Family of 4, with 12 and 15 yr old children, spent 11 days in Costa Rica at the end of April 13 - the first 5 days in the Osa peninsula at the El Remanso lodge. This small lodge, located very close to a large national park and in the middle of a large conservation area dominated by primary growth rainforest, provides a very comfortable and safe spot to enjoy and learn about this unique place. El Remanso is small enough to operate on an extremely ecologically sound basis, using hydroelectric power, careful water and waste management, recycling or composting almost everything. While this means a simpler kind of guest experience than you'd get at (say) a Four Seasons Golf Resort, the place is immaculately clean, extremely comfortable and is designed so that you are living in the rainforest, rather than on the edge of it. The food was excellent - comparable to a good restaurant in NY or London - quite extraordinary for such a remote location. The management and all the staff are both friendly and very conscientious - from the moment we stepped onto the tarmac at Puerto Jimenez, we felt welcomed and taken care of. There is an abundance of things to do at the lodge, from rappelling down waterfalls to early morning bird-watching in the forest canopy, and our only regret is that we didn't spend longer and explore the beaches and forest nearby. If you want a place where you can listen to the surf at night, the howler moneys and macaws in the morning, walk past a basilisk lizard and a pair of toucans on the way to breakfast, this is the place to do it.
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