Villas Tranquilas is a great place for family vacation with any age kids (there is lots of room to run around), family reunion or girlfriend getaway.

As we turned down the dirt road that looked like it led to Nowhere, I could feel the angst building in Sand Hater’s body. When we turned right after the Villas Tranquilas sign down a rock and boulder dirt road, I thought he was going to tell the driver to turn around. Luckily he waited 10 more seconds and the dirt road gave way to a gorgeous compound of 16 contemporary condos. Sand Hater actually smiled. Might have even chuckled a little. Or maybe that was the kids when they saw the pool. Either way, the 3/4 mile drive down the Highway was worth it.

Villas Tranquilas
offers 16 split-level condos with all the usual American amenities: W/D, dishwasher, fully furnished kitchen (including band aids and flashlight), fridge, TV, internet access and comfy beds. The only thing we needed to add was food and sunscreen. The cleaning ladies came everyday to exchange the beach towels and tidy up and the property manager was available to assist with all nearby tour bookings.

The swimming pool is big enough for the kids to have fun and the wading pool is shallow enough to sit in to soak up sun or just hang out. The day’s fresh catch can be enjoyed poolside at the grill – with plenty of tables to accommodate a large group. Each condo is privately owned and only slightly different from the others. You can choose from a pool view or forest view. My husband discovered the best internet access poolside, under the ceiling fans and shade. Management said they were working to improve access thoughout the compound.

We loved the villas and would definitely return. My husband, who enjoys his creature comforts and who is not keen on my definition of adventure, was able to relax comfortably at the Villas. And now that he found a great pasta restaurant in Quepos, he will go back without hesitation.

The price was right, the location was perfect for us – not in the center of town but only a 5 minute, $5 taxi ride away. The condo is spacious and we saved money on food by eating in our villa.

Thanks to an incredibly compassionate sales manager, Villas Tranquilas is practicing sustainable tourism by offering guests an opportunity to bring school supplies with them to donate to a nearby needy school in an area of Quepos known as Pasqua. Currently, they have no books or supplies. Donations from future guests are gladly accepted! For a list of requested items go to www.villastranquilas.org. You can ship your donation to Penny Williams at P.O Box 301510, Escondido, CA 92030. Penny will bring the supplies with her to Costa Rica in June when she returns with 30 students to paint and make improvements there.