Everything you read in the reviews is true! We stayed in Casa Sonrisa for 6 days. Sonrisa is the furthest up the hill toward the jungle, yet still a couple minute walk from the beach. We were (happily) awakened early by the Howler monkeys, and all through the day enjoyed the troops of Howler, Spider, Capuchin and occasional Squirrel monkeys as they moved through. A coati visited every afternoon, and there were plenty of birds, lizards, butterfies, etc. Lots of good birdwatching within a short walk. We did a night hike with William, highly recommended. One day our younger members rented surfboards at a nearby establishment--the local beach is lovely, good for swimming and beginner surfing. The house itself is lovely, well-designed, with comfortable full kitchen. Leda and another woman (can't recall her name) cooked for us one night, they were magicians!
After our stay we moved on to other Osa locations. This is an excellent stopping point for continuing on to hike into the Sirena Ranger Station in Corcovado. And regarding seasons--due to being on the school calendar we've always visited Costa Rica in June/July, and it's always been great. A bit more rain (which rarely interferes with activities) and fewer people. We had a couple of spectacular electrical storms while at Casa Sonrisa, and really enjoyed the drama!
The communications with Lyn were great. The owners pay great attention to detail and clearly want their guests to have a good experience. Highly, highly recommended!
- 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