North Pacific Coast Hotels


Villa Alegre

At a Glance


  • lovely grounds
  • friendly
  • good value


  • some dark rooms
  • beach is a bit rocky

Fodorite Reviews

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Villa Alegre Review

A visit here is like coming to stay with dear friends who just happen to have a really terrific house on one of the most scenic beaches in Costa Rica. Owned by congenial and helpful Californians Barry and Suzye Lawson, this homey but sophisticated Spanish-style bed-and-breakfast overlooks a small forest reserve that's great for bird-watching. Langosta Beach is visible from the terrace, the pool, and from a romantic lookout bench. Although the beach is a little rocky, soft sand and swimmable water are just a few minutes' walk south. Spacious rooms, villas, and casitas each have a theme, furnished with souvenirs from the Lawsons' international travels, including Japan, Russia, and Guatemala. The bright and cheerful Mexican honeymoon suite has a Frida Kahlo–esque canopy bed and a huge, luxurious outdoor bathroom/patio. The villas have kitchens, living rooms with several futons, and terraces overlooking the forest. Lavish breakfasts are served family-style at 8:30 on a terrace overlooking the small pool—they're a chance to meet other guests and to ask the Lawsons for travel advice or other help, which they happily provide. There's also a huge library of books on hand, and a comprehensive collection of local tour brochures and information. The hotel often plans and hosts weddings; ceremonies take place at a huge boulder on the beach dubbed Marriage Rock.

    Hotel Details

  • 4 rooms, 2 villas, 1 casita
  • Rate includes breakfast.
Updated: 04-14-2014

Fodorite Reviews

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  • Service  

    Great Atmosphere

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Villa Allegre. The breakfast was wonderful and enjoying it communal style gives an opportunity to meet the other guests and exchange ideas and experiences on what to do in the area (there is so much to do so having some input from someone who may have tried the same trip the day before really helps). The B&B is right on the beach and had a great spot for enjoying the sunset in the evening. Barry gave us some great tips for dinner, so in addition to the great breakfast we also enjoyed some great lunches and dinners. I would definitely recommend it.

    by cking, 12/31/06

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