BOOK NOW for last minute specials for Feb 2014. In the last few weeks days there has been a Mom and Baby Jaguar spotted on the reserve RIGHT IN THE DRIVEWAY! In plain sight! What a thrill for us and our guests! Lapa's Home vacation home rental villa, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, is located on 120+ acres of very private rainforest reserve called Sombra de la Lapa (shadow of the Macaw),just minutes away from great beaches and near Puerto Jimenez tours on the Osa Peninsula. Only a 45 min flight from San Jose and a 10 min ride and you’re here. Our 4000 sq.ft. open air home has a great ocean view with a fabulous swimming pool. House can be rented with 3,4 or 5 bedrooms depending on size of group. The new addition on top of the house is 'tree house style' in luxury! The rainforest literally comes right into our home and monkeys & birds pass by each day. Our Vacation home rentals are private, secluded and perfect alternatives to staying at expensive eco resorts and lodges. Why share you vacation with other eco travelers. For no additional fees, Blondie can also help you with domestic airfare, Puerto Jimenez tours, zip line and canopy tours near Corcovado National Park in Southern Costa Rica. You will also find great hiking trails on our private rainforest reserve where you will see all 3 types of monkeys, parrots, toucans and MORE
If you want complete privacy in a vacation home rental on The Osa Peninsula, you've come to the right place! There is no where else who provides complete and total privacy without other guests walking by your door. Beach homes are located on PUBLIC land so you always have people walking by gawking (no kidding). We can accommodate up to 16 with the new tree house style addition for a total of 5 bedrooms . The house can accommodate 2-16. We can also accommodate even larger families or groups with our other 2 homes on the property- each is totally private & completely hidden from the others on opposite sides of the reserve. There are over 120 acres on the reserve plus surrounded by thousands of acres of undeveloped land PLUS Corcovado National park in our backyard.
Keep Your Cameras Close By - Check listing 292693 if this house is booked for the dates you want. Getting up early and interacting with monkeys and birds is as easy as rolling over in bed or looking over your shoulder. Getting the kids to bring you coffee in bed while you watch the morning monkey & bird show is a must! Many of Costa Rica’s most famous birds and Monkeys visit our home every day. You will be amazed at how close you are to nature, especially in the treetops with the 2 top level bedrooms and baths. The canopy explodes each day with our resident Titi ( squirrel ) Monkeys performing their acrobatic and gymnastics show as they pass by, over and under our tree house. The main house has a pool deck excellent for viewing and photographing wildlife and splashing in the pool.
Corcovado is Our Neighborhood ! : After a few kilometers south of Puerto Jimenez (PJ) the grid electricity ends. All lodges, cabinas & rental homes then run off alternative electricity. Some are solar, diesel generator, hydro or a combination. Make your decision where to stay based on your needs. Are you renting a home? If so, do you like to leave IPODS, cameras, laptops, etc plugged in? Do you want to have plentiful ice without having to go to town every day for blocks of ice kept in coolers & want fans which will stay on all night? North of PJ there are only two rental homes- both on the grid and both on our wildlfe reserve, Sombra de la Lapa. If you are trying to be environmentally sensitive both types of rental homes are good options- the further you get from town, the more you run back & forth for supplies & ice so staying closer to town, even in a home which is on the grid, still can help you lessen your footprint-we are north,on grid with a newly paved road.
Located only 8 miles from town on a newly paved road, Lapa's Home is an easy location to get everywhere. Yet, our backyard is Corcovado National Park (Literally)! Monkeys, sloths, anteaters, iguanas, lizards, scarlet macaws etc all entertain you each day- ALL DAY! For those trying to reduce their footprint, keep in mind that being only 8 miles from town means you can replenish cold drinks & snacks, go out for dinners, get to beaches all in minutes on a newly paved roads. Other rental homes on the Osa are located on very rough, unpaved & bumpy (we do mean BUMPY!) roads where it takes half your day just to get out to do anything or go out for dinner! Even though our house is on the grid, you still lessen your footprint because it is only 8 miles or less rather than hours to get anywhere! Over 90% of Costa Rica's electricity is generated by renewable resources such as hydro. This is the grid we are connected to. You still get beautiful beaches, ocean views, scarlet macaws, monkeys & we have Corcovado literally in our back yard. Hike the never used ways into Corcovado & have Corcovado National Park all to yourself!
We are artists and Mike is also a home designer/ architect. You will see not only our paintings but will also live in art since the home is an exotic, tropical luxury piece of art! We are both involved with local conservation efforts and sponsor children at the local private school. We support local Tico owned businesses and encourage our guests to get to know the locals. Our caretaker lives on site which offers our guests comforts knowing that there is someone on hand if anything is needed. We are strong supporters of employment and strive to provide as many jobs to locals as we can and also help support endeavors which will sustainably employ locals. We are very involved in keeping business local and not sell out to large mega developments.
We LOVE the Osa, the people here and especially the abundance of wildlife. You need not leave to find it. Just sit for a few minutes. It comes right here without leaving to find it!
The OSA peninsula has endless, secluded and deserted beaches, is wild and pristine and still mostly untouched by human development on a wide scale. But being located directly on the beach is HOT, unlike some tropical places where the coolest place is on the beach, here it is just the opposite.. The chocolate colored ,volcanic sands of Osa beaches, hold the heat AND the sand fleas at night. Beaches are also PUBLIC which means that you have a constant stream of people walking by your vacation home. Robbery is very common on beaches at night and while you are away. Being elevated just a bit off the beaches allows the cool breezes to drift up and gather the coolness from the rainforest. Being where the rainforest meets the sea, we have the perfect combination of both worlds! Beautiful ocean and Gulf views AND being cool and comfortable. Bask on the beach during the day but come home to cool comforts and sleep comfortably at night. No other guests walking by or disturbing you and all private property. Being on the grid means you have standard electricity while still lessening your footprint since 90% of Costa Rica electricity is derived from hydro power. We opted not to go with private solar or hydro systems since in all applications we know of in vacation rental homes, the systems cannot support leaving phones, laptops, cameras, iPods, etc being left plugged in and definitely cannot make ice. Being connected to the grid, allows you to be on vacation and not worry about some electronic device being left plugged in and having comforting cool fans or AC all night. It is nice to have luxury for the same price as other locations which cannot offer conveniences.
With the sweeping ocean views and being at the cusp of rainforest meeting sea, you will leave refreshed and relaxed. Having lived on the OSA for 20 years and living where there is no grid power, we decided that Sombra de la Lapa was the perfect marriage of comfort and exotic wilderness with ocean breezes.
Because we are the only vacation property off the newly paved road which goes right into Puerto Jimenez, we not only offer our guests total and complete seclusion and privacy, but also very comfortable, easy access to town, beach and tours. Almost every other rental home on the OSA which offers this kind of seclusion is a minimum of 1.5 hrs from grocery stores, gas station, tours, etc and on a RUGGED 4 wheel only road. Many days of the year and after heavy rains, this road is impassable. Our wildlife reserve is yours to explore and still go out for dinner without it being a major expedition. If you have a large group or family and want to accommodate larger groups for weddings, reunions, etc ask us about our other 2 homes located on the same reserve. All 3 homes are located on opposite sides of the reserve so each home is totally and completely private. You won't know if there are other guests on the reserve- that is how private! We also have 24/6 caretaker (except during his vacation time). Come for an art workshop/ retreat. Ask for details if you are interested in art instruction.