Well, just getting to Casa La Big Sur from Juan Santamaría International Airport, Costa Rica, San Jose was a GREAT start! The best, quickest and most exciting way to get there was chartering a flight to Quepos Managua Airport via Prestige Wings on a PIPER SENECA PA-34-200T. The approximately 30 minute flight was an amazing way to actually see where you were in Costa Rica and where you were going to end up. Being a photographer for 25+ years, yeah this was awesome!
At Quepos Managua Airport we were able to rent a "4x4" (recommended for exploring and the ride up the side of the mountain to Casa La Big Sur). I also recommend getting the rental auto insurance, safest thing you can do in another country where you are unfamiliar with the roads. It only took us about 30 minutes to get to the private gate of Casa La Big Sur and along the way there were many awesome "soda" stops to enjoy. Experience Traditional Costa Rican Cuisine at the Soda's (not Coke), which are small diners specializing in typical local food. Every single one we ate at had GREAT food and drinks, especially the local traditional nachos.
Back to "Casa La Big Sur"... The views up the mountainside getting there were incredible, but the BEST are the views from anywhere in and around the Casa! The Casa is a beauty, layout, landscape, location, convenience and condition are 5 star resort style top notch. The hot tub and negative edge pool that looks like it flows into the Pacific are stunning. Onsite security, cameras, a/c and the staff are just wonderful. Wake up in the morning from any one of the 5 bedrooms and you have an AWESOME sunrise view. We were greeted by Chestnut-mandibled Toucan's every morning and evening, just TOO cool.
Do your internet research and you will find out almost all you need to know, except maybe some inside tips from our AWESOME private chef, "Roger" who we had make us some very, very, very tasty meals a couple times. Believe me there are plenty of activities all around the area, just pick and choose and plan carefully.
There is just too much I could say about the whole 9 day trip to post here, but I think you get the idea. This is one of the best places to choose to stay, thumbs up all the way to the top of the mountainside in the Jungle. (P.S., for awesome food and drinks there is a local bar only about a quarter mile walk from the Casa and it is called and it is called "Bar Jolly Roger").