Hi Jenn & Matt. My 16 year old daughter will be attending a yoga teacher training at Blue Osa, this summer. I’m nervous about her traveling alone, so i’ll chaperone her down there. My 14 year old son and his buddy want to come along. These boys are low-key, and like to putter around small towns, eating pizza and swimming and playing soccer. I would love for them to stay and learn how to live a new way of life in Costa Rica, for the whole 30 days. We live in D.C. and the “beltway mania” is taking a toll on them. I prematurely made a reservation at Cabinas Jiminez, but it is easy to cancel. Matt, can you try to imagine your mom taking you to PJ for 30 days at age 14. Where would be the best place to stay (on a budget), if you like to feel central to “the scene”? How is the beach at PJ, near Cabinas Jiminez? rocky and buggy, or soft and pleasant? I don’t want to spend more than $3500 for the month on accommodations.
Cabinas Jimenez is in a great location set off far enough from the center of town but still a short walk or bike ride to the soccer field and center of town. The bay is right there so it has a good view. I don’t think the beach is all that great but for boys that age, exploring along the shore would still be fun. And it’s really calm with hardly any waves. I would have loved it as a kid and would have probably wanted a fishing pole. You are definitely on the right track with the location. That’s a lot of money for a month though. I’d recommend contacting them directly to see if you can get a good long term rate. Another option would be to look for a house to rent. I’m not sure if there are options in that same area or not but it would be worth looking online. Sounds like a fun summer, I hope it works out for you guys and you have a great time!