A 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom treehouse nestled in a giant tree,close to beach
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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.
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 4
Our family of four (Mom, Dad, girls 10 & 13) stayed here four nights in late March. First, I will agree with many reviews I had read that living in a tree house is a unique fun experience. There were three sloths living in the tree which we really enjoyed. Also a family of bats and many other critters, poison dart frogs, large bugs, and geckos came to visit. Topo's dog Shaila was also a friendly welcomed visitor every morning. Topo provided a welcome pack of juices, fruit, and a couple of beers. That was nice.
However, there were some things we wish were different and better. There was only one kitchen towel provided, which can be a problem when laundry doesn't dry because of the humidity. We had to use some of the beach towels provided to get by. The was no can opener. The knives provided were extremely dull. There was a sharpening steel, but it didn't have an edge so couldn’t sharpen anything. And no extra paper products. There were two partial rolls of toilet paper when we arrived, one per bathroom, but after that we were told we had to supply our own.
Another thing that made us question the overall value is the condition of the unit. Mostly, the tree house is in great shape. However, some of the floor boards on the first floor need to be repaired or replaced due to rot. It’s an open environment so water is going to enter the structure, but it should also be maintained. There was a lot of flex to certain areas of the first floor and the wood walk way leading to the tree house, that made us feel uneasy. We knew we were paying a premium to stay at such a unique place, and it is unique and the location is good, but the lack of basic necessities and lack of maintenance made us feel that the value wasn’t there.
What a boring world it would be if there where no people who always have something to complain.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.