When I win the lottery I will try to buy one of these houses from Kirk and Lyn! It really is a special place. I had dreamed of going to the Osa Peninsula since I first heard about it, so this was a dream trip for me.
The day we left the property and returned to "civilization" I was absolutely struck by the silence. I missed the constant lull of the waves, the sounds of the howlers calling in the distance, the birds squawking overhead. There is an amazing rhythm to the sounds, the weather patterns, and the lifestyle here.
We stayed at Casa Linda and traveling with teen-age children the location was ideal being so close to the beach. The setting is gorgeous and yes...monkeys and macaws are seen daily. The morning we left we got a 5:30AM wake up call from the white-faced monkeys on the mango tree in the front yard jumping on to the roof and throwing mangoes. The spider monkeys soon joined them and it was an awesome farewell.
For dinner, Leda and Oliva cooked for us several times and it was great. Everyone's favorite was the Arroz con pollo. Another very cool option for dinner was Buena Esperanza, "Martina's". Very eccentric little open air bar in the middle of nowhere with really great food. Fun place!
Lyn set up several excursions for us and was very helpful setting up a driver to get us to the property and the excursions. If you are going to do many excursions I recommend renting a car because they are all a drive back near town and it gets pretty expensive. Some of our favorite excursions: -The hike to the waterfall with William. The family had a great time jumping off the rocks into the pond below. It is a hike through a river, though! Be sure to bring sport sandals or water shoes. -Don't miss the Gulfo Dulce boat tour WITH the animal sanctuary. Josh was a great host and we saw lots of dolphins. The animal sanctuary was a treat with a particularly friendly spider monkey that sat next to me asking to be groomed. -The kids loved surf lessons with Pollo and all successfully rode the waves.
All in all nothing negative to say. Bring plenty of insect repellant and sunscreen. Although bugs aren't nearly as big of an issue as you would imagine, when you get away from the house on hikes, etc you definitely need repellant.
The Casa Bambu houses are a HUGE bargain compared to the other eco lodges in the area and I wouldn't stay anywhere else when I return. Don't be concerned about visiting in the early green season. We had great weather every day and the storms just rolled in later in the afternoon/evening and were relatively short lived. The rain showers were actually refreshing and cleansed the air after the humidity built up throughout the day.
Thanks Lyn and Kirk for sharing your special place with us! Pura Vida
- 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