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This was the first time we had ever vacationed in a private home, hillside, in the jungle. It was as beautiful as I imagined it might be. There are, however, realities one must face even in such a gorgeous setting. My daughter and I are afraid of even the smallest spiders in our home by Lake Ontario, Toronto, Canada...after Costa Rica our spiders don't phase us anymore. The heat was probably the most challenging aspect of our holiday, but having that big pool to swim in everyday made this a truly memorable vacation. The teens had a surfing lesson with Coconut Harry's and although Playa Guiones was low tide, the undertow was strong. When I came out of the water, my legs were aching from trying to stay on my feet and film my daughter's surf lesson. After talking with a few local inhabitants I offer this advice to anyone who isn't familiar with swimming in the beaches of Costa Rica...if the Tico's and their kids are not in the water, stay out. Marion's pool was a saltwater pool so it was a better than swimming in the ocean, for us. A car rental is absolutely necessary and one must be prepared to drive up and down a small mountain with no guard rails anywhere and looking over the edge is pretty scary. We were always back before darkness set in because we didn't want to drive the road at night. The downstairs apartment is spacious and you feel like you alone are there, it looks exactly as it does in the photos. Myself and my kids always sleep with a window open even in our cold Canadian winters, but in most places in Costa Rica there are no screens on the windows so if thats a concern you should inquire first. We spent our last 3 days in a condo in Playa Del Carmen and the windows did have screens, but generally speaking most places don't have them. We would definitely stay at Marion Price's villa apartment again, we enjoyed having the owners upstairs, it gave us a sense of security just knowing someone was close by in case we needed assistance. They were gracious hosts, who respected our privacy yet were happy to help when asked. Marion is well connected in Nosara, whatever you need I'm sure she can get it. I wanted a cook to come in the first 3 days and cook dinners and Marion referred me to a fabulous young lady named Rae, she shopped for the food, came and prepared it and we enjoyed talking with her...in the end we paid $190.00 for those 3 dinners and they were delicious! One last comment is about Nosara itself. It is not like other developed tourist areas and it is a truly unique destination but be aware that the roads are all dirt roads and quite bumpy. The main road that serves both the beach community and the local town takes a lot of traffic, so dust is a major issue...if you have respiratory issues or children with asthma etc. you need to be aware of this. To do anything in this area you need to travel these roads. One day we drove to Samara and it was a pretty drive but suddenly we came to 3 foot dip into what looked like a small creek of water...we waited for other cars to see what they would do, but none came. Finally, the teens got out and tested the depth, we held our breath and drove on through and it worked out fine. But things like this happen in Costa Rica all the time. When we drove back to Nosara
we chose to avoid the road we came in on, found another that had no such crossing and it was great, so it all worked out fine. Thats it, a beautiful experience all in all...Lucy Scheinman
What a beautiful house. They built their dream house in Nosara and you get an opportunity to stay there. Beautiful sunrise/sunset views from the top of the hill overlooking Playa Guiones. The infinity pool cooled us off many times during our stay. Covered hammocks are setup down the stairs so you can sleep, read, or relax from your long day. The rooms are as nice as a hotel and the bathrooms match. Kitchen has all the essentials as well. Nosara is nearby and they had a great rodeo the weekend we were there. The owners treated us to Gallos Pinto and pina coladas during our stay. If you need a place in Guiones/Nosara don't hesitate to book this place.
The most amazing place on the planet!!!! You can say nothing but positive things about this house and amazing hosts. Can't wait to go back. :)