Many claim to offer an “off the beaten path” escape into unspoiled natural beauty. Olguita’s Place is just that kind of gem, a family business on the south Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, made accessible at affordable and flexible rates. What was the last time you vacationed 50 meters from one of the world’s most beautiful beaches that also happens to be the site of a fascinating piece of history?
Olguita’s Place was home of the first settlers of Punta Uva, also known as Grape Point, who arrived from the Caribbean islands in the late 1800s and gave it its name. Your host and property manager, Reynaldo Matthews, is a direct descendent of these original settlers. Reynaldo’s vision was to honour the history while creating a space of tranquility as close as possible to natural beauty. Contrary to an approach of over-development, he chose to maintain all of the original structures on the property. All newly-built structures bear the mark of simplicity and comfort yet do not overpower the landscape.
Apart from the experience of local history and natural beauty, you will gain a glimpse of authentic Costa Rican living. You will learn about the importance of the coconut tree and all the bounty and livelihood it provided for the original inhabitants of the area. You will harvest exotic fruits not found in conventional supermarkets or even farmer’s markets. You will taste the world’s most electrolytic drink, coconut water, straight from the tree, and witness, upon request, the extraction of extra virgin coconut oil the old-fashioned way. And much more.
Olguita’s Place will appeal to the wellness-seeker and environmentally-conscious traveler as well as anyone searching for a peaceful, quiet environment and true Costa Rican warmth and hospitality.