Airbnb Property Review: Casa Pacifica in Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
Our group of 9 – including three young children and one senior with minor mobility issues – stayed at an Airbnb property, Casa Pacifica, when we were in Playas del Coco, Costa Rica, in January, 2018. Here is my review of the property, and our experience with it.
This property has three separate structures on it – the main house (two floors), a secondary building with condos, and the residence of the owner. However, the buildings are situated in such a way that they each have a lot of privacy, despite sharing a courtyard. We rented the entire main house for approximately a week while we were in Costa Rica.
When we arrived in Playas del Coco, there was a bit of confusion finding our condo, as the name, Casa Pacifica, is similar to that of a (quite popular) resort operator, Casa Pacifico. However, this minor issue only took a few minutes (and a bit more driving) to resolve.
When we pulled into Casa Pacifica, I was really impressed. Jules, the owner, came right out to greet us and help us get settled in; he gave us a rundown on local amenities, as well as a few instructions about the home, itself. He warned us that any food left out would attract ants almost immediately, and suggested we take the garbage our very frequently. Jules was friendly and approachable, and every time we saw him, whether in the courtyard of the complex or running into him at the grocery store, he stopped what he was doing and came over to say hi and make sure everything was going well.
Casa Pacifica really is a fair ways off the main street. This had both advantages and disadvantages. It was a long walk to get to much of anything besides the beach, and even walking to the nearest grocery store was a bit taxing for Mom, who has some mobility constraints; walking to the main strip was beyond her entirely, and challenging for the kids in the heat. The steep ramp at the entrance of the condo was also a bit of a walking challenge, especially for Mom.
Conversely, however, there was a parade and fair in town, complete with parties and nightly fireworks, but it was quiet at Casa Pacifica, even in the early evening when we were putting kids to bed. In the end, the walking issues were easily resolved by renting a golf cart; renting a vehicle was also an option, as there was ample parking. It is worth keeping this in mind, however, if you have anyone in your group who is elderly, young, or who struggles with mobility.
The casa itself was very spacious, with four bedrooms (one downstairs and three upstairs) and two bathrooms (one up and one down). There was a large dining area, with ample seating for our group of 9, a kitchen that was large enough to accommodate a few cooks at a time, and a living room area with couches.
The living room:
The main floor bedroom:
A second floor bedroom:
There was also a patio on the second floor, overlooking the yard, with palm trees and glimpses of the ocean – this was a nice place to sit and visit in the evenings. It also made a great place for the bird watchers in our group, as there were a number of different types of birds in the trees around the yard, especially the large mango tree in the courtyard. There was one little wren that even hopped around the patio, picking up crumbs the kids had dropped! The kids also really enjoyed spotting the resident iguanas and squirrels.
If you have toddlers who are not good with stairs, be aware that it is difficult to block off the staircase from the patio down to the main floor from the top. There is, however, a screened door at the bottom of the stairs, which would prevent small children from going up the stairs.
The beds at Casa Pacifica were comfortable, and the bedrooms were spacious, with large closets to unpack clothing and such into. There were plenty of towels, and the kitchen had everything we needed for cooking, even for such a large group, where we were often preparing two or three different meals at the same time. Each bedroom, plus the main downstairs living area, had its own air conditioner, allowing everyone to choose the temperature of their room. We were happy to have wifi, too! The laundry facilities were convenient, and it was handy to be able to wash our clothes whenever we needed – especially with kids!
The entire casa was clean and modern, with tile floors and countertops, and newer furniture. Ants were definitely present, and there were small ants that got into any food left laying around, but they mostly honed in on the garbage can, so it wasn’t a huge issue. There were also some larger red ants, which were only an issue for us because my young daughter is terrified of ants; we just killed them as we saw them. There were not, however, many (or really any) biting insects (like mosquitoes), even on the patio in the evening, which surprised us.
Besides being spacious and clean, the real highlight of Casa Pacifica is the distance to the beach. Even with small children in tow, it is only a couple of minutes’ walk, if that, to get right down to the ocean. The beach was not crowded – we had it almost to ourselves in the mornings, and even at its busiest, there was plenty of room between groups. It was never packed at any time during our stay. The beach has soft, black sand, and at low tide, it is a fairly gentle slope into the water, though it is steeper at high tide. There were waves each day, but the water was not rough, and we went swimming nearly every day that we were there.
A nice little touch at Casa Pacifica was the outdoor shower, where we could rinse ourselves and get the sand off the kids.
If you are a larger group, and especially a group with children looking for a quiet stay, Casa Pacifica is a great choice, and I absolutely recommend it. It is clean, safe, and away from the noisy areas of town, as well as being well set up for families and larger groups.
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