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Reviewed 12 September 2017

This is our second year having our Men's Retreat for Tamarindo Church at Casa Bambu and Casa Linda, and it was just as awesome as last year. The property itself is amazing... with lots of wildlife in and out of the water. Saw some whales from the porch on this trip... leaping into the air, blowing. Had a great hike as well. William (the property caretaker) was very friendly, helpful and informative as usual, and he led us on a hike into the Osa.

The only thing I could think of that might have helped or made things a bit more comfortable is to have a fan over the dining room tables in each house. There are fans on the porches, which is great, but one above the dining room tables would be nice as we spent a good bit of time around the tables.

Other than than... I wouldn't change a thing. Thanks again for creating such a great space. We had an awesome men's retreat. Lot's of great discussions, connection with God and with each other. Our hope is to get down there again next year. Pura Vida!

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with family
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Thank Lyle W
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Reviewed 16 July 2017

Wow - the photos we have right from the decks and yard of Casa Bambu! This June was our second stay at Casa Bambu. Case Bambu is one of 4 houses for rent on one large property. All houses are very private! In 2011 we stayed for 5 nights with our sons that were 8 and 14 at the time, plus an additional 14-year-old. The older boys took surf lessons and it was the perfect surf break for beginners. This stay was just 3 of us for a week, my husband, myself, and our 14-year-old. We had fabulous rain storms and wildlife galore. We had 3 types of monkeys in the yard - at least one type every day. We had lots of scarlet macaws, 2 different types of hawks, smaller birds, etc. We also saw a toucan on a walk nearby. We have pictures of the capuchin monkeys eating the neighbors bananas. Apparently they ate most of the neighbors' groceries since they were left out on the counter.
William was always available to answer questions. We had dinner cooked for us twice while we there and it was a HUGE treat. One morning we walked to Lapa Rios for a great breakfast. I suppose the one draw back to Casa Bambu is that it really spoils you to lots of quiet time, few people, sounds of nature, etc. It's hard adjusting back to "reality".
Casa Bambu gets my highest recommendation for folks looking for the "real" Costa Rica. For those looking for luxury, being completely waited on, and avoiding bugs at all costs, this will not be your cup of tea and you are advised to stick to the larger resorts that don't really exist on the Osa Peninsula.

Room Tip: This is a house with three fabulous bedrooms.
Stayed: June 2017, travelled with family
1  Thank DebAlbers
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Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

My husband and I had the good fortune to stay at Casa Sonrisa May 13-22. It was the last adventure during our trip to Costa Rica. Our very first, but not our last, I am sure.

I'm so glad we choose Casa Sonrisa as we had a lot of privacy which is great if you want to hang around without too much on. It was humid and hot so it was nice to not have others passing by or able to view us from the beach or beach access. It's just a short walk to the beach (maybe 5 mins) and you can still see and hear the water from the location.

We saw monkeys every day, morning and evening, going by on the "monkey trial" swinging from branch to branch. Breathtaking to be so close to how life must have been at one time in so many places. We saw that cool looking camo poison frog as soon as we got there and stepped from our car! We saw toucans in the tree across from us, as well as monkeys. Water would pool in a place it the trunk and we'd watch them drink, and the toucan was bathing. Just for us it was wonderful. It was very peaceful and relaxing. We just stayed at our house for one day and hung around reading and watching the monkeys.

Food - We overbought like crazy, so if you're someone who might tend to overbuy regularly, restrain yourself! Buy more beer and less food! We found in the heat we weren't as hungry nor did we want to cook as much as we thought. We found cooking once dark difficult due to if the windows were up, which we liked for air circulation, it became very difficult with the flying bugs. We did have the ladies cook for us two nights and BOY WAS THAT WORTH IT! Not only delicious, but they cleaned everything by the time we had started to eat. I just would next time ask them to make the whole chicken. Beacause there only us two they didn't use as much food to make the meal and we would have liked to have had a lot left over so we could make a meal again without cooking. So don't forget to ask them to use the entire chicken if you are just two! I would have them cook almost every night if we are there again.

We did go to Encanta La Vida one day, had lunch, drinks and got to use their pool because it was slow, that was delightful to use the pool. The food, wasn't worth the visit....but good drinks, and very nice bartender. We were told there was about an extra 26% if we used a credit card instead of cash....so bring cash!

We ate at Ocho Rios one time, and Martina's (bought the most fantastic chocolate there from a young man who comes on Friday nights to sell his product)....both worth the experience. Ocho Rios was very expensive so I'm glad we took Kirk's advice to try it for lunch. It was about $90 without tip for lunch.

We did bring along headlamps which also had red lights on which the bugs were not attracted to so those were helpful at night to read with or just walk to the bathroom or kitchen.

We realized if you want your towels or anything to dry best to hang them on the line.

We went with William to Corcovado, wonderful magical place. Just wish we could have been there longer. Important to wear the right shoes as you will need to hike along the beach for 45 minuets or so in the park and back out. I would next time wear waterproof ankle high hiking boots. I kept getting sand and pebbles in my teva like sport sandles . Annoying. Quite a long day and not for those who are not in fairly good physical shape. We did see white faced chapichan monkeys and an ant eater!

We did the zip line which Kirk had arranged for us before we came, not too far, maybe 40 mins away. They were very professional, and knowledgeable people who made it a wonderful experience for us. We were lucky enough to be the only two that morning! By the way, we stayed and had lunch which was very good. Only sorry we didn't do a chocolate tour on our way back.

We enjoyed our stay there very much, and had the pleasure of meeting Kirk, which was great. He gave us some tips of walks we might want to do which was helpful. The bed was comfortable and we slept well. His prior trip information was most appreciated- the in town map made it easy to get around town on the day we arrived and buy our food and produce. The map of the area surrounding Casa Bambu made the trip easy and kept us comfortable being independent. The house was well equipped for all we wanted, thank you Kirk!

One note - I'm short and found the only mirror quite high up ☹️in the bathroom....I had to take it down a few times to see in. Perhaps another on the wall in the bedroom?

On second to last day after hearing those howler monkeys every day and night but never getting to see any they graced me with an appearance in the big tree across from our house. Lounging around and even doing a little half hearted howling for us while there. It was wonderful! Thank you howlers!

But the most important thing...on our last day Kirk stopped by to say goodbye, and happened to mention that the airport was closed...starting that day for repairs, did we know? Were we leaving from there? Although we had heard at some point it was closing via someone we met on the beach we had no idea when. Kirk was so kind and helpful, he immediately called the airline for us, speaking in Spanish and confirmed that they were indeed not flying out of Puerto Jimenez that day, or week...and it was now leaving from Golfito across the inlet. He told us we could catch the ferry and called to confirm the ferry time that we would need to catch our flight. Believe me, his help was greatly appreciated and saved us from so many problems had we not been aware and found out after we got to the airport.

Thanks to Kirk, that last day was not a catastrophe of errors but just sad as we were leaving the most beautiful - close to nature place - that I've ever been.

Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
3  Thank NFW F
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Reviewed 20 June 2017

We were a group of three couples staying at Casa Sonrisa for nine nights and had an absolutely amazing vacation. The house was the perfect size and the open air living area provided for great views of all the monkey troops that would travel across the property each day. We loved everything about the house, just beautiful and fully equipped with everything we needed to cook our meals; we had provisioned in Puerto Jimenez. The property itself is gorgeous and we had a very large yard with all kinds of vegetation; very much a jungle experience. We spent most of our time in the area; lots of places to hike, swim, kayak and just explore.
Kirk, the owner was extremely helpful in planning the trip and making sure we had everything we needed during our stay. We took a night hike with William, the property manager to a waterfall and went swimming in the dark in the pool below....amazing and unforgettable!
One couple in the group had been to Costa Rica a few times before and they said this was by far the best place they have experienced. We will all be back again and have not stopped talking about this outstanding little slice of paradise!

  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank kathrynfrost
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Reviewed 15 May 2017

We stayed here with our two kids - a 9 year old girl and a 13 year old boy. Both say it was their favorite part of our whole Costa Rica vacation and they often ask if we can go back to Casa Bambu. There are so many things to recommend it it's hard to know where to begin. First, the location is the best. It's right in front of the nicest swimming beach in the area. I noticed that a lot of other places along this coast have rocky beaches with a lot of reef so it's not good for swimming. This beach is a wide sandy beach with lovely warm water and it's a great beach for exploring and shell hunting. And it's also great for surf, although there wasn't much when we were there in January. But that didn't matter - there was so much to do. There were monkeys and macaws in the trees around the house. We could walk to meals at a couple hotels and Martina's restaurant. We hired William to take my son shore and kayak fishing (a highlight for my son) and to take us on a nature tour and night tour - all highly recommended. The house itself is really nice - much brighter and cheerful than the pictures make it to be. We spent a lot of time just reading on the couches and in the hammocks. There is a big wide lawn in front of the house. If we go again we'll bring a frisbee and soccer ball. Kirk, the owner, is fantastic and will answer all your questions. If we return to Costa Rica, there is no doubt that we will stay at Casa Bambu. It was the best part of our trip to Costa Rica.

  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled with family
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Thank Gwendellyn E
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