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#3 of 18 hotels in Playas del Coco
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Rancho Armadillo Estate, a small private mountainside estate overlooking the Gulf of Papagayo. The estate is perfect for couples, families or groups. Our guests feel like they're coming to visit friends who have a really nice place to stay. Our knowledge of Costa Rica ensures our guests experience the best Costa Rica has to offer.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Business Center with Internet Access
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Wifi
Outdoor pool
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Ocean view
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S K wrote a review Aug 2022
St. Petersburg, Florida2 contributions
We stayed here for a couple nights, and absolutely loved it. The views were amazing, the owners were so friendly and fun. It was like visiting with a friend! The pool and rooms were immaculate, the food was fresh, the conversation was entertaining.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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letsplay wrote a review Jun 2021
Berkeley, CA110 contributions10 helpful votes
Come for a few days of relaxation before continuing on with your adventures in CR. This 25 acre property above the hills of Playa del Coco is a slice of heaven. Gorgeous ocean vistas, unbelievable sunsets, a plethora of colorful birds, plant life, animals...we are in nature, yet at the same time pampered by el dueño (owner), Rick. Every morning this former executive chef prepares an array of fresh tropical fruit, fresh bread and cinnamon buns from a local baker, fresh-squeezed. mango juice, smoothies, and his infamous waffles. Rick is the most hospitable host that I've ever met. He provides a cell phone during your stay, lots of games, a fridge full of drinks, so you don't have to run to town for a beer:) The accommodations are super comfortable with solid air conditioning, nice bedding, and towels. Make sure to take a tour of Rick's grounds--learn about the trees, plants, birds, fire ants' secret hiding place, etc. If you are curious and ask questions, he will provide a wealth of knowledge about well, pretty much everything Costa Rican:) He is kind, humble, knowledgeable, and most importantly, made our stay relaxing and enjoyable. After one day, we felt like we had found a new home in CR. We can't wait to return!
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Room Tip: We loved the vistas, breeze, and location of the Cacique Room + Buena Vista 2 room suite for our...
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Susanne M wrote a review Feb 2020
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We stayed here for the last night of my birthday trip and I wish we could have stayed longer. The property is beautiful and so peaceful. Rick is an amazing chef, and prepared the best meals we had in Costa Rica! Definitely take advantage of that option! It’s not too far from the airport so it’s a great place to begin and end your trip. Or just stay the whole time. We highly recommend staying here.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Stephen_ArlingtonVA wrote a review Mar 2019
Arlington, Virginia83 contributions70 helpful votes
We stayed five nights at Rancho Armadillo with our two teenage daughters and had a fabulous stay. Rick aims to please and succeeds in spades. Our adjoining rooms were ideal, the grounds lovely, and the pool just right. Each day started off right with a fine breakfast with fresh fruit and waffles. We explored a different beach each day, and in the afternoon hung around the pool. Rick's recommendations for where to go, what to do, and where to eat were spot on for us. We rented a car in town and would highly recommend Rancho Armadillo to anyone with a laid back approach to traveling.
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Date of stay: December 2018
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Trip type: Traveled with family
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Dredfunk wrote a review Feb 2019
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We had a great experience at Rancho Armadillo. 3 days, starting New Year's Eve, family of 5 staying in 3 adjoining rooms. The rooms were beautiful, clean, quiet and everything worked! We were in our own building, occupying 3 of the 7 total rooms on the very private grounds. The view is spectacular perched on a hillside, just a short ride to town. Rick was a genteel host, serving a delicious breakfast and making multiple recommendations, all of which were spot on. (Try the exquisite gelato in town!). A very relaxing stay with my highest recommendations.
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Date of stay: January 2019
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Trip type: Traveled with family
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jf002 wrote a review Oct 2018
130 contributions70 helpful votes
That's what one of the Tico Times reviews said and it is true. Just a 3 minute drive to the beach, but up the hill in a tranquill, beautiful spot. We were here in the "green season" before the tourists come and had it to ourselves. Pool, music, full kitchen available, breakfast provided each morning. What a paradise. Rick is welcoming and full of information about restaurants, beaches, Costa Rica in general. Highly recommended
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Date of stay: October 2018
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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sharonmclark wrote a review Jul 2018
Livonia, Michigan2 contributions1 helpful vote
Our family stayed here on our first 2, and last 2 nights. Coming back to Ricks was the perfect ending to an amazing trip.The pool was wonderful, and everywhere you look you see personal touches that makes this place the gem it is. The rooms were beautiful, comfortable beds and a gorgeous view, right outside our door. Make sure to have Rick cook his unbelievable 7 course meal (he is a certified chef after all) because that will be one of your best meals in Costa Rica. Needless to say, we loved this place, and hope to visit again someday!
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Date of stay: June 2018
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942laurief wrote a review Jul 2018
La Jolla, California5 contributions7 helpful votes
We visited Costa Rica for our nephew's graduation. We began and ended our stay at Rancho Armadillo. I can not say enough about the zen like feeling that Rancho Armadillo has. On one of our nights we enjoyed a seven or eight course gourmet meal which was prepared by Rick--the owner. He is an amazing chef. Wait until you try his waffles in the morning. We relaxed by the pool while listening to howler monkeys that travel around his property. When we returned to Rick's at the end of our stay in Costa Rica, our nephew told us it was his favorite place. I really can't say enough about Rick's hospitality. And be sure to take advantage of his knowledge and tips. We can't wait to return and use Rick's as our home base and have day trips from there.
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Date of stay: June 2018
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Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Tell Rick what you are looking for. He will advise.
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Ross S wrote a review Mar 2018
Lacombe, Canada2 contributions
We enjoyed a week's stay at Rancho Armadillo. We had a large comfortable room (half of a duplex really) in a forested area with lots of birds, even a troupe of howler monkeys that we saw a couple of times. There is lots of room to relax and Rick, the proprietor is very friendly and offers great ideas about what to do and see in the area. The estate is up on the hill overlooking Playa del Coco which has both advantages (great views and peaceful location) and disadvantages (it is a long way from the beach and the town so you really need to rent a car). But I would definitely recommend Rancho Armadillo for anyone looking for a relaxing holiday in a beautiful location like Playa del Coco.
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Date of stay: January 2018
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: The rooms are spacious half-duplexes scattered around a large beautifully landscaped estate.
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Terry Potter wrote a review Mar 2018
Wasa, Canada6 contributions
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Our family of 17 (7months to 64) went to Rancho Armadillo Estates for a week, Feb 17-25, 2018. Rick goes above and beyond to make your stay great. Our 7 year old grandson said "Best family holiday ever, Rick is a gracious host". Rick is an excellent chef, he made wonderful breakfasts and for our large group he made us dinner. Everyone loved the food he prepared for us. Rick arranged all of our trips and even our transportation, (thanks Coco Tours). The accommodation were perfect for our family. The kids loved the pool and we enjoyed sitting in the hammocks, were we could see the kids splashing and having a great time. There is so much to do in the area, Zip lining, sailing, snorkelling, swimming in the warm water, waterfalls and cat rescue retreat were some of the activities we did. We will return and be staying with our friend in Rancho Armadillo Estates. Mucho gracias Rick.
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Date of stay: February 2018
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Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Any room is great, we tried them all. The howler monkeys are right beside you!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rancho Armadillo Estate
Which popular attractions are close to Rancho Armadillo Estate?
Nearby attractions include Playa Hermosa (5.4 km), Playas del coco (2.4 km), and Penca Beach (4.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Rancho Armadillo Estate?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Rancho Armadillo Estate?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Rancho Armadillo Estate?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Rancho Armadillo Estate?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Rancho Armadillo Estate?
Conveniently located restaurants include Maracuya Beach Front, Numu Taproom & Bistro By Chef Nicolas Devenelle, and Guayoyo Coffee House.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Rancho Armadillo Estate?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Rancho Armadillo Estate have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Rancho Armadillo Estate accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.