"We wanted to spend time in CR with our young adult children + their friends. Casa Bambu is a gorgeous location. Lyn advised us on various itinerary choices, and took care of the booking contacts, a service which was in itself worth the price of our lodging.
In December, some days were humid, but it was surprisingly tolerable. Casa Linda is beautiful, clean, and well-equipped. Kirk, who happened to be there during our stay, made sure that we got what we needed, from pizza pans to extra clothespins.
Macaws regularly snacked in the almond trees. Toucans, togons, hummingbirds, vultures, spider monkeys, squirrel monkeys, capuchins and agoutis made frequent appearances. And those amazing leafcutter ants! Pelicans entertained us at the beach as they dove to fish in synchronized groups of three. The calls of the howler monkeys provided the soundtrack to our stay.
William, the caretaker, is a love. He opened coconuts, found us a massage therapist, and he and Kirk even ferried the guys out in a catamaran to meet their deep sea fishing boat. He is also a very knowledgeable nature guide who was patient with us "less-than-in-shape" hikers.
We had Leda and Oliva prepare a meal for us. I showed them what we had, and 75 minutes later, they served up a great fish dish with salad and a potato, broccoli and onion medley.
Caveat. Others have mentioned that the road from Puerto Jiménez is rough. This is no exaggeration. Anyone arriving from PJ should try to arrive before dark on that first trip. The potholes, rocks, narrow bridges and rivers can be negotiated, but doing it for the first time at night is stressful. Tours? Our outings included a Gulf dolphin tour combined with a visit to Santuario Silvestre. This was a highlight of the trip. We also did the delightful zip-line canopy tour with Eduardo. I would have liked to stop on the way back to visit Finca Kobo, a cocoa plantation on the route, but I also recommend taking Lyn’s advice to not book too many "outings." William can lead you on hikes to waterfalls and birding walks from the property; kayaking and swimming in the gulf is very pleasant. We ate several delicious meals at Martina’s, an easy walk from the house. So much to see and do right in the area, but it's also just a great place to "be.""
Date of Stay: December 2014
Review Submitted: January 3, 2015