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Luxury Jungle House at Matapalo Beach w/ exuberant Wildlife

4 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Puntarenas House Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms w/ king beds and 3 full baths, sleeps 10 with Pool and WiFi

This is the perfect location for an exotic honeymoon, a bird watching tour, a yoga retreat or a playful base for an unforgettable family vacation. Leave the real world behind and let your inner child emerge.

The home is in Cabo Matapalo, on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. With continuous rainforest connecting to the famous Corcovado National Park, the wildlife viewing is unrivalled. Monkeys and macaws are daily visitors. The home is open plan with only walls where necessary to provide privacy. The main platform comprises the kitchen, dining area, relaxing areas and two en-suite bedrooms. The upper level comprises the master suite and en-suite shower room. In the garden there are two connected dipping pools and up behind the house in the primary forest there is a private yoga deck with a view over to the ocean. Choose your favourite corner and catch up with a good book, interrupted only by passing monkeys, macaws and butterflies.

The kitchen is designed with cooks in mind but space for helpers too! The kitchenware is of good quality and is regularly updated. The custom storage rack reduces the chore of washing up, just place items in their rack and they will dry for next time, minimum hassle. The gas stove has 6 large burners and a large oven. There are 3 sinks, 2 together and 1 on the island bar where smoothie or cocktail preparation is a breeze with a blender all set to go. The upper master has a king bed and large shower room and a private toilet. The junior suite on the main floor has a private deck, king bed and shower room and private toilet. The family suite has screened windows with a shower room and private toilet. This can be set up as a third king bedroom or a king with 2 additional beds, or can be a bunk room with beds for 6. All the beds have cotton sheets and high quality mosquito nets. Fall asleep to the sound of the surf knowing you are in the most comfortable beds in the area!

At Casa Vida Verde it is hard to know where the interior ends and the exterior begins! The viewing deck is the perfect spot to watch the jungle wake up each morning and birds and butterflies starting their day in the golden dawn light. Steps take you down through the grounds which gently transition from the forest to garden and lead to the pool area. The organic design of the house is evident here too with a fun, funky combination of two dipping pools connected by a channel and a small waterfall surrounded by lush tropical foliage and flowers. Relax here in the shade or sun, or this private setting is also a serene setting for yoga. Poolside, you will find a bistro table and chairs, a BBQ and an outdoor shower. Much of our property is actually primary forest behind the house. Explore this area using the well-tended trail of steps and spend some time up at the large platform with a view to the ocean. This is the perfect spot for yoga, massage or bird and wildlife watching.

WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE? Temperatures average mid-80s during the daytime and fall to the mid-70s at night. The coastal waters are a constant 74 degrees all year long. There are two seasons: the Dry (December through April) which is less humid and there is less rain, and the Green (May through November) when there is more rain usually in the afternoons and at night. October and early November are the rainiest months. WHAT ABOUT BUGS? There are many insects around but most insect encounters are part of the wonder of being in the rainforest. Remember, there is a whole food chain out there and there are plenty of animals and birds intent on eating all insects found. However, it is a good precaution to have insect repellent, particularly in the early evenings. If you are very concerned about the possibility of insects being around you, it is possible the open air living at Casa Vida Verde is not the best environment for you. CAN YOU DRINK THE WATER? Yes! Our water comes from a natural spring or well, depending on the time of year, and is safe to drink. IS THERE HELP NEARBY? Our managers, Carlos and Sianne, live on site with their two children. Both speak English well and are there to ensure that your stay is as enjoyable as possible. They know the area very well and are very experienced hosts. Our guests report that nothing is too much trouble for them. DO WE NEED TO RENT A CAR? No, you do not need to. If you are happy to walk locally, we recommend you getting a taxi to other locations. The taxi drivers know the area well, will often spot animals and birds that you would miss and can look after the driving while you enjoy your surroundings. However, if you prefer to have your own vehicle this can be sorted with pick up and drop off in San Jose or Puerto Jimenez. CAN WE USE ELECTRONICS? Yes, please bring your own cameras, cell phones and laptops and iPod/iPads. Purchase a local SIM card at the airport in San Jose, we do have reception in Cabo Matapalo. Also, we have wireless internet. However, although it is reliable, it can fail and you may need to visit Puerto Jimenez to connect if the need is urgent. We have an iPod player if you wish to bring your own music. Please don’t bring hairdryers or curling irons, as these use too much power. You will not miss them, in the jungle you don’t have to worry about what your hair looks like! The outlets are standard North American for 110V applications. WHAT IS PROVIDED? We provide all linens, towels (including beach towels), kitchen towels and toilet paper, biodegradable shampoo, conditioner and shower gel, liquid soap, dish detergent, and other staples for the kitchen. We also have some games and books together with information cards on the flora and fauna of the area. Some herbs for cooking are grown on site and there is also a variety of fruit trees. Carlos will supply you with these as available.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese
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Calendar last updated:
October 10, 2016
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based on 4 traveler reviews

Luxury Jungle House at Matapalo Beach w/ exuberant Wildlife
average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews

Eco-Chic ~ Gaudi Inspired ~ Jungle and Beach!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Vida Verde truly lives up to its name. The “Green Life” is omnipresent from its green cob construction, to its siting nestled in the jungle, with minimal disruption. No clear cutting here. Casa Vida Verde is surrounded by the jungle.

The architecture is a Gaudi inspired design that has open concept common areas. Pathways lead to common gathering spots on the property, including an open air patio next the house, which we used nightly for star gazing, a palapa and the pool area. The pool area is shaded with large sailcloth, providing a much needed escape from the intense mid-day sun. From the house we observed 3 types of monkeys, toucans, macaws, anteaters, lizards, oodles of birds, bugs and other critters!

The bedrooms are well appointed with crisp white sheets, nice mattresses and good pillows. The bathrooms are simply beautiful with large walk-in showers. The open concept allows for animal viewing opportunities from most rooms. A pool is simply mandatory for my kids, as the sun is too intense to be at the beach mid-day.

The location is primo, privately nestled in the jungle and a quick walk to Matapalo Beach. No other rentals properties are in sight, providing a private oasis. The owners did very minimal clearing when constructing the house. This keeps the jungle and all its critters closely. We saw capuchin and spiders monkeys every morning while enjoying breakfast and coffee on the balcony. We saw scarlet macaws and toucans on the property as well. The property has a system of gravel paths that meander about the property, providing mini sanctuary to view all the critters. There is also a large platform at the top of the property to enjoy viewing animal and birds, or do yoga.

The caretakers are truly exceptional. Carlos is fluent in English and very bright. The caretakers do have a guard dog that lives at their house next door. The dog quickly got to know us, and only barked if a stranger walked near. We would walk up the driveway at night he never barked at us, as he knew we belonged. This made us feel safe.

Cabo Matapalo was a very memorable vacation destination for our family. The animal viewing was amazing. The Osa Peninsula provided an unparalleled opportunity to observe so much bio-diversity in one incredibly beautiful place. My family got to climb waterfalls, observe 3 types of monkeys, toucans, macaws,lizards, oodles of birds, bugs and other critters. Casa Vida Verde provided a luxurious rustic chic home for 7 nights.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Flintsone house is pretty cool!

  • 5 of 5

There were only 4 of us-parents and 11 and 13 year old.Second trip to CR but first to Osa.

We booked Irma to cook our lunches and dinners and were thrilled we did. Basic but tasty food and she cleaned up which is key with no dishwasher. GREAT NEWS-house just got an American style fridge and freezer so ice is readily available. Now if there were ice trays!

I understood we were remote but did not fully get it until we arrived. The sounds of the jungle were pretty scary our first night. DS slept w DH and I slept with DD! Beds comfy and linen changed every other day. You will always be in a state of damp, including pillows, but that is ok.

We did our boat trip out of PJ on 5th day so we then replenished groceries. Nature is right in front of you. Plantings and flowers at house were spectacular and encouraged birds and lizards. Monkeys overhead on the monkey trail. So so lush.

Weather was good-rained for a bit around 5pm and then it cooled down. Hottest time was morning and then sun came out w breezes. Pool was a necessity. Beaches were lovely but high tide was during day so couldn't really swim-too rough or undertows.

Saw a tayra (a medium sized black cat), macaws and 3 types of monkeys, lizards, frogs, birds, agoutis, toads right at house. Is on monkey trail so tons of monkeys. Once we got used to noises at night we were ok. Nothing but a frog and lizard came into house.

Solar much easier than expected-candlelight is lovely anyway. Kids loved the swings - was a house constructed with whims of owners kids and it showed. Wifi worked but was weak.

Caretakers extraordinaire, Carlos and Sianne-live right near house so a shout of Carlos was all that was needed, House kept clean, linens and towels changed. Their dog is a German shepherd who patrols at night. We asked for him to be leashed during day.

Carlos was so much fun. He took us to beaches to show us entrances and to Carbonara waterfall. He took out his telescope twice and we saw Saturn and various stars. We had some great conversations and he joined us for our last dinner. HIs wife, Sianne, gives amazing massages. Cold stones, aromatherapy and a bit of Chinese medicine.

Was scared week would be too long but it was fine. Once we got used to sounds of howlers and spider monkeys (which were pretty scary at night) all was good and we slept well.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello there! We are so glad that we met most of your expectations and are also thankful for your visit and for understanding the different challenges we face here day by day to maintain the house suitable for visitors who may think what to expect but not quite. We appreciate a lot your review and will continue working on improving the house with all these useful comments you left us. We sure hope to have you back sometime soon in the future. All the best!
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A unique vacation rental. Rating closer to 4.5

  • 4 of 5

Loved this place! Carlos and Sianne were attentive but unobtrusive. What kept this from a 5 star rating were small things that are easily fixable: a grill that works, a stove that didn't require matches to light, and perhaps an update to the description so that guests bring their own toiletries as we relied on what was written and didn't. One last thing: suggest that Carlos educate guests about his dog being a guard dog, not a pet, especially with children who might not understand the difference.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for taking the time to give us a review. we appreciate the feedback and your visit. we hope to see you around in the future.
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January 2013 Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

My overall rating for my stay at Casa Vida Verde is exceptional!! Everything was exactly as advertised and expected, if not more than expected. Therefore the listing description is spot on regarding the location, layout, amenities and everything else. I would highly recommend this area and this property to others.

The caretaker Carlos and his wife Sianne were very informational and helpful in anything that we needed. The property is well maintained and the house was kept clean during our 5 night stay. Beds were made, towels were changed, garbage was removed, floors were swept, etc. I was also impressed that they provided a large bin for recycling materials and a bin for organic garbage. They also had a large wooden box to place organic foods in overnight in order to keep any wildlife away. We requested to have our meals cooked for us a couple of nights and mornings. The ladies that came to cook were very friendly and quite talented to put together delicious meals with whatever we had available for them. We joked that they would be good on the Food Network show "Chopped"!

I was suprised at the lack of bugs (mosquito, purruja type bugs) at the house in the evening. We were prepared with repellent but never had to use it at the house or in the general area. As expected with any open house located in the middle of the jungle, there was the occasional scorpion, beetle, ants, etc., but were never a problem.

My party included my 2 nieces of 2.5 yrs and 8 months old. Everything at the house was child friendly and they also enjoyed their stay and especially seeing the monkeys so often.

The only thing that we wished we had noticed before we arrived was that we should have brought ice. The refrigerator keeps things cold, but it does not produce ice. The website does recommend bringing ice, but we missed that. However, Carlos was able to get some later during our stay when he went into Puerto Jimenez. The rum and cokes were expecially good that night!

There are not words to describe waking up to the howler monkeys, toucans, and macaws every morning. And to be able to see the 4 species of monkey that exist in CR from the hammock at the house is priceless!

If we are lucky, we will make coming here a family tradition every year. It was definitely the best New Years/Anniversary/Birthday/Family Reunion ever!!

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Pura vida friends! Carlos here writing back wishing the best always...
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Nearest Airport
17 Kilometres
Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Buena Esperanza
Nearest Ferry
18 Kilometres
Puerto Jimenez Dock
Nearest Restaurant
0.8 Kilometres
Encanta la Vida
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Cabo Matapalo
Car: recommended

Other Activities: Yoga platform, 3 great surfing spots, waterfall & tree repelling, nature hikes, kayak or local fishing, skywatching, etc.

Perfect combination of beach and wildlife where nature meets the Ocean.

The area offers great Yoga and massage.


Rates & Availability

Puntarenas House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Green Season
Sep 1 2016 - Nov 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Holiday Season
Dec 20 2016 - Jan 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
Easter Week
Apr 9 2017 - Apr 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Credit card form is required. Please be advised that your credit card will be held as a security deposit guarantee in case of any negligent damages over and above normal wear and tear.

In order to confirm a reservation, we require a 50% deposit and completion of a credit card authorization form . The remaining balance should be paid 45 days prior to arrival. Payment can be made by credit card, personal check (USA) or wire transfer, depending on your preference. We require 60 days advance notice to cancel. With that notice, we will refund your deposit minus 15% of the total rent.

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Puntarenas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 200 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master 1 - toilet , shower
    Jr. Master - toilet , shower
    Family Suite - toilet , shower
  • All 3 of our bathrooms are very nice and have very large showers.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Suite - 1 king , w/ private bathroom
    Jr. Master Suiter - 1 king , w/ private bathroom
    Family Suite - 1 king , 4 twin/ single , can have up to 6 singles
  • We have 3 suites each with a king size bed and private bathroom. The upper master has a king bed and large shower room and a private toilet. The junior suite on the main floor has a private deck, king bed and shower room and private toilet. The family suite has screened windows with a shower room and private toilet. This can be set up as a third king bedroom or a king with 2 additional beds, or can be a bunk room with beds for 6. All the beds have cotton sheets and high quality mosquito nets. Fall asleep to the sound of the surf knowing you are in the most comfortable beds in the area!
  • Books
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Housekeeper
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • forests
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski privileges optional
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Cabo Matapalo is on the tip of the Osa Peninsula, in a remote corner of Costa Rica accessible only by four wheel drive. Close to the Corcovado National Park, it is renowned for its diverse and abundant animal and bird life. More than 300 species of bird live here, with scarlet macaws, eagles, hummingbirds and toucans ordinary sightings. All 4 monkey types, Spider, Howler, Cappuchin and Squirrel can be seen as they forage through the forest. The area is also famous for its unspoilt beaches; Playa Pan Dulce with surf conditions perfect for beginners, Backwash Bay favoured by intermediate surfers and with Playa Matapalo challenging even the advanced surfer. This is an off grid location, unplugged from the modern world - experience nature in the raw and be an adventurer not a tourist. Activities available include hiking, horseback riding, tree climbing, waterfall rappelling, zip lining, kayaking, ocean fishing and yoga.

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