About this listing
Casa Tonka is an off-the-grid beautifully appointed bamboo house on a ten acre beachfront property close to Matapalo and Corcovado National Park. There are good surfing waves in walking distance, a surf school plus board rentals.
Casa Tonka (1 king sized bed) is a open air house located on the beach of the Osa Peninsula, it is important to understand that you are one with nature while staying in this unique home, there are no doors! Casa Tonka/Playa Sombrero is 14 kilometers from Puerto Jimenez in the southwest of 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 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 small family. 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" guest house which is located just a couple of minutes walking distance from 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.
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 creates a unique zone 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.
Interaction with guests
Please bear in mind that the internet connection in the Osa Peninsula is very limited and sometimes it can take longer than usual for a response to your inquiries.
By Taxi: From Puerto Jimenez a taxi to Playa Sombrero/Carbonera/Matapalo costs $30/$35 USD, you can easily find a taxi in town (just tell the driver you would like to go to Super Steve's house) or we can arrange the taxi for you.
By Bus: The Carate colectivo passes by Playa Sombrero/Carbonera/Matapalo twice daily, departing Puerto Jimenez at 6:00 am and 1:30 pm. The fare is ₡3,000/$6 USD and the colectivo passes by Playa Matapalo/Carbonera/Sombrero on its Puerto Jimenez return about 9:30 am and 4:30 pm daily. Pura Vida!
Other things to note
What should I Pack?
This is our suggested list of items to bring on your holiday. Please bear in mind the weight of your luggage is very limited on domestic flights.
Lightweight hiking or walking shoes.
River shoes and flip flops.
Flashlights and/or headlamps (please bring rechargeable batteries, currently we have no way of recycling them in the Osa Peninsula)(URL HIDDEN)
Quick drying clothes
Snacks from home (power bars for example).
San Jose is usually 70 to 80°F (21 to 27°C) although it can get pretty chilly at night, pack a long sleeve shirt and pants.
Re-useable water bottle.
Day pack for hiking and short trips.
Dry bags (protection for your gear).
Waterproof case for your phone.
Reading material, none of our houses have TV and the internet connection is slow!
Sunscreen, sunglasses and/or hat.
Insect repellent, after-bite and travel first-aid kit.
Umbrella/rain gear during the green season (April thru December).
Please note we really prefer that guests do not check-in after 6:00 pm. If you're driving from an area that is far away (we advise you that driving times are usually much longer then what you might think) then take your time and enjoy the drive, no need to rush, you're on holiday!
Casa Tonka is an off-the-grid property in an ecologically sensitive area. So in a effort to conserve energy and respect the environment, we ask that you turn off all the lights when not in use and when you leave for a day's excursions.
Casa Tonka is located in one of the most remote parts of Costa Rica and many amazing creatures live here. A word of caution: some of them are dangerous. We suggest that you use a light when walking at night and always use caution when walking in the jungle.
There is no rubbish service here in the jungle and we recycle what we can. We ask that you separate your garbage and dispose of it accordingly in the appropriate bins. Please put your organics in the compost provided.
Just like in much of Costa Rica, our septic tank is unable to handle any paper or feminine products so we ask that you place these things in the bin provided next to the toilet.
Although we have never had problems in the past, always take precaution before you leave and put your valuables in the security safe provided.
When staying with us at Casa Tonka we want you to consider it your home for as long as your vacation lasts, and we are sure you will love it and treat it as if it is your own.
Tristan, Property owner Steve and caretakers Ronald and Xinia
Tristan Winters is the director of Osa Rainforest Rentals and represents Casa los Suenos, Aire Libre, Tonka, Zephyr and Zenon. 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.