People in other countries pay big money for audio programs like this, while here at Portasol Rainforest & Ocean View Living eco-community it’s real. The sounds of the Costa Rica rainforest: crickets chirping, big bullfrogs burping and booming, Common Tink Frogs “tinking”, myriads of other insects whirring, and the Portalón River bubbling over stones and boulders.
I returned to Portasol Living eco-community on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast a couple of months ago for a much-needed weekend getaway. Set on 1,300 acres of beautiful rainforest along the narrow Portalón River Valley, Portasol is a residential eco-community that also has Costa Rica vacation rentals.
I love enjoying a few days of jungle living at Portasol – hiking rainforest trails, swimming under waterfalls, being visited by a band of raccoons at night, and maybe a coati or two in the morning. Sleeping in one of the Rainforest Bungalows to the sounds of the rainforest is the best. And while I am thankful the rainforest is right there, I also am grateful that I can relax in a nice, clean, critter-free room with soft beds, a hot water shower, and a coffeemaker.
Portasol is exactly where you want to be in Costa Rica’s Central Pacific region – right between the busy Manuel Antonio beaches and national park, and the popular surf town of Dominical and the Ballena Marine National Park. You are close enough to easily visit, but out of the crowds. Less than 15 minutes away are the beautiful uncrowded beaches of Playa Linda and Playa Matapalo. Stay the weekend for a little R&R, or use Portasol as your vacation home-base to explore the area’s many attractions.
“The location is really good if you want to have an active vacation – go to the national parks, to the beach, go whale watching, go on tours – and it is really good if you want a relaxing vacation to stay in nature. Portasol really appeals to any kind of traveler,” remarked Katie Widdowson of Costa Rica. For her, it is a chance to get away from the city of San Jose to relax, breathe fresh air, and enjoy long weekends with friends.
“I picked Portasol because it is mountains and beach, and it is also close to Quepos and Manuel Antonio,” commented Jan Yatsko of Pennsylvania, who lives in Costa Rica. “You can visit the national park, but you’re not in the hubbub; you’re in peace and quiet. I really like the waterfall, and we enjoyed that.”
“This is the perfect hideaway, tranquil and beautiful,” wrote a traveler from New Zealand on TripAdvisor, who stayed at Portasol earlier this year. “Portasol was much more than I expected. The views are breathtaking,” wrote another guest who stayed in 2014.
“We stayed there three nights, this January, my family loved the quietness of the place, right in the middle of the forest and yet great access to the beach and nearby restaurants, very comfortable rooms, beautiful style and spacious. I couldn’t have made a better choice,” wrote a traveler from Texas who stayed at Portasol in January 2015.
South African couple Gary Kritzinger and Shayne Mrazek rented Portasol vacation home Casa Monos Locos for a year, in preparation for building on their home site purchased at Portasol. “Portasol has a unique environment. There are not too many people around, but at the same time it is close to all of the necessities. It’s a wild and natural getaway.”
Costa Rica is one of the hottest destinations for 2015 and there are dozens of daily flights to Costa Rica. Contact Portasol Rainforest & Ocean View Living eco-community for an unforgettable vacation in one of their Costa Rica vacation rentals.
Article by Shannon Farley