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We loved Hotel La Tranquilidad. The property is towards the very end of Playa Palo Seco so the beaches are virtually empty. The water is ideal, the hammocks were a welcome retreat in the morning or late afternoon, and everyone was accommodating, friendly, and generous!
We arrived late at night and driving down the dark dirt road for miles and miles made us wonder what we were getting into (don't worry, the ride gets shorter and shorter each time you make it). Although we could tell the ocean was nearby, it was for the most part hidden by darkness (it would be much better to arrive in daylight if possible!). When we finally arrived at the hotel, we had to search and search for our hosts since we had somehow slipped by them in the dark! When we finally found Marina (with the help of another visitor in another room), she was super friendly, apologetic for missing us and very welcoming. When we woke up the next morning and walked to the beach (basically outside the doors), we knew we had chosen the right place after all. The beach is GORGEOUS and there is NOONE else on it. Marina and Dennis provided chairs,towels and plenty of sun and waves for us to enjoy the final few days of our vacation. She has 4 dogs who like to keep watch on the beach and property and they will protect you if any dogs venture near :) (Beware, don't leave anything on the bench outside your room like I did b/c they might think your bathing suit is a toy to play with!) Marina also provided us with a fresh coconut one day with a straw to try a refreshing beverage! We didn't cook in the kitchen but it is amply stocked with all you might need. The ac in the room could be stronger but if you leave it on, it will do the trick. The room itself is basic with a small fridge there as well and the bathroom is beautiful black tile. In short, this place is perfect if you like to be off the beaten track (quite literally ON the dirt track!) running into very few if any people. There are a couple of hotels on the dirt road so you don't have to go all the way to Parrita for meals if you don't bring your own groceries in. We also went to Manuel Antonio from there and it was less than an hour and a pleasure to be far from all those crowds! One final note, in the reservation process, there was a slight misunderstanding about the rate we would be paying. Marina graciously agreed to let us pay the lesser price, honoring the price I thought we would be paying. She also let us use the land line phone when our cell phone did not get any service there. They are awesome hosts and if we ever make it back to Costa Rica we will certainly be headed to Hotel La Tranquilidad.
My wife and I enjoyed our stay in Palo Seco. La Tranquilidad is off the beaten path and provided a private oasis while touring Costa Rica. We enjoyed our conversations with those guests we had the opportunity to chat. Although others were staying at the same time, the layout of the property provides many private spaces to share a moment. Hotel La Tranquilidad offered everything I expected from my first airbnb experience. Dennis and Mariana were kind and gracious hosts. The dogs provided much needed four-legged companionship for an early morning walk on the beach. I sense not many visitors from beyond Costa Rica would ever know about Playa Palo Seco without airbnb. We would definitely stay again if in the area.
The hotel is amazing and the staff is really accommodating. The house is a bit rustic, but the front rooms are really nice. The pool and beach area make it worth the price!
Awesome location on remote beach outside Parrita. When we arrived, I had the dreaded bubble guts and the host Marina was kind enough to provide some over the counter meds to help. Cool property - enjoyed playing pool and darts at night and walking on the beach with their dogs. Bring supplies as it's a bit of a drive down a bumpy road to Parrita for most things. There are a couple restaurants and a small store on the way, however.
Super, nous avons passez trois jours merveilleux, Marina nous a accueilli comme des amis. À retenir
We had a great time at Hotel La Tranquilidad on our honeymoon. The hotel is secluded without being far from what you need (one hour to Quepos/Manuel Antonio). The beach just beyond the rooms is postcard beautiful and we had it to ourselves.
Marina was a great host who made sure we had everything we needed. Our stay included New Years Eve and she provided a champagne toast on the beach. Her awesome three dogs become your pets during your stay.
The cabin house we rented was amazing . It's on private beach with incredible vistas and tranquility.. You can spend hours strolling the beach and surfin or swimming. Marina, the host, is incredible with her friendly smile and helpful nature..one of the best places I have ever stayed while having a great time..looking forward tommy next visit there soon
Awesome time in Palo Seco! We only stayed one night, but Marina is an incredible host, and took care of all our (website hidden) and fans allow for a very pleasant sleep, cable was also a nice treat!
Walk 100 yards to great surf break, just be careful of the rip.
The host took good care of us and went out of her way to make our stay enjoyable. This place is off the beaten path but has all the amenities that you need for your stay. The place is right on the beach and quiet!
It is the best place I have ever been to! and Marina and Viktor work hard to keep it this way.
We arrived late at night and next morning realized we were in haven! Hotel Tranquilidad is situated right at the beach. Every morning we lounged at the bench with ocean view and in the evening enjoyed spectacular sunsets. There are a swimming pool, around ten hammocks and numerous chaise longues on the territory. You can spend days in pura vida, drinking coconut milk, watching pelicans fishing and listening to birds singing. Fresh food, tasty water, tropical trees, flowers, wild life everywhere and ocean plus tranquility- that is the recipe of a perfect vacation for me.
Another valuable thing about Hotel Tranquilidad is massage! Viktor is a fantastic massage therapist. You can make your trip even more beneficial for your health if you book relevant treatment. Viktor has clients in also New York and is traveling between Costa Rica and USA, so I would suggest asking about his schedule in advance.
If you are casing for adrenalin, your hosts can organise rafting, canopy tour, kayaking and other activities. Besides, I would recommend going to Manuel Antonio and Carrara parks with a guide to see monkeys, raccoons, sloths and other exotic tropical animals. Pacific coast of Costa Rica is obviously one of the best places for ecotourism.
It has been almost three weeks since I am back to Moscow (Russia) and I can’t stop dreaming about coming back to Marina and Viktor’s paradise residency!