About the property
- House1431 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay2 nights
A 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom treehouse nestled in a giant tree,close to beach
Tree houses have something to say. They speak in an ancient language, and the message is universal: climb up and be in harmony with Nature.
Let go of earthbound encumbrances and be free. You may not be young enough any more to climb a tree, branch by perilous branch, but so what?
The important thing is being in the tree not how you get up in it. (Peter Nelson and Garry Hadden).
A unique experience, living in a giant rubber tree, nestled in its branches, with nature all around you. Fall asleep to the sounds of the jungle and wake up in luxury. Topo's Tree House has 2 decks, with an extra 3rd little deck to enjoy your morning coffee or an evening cocktail while looking out into the jungle's tree tops and flora. You might even share this moment with a passing sloth!
The 1st floor has a beautiful tropical wood deck, with carved posts and one side which is completely a wall of the giant tree's roots, creating a mosaic of shapes, twists and turns. There is a fully equipped kitchen, dining room, bathroom and terrace over-looking the tropical pond with its orchids and lilies. Relax in the hammock while watching parrots, hummingbirds and toucans as they fly by.
On the 2nd deck, there is a another living room on the open air terraced with a spectacular view looking over the canopy of trees and plants. The 2 bedrooms are adjacent to the living room, each with its own window opening out into the tree's branches. The main bedroom has a 4 poster-bed with a full Queen orthopaedic mattress, lots of pillows and a mosquito net draping over it, lamps and a security safe box. The other bedroom has 2 twin beds with mosquito nets and lamps. A large bathroom with 2 sinks, a full shower with glass doors, elegant tiles and beautiful hardwood cabinets.
The 3rd deck has its private little terrace with iron wrought chairs and table , feel completely enveloped in the trees living branches with hanging orchids.
On the 1st floor, an outside shower is found in between the trees roots.
Comforts are found everywhere, from the hot running water, fully equipped kitchen, wireless Internet, flat screen Satellite TV, outdoor BBQ, to a big fridge.
The large tropical gardens have been landscaped for years but retain their natural attraction. They have been nourished to be the home for different species of birds, poison dart frogs (harmless to humans by the way!), inviting sloths monkeys and butterflies. The tropical gardens are a home to much of the local wildlife. Little ponds for fish and turtles, bromeliads for frogs and flowers for butterflies. Stroll through this magical garden, truly a little Garden of Eden.
At only 200 mt. down the little sand road lies the beach of Playa Negra. A well known beach for surfers. The coconut trees, the beach, the surfers, swimmers and the famous 'Reggae Bar' make it a great place to relax and enjoy life. Sit on the open air terrace of 'Reggae Bar' over-looking the beach, feel the breeze as it moves through the palm leaves, enjoy a Pina Colada and the local dish of Coconut Chicken with Rice & Beans or a fresh Redsnapper grilled on the BBQ. Friday nights are 'Live Music' dance and move to the vibes of Reggae, Calypso and Blues. For the younger generation hit the town! The streets are full of locals and tourists dancing and having fun to the music of Reggae Dancehall.
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- Apr 04, 2018
About Slavko Topolovsek
I was born in the rural country of Slovenia but grew up in Germany. Since as far as I can remember my love of nature was strong. Working hard in Germany, my hobby, then my passion and later to become my profession, was of frogs ,especially poison dart frogs. I made over 40 trips to different parts of the world to discover, find and photograph these little jewels. One of these trips brought me to Cahuita, in Costa Rica. At the time I was looking for the Dendrobatidae which was in this area, and still is to this day. It was love at first sight, I knew I had to come back and make this my home. Returning to Germany I worked very hard to make the money necessary to buy a property and to start a new life, the one I had always dreamed of.
Slavko Topolovsek purchased this House in 2012
Why Slavko Topolovsek chose Cahuita
I came back in 1987 and bought 2 hectareas of land in Cahuita by the beach Playa Negra. There, as I camped under the star lit skies at night, surrounded by thousands of fireflies, I would imagine and make plans of my dream tree-house built in the giant tree that was towering over my property. At first I built my home and as life does, plans changed, life moved on.
What makes this House unique
Realizing this childhood dream took over 17 years. It is a return to innocence and escape from the everyday routine. A sensation of freedom, peace and tranquility that only a living tree can create. I designed the gardens especially as a habitat for the beautiful poison dart frogs that have always been my passion and planted orchids (yes, my second passion) I also made it attractive for hummingbirds, parrots, toucans and butterflies. Because I did not cut down the trees, but built around them, respecting nature, this facilitated the sloths to cross my property and to eat from the leaves of trees they needed. Monkeys found shelter and so did the iguanas. From the dry season where thousands of lit up fireflies would fill the air, to the rainy season when the chorus of a multitude of different types of frogs would sound like an orchestra. The sounds of the jungle, so deep and so magical. I was bewitched and in love with this area on the Caribbean of Costa Rica, and still am to this day. Cahuita became my home, its people my friends and the nature my ally.
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Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Perfect place for a family vacation - for our August stay
We absolutely loved our stay at Topo's treehouse. We are a family of four who stayed here in August 2017 with our two nature- loving kids, ages 9 and 11. We had rented a car and drove from San Juan - though we were happy to find that we could walk to most places. For example, we walked to Tree of Live (~20 min walk), which has a very interested tour. And just a 2-minute walk away is Centro Turistico Brigitte - which has a restaurant where had a fabulous breakfast, and where we took two tours: the Chocolate tour (visiting a BriBri family, making our own hot chocolate, and then swimming in a waterfall ), and the jungle + beach horseback riding tour. Also, we took the Tarantulas WayTour with Chris - a night walk in the jungle with a very knowledgable and interesting guide. We also visited and loved the Sloth Sanctuary - an easy drive away. More walkable is the local National Park (which you can enter from downtown Cahuita) - also amazing.
Of course, staying in the treehouse is an adventure in itself and some parts of each day, we enjoyed just being there. Topo's friendly dog would sometimes stop by, and Topo gave us a tour of his garden, and that was truly lovely, too.
I had been nervous about reading that the Caribbean side was "mosquito coach" - especially with the Zika virus outbreak - and though we had prepared thoroughly for that, I was pleasantly surprised to not find that a problem at all. Maybe the poison dart frogs make the treehouse especially OK for that?
I think it was good we went in August - low season - as it never felt crowded and we could do nearly all tours and things we wanted to do (except when we couldn't get into "Sobre Las Olas" seaside restaurant one Monday night without a reservation!), we loved the laid back vibe of Cahuita, and the treehouse was an absolutely wonderful place to stay.
Most unique place we've ever stayed, our children loved it too! Topo (owner) was most welcoming and the place is actually well finished and more comfortable than you'd expect for living basically outdoors (bedrooms are closed up which is wise). Tons of wildlife around- lizards, resident sloth, dozens of howler monkeys and a family of bats living in the "hallway"- we'd walk quietly past them to the bathroom so as not to disturb them. Brigitte's next door is great for breakfast and the reggae bar has awesome food in ridiculously large portions. Well worth the experience.
Unique and great for families!
We stayed here for 4 nights and loved all our time there. You feel like you're in the middle of the jungle with the sounds at night and nothing beats seeing a sloth or howler monkey right outside your window. Great collection of little critters for the kids to see everyday. Location is within walking distance to the beach and some restaurants, while only being a short drive to even more selections in Puerto Viejo. Topo met us on arrival, showed us around the house, and even had a few drinks in the fridge for the kids and I! Would definitely stay here again!
We stayed at the treehouse for 3 days and my family cannot say enough about how great an adventure it was to be able to experience what Topo has created. The pictures do not do it justice, as this is something that needs to be experienced! Topo is a great host, taking the time to even walk around with my kids and I at night around the property to show us the the variety of frogs around the tree. We spent 11 days in Costa Rica and Topo's Treehouse was one of the biggest highlights of our trip. Don't pass this up if you are in the Puerto Viejo area!
A family adventure
We loved being a little off the beaten path. The house is a lovely adventure. The thought put into the design was amazing. We all loved seeing the all the critters each day.
Look at the pictures! You have to stay here!
As advertised, this is a completely modern "Treehouse" including wifi and appliances! I have never stayed any place like it and had a wonderful time. We also stayed in Arenal and Manuel Antonio during our trip and if nature is your thing, the Caribbean side has a leg up. The drive out is long and requires patience, but once you get here, wow! Poison dart frogs hop around the base of the tree (you can pick them up), there are turtles in the pond, and a sloth and howler monkeys hang out in the tree. The monkeys were barking in the distance the first night we were there so my family barked back loudly. The next morning, we went out to the observation deck and they were all there staring at us! I think we took 100 pictures of the monkeys during our stay! Topo is just the type of guy you would expect to build an awesome treehouse and as it happens, part of his career was spent as an expert on reptiles and amphibians and he knew where to find all the colorful tree frogs on the property for my son and daughter! The waves are choppier on this coast (sometimes not swimmable) and the water was not Caribbean blue but the beach, within walking distance, was still very pleasant, soft, and walkable. Cahuita is more rural than Arenal and Manuel Antonio and the population is definitely younger but there are plenty of places to grab a bite or drink. The area is very charming and entertaining with lots of beachside places to check out. Make sure to get a private tour of the Jaguar Rescue Center (they don't have jaguars, but they have baby sloths which are surprisingly energetic) and arrange for a night tour of the rainforest through them as well. We had a wonderful time!
Topo's Tree House is settled in the quiet and friendly neighbourhood of Playa Negra. Within walking distance to the little village of Cahuita, yet far enough to enjoy the peacefulness of the nature and sea. In this neighbourhood you will find most things you need, the beach to surf, swim and suntan, Reggae Bar for Caribbean specialties like Coconut Chicken.and to enjoy a cool drink on their terrace ,with the sea breeze and watch as the surfers take the waves. Or rent a surfboard, locally, yourself and try a wave or two. Local surf instructors are there to help you . Great for adults and children. In the evenings enjoy the vibe of Reggae and Calypso music to your dinner in Reggae Bar or an evening of fun with live music! For more fun and dancing, Cahuita is just a short walk down the little dirt road to enjoy the little restaurants and bars at night. There are plenty of activities like snorkeling on the amazing coral reef in the National Park of Cahuita, where you will see a multitude of colourful tropical fish, manta rays and dolphins. A hike in the Park to see the howler monkeys, white face monkeys, sloths, iguanas, racoons, opossums and much more. A horse back ride down the beach or up into the rainforest to the waterfalls. Cahuita itself, is a laid back village and it moves to the sound of Reggae & Calypso, gentle, easy and relaxing. Little restaurants and colourful boutiques clutter the main street leading to the little bridge and entrance to the National Park of Cahuita. There are 3 different beaches, all within walking distance Playa Blanca, Playa Grande and Playa Negra, awarded the blue flag for cleanliness. The tropical rainforest lies just behind and provides exhilirating adventures such as ziplinig and hiking. This place is a little paradise for surfers, couples and families who want to relax, enjoy, experience new things and discover nature. The nature is abundant with parrots, toucans, sloths, iguanas, hummingbirds, frogs, butterflies and the lush tropical vegetation so intense on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. This area has so much to offer, and is well sought after in September and October when the rest of the country has its rainy season and heavy downpours. For the Caribbean it is our dry season, blues skies, flat seas, warm waters. Throughout the rest of the year we have a good balance between rain and sun, keeping the area green but warm with the sun.
Additional information about rental rates
prices are for 1-2 person,each extra person 15,00 $.Max 4 person.