Where the rainforest meets the sea, you will find Casa Dos Rios, in a wildlife refuge area of Southern Costa Rica. The four bedroom home offers shiny hardwood surfaces, two living areas, large kitchen with great island and 4 swivel stools for kitchen gatherings. The house is well equipped with high quality linens and kitchen equipment. Hammocks and beach chairs are provided, and beds are very comfortable, with mosquito netting, lights and fans. The solar power places you off the grid. From the large open windows of this house, view monkeys, macaws, toucans, wild turkey, pesotes, and exotic wildlife of this rainforest environment. Waterfalls, surf breaks, hiking trails and other adventures are a short hike away. Casa Dos Rios is on the beach, with a freshwater river entering the Golfo Dulce, allowing for cool, clear bathing in it's lagoon mouth. The house is a short walk to Martina's open-air bar and restaurant, where excellent cuisine is offered for lunch and dinner.
Wildlife Refuge Area: We have experienced the Matapalo area to be a natural wildlife refuge. This is because of the abundance of wildlife populating this area. It is also one of the most diverse rainforest ecosystems on our planet. Because the area remains unspoiled by man, it has become a refuge for animals that are endangered as well as exotic.
In this special environment one can take advantage of the many hiking trails, eco tours, yoga classes, Soul Rhythm classes (like Nia), volunteer programs with schools, environmental groups, wildlife rescue and more. Ask owners about these opportunities. Casa Dos Rios has hosted entomology groups, university study groups, retreat groups and is willing to offer customized package deals for groups of up to 20 people. (two cabinas and another home are available for use)
You don't have to leave the house to view gorgeous sunrises, monkeys of four varieties, birds of a multitude of species including toucans, scarlet macaws, hawks, wild turkeys, and butterflies, including the blue morpho butterfly. Our big open-air windows let you have a close relationship to jungle life. Sunrises are worth waking up for. Just sit up in your bed and you can view out to the East, the water, Golfo Dulce and the mountains in Panama across the Gulf.
Beach exploration brings interesting discoveries of rocks, shells, reptiles (iguanas and other lizards), amphibians, sea crabs, river life, tide pools, birds (pelicans are plentiful), sea-faring vessels, trees and vegetation, and ever-changing beaches with tidal changes up to nine feet. Fishing from the beach often results in bounty from the sea!