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Totnes, United Kingdom
Reviewed 7 April 2016

My husband and I recently spent two nights at the Pacuare nature reserve, staying in the Casa Grande. The accommodation here is very spacious, very comfortable, and very atmospheric. The house has a verandah giving views over the ocean. The ensuite facilities (basin and toilet) are good. The shower facilities are basic and located under the main house. The Casa...

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Covina, California
Reviewed 20 August 2015

Trip to the reserve itself was an adventure - very remote. My local driver had hard time to find it. Once we were there, during the day the reserve was perfect - beautiful grounds, friendly staff trying their best to accomodate our needs; everything is on site: we watched turtle nests, sent hatchlings to the sea, guided rain forest tour...

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Preston, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 July 2015

My husband and I volunteered for one week and I anticipate this review being very long - in a good way, but if you can't be bothered to read the whole thing I would suggest reading the bits on what to bring (extra to the list you are sent). We met a couple of people who definitely weren't prepared for...

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pacuarenaturereserve, Propietario at Casa Grande, responded to this review

Dear Anna, Thank you for taking so much trouble in writing such a full review. It is extremely valuable to have all our short comings pointed out. We are following up all of your comments. We are pleased that, in spite of everyhting, you enjoyed your week at the Reserve.

Miami, Florida
Reviewed 15 June 2015

For anyone truly interested in connecting with nature in Costa Rica, the Pacuare Nature Reserve, nestled on 1,000+ hectares of protected tropical rainforest and Caribbean coastline, is hard to beat. Just sitting on the verandah provides plenty of wildlife observations, but there are also ample trails and waterways, knowledgeable guides and meaningful volunteer opportunities (sea turtle nest monitoring, for example)...

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pacuarenaturereserve, Propietario at Casa Grande, responded to this review

Dear Kirsten, Thank you for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and that the wildlife came up to expectations. Saludos, John

Middletown, NJ
Reviewed 17 April 2015

Our family stayed in two rooms at the Casa Grande and had a wonderful visit. It is a beautiful rural property with a very laid-back feel.The staff, fellow guests and volunteers are very friendly. The staff make sure to include you in things and love to teach you about the environment and projects they are working on. We especially want...

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pacuarenaturereserve, Propietario at Casa Grande, responded to this review

Reviews like yours make our efforts worthwhile. Many thanks, John

Cambridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 April 2015

This was an amazing experience for me and my three kids.(17,15,12) I am so pleased that I waited till this age for them as they were able to appreciate and enjoy the simple and inspiring pleasure of being surrounded by the natural paradise. We felt included and welcomed by the volunteer community at pacuare. The food was delicious in a...

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pacuarenaturereserve, Propietario at Casa Grande, responded to this review

We are delighted that your stay was a success and that your children responded with such interest and enthusiasm towards what the Reserve has to offer. Saludos, Hilda

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 April 2015

The accommodation is fairly basic, but it is in a fantastic setting, near the beach patrolled to keep the turtles safe and used as a base by research scientists. What also made it the highlight of our wonderful holiday was the accessibility to the wildlife, and the passion of the scientists, and other volunteers, who regard it as part of...

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pacuarenaturereserve, Propietario at Casa Grande, responded to this review

Dear Anne, Thank you very much for your review. So glad that you and your family all enjoyed your stay at the Reserve. It is greatly encouraging when we learn that our visitors had an experience with nature that meant so much for them. See you next year as volunteers... Hilda

San Jose, CA
Reviewed 21 March 2015

My husband and I volunteered for 2 weeks at Pacuare, and what an incredible experience we had! Although we went right at the beginning of turtle egg-laying season, we were fortunate enough to see leatherbacks laying, 2 nights in a row. This place is right in amongst all the wildlife: howler monkeys live in the trees surrounding the cabins, iguanas...

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pacuarenaturereserve, Propietario at Casa Grande, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review and for spending two weeks with us volunteering. We have seen the results of your hard work. Everyone at the Reserve enjoys the flower bed, the pergola and the steps towards the beach amongst many other things you did. You were the perfect volunteers. Saludos, Hilda

New Delhi, India
Reviewed 26 November 2014

Pacuare is a beautiful reserve where visitors and volunteers can explore the beauty of nature directly. We had a wonderful time walking around the forest and discovering all sorts of wild animals and insects, like crocodiles, frogs, herons, monkeys and lizards. Our guide Danilo was knowleadgeable about the species and kindly shared a lot of information with us, Zaida passionately...

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pacuarenaturereserve, Propietario at Casa Grande, responded to this review

Dear Viviane, Sorry it has taken us so long to answer your wonderful review. It was very good of you to write and we are so happy you enjoyed your stay at the Casa Grande. Saludos, John

Reviewed 27 October 2014

Going to Pacuare Nature Reserve has been an experience that I will never forget. Yes the Cabinas are basic but it is a working reserve not a 5 star holiday. I was not going to chill and sunny myself on the beach. I wanted to work with people, learn new things and see amazing animals and that I can guarantee...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Beachfront
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Pacuare Nature Reserve is a magical place inside a tropical rainforest with 6kms of beach and next to a fresh water lagoon. We are the most important nesting site in Costa Rica for the giant critical endangered Leatherback turtle. Your adventure will start as soon as you board the boat and go along the Tortuguero canal. The journey usually takes twenty minutes or more depending on the wildlife we find along the river bank.You will stay in Casa Grande, a beautiful timber house built on pillars to give commanding views, from a huge three sided balcony, overlooking sea and lagoon. It has 3 bedrooms. One has a queen size bed & single bed with ensuite half bathroom. On the other end of the house there is a double and a twin bedroom sharing half bathroom. Solar heated shower is on ground floor. Open plan wood panel kitchen, dining and sitting room located between the bedrooms, with big windows front and back. Often you can see monkeys just behind the house.We have no electricity so it is all candles, lamps and solar lamps in certain areas -very low carbon footprint- Romantic candlelit dinners on the balcony! Enjoy the experience of going to bed to the sound of the ocean and waking up to natural light and sounds of the surrounding wildlife. It's incredible.If you feel like it you can patrol the beach at night with our biologists and beach guards and witness the Leatherbacks nesting process, a life changing experience for some... Or protect the hatchlings when they leave their nest and find their way to the sea. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Casa Grande

Address: | Pacuare Nature Reserve, Tortuguero, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Tortuguero
Price Range: RM380 - RM536 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
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“Opt for the large, en-suite room.”
 of 5 bubbles lkillock, 7 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Ask to spend time at the north station, there is more wildlife in the forest and turtles.”
 of 5 bubbles ashulton, 1 Jul 2015 | Read review
“Night patrols are long and strenuous, but definitely worth it, make sure to wear long sleeve/pants dark clothes and bring water and a snack”
 of 5 bubbles merj97, 16 Apr 2015 | Read review
“This is primarily a nature reserve which takes a few paying guests. This is simple and fairly basic. However it gives access to the heart of nature in Costa rica.”
 of 5 bubbles 598fenellaf, 16 Apr 2015 | Read review
“this isn't a hotel, but an experience! Choose the Casa Grande for upgraded rooms if you wish!”
 of 5 bubbles lovefoodSanJose_CA, 21 Mar 2015 | Read review
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