In love with the beauties of Costa Rica
The view was spectacular and especially so at night with the city lights of San Jose and Alajuela sparkling far off in the valley. If anyone is interested in getting the feel of what it is like to live in semi rural Costa Rica, this place is perfect. The area is high enough in the mountains so that it gets quite chilly after dark..great sleeping weather. There are small grocery stores and a tiny bakery within m a few minutes drive and the owner's aunt and uncle in the neighboring house are wonderful people with whom to converse if you are a Spanish speaker.
The exotic bird calls mixed with the roosters and local dogs made for quite a concert in the early morning hours and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
We make frequent trips to Costa Rica and we would like to stay there or some place like it again while in the Palmares area.
This place was awesome! The view is spectacular. When you walk in and look out the windows you will be blown away. At night the lights of the city are beautiful and during the day words cannot describe the view. The host and the neighbors of the house were extremely helpful. Getting help in english is not a problem whatsoever. I highly recommend having a local phone or chip your unlocked phone so you can call maria or her family to get directions and they send someone for you to follow to the house. Was very spacious and just an overall good experience. Thanks!
Although we had a hard time finding the house, we did enjoy our stay here. It was our first experience driving in Costa Rica, and we arrived after dark without GPS, and without local phone. Maria's instructions were probably good enough for someone more experienced, better equipped, or arriving early in the day.
The house does have an amazing view, and the bed though not big was fine. There are insects/little ants, but that was our experience everywhere in Costa Rica, you get used to not leaving any food out!
The town of Palmares is a little bit out of the way, but the people are even friendlier than elsewhere in Costa Rica, and we enjoyed being there.
Maria was out of town, but her aunt & uncle answered our questions. There was coffee, tea, and fresh fruit waiting for us on the table and the kitchen & bathrooms were well equipped.
The wifi signal was strong and the speed was good, although it was set up with a guest account requiring login through a browser, which was a bit of a pain.
We had already started our holidays in Costa Rica before we reserved this place. However, Maria was quick to respond to all my requests/messages. The host, Guillermo, gave us a tour of downtown Palmares, identifying where the grocery store, bus station and other conveniences were located before taking us to the property.
The description "Cozy house with great view" doesn't do the house justice - it has a SPECTACULAR view! You can see 3 or 4 of Costa Rica's volcanoes from the living room windows (Poás, Turrialba, Irazú, & perhaps Brava). At night you can see the lights of the greater San José area (Alajuela, & probably parts of Heredia & San José itself); the sunrise is gorgeous! A neighbour says that on New Year's Eve the house has a specactular view of the fireworks of many of the cities and towns in the Cental Valley. If that weren't enough, literally around the cornor there is a dirt road that leads up the mountainside on which this house is located. At the top, on a clear day, it is said that you can see every volcano in Costa Rica, and both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans! The windows on all three sides of the living room open up, allowing the breeze to go right through, so in the heat of mid-afternoon, you can stay inside and avoid the sun (if you choose), while maintaining the feeling of being outside.
One of the benefits of the view, other than the beauty, is that one can see when the bus (to Palmares) comes by. The way the route is set up is that the bus passes in front of the house on the way from Palmares, then about 5 minutes or so later, it passes again on the way back to Palmares. A return trip costs about $0.75 Cdn/US (175 colones each direction). Once in Palmares, buses depart regularly to Naranjo, San Ramon, Alajuela, stepping stones to other areas of the Central Valley.
The neighbours are very friendly and were quite helpful: it felt like we were at home, not strangers renting someone's house. If you are looking for a home base to explore the Central Valley; this is it!