About this listing
Have your own private off-the-grid cabin in the jungle of Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula, and just steps from a secluded beach. You'll see monkeys off your front porch, pick your own fresh mangoes off the tree in your front yard, and go for a surf at an excellent point break just steps away. Perfect for couples, singles, small families, adventure travelers, eco-travelers, surfers, fishermen, birders, hikers, and anyone looking to really get away from it all.
Nature-lovers' dream! Perfect for couples, small families, surfers, fishermen, birders, hikers...and anyone looking for a secluded retreat in one of the world's most beautiful natural settings. ...Costa Rica's secret!
We are an off-the-grid property in the heart of the Osa peninsula, surrounded by pristine, solitary beaches and lush jungle. Wake up to the sounds of monkeys, macaws, and tumbling surf just outside your door. Just steps to a secluded beach with excellent surf. Walk to a nearby waterfall and world-class surf spots, and an internationally acclaimed restaurant and bar.
Individual, private cabin in a very quiet, secure, lush tropical property. Includes your own kitchen, and you can pick your own mangoes for breakfast, while watching the monkeys swing from the banana trees just off your front porch.
Cabins also include a private bathroom, fans, and refrigerator. Your cabina features hardwood floors throughout, and traditional Tico construction. Queen bed with mosquito netting, and safes. Free WiFi (yes, in the jungle) is also available.
Nearby day excursions include Corcovado National Preserve (home to some of the planet's greatest biological diversity) guided nature hikes, surf trips, birding, diving, sailing, and even whale-watching.
Out here, there are no high-rises, no electrical lines cluttering the view of the ocean, no noisy discos, and no crowds on the beaches...you will often have an entire beach all to yourself, even on weekends! At night, fall asleep to nothing more than the sounds of wildlife and waves.
Cabinas Ola Mar is one of the few places where you really can get away from it all!
In addition to your fully equipped, self-contained cabin, guests have access to our open air Casa Grande - with internet and telephone access, hammocks and comfy couch for lounging, an extensive lending library of books, skin care products, binoculars, etc. We also have expansive lawn areas for viewing the night sky without the nuisance of light pollution or lounging during the day and being entertained by the extensive wildlife that flos through the yard.
Interaction with guests
During your stay there will always be someone on hand - either one of the owners or a manager to help answer any questions, give you directions, make suggestions or meet any of your other needs. That being said, you are welcome to just stay to yourself in your cabin with the assurance you will not be distrurbed.
Cabinas Ola Mar is located in the small beachside community of Cabo Matapalo at the southern tip of Costa Rica's Osa peninsula in an area of outstanding natural beauty, where dense tropical rainforest tumbles down through misty hills and valleys onto a rugged coastline of rocky coves, sandy bays and distant headlands to meet the sparkling blue waters of the Golfo Dulce and crashing waves of the pacific ocean. This is the wild side of Costa Rica, one of the last untamed regions in the country, with over 70% of the rainforest still intact. The peninsula is home to Corcovado National Park, the jewel in the crown of the nation's wildlife and conservation programs. The park encompasses one third of the peninsula and is one of central americas last refuges for the elusive Jaguar. The Osa is a place of intense biodiversity, a noah's ark of flora and fauna. Many of Costa Rica's most endangered species proliferate here and especially in the Cabo Matapalo area you will be sure to see all four of central america's primate groups. The howler monkey, spider monkey, capuchin and most endangered, the squirrel monkey, not to mention a host of other strange and exotic creatures. A staggering 426 species of birds have been recorded on the peninsula and our area is home to one of the most endangered, the raucous, larger than life scarlet macaw. At one point there were more scarlet macaws in captivity than existed in the wild. Now, thanks to efforts by conservation groups and individuals, the balance is being redressed.
Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula, located in the country's remote southern zone, is home to empty beaches, lush jungles, and some of the planet's greatest diversity of wildlife. It is known for world-class surf, fishing, birding, and other activities. It also is home to Corcovado National Park, which National Geographic magazine described as sheltering many of the earth's rare wildlife species. There are no major highways, no grid electricity, and no crowds on the Osa. One main road carries visitors and local around the outer edge of the peninsula, and everything else is wild. This is truly a rare find in Central America and so far has escaped the influences of mass tourism. It is a special place for those interested in quiet, secluded vacations that are close to nature.
Airport: Puerto Jimenez: 7.5 mi
Ferry: Puert Jimenez: 7.5 mi
So far the Osa peninsula has escaped the impact of mass tourism, due in part to it's wild and rugged geography. Most of the peninsula is still off the grid and getting here can be an adventure in itself. However, it is getting easier to reach the Osa. Local airlines, Nature Air and Sansa have daily flights from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez and the old access road from Chacarita is being vastly improved, with new bridges and less potholes. Driving time from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez is now down to about six hours, even if you are coming by bus. If you do arrive by public transport you can hire a 4wd right next to the airport or take the collectivo, a covered truck with basic seating in the back. It runs out to Carate twice a day, at 6 am. and 1.30 pm. The driver can drop you off right by our entrance. It's a slow and bumpy ride, but at $8 is a lot cheaper than the $30 taxi fare to get out here. There are very few amenities on this side of the peninsula so you will need to stock up with supplies and fill up your tank in Puerto Jimenez, before you head out on the dirt road to Cabo Matapalo . Shanti Wasi is 15km. south of town, about 30 minutes drive. The road is a graded dirt road and there are a number of narrow bridges to cross and one river to ford, fairly easy in the dry season, December to April, and sometimes during the wet season require a 4x4. Once past the river, you will pass three properties on your left hand side (Ojo del Mar, Finca Camisas y Sombreros and Playa del Paz) and the Corcovado school on your right hand side. After passing these landmarks, take the left just before Martina's Bar. Follow the lane down and pass Casa Mil Flores on your left and when you come to Casa Dos Rios make another left. The entrance to Shanti Wasi will be directly in front of you behind a large wood gate and fence. Congratulations, you made it.
We are an off-the-grid property in an ecologically sensitive area, and we have a few simple guidelines for your stay, but we will go over everything when you arrive.
Owner-Operator of Cabinas Ola Mar ( I've lived here on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica for 20 years. I love surfing and exploring. As a host, I am conscientious and here to help, as I know what it's like to travel and stay in a new place. I want to make sure all my guests have what they need to have the best time possible here in the very special place that is Costa Rica's precious Osa peninsula.