Experience eco-jungle living in style at Casa Arenosa. This private, ocean-front home was created with all the love of Matapalo. It is located on the secluded beach of Backwash (best swimming beach in the area) Bay on an acre and a half of lushly landscaped gardens.
The Osa Peninsula is paradise for nature lovers who thrive on adventure. It is as pristine and off the beaten-road as it gets! There are no big hotels, or discos on the beach. It’s raw, beautiful and brimming with life. National Geographic calls it the most bio-diverse place on the planet!
Wake up to the sounds of the howler monkeys, take a swim in the ocean, then stroll along a secluded beach and watch Scarlet McCaws soar overhead. Afterwards, take a dip in the refreshing plunge pool and relax in a hammock while watching four different kinds of endangered monkeys play in the bamboo gardens off the deck. At night, sleep in a comfy bed under a mosquito net canopy while being lulled to sleep by the rhythmic sound of the waves.
This is the life...Pura Vida.
Casa Arenosa is a fully functioning home off the grid. It is entirely powered by solar energy and has a rainwater catchment system as well as fresh spring water. Here, you can experience off the grid living in jungle luxury. Casa Arenosa is a two-story, open-air home, with a plunge pool and plenty of decks and areas to relax and lounge. It has with three bedrooms, two bathrooms with indoor/outdoor showers, a separate kitchen palapa and a dining room palapa all connected with an open thatch-roof breezeway.
Our wonderful caretakers, Mike and Cecily (who is a yoga instructor and massage therapist), are English speaking and live on site.
Keywords: Eco-luxury, large, private, ocean front home with a plunge pool on a secluded beach (Backwash Bay) in a tropical paradise!
My husband and I traveled the world looking for a place to grow roots. When we came to Matapalo, we found our paradise. It is the most beautiful and alive place we have ever been. The wildlife, jungle, beaches and ocean are pristine. Matapalo makes you feel alive! It's a place to connect with nature, each other and yourself. You can also choose to either relax and lounge, or have a fun filled action packed adventure. In the area, there is abundant bird watching, exotic animals, beautiful jungle, river walking, waterfall repelling, tree climbing zip lines, swimming with dolphins, yoga, massage, facials, and the close by Corcovado National Park.
Also, the community of people who live in Matapalo are equally amazing. They are genuine, engaging and uplifting.
We feel blessed to be a part of life there, and are happy to share our paradise with those who can also fully appreciate it!!
Our piece of paradise is especially unique because it lies where the rain forest meets the ocean. You can walk out one side of the house and take a dip in the ocean or stroll along the beach - or walk out the other side into the jungle!
We shared a week at Casa Arenosa with another couple. Lots of space for everyone to find a place to relax, and wonderful spaces to come together and socialize. As mentioned in most of the reviews, the plunge pool is a welcome treat, and miraculously stays cool even with daily temperatures in the mid 30's. We enjoyed the trails through the Bosque del Cabo area, and had an incredible dinner there on one of our nights. Maureen, the chef, created some amazing dishes, including a delicious rare tuna that we all enjoyed. A highlight for us at Arenosa were the Scarlet Macaws, and we were thrilled as we packed the car to leave when 2 pairs did a fly-over salute together to say good-bye!
My only negative comment would be that the description on the website could use some up-dating. A useable grill does not exist, so we had to re-plan meals for the meat that we had brought to grill. There is solar power that runs lights and a refrigerator, so although you are living off-the-grid there really are no inconveniences. We used an unplugged second refrigerator to store dry goods in; but found it to be a poor option with some mold being present. A well sealed cupboard or large lidded plastic bin would have worked much better. The cookware was great, knives not bad, plenty of cutting boards, but limited drinking glasses . . . and those that were there were worn and tired. Nothing for wine, but when we mentioned this the caretaker kindly brought some wine glasses the next day. Mike, the caretaker was busy most of the week, and we never did have an opportunity to meet Cecily who was also busy doing massages.
Wi-Fi was reliable and fairly strong . . . a convenience for some, but I really was looking forward to finding this location to be too remote allowing me to test whether I could still spend a week disconnected from the world!
All things considered . . . a wonderful spot to enjoy nature and the beach.
Our little family of three had a wonderful week of surfing, hiking, family time cooking in the kitchen, cool dips in the cool pool, scarlet macaw/toucan/hawk watching from the pool, animal loving, tide pool exploring, hummingbird communing in the shower, crab feeding, monkey watching, hammock swinging while checking our animal field guides, peaceful sleeping in the crisp nights... so much magic here... We were there with our 3 year old and it was safe, clean and perfect for all of us. Being unplugged from it all, yet with wifi and reliable power is such a luxury in the jungle and the caretakers make sure you are as comfortable as can be... we just wish we had invited some friends to share it with... the property is huge and would be fun for big parties. In love with Matapalo. Casa Arenosa and it's caretakers, Michael and Ces are wonderful, helpful and super knowledgeable. If you are considering, you can't go wrong with this special spot.
We stayed at Casa Arenosa in April and had an amazing time! The house is so beautiful. We enjoyed the large open kitchen for cooking meals, making smoothies and hanging out in. There are so many seating areas throughout the house, including hammocks, so it’s easy to find a place to relax or socialize. There is also a plunge pool, which was perfect for cooling off during the heat. The beach is just a few steps from the house through some almond tress. The water was beautiful and we saw so many scarlet macaws in the trees! It was great to come out and watch the sunrise at the beach as well. Mornings were also good for seeing all the wildlife that’s around. There were toucans, and tons of monkeys in the trees just outside the house! The caretaker Mike is great. He even made us a delicious dinner one night with fresh fish he had caught himself that day. The sheets and towels were changed every few days, which was very nice as well. The place is perfect for anyone looking for an incredible tropical escape, whether it’s just a couple or a large group of friends. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
This house made our vacation so worth it. It was PERFECT! The best beach you can imagine right at your door step, and the best plunge pool at your house. Went with family. So much wildlife right outside your door. The caretakers are SO nice and helpful!
We stayed at Casa Arenosa for two weeks and could have easily stayed for another 2!! The house is open and airy and perfect for the climate and setting. The bedrooms and beds are comfortable and slept our family perfectly, there is plenty of space for gathering and places to retreat for some alone time. There is a yard for the kids to play, a cold plunge perfect for taking a quick dip to cool off. The kitchen allows for plenty of people to help prepare meals and sit together, it was a great place for our entire family to Bond.
The best part is, the local people are amazing and welcoming and the beach is right there, it doesn't get much better than this. The location of Casa Arenosa is hard to beat, it is truly what a Costa Rican vacation should be like, you will not be disappointed! Can't wait to go back!!
We were lucky enough to stay at Casa Arenosa for two weeks. It was amazing! From the kitchen that allowed the four of us to slice, dice, bake and grill all at one time, to the fun dipping pool, to the spacious master suite - we enjoyed every square inch of the house. Besides the amazing accommodations, the location was perfect. Our favorite swimming beach was only a 50 yard walk from our back deck. And all of our adventures were within in a quick walk up or down the Cabo Matapalo road. I hope to make a return trip to this house many, many times!
Extraordinary bird watching as well as an abundance of other wildlife....Monkeys, Scarlet McCaws, Toucans, etc. Adventure tours in area - waterfall repelling, tree climbing, guided hikes, wildlife sanctuary, swimming with dolphins, surf lessons, kayaking, fishing, yoga and meditation, massage and facials available.