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August 30 - September 2, 2006
Peter Furnad
Knoxville, TN

Susan, What a fabulous place you have! A fantastic view and beautifully decorated, you’ve thought of everything, Thanks for showing me around. I had the best time here.

January, 2007
Gregg Gaylord

I stayed at the studio apartment at Villa Vista Azul in January of 2007. The studio is up a short spiral staircase that begins at the swimming pool and ends on a long patio that connects the studio to its larger "sister" apartment. There is no direct connection to the apartment otherwise, making this an ideal place for a single person or couple.
The view from the studio and balcony was stunning with lush hills and the Pacific Ocean with distant islands filling the scene. The apartment is beautifully and tastefully decorated with an upscale Costa Rican "theme" of colors, woods, and pictures of birds and fish, and natural light. The studio includes a fully equipped kitchen with more than enough utensils to cook a true feast, and a bar with studio "stools" provides more than enough eating space. The bed is a luxurious trundle bed.
Beside the natural beauty of the surroundings, and the fact that the beach and the associated scuba diving company ( and Father Rooster's Restaurant is a short walk away, the studio is cleaned and cared for on a daily basis.
Dirty laundry was also washed daily. Wireless internet was included in the cost.
Upon my arrival, the refrigerator was well stocked with water and soda. Plump towels, well stocked shower room, and tile flooring made this a luxurious stay.
For the single or couple traveling to Guanacaste, this is an ideal place to stay.
The owners, manager and employees are available for any problems and do wonderful jobs of making sure you have a wonderful time.

January 2007
Alan Abel

Villa Vista Azul at Ocotal Beach is nothing short of lavish and luxurious -- the accommodations are particularly spacious and so well-appointed that I'm astonished the the Architectural Digest team hasn't discovered this jewel of an oasis yet, and maybe that's a good thing.
The view is spectacular, there are several great oceanfront restaurants within walking distance and many closer by, the upkeep is immaculate, and the security is state of the art. Let me be clear -- if I ever get another vacation -- I'm going back, (if I can get a reservation, of course).
Bret Gilliam Arrowsic Island, ME
I had the chance to spend a week in Villa Azul in March of 2007. The condo is magnificent... tastefully decorated, well air-conditioned, wonderful views and a fabulous kitchen.
We particularly enjoyed the balcony dip pool for the best place to watch the sunset and simply to relax in splendor.
The property is conveniently located to several nearby towns and resorts offering great shopping, local dining, and the Tica cultural experience.
We enjoyed the laid back slow pace while still indulging some great water sports including jet ski tours, surfing, and superb diving through their association with Almaco Divers.
Costa Rica is one of the best experiences in Latin America and we plan to return.
The condo is a perfect place to base while sampling a variety of interests.
This part of the country is a welcome departure from the frantic congestion of San Jose and other areas. I predict you'll be a repeat customer as we will!

January 4

sorry we have to leave.
Great day surfing in Tamarindo! We are going back to snow. Oregon is beautiful, but it sure is nice to take a sun break this time of year.
Thanks you have a great place, Peggy

January 13, 2007
The Kidder’s, The Fecteau’s,
The Douglas’s And Kelsey Deweese

Susan, Thank you so much for letting us all stay in your beautiful villa. We all had an experience of a lifetime. You should be proud of this house and the character you have brought to it. I hope we can all come back soon, to this beautiful place in Ocotal. Thanks again!

April 2007
David Gourzong and Carol Christie
San Jose, Costa Rica

We had a wonderful time. The house is beautiful, and it is so decorated, we liked every thing. Hope to visit you again. The view is something special.

July 1 - 8, 2007
The Stewards, Denver, Co and the Pennebakers, Camden, SC
An incredible week in an incredible villa! Everything was perfect - a great day on the water with Lawson and Almaco; fun tours to Tamarindo and the Canopy with Alex; catching up with old friends by the pool... The only bad thing is that we have to leave! Thanks, Susan
From Robert, Kathleen, Hannah, Ben, Joe, Margaret, Gordon, Stuart and Ann Miller

July 21 - 28, 2007
George & Esther Zocchi
West Palm Beach, Florida

Loved it ALL!!! We will be back. Thank you, Susan!

July 21 - 28, 2007
Murray Goldberg,
West Palm Beach, Florida

A beautiful villa/property, tastefully done with a great support staff. Terrific access to water, beach, Liberia, Rincon de la Vieja. Best of Luck & Thanks

July 21 - 28, 2007
Peggy LiVorio and Steve Brigate
West Palm Beach, Florida

Thanks Susan. The villa is beautiful - Lots of laughs and the culture is a great experience. Hope to Return. Thanks Much!

July 21 - 28, 2007
Predrag Tasic - Tasso
Savannah, Georgia

I hope to get back into this dream very soon. Thank you Susan for keeping the dream running

August 4 - 18, 2007
Donna and Don Roy
Gill, MA

Thank you Susan and my son-in-law, Fred Dion and my daughter, Lisa. Your house is beautiful, and we all had a wonderful time!

Aug. 11 - 18, 2007
Joe and Julie Dion
Green Cove Springs, Florida

Susan - Awesome place - Hope we can get another group down here soon! Thanks much!

August 4 - 18, 2007
Hannah Foster
Dunbarton, NH

Especially appreciated Bose docking station. First time I've seen that. Excellent location. Claudia is amazing and very kind. Thanks Susan.

August 4 - 18, 2007
Fred and Lisa Dion
Dunbarton, NH

Love the villa, loved Costa Rica. The deco here made a wonderful home away. Claudia was fabulous. Thank you!

March 14 - 21, 2008
Steve & Sue Ann Alder, Scott & Faith, Kell & Jon, Anne, Mark, Jane & James - Salt Lake City, Utah USA

We came with our 5 adult children and three spouses. The house was perfect for us with seperate bedrooms and great living space. All the furnishings and supplies were first class. The location worked well for our trips to Rincon Park, Tamarindo, La Cruz and Playa Hernandez. We liked hanging around the pool and beach (snorkeling is good in the little bay NE of Ocotal). We liked the Ocotal Restaurant best.
Best golf is Tamarindo (note: Golfo is not Spanish for golf - there is no Golfo Papagayo course, don't look!) The prices at Father Rooster were ridiculously high--food was good though. We liked beaches at Playa Grande and Tamarindo for surfing. The beach at Hermosa was weak. The Papillon restaurant was good food, but not special -- service was just ok. If you go north, take your passport (the police have checkpoints) and skip the chicken at La Cruz. Playa del Coco was fun to walk to and shop in (look out for the monkeys). Best prices are at the Supermercado at Libera, if you are going through. Rincon Park was worth the trip. Beaches are great everywhere, so are the people. Thanks!

March 29 - April 6, 2008
Wanda Nichols, San Francisco, CA, Mary Cocoma & Joe Sperone - San Francisco, CA, C-J & Tom Nielsen, Fall City, WA and Jan, Gary & Aden Barnes
Lynnwood, WA

Eight close friends spent a week in paradise, here at Villa Vista Azul. Such a lovely house, with so many great amenities. We love to cook, so really enjoyed (and used) practically every pot and pan in the kitchen, and made some fantastic meals with fresh tuna, mahi mahi, chicken -- yum! Tonight was especially eventful when we watched a spectacular sunset, followed by the first downpour of the rainy season -- complete with thunder & lightning and no electricity for about 1/2 hour.
P.S. Avispa's Adventures with Amy's guide was terrific. Take the all day Miravalles Volcano Adventure!!! Zip line, rainforest and "Volcano Johnny". Whew! What a fantastic day -- snorkeling right off the beach was terrific - Mantas, lots of fish - go over near the rocks.
Loved the full kitchen, we cooked a lot

April 6 - April 12, 2008
Karl, Desi, Kelli & Kimberly Straub, Johns Creek

Perfect Vacation! Zip lines, horseback riding, hiking to waterfalls, Miravalle Volcano, ATVs, Beach Tour, Surfing, Snorkeling, Boating, Waterskiing, lounging at the pool, Bull riding, PURA VIDA!

April 12 - April 18, 2008
Jane, Chris, Julia, Kate, Genevieve and Carlos DeWinter
Greenwich, CT

Thank you, the house was great, and I love the pool!
This was an awesome vacation. We enjoyed every part of it. Pura Vida.
Thank you, the house
was great and I love the pool!
Two years and it keep getting better. Yasna and Valerie fed us well, and Claudia kept the towels clean (not an easy job)! Thanks for such a luxurious vacation. Love, Jane

May 7 - 17, 2008

Larissa Potapchuk and Frank Kalamajka
Hoboken - New Jersey

Dear Susan and Tim:

What a super time and fantastic place! Every AM the view made us "AHHH" and smile. We had a super honeymoon here - worth the wait of 11 months! The diving with Javier, Lawson and Alexander on Almaco was beautiful, especially for the first time diver, Frank, - Thanks for certification, Javier!
Arenal was fascinating, canopy tours were scary at first - fun later - most of all, your gorgeous and comfortable villa exceeded expectations with beautiful views, nice appointments and great layout.
Already thinking about a return...
The gracious help of Melissa, Sisinio and Claudia made our stay very special. Pura Vida in Costa Rica.

Thank you Ticos!
Larissa and Frank
Best regard,

July 10, 2008
Henry Obremski - Chocowinity, North Carolina
Greg & Val Coogan - Oviedo, Florida
Tania Obremski - Greenville, North Carolina

Lovely accomodations with spectacular view, close to the beach. Very adequate kitchen - the beds were comfortable. Claudia was a treasure. We had a great vacation. Thank you.

Feb. 14, 2009 - Feb. 22, 2009 - The Steenstrups - Newton, Massachusettes

We had a great time - lots to do, but also great to do nothing! Ginger is a great
restaurant too, but we didn't discover it sooner! We also loved our day on Aguila
boat. We will be back!

Andrea, Niels, Stefan (13), Alexandra (10), Samantha (7) and Isabella (3).
Thanks also Claudia!

March 15 - March 21, 2009 - Meaghan Bryant, Christina Sorelle & Friends, Bronx, NY Fordham University

Villa Vista Azul was beautiful!! We loved everything about the house, it was perfect!
First trip to Costa Rica was amazing, hope to be back soon! Thanks for everything!
Thanks Claudia!

April 3, 2009 - April 11, 2009 - The Heppners, Kevin, Anja, Anika (12) Hans (10) - Wisconsin

Wow! A big thank you to Susan, Melissa and Claudia! We had such a great time
in Costa Rica. We experienced so many things - boat trip, monkeys, crocodiles, zip
lining! We took 2 days and went to volcano Arenal - ama zing! Ticos are so friendly,
food was great - we were always smiling - great vacation - Thank you so much!

We had to get used to the howler monkeys sound. We saw them very close on our
way to Palo Verde - they are so cute! Good restaurants: Suely's Restaurant (between
Ocotal & Playas del Coco), Cafe del Playa (in Playas del Coco) and Ginger in Playa

February 1, 2010 - Milagro Mata C.

Buana oportunidad para dejar el primer comentario del 2010. Fue una semana muy llena de alegria, y vivencias, disfrutonios de un compartir en familia, como una bendicion de Dios, Reimos, Comimos, Sonamos, hubo mas que todo eso, tuvimos Amor, Familia

La casa se presta para tener un buen encuentro con los seres queridos, pero el mejor ingrediente lo ponemos nosotros, "El Amor" Atentamente: Familia Piedra Mata y Familia Riuz Borquera

January 9, 2010 - Billy Woodward and Group

We enjoyed our visit. The view was spectacular and the villa had everything. We need to thank you for providing us with such a gorgeous place to stay. We look forward to coming back sometime in the near future.

January 17, 2010 - Susan Fahey and the Mastronardi ladies.

The villa was the perfect location for celebrating mom's 70th birthday. Lots of fun snorkeling, exploring, swimming, horseback riding, ziplining and mud-bathing. Thanks especially to Melissa and Sisinio for their guidance and friendship!! We had a great time!

February 2, 2011 - Kevin & Mary Zeimet & Group from Iowa

Enjoyed the villa, great location. Beach and snorkeling was wonderful. Had a great week. Sad to leave.

February 18, 2011 - Claudia, Henry, Julie and David Ricciardi

It was so fun and everything was beautiful. Love Claudia. Great views and breeze!!

March 26, 2011 - Ian, Justine, Morgan and the gang

We are probably the oldest group of spring breakers left! Thank you business school. Great time, great memories, great food, great view. Will miss this and will definitely return! Thanks.

April 20 - 24, 2011 - Familia Rogas-Valle y Silva Rojas

Simple y senciallamente espectacular. Un lugar muy casero, muy tranquilo, y deliciosamente acogedor. No seria la primera ni la ultima visita.

July 2011 - Laura & Matt Haftel - Orlando, Florida

Thanks for hosting one of the best family vacations ever! Everything from our boat adventures to relaxing on the beach (& yes, even ziplining) was awesome! The snorkeling was fabulous too. Thanks for everything ! We love you. Laura, Matt, Will & Gracie.



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