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Tres Palmas, Hilltop Estate,short Hike through Primary Rainforest to Beaches,

Cantón Golfito, Costa Rica
  • House8500 sqft
  • Bedrooms6
  • Sleeps20
  • Bathrooms4
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights

Casa, 4 Luxury Suites, Loft, 5 Private Baths, 12 Beds-Sleeps 20 Comfortably

This Beautiful house sits on a hilltop above the most Exotic Beaches in the Osa Peninsula, "Cabo Matapalo". Pan Dulce, Backwash Bay, and Playa Matapalo de Osa. A short hike down our pathway through Primary Rainforest, where it is common to see all 4 types of Monkeys, Scarlett Macaws, Toucans, and possible to see more rare animals. As this property is surrounded by thousands of acres of Rainforest, that connects to the famed, Corcovado National Park, home to 80% of all wildlife in all of Costa Rica, making it an ideal destination for any nature lover.

The Home,

The Largest home in Osa Peninsula, sleeps up to 20 guests very comfortably, we have Four Detached Private Suites all with Private Bathrooms and Alfresco Showers, Great for Large or Smaller groups as this house is so private, and size groups enjoy its privacy, as its all yours to enjoy, price of course is less for smaller groups more for larger, so inquire for your individual group price quote, and ask Brad the Manager for a discount. In the pictures you can see the Massive Palm Thatched Rancho, which serves as the Gathering or Entertaining Area of the House. It is nearly 3000 sf that encompasses the Living Rooms (2), TV room, Dining Room, Kitchen, and Loft, and then, the Center Circle is great for Yoga Groups as it seems to have an Aura, an Energy Field in the Apex of the Rancho's inlaid Mosaic Marble Medallion. This house was built with Luxury and Comfort in mind as no cost was spared in achieving that, as it has all the comforts of home, as it will be your home when you stay with us, as they say "Mi Casa es Su Casa". The owners Motto.


Being Elevated on hilltop, it catches the cool Pacific Ocean Breezes and since it borders the cool Rainforest surrounding on 3 sides, this maintains the house cool and refreshing all seasons of the year, You will actually need to cover up with a thin blanket at night, as the over head ceiling fans above all beds, and the window design with all Louvered and Screened windows let in the cool nights breezes coming in off the ocean.


Brad can arrange all your tours in advance to make it a much less stressful ordeal of trying to figure it all out with The Maze of Tours in Osa Peninsula. Give him the ages of your group an he can make recommendations based on your individual group.

Many of these tours/excursions are the boating trips since we are a Peninsula, Whale and Dolphin Tour which is by far the most booked tour of all at Tres Palmas and in Osa, Fishing is great in Costa Rica, inshore, offshore full day 1/2 day, range from $450 to$1000, Zip Lines, Canopy Tours, Waterfall Rappelling, Tree Climbing, Horseback riding, on the beach or up in the mountains to a waterfall, Guided hiking treks, in Matapalo and nearby or into the Corcovado National Park, Surfing Lessons and Paddle Boarding, Kayaking, Ocean or Mangroves. More Exotic Trips, Sail Boating, Diving to Caño Island, multiple day trips into the park or Multi-day Fishing all is at your finger tips with Brad guiding you to a great adventurous vacation, just inquire and he will be glad to arrange for all your needs.

Other Arrangements,

Brad can also make arrangements and reservations for over night stays in San Jose if need be, our hand picked selection of our favorite HOTELS, sorting good and bad during our 25 years in Costa Rica we know the ones to suit your needs. RENTAL CARS, he can get the best prices since we book so many, and choose the car best for your needs, as in Osa a 2.0 liter motor is MINIMUM, and is needed for the hills you will encounter. RENTAL CARS,, there are 5 seat and 7 seat cars all need 4x4 for Osa as well, just ask Brad for a quote and see how we compare. AIR FARES,, Domestic in country flights to get you to Osa in 50 mins, can be arranged and booked through Brad, and we can beat most prices here too since we book so many during the years, and can get discounts. Or if you prefer we can arrange SHUTTLE BUS, transports to Osa from San Jose for any size group, if flying makes you uncomfortable, or you just want to see the Beautiful Countryside, its worth is but 6 hour drive.

Food Service,

We have kitchen staff, with Chef, helper, server that can make your vacation a delight with no cooking or cleaning to do, since you are on vacation , right!!! We can prepare a custom menu just for your group with Local Tico Cuisines, or if you want some Gourmet dinners mixed in all is possible, and we will design your menu with your family/group in mind. It is nice to Eat as the Locals and since we have water everywhere Fish is fresh year-round, no flash frozen, farmed fish here, All Naturale!!! We can get Lobsters, crab, conch just about any fish or seafood you desire. If you have a meat lover in there somewhere, we order on Beef Tender-Loins ( Filet Mignon), and Pork Tender Loins, Incredible Smoked Pork Chops that are to die for, or if Chicken is your thing, we can prepare bakes, roasted, grilled or Brick Oven Baked. I did mention we have a Brick Oven for the Pizza nights, We also can prepare all Vegetarian or Vegan if you prefer, and can bring in a private chef just for you.

Spa Services,

We have a full time massuse son-site so you can gat a massage anytime you like or need on after a long days hiking nothing is better. For more treatments we have girls that come and do a vairty of treatments. Facials, Clay Wraps,

More Info,

Osa Peninsula, as National Geographic put it, is one of the most biologically intense places on earth, we have your perfect private 8500 sf Villa Estate, that sits on 25 acres of Primary Rain-Forest. Tres Palmas Costa Rica, Villa has a personal chef and kitchen staff to cook all of your meals, you choose the menu. A full time, onsite Masseuse is always available for a relaxing Massage or Spa Treatment anytime you want it, from the comfort of your suite or patio. The Pacific Ocean stretches out to the horizon, In the distance, one can see the tip of Panama across the Gulfo Dulce. Behind you are hundreds of acres of primary forest teeming with wildlife. Below are magnificent beaches with some of the best fishing and surfing the world has to offer. It's only a short hike down our path.

Tres Palmas catches the cooling tropical breezes coming in from the Gulfo Dulce and Pacific Ocean. The sound of the surf rolling in the distance, scarlet macaws calling to their mates, while howler monkeys cavort overhead, lull you into a sense of harmony with nature. In the midst of this spectacular setting, a secluded luxury, exotic house has been built in a Modern Spanish style under the massive palm thatched roof. This keeps the temperature cool in the day and at night even in summer time, with the ocean breezes, and nestled into the rainforest.

The area was once home to the Brunca Indians that settled in southern Costa Rica and the western part of Panama. Pieces of native pottery can be found by those that care to look. The Indians considered this a holy place and many who stay here find a spiritual peace that is quite uplifting.

Our property is home to all four types of monkeys, hundreds of bird species including toucans and scarlet macaws, sloth, iguana, anteaters, and a myriad of other animal species. Plant specimens are varied and abundant. This magical place offers the rare opportunity to experience nature at its most spectacular and unspoiled.

Keywords: Villa, Rental Home, Exotic Home, Rainforest Home, Retreat, mini Lodge, Boutique Lodge


Brad Shenko, Property Manager>Booking/Tour Agent

Member Since 2006
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About Brad Shenko, Property Manager>Booking/Tour Agent

I'm an oceanfront restaurant owner living in Cocoa Beach, Florida. I love to fish and surf, so the property in the Matapalo area of Costa Rica made a lot of sense for me and my family.

Brad Shenko, Property Manager>Booking/Tour Agent purchased this House in 1989

Why Brad Shenko, Property Manager>Booking/Tour Agent chose Cantón Golfito

Corcovado National Park is now one of the most biologically intense and complex ecosystems in the world. Exotic and lush, the park features 13 major ecosystems from mangrove swamps and palm groves, to rain forests, beaches and lowland forests. These ecosystems provide a home for more than 1,000 species of insects, plants and animals, making it an ideal destination for any nature lover. Corcovado National Park is located on the Osa Peninsula in the Puntarenas Province of southern Costa Rica. Encompassing more than 105,168 land acres and 8,288 marine acres, Corcovado National Park is the largest national park in Costa Rica and is considered the crown jewel of the country’s national parks and biological reserves. It's one of the most biodiverse places on earth with lots of exotic animals and birds to observe. The fishing, diving and surfing are world class. Inquire about last minute discounts, and dates within 20 days of arrival, ask Brad 321-266-2714

What makes this House unique

Peace and tranquility when you want it - lots to do when you desire that. We except last minute bookings if your in the area, check our calendar if open, come on, we cater to all your needs...


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Swimming pool
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
        • King size beds (2) One in each bedroom of the main Rancho, Queen size Beds (2) In the master in each cabin, Double Beds (4) One in the second bedroom of each cabin and two in the loft, Twin or Single Beds (4) One in the second bedroom of each cabin two in the loft, Child Beds (2) Fold out cots for young children, Baby Cribs (1) Pack an Play., Bunk Beds (2)


        • 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath

            Location Type

              • Beach View
                You can see our World Famous beach Playa Matapalo just below and Backwash Bay just to the north both a short hike away.
              • Beachfront
                Ten minute walk to the beach
              • Monument View
                Rain forest is our backyard 1000s of acre's
              • Mountain View
                Our 25 acres of Prime jungle rain-forest borders one of the largest National Parks in Central America, Corcovado. National Geographic, referred to Osa as one of the most Bio-intense places on earth.
              • Near The Ocean
                We are a beautiful 5 min Jungle Rain-Forest hike away from three most Exotic Beaches, the southern zone of Costa Rica has to offer.
              • Ocean View
                You can see Panama in the distance to the south, world famous surf spot Pavones to the east and up to Playa Zancudo to the north.
              • Resort
                We offer all amenities and activities as our nearby Boutique Resorts, and total privacy they don't offer. Some start at the Villa, others begin from town, but many nearby. Or walk to waterfall 15min.
              • Rural
              • Village
                The Rustic town of Puerto Jimenez is located 13 kilometer from our Villa. You will pass through this town on you way to our property.
              • Water View
                Ten minute walk to the beach..


                  • Adventure
                  • Away From It All
                  • Family
                  • Romantic
                  • Spa
                  • Sports & Activities


                      • Catering available


                          • Local Activities Guide
                          • Activities Guide
                          • Clothes Dryer
                            Our Maids offer clothes washing and drying service, at $15 a large bag.
                          • Covered Parking
                            Car-port connected to Villa. Won't get wet during a rain showers while unloading cars.
                          • Filtered Water
                          • Garage
                          • Internet
                            LTE speed of 3mbps, but good for emails and social media, not for sending large files, it is the best available option in our remote location.
                          • Linens Provided
                            Towels for bath and pool provided as needed, by our cleaning staff.
                          • Living Room
                            Large open air Rancho area is the living, dining and entertainment area of the Main House.
                          • Ceiling Fans
                          • Parking
                            Area for many cars, 10+ at house.
                          • Telephone
                            You must bring a laptop and use SKYPE or similar through the WiFi -Whatsapp is a great option to communicate with family back home. Get it setup and make sure your main contacts are in your cell.
                          • Telescope
                          • Tiled Stove
                          • Towels Provided
                          • Washing Machine
                            Our Maids offer clothes washing and drying service, at $15 a large bag.
                          • Wireless Internet
                            Wireless internet to keep you connected around the Rancho area.
                          • Wood Stove
                            Outdoor pizza oven.


                              • Freezer
                                Large freezer for meats and ice and other frozen items.
                              • 4 Ring Stove
                              • Catering Available
                                Caretakers wife is a fantastic cook and will cook meals for $5 per person per meal. You must purchase the food.
                              • Coffee Maker
                              • Cooking Utensils
                              • Dishes & Utensils
                                Fully Equipped Kitchen
                              • Dishwasher
                                All Inclusive Cooking and Food service, Our Staff are the Dishwashers!!!
                              • Blender
                              • Grill
                              • Kitchen
                                Commercial stove with propane grill. Granite countertops. Refridgerator and separate freezer
                              • Oven
                              • Pantry Items
                                Pantry is filled with spices and misc cooking non perishables.
                              • Refrigerator
                                2 Large refrigerators, 1 horizontal and 1 upright.
                              • Stove
                                Modern Stainless, 4 burner + griddle, or grill option.
                              • Stove


                                  • Dining
                                    We have 3 large table ample for 20 guests to eat comfortably.
                                  • Dining Area
                                  • comfy seating for 20 people


                                      • Books
                                      • CD Player
                                      • DVD Player
                                      • Games
                                        Board games, card etc
                                      • Games for Kids
                                      • Radio
                                      • Satellite / Cable
                                        Direct TV
                                      • Stereo
                                      • Television
                                        Home entertainment center, blu ray player, USB to connect Ipods or cell phones for music.
                                      • Video Library
                                        Lots to choose from


                                          • Deck / Patio
                                            Attached to the villa - fantastic views of the pacific-ocean and surrounding rainforest - lots of birds and animals to view
                                          • Balcony
                                            (4) One in front of each bedroom in the rancho and one on each cabin
                                          • Beach Chairs
                                          • Beach Towels
                                          • Binoculars
                                          • Barbecue
                                          • Lawn / Garden
                                          • Outdoor Grill
                                            Barbeque and Pizza Oven steps from the kitchen.
                                          • Patio
                                          • Terrace
                                          • Unscreened Porch / Veranda


                                              • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                              • smoking allowed
                                                No smoking in the bedroom areas, please.

                                                Pool / Spa

                                                  • Outdoor Pool
                                                  • Private Pool
                                                    Infinity edge pool with view of the ocean/gulf.

                                                    Onsite Services

                                                      • Daily Maid Service
                                                      • Housekeeper
                                                      • Massage
                                                      • Private Chef
                                                      • Staff


                                                          • botanical garden
                                                          • caves
                                                          • forests
                                                          • health/beauty spa
                                                          • marina
                                                          • rain forests
                                                          • reefs
                                                          • restaurants
                                                          • waterfalls

                                                            Leisure Activities

                                                              • photography
                                                              • beachcombing
                                                              • boating
                                                              • eco tourism
                                                              • horseback riding
                                                              • paddle boating
                                                              • bird watching
                                                              • shelling
                                                              • sight seeing
                                                              • walking
                                                              • whale watching
                                                              • wildlife viewing

                                                                Local Services & Businesses

                                                                  • ATM/bank
                                                                  • Babysitter
                                                                  • groceries
                                                                  • hospital
                                                                  • laundromat
                                                                  • massage therapist
                                                                  • medical services

                                                                    Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                      • sailing
                                                                      • cycling
                                                                      • fishing
                                                                      • fly fishing
                                                                      • hiking
                                                                      • kayaking
                                                                      • mountain biking
                                                                      • mountaineering
                                                                      • pier fishing
                                                                      • rock climbing
                                                                      • deepsea fishing
                                                                      • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                                      • snorkeling
                                                                      • snorkeling/diving
                                                                      • sound/bay fishing
                                                                      • surf fishing
                                                                      • surfing
                                                                      • swimming
                                                                      • water tubing
                                                                      • wind-surfing


                                                                          • Open Air Living area, Screened bedrooms, Direct TV with music channels, WiFi Satellite Internet, Full Kitchen including a commercial stove, Freezer, Linens and Towels provided, Gas And Charcoal Grill BBQ, Wood fired pizza oven

                                                                            House Rules

                                                                            Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                            Check-out: 9:00 AM

                                                                            Cancellation Policy

                                                                            100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                            31 Reviews


                                                                            Latest reviews

                                                                            AMAZING!!! 10/10

                                                                            Been to Costa over 15x over the pass 2 decades. This was the best place I have ever stayed. The housekeepers were awesome ! The food is incredible the view the wildlife 10/10 !!!!

                                                                            Guestbook Comment

                                                                            Rodney SmithNot Specified


                                                                            A Memorable Trip

                                                                            The trip from Puerto Jimenez (12 miles or a 45 minutes drive) to Tres Palmas was like a fairly tale drive through thick tropical forest and lush vegetation running down from the mountains and touching the ocean to our left. Birds and wildlife were abundant, but there was a noticeable lack of traffic, road signs, power lines and people. Perfect!

                                                                            Along the way we quartered the Gulfo Dulce and at times came to open cattle pastures with majestic views of tubing waves breaking at point breaks in the distance.

                                                                            Once we reached the entrance to Tres Palmas the fun really began! The drive up and down the 1 mile road was steep and exciting! The size of the trees towering all around us was incredible and we could hear and see howling monkeys. My immediate thoughts were, “We've found paradise!” But the best was yet to come. The Tres Palmas property overlooks Cabo Matapalo. The vista is downright breathtaking. I've never witnessed a more moving perspective in all of Costa Rica!

                                                                            The amazing thing about this area is that there are so many amazing things to do and see. Within a walking distance you can experience world class surfing, hiking, wildlife, beach combing, fishing and much more.

                                                                            The accommodations and food were all 5 star class.

                                                                            This was my fifth multi-week trip to Costa Rica and hands down because of our visit to Tres Palmas it will be always the most memorable and exciting.

                                                                            Captain Rodney Smith

                                                                            Coastal Angler Magazine

                                                                            Breath taking comfort

                                                                            Brian M.

                                                                            This place is incredible. The staff is very professional. The food is outstanding. And the massage therapist is out of this world. 5 days was not enough. Very relaxing atmosphere thanks you guys

                                                                            Amazing, gorgeous, warm and friendly

                                                                            Ginny L.

                                                                            This was our 2nd time in Costa Rica; Osa was a new area for us and we are so glad we chose Tres Palmas in every single way. Our entrance to the villa was breathtaking and truly spectacular. The profusion of flowers, the incredible view, the design and the layout was perfect for our group of 12: Ron and I (parents and grandparents) daughter Lara and her husband and 2 teenage girls, son Jere and his son and daughter, Zach and his son and daughter (kid's ages 4 to 17). It was easy to select the perfect room for us. We really loved all the cozy areas in the large rotunda to appeal to any given constellation of people for games, coloring, reading, napping. The kids loved the pool, there were always fresh towels stacked up for us, we had room on a shelf and the fridge for our groceries and the kitchen was always neat and clean. We all loved the guacamole and chips, bean dip, salsa etc. each late afternoon. The food was truly delicious, choices delectable, special gluten free and vegetarian meals for Molly, everything cooked to perfection and served with flower arrangements on the table and buffet and in the serving dishes as well! We could suggest meals and the times for serving according to our schedule each day.

                                                                            We did 3 excursions - all of which we highly recommend and it should be noted that the hosts/guides were very accommodating, knowledgeable, friendly and sensitive to little ones with initial anxiety (horses). We went with Josh for a Dolphin trip, with a lovely man for a horseback ride to a gorgeous waterfall (with ample time to play in it) and the Mangrove Kayak with Rudolpho. Each one served fresh fruit snacks and drinks and provided lots of explanation and history. We were glad to have rental cars so we could explore various beaches and hikes. Wildlife was so interesting plentiful and magical.

                                                                            I have to say that probably the nicest surprise and foundation for our stay, were the very friendly and helpful caretakers - Marjorie, Yerlin and Alex. In spite of their very minimal English, we managed beautifully with gestures, expressions and the genuine welcome and interest they showed in our family. They made a birthday cake for 2 family members, danced with our little ones at several 'dance parties' held before dinner. They cast a spell of warmth and joy during the whole stay which just pulled the magic of this vacation together in such a lovely way.

                                                                            Thank you so so much! Ginny & Ron

                                                                            Your own private Eden. Really.

                                                                            Janine C.

                                                                            Tres Palmas is truly exceptional. For those who care about these things, the quality of the construction, the finishes, and landscaping of this property were absolutely first-class. We spent a good deal of time admiring the enormous thatched roof and never ascended or descended the driveway on foot or by vehicle without shaking our heads in wonder that someone constructed that acutely steep path. Nota bene: do not rent an undersized vehicle -- follow the guidelines outlined on the website, you'll be very glad you did.

                                                                            It's true that Tres Palmas is very luxurious, but also extremely comfortable and welcoming with gracious spaces for large groups. We were 9 people, but you could accommodate 16+ with no trouble. The staff were lovely, our meals were terrific, and we felt like we were living in our own private Eden. Really.

                                                                            A pair of yellow-headed caracaras (affectionately named Mercedes and Groucho) were raising young in a palm tree on the lawn and used the stunning infinity pool as their own. They perched and had a drink, and were clearly not afraid of the nuisance humans sipping gins and rums and so on.

                                                                            Our group did leave Tres Palmas to take in other activities -- day and night hikes, kayaking, a boat tour, a turtle patrol -- but we were always so happy to return to Tres Palmas for rest or exploration. The driveway itself was an incredible place to birdwatch, or look for reptiles, mammals, insects and more. And then there are the stairs down to the Matapalo Beach Road -- we counted about 400 -- where you will encounter birds of course, but also troops of monkeys going about their business. Lucky for us, almost every troop we encountered had tiny babies and witnessing the interaction with their mothers and siblings was completely captivating.

                                                                            Once down on the Matapalo Beach Road there was lots going on. Gorgeous beaches all along, a little waterfall at the end of the road, a few lodges where where you can stop in for a drink, and visitors and locals to chat with.

                                                                            Each of the sleeping areas have gorgeous outdoor showers. It was one of my favourite things to step out and rinse off the sand and salt and see what creatures might be in there with me or who might be flying over. Amazing.

                                                                            There's so much more to tell you, but honestly, Tres Palmas was such a wonderful experience I almost hate to share it. You will not be disappointed.

                                                                            10/10 - everything was perfect!

                                                                            Jeremy L.Portland, OR

                                                                            Everything about this place was amazing. Just read the other reviews - I won't repeat it all here! The rooms, the staff, the wildlife - everything was better than described.

                                                                            We were a family of 12 from age 6 - 75 and everyone had a wonderful time!! My only concern is that you will rent it during the week we want to come back!


                                                                            Cantón Golfito, Costa Rica

                                                                            Private Estate Property, Luxury Vacation Home Rental, Tres Palmas Costa Rica. The house sleeps 20 guests comfortably, all amenities of any local resort, Spa Treatments, Yoga Instruction, 25 acres of your own private Rain-Forest. Full service cooking and cleaning service, with gourmet meals. A long list of activities to include World Class Sport Fishing, Dolphin/Whale Watching Tours, Zip-Line Canopy tours, Horseback riding, Waterfall Repelling, Tree climbing, Surfing Lessons, Corcovado Hiking, Bird Watching, Night Hiking. Our manager Brad Shenko, can arrange all your tours, rental cars, in country Flights, Food, Spa, Yoga. Please see our website at www.trespalmascostarica.com, for more info about our one of a kind property. info@trespalmascostrica.com, call for discounts 321-266-2714 Brad


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