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Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english, spanish

Spectacular Ocean Views, Private, Jungle Observation Platform!

32 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


Central Valley - San Jose House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Casa de los Sueños is a 3 bedroom/2 bath home on 13 very private, quiet and secluded acres nestled beside a rainforest reserve in the Escaleras Mountains. The property offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. View year round breath taking sunsets over the ocean from two of the three bedrooms, the great room and pool patio, since the back of the house faces due west. The house sits 1000 feet above sea level and is surrounded by lush rainforest and tropical gardens. Much of the terrain was reforested with native Costa Rican hardwoods, and fruit and flowering trees. There are ample opportunities to spot wildlife on the property such as toucans, white faced-monkeys, howler monkeys, coati, two- toed sloths, the rare ant-eater and the stunning morpho butterfly.

The property has its own private “above the rainforest canopy” observation platform 100 feet above the jungle floor in a majestic Ceiba tree with a girth of around 35 feet at its base and about 12 feet at the level of the platform. The ancient Maya of Central America believed that a great Ceiba tree stood at the center of the earth, connecting the terrestrial world to the spirit world above. The platform can be reached by single rope climbing technique with a hired professional guide. The guide will train you with the skills you will need for this amazing, rewarding and fun activity. Arrangements can be made at the time of reservation for your private platform climbing adventure tour.

The three bedrooms are air conditioned and will comfortably sleep six. The great room includes the dining room, living room, a fully equipped kitchen, and wet bar. A laundry room with washing machine and dryer is located off the kitchen. The house has all new furnishings, Satellite TV service, WiFi internet service, DVD and CD players. The master bedroom suite has a king size bed and sliding glass doors to the pool and patio. It also has a large bathroom with shower and a Jacuzzi bathtub. Another full bathroom is conveniently located between the other two bedrooms, one with queen bed and the other with two twin beds. Housekeeping service is provided once a week, as well as a full time caretaker/gardener six days a week. There is also a large gate at the entrance to the property.

The house is less than 4 kilometers south of the village of Dominical. Located in a very unique region of Costa Rica where the mountains meet the sea, Casa de los Sueños is about 2 kilometers up into the Escaleras Mountains. Therefore, a four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended.

Whether you choose to go tree climbing or enjoy the many activities available in the area, you will certainly not be disappointed with your stay at Casa de los Sueños.

Keywords: Jungle, house, villa, private, secure, quiet, family compound, ocean view, mountain, tree climb, observation platform, infinity pool, abundant wildlife, fruit and flowering trees, hardwood trees

More Details
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Tracy (Owner)
Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english, spanish

About Tracy

Jim and Tracy live in southern Massachusetts. Jim is a small business owner and Tracy is an artist. Some of her works are on display in the house. Casa de los Sueños is professionally operated and maintained by Costa Ballena Management (CBM), the premier property management company in the area.

Once a reservation is established with us, you will be working with Massi and Adriano from CBM to complete all the remaining details of the rental arrangement including; payments, deposits, check-in and check-out. CBM also offers concierge services to facilitate any additional sightseeing or adventure tours requested.

Tracy purchased this house in 2002


based on 32 traveler reviews

Spectacular Ocean Views, Private, Jungle Observation Platform!
average rating of 4.90625 based on 32 reviews
63110 Rodgau

Great, greater, greatest!

  • 5 of 5

Words cannot describe the beauty of this proprty. Cleanness. equipment and view has been the very best we ever had in our vacations. The walks through the own jungle has been much more better and a greater experience than the visit of the expensive and run over Manuel Antonio N.P. We are happy, that we could live for 13 days in a paradise. We can recommend Casa de los Suenos to everyone, who loves nature, great sunset views, watching animals and flowers together with a luxury equipment of the house. It's a great mistake not to rent Casa de los Suenos once in your life. Thank you so much Tracy and Jim, Massi and Gerardo.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that both of you had a wonderful stay at Casa de los Sueños! Gerardo has been taking care of hiking trails on the property and we agree, it is so much better than going to Manuel Antonio. As always, we have a team to thank for helping us keep the house in good and tidy order and we feel very fortunate for that. Thank you for traveling all the way from Germany to stay in our home and enjoy the beauty of Costa Rica!
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The Exceptional Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our first trip to Costa Rica could not have been better. We opted for a "jungle" experience and that is exactly what we had for 4 wonderful weeks with CDLS as our home base. The expansive views from the wading pool invited us to relax and enjoy the intimate encounters with an amazing number of jungle inhabitants. We quickly adjusted to waking at 5:30 to the boisterous calls of the howler monkeys. We ate breakfast on the patio watching toucans feeding in the palm trees as blue morpho butterflies gliding by going about their business.

The support staff was friendly, responsive, and truly enjoyed helping make our stay more enjoyable. A good number of eateries, bars and grocery stores were within a 15-20 minute drive as were the beautiful beaches.

Bottom line...If you are looking for the glitz and action-packed nightlife, CLDS is probably not for you. But if you are looking for a private oasis where you can relax while surrounded by the vibrant Costa Rican jungle...well, CDLS is just the place for you. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for the nice review! Jim and I are always happy to hear from our guests and this time was nice because we were able to meet you since we were on our way to the house. We chose the Dominical area of Costa Rica for it's beauty and tranquility and we feel very blessed to have Casa de los Sueños. During our recent visit to the house we were lucky to see many reptiles, birds and mammals which included a very large Basilisk lizard, an agouti, a coati and the usual capuchin and howler monkeys. We were happy to hear that you plan to return to Casa de los Sueños next year. Thanks again to the both of you for choosing our home. Pura Vida, Tracy
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Superlative location and a wonderful holiday home.

  • 5 of 5

What an incredible place! We truly had an amazing vacation at Casa de los Suenos. From the moment we arrived we were swept away by this spectacular jungle retreat: the breathtaking views of the ocean, the warm affable welcome by Gerardo and the serene beauty of this home that is nestled high in the mountains and is lovingly embraced by the jungle around it, this is a place that builds lasting memories. Evenings were spent together as a family, sipping cocktails in the infinity pool, watching the sunset slowly over the Pacific ocean while the jungle sounds changed from the distant calls of the howler monkeys to the mating calls of the toads as they settled in for the night. Tracy and her team's attention to guests at their home is impeccable, from the lovely welcome gift when you arrive, to Gerardo's quiet but efficient tendering of the property and Silvia's excellent organization of tours and dinners, we always felt pampered in an unobtrusive but caring manner. The Osa canopy tour was an activity highlight and dinner at Porque No restaurant was delicious. Loved the swimming excursions to Whales Tale in Marena National Park and in Manuel Antonio. Remember to get back to the mainland before high tide at Whales Tale or you will get marooned on the rocks as the tide washes in as we nearly did! What an adventure!

An unforgettable vacation in a fantastic home with every luxury you will ever need. Beautifully furnished with elegant and tasteful décor, Tracy and her team provide the best in holiday hospitality and accommodation. We will be back. Thank you Tracy, Gerardo and Silvia. Pura Vida!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Such a nice review, thank you so much! We're always so happy to hear from everyone and to learn about your stay. From your words it seems that you enjoyed Casa de los Sueños as much as Jim and I do. The minute we get there it seems that all of the tension leaves our bodies and the relaxing begins. We love to be in the pool and watching the jungle for monkeys and birds. Por Que No? is one of our favorite restaurants as well, the food is always good and the view with the gardens is amazing. Thank you for mentioning Casa de los Sueños' team, it means a lot to all of them to be recognized for their work. I always say that we don't know what we would do without all of their help, we feel very fortunate. I laughed when you mentioned the fact that you and your family were nearly caught with high tide rolling in at Whale's Tail, that same thing happened to us on one of our early visits there. It was very fun though, we took snorkel gear out there and lost track of time and the tide came in fast. The beach there is very beautiful and we always love to go there. We hope that you'll come back some day and stay at Casa de los Sueños and thank you again for choosing our home!!!
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Corte Madera CA


  • 5 of 5

I highly recommend staying at this beautiful home in Costa Rica. First I would like to say that the owners and their staff were extremely helping in navigating our trip to Dominicalito. The home itself truly felt like a home with all the comforts and amenities as well as the special touches as a five star hotel with swan shaped towels with flowers upon arrival and a food gift basket.

The home is well built, safe and situated in privacy. It is clean and comfortable. We have children so it was a perfect layout as well. I would definitely stay there again. I would also recommend hiring Owen for the tree climbing to the platform on the property. It was really special. Mama Toucans was a great place for organic and gluten free groceries. Mongo Cafe for coffee and chai tea and fresh pressed juices. Del Mar Taco Shop for burritos and tacos. Tilka was the best fresh fish casadas we found in the little shopping center across the highway from Playa Dominical where the bank is. Angel del Cuna was a beautiful lunch and dinner with all organic and gluten free foods. Silvia was the best at planning all of our excursions.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for choosing Casa de los Sueños for your stay in Costa Rica! Also thank you for the nice review, we are always happy to hear back from guests and to learn about the places and restaurants visited. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the climb to the platform in the Ceiba tree, it is a nice experience and Owen is a very talented climbing instructor. Jim and I hope that you will return to Costa Rica in the future and stay at Casa de los Sueños again! Sincerely, Tracy
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  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Casa de Los Suenos! Loved waking up in the morning to the howler monkeys, toucans, geckos and other jungle animals! The sunsets from the patio/pool are breathtaking. Geraldo, the gardener, is extremely helpful and a great resource. Couldn't have asked for a more relaxing, beautiful, luxurious yet simple accommodation. Thanks Sluetz family!

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad that you had a great time and enjoyed staying in Casa de los Sueños! We are so fortunate to have a beautiful location with really nice sunsets. When we are there we are always surprised by some new animal or bird that we've never seen before. Also Gerardo is an amazing person and very kind too. We are happy that you had time to spend with him. Thanks again and we hope that you will stay at our home again in the future!
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Gotha, Germany

What a wonderfull experience !!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

My English is not really fluent and I´m not common in using superlatives in this language, but this is really really a wonderfull place. The house is very luxurious and the view from the Patio unpayable. Everything was in best condition, very clean -simply WOW! This is our first time in Costa Rica and we couldn´t make a better decision to spend 11 days in this wonderfull place. And now we have to leave tomorrow in morning. I wonder, if the next two weeks in Costa Rica are able to top this time here ....

The best was the daily wildlife around the house. Sitting at the pool very early you can see the daily toucans. Without great moving we were able to see around the house: the Fiery-billed Arasaris, an Aguoti (twice a time right at the front entrance), a White-nosed Coati at the trail to the Ceiba Tree, Great Currasows (4 birds, right behind the entrance door), Crested Guans in the tree beside the pool, a Green and Black Poison Dart Frog (with tadpoles on his back!), a King Vulture (above the pool), Blue Morphos (two species M. peleides & M. amathonte) every day, Swallowtails, a lot of more butterflies, a huge Brown Basilisk (beside the pool), Giant locusts, Leafcutting Ants, and, and, and.

Why going to Manuel Antonio, you can see them all sitting here at the pool!

Another experince for a guy and his family from Germany is the "sound of the jungle" at night. The Giant Toats the pool are impressiv, but only untill you heard the small tree frogs and the cicadas. Small creatures with a big voice! And then - in the morning: the howler monkeys, which came very near to us - very cool!!

Oh - right now- a flock of White-crowned Parrots above me - ok - I´m sitting at the pool, writing these words.

Maybe even important for someone, who is asking himself, if that could be the perfect place for him: NO MOSCITOS !! I´m not kidding. Of course you will see a whole bunch of insects ad spiders, most of them bigger than in your nightmares, but they won´t harm you (Well - for example the impressive wunderfull tarantula below the kitchen window....) But shutting the netdoors is usefull to enjoy them only outside the house.

For those, who want to take a closer look the the rest of the Pacific Slope, the house is the perfect base. Arround one hour you will reach the Cerro Muerte, Manuel Antonio, Sierpe. For a short ride to the spectaculare beaches you need only a few minutes....

Again - what a time, what a place! It couldn´t be better !!!!! Thank you so much !!!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad you had a really nice time staying at Casa de los Sueños and it seems that you like it as much as we do! I can't say enough how fortunate Jim and I are to have the team that we have working with us. Massi, Adriano, Silvia, Gerardo and Yorleny are all wonderful and take very good care of our house and property. We're very happy that you were able to see so many wonderful animals, birds, reptiles and insects. We completely agree that there is no need to visit Manuel Antonio national park, since there are so many opportunities to see many animals and birds near the house. We believe the reason for no mosquitoes is that, at least in our vicinity, there is a very healthy bat population. We love to watch them flying around at dusk. Casa de los Sueños is very centrally located to take advantage of so many wonderful things to do and see in the area of Costa Ballena in Costa Rica not to mention many very good restaurants as well. Thank you so much for traveling so far and choosing our home for your stay. We hope that you enjoy the rest of your time in Costa Rica and we also hope that you will return to Casa de los Sueños soon. Pura Vida!
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Car: recommended

Tree climbing tours 100 feet up to one of the very few above the rainforest canopy observation platforms in the Southern Pacific Zone can be arranged for an additional fee at the time of reservation. The platform is located high up in a majestic Ceiba tree, also known as the 'Mayan Tree of Life'. At 100 feet the diameter of the tree is still over 3 feet! The breeze across the top of the canopy is cool, and the views are simply spectacular. Binoculars and cameras are a must. There is a table and 4 chairs up in the platform making it a perfect place for a once in a lifetime picnic lunch. A professional climbing guide and single rope climbing technique trainer can accommodate groups up to 4 for a flat daily rate. All climbing gear required will be provided for this exclusive and very unique Costa Rican adventure tour.


Rates & Availability

Dominical House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season
Jan 3 2016 - Apr 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Green Season
May 1 2016 - Dec 17 2016
3 night minimum stay
Holiday Season
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 7 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
Credit Cards and bank wires accepted.
PAYPAL preferred.

Our home is managed by a property management company that handles all payments for us, the homeowners. Half of the rental fee is expected upon decision to rent and to reserve your desired dates. The remainder of payment is due one month before your arrival to Casa de los Sueños.

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Central Valley - San Jose House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , outdoor shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • jetted tub
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting

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