I remember, when I used to live/work in NYC and Hong Kong consuming sites such as www.escapeartist.com. I would picture myself hopping on an airplane, working at a surf shop somewhere in the pacific and leaving all the deadlines, internal political bs, and corporate suits behind. And when the world trade towers fell, I did just that - and I have not regretted it one moment. Life full of material wants/needs, little time for the most important things (family, friends, yourself) traded in for corporate drinks/dinners where one has to say certain things but never reveal one's true self, desires. And in the meantime, life passes you by. Costa Rica has been wonderful to me. It has given me a piece of mind for a very long time. Its my little paradise and escape of the "busy world". I can only recommend to anyone to try this life out....relax for a moment, take a deep breath, let nature be the compass of your daily life, and see flowers grow, hummingbirds fly and life happen. So for all those people in front of our desk, needing an escape - come on down. Find some great information on: http://costarica.escapeartist.com/
Review by Kari
We were delighted with our stay at the River house. We stayed for one month with three adults and two kids. It was perfect for us. It was very quiet and peaceful. Gomar and Ceceil the caretakers were such a delight and were always available to help whenever we needed it and at the same time they gave us all the privacy we needed. They went above and beyond to make sure we were happy and had everything we needed. Including fresh fruit from the trees.
The house was a great design for the hot humid weather and we were able to be comfortable even without air conditioning. The cabin with the air con was a great private space for one of us who was working on a book and needing a little more cool tempratures and undisturbed space from the kids,
The pool was great and we were all in it a few times a day. The pool was kept nice and clean. We had quiet yoga sessions and meditation by the pool each morning and it was a great place to cool off in the day.
We rented a car for the first week and got our barrings and then we got around by walking, buses and taxis the rest of the time (as cars were sooo expensive to rent) Walking to town to catch the bus to the beach was only about 20 minutes and a taxi was about $3.00-$5.00 one way (depending on the driver)
We would have liked to have had WIFI as our connection with our USB with KOLBI was less then ideal connection and very slow. This was our biggest challenge at the house.
We also would have loved the house to have been more stocked with new sheets and kitchen supplies as it seemed very bare minimum. Definitly would expect a house in costa rica to come with a blender...who lives in costa rica without a daily smoothy ???
The landscaping of the place is beautiful and well kept by Gomar the caretaker with great attention to detail and open hearted JOy. We loved the feeling of the energy that was holding this land.
Some people have said that the River House reminds them of some-kind of an UFO. I agree, its design is quite unique and I love it. In regards of sky activity, you should come and visit us in dry season (mid-December - April), whereas the sky offers amazing views of the stars and moon. Life can be so good, and so simple living here. C'mon down and see for yourself :-)
River House still has some availability for santa semana ( easter week)....secure your reservation now :-)
$125 fits up to 6 persons, private 35m2 saltwater pool. more info - visit www.riverhouseuvita.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are in the mood of exploring the area, dont miss going to Sierpe – gateway to the largest virgin mangrove forests in Central America and shelter to countless species of birds and other wildlife
Sierpe is a peaceful authentic village at the banks of the river by the same name.
Here is an advertorial with some interesting information from a Tour Operator in Sierpe:
Whether you choose mangrove wildlife or an enchanting mangrove forest tour, an exciting crocodile night tour or a visit to the magic Violin Island, your footprint on nature has a minimal impact while you admire nature at its best. Most of our tours are private and away from the crowds.
You will be delighted observing the variety and abundance of wildlife and bird species. Squirrel, howler, and cappuccino monkeys, huge crocodiles and caimans, blue herons, ibis, and ara macaws are often spotted.
The natural beauty of the Sierpe River and the mangrove channels are breathtaking; the mangrove forest is hallucinating, and Violin Island´s lonely beaches are dramatically beautiful.
In Kokopelli, we do our best to provide your group with an unforgettable experience. We can show you some places that even the local people have never seen before...
Just go for it!
Call 88 97 16 78 or 27 88 12 59
escape winter, and come on down. we still have availbility in the River House starting March 29th 2014.....
nightly rates are USD 125, monthly rates are USD 1500.
We look forward welcoming you in paradise......
starting jan 15 2014, we wont rent out the casa verde anymore.
it was a blast welcoming so many kind and beautiful guests in our home. we hope that you enjoyed the house as much as we enjoyed sharing it :-)
as we move forward, we will only rent out the neighboring River House - www.riverhouseuvita.com, which in return will have the pool all to itself. we will keep the casaverdeblog online, sharing news, insights and other information about costa rica and its value for anyone and possible renters of the River House.
in the meantime, you may also want to check out my neighbor joel's house - www.casadejoel.com, which is high up on stilts and enjoys a nice jungle-like view without needing 4WD (talk about rare :-).
thanks for the ride & pura vida to all of our readers and past guests!
in theory you could take a raft down the morette river to the ocean/bahia ballena national park. that would be fun to try some time :-) any volunteers? make sure to film it and send us some cool footage....
thanks for jorge, the coolest pilot on this earth from ultra light uvita airport for this cool picture....
the country has really made immense progress since we first came down here. not only are the roads so much better now but also communication infrastructure has made real advancements. for an example, we waited for our local phone lines more than 2 years, and internet back in the day was a dream far fetched. nowaday when you land in san jose, make sure to get your local phone and phone number for less than 30$ just before leaving the airport. its on the right hand side after bagage claim. you will be easily reachable by your family and folks and def. save on phone charges. i bought myself a phone and local number, and was able to add balance to the prepaid at registered distributors widely available all over the country. they also provide cards for ipads, with which you can then get access to the internet. almost all cafes and restaurants around the main highway also offer free wi-fi. wow - sometimes progress is great .-) for more info on the prepaid cell phone services, visit http://www.grupoice.com/wps/portal/kolbi
I have mentioned the Sansa Air - www.flysansa.com flights out of Palma Sur and Quepos to SJO in the past. We really recommend them as they are not only fun to fly but you get a free aerial scenario on top.