Casa Gavilan is a bright, airy, clean house that has access to a portion of Playa Sombrero for lovely sunsets and nice swims at high tide. We loved exploring the beaches nearby and fell particularly in love with Playa Tamales that is a short drive away and where you will have a chance to mingle with locals who use this beach to fish and swim. There are a couple of great local restaurants/bars nearby that have great food, one is a very brief walk from the house. The other has music and a small artisans market at times. Bill and Ana were excellent in that they provided us with accurate responses to the questions we had before arriving and lots of information when we arrived. We wanted a great deal of privacy and the house provided that without being totally isolated. We loved the light and airiness of the house and the front porch became the place where we ate so many great meals or took a siesta in the hammocks that are there. We had easy access to Corcovado National Park and you can arrange a guide (which is now required) in nearby Puerto Jimenez. We also enjoyed exploring the nearby Montapalo Jungle, where we saw even more wildlife than even on our day trip into Corcovado. Be aware that you are on the edge of the jungle and so you will have "visitors" on occasion. We loved that aspect. The bats swooped through to take care of insects and never bothered us and we often had a visit from a local bull frog or tree toad. You will hear the holler monkeys and tiger herons each morning and we loved the visit of the two brightly colored macaws at our bedroom window. Also, be aware that the drive into Puerto Jimenez is only eight miles, but the roads are extremely rough and so you will want to have a 4W drive vehicle. We rented a Suzuki 4WD in San Jose at the airport (pre-arranged) and drove down and then had the vehicle to get around. We were so rested and relaxed and revitalized from our stay at Casa Gavilan, which was just what we wanted when planning our trip to this special part of Costa Rica.
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