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Gretchen

Advertiser since: 2013
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Speaks: english
Sleeps12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Gretchen

Advertiser since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Response rate:
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Calendar last updated:
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CUSTOM HOME ON BACKWASH BAY

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Cabo Matapalo House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bungalows, Master Suite, and Pool with Ocean View

Mindugar is a premier rental property on the Southern tip of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. The home offers luxury in an extraordinary jungle setting. Take in breathtaking views of Costa Rica’s natural wildlife from the privacy of this eight-acre estate. The property rises gradually from Backwash Beach and stretches across a section of lush tropical gardens backing up to a mountainside draped in abundant rainforest. The home is situated at the base of the mountain, approximately 35 meters above the water and less than 100 yards from the sand; and boasts garden and ocean views. The open-air design of the home takes advantage of both mountain and ocean breezes throughout the day. Mindugar is the ultimate in tropical coastal living. The attention to detail and amenities provided ensure comfort in a secluded setting.

Spanning roughly 10,000 square feet, Mindugar consists of a large communal area known as the Casa Grande, three detached bungalows, and plenty of outdoor living space. The Casa Grande contains a master bedroom suite, kitchen, dining area, bar, living room, guest bathroom, pool and patio. A spiral staircase made from tropical hardwoods takes you to the master bedroom which is furnished with a king size bed, ceiling fan, closet space, flat screen TV with DVD player, iPod docking station, and large bathroom with his and her sinks. The living area contains bamboo-framed sofas, chairs, a coffee table, satellite TV, DVD player and an iPod docking station. The kitchen is fully equipped with a professional gas range, two chest style refrigerators, microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker, and all the cooking utensils one needs. The dining area features an oversized table custom made from local hardwoods. The table seats twelve people comfortably. Just off the dinning area is a bar with a small sink, sofa, and bar stools. A full size guest bathroom is also located on the main floor. The focal point of the Casa Grande is a large infinity pool that disappears into the tropical scenery and blue waters of Backwash Bay. The pool includes a shallow area great for sunbathing, as well as a deep end that measures 15 feet deep. Each of the detached bungalows is equipped with two queen beds, ceiling fans, full bathroom, closet, outdoor shower, and patio space. Manicured trails lead to each of the bungalows from the Casa Grande.

Throughout the booking process, you will work with a full time property manager. The property manager is able to assist with travel arrangements and answer any questions you might have. Once you arrive, they will provide a concierge service assisting with tours and providing information about the area. The house is cleaned daily, and linens are changed every three nights. There is also a 24hr onsite caretaker that can handle maintenance issues during your stay.

Mindugar is perfect for families or groups of friends looking for adventure and relaxation in a remote jungle setting. Offering luxury and privacy, you’re sure to enjoy your vacation in style.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
Gretchen (Property Manager)
Advertiser since: 2013
Call Manager
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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
80%
Calendar last updated:
November 27, 2014

Why HomeAway

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Travel with confidence
Travel with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Add vacation protection services to your booking
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Reviews

5
based on 5 traveler reviews

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Custom Home on Backwash Bay
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews
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Custom Home on Backwash Bay
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p490451vb
- 011-506-8363-1481
Cabo Matapalo Puntarenas
Waterbury Center, VT
5

Trip of a lifetime!

  • 5 of 5
Casa Mindugar was PERFECT! My wife and I hosted our wedding in Matapalo, and had the reception at Casa Mindugar, which proved to be mind boggling for all the guests (in a good way). It's a great spot for entertaining with the pool, a large kitchen, plenty of inside and outside space to hang, all overlooking top notch views of the Gulfo Dulce and the Osa Jungle that meets it . We held down the main house in the master bedroom above the pool which was like out of a movie, and filled the 3 guest houses on the property with our friends and family that made the trek.
The pool seemed to be the hangout spot of choice, overlooking backwash beach, and if the tide and swell lined up right, we could see waves breaking which would sound the alarm for everyone to grab their boards and tumble down the hill and into the break. If backwash wasn't surf-able, more times than not Pan Dulce beach, which was a 5 minute walk to the left, or Matapalo beach, 5 minutes to the right normally were. Surfing aside, the house is in the perfect location to view wildlife and just be in the tranquility that is Cabo Matapalo.
Gretchen, the manager was very helpful with any question we had about town or the property and made us feel very welcome, safe and at home. The caretakers were amazing also, and took such good care of us. Their warmth and smiles I'll cherish. Even though there was a bit of a language barrier, I felt we connected and I miss them a bit as I write this :)
There is not one bad thing I can say about Casa Mindugar. From the accommodations, to the perfect location within "town", to the crew of people you surround yourself with when you sign up for a stay at Casa Mindugar, it was truly the best trip of my life... But something is telling me marrying the love of my life while on this trip had something to do with it as well. Casa Mindugar will always hold a special place in my wife's and my heart.
Thank you!
  • Submitted: Dec 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Custom Home on Backwash Bay
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p490451vb
- 011-506-8363-1481
Cabo Matapalo Puntarenas
San Francisco, CA
5

Unbelievable home in a world-class location!

  • 5 of 5
My wife and I and our four boys visited Mindugar for 7 nights in late June/early July 2014 and had a fantastic trip. Of all the homes we considered renting in Matapalo, we think Mindugar is the best. In Matapalo, you can experience wildlife up close, like seeing monkeys, sloths, and anteaters; you can hike through world-renowned jungles, right in your backyard; or you can surf perfect waves with just a handful of friendly locals right out front, and Mindugar allows you to experience this with all the amenities of home, such as a gourmet kitchen, an infinity pool, and comfortable, spacious and very private living areas. The ocean and jungle view from the home is unlike any other, and you are able to open up the home to the jungle to experience its sights and sounds. Don’t be afraid that the home is ‘off-the-grid’ – the solar power provides enough energy to light the house at night, and the tap-water is safe to drink. Regardless, we went to bed by 9 pm every night because the monkeys will wake you by 5 am!
We fully partook in the activities Costa Rica has to offer, spending a day white water rafting outside of Dominical on our way down to Matapalo; we also had a fun day zip lining outside of Puerto Jiminez. We rented surf boards for the week we were in Matapalo and all four boys and my wife surfed at the nearby break, Pan Dulce. We hired a guide to lead us through an all-day jungle hike which was a highlight of the trip. In addition to eating two nights at the local bar Martina’s, we also hired a local to cook our evening meals at Mindugar on four of the nights – this was a wonderful experience.
Both the caretakers who live on-sight, and the property manager, Gretchen, were fantastic and are always available to help with anything. They can arrange cooks, provide suggestions for activities and help plan outings, or if you desire, they can be out of sight and leave you in complete privacy.
Visiting Costa Rica is a wonderful experience, made even better by staying in one of the premier homes in the area – we highly recommend Mindugar and can’t wait to return!
  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Thanks for the terrific review! I'm so happy you and your family had a good time. Hope to see you again in Matapalo!
business
Custom Home on Backwash Bay
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p490451vb
- 011-506-8363-1481
Cabo Matapalo Puntarenas
5

Perfection!

  • 5 of 5
We were just there for 7 nights and had an amazing time. The house is well kept by the caretakers; the manager, Gretchen, was so kind and helped to arrange for a great chef (Marjorie) and a masseuse ....The pool is gorgeous and the surf was about 50 steps from the bottom of the property. We'll be back again next year....I've seen the rentals in this area, and this is the nicest house in the area by far! It's more expensive, but worth the splurge....
  • Submitted: May 27, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review! We're happy to hear you enjoyed your stay and hope you can stay with us next time you're in Matapalo. Pura Vida & Aloha!
business
Custom Home on Backwash Bay
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p490451vb
- 011-506-8363-1481
Cabo Matapalo Puntarenas
5

True Costa Rica!!! With all the luxuries!!!

  • 5 of 5
Book this amazing place!!! I wanted the raw Costa Rica experience but I was travelling with family that still wanted the comforts of home (doors to close and even lock at night, kitchen with everything, private bathroom). Midugar provided all of this and more!!!! We were the one of the first guests of Midugar and had no reviews to give us a bearing. I'm soo happy we decided to book as we did tour some of the other houses in the area and Midugar is by far the best of all!!! From the amazing staff, to the pool, the view, the property, everything was unbelievable.
We have travelled up and down the west coast of Costa Rica over the last three years for a total of 8 weeks and absolutely loved it here!!! We are a family of 4 with 2 young children (3 and 5) and were accompanied by grandma and grandpa. Everyone loved Midugar. From touring the rain forest, waterfalls, paddle boarding with Pollo, going for a romantic dinner, walking the beach which is only 100 steps away, toucans and macaws in the trees out front, all 4 types of monkeys, standing in awe of the giant trees and ...... I could go on.
Don't hesitate to book!!! I plan on returning!!!!
  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review! We really enjoyed having you and your family at the house, and hope to see you again in the near future. Pura Vida!
business
Custom Home on Backwash Bay
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p490451vb
- 011-506-8363-1481
Cabo Matapalo Puntarenas
San Diego, CA, USA
5

Paradise in the Jungle

  • 5 of 5
To stay in Mindugar--where the jungle meets the sea--is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We knew we were in for a treat, but when we arrived at the house we were blown away by both the beauty of the property and of the surrounding landscape. You are awakened each day by the sounds of the jungle and a gentle sea breeze. Scarlet macaws, white-faced capuchin monkeys, spider monkeys, and iguanas are regular visitors to the property--you don't even need to leave the second-story balcony to see them on many days! Idyllic beaches are only a few minutes away, either across the street or down the beautiful jungle road. The house makes a perfect base camp for hikes, be they a few hours or the whole day. You can experience the jungles of Corcovado National Park--one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet--without driving out of Matapalo. It sounds unbelievable, but it truly is this amazing!

Upon arrival we were greeted warmly by the caretaking staff: Maria, Fostino, and their lovely family. They gave us a tour of the house, and made sure we received our keys and were well situated. The main dining area is an open-air space, protected from the hot sun but open to the sea breezes. The fully-equipped kitchen is nearby (if you cook your own meals in Mindugar, you'll easily forget you're not in your own kitchen), as well as a beautifully furnished living room area--although you may not spend much time inside with so much to explore outside! The bedrooms are spacious, comfortable, and equipped with their own bathrooms and dressing areas--the master bedroom is especially wonderful. But the pool takes the cake for the most fantastic feature of this house. When we weren't in the ocean or the jungle, we were in the pool!

A review of Mindugar would not be complete without mentioning the caretakers, Maria and Fostino. They are kind and welcoming (though they do not speak English). They care for the house and grounds, and because of their attention everything is pretty much perfect. They may even cook for you! Maria insisted on helping us cook our beans when we had trouble getting that Tican flavor just right.

We hope very much to return to this incredible place!
  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review! We are happy you enjoyed the house and were able to experience the magic of the Osa Peninsula. It truly is a special place. Pura Vida!

Map

Nearest Airport
13 Miles
Puerto Jimenez
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Buena Esperanza
Nearest Ferry
13 Miles
Puerto Jimenez to Golfito
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Encanta La Vida
Nearest Beach
Backwash
Car: not necessary

Cabo Matapalo, known by the locals as simply Matapalo, is a small community located 15 km south on a bumpy dirt road from the town of Puerto Jimenez. The area consists of a scattering of eco-lodges and rental homes with one local bar. There are no banks or grocery stores, so make sure to stock up in Puerto Jimenez before heading out. Over the years, Matapalo has become a surf destination. It borders a beach along the Pacific Ocean that routinely ushers in large swells. There are several areas to surf. The waves vary in difficulty, allowing for beginner to expert surfing opportunity. The abundant wildlife also makes this area popular among travelers. Four species of monkeys, scarlet macaws, toucans, sloths, agoutis, and coatimundis are just a small sample of the wildlife that one sees on a regular basis. The Audobon Society has named Cabo Matapalo one of the premiere bird watching venues in the world. Matapalo is where travelers go to be at one with nature and find ultimate relaxation.

The pristine rainforests and rugged natural beauty of the Osa Peninsula make this region one of the most beautiful areas in Costa Rica. Declared one of the most biologically intense places on Earth by National Geographic Magazine, the Osa Peninsula has become the premier eco-tourism destination in the country. The Osa Peninsula is a secluded nature wonderland, playing home to many of the country’s rare and endangered animal and bird species, including squirrel monkeys, jaguars, and other forest cats. With a large chunk of the peninsula forming the Corcovado National Park, this area has the single largest expanse of lowland tropical rainforest in Central America and is one of the tallest rainforests in the world. The area hosts more than 375 bird species, a fourth of Costa Rica's tree species and more than 4000-5000 vascular plant species, many of which are found nowhere else on earth. The rain forest is made up of 700 tree species — the greatest diversity of tree species in all of Central America.

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Rates & Availability

From $3,500 Per week

Cabo Matapalo House Rental Rates

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Base Rate
7 night minimum stay
$3,500
 
 
High Season
Dec 1 - Apr 30
7 night minimum stay
$4,500
 
 
Low Season
May 1 - Aug 31
7 night minimum stay
$4,000
 
 
Low Season
Sep 1 - Nov 30
7 night minimum stay
$3,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees And Taxes There are no additional fees or taxes.
Notes Rates are set for up to 8 guests. Additional guests are $40/person/night. Maximum occupancy is 12.
50% is required to confirm the booking. The balance is due prior to arrival.
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Amenities

Cabo Matapalo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 10000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower , His and Her Sinks
    Pan Dulce Bungalow Bath - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
    Backwash Bungalow Bath - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
    Matapalo Bungalow Bath - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
    Casa Grande Bath - toilet , shower
  • Aside from the bathrooms in each bedroom, there is a full bathroom located off the dining area.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Pan Dulce Bungalow - 2 queen
    Backwash Bungalow - 2 queen
    Matapalo Bungalow - 2 queen
  • The master bedroom is located at the top of the spiral staircase in the Casa Grande. The bungalows are detached. Each have their own bathroom, patio, and outdoor shower.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes:
Mindugar is fully equipped and set up to function as a full service property. If you're interested in adding meals to your reservation, just let us know and we can arrange for a private chef.

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