In January, 2005, we traveled to Costa Rica with no real plan or itinerary in mind. We landed at the airport in Liberia, rented an economy-sized 4X4, threw our duffle bags inside, and headed west towards the Pacific beaches of El Coco, Flamingo, Brazilito, and Ventanas.
Many of the roads were unpaved, but in good repair, and wide open. The signs pointing towards the various villages were remarkably accurate and the people we stopped to talk to were friendly and more than willing to point two gringos in the right direction. The local people, who affectionately call themselves “Ticos”, were very personable and we made a lot of friends along the way.
As we navigated south along the coastal roads, undulating up over expansive cliffs and down to tiny fishing coves, the beaches and views became increasingly spectacular. We were getting farther from civilization, into tiny villages with one school, one soccer field, and one church. As we pulled into one of these towns, a dot on the map called Ostional, we stumbled upon a sign that read, “Lora Hills” property sales. We spoke to the owners and were taken high into the tropical rain forest to lots with breathtaking views of the Pacific. We were sold.
Two years later, “Casa Ostional” was born from the lush jungle of teak, pochote, and palms protected by families of howler monkeys, dear, kotimundi, tropical birds, and Olive Ridley turtles.
We would love to offer this amazing experience to guests from around the world. It is truly an unbelievable place to enjoy for all it has to offer or to do nothing at all.
“Casa Ostional” is situated in the small town of Ostional which is approximately one and one-half hours southwest of the Liberia International Airport. Ostional is well known as one of the largest turtle nesting sites in the world and therefore is considered protected land. There is very little in the town itself which is really the best part about this area. Turtle season begins around August and goes through November with the best month to be 100% sure to see hatchlings in October. However, October is also the most difficult time to enter this area due to the high rivers on either side of Ostional.
The house itself sits on top of a small mountain in what is know locally as Lora Hills. The house is surrounded by a tropical jungle which is home to howler monkeys, dear, iguanas, kotimundi (raccoon family), a variety of birds, and others. The house is fully equipped and stocked with typical foods and beverages (including beer, wine, and liquor if desired) which are available at minimal cost per person.
The house has two large master suites with private bathrooms and a large loft area with a bathroom for additional guests. It also features a modern kitchen, and a large dinning and living room area with magnificent views of the Pacific. There are three porches with the main porch measuring approximately twenty feet by twelve feet.
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