If you want to enjoy the real Costa Rica, I highly recommend Rita & Sonny’s cabinas. First, they are amazing hosts, friendly, informative and just cool. This place is wonderful, laid back, not touristy at all. Beach in the front and jungle in the back, we saw birds, iguana, lemur, we bashed open coconuts and made pina coladas with the fresh milk. You can stroll the beach north with lots of sand or head south and explore the volcanic rock reefs. There is food across the road and 100 meters up the sand, or you can drive or get a ride to some great food less than two miles away. We shared evenings around the fire pit with other guests and made new friends. The sunsets are incredible. This is no resort, it is a comfortable, simple place with kitchen facilities where you can relax. Buy some groceries on the way in and enjoy the real pura vida life.