Rancho Burica

Rancho Burica

Apartado 131 Punta Banco, Golfito 8201 Costa Rica
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You can find Rancho Burica where the bad road ends and the good life begins. We are in Punta Banco, a beautiful beach town on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Rancho Burica is a piece of paradise with beach front cabinas, a yoga deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean and a wave out front for the surfers among us. Set in the lush jungle, surrounded by animals and our very own garden waterfall. Rancho Burica offers you great hospitality, peace, quiet and beautiful surroundings.
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bbrenninkmeijer wrote a review Jun 2020
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Rancho Burica has all the elements of an extremely relaxed vacation: beautiful nature, stunning empty beaches, friendly locals, great food and comfortable housing.
Our stay here was the highlight of our trip through Costa Rica. The hosts, Marthe and Jonne, are wonderful. There’s loads of fun activities from surfing, boat trips, horse riding along the beach towards Panama and relaxing yoga on a unique deck high in the jungle.
Loads of wildlife, whales, toecans and sloths. Our girls cried when we had to leave after 10 days in this small piece of paradise
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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John B wrote a review Dec 2015
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a place! If you're looking for a true Costa Rica experience this is the place to be! Amazing staff, serene location and great food.

Although literally at the end of the road there is no shortage of things to do from surfing, to horseback riding to hiking. The turtle project they've got going there is unreal and they're more than happy to have you help out.

Definitely not my last time at Rancho Burica!
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Date of stay: December 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: The jungle lodge can be pretty buggy and there are bats so avoid that lodge if you don't like...
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Joey d wrote a review May 2016
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Some places will stick with you forever. During traveling you always hope to find a place where you plan to stay a couple of days, but if you let them, could stay there for weeks.
This for me is one of them.

I visited the rancho at the end of my two months trip. During this trip I was hoping to find a place where I could stick a bit longer then a couple of days. A holiday in a holiday. I travelled in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, but did’t found a place that grabbed my attention. Sure, if found beautiful places with great waves and people. But somehow my attention faded away after a couple of days. I wasn't planning to go back in Costa Rica because of the prices there, but my flight was from Panama city so I needed an overlay. Through word-to-mouth I discovered the rancho in Pavanos and choose to stay there for my last 6 days.

Now looking back. This was for me the place that I was hoping to find.

Rancho Burica is literally located at the end of a road. It’s is easy to get there. I travelled all the way from San juan Nicaragua to the Ranch in 1,5 day. It was a long journey with in night in Golfito, but i wanted to go south as soon as possible. The ranch itself is right on the beach with an own beach break in front. So for the surfers, vision this: Easy pushing waves (when the tides are right), middle in the jungle, no locals AND not more then the visitors of the rancho in the water. For me, after been surfing in Puerto Viejo, Santa Theresa, Popoyo, Hermosa etc was an bless. I could really train my surf there and it felt like I was surfing with my friends. Btw they have enough boards for every taste.

I slept in the dormitory which consist of 8 beds. I was there in the low season so just had to share the dorm with two other guys. Slept like a baby after a good day of surfing especially with the sound of the waves on the background and in the morning the monkeys. Depending on the tides, you can do a morning session and afternoon one. I choose the backpackers deal. Did means $35 for a bed, breakfast and dinner. Lunch is $5 dollar extra and the board are 10 bucks. Not as cheap as in Nicaragua, but the food quality is really good and it’s still Costa Rica ;-). They do family style breakfast and dinner.

For the none surfers. I did a (4h) horse back riding tour. It was my first experience doing this and I didn’t expect to have so much fun. The horses where well fed and trained properly. this means for me as a rookie, I could climb muddy and steep hills (also descent ;)), galloping and experience the jungle from a horse. I saw a really poisonous snake, which killed by our guide Wilbert, two different types of monkeys, sloths and blue butterflys. The trip was amazing. Would do it again with the blink of an eye.

So. I could go on and one. But the for me the key is: If you want a great place to chill, surf enjoy your book, get sick of grumpy locals, want to practice your surf technique, meet great people and feel the warmth of the hosts Marijn en Femke. Go there and enjoy.

This place I build with love, not to make any profit. As it should be.

Joey
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Date of stay: May 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled solo
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Anne B wrote a review Apr 2016
Westport, Washington
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Before I begin, let me just say the end result of this trip was one of the best ever. Good friends, great waves, and so much laughter. All of this outweighed the cons of Rancho Burica. There are definitely nicer places to stay, but if you don’t mind glamping this place will suit you just fine.

The Good- The flora and fauna is beautiful. The are macaques, toucans, sloths, monkeys, and iguanas. The beach is good for walking. The tide pools are fun to lounge in at low tide. There are waves for surfing right out front (unless a big swell comes through and it closes out- or the local Dutch chick gives you grief for surfing her wave ). The yoga loft is really cool. The beach palapa is nice for respite from the sun and a great place to drink a cold beer. The outdoor kitchen/dining hall is nice and I like how the food was served family style. Lots of vegetables which I wasn’t expecting. (although there were times, mostly the pre-surf breakfast when there wasn’t enough fruit to go around). If there are muffins or banana bread for sale, buy them- they are delicious! The horse back ride from their property is epic- I could have never seen that part of Costa without being on a horse.

The Bad- the rooms are hot, so very hot. The best case sleeping scenario is a cold shower before bed and two fans aimed on you all night long- but that’s a pipe dream. You are lucky if you get one fan. Our friends had the top floor and were able to keep their doors open at night. We couldn’t do this due to venomous snakes and crabs that could cruise right into our room. Ceiling fans would make a big difference in this place. Also, the beds and sheets seem old, so old. Like the mattresses or foam have been around for 30 years. It was not comfortable sleeping even with how exhausted we all were. And the geckos kept pooping on our bed! It turned to comedy at 3am. It’s feral. Take it or leave it. I’m too old for it. That I now know. At least we were lucky to have a room with an en suite bathroom. Other folks had to walk outside their units to use a bathroom and shower. Not what I would want to do in the middle of the night in the jungle! My other complaint would have to do with alcohol. One day they managers gave us grief about us having our own liquor- said we had to buy it there- at “the resort.” Buyer beware- they charge you 2.50 for the soda and then 3.50 for the shot, so $6 for a rum and coke! The managers, while nice and even funny sometimes, didn’t seem that interested in actually dealing with guests.

The Ugly- Our shower stopped draining about half way through the week. It flooded the bathroom. It never got fixed. A request to have our trash can changed (you have to put the TP in the trash) wasn’t attended to until 5 hours or so after the ask- and then only after management saw me taking the trash- which I didn’t mind doing, but I didn’t know where to get a new bag.
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Date of stay: April 2016
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: Get the top floor room with en suite bathroom
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Arjen D wrote a review Dec 2015
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Rancho Burica is an awesome place to stay! The people are great, the food is amazing and the surf is good (no crowds!). The waterfall is nice to cool down and the yoga platform overlooking the ocean is great to get the body ready for the next surfsession! I visited the place end November and we saw loads of baby turtles making their way to the water. No mother turtles around that time of the year anymore, have to come back for that next year :)
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Date of stay: December 2015Trip type: Traveled solo
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MontrealMermaid wrote a review Apr 2014
Montreal, Canada
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I was doing a surf/yoga camp with a group of canadian from Quebec and american. I was lucky to share one of the new room with 2 other members of the group and we each had a single bed. We had a shower and a bathroom in our room and it was really nice! Most of the other room doesn't have it but then again, it's not the end of the world because the land is amazingly beautifull!!!
Breakfast is included and really fresh & good! For extra $, you can also eat overthere for diner and then again, the food was really great!
There's a lot of people coming from Netherlands because the owners are from there. Believe me, I love being surounded by other nationalities. I don't know if it's a cultural difference but we, the ''americans'', felt we where the ''outsiders'' and that we didn't belong there! The area where we eat is small and we all eat at the same time so i tought it would be more friendly.
Also, there's a amazing patio where you could watch the sunset. We where a group of 9 and for one night, it would have been fun to watch it all togheter. The thing is that if you where not ''fast enough'' to get there, the owners and there friends would always be there so you would have to be sit in the ''backrow'' to watch to sunset of go somewhere else. We also did a sunset yoga session next to it and they where smoking cigarettes next to us. I know it's outside, it's a free country but as you can imagine, with deep breathing, it's not so great and relaxing.
Greatfully, Jord and Femke (the owner at that time that we saw the 1st night and the last day) and Simone where really nice and helfull and didn't made us feel that we didn't belong there. Thanks to you guys. Pura Vida!
Beautifull place, a few nice people and a really great cook but no... I wouldn't go back there because I didn't feel welcome and we felt we where bodering some of the owners and there friends even if we were costumers and we did pay.
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Date of stay: March 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: If you don't wan't to go outside at night to go to the bathroom, ask for the newer room...
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Marcodegraaff wrote a review Jan 2017
Beetsterzwaag, The Netherlands
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Situated at Punta Banco, Ranco Burica has the best accomodation spot along the coast! Really nice and clean rooms, "private" surfspot at 2 meters walk with perfect waves (beginners and advanced) and great family style meals and vibe (thanks to the couple managing the place). Horseback riding is a must along the beach and the Indian reserve nearby. The sound of howler monkies in the morning, the beach during the day and the excellent sunset deck at night was perfect to relax. Also the turtle project has been a success over the years and worth visiting.
Going there by car is easiest although there is a daily bus. Come prepared with cash as there is no bank in the area.
We enjoyed it very much!
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Date of stay: December 2016Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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arturo799 wrote a review May 2016
Cancun, Mexico
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I should start saying I’m from Riviera Maya, Mexico and been in the tourism business all my life, from Luxury boutique resorts to jungle lofts Riviera Maya has it all.
The reason I say this it’s because being use to this kind of environment I was very surprised to find such an epic piece of territory down there at Rancho Burica, Nature at its best, there’s monkeys at the property, slobs, and excellent surf point right in front of the property with no surfers other than your friends staying at the Rancho.
I had a fantastic experience while my energy and my mind where healing from the stressing sounds and images of regular life… jungle sounds, birds, monkeys, waves, frogs; It’s amazing to meet people able to listen to a frog and know what kind of frog it is and then go find it for you… I’m just saying activities are really into the jungle and nature, you are there and you slowly become the environment where you are, so YES definitely a place to stay longer.
A big plus is that Rancho Burica it’s the last property in town and then there is a Reserve that goes all the way to Panama, so really you are where you want to be if you already spend your money and time to go to a green country such as Costa Rica.
The property, kitchen, rooms, bathroom, gardens and general areas are really clean, that place is lucky to be owned by a group of Duch people which enhance the vibe of the place and really preserve the good environment with the staff and local people.
The managers Maijin and Fem are a couple of Duch locals hanging at Punta Banco and Pavones with the community as they are part of it; this increases the experience so much since anywhere you go people welcome you just because your with them, every one so friendly and so nice you really make friends at every place you go. Not as a customer but as Pura Vida like they like to say when they think you’re a really nice person…
The food its schedule for breakfast at 9am all like family, with 3 options of meals at lunch and dinner time around 9pm also as family, it’s just the way the Rancho is. Once you get in schedule I think it’s a lot of food.
I stayed at the Jungle loft, upstairs, 2 beds a fan, a balcony, hammock, sound of monkeys and waves, perfect place to relax, and for the dollar, it’s a really excellent experience.
Things I learned from this trip… You can buy a really nice surf board at the Pavones surf shop for the cost of bring your own board… Next time I will give them a call and purchase one before my arrival to make sure I will have a nice board to surf and avoid the hassle of carrying my own…
If you can rent a car, it does provide for an easy way to move around and experience several surf spots, however thanks to Maijin and Fem I was able to go to different places with no car rental.
At the end fantastic experience, in love with the place and will definitely be back one day!!
Cheers!!!
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Date of stay: May 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled solo
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Kelsey W wrote a review Apr 2016
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I went to the Surf With Amigas retreat in Costa Rica. The actual location was in Punta Banco at hostel-like co-op called Rancho Burica. On the first day, they tell you it will be the best week of your life. I thought it was a bit of an exaggeration, but even months after the trip, I'm still thinking about it and how much fun I had. It's a trip I'll never forget.

The biggest thing to know is that this trip may not be for everyone. It will challenge you, especially if you're the type of person who works at a desk job (like me) and you're not prone to the "chill surfer girl" lifestyle. But if you're willing to keep an open mind and dive into the experience, you won't regret it. And maybe you will become that "chill surfer girl" you always dreamed of being.

LODGING
I'm a pretty low maintenance traveler but keep in mind that when they say "off the beaten path" they mean it. You are in the jungle, and that means jungle creatures are included. There's gravel roads and the closest town is about 30 min away. The rooms are low key but clean. On the first night, a crab crawled into my hair and even though we had our doors and windows shut we couldn't get them out of our room. Others had spiders, scorpions or bats in the room. There's geckos that watch you shower. It's just a reality of being in a jungle environment but the upside is you've got private waves right out your doorstep! All of the animals were harmless aside from causing us girls to scream out of surprise, but it makes for fun stories and a lot of laughs. I had a hard time accepting this in the beginning and thought I made a huge mistake while I lie awake at night, paranoid about spiders crawling all over me. But once you let go and accept that you're in a jungle, it becomes second nature (ha... get it! nature??) and it forces you to learn to embrace discomfort. In the end, I became one with my crab brethren and it became the running joke to give the morning crab-cast, discussing the whereabouts of the crabs.

TYPICAL DAY
Another thing to note is that it is very relaxed and laid back. Before I arrived, I was expecting a schedule or a rundown of each day. However, since most of the day is dependent on the waves, everything is decided in the present moment. They have a few activities set out for the week (horseback riding, night hike, chocolate making) but you only find out what you're doing the night before. I'm very type A personality and love having a set plan, so this was another thing that challenged me, but in the end it helped me enjoy the present moments and I learned to love the flexibility.

A typical day would be waking up around 5:30/6am and having first breakfast then going out to surf for a few hours. After surfing would be another meal (you'll definitely be hungry). You might go out surfing again or have some relaxation time. Then, you have lunch, then yoga. Again, the schedule is very flexible and dependent on the waves or other activities they have planned. They're very good about letting you do your own thing so if you don't feel like participating in an activity, you don't have to. It's the perfect amount of active without feeling like you're packing too much into one day. There's a great balance of breathing room mixed with activities to keep you occupied.

INSTRUCTORS
The instructors are what made this experience top-notch. I wish I had brought more cash for tips because they deserve every penny, and then some. I've been through a lot of surfing lessons, but never received this type of one-on-one help and encouragement. I was really intimidated because I felt like my skills weren't on the same level as some of the other women, but the environment is so encouraging and they make you feel very comfortable. They give you insider knowledge and little tricks and tweaks that immediately make you a better surfer. The real differentiator is the filming. It's one thing to tell you what you're doing in the water, but when you can watch it and have them coach you through it, it makes a huge impact and they take the time to answer all of your questions and walk you through the process. They truly go the extra mile, and if I could give more than 5 stars for instruction alone, I would. You can tell they're all hand selected by Holly because they're all inspiring and fun to be around.
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I have nothing but good things to say about this trip. It took me a little while to get into the groove of things, but in the end it's an experience I'll always remember fondly. This trip was pure fun. As I was planning the trip, I thought it was a little spendy, but now I feel like I lucked out with a really great deal – you get SO MUCH value out of this experience. You get the opportunity to meet amazing women who share the same mindset as you, and encourage you along the way. You become a better surfer. You have a lot of laughs. And you'll probably learn a few things about yourself. GO!
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Date of stay: February 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled solo
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Squirt0175 wrote a review Jan 2016
Port Stephens, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I absolutely loved it at Rancho Burica. The managers were so happy & they created a relaxed environment. I got to see two baby turtle releases & could walk straight out of my shared room onto the beach to surf. It was very quiet there instead of hundreds of holiday makers there was gorgeous jungle running straight into the ocean & the sites & sounds of local wildlife. The food was lovely, I developed an addiction to Plantains, which were grown on the property as were a lot of what was served. I shared a room with three other people & it was still roomy. The accommodation is not resort style if that's what you're looking for but I loved the easy style of it. My room was open air with fly screens & a shower & toilet. While I was there mainly to surf, I still had plenty of other attractions like a horse ride up into the jungle & return along the beach, bicycle ride & a walk to a waterfall. I can't wait to go back & for longer than the week I spent there!!!
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Date of stay: September 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: Front shared room is closest to the beach but rooms behind it are elevated so view is pretty...
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Francisco B wrote a tip May 2016
16 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"You have everything there, there is no need to take extra stuff."
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Anne B wrote a tip Apr 2016
Westport, Washington28 contributions23 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Get the top floor room with en suite bathroom"
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Squirt0175 wrote a tip Jan 2016
Port Stephens, Australia2 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Front shared room is closest to the beach but rooms behind it are elevated so view is pretty awesome & they seem a bit newer"
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John B wrote a tip Dec 2015
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada4 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The jungle lodge can be pretty buggy and there are bats so avoid that lodge if you don't like creepy crawlies!"
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Paul I wrote a tip Feb 2015
Ter Heijde, The Netherlands30 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Get a room next to the entrance if you like a little luxury. Has good budget options too"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rancho Burica
Which popular attractions are close to Rancho Burica?
Nearby attractions include Pavones Surf Shop (5.0 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Rancho Burica?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Rancho Burica?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Rancho Burica?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Rancho Burica?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Bruschetta, Cafe de la Suerte, and Tico Mex.
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