Tuesday, November 29, 2011

El Castillo is Open!!

I just spoke with Don Klaus and El Castillo is open for business!   If you've ever wanted to experience the natural beauty of Costa Rica then don't miss your chance to stay at a historic landmark located right on the beach and estuary of playa Buena Vista.  Accommodations are very basic, but if you can handle the rough edges you'll be rewarded with life long memories.  Even if you don't stay in the rooms, stop by the Wunderbar and restaurant for an ice cold Pilsen or Imperial and say hi to Don Klaus and the new curators of El Castillo.  I  send my best to the new keepers of the Castle and will post new pictures when I get them.

Don Klaus - 506 8 539 9664

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Welcome Back Sunshine!

Here's a classic video celebrating the transition from rainy season to dry season.  November has a great mix of sunny days with light afternoon rain and is one of my favorite months.  The roads aren't dusty yet and tourist rates haven't kicked in so make a point to visit Guanacaste's Pacific paradise in November and December.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Curious about Rainy Season in Guanacaste?

Here's a classic video I made after one of the craziest rainy seasons in years that flooded the estuary and almost took the Wunderbar (the beach bar) with it!   Rainy season generally starts in May and then takes a break around mid-June for the "small summer" which is perfect weather, no people and just a little rain.  It picks up again in October with big storms sometimes causing mudslides, washed out bridges and flooded streets.  Stay tuned for some amazing video I have from inside a friend's house that was literally in the middle of a flooding river.   Rainy season is a beautiful, misunderstood time of the year and a must see for anyone that loves Costa Rica.

 p.s.  Be sure you have a good roof!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Animals Doing Well

My friend and neighbor Britta lives just down the road from El Castillo. Since I've been gone, she makes sure the cats (Rose, Eve and Tattoo) get their food and medicine. This week she posted some great pictures. Thank you Britta and the kind people staying at El Castillo - the girls and tattoo look better than ever!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Farewell Castillo.......

For the past two months, I've been living at my mom's place in northern California. She needs my help and as it turns out I need hers as well. El Castillo lies on shaky ground. The Municipality of Nicoya stepped up their years long effort to demolish the property because it lacks building permissions. Spurred by a new mayor the enforcement campaign is reviewing all properties close to the beach in Guanacaste. Over twenty years ago when Klaus built El Castillo, no zoning plan (plan regulador) existed in the area and farmers just sold their land. Since I arrived over five years ago I always knew it was a magic carpet ride. No secure future with El Castillo forced one to appreciate what was already here and live in the moment. For my friend and teacher Klaus I know the fight will continue and he may ward off the dogs of Nicoya for years to come, but my time ends for now. Already my plastic roof hut has been destroyed to appease the Muni and Hannes has left for Samara. I stored what things I could with friends and will leave this blog intact. Our special place will always be a magic vortex of life's connective energy surging with infinite possibility like every crashing wave on playa Buena Vista.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

El Castillo 2010 / 2011

It's been four months since my last post and the reason is simple....more video means hours more viewing and editing. Between Hannes and I we collected tons of great video which is something like downloading a terabyte of music and then finding the time to listen to it. In the end I feel it's the best expression to date of this magical place and people. Enjoy it and send me an e-mail with any questions.