This is a beautiful house on wild and pristine beach facing out to the open Pacific and surrounded by thousands of acres of rainforest. It is perhaps the best place to see wildlife in Central America. All 4 Costa Rican monkey species come by the house regularly, while scarlet macaws nest and feed immediately beside the deck, and tapir, puma, jaguar, peccary, and other wildlife walk by the house.
Sea turtles regularly nest on the beach. This is a place naturalists and bird watchers will love. There are miles of private hiking trails on the 400 acre property that has stupendously large trees. The property backs into a large conservation area and is near famed Corcovado National Park. The house has a good library of natural history books on the flora and fauna.
The house catches the sea breeze and is designed with an open well-lit architecture. Hammocks, rocking chairs and long verandas and decks with views of the ocean and forest encourage relaxation. There is no email or cell phone access(just a shortwave radio linked to neighbors and ecolodges in the area).
The caretakers will take care of cooking and cleaning. The house has a private drive and is set far back from the road. It is extremely secluded with the nearest neighbors a mile away. Yet high end ecolodges with good restaurants and world class surfing are only 15 minutes drive.
The surf out front of the house is big and not for swimming. But you can swim in the mouths of clear water rivers 15 minutes walk down the beach.
I am a tropical ecologist and writer who works on conservation of tropical forests. I built this house to have a base for forest conservation work. I am interested in having people with an interest in conservation and natural history visit and enjoy the Osa and support our conservation programs.
The Owner purchased this house in 1999
I have spent more than three decades in tropical rainforests around the world and I consider this area one of the best for visitors because of the abundance of wildlife, the great climate and relative absence of biting flies. I sleep in my house with all the windows and doors wide open without a mosquito net. If you want to enjoy the combination of ocean and rainforest this is it.
Utter tranquility surrounded by the beauty of tropical nature. The surf fishing is good if you have a strong cast. A 45 minute walk either direction down the beach brings you to rocky tidepools with an interesting array of fish, mollusks and sometimes an octopus or moray eel. You can lie in a hammock and watch a group of Fiery-billed Araçari (Pteroglossus frantzii) attacking the papayas.
If you are looking for a remote but luxurious rainforest experience in Costa Rica, this is it! The house is spectacularly situated on a cliff in the rainforest of the Osa Peninsula. Stairs lead to a steep 4-minute path down to the beach. From the deck you can watch and hear huge waves breaking down below. Looks like fun but you can't swim in this stretch of the ocean because of rip-tides. Aside from the pool at the house, there are tide pools to swim in 10 minutes away on the upper beach. We have seen many beaches but this one is the most wonderfully wild and beautiful, almost untouched by humans. We were there in March and still found a number of turtle nests and even a couple of turtles. And in the early morning, we always saw a lot of other animal tracks that we then tried to identify with pretty exciting results!
As to other parts of the rain forest experience, from the deck, you can watch a pair of Macaws flying in and out of, or just hanging out in, their tree "condo" fairly close by; all four species of Costa Rican monkeys swing by regularly; an agouti and other critters snuffel and shuffle about at dawn and dusk; birds are all around the house; and a puma has reportedly ambled by the house a number of times, but not while we were there. And when you need to revert to more decadent habits, you can take a delightful dip, beer in hand, in the spring-fed pool in the middle of the compound.
The house is beautifully laid out, completely open, well decorated, and bug free (at least when we were there), so that the pretty mosquito netting around the beds was there mostly for reassurance, just in case a moth would flutter by...
The Costa Rican couple that cooks anything you want to have prepared (you provide the groceries) and takes care of all the gorgeous tropical plants and the well-maintained building on the property, is delightful and very accommodating. Some knowledge of Spanish (or charades!) is definitely helpful in communicating with them, since they speak very little English.
We took several excursions in our 4-wheel drive car we rented at the airport (yes, you do need 4-wheel drive to maneuver sometimes steep and rocky roads or driving through shallow streams!). For example, we loved eating at and exploring several lovely and close by resorts and their rainforest surroundings, and with and without a guide went bird watching. And in sit-down-and-relax moments, we read Adrian Forsyth's very engaging, entertaining, and highly informative
To keep it short and sweet, this was the most fantastic vacation stay we've had anywhere in the world. We had two families, 4 adults and 4 kids ranging from 5 to 13, in June of 2012. The house and surrounding lands are nothing short of exquisite, wondrous, and full of vibrant life. Javier and Luz couldn't be nicer (or more knowledgeable) and Javier took us on several fantastic hikes and swimming adventures. Getting there, well, that's half the fun, but try to arrive while it's still light out. Let's hope this little corner of the world stays as pristine and fabulous as it is now.
This is the perfect location for anyone who's looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and relax in their own private high-end retreat. The house is perfectly designed to catch the breezes and take advantage of spectacular views of the jungle and beach. We woke up every morning to spend time on the veranda watching everything from macaws to monkeys pass by as we drank our coffee. In the afternoon, the spring-fed pool was a marvelous way to cool down after a foray into the forest to see the various flora and fauna. While the house is lovely, I would be remiss not to mention the abundance of wildlife that can be seen in this area. This is a birder's paradise, but even for non-birders there is plenty to see from sloths to anteaters to white-nosed coatis. Luce (the cook/housekeeper) and Javier (the caretaker) do a great job and the property was clean and very well maintained. We elected to rent a four-wheel drive vehicle to get us out to the house and that worked out very well for us. We also went up to some of the nearby eco lodges for meals and other activities and that was a nice change of pace. Although I wouldn't recommend this house for families with very young children (because of the steps and veranda), I think school-age children who enjoy science and nature would be entranced with this jungle house.
Beautifully constructed and kept impeccably clean, the open air design of this house allows visitors to truly commune with nature. Set high up from the beach, its verandahs provide breathtaking vistas of the ocean and the tree-lined shore. Pairs of scarlet macaws frequently enter the seascape. Visits from troops of capuchin monkeys delight visitors. Tropical flowers around the house attract several varieties of hummingbirds and butterflies. The spring-fed swimming pool provides the perfect refreshment from the heat and humidity. Candlelight dinners of delicious food help to make this home feel like a private resort.
We rented a 4x4 vehicle to handle the rugged roads and enjoyed guided bird and wildlife-watching hikes, kayaking trips, and visits to nearby resorts.
For the ultimate rainforest experience this house is perfect. From the deck we could see and hear monkeys, toucans, scarlet macaws and much much more. Walking the trails you are likely to see even more in addition to enormous trees and tropical forest. For birders this area is one of the best places to spot the unusual species of this area. The house is located on a hill so it is never too hot and there is always a lovely tropical breeze coming in from the jungle or up from the ocean. For privacy in the rain forest there isn't anything that comes close to this fantastic house. To get to the beach there is a short trail down to a long stretch of private beach where it is unusual to see anyone at all. We have stayed at this house several times and hope to go back again!
I have never, in all my years of travel to exotic places and fancy homes, been more bowled over by a house than this one. Absolutely breathtaking in its beauty, originality, boldness, and functionality. Your success in creating a sophisticated living space integrated cleverly into the scenery is unmatched in my experience. I also fell in love with some of your art pieces, particularly the eel. The food was delicious and I loved birding at the nearby reserve managed by the Friends of the Osa.
This is a property with an abundance of primary rainforest and wild undeveloped beach. it is for naturalists and birdwatchers who want nature close at hand. Comes with a resident Spanish-speaking cook and caretaker who cook, clean, des laundry, and looks after guests' needs. Our caretaker is not a trained naturalist, but he was born and raised in the area and is an experienced trail guide who knows our extensive trail system.