I stayed at Casa Kickapoo for about two and a half weeks as part of a combined Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and surfing getaway, and it was, hands down, the most enjoyable vacation I have ever taken. It would not have been nearly as amazing as it was had it not been for Luis, Gloria, and everyone else who made Casa Kickapoo run. This is not a room rental or some timeshare, this is a home – in the middle of paradise – that you are welcomed into by a cadre of people who have dedicated themselves to it. There is history and personality in the home and upon arriving there everyone welcomes you in as family. It is a remarkable experience, especially given how rare this type of hospitality is these days.
Casa Kickapoo itself has pretty much every amenity you could possibly hope for: the food is incredible (thanks for all the cooking, Rodrigo!), local tours and activities are available for you to select from and you don’t have to worry about transportation because it is available (thanks, other Luis!). And, honestly, there isn’t a whole lot of reason to leave because you have the river behind the house, the Beach a 5 minute walk in front of it (yes, water on both sides!), and no matter where you are there is always a hammock within about 10 feet of you. Luis is also kind enough to provide surf boards and paddle boards of all sizes, canoes, and the boat is right there for a mangrove tour, or – if you are looking for something a bit more exciting – perhaps some wake surfing (which I loved).
If you have been looking for a chance to learn to surf, this is the best place to do it. Everyone who works at Casa Kickapoo is an excellent surfer, and Luis (the other Luis – there are two) is a phenomenal surf instructor. Meanwhile, the waves at the beach are gentle without being insubstantial; essentially it is the perfect beach to learn to surf without being worried about being dragged under or colliding with another surfer.
Casa Kickapoo is simply the perfect getaway.
Boston, MA, USA