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“An amazing experience!” 5 of 5 stars
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Playa Pan Dulce, Cabo Matapalo 0000000, Costa Rica   |  
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Chicago, Illinois
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“An amazing experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2009

We just returned from Casa Bambu. It was my husband and I, our nanny and her fiance, and our two small children. We only took one tour during our week-long stay, because we were content to just stay at that beautiful house. To wake up every morning to the sound of the beach, the sound of the howler monkeys, and the sight of the sun over the ocean was .....wow. That was every single morning, waking up to that beauty. Our first morning there, a parade of capuchin monkeys swung through the trees in our front yard. The staff were truly treasures, always available, never "in the way". One thing that was surprising was that, even though we were in the middle of nowhere, and things were very, very rustic, we had everything we needed. Full kitchen, all the amenities of home, almost unexpected. Lyn (one of the owners) was very patient with my incessant emails before the trip, answering all of my questions thoroughly. We definitely plan to stay there again. The only word to describe it is AMAZING.

  • Liked — It was very secluded and unplugged
  • Disliked — The occasional mosquito bite!
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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English first
San Rafael, CA
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2009

We have been wanting to stay at Casa Bambu for several years. We finally got our chance in December and it did not disappoint. We stayed in Casa Linda and every morning, in addition to amazing sunrises over the Gulf, we saw monkeys, scarlett macaws and toucans and that was just from sitting on our front porch. Everyday we saw a Mangrove Black Hawk sitting in a tree outside our kitchen window (that was probably because my husband was throwing old raw meat out the window). We have traveled to many areas including the Amazon and this is the most wildlife we have seen. There are plenty of things to do in the area such as kayaking, surfing and wonderful hikes or you can just kick back, relax and enjoy the beauty this place has to offer. The house if very well equipped and very well maintained the only thing you need to bring is your food. We love the fact that you had the feeling that you were "almost" outside.

We were lucky enough to be there to meet the owners Lyn and Kirk who were a pleasure to talk to and get to know. Lyn was wonderful in helping us prepare for our trip. If you go we highly recommend that you have the ladies prepare a meal for you. It is quite amazing what they can create from what you have in the kitchen. Our meal was outstanding.

We will definitely return to this little slice of paradise and we highly recommend it to nature lovers and those looking for a relaxing get away.

Pura Vida!!!!

  • Liked — The patio/porch overlooking the Gulf
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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New York State
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2009

Our family of 7 ranging in age from 19 to 62 spent a week at Casa Bambu and never ran out of things to do. The house is in an idyllic setting, with a beautiful view of the ocean and abundant wildlife to see and hear right from the front porch. Breeding scarlet macaws, all four kinds of monkeys, an agouti and a coati were among the highlights and our trip to Corcovado with William, the caretaker, yielded many more, including tapir and anteater. We enjoyed the sea kayaks and boogie boards and the 20-somethings enjoyed surfing when the waves came up mid-way through the week. Best of all was the great kitchen, with a real 4-burner stove and oven and an outdoor grill, where we could cook our fish and make wonderful meals. Definitely a 10.

  • Liked — In touch with nature, but comfortable
  • Disliked — It met all our expectations
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2008

The Casa Bambu owners have four houses (google Casa Bambu and you can see them). We stayed at La Pina. It was perfect -- a spatious simple but comfortable open-air house, with views to the trees, through which four species of monkeys traveled, and over which the scarlet macaws flew daily. We had done adventurous things before arrival, and wanted just to relax. The house and area were perfect for that. You can easily walk from 5 mins to about 20 mins to one of the local beaches for a swim, or to several small streams if you prefer fresh water. We had lunch in a fancy resort up the hill -- nice view and excellent reasonably-priced food. The owners of Casa Bambu are friendly and gracious and take great care of their houses. The kitchen had everything we needed and more, and there were great little details, like reading lights and tiny fans in each mosquito-netted bed (very few bugs actually, even outside the nets). There are no shops nearby, so you do need to plan your groceries, but there is plenty of room to store quite a lot.

  • Liked — being almost outdoors, but still in a comfy house
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Lehigh Valley, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2008

We stayed "Punta Sonada" (Dream Point) and it was just perfect for our little family. We had a main house and small guest house, 14 acres of land and a "Gulfo Dulce" beach front. Spent six nights and enjoyed every minute of it. Great kitchen for home cooked meals and plenty of space to relax and enjoy the views. Many activities and mucho vida silvestre (wild life) very near by. It was the perfect way to break up our two week trip after staying in hotels before and after. Highly recommended if you like to rent a house when on vacation!

  • Liked — Like a home away from home!
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ny
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2008

Words cannot describe this land of paradise. I have never been somewhere that felt so alive and that made me feel so alive, so primitive, so small. Be one with nature at Casa Bambu. These "casas" constructed of bambu sit where beach meets rainforest. The casas are simply beautiful, and have everything you need and nothing you don't! The backyard is a fruit grove, with fresh bananas, pineapples, mangoes, coconuts, plantains, avocadoes, limones growing everywhere. Chillout on the deck with a pina colada and watch the four different varieties of monkeys swinging through the trees. This place is for nature lovers...you can sit all day and listen to the beautiful music of all that is alive in the jungle. Once you come, you will never want to leave.

  • Liked — everything
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed January 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Menifee, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2008

We were a party of 7 adults staying at Casa Bambu, the La Pina house to be specific. With this review I speak for all 7 of us.
Booking the stay at the house with Lyn was great. We had a million questions and she was more than happy to answer ALL of them prior to our departure. She supplied us with maps, grocery list etc. etc. etc. She made sure we were properly prepared for our adventure. She was awesome. Lyn did not sugar coat anything.
We flew Continental to San Jose and Nature Air to Puerto Jimenez. Please note: Nature Air is NOT in the San Jose Airport. You must take a taxi (which Lyn helped us arrange) to another airstrip on the other side of San Jose. No biggy, the taxi driver was very nice, helpful and met us right at San Jose Airport with a sign. The taxi was $28 for all 7 of us. Nature Air told us that we may not get our luggage until the next day because the plane may be over weight which was a drag, but they assured us that the luggage would be delivered right to our doorstep. As it turned out 3 people canceled on the flight and we were able to take our luggage with us.
Once arriving in Puerto Jimenez a taxi, well........it's a truck with benches in the back of it, met us. He took us shopping at the market (a real cultural experience) with the wonderful list Lyn supplied us with, to the ice house, and for something to eat. By the time we left for the house it was dark. We rode in the back of the truck on dirt roads with lots and lots of rocks in it, through streams etc. It was a blast. We all felt like Indiana Jones.
Upon the arrival at La Pina is was pitch dark, so we took out the flashlights Lyn insisted we all take and now I see why. The house was kind of like Swiss Family Robinson, but not in a tree. It's made all of bamboo and as charming and rustic as can be. The pictures online don't do it justice at all. On the lower level is 2 bedrooms and a bathroom, on the upper level is a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, dining room, and an outdoor livingroom. All the beds have mosquite netting. There are hammocks both upstairs as well as downstairs. The electricity is all solar, so we made sure to conserve (turn off lights and fans while not in use). We never once ran out of power in 9 days.
Upon waking up at 5am to the tune of Howler Monkeys the next morning we were able to see what we really had gotten ourselves into. This place was absolutely gorgeous. We were not able to see any of the other bamboo houses from ours at all. We felt like we were out in the jungle with an ocean view all alone. William (the caretaker) showed up early in the AM to greet us and make sure everything was good. William is not only the caretaker of the 4 bamboo houses on the property, but a wealth of knowledge about the jungle and sea. He does NOT speak any English. That was OK, we were able to get our point across without any problem. I highly recommend using William for all hikes, surf fishing etc. He will point out things that we would never see and walk right by it. He reminds me of Mobley from the Jungle book, he's quite the jungle boy. He knows his stuff. Throughout our stay we invited William to eat dinners with us and walk to Martina's (a restaraunt) with us. We all got quite attached to him. He's a great person. As is, the girls who come and clean the house.
About the wildlife...........it's EVERYWHERE! William will point out the not so obvious. Now the jungle is not without risk. There are poison plants, snakes, frogs etc. We just made sure we didn't touch anything and watched where we put our feet. Any and all risk was worth this experience. Our adventure was incredible. We made the mistake of leaving ripe avocados on the kitchen counter one day and left. When we got back there were only pits and skin on the floor. It was either Coatis or monkeys that came in. Also, we had a bat, which we named "Tom" come in everyday and made himself at home on the top of the closet. All part of the experience. There's not many places you can experience "the wild kingdom" right from your own balcony.
The ocean water temp. is somewhere around 86F. Not too hot, not too cold, perfect. The beaches are rocky, especially at high tide and the rocks will beat up your feet and ankles pretty good at that time while the waves roll in and out. The beach is gorgeous. We even took a hike to Cabo Matapalo and it was gorgeous too.
The only problem we had at the house was no hot water in the downstairs bathroom. Once we let Curt (the owner) and William know they were right on it and seemed somewhat embarrassed about it. Since the weather is warm & humid a cold shower was actually refreshing. Otherwise, no other problems at all.
If anyone wants a true adventure this is the place to be. This is one trip we will NEVER forget. The Osa is nothing less than spectacular and Casa Bambu, Casa Linda, La Pina, & La Sonrisa are part of the whole adventure. Any hardships are 100% worth the experience. The place is not so easy to get to, I'm sure that's why it has remained so untouched and natural. Paradise!!!!!!
Please feel free to message me if anyone has any questions at all.

  • Liked — Absolute adventure
  • Disliked — Difficult to get to
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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
Hotel Style:
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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