We enjoyed our stay at Hotel San Bada. Our trip in Costa Rica began with our car ride from the airport where we were picked up by Shaggy who works at the hotel. He is a great tour guide who genuinely seems to enjoy his job. He made a couple stops on the way to the hotel to let us try local coffee and get snacks and then took us to the crocodile bridge to see the enormous crocodiles swimming below. When we arrived at the hotel, we were able to upgrade our room from the 2nd floor to the 5th floor (for no extra charge due to the # of nights we were staying) so that we could have a view of the ocean from our balcony. I highly recommend a room on the 5th floor so you can have a good view of the monkeys high in the trees as well as being able to see the ocean. We loved watching (and hearing) the howler monkeys and squirrel monkeys playing in the trees just outside our balcony. It's really nice being right next door to the entrance of the national park where you walk through the rainforest and end up at the beach. The beach is not as beautiful as Destin, Fl, but is still very pretty. There are a lot of rocks (some quite large) between the sand and water which is different from beaches we've been to. I highly recommend the horseback tour offered by the hotel which is through the mountains. Ours was guided by Shaggy, and we had a fabulous time! We so appreciated him on our trip as he was very kind, accommodating, and enthusiastic throughout. Overall, we really enjoyed our stay!