Guest Comments

We enjoy hearing from our guests as they share their experiences in Casa Sandra. We hope you find some of the comments gathered from Casa Sandra's Guest Books insightful.

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Superb House!

My husband and I had a wonderful 8 day stay in Casa Sandra early December...loved the 180 degree views of the Pacific and awesome sunsets from the 2 terraces. We are seasoned travelers and rented Casa Sandra over the internet after conducting significant research into the Manuel Antonio area. The owners responded immediately and in no time our stay was arranged. Upon arriving, we immediately fell in love with the house, within walking distance to wonderful restaurants, a great coffee shop and grocery store and is halfway between Quepos and Manuel Antonio, at most 15 minutes drive. A public bus stop is very close. The house is very well maintained and well appointed and could not have been more comfortable. The open living/dining/kitchen is huge, as is the spacious master bedroom on the upper level with king size bed, AC and fans, which opens out onto a terrace with splash pool -large enough for 4) and swinging chairs. The lower deck on the living room level has comfortable lounge furniture and 2 hammocks. The natural light, breeze and views are hard to beat. There is a great property manager, who was very helpful assisting us in any way. We can recommend Casa Sandra 100% -- you will not be disappointed.

VDH, NY

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Great Experience

Our first impression was wow. It is large and roomy. It is clean and tastefully finished. We felt comfortable, relaxed and at home. It is an easy few minute drive to Manuel Antonio or a few minute walk to the grocery store. Careful driving into the garage but Thomas will point that out. Great views in the evening. We didn't turn on the TV because there were monkeys, hummingbirds and lizards to see outside.

Canuck from Chatham

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Highly Recommended

This is a beautiful house, beautifully furnished, with a well-equipped kitchen. It was just as advertised on the web site. We were met in nearby Quepos by Thomas, the property manager, who escorted us to the house in Manuel Antonio, pointing out places to shop and eat along the way. Upon our arrival at the villa, there was a large bouquet of fresh-cut flowers from the gardens, a basket of fresh fruit and a personal welcoming note -- a nice touch. The house was very clean, the beds and linens were high quality, with plenty of towels, including beach towels for our use at the beach. Thomas was very helpful in setting up some tours for us. The Manuel Antonio Nat'l Park tour was very interesting. A guide is STRONGLY recommended as you will see little wildlife without the keen eyes, local knowledge, and telescope of the guide. The canopy zip-line tour was also very good and fun. There is a pretty good grocery store, a local bus stop and many restaurants (all price ranges) within easy walking distance of the villa. One we particularly liked was a tapas restaurant called Salsipuedes a little way down the road toward Quepos. Sunsets from the balcony overlooking the Pacific were spectacular. Another good place to enjoy the sunset was at the bar/restaurant at the Best Western in Quepos where they serve good two for one drinks from 5:00 to 7:00. The owner was very responsive to some suggestions we made after our visit for some (very minor) improvements. We highly recommend staying at Casa Sandra.

Recommended for: Adventure seekers, girls getaway, tourists without a car, sightseeing, families with teenagers, families with young children, romantic getaway.

Scott, Virginia

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Pura Vida!

My wife and i just spent a week at Casa Sandra in Manuel Antonio. The villa was great, tastefully decorated, and included every amenity that we needed. The location was perfect - the grocery store, restaurants, and bars were within walking distance or just a quick, inexpensive bus ride away. The views from all three balconies were great. We loved to cool off in the plunge pool in the afternoon and then watch the sunset from our balcony. The staff was friendly and always ready to help with booking tours, restaurant suggestions, etc. Also, the mid-week laundry service was much appreciated. Costa Rica is a beautiful country and Casa Sandra definitely felt like a home away from home.

Recommended for: Pet owners, adventure seekers, girls getaway, tourists without a car, sightseeing, families with teenagers, families with young children, romantic getaway

Sunil, New Jersey

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Home away from Home

My husband and I and our three daughters (7,10,12) stayed at Casa Sandra during Easter Week and it was everything we hoped for. The house was very beautiful, well maintained, great decor and overall layout, beautiful views, spacious (perfect for a family of 5). It was very quiet, comfortable, safe (loved having the alarm system), and VERY convenient to grocery (just a short walk) and the bus stop and taxi pickup. We used the bus stop only a few times as it took 20-30 min. to come. Taxis were usually waiting at the top of the hill by the church. It was nice to open the house during the day for the great breezes and the AC was a must for us at night during sleeping. My favorite was having a daily housekeeper who also did laundry for us. The hot water was off and on as it is everywhere in Costa Rica but we didn't mind. We also took advantage of Thomas pre-stocking our fridge and thank goodness because we arrived late from a long drive from Arenal and had food for breakfast the next morning. Highly recommend Casa Sandra!!

Recommended for: Adventure seekers, tourists without a car, sightseeing, families with teenagers, romantic getaway

iopcheryl, SC

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We Hope to be Back Again Sooner Rather Than Later!

After traveling the country for a week, we settled into Casa Sandra for 5 days of the relaxing part of our vacation. The house was in a convenient location in Manuel Antonio (close to just about everything) and very comfortable. The views were magnificent and we enjoyed watching the monkeys, sloths and birds pass through. The monkeys even drank from the pool while we were relaxing next to it! The kitchen was well equipped and we cooked some great food purchased from the market in Quepos. The bedrooms were comfortable and spacious. The house was VERY clean. Thomas did a wonderful job suggesting and scheduling tours and directing us around. You must go to the beach - the water was perfect, the waves fun, and it was not crowded. We rent villas 95% of the time when vacationing and highly recommend Casa Sandra. We hope to be back again sooner rather than later!

Recommended for: Adventure seekers, tourists without a car, sightseeing, families with teenagers, romantic getaway

Teri & Bill, Iowa

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Plunge Pool off the master bedroom

A Home that Anticipates Your Needs

We thoroughly enjoyed your home and appreciated the floral arrangements. The views were outstanding and the kids loved the plunge pool! We were visited by monkeys, birds and lizards. The layout of the house lends itself to privacy for two families. With the attention to details and quality finishings/decor, you could tell this was a "home" and not a rental. It was nice to stay at a place that anticipates your needs. My wife mentioned that you said Barba Roja had revamped their menu. We ended up eating there twice! We hope to stay at your home again in the future.

Recommended for: Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway

Kilon, Santa Ana, Costa Rica

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The Best Trip We've EVER had!!!

My husband and I stayed at Casa Sandra in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica for two weeks in the fall. The beaches were amazing, the park was amazing and most importantly the HOUSE was amazing!!! It was centrally located which made it super easy to get around. I love the tile floor on the main floor and super comfortable furniture made me feel like I was at home. I know they say a picture is worth one thousand words...and they are...but you should know that no picture could ever capture the beauty of the view off of the second story balcony. Most of the nights after being on the beach we would stop at the corner grocery store and come back to the beautiful house to enjoy the balcony and watch the amazing sunsets. We would often crack a bottle of wine and just stare in awe at the beauty. The balcony has a pool connected to the master bedroom which is super refreshing. Then I loved to warm up just steps away in the jet tub in the master bath. The house was really clean, there was maid service, the owners were really helpful and their management company responded whenever we had a question. The restaurants in the area are great and within walking distance which is super fun. You can even catch a game of local futbol (or our soccer) down the way if you want to see the Costa Rican natives.

Siobhain Pyne, Champaign, IL

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We Look Forward to Staying There Again

A wonderful house very unique. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay our son loved the pool. Great accommodations very comfortable. Great access to town. We look forward to staying there again hopefully next year. We highly recommend it. /p>

Brandon, West Virginia

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No Words to Describe the Beauty

An absolutely splendid month. The house was fabulous and there are no words to describe the beauty of Costa Rica and Manuel Antonio in particular. Thank you for your hospitality. The vacation villas staff was great.

Bob and Jo-Anne

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Hawaii Replacement

Our week in Costa Rica has gone way to quickly!! We came primarily for the adventure Costa Rica offers. Yet, thanks to this beautiful home we also enjoyed many hours of relaxation and great sunset views. We enjoyed our guided tour of the park, the sunset cruise, our ATV adventure and best of all the canopy tour. We've visited Hawaii several times and now have a new tropical destination. We've discovered more reasons to come to Costa Rica rather than the over-crowded islands of Hawaii. Thanks to your staff for keeping the house looking nice and for helping us with all of our planning. We look forward to returning to Costa Rica and this beautiful home.

Gerry and Christa, Salt Lake Citiy, Utah

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Garden of Eden

It has been so much fun to come back here from a hot day at the beach and immerse ourselves in the plunge pool. What a wonderful idea!!! And by the way, just how does that water stay so cool? We have really enjoyed our stay her at "Casa Sandra" Unfortunately, we must return to the land of ice and snow tomorrow, just as we have settled into the rhythm of things here. This house is beautifully designed, with yes "iconic" columns and clever placement of windows and doors to maximize the views. All the modern amenities at our convenience. We feel very spoiled here! Costa Rica is like a Garden of Eden, rich with colors, sounds and wildlife. We saw so many beautiful birds and monkeys right here by the balcony. Perfect for the lazy "eco-tourist." We loved Manuel Antonio Park with its beautiful beaches. On a cold winter day I can close my eyes and imagine floating in warm turquoise waves. A-h-h-h. Thanks to your staff.

Nicki,Clare and Kevin, Cheltenham, Ontario, Canada

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This is the Life!

This is the living. First time in Costa Rica, will not be the last. I am a monkey lover so to see all the monkeys right in front of the patio was heaven for me. Spending the days on the beach was great, easily accessible and inexpensive. We experienced the Canopy tour and the horseback ridigng tour. Both were great! While staying here we rented a car for 2 days and ventured out and explored 10 other beaches. That was great. Alex was wonderful in making sure our days went smoothly and setting things up for us. Maid did an excellent job of cleaning the house and has a beautiful personality. Made a few local friends which we will visit on our return. The house was very comfortable. Enjoyed watching the soccer (Futball). Costa Rica will definitely be a usual spot for us to visit and perhaps retire someday. We love this place. Thank you.

Milllie and Norma, St. Petersburg, Florida

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Wonderful Time at Your Home

We had a wonderful time at your home, and everything went smoothly. The house was so comfortable, and we especially enjoyed the sunsets from the terrace with wine and cheese. Thomas was an excellent manager , was very responsive to all our questions, and helped set up "adventures" for us. We fell in love with Costa Rica . Thank you!

Barb

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Ambiance of this Gorgeous Home More Pleasurable

My husband and I stayed in Casa Sandra during December. The home was immaculate and convenient to restaurants, transportation, the beach, etc. The linens, household appliances and cookware provided were substantial, and the home had breathtaking views. The frequent sighting of monkeys and tropical birds made the ambiance of this gorgeous home even more pleasurable. We would highly recommend a stay in this very comfortable home in beautiful Manuel Antonio! Pura Vida!

Sheila McNeill (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

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We Never Tired of the Views

We are sorry to be leaving as the week has gone to fast. The accommodations were excellent and very comfortable for the four of us. We never got tired of the beautiful views. We plan to be back to this beautiful country. We loved our days in the park with the monkeys, iguanas, and sloths....great hikes and spectacular beaches. Both the canopy tour and the horseback riding were great. We appreciated Alex's recommendations for each. A wonderful experience for our first trip to Costa Rica!

Janet, Austin, [and] Rachel, Littleton, Colorado

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Expectations Exceeded

My partner and I came down to relax and do some serious fishing. We accomplished this and much more. The home was very comfortable and exceeded our expectations. One of the highlights of our trip is that we hired a chef to prepare gourmet meals for three evenings. After fishing all day!!! When we arrived all was excellent! From fresh tuna to lobster and shrimp. We dined on terrific fare. The chef speaks English to a high degree and is a wealth of knowledge. Thank you for the excellent accommodations in Manuel Antonio. We most certainly will return with our friends and family.

A.J. and Michael, Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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A  Great Two Weeks

A great two weeks! Lovely villa, plenty of room and maid service was excellent. Costa Rica, the people and flora/fauna all to be enjoyed. Bus service was good (only 130 colon) and taxis also.

Carol, Rachel and John, England

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Amazing House

As we were driving down from San Jose I didn't know what to expect, but when I got there I was amazed! At last a place I don't have to share with my brother. Hot showers and a refreshing pool was nice after a couple of days surfing. It's a beautiful country and I'm glad I stayed in such an amazing house! I just wish I could have stayed longer than a week!

Jon (son), Littleton, Colorado

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In one Word, Magical!

Costa Rica, it's people, flora, fauna, governmental policies, and values of "peaceful co-existence" were imprerssive. Casa Sandra was the icing on the cake. Imagine.....this quality of life for everyone. Overall, this was a peak experience.

Cheryl and Scott, France, Austria

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Wonderful Memories

I just want to thank you for allowing us to share in "Casa Sandra." My husband and I took this opportunity to leave the kids with Grandma and Grandpa and we headed for Manuel Antonio-sight unseen except for the Internet. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and the very comfortable accommodations. We took in many sunsets from the wonderful balconies, and loved the splash pool for a nice cool dip. Now we must go back to work in Minnesota (Brrrrrr!) these wonderful memories will definitely hold us over until the spring thaw and signs of life resume in our neck of the woods. Thanks again for letting us enjoy your wonderful place.

Steve and Monica, Corcoran, Minnesota

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