My wife and I were privileged enough to have spent four days at Casa Horizontes in June of 2012. From the moment of arriving on the beach after the thrilling water taxi drive to departing after having smelt, tasted and experienced such a wonderful place, we enjoyed every minutes of this charming, rustic and natural place. I cannot praise the hosts enough! They are such real people, opening their home and hearts to visitors. Pedro and Yami along with Elia made our stay so comfortable and friendly. The food was authentic Costa Rican, simple, tasty and healthy, and the little touches and the extra mile that the hosts went to make us comfortable and feel at home were very special.
Pedro drove us up to their place after being collected at the beach - Its quite steep, but its good exercise and its worth the effort once you are enjoying the views and peacefulness from their balcony. Breakfasts on the balcony are a must - just soak up the sounds, the birds the insects and the nature of the place, its such a laid back tropical beach village, where life is enjoyed! Pura Vida. We had a bit of a tighter budget during our time in Costa Rica, so we only ate a cooked dinner made by Yami on one of the nights, unfortunately, and on the other two we visited the local shop in Drake (within walking distance) and stocked up on some supplies. The meal she cooked was fantastic - authentic - and very quickly you will take for granted the amazing diversity of fruits and juices that she provides each morning and afternoon. We stayed in the room downstairs, the toucan room which had the added benefit of an en-suite shower and bathroom - we found this to be very useful, especially for having an extra place to dry clothes. The beds were comfy and clean and we weren't bothered much by mosquitos.
in terms of activities: Elia, Yami's sister is the perfect guide. She can help you plan your days activities and will happily provide some suggestions of local attractions and must do's. My advice is that one should walk and hike as much as possible, this way you really soak up the experience. We did a short walk from their house into some primary forest where birding was amazing, and Elia is extremely knowledgeable on the local species, so far as even being able to call them (the Motmots have a great call). We also did a walk from the house to Cocolito bay, where you can honestly spend the whole day just flopping in the warm ocean, on a practically empty and idyllic tropical, white sand beach (White Capuchin monkey's can be seen en route). Going to Corcovado is a prime thing to do - A MUST! We spent the day after another great 2hour boat drive (spotted flying fish) walking from Sirena station into the forest to the Sirena river. Amazing sightings of ant eater, tapir, basilisk, boa constrictor, spider monkeys, howler monkey's, blue morpho's and so much more. Wow. the guides on these walks are great - engage with them ask them questions. I can also recommend an early morning walk along Drake bay to find the Scarlet Macaw's which fly past on a regular basis as well as a night walk with Elia up a river not far from the house - frogs galore, freshwater blue shrimp, interesting insects, snakes and a whole other world.
Overall we loved our stay, it suited us to the core and was such an adventure. We thank Pedro, Yami and Elia again for the wonderful experience and memories which will last us a life time. We are thinking of you guys.
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