Three friends and I (all wildlife enthusiasts!) just returned from a week in Casa Linda and it was just as the other reviewers have said - absolute paradise.
We were excited to see all four species of monkeys regularly (although the titis can be elusive!) and enjoyed a Capuchin raid on our kitchen. Lizards, geckos, iguanas, agoutis, coatimundi, possums, dolphins, pelicans, hawks, kites, bats, macaws...the list is massive.
The house itself was perfect for our needs. We each had our own room, with a couple of shelves for clothing and some hangers. The bed was comfortable, and the fan was enough to keep us cool enough while sleeping. The bathroom facilities were great. We only ever closed the window slats when we left the house for a long period of time - the breeze kept the house relatively cool and it felt almost as though we were sleeping outside. The kitchen had all the conveniences we needed. The fridge kept everything very cold and we barbecued a few times. There were electrical outlets, but not as many as one might have at home - bring an extension cord if you need to plug something in beside your bed.
There are all kinds of places to hike/walk for people of all fitness levels. We found ourselves stopping constantly to look at creatures we spotted along the way (we also had cricks in our necks from looking up in the trees so much!).
The beach was lovely! I swam every morning as the sun was rising (spectacular sunrises!) and we swam at night as well. The water is incredibly warm. I would suggest bringing water shoes as it is a bit rocky. At high tide it's lovely and deep just a few feet from the beach, but at low tide there's a bit of wading out as one might expect. I loved watching the pelicans and macaws and the locals fishing as I bobbed on the waves. There is plenty of sand and lots of shade. It is a public beach, so during the day there are often a few people around. First thing in the morning it was usually just me and maybe a kayaker or fisherman.
I didn't kayak, but there were plenty available and I saw several other guests enjoying them. We had fun with the boogie boards, and the beach chairs were comfortable. Kirk designed and built them himself!
Lyn and Kirk were our neighbours in Casa Bambu for most of the time, and they were simply lovely. If we needed anything at all, they were right on top of it. They organized our taxis and excursions which went smoothly (the boat tour with Josh is an absolute must!). The information Lyn sent us ahead of time was invaluable - packing lists, shopping lists, you name it!
Our travel plans went smoothly. We flew Sansa from San Jose and Lyn had a taxi waiting for us at the airport to take us to the produce market, grocery store, and ice store (Chon drove us most of the time - we loved him!). The drive to Casa Bambu is pretty rough - we saw quite a few 4-wheel drives get stuck coming out of the creeks - but our taxis didn't have any trouble.
None of us could think of anything negative that is worth mentioning in a review.
All in all, I can't say enough wonderful things about Casa Bambu and the Osa in general. I'd go back in a heartbeat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On a secluded five acres of pristine rainforest beachfront in one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth, this unique resort lets you escape civilization while safely and comfortably enjoying countless natural wonders. The property fronts on Playa Pan Dulce, famous for it's long right point surf break, an SUP surfers dream break. Located in the same vast rainforest as Corcovado Park, Casa Bambu Resort is on the tip of the Osa Peninsula, where the rainforest meets the sea. After visiting our house, Lonely Planet recommends Casa Bambu Resort as a place to visit. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Casa Bambu Resort Hotel Osa Peninsula
- Casa Bambu Hotel
- Hotel Casa Bambu