Here’s the good news. You are close enough to all the popular tourist spots to optimize accessibility, but far enough to minimize the associated cost and congestion. Actually the 15 minute drive is about right – you have time to listen to a bit of Costa Rican music and chill on the way to the park or marina. In addition, locations nearer the mountains are refreshing! A beach environment is great for the moment, but the heat can become oppressing. It is much better to live in the hills and visit the beach! While secluded at Solo Ceibo, you can enjoy the nature trail which winds around to the falls with a fantastic dipping pool. What better way to cool off in the balmy Costa Rican weather! If you are hungry for a supurb fresh lunch, a 2 minute car drive will lead you to arguably the best local restaurant – the fish with shrimp and mushroom sauce is out of this world! Playa Matapalo is a short 3 minute drive, 10 minute bike, 18 minute walk away – secluded and expansive! If you are in a whale watching mood, simply travel South 15 minutes to Domincal or a bit further to Uvita and open your eyes. This is truly a rigorous tropical paradise!