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KITCHEN AREA - FULLY EQUIPPED OUTDOOR LIVING AREA WHERE MOST GUESTS SPEND THIER 'AT HOME' TIME
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KITCHEN AREA - FULLY EQUIPPED
OUTDOOR LIVING AREA WHERE MOST GUESTS SPEND THIER 'AT HOME' TIME
BEDROOM AREA - WALK-IN CLOSET w SAFE
PRIVATE DUNK POOL w SMALL WATERFALL FEATURE
VIEW FROM PATIO OF PUNTA DOMINICAL & BAY
POOL AND COVERED PATIO
GARDEN AREA
NEARBY LOCAL WATERFALL & SWIMMING HOLE
ONE OF OUR  NEIGHBORS DOWN THE STREET
PLAYA DOMINICALITO - ROCA AMANCIO OUTCROPPING
LOCATION SOUTH OF PLAYA DOMINICAL
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PLAYA DOMINICALITO LOOKING SOUTH FROM BEHIND THE STUDIO
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Studio, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Dominical, Province of Puntarenas

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Stephanie...
Santa Monica, California
Level 4 Contributor
15 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Our FAVORITE place in Costa Rica - Wonderful hospitality!!”
Reviewed June 5, 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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From the start, we felt so welcomed by the owners of this rental property, before we even met them! E-mails leading up to our trip were so welcoming, full of knowledge, travel tips and information that was super accommodating. We couldn’t wait to arrive and see what Dominical had in store for us! Upon arrival, we had a bit of a dilemma with a rental car, but Dave was so great, he offered to come pick us up from the restaurant we were having breakfast at in town. We all bonded right away as Dave’s warmth and exuberance for life shined through his inspiring life stories, wonderful attitude, love of the country and love for people. Upon arrival to our vacation rental, we met Deb, Dave’s wife and adventure partner, a thrill-seeking spitfire from Alaska, who truly inspired us through her love for adventure, traveling, books, fishing and flying. We all became fast friends and couldn’t have asked for a better start to our trip! The rental property was so lovely and perfect for a couple, with an incredible balcony featuring beach and ocean views, a/c, which is always a welcome surprise in Costa Rica, a very functional kitchen, a great dipping pool, all within walking distance to the beach and close to town and surrounding activities. Upon first walking into the rental, a welcome guide sits waiting for you, made personally by Deb and Dave, featuring their firsthand knowledge and experiences of the area. It was such a lovely surprise full of the best restaurants and bars, activities and tours, travel tips and helpful knowledge of the area and even a detailed breakdown of a week/two trip with everyday planned just for you and your loved ones! Talk about relaxing and enjoying your vacation without needing to stress about a thing! “Dominical Dave” as he is known, gave us a ride to the Super Mercado later that evening to stock up on groceries for our stay. His nickname presumes him as we stopped every so often to say hi to someone he knows/who knows him in town! Dave also set us up with a taxi to hike to Nauyaca waterfall the next morning, a MUST see and do, that is so majestic you can’t miss it! During the rest of our trip, we spent our days exploring and adventuring through the area and spent “secret beach Wednesdays” with our amazing owners! I advise you that you MUST plan your trip to experience this with Deb and Dave as they bring boogie boards, drinks, golf clubs, stories and friends to the most beautiful, uninhabited, soft, white sand, secret beach I have ever seen! It was such a wonderful experience that we will never forget! We were so blown away by the graciousness of these owners throughout our entire trip as they took us to “their” sunset spot where we swapped stories, sat on the roof of their car, had a beverage and watched the infamous sunsets, showed us the route of their 10k race they host every February, ate Deb’s famous smoked salmon on the balcony of their property and all in all welcomed us with open arms as if we were family! When it came time to leave for our next destination, it was so hard as we became so close on our short stay. No other place or people even came close to comparing! We will forever be grateful for this experience and feel so blessed. We most definitely will return to this amazing place to visit our amazing new friends in one of our favorite places in Costa Rica!

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Liked best: Amazing hospitality, owners, location and views!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Kodican
Langley, Washington
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Exactly What the Dr. Ordered!”
Reviewed December 29, 2014 for a stay in December 2014
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Thank you Dave and Deb for your warm hospitality and helpful directions to everything we could want. Your studio was perfect for us two and lacks for nothing. Peaceful ocean surf sounds with easy access to the beach for morning walks. Very comfortable bed and easy secure wi-fi were especially appreciated.

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Liked best: Ocean/sunset view
Liked least: A little scary backing out of the driveway onto the main highway, but doable.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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smirk69
Winnipeg
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great ocean view location at very affordable price”
Reviewed December 18, 2014 for a stay in February 2014
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My wife and I spent 2 weeks enjoying the hospitality of Dave & Deb West in Dominical, Costa Rica. This studio apartment is perfect for a couple who don't need a lot of space but still want the benefits of a full kitchen, private pool and killer ocean views. The added benefits of having Dave & Deb close by for suggestions on excursions, restaurants, hiking etc made this an excellent place to stay. They were both great hosts and not only helped us find "hidden beach" but also taught us how to boogie board!!
We can highly recommend this rental ad would definitely stay there again when we return to Costa Rica.

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Liked best: Location & view
Liked least: limited parking available
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Jennifer...
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“Beautiful views with easy beach access.”
Reviewed September 23, 2014 for a stay in August 2014
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We will definitely be back. The unit was comfortable and clean with a well-stocked kitchen. Incredible beach and sunset views from the balcony. The owner, Dave, was very friendly and accommodating. The beach and a great restaurant were just a short walk away.

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Liked best: Sitting on the balcony enjoying the beautiful scenery.
Liked least: Water pressure in shower was not great.
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
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jenboggs
Whidbey Island, Washington
Level 5 Contributor
42 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Will definitely stay here again and try other properties”
Reviewed January 27, 2014 for a stay in January 2014
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Staying at Olas Hermosa was a great experience. Dave was most helpful with providing info on the local area and fun stuff to do. The studio has an incredible view, the apartment is perfect for a couple, especially the kitchen and the use of the pool was fantastic.

Daves office is downstairs next to the pool but we never felt uncomfortable or uneasy using it while he was around...in fact just the opposite. Dave is a great guy and we enjoyed the time we did get to spend chatting with him.

Dave sent us pages of helpful info about the area which was much appreciated! We were able to meet alot of his friends by following his tips for the local restaurants. They are all very nice and fun! The studio also provides parking inside a gated area which is nice.

Make sure to walk to Dominical along the beach, its a great walk. Also easy walks are the walk to the waterfall to take a swim and the beach out on the peninsula...where we found quite a few large beautiful conch shells! Stores are close and its central to quite a few great hiking places like the whales tail and Manuel Antonio.

We are looking forward to coming again next year!

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Liked best: The view and the central location to the area.
Liked least: The road noise sometimes became loud but the view made it well worth it!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
26 Jan 2014
Thanks for taking the time to provide the review. It was great sharing some of the sunsets with both of you and I look forward to your return. See you then. Dave
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Frank R
Angus, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
17 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“3 for price of 1”
Reviewed September 26, 2013 for a stay in September 2013

Great place to stay, Great realtor, and great friend.

My wife and I stayed mid Sept. 2013 on a last minute basis as we not certain of our plans. Was our first trip to CR with plans of buying a winter home.

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The property could not be in a better location, secure safe, minute or two from Dominical, fantastic views (even in the rain) and a very short walk to a spectacular part of the ocean. The studio was perfect size for a couple with separate kitchenette and nice bathroom. I can't even begin to describe the large and fantastic top floor balcony, or its views, what a place to have an afternoon snooze.

2 for 2
As a host of this lovely place and as a realtor, there can be no better than Dave, and although we only met Deb (Dave's wife) via Skype, these comments apply to her as well. Dave is a wealth of info on both fronts that would have taken me weeks to accumulate. He is well known in the community (nick name,Dominical Dave), is very knowledgeable of the world, and of this area and country. From his first email response prior to leaving for CR, I felt something right, and shortly after meeting, I realized this is a great person and realtor. I could go on for ever on this kind & truly caring guy. HGTV House Hunters International filmed here with Dave and Deb, which says it all!

3 for 3
Dave has become a real friend, and we could never thank him enough for all the information on the area, the tours of the area, and all his valuable time spent with us.
See you in November.

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Liked best: The Host
Liked least: Departure day
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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surfbum34...
Miami, Florida
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“We had a great time!”
Reviewed March 7, 2013 for a stay in February 2013

Jessee and staff were very helpful and friendly. The rooms were clean and the A/C (which we needed) worked well. The communal kitchen was cool and we had everything we needed. We enjoyed the stay and will go back, hopefully with friends. Just a short suggestion: get up early and walk the beach as the sun comes up. Very nice and tranquil.

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Liked best: location to beach
Liked least: surprised by how hot it was
Travelling group: Friends
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Management Response
6 Mar 2013
Not sure who Jesse is and our kitchen is private so this review is most likely reviewing the wrong place.
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