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BEAUTIFUL PLAYA PAN DULCE; CHRISTMAS CANCELLATION SPECIAL, CALL FOR DETAILS

Lyn La Cava

Advertiser since: 2001
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Speaks: english, spanish
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Advertiser since: 2001
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
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BEAUTIFUL PLAYA PAN DULCE; CHRISTMAS CANCELLATION SPECIAL, CALL FOR DETAILS

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)
Advertiser since: 2001
Call Owner
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
70%
Calendar last updated:
December 6, 2014

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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Bathrooms2
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Minimum Stay 3 nights
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Beautiful Playa Pan Dulce; Christmas cancellation special, Call for details
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews
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Cabo Matapalo Puntarenas
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
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Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Cabo Matapalo Puntarenas
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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
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers
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Cabo Matapalo Puntarenas
Castro Valley, CA
5

  • 5 of 5
Words can’t describe the beauty of this area, Osa Peninsula, Cabo Matapolo.We stayed in one of the houses managed by Lyn, “Casa de Stephan”. When I initially asked Lyn about availability of their houses, she responded that none of their homes were available. However she directed me to other houses within the area and one of them was “Casa de Stephan”. I was first hesitant about trusting a person with my finances over the internet; however, Lyn made the point to call me directly. I felt very comfortable with her suggestions, her honesty, and knew that we would be in a beautiful place. It was my husband’s birthday surprise, so she highly recommended Casa de Stephan. My husband has been going to Costa Rica for many years and from now on, he will ensure to go back to this area. The area is remote, but yet you can still get to the little town of Puerto Jimenez within 15 minutes. One day, felt like three days! We loved the openness of the house. It is so hard to describe the beauty. We loved the beautiful nature of that area, the macaws, the green parrots, the monkeys, the iguanas, the eagles, the toucans, etc. Instead of having dogs or city noise, we had the howler monkeys waking us up right at sunrise. All night, we just heard the sound of the waves, ocean! I couldn’t even hear my husband snoring.The house was more than what we expected, beautiful downstairs and upstairs, the beautiful refreshing pool. We loved the full stocked kitchen with the beautiful 6 burner stove. This house had it all. The caregivers Monika and Walter were very warm and friendly. My husband wanted to spend more time with them, but we had too live. We were very upset to leave the area. We think of this beautiful area every day! My husband is ready to go back now. Does anyone want to buy a beautiful casa in California?Lyn thank you so much for sharing this beautiful place with us. By the way, my husband wants to inform you that he was a led Singer in high school, he wants to meet the rock star that owns “Casa de Stephan”. He wants to cut his new album.We hope to be there soon and we hope that it does not change!Eric and Veronica Yoos (a birthday surprise he will never forget)Castro Valley, California
  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2006
  • Stayed: Jan 2006
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cabo Matapalo Puntarenas
Hickory Flat, GA
5

  • 5 of 5
Casa Bambu, Cabo Matapalo and the Osa Peninsula were everything my husband and I had hoped for and more. We loved experiencing "pura vida" up close and personal. Casa Bambu is truly a Costa Rican work of art (and love), Cabo Matapalo is a remote, laid-back, unspoiled, special place, while the Osa Peninsula itself offers wild and bountiful natural beauty. We had the pleasure of meeting Kirk and Linda, the owners of the property. Kirk (the creator and builder of Casa Bambu and the other bamboo houses) and Lyn (the one who makes everything come together so seamlessly) graciously greeted us upon our arrival. To make us feel at home, in the house were displays of fresh flowers and fruit straight from the property's gardens. During our stay, Kirk and Lyn made sure we had everything we needed. We had the added pleasure of getting to know Lyn as she spent time with us laughing and talking while Kirk worked on his newest bamboo creation. We also loved meeting and getting to know William, the caretaker and tour guide. All the positive comments we had read about William were indeed true. He is so sweet and helpful. William lives on the property along with his family and is there to help with anything and everything. Even though William speaks very little English, his animated gesturing (as well as ours) bridged the communication gap. Muchas gracious, William. Regarding Casa Bambu, the ocean view across the manicured lawn was spectacular and the continuous breeze kept us cool. The house itself is fully equipped and had everything we needed. Staying at the lovely Casa Bambu provides the true Costa Rican "pura vida" experience. It's all about nature. There was a hummingbird nesting right outside one of the back bedrooms. The scarlet macaws feasted in the almond trees right out front, and squirrel monkeys made their presence known outside the upstairs "monkey viewing" porch. A coati nonchlantly walked around the house, and blue morpho butterflies magically flitted about in the front yard. We'll never forget the unmistakable sound of the howler monkeys. The gorgeous sunrises over the Golfo Dulce were magnificent. On our nature hikes and horseback ride, we saw abundant wildlife and nature. When we were hungry for a meal from somewhere other than our kitchen, we hiked up the hill to Lapa Rios and down the road to Martina's for excellent gourmet cuisine at both locations. I could go on and on about our week-long stay in this very special part of the world, but there isn't en
  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2005
  • Stayed: Jul 2005
  • 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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Rates & Availability

From $115 Per night

Cabo Matapalo House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Christmas
Dec 12 2014 - Dec 28 2014
3 night minimum stay
$115
 
 
New Years week
Dec 28 2014 - Jan 3 2015
7 night minimum stay
$3,350
Flat fee
 
 
High Season- Winter
Jan 4 2015 - Jan 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
$255
$1,775
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
Peak Season
Feb 1 2015 - Feb 28 2015
3 night minimum stay
$290
$1,975
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
Main Season- March
Mar 1 2015 - Mar 11 2015
3 night minimum stay
$195
$1,345
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
Spring Break
Mar 12 2015 - Mar 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
$290
$1,975
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$195
$1,345
 
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.
LAST MINUTE DISCOUNTS
If we have availability at the last minute, we are usually open to offering a discount, so be sure to ask. At any time if we do not have availability, we can usually find you a good alternative option in the immediate area.
Payments can be by credit card, personal/business check, cashiers check, money order, bank wire or paypal from a funded account. A 50% deposit is generally required to reserve the house. Balance is due one month prior to check in.
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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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