This was the perfect spot for our family of 9, with a great mix of opportunities for relaxation, adventure, retreat from crowds, and natural beauty. I can't imagine finding a better place for our vacation.
The casa is a secluded luxury home, set in the jungle at the peak of a mountain, about 25-30 minutes from Parrita. The view from the wrap around balcony and the infinity pool was amazing. Flowering bushes and trees, fruit trees, and coconut palms surround the house. Most days we saw scarlet macaws in the almond trees. We saw a toucan, a blue morpho butterfly, and many other beautiful birds, iguanas, insects, frogs, etc.
Randy, the owner, was a very friendly, enthusiastic host. For our visit, he stayed above the garage, took us on our first few outings until we built confidence, shared advice, and reserved all the tours and activities we asked for in the week. He made sure we felt comfortable and safe, and had a wonderful time.
For our family, it would have been worth the stay just for what was at the casa. Between the balcony and patio, there were 3 hammocks and enough comfy furniture to seat about 10 people on each level. The pool was more than big enough for our family to all play and relax at the same time, and was one of our favorite activities of the trip. Oscar and Randy helped us ride the 5 horses and we had a great time, even though some of us had seldom or never ridden. Andrea, a housekeeper with culinary training, cooked two excellent Tico style suppers for us. We enjoyed playing foosball on the patio, and games and movies in the evenings. Snacks from the yard included fresh coconut water, pineapples, lemons, and oranges. Magally cleaned and washed for us and kept the casa in great shape.
We loved the activities right there in the mountains. Sky Mountain Canopy was a great zip line 5 minutes from the house, set up as a series of 6 lines, the last 4 ranging from about 500 to 700 m each, going back and forth across a jungle valley. They warned us not to take valuables, but we wished we took a phone along for pictures. Las Pilas waterfalls was a 15-20 minute drive plus a short hike, where we jumped from the cliff into the natural pool. La Iguana Chocolate Farm (45 minute drive into the mountains) had a fun eco-tour, where we saw the whole process, tasted the cacao fruit and roasted nibs, made chocolate tea and candy from scratch, and had a mountain Tico lunch. Our last night, we drove 20 minutes up the mountain to Vasconia for a rodeo, where the we felt at least as safe as at our county fair at home.
Other activities we enjoyed nearby included beaches near Parrita (30-45 minutes), shopping in Jaco (1 hour), and tours near Quepos/Manuel Antonio (1 hour) like the Damas Island mangrove tour and MA Park tour and beach (Mauricio was a great guide for both), and the Sunset Sails sailing and snorkeling tour.
The reviews about the road were a good warning to consider seriously. As a flatlander from Minnesota driving a 12-passenger van with luggage tied to the roof, I was very nervous the first night up the mountain. But it got better, and was so worth it for the beautiful spot and retreat from crowds. Being in the jungle means there may be more bugs and lizards than at a resort, but I don't think we saw a single mosquito or biting fly. The cicadas and birds can be loud, but we loved listening to them instead of traffic and tourist noise. If you are looking for a luxury setting in secluded natural beauty, this is it.
If we had to start over planning this vacation, staying at Casa Brisas de la Montana would be the first thing we would settle on.
Not only were the views amazing....but the cleanliness and hospitality was outstanding! There are so many things to do here (including relaxing) I could've easily stayed a month. There was 9 of us (family) that experienced zipline/waterfall; sightseeing Jaco, Sunset tours/snorkeling, local beaches, fabulous food on and off site, horseback riding, Manuel Antonio Park/hiking/naturalist guide. The road is a little steep and rough to the casa; but that makes it all the more special. Besides...the view is from the TOP.
This being my second trip to Costa Rica, having studied abroad there one summer, I was unaware that this trip would be more thrilling, more relaxing and even more authentic than I imagined.
Taking a rough, yet typical road of Costa Rica to the house, I was taken aback by the tropical mountain oasis. The house is in a most perfect location with picturesque views of terrain that starts in the mountains, runs through the rainforests and stretches to the ocean.
The clean and kept house itself is large with everything one needs: comfortable furniture, modern appliances and the perfect outdoor area complete with grill and pool. Waking up to the sunrise with the pleasant natural lighting in the home versus using the curtains started the day out right.
My sister did yoga amongst the tropical flowering bushes. We ate fresh fruit picked from the garden and eggs from the chickens at the barn. Quiet morning walks to the front gate reminded me of the benefits of such seclusion. Toucans, macaws, monkeys, iguanas, butterflies and more visited the house daily, which is priceless.
Oscar assisted us with airport transfer among other things. Between him and the double gates, one felt extremely secure.
We took time to relax at the home, but adventured out in the provided Toyota SUV and at the recommendations of our hosts. Thrills included a zip line tour SO close to the home, the crocodile tour north of Jaco and the most thrilling of all, the nearby waterfalls.
Beach time was a must, so we visited Manuel Antonio, but my favorite was nearby Playa Esterillos, which was an almost private beach that day.
This house gave me a taste of the luxury of a resort and a central location to play tourist, but with the unbeatable seclusion and views, coupled with the genuine experiences of a Spanish-speaking oasis.
What you make of the trip is yours, and mine was once in a lifetime.
Casa Brisas de la Montaña
When we decided to get married, we thought of celebrating our union in at unique and magical place, that would fill all our needs and our relatives too, that is why we chose Casa Brisas de la Montaña, a place that makes you feel at home and at Paradise at the same time, with an spectacular view and where you can see incredible sunsets, listen to the different species of birds especially toucans, scarlet macaws, squirrel and white face monkeys that are so friendly that they pose near the house, to celebrate our ceremony at Casa Brisas de la Montaña was a complete dream come true, and no doubt a meeting point for our families from now on.
Many thanks to Randy, Claudia, Oscar and Magaly for putting their dedication to our stay.
Memories to last a lifetime! Being completely upfront, the drive up the first time is a bit crazy and long. Definitely recommend a 4X4 vehicle. Once we knew what to expect it became part of the adventure and when we all drove away we actually said it would be part of what we missed about the place. Once you arrive makes the drive worth while. The views are BREATHTAKING!! From the gorgeous sunrise to the beautiful sunset you can't beat the views from either wrap around patio. We were traveling with 8 adults celebrating our 40th birthdays. Everyone had their own room with queen beds and plenty of space, but this place is ALL about the outdoors. The pool was so refreshing in the morning or evening after a day full of adventures. We were blessed to have the Owner/Host Randy there during our stay. He is very friendly and would come check on us each evening to be sure we had what we needed and if we needed any plans made. We did have him book the zip-lines right down the hill and the monkey tour, both highly recommend!! Randy also joined us for the day to hike Nauyaca Waterfalls and dinner in Dominical.
This was an excellent location! It is a very beautiful house located high up in the hills overlooking the jungle and looking out onto the ocean. You have outstanding sunrises & sunsets. Do not miss them. In the morning, get your coffee and go sit outside the master bedroom. You will see monkeys, exotic birds and a gorgeous sunrise with a warm tropical breeze calming you in ways that your memory will visit long after you leave. Randy knows all the local sites including the best waterfall experiences you have ever had. Oscar was so sweet supplying us with coconuts daily and other fruits in season. The house is equipped with everything one needs including a great grill for frying up your fresh fish/chicken. Highly recommend this lovely location. The ride up the hill is a thrill all its own. Pura Vita, Susan Sadowsky
We spent a week at Casa Brisas with our adult children and has a wonderful time. First of all, the house and grounds are unbelievably well maintained and clean looking almost brand new. Before going, I was a little concerned we may be too remote but that proved to be just the opposite. The peace and quiet of the location plus the beautiful vista was the highlight of the trip. We didn't not find it a limitation to drive to any tourist destination and really enjoyed the ability to leave the tourists behind. Randy suggested we rent a vehicle from Zuma in Jaco who sent the car up to San Jose airport to pick us up. The rates were reasonable. I also wondered how the back roads would hold up in the rain and we had zero trouble. The owner Randy was like the ultimate concierge. If we wanted to do an activity, we could easily do it when we wanted so we didn't need to over plan before we arrived. I would recommend staying at Casa Brisas for your vacation.
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