Bamboo Beach House, Osa Peninsula

House - Entire home/apt · Playa Sombrero, Puerto Jimenez, Puntarenas 60702, Costa Rica
Your host, Tristan
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The Space

Casa Tonka (1 bedroom) and the Rancho (2 bedrooms and on the same property) are located in the Osa Peninsula, southwest Costa Rica where the rainforest meets the sea. It is one of the most remote, most spectacular and wildest regions in the country. One of the last places in Costa Rica to be settled, it has been dubbed Costa Rica's last wilderness frontier. Rich in wildlife, sparsely populated and until recently very difficult to access by road. Consequently much of the peninsula is still covered in majestic, pristine rainforest. Dominated by Corcovado National Park which protects most of the peninsula, the Osa supports more then fifty percent of the animal and plant species that live in Costa Rica. National Geographic has described the Osa as, "The most biologically intense place on earth".

Casa Tonka is a beautifully appointed bamboo house on a ten acre beachfront property close to Matapalo. It has a very well stocked gourmet kitchen, sitting/dining room, and a single large bedroom on the second floor which is perfect for a couple or a few friends that do not mind sharing. There is a separate bath house with a stone shower, open on one side for a superb natural view through the rainforest plants and trees, often accompanied in close proximity by monkeys, macaws, toucans and many other jungle birds and animals. For larger groups there is another open air bamboo casa available. "The Rancho" is located right next door to Casa Tonka along with a 2nd private bathhouse.

Located a thirty minute drive from Puerto Jimenez and ten minutes from the Matapalo surf breaks, it is well situated, and has plenty of privacy on a park-like property. Designed and built in the Colombian style of bamboo structures, it is on a world class level of design and execution. The property is off the grid, with a very ample solar electric system and well water from the same property.

Guest Access

Along the coast of the Osa Peninsula, azure waves crash down on sand and rock, sending saltwater mist over the vast, sprawling jungle. Palm trees lean out from the interior of the dark forest toward the intense sunlight of the beach. A visitor to this isolated coast might walk hours (or even an entire day) without meeting a single person. The Osa Peninsula is one of the last places in the world where virgin rainforests grows right to the high tide line. This junction of land and sea (email hidden) that supports exceptional biodiversity and offers refuge for sea turtles, scarlet macaws, and other endangered species. Many terrestrial, freshwater, and saltwater species are ecologically connected here.

Known for its remoteness and named for the towering strangler fig, Matapalo is located in the Osa Peninsula, which has become Costa Rica's premier Eco-tourism destination far from the tourist filled beach towns. This little cape is a hidden paradise with dense jungles, pristine rainforest with ancient, colossal trees and breathtaking beaches. Travelers come to Cabo Matapalo to experience raw nature and for world-class surfing in a peaceful, idyllic setting.

Matapalo juts out into the Pacific Ocean marking the entrance to the tranquil Golfo Dulce, one of three tropical fjords in the world and home to humpback whales and dolphins. One may see exuberant wildlife like Scarlet Macaws, Brown Pelican and all breeds of Heron on the beaches as well as Toucan, Blue Morpho Butterflies and four species of monkey (White Face, Spider, Squirrel and Howler). Matapalo is a tranquil environment tucked in a hidden natural paradise. It has earned the Blue Ecological Flag (Bandera Azul Ecologica) for its dedicated effort in conservation and commitment to preserving the quality of the environment.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 5
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 3
Extra people: $25 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $1000 /week
Security Deposit: $100
Cancellation: Strict
  • We loved this experience! To say that Tristan is a host who will go above and beyond in order to insure his guests' comfort and enjoyment is an understatement. During our time in Dos Brazos, Tristan set up tours and trips for us, including obtaining access for us to visit the brand new Dos Brazos Corcovado National Park Entrance, a definite trip highlight. Tristan made us feel like members of this very special community, and we were sad to leave. The house itself is amazing. If you're looking for creative rustic luxury, this place is ideal. Instead of an average cabin in the woods, it's a thoughtfully designed chalet- style sanctuary located next to a beautiful river amidst some of Costa Rica's most gorgeous forests. The house was immaculately clean, the decor was inspired, the amenities were extremely comfortable, and the location provided the perfect amount of rugged charm for our adventurous spirits. The grounds were also beautiful and well-kept. You could easily book La Casita for a weekend and then never want to leave once you arrived. It was a pleasure to rent from Tristan, and we look forward to visiting him again!

    June 2014
  • We really enjoyed our stay at Casa los Suenos in the Osa Peninsula. The house is really nice. The master bedroom area has a huge screened window that looks out directly into the jungle. There's a really nice kitchen with basic cooking supplies (a nice surprise!) in the downstairs, along with a dining area and the bathroom, which had hot water. There's also another sleeping area upstairs with a day bed and a smaller twin bed. Then, there's the upstairs outside area, where there are 3 hammocks to choose from for relaxing!

    The house was bigger than we thought from the pictures. And spotless as far as cleanliness.

    Tristan and Armelle were super helpful during our stay, gave us recommendations for activities and directions. They were also totally flexible with our slightly late arrival (would recommend arriving before sunset - but we were driving from too far away ourselves).

    Although we didn't get to explore a lot of the Osa Peninsula, we're happy to have gotten a taste of the area, which is truly amazing as far as the biodiversity and degree of preservation.

    Thumbs up!

    March 2014
    Response from Tristan:

    Cynthia and Dan were fantastic guests, a pleasure to have around plus have the best profile photo! The only problem with them was that they stayed for too short of a time! Armelle and I hope that they will come back to visit us again in the future.

    March 2014
  • Expérience inoubliable dans cette maison justement dénommée 'casa aire libre'. On a l'impression de s'y fondre dans la nature. L'absence de vis-à-vis renforce cette impression.
    L'environnement (alentours de la maison) est magnifique: Peut-être cela contribue-t-il à la présence de tant d'oiseaux aussi beaux que variés.
    La maison est originale et agréable à vivre.
    Tristan est un hôte très sympathique et accueillant avec lequel nous avons partagé de bons moments.

    March 2014
    Response from Tristan:

    Yves and his wife were wonderful guests and it was a pleasure to have them stay with us at Casa Aire Libre!

    March 2014
  • We had a blast at Jungle Casa. Tristan was an excellent host. The house was open and looked better than the pictures! He had a few seasonings and coffee there for our stay which was very nice. The landscape there is beautiful! If you love the outdoors, you will totally enjoy this place. You will enjoy falling asleep to the crickets and waking up to the birds singing. It was such a delightful treat to come here. For sure we recommend this place for nature lovers and can't wait to come back to visit.

    February 2014
    Response from Tristan:

    Brandi and Isaac were fantastic guests; it was such a pleasure to meet and to have them stay with us at Casa Aire Libre! I really hope that they will decide to visit us in the Osa again, they are welcome anytime!

    February 2014
  • Having stayed in several places on the Osa Peninsula, La Casita del Rio had the most character and attention to detail. It's a lovely house, in a beautiful lush setting. Bird and reptile watching is outstanding. Tristan is extremely accommodating and friendly. He really goes the extra distance to make your stay as comfortable and pleasant as possible. The area is remote and quiet. We rented a car for our stay, which was optimal. The village has a couple of bars and people are friendly. The area is connected to the electricity grid and the hot shower is great. Walking distance to incredible rainforest, waterfalls, nice view of golfo dulce. Be prepared to relax, disconnect and enjoy nature!

    February 2014
    Response from Tristan:

    Ian and Paola were like meeting old friends, what a pleasure to have them stay at La Casita del Rio in Dos Brazos. I would be so happy if they decided to stay with us again and highly recommend them as guests!

    February 2014
  • The time we have spend at Tristan´s place simply was amazing. Surrounded by untouched nature, the comfortable house provided us a very pleasant home during our stay at Osa Peninsula. Tristan was very friendly and helpful at any time, giving us great advise with everything we were planning to do whilst our stay. We already miss a lot the accommodation he provided with its wooden upper deck, laying in the hammocks in the evening after spending the whole day in rural nature and on nearby hidden lonely beaches. This place definitely is a insiders' tip and we are looking forward to returning to it as soon as possible.

    Wir besuchten Tristans Haus im Februar. Und Ich kann sagen, dass es unvergesslich war. Das Haus ist einfach wunderschön, es hat eine tolle Küche und Schlafplätze für 5 Personen. Es Ist wirklich direkt mitten in der Natur und man kann Nachts die wunderbaren Laute des exotischen Waldes unmittelbar wahrnehmen. Am ersten Abend hatten wir ein kleines Gewitter, wir konnten das fabelhafte Spiel der Blitze am Himmel von den Hängematten aus beobachten. Ebenso kann man direkt vor dem Haus parken, was unheimlich praktisch ist, tolle Ausflüge lassen sich direkt zu Fuß von dort aus machen. Tristan ist ein toller und sehr umsichtiger Gastgeber. Wenn man Hilfe braucht ist er sofort zur Stelle. Wir haben dort sehr gern gewohnt. Mir fällt nichts ein, was uns nicht gefallen hat, außer das wir viel zu kurz dort waren. Ich kann es jedem weiter empfehlen bei Tristan Urlaub zu machen, auch Familien mit kleinen Kindern sind dort prima aufgehoben, denn es Ist kinderfreundlich eingerichtet. Vielen Dank Tristan für die wunderschöne Zeit, wir kommen wieder!

    February 2014
  • We had a fantastic time at this place. Tristan is a great host, doing his best to feel you comfortable. The house is very comfortable, the patio with the hammocks is ideal for relaxing. The surroundings are beautiful, great hikes are available. 4 wheel drive is suggested.

    January 2014
    Response from Tristan:

    Thank you for such a lovely review. It was such a pleasure to have you and your family stay with us, meeting people like you is the reason I appreciate being in the tourism business. I hope that you will come and visit us in the Osa again, Emilio too! Feliz Año Nuevo y pura vida!

    January 2014
  • Absolutely amazing experience. Tristan was so helpful in sharing with us recommendations for Costa Rica. The casita has an amazing view of hills. There were way more amenities than we were expecting. We woke up to the sound of macaws and went hiking in the jungle nearby.

    January 2014
    Response from Tristan:

    What a pleasure it was to have you stay with us at La Casita del Rio in Dos Brazos de Rio Tigre Joe and Rebecca. You left house in perfect condition, snacks and even a roll of paper towels! I hope that you will visit us in the Osa again and for a longer time!

    January 2014
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Osa Rainforest Rentals
Tristan Winters is the director of Osa Rainforest Rentals and represents Casa los Suenos, Aire Libre, Tonka and Casita del Rio. Understanding the importance of making as low as an impact on the environment and local culture as possible, while helping to generate income and employment for the local people. To help ensure that development that comes to the Osa Peninsula brings a positive experience for local people and the tourists whilst protecting the amazing natural environment of the Osa.
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