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“We created wonderful memories at Oceano”
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40 reviews
Main House
Lounge by your private pool
Cabina bedroom with king and single beds a/c and fan
King bedroom a/c and fan
Queen bedroom a/c and fan
Queen bedroom a/c and fan
Beach in front of house
Enjoy tropical fruits in the kitchen
Spacious dining room seats 16
Cabina rooms capture the ocean breezes
Patio with BBQ
Relax and watch the stunning sunsets from the beach
Beautiful colours are a nightly event
Front of the house
Pool lights for evening swimming
One of 2 twin rooms a/c and fan
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Garden looking towards ocean
Main house and pool
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7 Bedrooms, 8 Bathrooms, Sleeps 16
Puntarenas, Province of Puntarenas

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Very good - based on 40 reviews
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Marla L
Charleston, South Carolina
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“We created wonderful memories at Oceano”
Reviewed 29 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015
2
people found this review helpful

My husband and I stayed a week by ourselves and were later joined by extended family. I say we were "by ourselves" but, in fact, we had the pleasure to get to know owner Karin and caretakers Ronald and Bernie. We spent much time enjoying the deck, pool, hammocks and culinary expertise of Karin, Ronald, and Bernie. We shopped for, picked, and tasted exotic fruits that we had never seen before. We enjoyed the local catch many a night and especially enjoyed Ronald's ceviche. Karin is not typically on the property when guests are there and we consider ourselves lucky to have had the chance to get to know her. She is the consummate hostess and a lovely person.

Our time in Costa Rica was a nice mixture of relaxation at Oceano and activity going on day tours with Esteban (a tour guide that Karin suggested). Day trip highlights included Arenal Volcano, Poas Volcano, Manuel Antonio National Park (be sure and hire Esteban's brother Aaron to take you through the park - he has the most amazing eye and knowledge base) and ziplining at Adventure Park Vista Golfo. Be aware that Oceano is not located close to any sightseeing destinations but it is a good base to travel from. You do have the opportunities to feed monkeys a short drive from the house - and that too was a highlight.

You need to visit Costa Rica with an open mind. This is not luxury travel. It is the chance to explore a country very different from our own (we are Americans) as you see some amazing sights and meet some very special people.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
30 Jun 2015
Thank you for your kind words and I am very pleased to have met you and your family. We really enjoyed your company. Ronald and Bernie were pleased to hear that you enjoyed Costa Rica. Thank you for noting that visiting Costa Rica is a cultural adventure, not a luxury cookie cutter resort type vacation. We pride ourselves on providing a genuine experience for our guests. Pura Vida Karin
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Barb M
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Relaxing true Costa Rican get away!”
Reviewed 6 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015
1
person found this review helpful

This place has plenty of room. We had 13 people and still had open beds. The pool is great. The beach is awesome but remember this is not a resort so not necessarily the cleanest beach. Things tend to was ashore daily but that is part of the draw. You have the entire place to enjoy and not have crowded beaches and pools like the big resorts. We had some great times playing in the waves on the beach. The wild monkeys that are very close are a must see!! Zip lining was also awesome even for the few people that were hesitant. Of course Bernie and Ronald, the housekeepers are Very sweet and helpful. Macha the "house dog" is amazing. She knows you are her family when staying at her house and will escort you down the beach. If you don't speak Spanish grocery shopping can be interesting, but we wanted a true Costa Rica experience and that's what we got at this place. Thanks for sharing your house Karin and Rupi we really had a great time!

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
6 Apr 2015
Pura Vida and thank you for staying at Oceano. It sounds like your family and friends definitely enjoyed the true Costa Rican vacation experience. That is exactly our wish: that you feel the difference between experiencing the culture and people of Costa Rica and staying in a cookie cutter resort where you could be anywhere in the world. All the best to you. Karin and Rupi
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Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 23 March 2015 for a stay in February 2015
1
person found this review helpful

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Liked best: The pool and local cuisine
Liked least: Some days it got a little too hot
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Recommended for:
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Management Response
25 Mar 2015
We are so happy you had a relaxing time at Oceano. That is one of our main goals for our guests. Your photo of the local food is great. I think that is Chifrio with breaded shrimp? It looks delicious. Hope to see you again.
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ncegrl13
Toronto, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A cottage in Paradise”
Reviewed 15 March 2015 for a stay in March 2015
2
people found this review helpful

I stayed at Oceano a few years ago with friends and family and loved it. This time I brought my husband and we had an amazing time. The house is as I remembered it but I notice it is freshly painted with different colours and the gardens have grown and the plants have started providing fresh fruit for the guests. The giant passion fruits are yummy! So are the papayas.

Macha the property's dog is a delight. She is so gentle and friendly. She came with us to the beach almost every day to watch the sunsets. (Which are stunning).

We went on tours such as Arenal volcano, Manual Antonio and the mud baths. That was fun and we got some hilarious photos of ourselves covered in mud. Now my husband sees why I raved about this property and Costa Rica.

Berny and Ronaldo are great staff. Nothing was too much for them to help us with: and we needed help cause our spanish is not great. They are very friendly and Berny helps with the breakfast and a few nights we had her cook for us. There is an extra charge for that, but who cares. We were on vacation. We had 3 other couples with us and they all enjoyed the house and the pool.

I loved sleeping in the cabinas because they have king beds with memory foam mattresses and you feel cool due to the breeze and high ceilings. We really didn't need the air conditioner much. My hubby preferred the fan. I loved the sound of the waves as I fell asleep and woke to the sound of birds singing. The house is not luxurious, but it is really spacious and has everything you need.

But the best part is you are staying in a real Costa Rican beach house in a Costa Rican neighbourhood. We met local people. We ate some great local food in little restaurants which they call "sodas". We got an authentic Costa Rican experience. I am not really a resort person; I like to find out what a country and it's people are really like. Ronald and Berny are a wealth of local information. They suggested restaurants, arranged taxis for us and took us to feed wild monkeys. Sooo cute!

If there is anything I would have wanted at the house: it would be an ice maker. They have lots of ice cube trays, but we use lots of ice so we had to buy bags from the store. Overall, excellent value for money. I would recommend to my friends.

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Liked best: everything
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Large groups
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  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
25 Mar 2015
Thank you for choosing Oceano again for your vacation. So glad to hear your husband enjoyed his stay too. Happy to have your group anytime. Your respectful treatment of our home is appreciated.
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annagG513...
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Everything we thought it would be”
Reviewed 11 March 2015 for a stay in February 2015
2
people found this review helpful

The beachhouse was wonderful, clean and easy to settle in. With 7 woman and
all having their own bedroom and bathroom we never had to wait on each other. The kitchen was well appointed with anything we could need to prepare meals. An area to look through Costa Rica travel guides helped us decide on our tours. There is an
awesome pool to keep cool when we weren't touring about. Ronald and
Bernie the caretakers took acceptional care of us. We had a bonfire on the
beach with driftwood that floats ashore. Bernie helped us find just the
right fruits and vegetables at the farmer's market our first day. Guides
Estaban and Aaron were so patient with us and took us to the most wonderful
places. They introduced us to seafoods we were unfamiliar with and took us
to a new restaurant in Punterenas with a seafood shop next door to buy fresh
catch after we dined. The beachhouse, caretakers and guides made our
vacation memorable and everything we were hoping for and more. We've become friends with all. We would
definitely recommend groups to stay here.

We would suggest having ceiling fans in the dining area.

How easy was it to book the property? How helpful were the directions to the property?
How easy was key pickup/access to the property? Overall condition of the property
Bedding & mattresses Kitchen & utensils
Bathroom cleanliness Other facilities & amenities
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Liked best: Bernie and Ronald
Liked least: fridge had problems, one shower was cold, fan was broken-important to have fans
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Families with young children Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
11 Mar 2015
Thank you for the great review. We loved having you ladies stay with us. You were a fun group and very respectful of our home. We really appreciate it. We would also like ceiling fans in the dining room but the ceilings are too low for safe clearance so that's why we have the big floor fan. We thank you for choosing Oceano and hope you will tell your friends about us. Karin and Rupi
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