Julian New York
Shlomo is a wonderful host. We came here to disconnect with our daily hectic life and found a place removed from anything we experienced before. Not too far from beautiful and quiet beaches we were able to visit this beautiful region of Costa Rica. A car is a MUST. GPS also :) Thanks again Shlomo for opening our eyes to the basics of life: Nature, self introspection and appreciation of silence.
Shlomo was extremely welcoming and helpful. We ended up coming in late and were lost on the dirt roads at night on the way into San Juanillo (I recommend messaging Shlomo for directions rather than trying to use GPS), and he rode out to find us so we could follow him back to the house. In the morning, he greeted us smiling and provided maps and suggestions about the surrounding area. The space itself is AMAZING! It is isolated from the rest of the roads and towns and you fall asleep listening to the sounds of the jungle. You can access various beaches and explore the tourist activities in San Juanillo, Nosara and Playa Ostional. I would recommend staying with Shlomo, and I hope to return sometime.
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We loved staying at Shlomo's casita! It is so clean, bright, and airy. There are screens on the windows to keep out the mosquitoes, and it is very private. He is a great host who built 3 casitas and a large open-air house and yoga studio on his land. The property is fantastic with tons of fruit trees and I'd love to return for a yoga retreat. He was very kind and shared breakfast with us - he is a great cook and makes amazing hummus. Thank you for the experience!