Casa TonkaCasa Tonka
Casa Tonka, Playa Sombrero
Casa Tonka, Playa Sombrero
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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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.

The space

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.

Guest access

The Osa Peninsula is one of the last places in the world where virgin rainforests grow 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 as well.

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.

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.
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).
English/Spanish dictionary.

Free parking on premises

Security Deposit $100
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House Rules
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in time is 12PM (noon) - 6PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

Welcome, Bienvenidos

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 recyclables and use the appropriate bins. Please do not put your organics in the rubbish bin and use the compost bucket 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.

Pura Vida,


You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - A spiral staircase leads to the 2nd level master bedroom.
Pet(s) live on property - 3 dogs live on the property.


3 nights minimum stay.
From Dec 18, 2017 - Jan 03, 2018 the minimum stay is 7 nights.

16 Reviews

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Claire User Profile
February 2017
We love Casa Tonka, had the very best time. The Air BnB description of the house and property does not do justice to this very special and beautiful home. It's stunning, and the bamboo house is a true work of craftsmanship. The kitchen has everything to make delicious meals with, and there are shelves of fascinating cook books, and all sorts of other eclectic reading. Had the beach not been so magnificent we might never have left the house.... which is visited by so many birds. Monkeys were overhead most mornings and evenings. It's a true paradise. We were really lucky to have Steve around and he treated us to fresh fish... encrusted in salt, ceviche, in soup... followed by local made chocolate which alone would have been worth the trip to the Osa! There is a caretaker on the property and three lovely dogs so it feels very safe and welcoming. The shower house is so lovely that we showered many times a day. And there's a garden with lemongrass, ginger, basil, tumeric, curry... It is obvious that the house and property, which is shady and lush, have been designed with great skill, love and inspiration. We could have spent months in Casa Tonka, and look forward to another visit. It was a blissful relaxing holiday. Thank you Steve and Tristan.

Laurie User Profile
July 2016
How do I say that this is a wonderful place without having it become so popular that it is not available the next time I want to stay there? I'll have to be honest and take that risk. Casa Tonka is amazing for anyone who wants a true jungle living experience! The house and it's separate bath house are beautiful - open, airy and efficient. The wildlife is phenomenal! Monkeys of all varieties travel right over the house every day, while a flock of macaws feast daily on almonds that grow by the beach. We were greeted by Tristan, owner Steve who lives on the property, and joyful puppy dog Tonka, for whom the house is named. They made us feel very welcome and they were very happy to share a wealth of information about how and where best to access all that the Osa Peninsula has to offer. I cannot express more strongly that this just how much my friend loved Casa Tonka. IT WAS AMAZING!
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Response from Tristan:
I only briefly met Laurie and Annie but it was certainly a pleasure! Although the owner of Casa Tonka Steve was around during their stay and here is what he had to say, “They were the nicest, least demanding guests ever, left the house cleaner than when they got here, and were absolutely stoked about everything!”
July 2016

Daniel User Profile
April 2016
Tristan and the entire support staff was super warm and welcoming, very helpful and accommodating. The place is a gem- everything from the ingenious open design of the bamboo house, to the beautifully kept lowland rainforest property to the unparalleled private and secluded beach access. This place is a dream come true.
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Response from Tristan:
Thank you Daniel for such a lovely review and I especially take it as a compliment from a guest that has lived in the Osa Peninsula before as well is very familiar with the area, we look forward to your next visit!
April 2016

Kristin User Profile
February 2016
Casa Tonka is literally a breath of fresh air - no walls! the place is beautiful and so thoughtfully appointed. We stayed there for 4 nights as part of our honeymoon. The house is totally secluded and very private, even from the accompanying bunkhouse. I was pleasantly surprised that the insects and other critters were barely a bother for a house without walls! And that shower! It is just as beautiful as the photos! Another plus is that the whole house is wired with speakers so you can hook up your iphone! The house is kind of far away from everything, it is a 30 minute drive on a dirt and rocky road to Puerto Jimenez where the only supermarket, pharmacy, etc are located. Not that it is a bad thing! The house is immersed in nature! Just be prepared. I was a little disappointed that the beach on the property is not *really* a swimming beach, though you can probably take a dip at high tide. But the rock formations and shell collecting at low tide are pretty awesome! Great beaches for surfing all around though! If you really want to swim there is a great (and virtually deserted) beach in Puerto Jimenez and a couple cute restaurants right on the water. There is an awesome little open air bar/restaurant just down the street from the house called Martina's. They have a little craft fair every Friday night with local artisans, we also watched the Superbowl there. Totally laid back and family friendly. Tristan was great, unfortunately we didn't get to meet him because he wasn't around when we were there. But he did book a couple of tours for us with his tour guide, Roger who is AWESOME! If you can (and can handle the 8 hour hike - but it's really not that bad) definitely do the Corcavado NP tour! We did meet the owner, Steve, who was also great! He was there to greet us and answer any questions. He was the one that told us about Martina's .
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Response from Tristan:
Thank you so much Kristen, we are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at Casa Tonka!
February 2016

Dorothy User Profile
January 2016
We just loved the house and it's property! It is a place where you can feel and hear nature wake up! We really enjoyed living without walls ! Thank you for sharing!
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Response from Tristan:
Dorothy and Ed were great guests, I enjoyed meeting them and I am very happy that they had a pleasant time in Casa Tonka!
January 2016

Michaela User Profile
December 2015
We had an awesome time. We had to ask Tristan for some last minute changes and he was so incredible helpful, understanding, with the most positive energy, that I cannot even thank him enough. Falling asleep and waking up to the sounds of the jungle is a true experience. Costa Rica is a very special place and Tristan is an amazing host. What's left to say is PURA VIDA and THANK YOU Tristan. Most Sincerely, Michaela
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Response from Tristan:
Michaela along with her family were a pleasure to meet and to host, very friendly and considerate people. A little bit of work in the beginning to get them settled in but afterwards everything was very easy with them. I appreciated their hospitality when I went to visit them at their vacation home, and they would be welcome back anytime!
December 2015

Eric User Profile
August 2015
Tonka house was perfect. It was such a fitting Osa experience. We were steps away from a private beach where the rainforest creeped up as far as it possibly could to the tide, just a few kilometers from river hikes and waterfalls, and just a head's turn away from a myriad of tropical plants and animals. We had all the modern resources necessary for a comfortable stay, yet it was perfectly detached for the quintessential rainforest adventure. Tristan provided us with ample information to access everything the region offered; where to hike, where to drink and how to relax. He also set us up with a great guide, Ulisses, who took us through an amazing hike through Corcovado. Grab some Costa Rican coffee beans on your way. Tonka has a mortar, a french press, and the best hammock to let you enjoy everything else Nature has provided. It was beautifully balanced between rustic and modern.
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Response from Tristan:
Was lovely to meet Eric and his friend Nydia, they were great guests and would be welcomed back anytime!
August 2015

Puntarenas, Costa RicaJoined in December 2013
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Tristan Winters is the director of Osa Rainforest Rentals and represents Casa los Suenos, Aire Libre, Tonka and La Casita del Rio on Airbnb. 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.

Languages: English, Español
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

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