Orlando Castro stumbled upon a piece of land just steps from beautiful Dominical Beach in the mid 1970’s, filled with coconut palms all the way down to the water. Having studied Tourism in Madrid as a young man, he immediately envisioned the potential of this land in Costa Rica’s Southern Pacific, hardly developed in those days.
Years after buying the land, a friendship blossomed with David Leper, a businessman from the US who had made Dominical his home, with whom he founded the first Chamber of Tourism for the area. Subsequently, they worked together clearing the property, and an engineer from Pérez Zeledó, Nautilio Solís, helped design the master plan Orlando had visualized, which included a pond, pools, gardens and parking. Years later he built the first module of rooms, as well as the restaurant and the supermarket, and slowly but surely his dream became a reality.