We spent three nights at Canas Castilla and rate this place highly. We felt very welcome by the owners, who did everything to make us comfortable. We stayed there in absolute low and rainy season, still we could do the recommended hikes on the property, spend time in amazing Bahia Salinas and relax. The Swiss owners have emigrated to this very remote place and used to live here with their children without any modern amenities (water, electricity, sewage) during the first years. When they finally managed to get their little garden Eden connected to those basic services, they transformed a part of their vast property into a simple but cosy lodge.
Guests are lodged in one of several "cabinas" built by the owner Guido. The beds are comfortable, there is a safe deposit box in every cabina, ventilators, mosquito protection in front of the windows and hot water in the private bathrooms is always available. The view is to the river, where you can also spot the occasional croc. We observed howler and spider monkeys from the hamoc on the terraces in front of the cabinas, saw a snake and much more on the different nature walking trails. Muddy! Bring rubber boots in the rainy season!
Overall, the place is still a Finca (= farm), that means there are about 50 cows, plenty of horses, chickens, a baby sloth which was abandoned by its mother, and all sorts of plantations, from veggies , oranges to teak. Also, it is normal to find insects or other less welcome representatives of the animal kingdom around the houses.
Agi is a good cook, who serves every evening a surprise fusion of Swiss and Tico food, with a lot of delicious vegetables (must reserve). The breakfast includes home baked bread, fresh fruit, eggs etc.
For next year, they are preparing a place for motorhomes/camping.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The cottages Cañas Castilla have a nice architecture y a big furnished outside área with hamack and to the River Sapoa and the lovely garden. All have hot water shower, a fridge, 2 ceilingfans and security box. Aircondition is availabe at additional price. Every cottage dispose one double bed and 4 of them have additionally 2 individual beds. There is the cottage Perezoso which has a equipped kitchen for those who want to cook by themselves. Enjoy the naturetrails on the farm, horsebackriding with our own horses, have fun with the small boat doing a cruise around the river Sapoa. Observe howler- and spydermonkeys, sloth and a lot of birds in their natural hábitat. Discover the lovely beaches of Bahía Salinas (Pacific), or take a daytrip into Nicaragua, a special adventure! Enjoy farm life! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Finca Canas Castilla Costa Rica/La Cruz, Guanacaste