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I stayed here for 10 days and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this house. The beach was within a 10 minute walk. The monkeys in the early morning was a great sound to wake up to. Yvan and his folks were very accommodating . Correspondence with Yvan was quick and very accurate. It is the dry season there and I would of liked to see it rain. The grounds needed the rain, and the animals needed rain. The town was close enough where it was easy to run in and even catch the Uconn Huskies final NCAA games at Gina's! Yvan's home had a good feel , and you felt safe since Yvan or his parents were there the entire time.
If you are looking for a tucked away, off the beaten path place to relax, cook and enjoy the company of your friends- look no further.
Yvan and his parents- who are in an adjacent house- embody the aims and purpose of of Airbnb entirely. I've already recommended the place to a handful of my friends.
My stay at Yvan's cabin was wonderful. Although he was not there, I was very well taken care of by his parents Lucien and Françoise, who are just so lovely. The property is beautiful and impeccably maintained, I felt welcome and safe, shared so many nice conversations and loved hearing about their wonderfully lived life. The beach is beautiful and about a 10 minute walk away, and I met some lovely people throughout my stay. It is a small quiet town, and there is not much as far as groceries go, but Lucien and Françoise were there to help if I needed to get anything and it was greatly appreciated. I feel like I've known them for years and certainly hope to see them again.
Mon séjour dans la cabine d'Yvan fut fantastique. Même si Yvan lui-même n'y était pas, j'ai été très bien reçue pas ses parents, Lucien et Françoise. La maison et le terrain sont magnifiques et impeccables, et je me sentais la bienvenue et en toute sécurité. J'ai adoré passer du temps avec eux à écouter l'histoire de leurs vies bien vécues. La jolie plage est environ à 10 minutes de marche. Le village et petit et n'a pas vraiment d'épicerie mais Lucien et Françoise étaient là pour m'aider et c'était très apprécié. J'ai l'impression de les connaitre depuis longtemps et j'espère de tout coeur les revoir.
What a great spot! I very much enjoyed my stay, and Yvan's parents were very gracious hosts. Very close to a few wonderful beaches with great surfing!
I recommend driving over to Avallanas in the evening for a sunset surf party. Folks are out with their families and it's a blast.
One warning - (website hidden) Maps grossly underestimates the time it takes to drive from San Jose airport. Count on five hours!!
I absolutely LOVED my stay at Yvan's cabina!! Yvan had business elsewhere so I spent more time with Luciano and Francoise, Yvan's parents, who were delightful. The outdoor kitchen was perfect and my favorite spot. The cabina was comfortable and clean and had everything I needed. Los Pargos is definitely off the beaten path and exactly what I was looking for, if it's action and nightlife, maybe this isn't the place for you. I felt safe at the property, loved the strange night sounds, enjoyed the birds and other wildlife that were around and Playa Negra which was a few minutes away. Playa Avellana was close by which I also visited and enjoyed it for the shade it offered as well as a great restaurant/bar. I would stay here again and hope the opportunity arises. Thanks Yvan, for having cool parents and a unique place to visit. OH, and how can I forget the "tropical cow" which marks the entrance to the drive....if you want to know more, you will just have to go for a visit.....
Yvan et ses parents nous ont accueilli chaleureusement.
La cabina est fonctionnelle et confortable en même temps.
La cuisine à l'extérieur est très bien aménagée, nous y avons passé d'agréables moment a discuter avec Yvan, avec de la bière et du rosé !
Nous passerons certainement les voir lors d'un prochain voyage.
Great place , lovely hosts. Very relaxing.
Yvan's place is quiet, clean and comfortable. It is out of the way but still within walking distance to Playa Negra and some great restaurants and cafes. If you are looking for nightlife this is not the place, but for a more traditional Costa Rican experience this is great!
This is the best place we've stayed on vacation. I'm reluctant to say this because it will make it more difficult for us to book it in the future! Yvan and his father have built a wonderful little enclave, with an open garden and buildings widely separated for privacy. The main house (what we rented) feels like a treehouse, and virtually everything is made of handcrafted teak. Yvan was very friendly and helpful with driving directions, tips for things to do in the area, etc...
I've spent a lot of time in Costa Rica, and this is the first place I've been where everything just worked (even expensive cabinas usually have some issues like 'suicide showers' that occasionally give you a mild shock, bad water/plumbing, or too many bugs/lizards). The house is exactly as far from the beach as you want to be, about 8 minutes walking, where it is a little cooler, quieter, and there are no mosquitos. The kitchen is fully equipped, and Yvan helped us to catch the local fresh fish truck to make some epic mahi-mahi and calamari. The town itself is basic, but there is a good cafe/restaurant (Cafe Playa Negra) and a full-featured surf shop with good weekly rental rates and stand-up paddle board tours of the mangrove forest (Pargos Adventures). There is a decent grocery store nearby in Junquillal, and a big supermarket a little further afield in Santa Cruz. Playa Negra is quieter than Avellanes and is a world apart from Tamarindo, which has gone from being a bustling surf town to a tourist trap from hell! Despite being only ~20km south of Tamarindo, Playa Negra's bumpy roads keep most of the crowds away. Look no further, this is the place to stay!
The paradise house is well named. We spent a wonderful week at Ivan's place. We have a toddler and with a little supervision, it's a great place for a vacation with a baby. Ivan is really welcoming and helpful. The house is superb and, although really comfortable, is not a McMansion style, which allows you to better blend in the Costa Rica pura vida mentality.
It is located near to two pristines beaches and lots of day trips possibilities (rent a 4x4 to really be able to freely go around).
Thank you Ivan for this great vacation!
Yvan fue un huésped excelente. Respetuoso y amable. Lo recomendaría sin duda.
Ivan's wife and son, Marilos and Daniel, were great guests, they were friendly, polite, considerate and communicative. They are also fellow Airbnb hosts in Costa Rica. I do like very much the reality that hosts become guests, which shows that Airbnb is a community of hosts and guests.
Back to Marilos and Daniel, I recommend you to my fellow Airbnb hosts and I also would like very much to host you myself in the future. As you like London so much, do come back soon and thank you for being my guests.
rencontre et échanges très intéressants, agréable soirée avec Yvan, son épouse et leur fils. nous ferons notre possible pour les rejoindre dans leur coin de paradis!