Ron is the greatest host ever. We planned our entire Costa Rica trip around the glowing (and accurate) reviews of his places and him as a host, which we're very glad we did. Not only were his lodgings clean, efficient, well-situated, and well-equipped, Ron helped us navigate every step of our trip and shared the best of Costa Rica with us.
Cocoa is a nice little beach, but what's even nicer about it is the nearness of several other beaches. Playas de Octal was our favorite - black sand, aquamarine waters, relatively quiet. The condo is a good stretch of the legs into town or to any beach, but if you don't mind plenty of walking or biking, it's just fine. Cocoa itself is a nice little town, but, like any popular beach in CR during the holiday season, it is a bit touristy for our taste (though not nearly so much as Tamarindo!).
The condo itself is just great - it had everything we needed to be comfortable, and the pool was just perfect after a trek to the town or beach! We made a habit of dipping into the pool upon the return of any little trip. We also got to use bikes, beach gear, washing machines, etc for free - Ron left us truly well-equipped to enjoy a beach town!
After a few days in Cocoa, we took a series of buses (public transportation in CR is GREAT!) for which Ron provided excellent directions (including pictures of busses/stations, Spanish phrases, times, and fare rates!) to another one of his places in Orosi Valley (which we can't recommend enough - that area is paradise). We felt truly empowered to navigate the country confidently and successfully through Ron's thorough advice and information, and even though this was our first trip to anywhere in Central America and neither of us spoke much Spanish, we felt safe, prepared, and welcomed everywhere we went. We'll definitely be back to CR soon, and though the beach scene wasn't necessarily our favorite (rather crowded, because we went during Christmas), we loved every minute in CR!