We needed a place large enough for three adult couples, close to the beach, with stores and restaurants within walking distance. Casa Margarita was perfect. Even though it is close to the main street, the yard is very private, surrounded by a gated fence and greenery. There was very little traffic on the street at night. We walked along the gravel/dirt road through the jungle every morning to the beach to watch the sunrise--with howler monkeys overhead and leaf-cutter ants marching along on the ground. The pool at the house is beautiful--nice salt water. From there and from the porch we watched birds during the day feeding on all the fruit trees--toucans, oropendolas, various tanagers. The dead tree by the street housed woodpeckers, parakeets and tyrant flycatchers. There's a nice area for grilling and preparing food down by the pool, as well as a restroom there. Lots of attractions, stores, restaurants are within easy walking or biking distance, including a good beach for surfing and swimming that has a lifeguard on duty. The house is well-equipped, very clean and comfortable. If you rent for a week, someone comes to clean, wash linens and towels, empty the trash, etc. mid-week. A container is provided in the kitchen for recycling as well as for trash, and there's a compost pile for food scraps. If you rent the entire house, which we did, just be careful of the interior stairs when going down them. The very top step is a bit narrower than the others. Mao was very helpful and always available to answer questions or address problems. If I left a message he returned my call very quickly. Casa Margarita really was the best of two worlds--easy access to restaurants and stores, but also surrounded by nature. It was especially perfect for three couples--with plenty of room for socializing but also private sleeping areas. If you want to be away from any street lights and totally surrounded by rain forest, this would not be a good location for you. It was perfect for us and we hope to return some day.
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