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Lodge Vista Del Mar
Ranked #18 of 25 Speciality Lodging in Nosara
Charleston, SC
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Interesting Hotel”
Reviewed 8 July 2012

My wife and I stayed for 5 nights at Vista Del Mar in the winter of 2012. The host, Gale, could not have been nicer and more accomodating. He moved from the states a number of years back and built the hotel on the peak of one of the larger hills in the area. The view is spectacular. The flowers, wildlife and vegetation are incredible. We ate fresh fruit for breakfast each morning from fruit picked on the grounds. This is a good hotel if you are going to be on the go constantly. We started out in the 1 bedroom the first night and then moved to the 2 bedroom. Neither of them are particularly comfortable with only the basics. Don't stay here if you want a comfortable chair or couch to lounge around. Also, you need a vehicle if you are going to visit the sites. Nothing is really in walking distance and the dusty roads will probably make biking unpleasant. Nosara is truly beautiful and is good for adventure travel. It is very dusty and you will be on dirt roads the whole time. However, if you like surfing, zip lining, river trips, fishing and learning a new culture this is the place for you. This is not resort living.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Mill Valley, California
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Reviewed 21 December 2011

We originally booked a room at Vista Del Mar for two day but ended up staying a third because we loved it so much! This is a unique place to stay. It's not a "hotel" in the true sense of the word. It's intimate and pure, built by the owner many years ago. Surrounded by rain forest with amazing, second to none views of the ocean. Also a wild abundance of wildlife from howler monkeys to iguanas just 20ft away from the balcony. When you stay at Vista Del Mar you feel like you could stay there for a good long while. Gale and Marina outstanding hosts. They were are always warm, gracious, available and extremely hospitable. You can even schedule a massage! If it sounds like I'm extremely biased, I am. I loved this place and can't wait to return!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California, United States
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Reviewed 18 December 2011

I laughed at the "poor" reviews- complaining about no TV? who needs TV when you've got howler monkeys, iguanas, pixotes & countless birds in the trees overlooking a nature preserve framing a breath taking view of the pacific ocean? no toilet paper in the toilets? IT'S COSTA RICA- that's how it is everywhere EXCEPT the resorts that are so generic and free of local flavor you might as well still be in middle America.
Yes it is quite a drive up the hill- but it's worth it. we saw more wildlife relaxing in the court yard eating the fresh fruit and sipping the local coffee that Marina makes every morning next to the fresh rainwater pool. You are better off if you have a car and preferably a 4X4. It's private. It's quiet. It's comfortable. Marina's massage was superb. Gayle & Marina are down-to-earth, friendly and easy going. If you are looking for super luxury or extreme amenities, don't stay here. If you want family friendly, accommodating, clean and safe- this is the top spot in a warm village. Great for relaxing romantic adventure holiday. We are going back this spring!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 24 April 2011

Gale and Marina are extremely gracious hosts.In addition, they are fun, intelligent and great caretakers on the hotel environment. For years, Gale has been planting flowers and trees all around the lodge. The flora and fauna are now spectacular. Also, from one side of the lodge you have a view of the mountains and from the other side you are above the jungle canopy with a view all of the way to the beach. The view at sunset is so spectacular, that in 2005, it inspired me to propose to my wife. The rooms at Vista Del Mar are nice, Gale and Marina can arrange tours and the morning breakfast is great. If you like swimming or surfing, Nosara is the perfect place.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Heredia, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 13 April 2011

Gale and Marina greet you like family and make you feel like a friend right away. By far and away this is the best lodge on a budget. The natural extras included such as surrounding gardens, wildlife and ocean view are not reflected in the very reasonable prices. This is also the only lodge/hotel I could find that has a three lane lap pool and kiddies area both in Nosara. The atmosphere is relaxed and quiet .... and Marina gives several types of healing massages.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled on business
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Escazu
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Reviewed 10 April 2011

It is always such a pleasure to fall into Nosara and instantly become part of Gale's and Marina's family at Lodge Vista Del Mar. The hotel is simple and frankly, is not luxurious as it is also the best deal in Nosara. But it is above the dust and the heat with beautiful view, a wonderful clean lap-pool and hearty, healthy breakfast every morning. The monkeys visit the trees all around the hotel almost every days. There is air conditioning if you need it but you usually don't. I have heard from more than one other person that Marina gives the best therapeutic massage they have every received,,, anywhere in the world and it's only $40!. If you are just getting to know Nosara or to there often as I do, this hotel will easily become your home away from home.

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  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with friends
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Dallas, Texas
1 review
Reviewed 9 April 2011

This hotel has one of the most amazing views I have ever seen in my life. Not a day goes by that the beauty doesn't offer a nice case of vertigo if you contemplate it enough, in a good way though. The rooms are the best rate in the quaint surf town. The staff has all the information and insight you will need to tailor your vacation to whatever accommodations you are seeking. It's the only place in the state of guanacaste that I am aware of that has an Olympic sized lap pool. It is also

  • Stayed May 2010
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Additional Information about Lodge Vista Del Mar

Property: Lodge Vista Del Mar
Address: Apdo. 139-5233, Nosara 50206, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Nosara
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 25 Speciality Lodging in Nosara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All Ocean View accommodations. Rooms, Apartments, House. Short and long term rentals. 25 yard lap pool. Massage. Secluded, yet 5 to 8 minuets by car to all beaches, and services. Nosara is a destination for surfing, Beaches, Wild life, birding, Turtle nesting, Fishing, Canopy Zip line, River boat tours, Horses, and much more. ... more   less 
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Lodge Vista Del Mar Costa Rica/Nosara

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