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We have traveled quite a bit but this was one of our best vacations ever. The house was amazing and it was just like how it was described in the website. The kitchen had all the amenities that we needed. We all loved the infinity pool and of course that amazing view of the Pacific Ocean. Seeing Whale's Tail from the house provoked our need to go see it in person. It took us a time or two to find it but when we did it was worth the time. We saw toucan's everyday flying around the area of the house and even a couple very up close by the pool. We did not see any howler monkeys but we did hear them. We had a varying range of ages and interests in our group of seven but we all found many things that we wanted to do and accomplished them. I would strongly suggest the waterfall tour, it was amazing but the water was freezing but definelty worth it. I am recovering from back surgery and did not want to risk the horse ride but they offered a pick up ride instead. That worked out great for all of us, it had padded benches in the bed so it was comfortable. This tour comes with breakfast and lunch, both of the meals were really good. For the price it was a real deal. Of course some of our group did the zip line through the rain forest and they all came back with many stories. Everyone enjoyed that but they did say if you are afraid of heights it may not be for you. We loved all the mom & pop restaurants along the road sides, we never had a bad meal. We did go into Dominical one evening and had tapas at Confusione Tapas Restaurant, it was wonderful. We all agreed when we return to this amazing area and property we need to plan a two week vacation, one week was not enough. Neil was great with arranging all the tours we wanted and helping us navigate the area. He even helped to arrange a wedding for us at the house. We have the most wonderful pictures from the wedding. The ceremony was held under the tiki hut and our bouquets were made by a local woman from flowers and greenery on the property. This definelty will not be a trip any one of us will ever forget. Thanks so much to Jerry, Theresa and Neil for a perfect vacation.

Chris F

Property: Casa Las Terrazas

Date of Stay: Feb 18 2012

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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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