quiet beachside self-catering cabina
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Dec 10, 2012 2:48 PM Last Post By: lagitandesa
Dec 4, 2012 1:57 AM
quiet beachside self-catering cabinaHello all. I am looking to rent a self-catering cabina with good wifi on the ocean for one person where I may have quiet to write, run (on beach and/or trails) and swim without concern for strong rip currents (esp since I will be alone). I would prefer a place where my cabin stands alone (for the quiet to work) yet not too far off since I am a woman traveling alone. I like to have a secure place yet I do not need or want ac, tv etc...only wifi for my work. I will not need "nightlife" for this trip, just a store or two where I may buy food and my own indulgences/nightlife :) Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! I am open to all suggestions with regards to central and south america. All the best!
Dec 4, 2012 4:01 AM
1It would certainly help to narrow your search since you are currently encompassing a dozen or so countries on a huge chunk of the globe whilst wanting just a little one person cabina. Whilst it sounds simple its so idyllic that its actually quite a big "ask". Whats the budget and where are you traveling from and for how long?....do you speak Spanish/Portuguese?
Dec 5, 2012 2:00 AM
2Thank you for your post. I speak spanish and some portuguese yet language has never been a concern as to where I shall travel since I will always attempt to learn the language if I do not understand it already. I have traveled extensively around the world and in central and south america as well but perhaps was not looking for what I am now seeking. I was thinking that perhaps a fellow traveler may have had similar ineterst or experiences and may recommend their thoughts and ideas. I am not looking for first class nor resort type but just a simple casita, cabina etc. where I may prepare some simple meals, take a run on the beach, enjoy a safe swim(well, without strong riptides) ...mid range budget...?. I want the quiet to work and I shall need wifi. Yes it sounds so simple and is so challenging which is why I am seeking the knowledge and great suggestions of others with perhaps similar interests and/or the thoughtfulness to guide me towards a place they think would be great for my current interests. Thank you again for you interest and concern!
Dec 5, 2012 3:50 AM
3The key to success might be seasonality- whilst idyllic cabinas are much in demand in the summer months you'll do better in the green season. Even the popular Guanacaste/Nicoya coastline in Costa Rica will have plenty of options from say June through November. Check out the beaches from Playa Avellanas to San Juanillo on the Pacific Coast and remember to negotiate very hard on the ticket price if you are in for the long stay....
Dec 9, 2012 1:29 AM
4Thank you for your response! I lived in Costa Rica for some time and do love Guanacaste! I am, however, trying to find more of a specific location, perhaps a specific casita/cabina/villita where someone has stayed and thinks that it may fit what I am looking for. I have found many attached places with kitchenettes (esp. near Samara) which were great yet not as very quiet since so close to others on holiday (Good for them having a great time as they should!). Costa Rica is somewhat of my fall back plan since I am quite familiar (a great place to fall back to indeed) yet, if I can I would like to find a new place in Costa Rica or perhaps a new place in a different country (Panama, Peru, etc.etc.) If anyone has sought somewhat of the same please let me know! (Or maybe you like to read or write and found the perfect place and then saw someone running every day, let me know!) I appreciate the time that anyone may take to share with me their experiences! Thank you again (the only one who has responded :) ) Oh, and my current trip is not in "green season" (which would be great) but coming up soon since where I live right now it is slow season and time for travel. Thank you again!
Dec 9, 2012 5:53 AM
5Do you need good Internet? If not, try the caribe coast of Costa Rica, below Pt Viejo, Playa Cocles, Playa Chequita and Playa Punta Uva.
This is a nice cabina on the beach, share kitchen outdoors, but the humidity and dampness can be taxing for some.
There is a guy in Playa Chequita that rents a house on the ocean, its very basic and next door to the Villas Del Caribe hotel.
So check AirBnB and also FlipKey, a new online rental site from TripAdvisor, as VRBO tends to be more expensive type listings. I use all three and have rented from all 3, and also have a rental place listed on all three in the states. Craigslist is a crap shoot. Many of the people renting on AirBnB/FlipKey put adds on CL.
Overall, the ocean and lowlands are hot as hell in Central America. What about Lake Atitlan Guatemala? Lots of great places on the lake there, a wonderful atmosphere for a writer, and its much cheaper than CR.
Dec 9, 2012 2:20 PM
6Thank you very much for your post and all the great links and information I will check out! I had not thought of a lake in Guatemala but I will read about that a bit. I do not need amazing internet for programming or anything but I should have reliable WiFi strong enough for Skype, for example. The reason too that I had been looking at beaches for my work is not only because I love the ocean but because I also run daily and the good hard sands of (mostly the Pacific in Costa Rica's case, I think..?) are perfect for that. While some inland destinations in general do and have worked for my running, other places are not so great due to dangerous roads or beautiful yet remote areas where it may not be a great idea for a woman running around, even if not necessarily "dangerous". In any case I will definitely take a look at the great information you have given me and try to figure out if one of those locations shall work. Thank you again for your great information!!!
Dec 9, 2012 5:08 PM
7Wifi has nothing to do with data speed, Skype requires a lot of capacity if you need the video portion, and even voice can be weak if its dial up speeds, and much of the more remote and rustic beach locations are just that. When I was in Pt Viejo CR 2 years ago, its was still dial up basically, slow as hell, the place I suggest is almost the end of the road, and the communication lines. The beaches are also not good for running, as they are short coves, about 1/2 mile max on most the coast. You might look into Mal Pais if you need a good long beach to run (low tide).
Lake Atitaln is mostly steep mountains, you could run on the roads, but not lakeside for the most part.
Dec 10, 2012 2:48 PM
8Thank you SoloHobo for all of that information. I am now also considering the coast of Ecuador. I have been to Ecuador but did not spend any time at the beach on my previous trips. There are many areas that look like good options but if anyone has a specific place in mind (even specific cabina would be great) any/all suggestions will be considered. I appreciate the time anyone takes to respond. Thank you for your time and knowledge!
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