotel. The website talks of international surf school, however this just turned out to be little more than a guy they know. It was good and the guy knew what he was doing but I was quite shocked that we were charged $120 for the 2 of us for 2 hours. The restaurant on their website doesn't exist, which because of its location is a bit annoying. The breakfast there was nice though.
The place is located up a steep hill, you're not getting up without a 4x4. It would have been nice to be told about this. Luckly the guys running it were there so we got a lift with the luggage, though if you get there when they're off surfing it might be a bit tricky. It can get a bit annoying having to walk down and up the hill all the time, it would have been nice if there were shuttles. However the location is awesome, it gives you amazing views over the sea. Also as its off the main road it was nice and quiet. The rooms are nice, no AC though, however you can leave the bay doors wide open so you get great breeze. The pools a nice touch as well but quite small. We also got to see a troop of monkeys pass right by the room, you get to see loads of wildlife there.

Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 January 2014

We stayed in the villa the second week of january and had a fantastic time! Santa Teresa is beautiful and the Gumbo Limbo - including the amazing view - made sure we had the time to relax. Nice food, relaxed owners who also took us to the beach and made sure we had great fun during our first surf lessons!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

Great place! Amazing view, and the best of all great host!
Definitely the place to stay if you are going to santa teresa! And dont forget to try surfing, even if you are a beginner, because they gave the best surf instructors there!
Thanks Gumbo Limbo!

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 April 2013

My husband booked our honeymoon at Gumbo Limbo. After all the wedding planning, it was nice to not have to worry about the honeymoon plans too. Since we honeymooned in May (Costa Rica low season) we had the whole place to ourselves. It was so peaceful and serene, away from the noisy cars on the street below. But the best part was the view and the constant ocean breeze.

Down in town it was so hot, but Gumbo Limbo's pool and the breeze was the perfect cool down. The view is nearly 180 degrees of ocean out front and behind the villas is a view of mountainous jungle. It was beautiful. And howler monkeys came right into our bathroom 3 out of 5 mornings!

It is a hike up and down the mountain to town, so we requested a four wheeler to get around and the care taker (Negrito) brought it to us! There is a small fridge to keep drinks in, and a tv with some movie selections for after dark if your not into clubbing or bar hopping.

All in all, it was a perfect ending to our wedding and we look forward to vacationing there again!

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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 October 2012

Wow! We could not have chosen a better place to stay while in Santa Teresa. We stayed in a small villa overlooking the gorgeous swimming pool; it was the most incredible view! Staying here is not like staying at a big traditional hotel, they only have a few rooms, which was perfect because it was so private. Beware if you want to be a part of all of the cars, four wheelers and other noise in the town below this place is not for you! From the main road of the town we take a long winding road up the mountain side to the hotel, you could walk, but you better be in shape! Once you’re up there if it wasn’t for the perfect beaches you would not want to leave. The owners are super cool guys, happy to lend a hand and get you pointed in the right direction; not only do they make a great concierge, (helping with surfboard rentals and fishing trips) but boy can the Italian owner cook! His name is Michele and he is so happy to share his grandmother’s recipes from Italy. I did not go to Costa Rica planning to have great Italian food but I am glad I did, he made us wonderful pasta and even cooked fresh fish we caught on the fishing trip the guys help us set up! Be sure to indulge, Sonny the other American owner and can make a mean Mojito! All in all I can’t wait to get back to surf, swim, eat drink and relax, and Gumbo Limbo is the perfect spot to do so!

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 September 2012

We love this place - great waves, great time - looking forward to next year! Such nice folks around helping out, getting us into some great things and making sure we're all set after long beautiful sessions at the lovely beach too!

Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 July 2012

My wife and I stayed here on our honeymoon and loved the setup. The villa was super private with an amazing view of the ocean through the trees. It's close to the main road in Santa Teresa but the winding driveway gives you enough elevation to feel completely separate from the low-key beach town hustle on the streets below. When the sun sets, beer in hand in the infinity pool, surrounded by dense lush natural settings you will know you made the right choice. The owners are super friendly/helpful but also respect privacy. Recommended highly!

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Gumbo Limbo Villas

Address: 400 mtrs East and 200 mtrs South of Brunelas Hostel, Santa Teresa 60111, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #23 of 27 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Teresa
Price Range: £38 - £148 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gumbo Limbo is a unique bed & breakfast located in the hills of Santa Teresa, just 2 minutes to Santa Teresa beach and town. Along with stunning ocean views, Gumbo Limbo's central, hilltop location provides seclusion- a nice break from the dust and bustle of town, while being only a 2 minute drive to the beach and main road. A 4x4 vehicle, which is generally better for Costa Rica roads, is recommended to reach our property. Each of our villas is surrounded by lush, tropical nature, giving total privacy, comfort, and a real feeling of being in the jungle. From every corner of our property, you can find amazing ocean and mountain views. Our beautiful infinity pool is the perfect spot to relax and watch the best sunsets Santa Teresa has to offer. A full breakfast is included in your stay. It is served each morning in our ocean view dining area. Some of our breakfast options include granola and yogurt with fresh fruits, eggs with gallo pinto, or pancakes, all served with fresh Costa Rican coffee. Our guests are our priority. It comes natural for us to host people and make new friends, so it is our pleasure to cover every small detail and accommodate our guests' needs so that they have the best time while staying with us. Many of our guests have told us that their experience visiting Gumbo Limbo felt more like staying with old friends, than staying at a hotel. Whether it's sharing a surf session or an Argentinean asado together, we look forward to having you!! ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Gumbo Limbo Villas Hotel Santa Teresa
Gumbo Limbo Villas Costa Rica/Santa Teresa

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