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Beach Front Vacation Rental on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


Minimum Stay
5 nights


Puntarenas House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

Come to beautiful vacation home Casa Dulce, a simple, open-air rancho style home located on the scenic Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica on a private two-acre preserve. Bring your family, friends or that special someone to slow down, take your life at a different pace, and see how much clearer everything is when you step back in to the peace, quiet and privacy of what feels like another world.

Our house is a traditional "open-air" rancho design. The design is loft-style with two sleeping areas upstairs and one downstairs. The beds are all double size with mosquito net canopies over each. Each bed has its own reading light and fan. There is a full kitchen complete with stove, refrigerator, hot water and all cooking utensils. There is a dry-room lock-up for valuables such as cameras and wallets, etc...

The living room adjoins the kitchen area with a couch and easy chair. The kitchen has a nice family table (seating for four)...all with a beautiful view of the ocean.

The front porch is the highlight of the house with its beautiful Cristobel bar and bar stools overlooking the pool and kitchen area. Imagine sitting by the pool, watching the breakers roll in while catching a glimpse of the scarlet macaws flying overhead and the monkeys scampering by to get coconuts from the trees on the beach. It's paradise found.

Come to relax and enjoy the solitude of the private two-acre preserve!

Keywords: House, beach front, bungalo, beach house, jungle.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Rick Hardy
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
December 3, 2016
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About Rick Hardy

Rick Hardy, spent more than a decade visiting Mexico for his sand and surf fix, but after some prodding from a Costa Rican college friend he decided to visit Costa Rica. One visit and it was no more Mexico for him! He had found paradise and promptly bought beautiful Casa Dulce in 1991.

Since that time, Rick and his family have enjoyed escaping the hustle and bustle of the States by retreating to Casa Dulce twice a year.

"When we come down here life just seems to slow down and we realize how little we need to get by and still be happy. In fact, we're happier here than we are in the States with all of the trappings of the modern world.

One of the things we love the most about coming down here is 'family time'. When we are in the States, everyone is so busy, we hardly ever see each other, much less take the time to sit down together to work on a puzzle, play a board game, or just talk with one another. That's probably my favorite reason for coming to Casa Dulce."

-- Rick Hardy

Why Rick Hardy chose Costa Rica

Owner Rick Hardy has frequented countless beaches and surf spots in the past 30 years - landing on the Osa as his second home. The beaches are beautiful and still relatively uncrowded (compared to more touristy spots like Guanecaste or Tamarindo). If you are looking to slow down, enjoy everything the jungle and beach have to offer - you've come to the right place. If you're looking for bars, crowds, and connectivity back to the real world, you may want to keep looking.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I have been going to the Osa since the late '80's and I can honestly say that Casa Dulce is one of the finest places in Matapalo. If you like to surf, riding waves at Pan Dulce will (if you're lucky enough to make it all the way to the beach on what I call "A Walk-Back" ride) deposit you right at the foot of the stairs up to the house. Imagine dropping in at the take-off rock, making it through those tricky sections, wrap around the corner and head on home. I like to go up to the house and get a drink and maybe a cookie... walk back out, and do it all over again. If you like to fish... you can't beat the front yard. Most fish are caught within a few yards of the beach in the first "gut". If you like catching some great fish, bring your rod (in a PVC tube) and reel and some "White on white, Red Fish Rig" or "Speck Rig" lures. You cannot go wrong with these "catch-all" lures. You can find them at Academy Sports for under $2.

A trip to the Osa cannot be beat... there are so many things to do from: tree jumping, waterfall repelling, jungle hiking, surfing, fishing... you name it, the Osa has it.

Casa Dulce is a quaint traditional "open-air" rancho. You feel like you're outside when you inside... washing the dishes, you're looking at the waterfall. Cooking, you're looking at the beach opening. In the living room, you're looking at the sunrise.

The solar-powered, waterfall fed dipping tub makes Casa Dulce hard to beat when you're coming up from the beach. A wonderful artisan-well provides fresh, cool, clay-filtered water to the dipping tub via a beautiful waterfall. Imagine hanging in your hammock, pool-side, with the wonderful sound of rushing water lulling you to sleep on your front porch.

You can't appreciate Casa Dulce without mentioning the wonderfully landscaped yard... it is truly a paradise. If you like beautiful plant-life and exciting wild-life right in your front yard, you're going to love your time in Matapalo.

I cannot say enough without saying "check it out"'... you won't be disappointed.

Pura Vida,

The Happy Traveler
Oct 2012
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Beach Front Vacation Rental on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
Florida keys, USA

Anniversery retreat in Costa

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I went down to Costa at Matapalo to celebrate our 39th anniversary, relax and plan for our big 40. We were so WOW-ed by this place, we want to spend our 40th here. It is a perfect beach bungalow, perfect for a surfer, artist or naturalist who wants to relax. Our first time staying there, but going back again next month and next year. We hope to be regulars and be able to give excellent reviews ten years from now.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Jersey

Absolutely Great!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Dulce is great, the best place to stay in the area. We have been staying here for the past 10 years and plan to keep coming back. The house is located in a great location. It is located on the beach with great surfing and fishing. The owner is very responsive and accommodating. The property is clean and well cared for. The caretaker will assist with anything that is needed. We recommend Casa Dulce to everyone going to Costa Rica. Absolutely Great!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sarasota, FL

My home away from home

  • 5 of 5

There is so much to say about this magical house and property. For the last 10years my family of 5 have been going down to Matapalo and staying in houses nearby. 8 years ago we found Casa Dulce and never looked back. I truly feel at my home here and feel empty not being there 24/7. My wife and I have watched our children grow up in the house and feel so lucky to have found it. The owner has become a close friend of the family and we love our time at Dulce when he is there. Eric the caretaker is very attentive to your needs and will help out in anyway needed. I wish I could keep this place al to myself but realize everyone should experience Casa Dulce

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Surfing Adventure

  • 5 of 5

Casa Dulce exceeded our expectations in every respect! Communication with the owner was clear and so helpful from the time we booked right through the end of our stay. His caretaker Ramon is a very kind and attentive man. As a family of four with small children (2 and 5), the property was endlessly entertaining and comfortable. The pool really made the trip for the kids and my wife and I could see the surf break from our bedroom! This is a great rental in an unbeatable part of the world. We plan on going back next year!

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I love reviews like this! I'm so happy for people who stumble upon this little slice of heaven!
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  • 5 of 5

Casa Dulce is a gem.

We loved everything about our time there.

After stocking up in Puerto Jimenez we were set for lounging in hammocks, playing in the surf, horseshoes, ping pong, dancing at Martina's and more hammock time.

The wildlife is replescent with a glorious variety of colors, songs and movement. Getting our coconuts harvested by the local monkeys ( when they were accidentally dropped) was only one of the many gifts that was offered to us from Cabo Matapalo.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sandy...I'm so happy we could help you out on such short notice! It's always a pleasure to hear that new friends enjoyed their stay at Casa Dulce! Please tell all of your friends about this little slice of paradise! We are truly lucky to have such a great place to return to year after year! I hope y'all will do that very thing...return year after year. Hoping to hear from y'all in the near future! Glad you enjoyed your stay! Pura Vida! Rick Hardy
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South Lake Tahoe, California, USA

Settling in to Pura Vida

  • 5 of 5

I went to Casa Dulce from October 18 through December 1, 2015. I have to say that is just about the right amount of time to really begin to settle into Pura Vida. I am a single father with an 8 year old daughter and 6 year old son. We went specifically to see wildlife and explore a tropical rain forest. We certainly achieved that goal....but that was not what was important towards the end of our trip.

The beginning of the trip is a whirlwind. Once you land in Puerto Jimenez you travel to the local grocery and purchase your food for the visit. Remember everything you need including spices and take a careful shopping list. Once you have all of your food you have the choice to rent a car or hire a taxi for the 17 kilometer 45 minute ride to Casa Dulce. We took a taxi for $45.

We were greeted at Casa Dulce by Ramon the caretaker. He speaks limited English but he showed us how to operate the lights and showers and such. It was all very simple. He also showed us the safe room where we can lock up cash and passports.

Ramon's son Eric is a licensed guide in Costa Rica and he found us a guide for our first wildlife viewing trip. Oscar (and Eric) speak great English and Oscar legitimately knows the calls of 300 birds on the Osa Peninsula. Yes, he is that good. We did in fact see the sloth my daughter so wanted to see, plus a myriad of other birds. . That day cost about $115 for a very full day. We also visited the Osa Conservation camp Piro Station where we saw huge trees, poison dart frogs and where they run sea turtle incubation and release programs.

On the second day we just hung around the property, and I realized something....all the wildlife we were looking for....was right in our front yard. Yes a tapir is unlikely, but everything else is right there. At this point my kids met the caretakers kids next door who are the same age. My Spanish speaking kids made instant friends.

At this point we realized we had the Osa Peninsula in our yard. We settled into the routine Casa Dulce offers. We did one more tour, but daily we woke up at sunrise (even the kids) and went to bed at sunset. My kids took surf lessons from Tomas who taught the Tico children for free. The kids played on the beach and I fished until low tide, then we surfed. It is all right there, 100 feet away. we quit looking at watches and let the sun and tides govern our day.

We will definitely be returning in the future to experience Pura Vida again!

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Casa Dulce

We have contact info for various attractions: eco tours, waterfall repelling, bungee jumping from Matapalo trees, surf lessons and select restaurants. Please let us know if you'd like more info or to be connected!


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Puntarenas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Covered Parking
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Double Beds (3)
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming

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