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“At home in the jungle . . .” 5 of 5 stars
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Playa Pan Dulce, Cabo Matapalo 0000000, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Cabo Matapalo
Sebastopol, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“At home in the jungle . . .”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

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!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Centennial, Colorado
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

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

Room Tip: Casa Linda and Casa Bambu were great locations near the beach. Casa Bambu did have two porch areas...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Clemmons, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

We just returned from a wonderful week in Casa Linda. There is a large mango tree by the front porch that the monkeys visited daily. Wildlife is everywhere and you definitely feel close to nature and "off the grid" (though they do have a wireless access point on the property if you need to stay connected). William, the caretaker, is very helpful and works hard to ensure a pleasant stay. Although I was a little nervous that we would not have air conditioning so close to the equator, I found it was a non-issue. The temperature dropped to the 70's most nights and the fans at every bed kept us very comfortable.

The beach is never crowded and very picturesque. It is fine for swimming when the waves aren't too strong, and when the waves are strong, surfers love it. We drove ourselves to the property from San Jose. The roads are fine, but I did like having a 4x4 vehicle for the last few miles that are dirt road and can get muddy in the rain.

Room Tip: We stayed in Casa Linda which is closest to the beach (just yards away). It was very soothing to fa...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

I don't want to be too repetitive, so I will keep it short. We stayed in Casa Linda. It was awesome. Just the sound of the ocean roaring outside the master bedroom was worth it. Yes, the beach is rocky. Take beach shoes. Other than that, the monkeys playing on the roof and dropping mangoes out of the trees, and the scarlet macaws flying over throughout the day, and the amazing array of wildlife make this an outstanding choice for the Osa. I LOVED the house and we felt very secluded and private. We had three kids with us, ages 18, 16, and 12 and the loved the beach, the wildlife, the surfing, and the home cooked food by the ladies. William and Kirk were awesome, as was everyone we met. We loved the place and loved our trip!

Room Tip: Casa Linda sits closest to the beach. It is all on one level. Casa Bambu seemed like the best one...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ventura, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

This was our first visit to Costa Rica and won't be the last. Lyn and Kirk are wonderful hosts. We stayed in Casa Bambu, what a gem, it is so beautiful and over looks the ocean and has the best surf spot right outside your door. We had a great time surfing, hiking through the jungle and hiking up to the waterfall and just sitting on our front porch watching the monkeys and other wildlife. We took advantage of Leda's cooking and that was a real treat. We highly recommend the Zip Line tour with Eduardo what a blast! Thank you Lyn and Thank you Costa Rica!
Pura Vida

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Davis, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

The house was fantastic and very, very clean which must be challenging since it is open on all sides, no screens, just the great outdoors surrounding you. Really appreciated the motor oil trick around the footings to help keep the creepier crawlies and ants to a minimum. The monkeys were so much fun coming by everyday, jumping through the trees and on the roof. They did get our first batch of fruit and veges while we were at Corcovado Park for the day (the towel covering the food didn't fool them), but the drive into P. Jimenez to pick up more produce was only about 25 minutes and very scenic. My son wasn't keen on sleeping alone downstairs, so we all ended up sleeping upstairs, him under the netting and my husband and I listening to the rain on the porch. I loved hearing rustling in the yard in the middle of the night and watched a couple of big opossums fighting like cats. A nature documentary just yards away!

We did a night hike in the creek with William, which was scary and very fun. We saw a beautiful coral snake, but it was doing its own thing and wasn't interested in us. Just walking around on the dirt roads was a great way to see lots of animals. We loved, loved waking to the Howlers and parrots in the early morning and hearing the macaws screech overhead in the afternoons.

The Golfo Dulce boat tour was fantastic. Josh is so enthusiastic with his desire to share his knowledge of the animals and area. My husband surfed many hours every day just 1 minute walk from our casita. Lots of kids were out boogie boarding on the beach and at low tide there was so much to explore. Leda and Olivia did a wonderful job cooking for us a couple of the nights, which was a great break for me.

Kirk, the owner, was really on top of everything, making sure we were comfortable throughout our stay. He has his hands full with four houses to watch and his continued construction! Lyn made our preparations before our trip so easy with lots of lists and maps and even arranged for our family and another to share the Golfo Dulce tour, which helped cut the cost and made the trip so much funner with all the kid energy.

We look forward to our next trip down!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Florida
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Very well stocked, very friendly owners, loved every minute of it. Highly recommend. Wildlife galore. Kids loved it, they loved playing on the beaches, loved every minute. Monkeys everywhere. Super cool location, I already miss it.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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Address: Playa Pan Dulce, Cabo Matapalo 0000000, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Cabo Matapalo
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette
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Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Cabo Matapalo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 13
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 
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Casa Bambu Resort Hotel Osa Peninsula
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