About this listing
Our artsy wooden house is perfect for people that enjoy a calm atmosphere away from the main tourist trails. The place is perfect for relaxing in a hammock and enjoying the jungle sounds, or you can go a kayak or fishing tour with us.
Bahía Rica is at Punta Cuchillo on Costa Rica’s west coast. We can accommodate up to 9 guests in our artsy wooden house. We are renting out the rooms in the house as a Bed & Breakfast.
Bahía Rica kayak and fishing lodge is based on the properties of La Nicoyana a small private nature reserve. So it is very pristine. At Bahía Rica we live close to the nature and take pride in protecting our surroundings.
The guest house has two balconies with nice hammocks, a little library and some board games. There is a small kitchen if you want to cook for yourself, or you can order all your meals from us. We do home cooked meals every day.
From the guest house you have to walk over 250 steps to get down to the beach area - but it is well worth it as we have our own tranquil beach with palm trees.
We offer several tours as well:
Bioluminescent night kayaking
Boat tours to Isla Tortuga
Boat tours to Isla San Lucas
Snorkeling and monkey boat tours
Whale and dolphin watching tours
Interaction with Guests
Bahia Rica is a small family run place, and we typically hang around with our guest and have meals together.
Punta Cuchillo is a small non touristy village, but we are conveniently close to the ferry and buses.
It is a safe neighbourhood, and you'll get a feel of a typical Costa Rican lifestyle. Since there are very few people living here we still have an abundance of wild life. Prepare yourself to meet monkeys, anteaters, skunks, armadillis, butterflies, bats, parrots and a lot of other wildlife.
We are based 1,5 km from the Paquera ferry landing.
There are buses leaving several times a day from there, and you will always find a taxi there as well.
The little town of Paquera (8km from the guest house) has all the basics; grocery stores, pharmacy, ATMs, restaurants, gas station etc
Both Thomas and Vigdis treated us more like guests at their home than at a bed and breakfast. Ours hosts were generous in too many ways to count. They know the region and wildlife well, and were open to talking about it. The room was unique and felt like a part of the rainforest. The breakfast was wonderful. Their private beach looked like a postcard. My only caution is that their place is certainly in the jungle - if you don't want to see iguanas and monkeys up close, you won't like it there... All in all, I recommend it highly!!
Vigdis & Thomas were lovely hosts. Vigdis cooks a delicious breakfast every morning that's included in the price. The beach is separated from the house by a lot of stairs. But I actually appreciated the exercise. The house is really special. Hammocks are everywhere. I napped in the hammocks and watched monkeys swinging in trees and munching on mangoes. A tip: Take advantage of their boat and bioluminescence kayaking tours.
We had such a great time here! Beautiful location. Howlers monkeys in the trees right above the beachfront. Go on the bioluminescent kayak!
Thomas and vigdis were lovely and welcoming and make damn good banana pancakes.
We had such a great evening at the tree house, and it was too bad we only had one night there! We had a wonderful chicken quesadilla dinner with the sounds of the howling monkeys in the background!
We had a great, active early-summer stay at the tree house. The house itself is lovingly crafted with comfortable spaces to read or eat outside. It was perched at the top of a gorgeous beach jungle slope with 250 stairs running all the way down to Thomas + Vigdis' house and their outdoor kitchen and dining space. A few more steps down the hill lead to their pristine, sunny, secluded beach which has gorgeous warm swimming and pronounced tide cycles. They made breakfast each morning as well a delicious dinner in the face of a power outage. They were great and well prepared for food allergies/preferences at every meal. (I'm gluten free.)
They offered a snorkeling tour led by two great guides, Jeffrey and Julio. They were easygoing and took us on a fun boat ride to vibrant reefs positively swimming with fish ;) and to lunch at a nearby island. We also took them up on a bioluminescent night kayak tour and it was breathtakingly cool--like paddling around outer space. It's not just patches of water that glow--everything that moves glows--if you dip your hand in the water it comes out trickling with sparkling water! Would recommend to anyone coming to Costa Rica. Hope to come back here again someday.
Staying at Bahia Rica was good. The place is clean, peaceful, comfortable, and the views are beautiful. The little private beach is heaven for watching the sun go down behind the mountains on the other side of the bay.
Vigdis and Tomas are friendly and helpful hosts. They provide breakfast, as well as dinner (for a fee). The lodge, and the kayaking and fishing tours they provide are their main business though, so it wasn't quite the Airbnb experience I'm used to, where you get to know the host and experience local life.
Also, just note if you are traveling alone and plan to try some kayaking or fishing, the tours require a minimum of 2 people, which was a little disappointing. However, Thomas was kind enough to arrange for me to join his neighbour on a little boat trip to Isla Tortuga.
All in all, this is a great place, especially handy if you are planning to get the ferry from the peninsula to Puntarenas.
Vigdis and Thomas have been super friendly with us, helping and advising. They are preparing wonderful breakfasts (where you can choose from 4 choices, all homemade).
The location is very calm and the beach in front very charming. The facilities are done with taste. All is very cosy.
Highly recommend this place.
Something we did not know when booking was this bio luminance water at night, with kayak tours that they are organizing to look at this phenomenon. They also organize other things, just ask them when you get there. So from this place you will have a lot to do if you want to stay longer.
About the Host, Vigdis & Thomas
Bahía Rica is privately owned by a Norwegian couple, whose purpose is to offer a memorable stay in Costa Rica in a real jungle setting. The Gulf of Nicoya is the perfect place to offer this, and at Bahía Rica the combination of comfort and rustic jungle is perfectly balanced. This balance integrates services, nature and animal expereinces, sports and recreational activities – all in one place.
Thomas Scott Jones
Thomas grew up in Bærum Norway, but has lived 13 years in the US. He is a marine biologist (Cand. Scient.) from the University of Oslo. He is a very dedicated sports fisherman and has fished both the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. In addition he has research experience from Norway and South Africa.
Vigdis is from Nordland in Norway. Her education is from sports management with a focus on organization, development cooperation and physical activities. She has lived 4 years in South Africa and worked with development cooperation in sports. She has broad experience with organization of events and courses within sports and recreational activity.