Dominical – Southern Pacific Coast, Costa Rica

If you love the “get away from it all” feeling, beautiful beaches, great surfing, no high rises, drop dead gorgeous views PLUS adventure – this may be your cup of tea.  We arrived at our hotel – Pacific Edge – which I highly recommend, on Sunday afternoon.  The owners Susie (from California) and George (from England) are wonderful hosts and great story tellers.  They constructed this lodge themselves 20 years ago WITHOUT the benefit of power tools because they had no electricity for 8 years.  Pretty amazing, when you consider the gravel road to their place is straight up a steep mountain- they had to haul a lot of stuff in by mule, hand, etc.  Anyway, this place is very special!!   NOTE:  Rent a 4wd vehicle to get here!  We had a Rav 4 from Solid Rental Car which was great.  Susie can help arrange your rental if you are picking up in Domincal.

On Monday, we had an early start for our next adventure – we left Pacific Edge at 7:30 am for a horseback riding tour to Naucaya (not sure of this spelling) waterfall.  This land is all private property and has been in the same family for 6 generations.  They have about 40 horses (actually crossed with burros).  We got our mounts and road about 30 minutes to the ranchero (the family homestead) where we were served breakfast amidst a beautiful jungle setting – toucans, white-faced monkey, peacocks, scarlet mccaws all available for viewing.  After breakfast we mounted up again and road about another hour following the river upstream.  Glad we weren’t walking – very steep numero uno, and VERY muddy, numero dos and LOTS of horse poop numero tres.  Even these appropriately bred horses had to choose their steps carefully.  When we got to the waterfall, we were treated to a great swimming hole.  The younger crowd scaled part of the waterfall and jumped off – big adventure there.  I took photos, LOL.  After about  1 1/2 hours there, we rode back to the rachero where we were served a delicious lunch of chicken, rice, black beans, salad, fresh pinapple juice and coffee, then we finished our ride back. Totally amazing experience and a great price:  $50/pp.

Last night we hung out at our lodge with Susie and George and had dinner with them in a open-air bamboo hut overlooking the ocean – she made Thai Coconut Curry Chicken with a fresh Mango salsa – topped off with a bottle of white wine – they ate with us and we chatted after dinner and heard some of their great stories of building the place.  They met in Singapore 30 years ago when she was the captain of a 3-masted schooner – she hired him on as the mechanic – the rest is history!

Today we (reluctantly) left Pacific Edge in our rental car for the 1 hour drive to Sierpe where we are sitting in an open-air diner looking over the Sierpe River.  We will transfer via boat down the Sierpe to Bahia de Drake in about 30 minutes for our next lodging – Las Caletas – This is the Osa Penninsula which has an Amazon feel to it – lots of jugla (jungle), water, reptiles, etc.  Plans for this segment:  Walking tour of Corcovado National Forest and Snorkeling trip to Cano Island.  Hope to be able to post from there too – but you never know around here!

The sunset view from Pacific Edge - a wonderful place to stay!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. TammyM
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 17:59:05

    Very beautiful .. lovely stories .. love them all!!


  2. susan
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 15:26:01

    thank you for your kind comments. We are very glad you and your family enjoyed our place, and the country in all. Drop us a email sometime, regards, susie and george


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