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My husband, two daughters and son had a great vacation at this home, we were looking for a relaxing but adventurous week and got it all. This home is very comfortable and spacious the pool, hot tub and outside areas are amazing. It really makes the place with outdoor kitchen in the rancho we spent hours here cooking on the BBQ eating, drinking and having fun playing with the kids. It’s a real bonus to have the housekeeper and her husband on site to help out if needed and they do a great job keeping the house and grounds well maintained and at the same time not invading our privacy. The house is very close to Uvita which has good stores so it was easy just pick up anything we needed. There is incredible nature and wildlife everywhere just in the garden we saw white faced monkeys a sloth and many different types of birds including regular visits from Toucans and Tucanets. We have been to other areas of Costa Rica before but this area is by far the best the beaches and waterfalls are really impressive and there are a huge amount of activities close by to cater for everyone in the family. We all really enjoyed the horse ride to the Nauyaca waterfall, rafting and zip ling. All the activities the operators were friendly and professional, we wanted to do many more adventures but ran out of time. It was great to end the day around the pool watching the incredible sunsets eating BBQ and talking about our day of fun. We will be back and will recommend La Libelula to our friends it is great for a family vacation. Thanks everyone for a memorable vacation!!!

Jean (Austin TX)

Property: La Libelula

Date of Stay: Aug 18 2012

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Jean (Austin TX)

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Don't get burned


Don't get burned

No one wants to start their Costa Rican dream vacation with a terrible sunburn. It’s uncomfortable, extremely hot, sometimes debilitating, and makes you look like that dude from “The Hangover” who spent all day on the rooftop of Cesar’s Palace.

You can, however, beat the burn with top-notch sunblock, a nice, big hat and a couple of long-sleeved shirts tucked inside your luggage.

More than likely, wherever you’re visiting from isn’t quite as hot and sunny as our vacation rentals in Dominical and Uvita. Most mornings in the southern zone are splashed with crisp sunshine and few clouds. The afternoons are different in the green season, with clouds and rain often creeping in as the sun begins to dip toward the horizon.

On the topic of sunscreen, most experts agree that the best way to protect your skin is through a combination of covering up with clothing, frequently reapplying broad-spectrum sunscreen and staying in the shade when the sun is at its peak. The staying in the shade part can be tricky. After all, you’re probably traveling here to have a good time in our amazing outdoor environment, be it surfing, rafting, zip-lining, fishing, snorkeling or a myriad of other heart-pumping activities.

As you prepare for your trip, shop for water-resistant sunscreens labeled “broad spectrum,” which help combat both UVA and UVB rays. Anything lower than an SPF 15 should be avoided. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends products with an SPF 30 or greater, especially for people with light skin or a history of skin cancer in their family.

Understand that SPF 15 sunscreen isn’t twice as strong as SPF 30. According to WebMD, SPF 15 filters out 93 percent of UVB rays, while SPF 30 filters out 97 percent of UVB rays. Furthermore, there’s no rating that says how good a sunscreen is at blocking UVA rays. For the best protection against UVA rays, look for a sunscreen that contains at least one of the following ingredients: ecamsule, avobenzone, oxybenzone, titanium dioxide, sulisobenzone or zinc oxide.

These days, the market is flooded with sunscreen for both children and adults. Some work wonderfully, while others actually cause more harm than good. We highly recommend checking out the Environmental Working Group 2014 Guide to Sunscreens. This is an excellent website that rates just about any sunscreen available for purchase. You can even search a particular sunscreen that you might already own to see how it stacks up against the competition.

As an avid surfer in Costa Rica, I’d recommend Watermans face stick with an SPF 55. This paste-like substance refuses to wear off of your face even after prolonged sessions in the water, sometimes upwards of four or five hours at a time. It isn’t intended for the body, but it’s great on the face. I actually purchase my Watermans online for approximately $20 a tube.

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