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Palma Real cottage, front view
Eladio's Place-Explore Paradise, Palma real cottage.
Palma Real cottage,
outside corridor!
Palma Real cottage, living, dining and kitchen
Kitchen and dining
Living room
Bedroom with queen size bed.
Bedroom with twin single beds
Toilet and sink
Bathroom
Gazebo BBQ and furniture outdoor
Palma Real cottage,  Gorgeous  shared pool
Our cottages offer an ample and safe parking area!
Our tours are ideal for birdwatching and wildlife watcher
Spectacled Owl,
This and more birds. It's possible to see through our tours
Rainforest tour three-toed sloth in their natural habitad
Tapir is the largest terrestrial mammal that inhabits in Costa Rica.
We know a place to see it
Spider monkey through our private tours you can to see it!
Great birds like the Jabiru
Real Rainforest
Primary forest
Rainforest of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. It's only an one hour away from our cottages.
Exclusive, Natural hot springs!
You will have the opportunity to visit wonderful waterfalls like this!
Surf lesson at Witch's Rock with a certification instructor by ISA
easy to learn!
Our surf trip to Witch's Rock in our 4WD. It's an experience you won't forget
Witch's Rock have World class waves
Perfect barrels
Junquillal beach. it is a beautiful beach and a wildlife refuge.
Horseback riding
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Liberia, Province of Guanacaste

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“Serene oasis only minutes from Liberia with access to Santa Rosa and Rincon de la Vieja National Parks”
Reviewed January 6, 2012 for a stay in March 2011
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My husband and I were traveling in Costa Rica and my parents joined us for part of our trip. We wanted to stay somewhere near Santa Rosa National Park as we wanted to spend some time there early in the morning before it gets too warm. We stayed in the Palma Real Cottage. It is a brand-new two-bedroom cottage, with one bedroom with a double bed and one bedroom with twin beds. It also has a small living space with a television and a small, fully-equipped kitchen. The house has beautiful woodwork throughout and all of the wooden furniture is handmade by a local artisan. Everything was clean and the air conditioning worked perfectly. The house has a nice porch with a hammock, and right next to the house is a beautiful swimming pool surrounded by palm trees. This is a very birdy spot. We could hear birds singing all day and we saw several species flying about. Great-tailed grackles often landed near the pool to steal a sip of water in the heat of the day.

Eladio Castro, the owner, lives with his family in a separate house on the property. (Note that there is also a larger cottage available for rent on the property that can sleep up to 6 people). Eladio can provide home-cooked Costa Rican meals or you can easily cook for yourself in the cottage. The entire property is very well landscaped and Eladio has clearly put a lot of effort into planting shrubs, trees, and flowers. It is located about 10 minutes north of Liberia, right off the Pan American Highway. Liberia is quite a busy town and there are few good options for accommodations there. This place feels like a little bit of paradise in contrast. It is also a great location for accessing Santa Rosa National Park, which is about 15 minutes further north on the highway. Santa Rosa is a great place to see wildlife. Even though this tropical dry forest might look quite different from a typical tropical forest, this actually makes it easier to see wildlife. The forest is not nearly as dense as rainforest, especially in the dry season from December to May, and one can usually spot troupes of howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, and spider monkeys, as well as passels of coatis, deer, and a great diversity of bird species. But go early to avoid the heat! The location also provides great access to volcanoes and cloud forest (Rincon de la Vieja National Park) and of course all the beaches on the Pacific coast.

One of the best parts of staying at Palma Real is having Eladio as a host. You can have as little or as much involvement from him as you like, but I recommend taking full advantage of Eladio’s services. He can pick you up from the airport, which I highly recommend, and for a fee he can drive you wherever you need to go, so you could easily make do without a car. He’s got a powerful 4WD vehicle that can go anywhere. Eladio also offers a diversity of tours. He is a well-known surfing guide in the area and can take you to one of the best surfing beaches in the world (Witch’s Rock, which is otherwise very difficult to access). He also teaches surfing lessons if you’ve always wanted to try. You can go for the day or camp on the beach – he has all the equipment necessary for camping. Another tour Eladio offers is hiking up Rincon de la Vieja Volcano to the crater at the summit. This requires some level of fitness, but the hike is absolutely breathtaking. It involves first hiking through rainforest, then cloud forest, then open areas atop old lava flows, which provide stunning vistas of the surrounding volcanoes and forests. There is a beautiful waterfall en route, which provides a great spot to stop for a rest and a bite to eat. On the way back down, you are rewarded by a divine soak in hot springs surrounded by rainforest. This is a private property and you’ll likely be the only ones there. There are other great hiking trails in Rincon de la Vieja National Park that can take you to boiling mud pots, waterfalls, or another route up to the crater. Eladio also offers snorkeling tours on secluded beaches near Santa Rosa National Park, away from touristy areas where you’ll have the place to yourselves. He can also take you on a day trip to Nicaragua and on numerous other tours – just ask! Eladio is very dependable, and aside from occasionally staying at Palma Real, we regularly rely on him to drive us around to areas that are otherwise difficult to access. I know that some of the Santa Rosa National Park staff and professors teaching field courses often rely on Eladio to drive students around to various different biological stations in the area. He has also had documentary film crews from Japan and France stay at Palma Real and rely on his tour services. Eladio is very passionate and knowledgeable about surfing and about wildlife, so you can expect to learn a lot from interacting with him. He is also one of the kindest people I know, and you will likely leave Costa Rica having made a true friend.

If you are looking for a charming and quiet place to stay that provides access to some of the best natural areas Costa Rica has to offer, I highly recommend the Palma Real Cottage. If you are looking for a real Costa Rican nature adventure, hire Eladio as a tour guide! I have traveled extensively in Costa Rica and both the accommodations and the tours provide excellent value for your money.

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Liked best: The warm welcome from Eladio and his family. Quiet and peaceful.
Liked least: Nothing!
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Ontario, Canada
Reviewed October 2, 2011 for a stay in February 2011
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Management Response
2 Oct 2011
Hi Ryan,

Many thanks for your review, Pura Vida!!!

Regards
Eladio Castro
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Canada
Reviewed September 29, 2011 for a stay in February 2011
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san jose
Reviewed September 26, 2011 for a stay in April 2011

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Oregon
Reviewed September 23, 2011 for a stay in February 2011

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San Jose Costa Rica
Reviewed September 20, 2011 for a stay in July 2011

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Liked best: Far enough from crowded Liberia
Liked least: peace
Travelling group: Family with teenagers
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Philadelphia
Reviewed September 19, 2011 for a stay in June 2011

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