Vacation in Costa Rica this Spring 2014. Spring vacation in Costa Rica, Spend easter with us in remote Southern Costa Rica. Semana Santa with the monkeys and parrots. vacation experience of a lifetime, tripadvisor reviews, review about Lapas Nest Treehouse.
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"Once in a lifetime experience..."
Let me start by saying I was nervous about this part of our trip...7 days in a treehouse with our two kids aged 8 and 10 could really be either fantastic or disastrous, but what an adventure! We arrived late as they totally advised us not to do (kids, cars and traffic!) and were really not sure about the road going in. I thought we would be lost in the jungle for the night but we arrived and were greeted by the waving light of Gilberto (Hilberto) the caretaker. Given that we were hours late we were incredibly grateful for the friendly greeting and guide to get us safely into the treehouse.
The treehouse was gorgeous at night all lit up and so cozy with tiny lights and lamps everywhere. The jungle however was terrifying when you didn't know what was out there. Another reason not to arrive at night (lesson learned ;) We showered in the totally awesome shower, and curled up on the couch in the living room, that is as big as a queen sized bed and fits the whole family. We enjoyed tea, and a snack while watching a Christmas movie that the owners had left for us to watch. Tv in a treehouse in the jungle, surreal! The kids relaxed and we all found our rooms and fell fast asleep. www.treehouseincostarica.com
The next morning our love of the treehouse was cemented! We woke up to such beauty! We were in the middle of a jungle and surrounded by nothing but jungle beauty with the ocean just visible through the trees. In the middle of the house grows a massive, gorgeous tree and every part of the tree house is made from smooth, hardwood in natural shapes. There are no windows or walls so you can sit at the breakfast bar and just stare out and the jungle from an amazing vantage point, and soak in the gentle morning sunshine and bird song. My kids explored every corner of the treehouse that morning from the glass bottomed shower, to the hand carved (if a bit well loved chess set) to the collection of games, books and dvds, to the bats that curl nestled on the outside of the bathroom wall! This house was a paradise for us for 7 days. I loved it so much!!
For the sceptics or the nervous, this is a treehouse. A really amazing, piece of artwork and architechtural design, a home away from home... but a treehouse. There is no air conditioning that nature does not provide. There are no walls so the bugs can come into everything except the bedrooms. The kinkajou's do sneak in at night and try to steal the compost bin (for about 5 minutes), and yes everything is damp in the rainforest! We did see a small tarantula and carried him back down to the jungle, and a large spider. But we also saw monkeys, parrots, a blue morpho butterfly that took your breath away, a nightly tree frog who often sat on the back of the couch, a salamander, glow in the dark bugs, many birds, and of course the kinkajous (a highlight!). But... there are Pampered Chef pots in the kitchen, everything is clean and beautiful (shockingly so if you think of the moisture that every square inch has endured for years!), there are fans to cool you, ice to put on the blender for drinks, a frickin awesome view from the shower if you slide the outside curtain out of the way, and the beds are comfortable. There is a ton of room for everyone to spread out and have quiet time, there is a hammock to lounge in just outside the entrance and you are in the middle of the jungle and feel totally alone! You feel totally alone in the jungle but the owners and caretakers are just a 3 minute walk away. If you are up for an adventure you, and any adventurous kids or adults will adore this place and all it has to offer!
Criticisms: the previous reviewer said that owners were jaded...I did find Blondie a bit cold after we arrived and I think that maybe she had put up with too many troublesome, ungrateful patrons in the past. Mike was awesome and welcomed us and helped us whenever he saw us. That said Blondie made Christmas dinner and Mike carried it over to us
best Christmas meal ever after a very long hike and my hubby and I feeling too tired to cook! I nearly cried it tasted so good! Mike met us on the road one day with fresh Mahi mahi that he and a friend has just caught. So kind and sooo tasty!! Gilberto, the caretaker was gone most of the time we were there (Christmas holidays) so we couldn't get a tour :( but his wife washed our sweat and dirt encrusted laundry, folded it and gave it back to us in her laundry basked for only $2!! We paid $56 at the previous hotel we were at for half that service!! She invited the kids over to see the new baby chicks that Mike and Blondie had given their daughter for Christmas... The internet never once worked! Just don't count on it and go into Puerto for seafood and a beer and use the internet there! It's a treehouse! Mike and Blondie, just quit saying there is internet and you won't get any complaints :) The "pool" is an old bathtub I think, covered in rock and filled with river water?!? Maybe we just couldn't see the potential... The fridge is dripping with water! I don't know if that is normal but it still chilled stuff, and kept the icecream frozen! I think maybe the dehumidifier is broken but we just brought ziplock bags and those plastic bag clips and we didn't get any soggy food (strongly recommend to bring those items for any part of Costa Rica!!). Amazing points: Hiking in the jungle and especially up the clean, beautiful river. Walk down the road as if going back to town and turn left to hit the river. Hike up for as long as you like and have stick or coconut races back down. Go for a swim where it's deep - so much more refreshing that the ocean! Go to Playa Punteranas and park a towel and umbrella in front of agua Dulce. A most beautiful beach all to yourselves!!! Look for rocks with holes in them!! Find the bakery
go 2 doors to the left and rent horses from Don Fernando. Beautiful horses that really ride and get him to take you for a canter on the beach. My kids and I riding down the beach, hats blowing off, my daughter's horse splashing in the surf. Worth every penny we spent on the whole trip! Definitely eat at Delphines and Marisqueria Corcovado!! Mail-it Pizza was good too! Personally, I would pass on the super expensive Jada Luna icecream and go for the totally amazing local ice cream at the BM. We tried both!!
For sure go down to the Finca Kobo and take their tour. If you want somewhere else to stay after you leave the treehouse, stay there, lovely and inexpensive and such wonderful hosts. The chocolate is amazing but the information and passion and values of the owners were what really impressed us. A tour not to be missed!
If you love animals, get over to Carol's animal Sanctuary (can't think of the actual name). You need a boat to get there but email her for a contact as the local Sirenis tour was sooo expensive and not worth the money at all! The sanctuary was one of the highlights though and we got nose to nose with the most awesome monkeys and sloths. Only $25 a head to get in and worth 4 times that cost!!!
Visiting the Osa was the trip of a lifetime and so worth the long drive down from arenal. We are thankful to Blondie and Mike that their tree home captured our interest and got us to the Osa. It was by far the most outstanding part of our journey through Costa Rica, and if we go again we will skip the rest and just head back to the Osa. Amazing adventure, beautiful people, you can drink water from the taps and swim in the rivers, it is safe, friendly and barely touched by tourists. It is rustic so don't expect a pretty seaside town and shopping. There is not that - go to Manuel antonio afterwards and shop your heart out! The Osa is for peace, adventure, fun and nature! Bring binoculars!!!http://www.treehouseincostarica.com/treehouse-in-costa-rica/costa-rica-coolest-treehouse.php
Other points I forgot to mention: The wiring looks weird as it is all visible (no where to hide) but my husband knows electrical and he said it was all fine. Be brave - try the downstairs shower and you will love it! The curtain in the upstairs shower opens too! It's awesome! Never leave food out or open anywhere! Tiny ants come to clean up. Seal and store and you might not see them. Bedrooms are totally secure from bugs and critters. I liked that! Bring flip flops or your feet will mildew! Bring lightweight, quick dry clothes and your own beach towels. Truly can't buy them in Puertofirstname.lastname@example.org/
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