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Don Jon's Lodge and Restaurante
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Stockholm, Stockholms Län, Sweden
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“Best Place in Santa Teresa”
Reviewed 3 January 2014

You can't find a better place then Don Jon*s.

Closest to the best surf, the coolest tree houses in the area and will definitely give you memories for the long run.

Relax to the max at don jon*s with jon and the dogs :)

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 3 January 2014

This was our second trip to Santa Teresa and our second time staying at Don Jon's! We had the best time staying at this place. The owner is an amazing guy, the place is very clean and comfortable and you will meet so many great people there. Our trip wouldn't be as great if we were not staying at Don Jon's! Highly recommend this place! We will be there again next year.

  • Stayed December 2013
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Kuopio, Finland
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

Don Jon's lodge & Santa Teresa was absolute the BEST holiday destination I have ever been! The public bus dropped us in front of the hostel and the owner + a group of hostel guests were cheering at us in the common area although it was almost midnight. We got our wonderful 5 people's apartment which was really clean and spacious (with 2 really good bathrooms!) and it was cleaned many times during our stay, too. There were hammocks everywhere and the days passed by surfing in the morning (only a 5 minutes walk to the AWESOME surf/swimming beach with reeeally warm water and perfect waves), relaxing in the hammocks in the midday, surfing in the afternoon and eating delicious seafood + drinking beer in the evening. The lodge serves really good breakfast/ brunch, the owner Jon and other employees are really friendly, and Jon can help you with everything: renting boards, attending surf/yoga lessons, finding good restaurants, bars etc. And he is there for the guests all the time! :) +If you need some company for going out, Jon doesn't let you down! :D The lodge is really safe, as well. We'll certainly come back next year, if not earlier! Thank you Jon & co!!!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 22 December 2013

I stayed in a private 'tree house' room. The location was excellent and I loved all the trees and greenery surrounding the property.
Jon was an excellent source of knowledge as well as being easy going, fun and always up for a chat.
The hammocks are amazing and the whole atmosphere of the place was relaxed, easy going and really fun.
I would highly recommend staying at Don Jons and I would easily stay here again on my next visit to Santa Teresa.

Room Tip: I loved the 'Tree House' rooms. I was travelling alone but the room would of slept 4 people...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 22 November 2013

My friend and I found this little gem after spending a day viewing numerous hotels in the area. As soon as we entered the property we were sold. The owner Don Jon was genuine and friendly. The rooms were extremely clean, spacious and well maintained. The kitchen was great, the food was fantastic, and the people were amazing. The location of this hotel was perfect. I can't say enough about this lovely place. It truly made the trip memorable.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Atlantic City, New Jersey
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Reviewed 21 November 2013

If you are trying to surf your brains out, then this is the place to be. The hotel is located within a block from the beach access to a great beach break. Don Jon's has a unique, tree house feel. All the workers are helpful and very relaxed. The rooms are clean and simple. No hot water. This hotel is amazing, and I highly recommend it for the 20 and 30 year old surfer/backpacker travelers. Don was not there at the time, but Alejandro did a great job running the place.
My group of three traveled to Santa Teresa in the middle of October. Despite "green season", the weather was beautiful, and the surf was still clean and head high. Santa Teresa was somewhat of a ghost town, not many American travelers around during this time. Many hotels and stores were closed for the month of October. Santa Teresa is a cool surf town, and I always felt safe, until the moment we were robbed at knifepoint in the middle of the day, on the beach. We were only about two blocks away from Don Jon's. It was a tico looking guy, and he robbed us of an iphone and cash. The problem in Santa Teresa, is that there was no police presence. I was told i had to travel 1/2 hour away to report the robbery, and I was extremely upset so it never was reported. I learned a few days later that a man was robbed at gunpoint in the middle of the day on the beach in Santa Teresa, close to where we were robbed. I highly recommend never carrying any type of valuables with you while walking around Santa Teresa.
Despite that, Don Jon's is awesome! and super safe, they have a night guard to make sure no one breaks in.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

The accommodations were great, the food was delicious, and in a great location right by the beach. Not to mention good company :) Don Jon's is 100% the place to go if you want a fun/chill holiday! I loved all the hammocks that were hung just about everywhere- such a fun/novel amenity. Also, ask for some "morning drinks"- they're Jon's version of a tropical bloody Mary.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Don Jon's Lodge and Restaurante
Address: 150 meters north from soccer plaza, Santa Teresa 1, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 65 Speciality Lodging in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Don Jon*s has a variety of accomodations, great restaurante, and is conviniently located. Dorm rooms for backpackers, modern apartments with AC for groups, and rustic cabins with private rooms all made from teak wood and very one of a kind. A restaurante serving the freshest fish tacos, burritos, sandwiches and salads all ways, always. Only 100 meters walk to Santa Teresa beach with consistent surf year round and in the center of the village near markets, reataurantes, and soccer plaza. A family run establishment where the service is personalized and with gusto. See you soon! Pura Vida! ... more   less 
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