I don't even know where to begin. Costa Rica is such a magical place and our experience was even better because of our accommodations and Lyn, our amazing hostess.
What Lyn does for you before you even get there is what I believe puts Casa Bambu over the top. Because of Lyn's knowledge and advice we were thoroughly prepared to have the vacation of a lifetime.
Now about the trip: We went with another couple and their toddler in December 2012. The weather was perfect. Upon arrival at the house it was dark and hard to judge what we were getting in to. But when we woke up the next morning (to the soft cries of howler monkeys, bahaha!) we knew instantly it was the right choice.
We stayed in Casa Sonrisa, the most private house up on the hill. When we go back, notice I said WHEN, I would love to try the house closest to the beach. Solely for a different experience, not because we did not enjoy Sonrisa.
Sonrisa (and the other 3 houses) are beautifully constructed and rustic all in one. Everything you need is right there. Since this review is technically supposed to be about Casa Bambu resort, I guess I should spend more time on the house. There is really nothing more to say. It was fantastic, no complaints. Hot water showers, fan's in the bed, open air to enjoy your surroundings, etc...)
The wildlife surrounding the house is unbelievable. From Toucan Tree just out the dining room window, to the daily monkey parade, it never got old. We did the Corcovado trip with William and actually saw just as much wildlife on that trip as we did around the house.
William the caretaker is wonderful. He is friendly and helpful. You really feel that he truly wants you to have the best experience possible.
Have the girls cook you dinner as often as possible. The arroz con pollo was so delicious. My only regret is that I didn't watch them cook it because despite my best attempts I cannot replicate it.
Martina's Bar, a nice walk down the road was also a great place to get a bite, a delicious drink and enjoy the company of other's who love Costa Rica.
Buy fish from the fish monger. When you first get there put out the word that you are interested in fresh fish and he will come right up to the house. We bought some delicious fresh fish and shrimp. Oh my, the shrimp! It was amazing. Huge. If you buy early in the trip he will stop by every time he has a catch. I was super bummed the second time he came by to find out he had sold all 6 pounds of his shrimp to an Eco-Lodge just before stopping by.
Even our taxi driver's were amazing people. Lyn recommended our main taxi driver, Dennis. Whenever Dennis wasn't available we got one of his brothers. Such a great family. Dennis was always on the lookout for wildlife for us and he even found us the elusive three-toed sloth on our last day, while headed to the airport! Here is how amazing Dennis is: he took us to the airport in PJ on our last day. He waited around while we checked in for our flight and dropped off our luggage. Then he drove us into town to have some lunch before our flight left. We said our goodbyes to Dennis and thanked him for his part in our lovely trip. We were sitting down at our table when Dennis pulled back up in front of the restaurant after having just left. He was holding my husband's backpack out the window and we realized my husband had left his backpack in the taxi. The backpack had our brand new GoPro Hero 3 and two profession Canon camera's in it (one of which was borrowed). Dennis truly is an amazing person.
My recommendations of must do's: 1) Gulfo Dulce boat tour! One word: ah-mazing. You will not be disappointed!!! 2) Ziplining, what a thrill and 3) Surf lesson's with Pollo. Try to do this early in the trip so you can practice what you learned the rest of your trip.
We have so many great memories of our trip that I cannot put them all in this review. I am glad I kept a journal so I can relive the memories long after our trip has passed. Even the simple stuff such as sitting in the open air living room at night kicking the boys' booties in Spades, to exploring the jungle on foot and coffee (the Tican coffee make was so cool) in the morning with our dear friends, was truly magical.
A couple words of advice to those considering at stay at Casa Bambu: this is not a resort with technology and hand and foot service. There is no AC and there isn't television. You must make your own fun. Embrace the land, wildlife, sea and truly enjoy time with whoever your travel companion(s) may be.
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