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Tom was a great host! He was extremely prompt in answering my emails and was extremely informative when answering questions about his property & Costa Rica. He has an amazing group of people who manage his property. Shout out to Saiao, Silvia & Benito!
We loved our experience at Casa Cerca Del Mar. Tom was responsive and easy to communicate with as we worked to coordinate our travel dates. His local coordinator, Saioa, was warm, welcoming and very helpful to us. She steered us towards groceries, local restaurants, and an outfitter who arranged surfing, zip lining and fishing outings for us.
The house was wonderful and completely fit our needs. We were two families with 4 kids ranging in age from 1 yrs old to 12 yrs old. The beach was just steps away, the neighborhood was super quiet, and the beach was practically empty most days leaving us to feel like this simple paradise in Playa Portrero was for us alone! The pool was a nice added resource and was kept clean by a daily pool keeper.
Traveling in Costa Rica in late DEcember was great in terms of weather -- 88 - 90 degrees every day and lots of hot sun. It rained one afternoon for a very brief time but remained sunny even then. Even the bugs were not a problem -- barely used the bug spray we brought. The efficient air conditioners in every room were very helpful especially at night.
We did rent cars and although there are many Tourismo vans to hire it was nice to be able to drive to different beaches and the various markets based on our own schedule. Renting cars was easy but be prepared for the mandatory car insurance that Costa Rica makes you carry -- it added about $200 to our weekly car rental rate.
We had a great stay and although we did not meet Tom his assistant was very helpful. The house is very very close to the beach, and spacious. The kitchen was well stocked with lots of essentials that made cooking pretty easy. Overall was a great choice and would definitely come back.
Casa Circa del Mar is perfect! The property looks exactly the same as the photos and is kept immaculate by the housekeeper Sylvia and the Gardner Benito. The property is steps away from the beach and within walking distance of great bars and restaurants. Tom is a great host and was accommodating and responsive every step of the way. The property manager Saioa was a great resource and helped us coordinate all of our rides and excursions. We would highly recommend staying at Casa Circa del Mar!