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Casa Bambu Resort
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Reviewed 28 July 2011

We stayed just shy of a week in mid-July and the Osa was spectacular and Casa Linda was all we expected and more. The stilted bamboo house was spacious, cool, and very well laid out. We were about 50 meters from the beach where we had 6-8' swells on a right point break and rarely had to share a wave. The birds and wildlife were everywhere since most of the plants and forest are native. Flocks of Lapa (Scarlet Macaw) flew by regularly and we spotted lots of toucans and other birds in the forest canopy.
Lyn and Kirk ( the owers) were around and were very helpful and informative. Lyn's web info is accurate and helpful as you really need to bring everything you need with you since Pto Jimenez is a hard, 45 minute drive IF the rivers are low enough to cross during the "green" season. We had lots of rain during our stay but it didn't prevent us from doing everything we intended. Amazingly only 4 mosquito bites amongst 4 people in days so Lyn was correct that bugs weren't a problem. The solar power was more than adequate for ceiling fans and reading lights late into the night. I've been going to CR regularly since the early '70s, averaging 2 trips a year for most of the past 15 years and this Osa trip was one of the highlights. The accomodations, the caretaker William, and the owners contributed to this grand experience. Remember, however, going to this part of Osa you are sort of off the grid, so be realistic in your expectations.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank Jeffrey B
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Reviewed 16 July 2011

Am a bit ambivalent about letting the secret out, but feel grateful to Lyn, William and others for the special experience that is Casa Bambu. It's very difficult to get off the beaten path these days, but Casa Bambu placed us square in the middle of one of the most special places in the world. Monkeys and macaws were regulars in our yard. The beach was a child explorer's dream. We will never forget sleeping under the summer thunderstorms and fishing from the beach at high tide. We hope to be back.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Thank phillyjet
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Reviewed 14 July 2011

We can not say enough about how much we enjoyed our stay at Casa Pina. It was even better than the web site depicted. We woke early to the sounds of the howler monkeys and then set out to explore - taking long walks, kayaking, swimming and more. Most afternoons were spent relaxing on the beach or on the stunning porch. We saw countless monkeys (and other animals) from the porch - all without a single bug bite! Our stay at this beautiful house was both exciting and relaxing! It is the best of both worlds - a true "rain forest experience" with all of the comforts of a nice home.

Lyn and Kirk, the owners, were extremely helpful with so many details and it was wonderful to have Lyn's advise before (and during) our trip. We are already trying to decide how we can go back next year! This is a very special place and the memories we made will stay with us forever. I am so grateful we found Casa Pina and this beautiful part of the world!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Shannon4
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Reviewed 22 June 2011

We stayed at Casa Pina from June 13-19th. It was wonderful. The description online and through emails was Lyn was spot on, so we knew just what to expect and it was exactly the kind of experience & location we were looking for.

We spent every morning doing something fun & adventurous, and every afternoon lying in a hammock in the open air porch reading, listening to the sounds of the jungle (and the rain), and watching monkeys travel across the yard. It was, for us, the perfect blend of relaxation and aventure.

We chose the location because it offered both beach & ocean experience and the jungle experience, and we enjoyed both. The dolphin tour which Lyn set up for us was WONDERFUL, and WELL worth the money. It was a fun boat ride, a trip to an animal sanctuary (where we pet a howlery monkey), snorkeling in a reef, a trip through the mangroves, AND a dolphin tour, where we were able to plane-board (SO MUCH FUN) and my husband was able to get right into the pod of 300 dolphins and swim with them. A meal at a quaint but tasty restaurant (Delphines) a short walk from the pier completed the day.

It was great having Lyn on site as our Spanish is terrible and William doesn't speek much English. However, William was very friendly and accomodating - he drove us out to a Canopy Tour which allowed us to see some of the country-side (and meet his parents!), and took us on a waterfall hike. Even in Spanish, he was able to explain things we were seeing in a way we could understand.

We enjoyed an excellent lunch at Lapa Rios, a 10-15 minute hike up a steep hill. We also really enjoyed Buena Esperanza (Martinas) on Friday night - a small menu, but delicious food, local artisans, and a fun atmosphere. All of the locals gather there - mostly hippy & surfer Americans who live in the area and some native Costa Ricans - all in all, a great crowd.

The local Costa Ricans are extremely friendly and seem very happy living in one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

Thanks for everything. We will never forget our honeymoon on the Osa. We'd LOVE to come back some day.

Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 June 2011

This may have been the best family vacation we have ever taken. 2 adults and 2 children ages 6 and 13. The wildlife in the yard was beyond belief. The Golfo Dulce was fantastic. We stayed in La Pina and can't wait to return. Pictures and descriptions do not do justice. Just go.

Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
Thank JimT091
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