Very late on this review, but wanted to make sure they get the credit they deserve. This was our first time to Costa Rica, so we are unsure on what area to stay. But Playa Hermosa was a perfect base for us to explore and La Gaviota was a perfect boutique hotel for us to relax. The small hotel is located right on the beach, the rooms are enormous and well maintained and nearly all have a balcony and view of the sea. It has a decent size rooftop infinity pool, with breathtaking views of the bay especially at sunset. Breakfast is included, with an expansive menu and plenty of food to keep you going through lunch. It's a full restaurant so they also have great lunch and dinner options, including probably the best whole fried snapper I've ever had.
It is not all inclusive (we are generally not fans), but as long as your staying there they will keep a running tab of your food and drinks to square up at the end. It was nice way to just enjoy the atmosphere and not keep digging in your wallet. Of course tips are welcome and we'd like to thank Robert for taking great care of us.
The hotel also provides beach chairs, kayaks and will arrange other excursions. They set up a sunset cruise of the bay to an isolated beach. Complete with drinks, snacks and a dolphin escort as the sun set.
With it's location in the middle of the beach, it's within walking distance to all the other bars and restaurants. We really enjoyed aquasport, la casa de marisco and of course pescado loco. The latter being right across the street just a perfect tropical bar with great staff, drinks and food.
If you have a car they have a huge, secure lot. So no need to worry.
We can't wait to go back, wake up to the sounds of the howler monkeys and birds and head down for one of the great breakfasts.