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Agi and Guido Sutter Family
If you travel in Costa Rica you need to stay some nights in Cañas Castilla. It's located in the middle of the forrest with lots of trees and that means lots of animals too. In the river directly in front of the bungalows you can see a crocodile, there are monkeys really near and so on. There are trails through the finca for which you have interesting descriptions of the different plants and trees you see. You can have breakfast and dinner served and cooked by the lovely owners. Really delicious! The couple which one's the finca is very helpful and adorable. The bungalows themselves are really clean and mostly free of insects for the fact that it is totally in the woods. They are spacious and have a lovely terrace with a great view into nature. It is just a perfect spot and valueable after all!
Stayed June 2015, traveled with friends
Fantastic, Unique Property...
Stayed at Canas Castilla in March, 2015 on our way from Costa Rica to Nicaragua (we are a family of 6...mom/dad and four kids ages 12, 11, 9 and 6). To be honest, we picked it simply based on location (a good place to stopover near the border) but we ended up THRILLED with the choice. Agi and Guido are the perfect hosts. The food was amazing (Guido was bbq'ing chicken over an outdoor wood fired oven). The cabins were comfortable. And best of all?...the location, wildlife, etc. Monkeys playfully tossing things at the cabin roof, a small crocodile on the river outside the restaurant, horses, etc. on the farm -- even a baby sloth being nursed back to health. If you are looking for the Four Seasons or generic (read "boring") luxury this is not the place for you. But if you are tired of the same-old, same-old and want a truly unique experience, you have to give Canas Castilla a try.
A quick update -- originally, our plans for crossing BACK into Costa Rica from Nicaragua had us going straight back to the Central Valley. However, we had such a great experience at Canas Castilla that we made a stopover on the way (for another night of Agi and Guido's hospitality).
Stayed March 2015, traveled with family
For the Love of Nature - you must come here
This place is magical. You can paddle a little boat around the creek to view the crocodile on the rock. You can hike the hills and see hundreds of Spider Monkeys, Howler Monkeys and Sloths. Or you can take the trails horseback riding and enjoy the cool shade under the Guanacaste trees. There is a refreshing swimming hole nearby to enjoy with the locals. Aggi makes the BEST fresh squeezed lemonade to bring you back to life after a nice hike. They are very kind and welcoming here. If you want the best taste of Guanacaste, Costa Rica, come spend a day or a week here. The cottages are really cute and quite unique. Laying in the hammock listening to the birds sing down by the creek was the best!
Stayed March 2015, traveled with friends
What a unique and wonderful place to stay. Our bungalow was large, very clean, and quiet (except for the howler monkeys in the morning which is an amazing thing to wake up to!) I highly recommend the large and delicious breakfast and exploring the trails on the property. When we hiked along the river, we not only saw howler monkeys but dozens of spider monkeys (and babies) swinging through the trees, a sloth, and a "Jesus Christ" lizard running across the water. It is a pretty rough road to get to the property but it is well worth it! It's also very close to many beautiful and very secluded beaches.
Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
Amazing stay - nature surrounds
Wow, this was our stay before we headed to Nicaragua with a guide arranged by Canas Castilla. The owners are so welcoming and even dropped us off at the border to meet our guide. We loved the common area. Our cabin was clean, comfortable and located in the middle of the jungle - literally. I saw a baby hummingbird at breakfast, howler monkeys right by the river and wildlife abounds. You come to Costa Rica for wildlife and the jungle, right? Well, the owners are just delightful and go out of their way to make sure you are happy. We would definitely stay again.
One memorable thing was a spider we found in our room that looked like a crab - sadly, we killed it (out of fear) and then located an enormous spiderweb outside our cabin near the hammock and what does my husband do - throws the just killed spider into the web to see what kind of spider made this web - well it was at least 4 times the size and more furry than the crab spider he killed. This did not provide for a restful night of sleep, but I will never forget it.
Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
Great Intro to Costa Rica
This was our first intro to Costa Rica, staying at this lovely little lodge. The rooms, service and meals are hard to beat, we could not have made a better choice. There are trails on the property where you can see howler monkeys and it was really great to be surrounded by nature. The rooms are meticulous. The breakfasts and dinners were optional but we highly recommend them, really great, and a nice way to meet other travellers. Would stay here again.
Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple