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Enchanted Tree House experience with all the comforts!

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome


About the property

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.

More Details

Property Manager
Slavko Topolovsek
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, german, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2017

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 Limon Province

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.


Cahuita House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 133 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Garage
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Bedrooms have comfortable orthopaedic mattresses, mosquito nets and safety security box. An extra cabin can also be rented for 2 extra people, making it possible for a family or friends of 6.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Deck Furniture
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch Furniture
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • Groups
  • Singles
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Housekeeper
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting

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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

Enchanted Tree House experience with all the comforts!
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
Grand Rapids, MI

Look at the pictures! You have to stay here!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Zurich, Switzerland

A child dream comes true!

  • 5 of 5

A once in a lifetime experience: While feeling save, you live on/in a giant tree in a little jungle with beautiful animals, sounds and flowers. With all luxury.

And the owner, Topo, is a very charming host.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Reward yourself, Stay here

  • 5 of 5

The price at first almost scared me away, but when I thought about it a little more I just went for it. So glad I did too! It was an awesome experience, unique and you can really see the hard work Topo put into the design and construction. Has a great kitchen but I spent most of my time on the second floor, in the hammock watching lizards do their thing in and out of the crevasses of the massive rubber tree. And also, the small upper lookout was a great place to sit for hours with a drink and my girlfriend, of course. We only wished we could've stayed here longer! Also, special thanks to Topo and his Guard dogs(they were friendly big pups) for their hospitality.!

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantasy retreat for nature lovers!

  • 5 of 5

Where do I begin....... We had the pleasure of visiting Topo's Paradise. Topo greeted us in the wee hours of the Morning at the a very private entry way. While walking up to the Tree House we were all in AWE!!!! Pictures posted here will excite you, but the reality of it all, will find you breathless! Arrived a bit hungry, as no time for breakfast, but Topo Had the best fresh bananas and pineapple in the fridge. Along with two Imperial beers which made my Hubby happy after a very long day of travel. He then took us of a tour of the house, OMG, I didn't want to ever leave. So clean and every amenity needed if you wanted to stay inside the Tree House for your own meals. We only did this one day as all the local restaurants sounded so great and WERE. Loved the Reggae Bar food,drink and staff. It is a short walk or Taxi Ride into town with Jorge. Shout out to Topo he will get him to pick you up within 5 minutes and OMG such a Sweet Gentlemen, Truthfully every "Tico" we met in Costa Rica were so friendly! The national park is nearby and was absolutely beautiful! Truthfully, we could have done nothing but stay in the tree house and experience all the wildlife around us. We had a troupe of Howler monkeys camped out in OUR tree! I don't think the sloth liked them. She stayed tucked up while they were swinging around and making a racket.Birds, iguanas, the flora, and the Poison Dart frogs, amazing!. Topo surely has made this a fantasy retreat for nature lovers. What an up close and personal wildlife experience! We are certainly going back to Topos REAL SOON

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paradise Found

  • 5 of 5

My Husband and I enjoyed a wonderful 3 week vacation to Costa Rica. This was our second visit to the Beautiful country,however our first time traveling to the carribean vicinity. Topo's Treehouse was a major highlight of our trip. We stayed Sept.28th-Oct.3rd. The Treehouse has a very unique,welcoming ambiance,set in a peaceful enviroment. within just a quick walk to the beach,Bridgettes Cafe,The Reggage Bar,and a small convenient store. A little further is the cute town area of Cahuita. But we mostly just enjoyed relaxing around the Treehouse. We saw more up close wildlife,than any other location that we have ever stayed. On arrival we were welcomed by Howler Monkeys,and a Three toed Mama Sloth,just outside the Tree window/opening,within 3-4 feet distance! My husband had the luck of capturing photos of the baby,when it was out from being tucked under Mama. Later in the week saw a Two Toed Sloth climbing by the window.Truly an Amazing experience! Also there is a beautiful fish/frog pond...saw green dart frogs,Red Treefrogs and more! Many great photo opportunities. Topo's Hospitality was Wonderful! He is very friendly and helpful. The first day we were tired from traveling.He helped us to order a very good pizza to be delivered(which we had more than once during our stay). Also reccommended the Restaurant Sobre Las Olas. Dined there our final night,the food was Delicious,and the location by the beach is Beautiful! We feel very fortunate to have found this Tree house paradise...and know where we will stay when we return.

.... ~ Pura Vida ~

Kerin & John Haueisen

Navarre Fl.

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Atlanta, Georgia, Southeast United States

Trip and Tree of a Lifetime

  • 5 of 5

To begin, writing a review for Topo’s Tree House is difficult quite simply because the incredible experiences that my girlfriend and me had while staying at the tree house for five days are nearly impossible to put into words. For anyone even remotely considering trekking to Cahuita and lodging at the tree house: DO IT. No matter how many photos you see, virtual tours you take, and gushing reviews you read, your stay at Topo’s Treehouse, and the proprietor Topo, will exceed even the highest expectations. The house is literally a part of the giant tree, and is alive, well, and the perfect place to call home while in Costa Rica.

Concerning the tree house itself, the place has an almost magical vibe that runs throughout the property. While this statement may sound cheesy, the isolation, cleanliness, various areas for sitting and talking, symphony of sounds, the well-working amenities, hammocks, vegetation, wildlife (we saw frogs and a sloth with her baby), and sturdy structure of the unique house all work together to harbor a space for relaxation, one to which we will always feel connected. Everything is fully furnished and equipped with plenty of towels, pillows, blankets, soap, cutlery, etc., and the house has everything needed for cooking; Topo, staying at the guest house out back just a stone’s throw away, is just a holler away if we did need anything or had questions. We even had a few cold beers in our fridge! The beach, bars, restaurants, and a breakfast places are within immediate walking distance (maybe four minutes walking to the beach with everything else in between).

While simply staying at the tree house made our trip an unforgettable experience, Topo’s courtesy, generosity, and helpfulness elevated our trip to a higher level. He showed us around town, gave us recommendations for the best prices on virtually everything to do (canopy tours, beaches, bars, grocery, horseback riding, surfing), had an occasional drink with us, and was never intrusive whatsoever. He truly cared about our stay and his relaxed and infectious demeanor quickly rubbed off on us. In fact, we had such a great time at the tree house and in Cahuita in general, we decided to extend our stay for a couple more days, and among our many journeys in Costa Rica, staying at the tree house is our favorite memory.

If this review comes off as overzealous, I’d respond by saying that it is almost impossible to articulate how special this place and Topo are.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was with great pleasure to have you as guests in my treehouse. This treehouse has been my dream for many years and to now have guests come and enjoy and see the beauty I saw and envisioned, makes me feel very good, indeed. Thanks you for your lovely comments and choosing to share what we have here. Topo
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Cahuita National Park
Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Reggae Bar ,Chau Paradise ,Brigitte
Nearest Ferry
1 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
main highway to Limon and San Jose
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Reggae Bar ,Chau Paradise ,Brigitte
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Playa Negra
Car: not necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Cahuita House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season
Jan 6 2017 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
High Season
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 12 2017
2 night minimum stay
Peak Season
Apr 13 2017 - Apr 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
High Season
Apr 18 2017 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Low Season
May 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Green Season
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Low Season
Sep 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
High Season
Dec 1 2017 - Dec 19 2017
2 night minimum stay
Peak Season
Dec 20 - Jan 5
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

prices are for 1-2 person,each extra person 15,00 $.Max 4 person.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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