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Beautiful Playa Pan Dulce; Winner of Five Traveler's Choice Awards

Lyn La Cava

Member since: 2001
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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Beautiful Playa Pan Dulce; Winner of Five Traveler's Choice Awards

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

Cabo Matapalo House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

5-star ranking recipient of five Traveler's Choice Awards. Two in 2014, two in 2013, and one each in 2012 and 2010 for Costa Rica and Central American family vacations. Winner of TripAdvisor Excellence Award 2013 & 2014. Recommended by Lonely Planet.

Costa Rica vacation rentals: there are hundreds to choose from. Yet we are told again and again that Casa Bambu and our other bamboo beach houses are exceptional. So if you're ready to take a walk on the wild side, this is the place! This Costa Rica beach rental offers nature lovers an ideal vacation. It sits on a beautiful beach, in the rainforest, on the coast of the Osa Peninsula. This unique setting lets you experience the true Costa Rica, one of the most amazing areas on earth; relax on the beach; and enjoy countless natural wonders. All this while keeping you comfortable and secure in a private rental house on the beach. At Casa Bambu the ocean waves lull you to sleep and the roar of the howler monkeys awaken you to a glorious sunrise over the Golfo Dulce (Sweet Gulf). A pristine beach is literally steps away, and the rainforest and wildlife are all around. If you love nature in all its wild beauty, this is the place for you.

After visiting vacation rentals around the country, Lonely Planet's Costa Rica recommends Casa Bambu as a place to stay. Men's Journal touts Casa Bambu in its review of Costa Rica vacation homes in its vacation guide cover story How to Rent a Dream House Anywhere: Your Own Private Resort. It says: “For the jungle experience, visit the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica’s wild southern appendage. Its few paved roads lead to tiny fishing villages, like Cabo Matapalo, where you’ll find unspoiled beaches and rental houses like Casa Bambu on a plot of pristine rainforest teeming with monkeys.” The Denver Post Travel section featured Casa Bambu in an article about Costa Rica, the Osa Peninsula and Matapalo. The Fine Living Channel included Casa Bambu in its program Around the World in Eighty Houses, which focused on remarkable vacation houses throughout the world, including Casa Bambu. The Sunday Post of Scotland, an international publication, featured an article by a Casa Bambu guest about her vacation with us.

Our Costa Rica beach house rentals offer:

A perfect location: right on a gorgeous beach (and near several others), with a spectacular view, in the rainforest, surrounded by abundant wildlife and scenery.

A handcrafted, clean and safe vacation rental home, from which to enjoy your fantastic surroundings.

Many activities for the whole family.

Three other bamboo rentals, equally wonderful.

When natives of Costa Rica greet each other, they often say “Pura Vida,” or pure life. When you visit Casa Bambu, you’ll truly understand what this means.

Keywords: Beach House on Osa Peninsula

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Lyn La Cava (Owner)
Member since: 2001
Call Owner
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Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 15, 2015

About Lyn La Cava

Married for 34 years, Lyn and Kirk have been partners in raising two great kids, Calla (33) and Ross (28), and in several businesses. Twenty years ago, while visiting friends on the Osa Peninsula, Kirk found his heaven and Lyn began overcoming her snake phobia. (Luckily, she's hardly seen any over all the years). They bought four acres of overgrown cow pasture by the Golfo Dulce, cleared it of brambles and weeds, and began to transform it. With neighbors, they planted 1,000 trees (now part of the monkey trail) and built Casa Bambu with the help of local friends. Kirk completed a second bamboo house, Casa Linda, in September, 2002; a third, Casa Piña, in August, 2003; and a fourth, Casa Sonrisa, in December, 2007. All the houses are solar-powered with artesian wells, beautiful tropical yards and on a pristine beach.

Back in the U.S. Kirk has been a 'green' builder and home designer in Austin, TX. His houses are ultra efficient - utilizing passive solar techniques, proper siting and other applications that conserve energy while providing comfortable shelter. His heart, however, is in Costa Rica, where he relishes life in the rainforest and can fulfill his lifelong love of the sea. Here he, Lyn and their children, love to gather with friends and family.

Lyn is a freelance writer whose work has been published in several magazines and websites and also works on the Costa Rica project.

Lyn La Cava purchased this house in 1992

What makes this house unique

Unique pristine wilderness on a gorgeous unspoiled surfing/swimming beach with wildlife all around.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The trip was fantastic!!! It was the best trip of my life and I can say that is probably true for most of my family. Casa Bambu was everything we imagined and more, far more. Everything from the sounds of the rain forest...the howler monkeys and the cicadas waking us up every morning to the wonderful hikes, sportfishing trips, the many animals and birds, and on and on. It was an unbelievable experience that three generations of my family were able to enjoy together.



Thank you so much for all your help in making this trip to Costa Rica an enjoyable experience that our family will never forget. The only bummer was that we did not make our stay longer. Being there made me realize how simple you can live. I usually am ready to come home from a vacation and it makes me appeciate home. But this time I was appreciating where I had come from and how I need to incorporate more of that into my life at home.



Again, thank you so much for a truly wonderful experience.
Sep 2003
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Minimum Stay 3 nights
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Beautiful Playa Pan Dulce; Winner of Five Traveler's Choice Awards
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
Boise, ID
5

Exceptional location and accomidations

  • 5 of 5

We spent 10 days in Casa Sonrisa one of the 4 homes Casa Bambu offers. Casa Sonrisa is the furthest from the beach, a short 3 minute walk, but offers the best exposer to the wildlife. To everyones delight, we had 3 Capuchin monkeys in a kitchen one day, and coati and mara maras really enjoyed our compost pile. House is beautifully maintained and provided everything you could ever need and the staff was incredibly attentive and accommodating. The location of the homes are ideal distance from the town Puerto Jimenez and Corcovado National Park. William, one of the caretakers of the property grew up in this area and was an incredible asset to local knowledge, hikes, adventures, fishing, tides, flora and fauna identification. Amazing encyclopedia of everything Osa has to offer. The owners of Casa Bambu, Lyn and Kirk were beyond helpful in making our travel arrangements as well as car rental and guided excursions. They have 25 years of experience in this area and have a narrow list of the best of the best. I must say that Osa is stunning and extreme in so many beautiful ways but having local knowledge and experience made out trip perfect in every way! Thank you Lyn, Kirk, and William for a trip of the lifetime.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Best family vacation ever!

  • 5 of 5

Kirk and William were so very helpful with all our questions and gave us details about what to expect. The 3 of us, including my son a 6 year old, had the unique experience of a life time. We decided not to rent a car and it was a good decision for us. We were such a part of wildlife with monkeys howling at 5:30 am, parrots yacking, and a beautiful beach filled with surfers just steps away. People came to our door selling fish, bread, etc. We loved the Costa Ricans (Tico's) and the people all around that made our trip so very special. I do highly recommend Casa Bambu. If you want to have a genuine Costa Rican's Jungle experience, Casa Bambu cannot be beat.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Ottawa, Canada
5

home away from home

  • 5 of 5

We have been coming to Casa Bambu for six years now, specifically Casa Pina, and we always enjoy it immensely. For us it is like coming home. Lyn and Kirk have created a rainforest paradise getaway on Playa Pan Dulce in Cabo Matapalo. The houses and grounds are lovely and well taken care of. The wildlife and natural beauty is amazing and for amateur photographers like us, it is a dream come true. You can truly enjoy "pura vida" when you are here. We are already looking forward to our next time in this glorious place. Thank you Lyn, Kirk, William, and Leda for everything!

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Lafayette, LA, USA
5

Beautiful spot with wonderful assistance by owners

  • 5 of 5

We wanted to spend time in CR with our young adult children + their friends. Casa Bambu is a gorgeous location. Lyn advised us on various itinerary choices, and took care of the booking contacts, a service which was in itself worth the price of our lodging.

In December, some days were humid, but it was surprisingly tolerable. Casa Linda is beautiful, clean, and well-equipped. Kirk, who happened to be there during our stay, made sure that we got what we needed, from pizza pans to extra clothespins.

Macaws regularly snacked in the almond trees. Toucans, togons, hummingbirds, vultures, spider monkeys, squirrel monkeys, capuchins and agoutis made frequent appearances. And those amazing leafcutter ants! Pelicans entertained us at the beach as they dove to fish in synchronized groups of three. The calls of the howler monkeys provided the soundtrack to our stay.

William, the caretaker, is a love. He opened coconuts, found us a massage therapist, and he and Kirk even ferried the guys out in a catamaran to meet their deep sea fishing boat. He is also a very knowledgeable nature guide who was patient with us "less-than-in-shape" hikers.

We had Leda and Oliva prepare a meal for us. I showed them what we had, and 75 minutes later, they served up a great fish dish with salad and a potato, broccoli and onion medley.

Caveat. Others have mentioned that the road from Puerto Jiménez is rough. This is no exaggeration. Anyone arriving from PJ should try to arrive before dark on that first trip. The potholes, rocks, narrow bridges and rivers can be negotiated, but doing it for the first time at night is stressful. Tours? Our outings included a Gulf dolphin tour combined with a visit to Santuario Silvestre. This was a highlight of the trip. We also did the delightful zip-line canopy tour with Eduardo. I would have liked to stop on the way back to visit Finca Kobo, a cocoa plantation on the route, but I also recommend taking Lyn’s advice to not book too many "outings." William can lead you on hikes to waterfalls and birding walks from the property; kayaking and swimming in the gulf is very pleasant. We ate several delicious meals at Martina’s, an easy walk from the house. So much to see and do right in the area, but it's also just a great place to "be."

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Atlanta
5

ABSOLUTE PARADISE off the beaten path

  • 5 of 5

On summer break, what does a family do with a 16-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy? What I wanted for my family was a cultural and educational experience that engaged my kids, but without them knowing they were actually learning anything. It is summer BREAK after all!

I read an article about the Osa Peninsula a number of years ago, and I found Casa Bambu online. It seemed like everything I wanted for my family to experience from a vacation. I emailed Lyn back and forth (as a mother, I needed reassurances and got them), and she set up everything for the perfect getaway.

And what a vacation it was! It went BEYOND our expectations! First, the absolute beauty of Casa Bambu is astounding. Every day you will see something different with the changing tides. The beautiful small storms that roll in change the landscape view and you'll witness a multitude of animals that call your front yard their home. From the spectacular sunrises, the breath-taking waterfalls, to the spider, capuchin, howler and squirrel monkeys swinging through the trees, the rainbow-colored toucans, the fearless and friendly coitis, the warm, rich smell of the earth on the "road" to Matapalo Beach, my mind is filled with wonderful memories of a place I will never forget.

It was so easy for us to enjoy everything because our home was clean (spotless!) and had everything we needed to cook great meals and sleep comfortably and soundly (when the howler monkeys didn't have other things in mind!). There are maps for hiking and beach and tide information; everything was made easy for us. Lyn set up a fabulous boat tour for us out of Puerto Jiminez that was worth every penny. Four hours snorkling and swimming with dolphins on the blue-green waters of Golfo Dulce - we saw 40 times as many dolphins as we did boats. Our zipline tour that Lyn set up with Edwardo will not be forgotten either, both for the ziplining and for the fact that after telling Edwardo I had yet to see a sloth, he "located" one for me not far from where we were. Our journey to see this sleepy little animal was an adventure we will never forget! Bridges over dirt roads in Costa Rica are not for the faint at heart!

Lyn and Kirk are the best hosts, always kind and helpful. They take care of and take pride in their property. William took us on two hikes, one to a waterfall with a swimming hole - FABULOUS - the other on a night hike where we saw a kinkajou.

We recommend this vacation to any family and we hope to come back soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Absolutely wonderful!!

  • 5 of 5

Best family vacation ever!!! I have nothing but good things to say about this extraordinary vacation spot!! You are right on the beach, yet still within the jungle--it is truly an exceptional experience. We did everything, including, a night hike, a hike in Corocovado, ziplining, rappelling, tree climbing. William (the guide is so knowledgeable and helpful), and the cooks (Leda and Olivia) are fabulous. Our crew included a range in age from 82 - 17, yet everyone had fun and was content, and all agree that it was the trip of a lifetime!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Map

Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Puerto Jimenez
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Martina's Buena Esperanza Restaurant
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
To Chacarita and the Pan Am Highway
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Martina's Buena Esperanza Restaurant
Nearest Beach
30 Metres
Playa Pan Dulci
Car: not necessary

World-famous birdwatching, ocean kayaking, rainforest tours, on foot or horseback (including world-famous Corcovado National Park), Golfo Dulce boat tours, wildlife sanctuary tours, pristine beaches, Puerto Jimenez is a 30 minute drive and offers several banks, restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, and grocery stores, We can set you up with great guides, as well as lodgings in San Jose and in-country travel.

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From $195 Per night

Cabo Matapalo House Rental Rates

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Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Notes High Season, Peak Season, Spring Break, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and News Years rate is for 1-6 persons. Children under 3 are free.
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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:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (2) Handcrafted, four-poster, comfortable, custom netted beds with bed fans and bed lights., Double Beds (4) Handcrafted, four-poster, comfortable, custom netted beds with bed fans and bed lights., Baby Cribs (1) On request
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes:
Comfortable furniture, landscaped yard with flowers, tropical fruit trees, & lawns sweeping to the beach out front, Marine band radio, solar electric system with 110-volts, hot water shower, indoor & outdoor showers, Caretaker/managers on site

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