We have been travelling throughout Costa Rica for many years ( Nicoya, Quepos, Monteverde, Tortuguero, Cahuita...) and have seen many beaches and some wildlife, but we still were looking for "the real deal." At Casa Bambu, we finally found it!! Rainforest and beach! Kirk and Lyn have created the paradise we were searching for. Casa Bambu is actually 4 separate houses ( yes, made of bamboo!), two on the beach ( Casa Linda and Casa Bambu) and two a little ways up the hill ( Casa Sonrisa and Casa Pina). We stayed in Casa Pina. To picture it: there are 2 bedrooms and a bathroom downstairs, and upstairs 1 bedroom and separate bathroom, a huge balcony, a kitchen, and a dining area. All of the upstairs can be opened to the outside with large pull-up shutters. You are inside, but outside!?! We slept upstairs in a bed with a tight-fitting mosquito net with the shutters open!! We had arrived somewhat in the darkness at the end of the afternoon , so didn`t see much of the outside ,and the first morning , I did not see any monkeys for the first hour ( an entire hour!). Rather ironic actually! In the coming days, we probably saw all four types of monkeys every day. On our first day, a few white-faced monkeys arrived while we were on the balcony, then more and then more , so many that our grandaughter Sarah with eyes wide open remarked " Whoa! This just went from fun to freaky!!! " And every day was filled with " Oh! Oh! Oh!" moments from the balcony or some other part of the house, and everyone would rush there to see what was going on. Toucans, scarlet tanagers, agoutis, pizotes, blue morphos... . We also spent a lot of time on Pan Dulce Beach and walked the roads to the other beaches, saw trees filed with scarlet macaws, and took a tour with the manager William to a waterfall. The ladies, Leda and Marley, cooked several meals for us for a very reasonable amount. We just provided the food, gave a few general directions about our preferences ( lots of garlic!!), and stayed out of the way, and were called an hour or so later to the table all set and prepared ,and the cooking dishes all washed and put away. Lyn and Kirk were available for questions and assistance if needed, but the information received before arrival ( taxi service, stores in Puerto Jimenez, shopping lists, house details..) was so helpful that after an orientation in the house we were very comfortable with everything. I guess, in the end, for us, it really doesn`t get much better than this!
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