After some vacations to the Caribbean and Central America for snorkeling, diving, boating, and sightseeing Mayan ruins, we needed a vacation to unplug, relax, and rejuvenate.
We wanted a quiet, end-of-the-road, relaxing time at a smaller locale. A place where we could go for long walks on a secluded beach, flop around pool-side, and enjoy excellent seafood and local dishes. Choice of hammocks swinging under tall palm trees a plus. And if we decided to take a side-trip, we wanted to be able to do that, too.
This is what we got at Encantada Ocean Cottages. Other reviewers have gone into much detail about specifics so I won't do that here. Just to say: this is the place to go to completely unwind and get away from it all. Herald makes this place happen. He's the manager and the head chef, and so much more. The meals he concocts out of his kitchen with one assistant are simply amazing. We enjoyed 8 nights of his cooking. Wow. Seafood you just can't get in the U.S. Fresh veggies like you can't get in the U.S. Even the mashed potatoes. Flavor unending. (What are we doing to our food supply in the U.S.?) Herald will make arrangements for any day trips you'd like to take. We ended up not doing any because, like I said, our purpose was to completely relax.
We stayed in the seaside cottage. Extremely comfortable bed. Clean tiled floor. "Open"-style bathroom with roughed-in floors and stone/concrete in the large shower area. Lovely view from the front porch. Breakfast is delicious local fruits, coffee, juices, toast, and home-made "cupcakes". (Tip: Wear DEET to dinners in the outside restaurant; the mosquitoes are rough.)
Thank you, Herald and staff, for making our stay so nice, so relaxing. You made us feel so welcome; and we felt so sad when leaving!
Pura Vida! Todos Bien!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Encantada Ocean Cottages is located in Esterillos Este. The quaint, friendly community is just 90-minutes from the San Jose airport on the Central Pacific Coast and 30-minutes from Costa Rica's most popular tourist destinations: Jaco, Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park. The 7 units can either be rented out individually or for groups. Each is unique and able to accommodate 2-5 people; the property sleeps 30 people. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Encantada Ocean Cottages Costa Rica/Esterillos Este