Rancho Burica: where the bad road ends and the good life begins
So, we ended up where the bad road ends and the good life begins. And what a good life! Rancho Burica is just one of those places that steals your heart immediately. Not a photo or video will do it justice, ’cause the beauty of nature simply can’t be captured. You just gotta go. You might think now, where is that?! Well, head to Costa Rica and make your way down south to the tiny town of Punta Banco (map). We promise you, you’ll get swept away.
Rancho Burica is set among lush jungle, with their very own waterfall in the garden, red macaws flying over and monkeys running around. As if this isn’t enough, Rancho Burica is literally at the beach. With a wave out front. Does it get any better? We guess not.
I remember arriving here at night, having no idea what we got ourselves into. We heard the sound of the ocean quite close by and some howler monkeys seemed to be hidden somewhere on top of the roof. We could straight away take a seat at the dinner table for a home cooked meal of burritos, which was exactly what we needed after the drive down from Jacó. The next morning we woke up in awe. What a jungle paradise is this. Or wait, what a surfers paradise is this. Because not only are you surrounded by nature in the form of animals and jungle plants, but also in the form of waves. All. Year. Long.
With a completely empty wave just out front of Rancho Burica you can eat your heart out here. Summers are for clean, glassy, long left handers. Not the biggest ones, but definitely fun. From March till September you’re in for a treat. The waves catch more swell, and when it’s getting too big to handle in Punta Banco, you can always drive down to Pavones for the second longest left hander in the world. I can honestly say I have surfed my best wave in my life down here. Long, perfect speed and perfect swell. And spoiled for life now.
I can’t surf. What now?
Non surfers will be feeling just as much at home. The place embraces the “Pura Vida”. Or better said, sit back, relax and absorb all that the good life has to offer you. You must be wondering what that is, that good life. Swaying in a hammock and read a book? Yes. Gazing over the ocean and spotting whales? Yes. Long beach walks without seeing a single footprint or soul? Yes. Riding horses through the mountains and jungle, and galloping over the beach? Oh yes indeed. All of this and more. Spot monkeys, butterflies, sloths, and birds. Do daily yoga sessions with a killer view (I’m not exaggerating at all here. It is priceless.) and gain 20 pounds on delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners (ask for the Mango Bar. After one bite, you can’t live your life without it anymore).
Hooked on Rancho Burica
I love it when you visit a country without expectations and it just blows you away. Costa Rica has been doing exactly this and it will be pretty hard to leave it at some point. Rancho Burica is just the cherry on top and, I promise you, will be the highlight of your trip. I guess that means we’re sticking around for a bit. You come visit us? We’d love to ride a party wave with you in this jungle paradise!
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Mokum Surf Club Retreat at Rancho Burica
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Photos by: M. Barends, J. Roeland & L. Folkeringa ©.