Costa Rica Beach Rentals: Lonely Planet recommends

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Casa Bambu, Cabo Matapalo, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

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Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Sleeps: 8
Type: Home
No rental rates available - please contact the owner
Pets allowed: No
Internet: No

Description of the Cabo Matapalo vacation home rental

5-star ranking on Trip Advisor!

Costa Rica vacation beach rentals: there are many to choose from. Yet we are repeatedly told that Casa Bambu and our other beach house rentals are the best.

After visiting beach house rentals around Costa Rica, Lonely Planet recommended our bamboo house as a vacation rental. Men's Journal featured Casa Bambu in its article on Costa Rica rentals in its cover story "How to Rent a Dream House Anywhere: Your Own Private Resort." The Denver Post spotlighted our Costa Rica Beach House in an article about Costa Rica, the Osa Peninsula, and Matapalo. The Fine Living Channel filmed Casa Bambu for its program "Around the World in Eighty Houses," which featured unique vacation houses around the world, including Casa Bambu.


Our Costa Rica vacation rentals offer:

An ideal location: right on a beautiful beach (and near others), with a great view, in the Costa Rica rainforest near Corcovado Park, encircled by abundant wildlife and scenery.
A hand built, clean and safe vacation rental, where you can relax and enjoy this amazing enironment.

Area Information

Osa Peninsula, Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica....Truly one of the last unspoiled frontiers in Costa Rica and the world, and the most beautiful destination in the country. Lush tropical rainforest, undisturbed wildlife found nowhere else in such numbers, and world class bird watching, ecotourism, fishing. With solar power iluminating the jungle, this amazing area offers the best of Costa Rica!

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Amenities

  • Beds

  • 2 Queen Beds
  • 4 Double Beds
  • Features

  • Balcony
  • Deck
  • Kayak
  • Porch
  • Beach Chairs
  • Full Kitchen
  • Lanai
  • Smoking Allowed
  • Beach Towels
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Linens Provided
  • View (Ocean)
  • Cook
  • Housekeeper
  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Appliances

  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Oven
  • Stove
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Gas Grill
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Activities

  • Beach
    (onsite)
  • Fishing
    (onsite)
  • Ocean
    (onsite)
  • Park
    (<1 mile)
  • Bicycling
    (onsite)
  • Hiking
    (onsite)
  • Surfing
    (onsite)
  • Restaurant
    (<1 mile)
  • Boating
    (onsite)
  • Horseback Riding
    (onsite)
  • Whale Watching
    (onsite)
  • Grocery Store
    (11 miles)
  • Deep Sea Fishing
    (onsite)
  • Kayaking
    (onsite)


Other Vacation Rental Amenities

Home to four types of monkey, hundreds of bird species, sloth, iguana, anteaters, iridescent butterflies and myriad varieties of vegetation, this magical place offers the rare opportunity to experience nature at its most spectacular and unspoiled. From your porch see macaw and toucan fly by and monkeys swing past through the forest canopy. Without leaving your front yard, enjoy spectacular sunrises over the magnificent Golfo Dulce, a beautiful secluded beach and shore fishing. Or venture out to pristine waterfalls, deep-sea waters, rainforest trails and more breathtaking scenery and unspoiled sand and surf.

Amenities
Casa Bambu is comfortably furnished, with a complete kitchen and bathroom, pure artesian well water, and a solar electric power system with 110 volts (like the U.S.). Our American managers are available to help make your stay easy and fun. Readily available services include grocery shopping, meal preparation, maid/laundry and transportation. Amenities include: spacious kitchen/dining areas; refrigerator/freezer; cooking utensils provided; linens provided; large up & downstairs porches; ceiling and bed fans; comfortable furniture; hand-crafted 4-poster beds with custom-fitted netting; ocean view; landscaped yard with flowers, tropical fruit trees, & lawns sweeping to the beach out front; indoor & outdoor showers; caretakers; English-speaking managers.

Area attractions include: wilderness resorts and gourmet, international restaurants within walking distance; world-class inshore and offshore sport fishing; world-famous bird watching; kayaking; rainforest tours, on foot or horseback (including world-famous Corcovado National Park) in unspoiled wilderness; abundant wildlife viewing; pristine beaches; waterfalls; Golfo Dulce boat tours; hiking; kayaking; horseback riding; swimming.

Owner Supplied Testimonials

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At Casa Bambu, we had a delightful time and enjoyed the quiet from the hustle and bustle of our fast and full big city life. We desperately needed the time away and Costa Rica provided for us a special place to go. We particularly treasure the sweet memories of meeting new friends on the collectivo, at the restaurants nearby, in Puerto Jimenez, and along the beach. We even met a young surfer on the beach from Daytona Beach, which is only an hour's drive from our home. We had alot to talk about. We went to Puerto Jimenez twice on the collectivo and once by cab. We ate at the Carolina Restaurant in town, and we met a couple of interesting people that day in town.

We talked with great folks from around the world along the dirt roads as we went on discovery hikes. We enjoyed watching the throng of professionals and novice surfers, who came to Matapalo to challenge the power of the waves. We stopped at Martina's. She knows everyone and hears everything about everyone and everything. We met Michael down the road the other way.
He cooks up a good brunch of fish, black beans and rice and friend potatoes.

Casa Bambu was a lesson in simplicity and to returning to what's really important in our lives. It was a humbling experience. The little things made us smile and laugh again -- like the troops of monkeys stopping to taste the mangoes in the trees only to take one bite and throw the mango on the ground; a hummingbird sipping the sweet morning dew from the heliconia next to the porch every morning; the tons of rain pounding on our metal roof at night as we slept; the sound of the waves rolling around the dinosaur sized stones on the beach; and the tall fruited coconut trees, brightly colored leaves and flowers that grow wild in the Rain Forest. I have Crotons and Hibiscus in my yard, but they don't get that big! We got accustomed to waking up at 5 AM and to going to bed at 9 PM. When we're usually watching TV at night after dinner, we'd play cards, Scrabble, read the books we brought to catch up on. Time was precious and never wasted there.

We cooked most of our meals at the house. We learned quickly to be creative with leftovers. A Caribbean flair showed up in every dish being spicy and colorful. We love scrambled eggs with salsa and sour cream on top. Costa Rica has the most yellow egg yolks I've ever seen. The cheddar cheese was delicious and unlike what we get here. The chickens are a little tougher than they are here, but that didn't keep us from eating alot of chicken all kinds of ways. Chicken salad, chicken quesadillas, chicken and rice, fried chicken and more. What Bubba Gump was with shrimp, we were with chicken.

At Casa Bambu, we remembered that we take for granted the many conveniences of home -- instant ice from the icemaker on the refrigerator door, bright lights on all the time, cold air-conditioning blowing hard, an inside washer and dryer, a luxury car to drive, newspapers in the driveway every morning, and of course the Mall, a large well-stocked and beautifully decorated grocery store, and a Deli. Now, we appreciate more the hard paved, well lit public roads we drive everyday, the Starbucks just down the road, and pizza delivery. Getting beyond things we were able to concentrate on what's really important. Living for ten days at Casa Bambu helped us to focus on our first loves -- our God's strength and goodness and each other. Thanks a million for allowing us the place to grow closer to one another. Having been happily married for 37 yrs, it was another chance to fall in love over and over again.

William, his wife Emilse and their son Estephan are precious, precious people. They are kind hearted people and were available to us during every minute of our stay. They truly have the heart of God and serve Him well.
We've watched William work hard and steady, always smiling and waving when he'd see us. William came over for coffee one morning and we learned of his love for music. We are a family of musicians and artists. We shared this love of good music and dancing. We left our Sony Walkman with him so he can work with music in his ears. A small gift for his selfless giving to others. We'll remember him and his family in our thoughts and prayers.

Our vacation was perfect. Our trip home was good. We'll be back to Casa Bambu again where we'll feel right at home.
Adios mon ami,
Sheila Jacksonville, FL / May, 2004

We had such a great time. Bambu was our final stop on our four week trip and it was perfect. We had friends coming by, kids hanging out doing homework
together-- it was a perfectly tranquilo scene. Bambu is perfect in every way, so don't change a thing.
Carrie Charlotte, VT / April, 2004

Now I know what everyone was talking about in the testimonials concerning Casa Bambu. We couldnt have had a better experience. Now we just need to figure out how to get back as soon as possible. Say hello to Kirk, William, Emilse, and Esteven please. Thank you for sharing such a special place. Well be back!
Dan Steamboat Springs, CO / April, 2004

We loved your place. Our vacation was the best experience of our lives. I wish we could live there year round. By the way...William is awesome. You guys have your place dialed in big time. When we arrived at Casa Bambu it was like landing on a island in Paradise..the ocean and the rain forest and so much more..not to mention the Tico caretakers who can show you so much about the area. It was an unbelievable experience. Also we would like to add that the owners, Kirk and Lyn, are the kindest and warmest people you could possibly meet!
Chris and Mary April, 2004

We're back from an awesome trip to the Osa. We loved the house and had an amazing time hiking around with William.
Gretchen April, 2004

We had a wonderful time at Casa Bambu. William was a great guide. He took us on three hikes ( Two local and one to Corcovado). Tom enjoyed the local ones more than the hike to Corcovado. The girls all got up on the surf boards. It was the perfect spot for the family to get together and relax. I would suggest to anyone going to Casa Bambu to bring a tape recorder. I loved the sounds of the insects, birds, monkeys and waves. It is very difficult to describe to people the mix of these beautiful sounds. Thanks again for all your help.
Chris Jupiter, FL / March, 2004

We made it back to North Carolina this past Sunday and have almost adjusted back to reality. The trip to Costa Rica was great change of pace from our over-scheduled American lives. It was nice to meet Kirk, William, and all of the other friendly people there. And it was a delight to meet our fellow vacationers who were down there: the folks in Casa Linda; the family in Casa La Luz. We even exchanged emails so we can share vacation pictures.

The remoteness of PJ and Casa Bambu made for a very relaxing trip. We found ourselves having to think a little harder to remember what day it was. Our activities included hiking and horseback riding. Our favorite part of the trip was seeing all of the wildlife--monkeys in the yard, macaws flying overhead, the Jesus Christ lizard running across the lawn, a sloth in a tree down the road, etc.

It's funny because on our charter flight from PJ to Drake Bay, we met a local who said that he really wanted to see skyscrapers and the Golden Gate Bridge. We told him that we were excitied by seeing wildlife!

Thank you for all of your help with planning the vacation. It would be great to visit again sometime.
Greg Durham, NC / March, 2004

Your houses are incredible pieces of art--from the materials, design, and framing of the scenery! I'm going to be talking to the editors of Organic Style about doing a piece on the trio of bamboo vacation homes. I am also going to recommend Matapalo as a retreat for Rodale executives and editors. The wildlife right outside our door was truly amazing. We had never seen anything like it. Our pictures tell a wonderful story!
Kathryn New York, NY / March, 2004

Your maps and tips were very handy and greatly appreciated. Ohlman did meet our plane and was more than a taxi driver. He made stops on the way out to the house to point out local wildlife. We made a point of using him during the rest of our stay and it seemed like we had a new friend when it came time to leave.

Cabo Matapalo is truly a lonely planet type experience. We walked every day and also made use of the collectivo into Puerto Jiminez. We enjoyed Matapalo by horseback. We ate dinner one night at Osa Vida and lunch another day at Lapa Rios (the best prepared food we ate while in Costa Rica). Everyone was very friendly and charming. Cabo Matapalo is a welcome contrast to the congested and polluted capital of San Jose. The small human population, the remoteness of access, the state of the roads, the proximity of virgin forests, the diversity and abundance of wildlife reminded me quite a bit of my visit to the temperate coastal rainforest of the Queen Charlotte Islands of British Columbia. It is wonderful that places such as this still exist on the planet. I hope that the growth of eco tourism in Costa Rica will be managed properly and that the developers that incessantly search out new places to develop dont hold out short term financial gains to local governments and people at the expense of a slower more sustainable growth that protects the integrity of the ecosystem for beings such as scarlet macaws and four species of monkey (all of which we saw).

Interestingly we also made a side trip to the town of Turrialba, east of Cartago, to run the lower Rio Pacuare that descends down into the Caribbean. It is a world renowned whitewater river that travels through pristine and secondary rainforest. I even encountered paddlers from Canada who work on the Ottawa River as guides in the summer who were working on the Rio Pacuare for the winter. On its own that river would have been amazing, but somehow after spending time in the OSA and its vibrant and diverse and colourful plant and animal life, next to the almost monochromatic green banks of the Rio Pacuare it was a bit like comparing black and white to colour.

We will be making a return visit to the Osa Peninsula as soon as is financially reasonable, not likely next winter, but the one after. We were there only two days and Jocelyne says to me, Next time we come back, we have to stay for two weeks. I think shes already plotting a future where she can spend winters in the Osa and skip winter up here altogether!

Robert Nepean, Ontario, Canada / March, 2004

We are making our way back to Michigan as slowly as we can! We have such fond memories of Casa Bambu and lots of pictures to show everyone. We loved the house and everything about the trip! William was a delight. Thanks again for the use of your lovely home!
Donna and Phil Dowagiac, MI / February, 2004

We did enjoy our time at Casa Bambu very much. The house is amazing and the wildlife unbelievable. We never thought that seeing monkeys right beside us twice a day would become so uneventful! We are super glad that we were able to see this little piece of paradise. Also William was great so polite and eager to help. We would love to return some day.
Tania Edmonton, Alberta / February, 2004

We had a wonderful time staying at Casa Bambu. You have such a beautiful place there. You, Mike and Katie, and William and Emilse made us feel very welcome and helped everything come together effortlessly. I have nothing but praise for the whole experience. Thank you for allowing us to stay in your home, someday we would love to return.
Jared Mableton, GA / February, 2004

We're back - wishing we were still there though. We had a wonderful time, not sure how it could have been any better. Amazing that all 8 of us were completely content. Everyone went off to do their own thing. Our granddaughter had a great time playing with the kids staying at Casa Linda. They loved playing with the hermit crabs. The monkeys were amazing, and the scarlet macaws eating nuts in the almond trees also. We took so many pictures.
It would be hard to pinpoint any one highlight - I loved walking along the beach, and looking at the tidepools, and so did my granddaughter. She saw an octopus and was thrilled. We all loved our walk with William, what a sweet person he is. Those that did the tree-climbing thorougly enjoyed that. I guess the waves weren't right for surfing, so they didn't do that, but had fun with the boogie boards, and the kayak there. We also had a very enjoyable birdwatching walk with Dilver. I just enjoyed sitting on the front steps and gazing out at the view.
We had great dinners at Osa Vida, and a couple of delicious lunches at Lapa Rios. It was all just terrific, and the house was beautiful - just right for the setting. Thanks so much, it was the best trip we have ever been on.
Colleen Ft. Collins, CO / February, 2004

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