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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.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 12PM (noon) - 6PM
Check Out: 2PM
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt


Security Deposit: $103
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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.

The neighborhood

There is no village where Casa Tonka is located. Only one bar and restaurant "Martina's" and the Lapa Rios eco-lodge restaurant is open to the public, otherwise Puerto Jimenez is the closest town.

Getting around

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 ₡3,500/$7 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.
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.

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

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.



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.

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

15 Reviews

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Felix User Profile
March 2017
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this very unique and awesome open bamboo house located underneath majestic trees. An architectural jewel. Tristan and the owner Steve were very helpful in all aspects and gave us great tips for activities. A hike in Corcovado is a must for its wildlife and scenery. Very nice beach not even 100 m from the house, although only suitable for swimming at high tide. Fully recommended location.

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.

Emma-Claire User Profile
August 2016
Absolute paradise!! We stayed at a few different places on the Osa and Casa Tonka was our absolute favourite. The house is beautifully open, perfectly well equipped and within a two minute stroll of a beautiful beach. It even has a hot shower which is a luxury in Costa Rica! Ignore the review about this not being a swimming beach, all the beaches along this coast are similar and only really suitable for swimming at high tide (which is fine if you ask me!) unless you pop over to Puerto Jim but then you have to share the beach whereas you'll have this one to yourself! There were howler monkeys in the garden each day and humpbacks in view from the beach. Super Steve was an excellent host and his dogs are a dream - Tristan also popped by and was very friendly and accommodating. The local restaurant Martina's is excellent for dinner and a short drive away. The location is perfect for local amenities and also for exploring the national park for day trips. I'd recommend a day walk into the park from Carate if you can! Thanks Super Steve for sharing your beautiful home with the public it's lush!
Tristan User ProfileTristan is a superhost.
Response from Tristan:
Super 5 star guests!
August 2016

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.
Tristan User ProfileTristan is a superhost.
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

Mark User Profile
April 2016
Hola, What a wonderfull house for the two if us to spend 10 days in! Remote enough to be away from the usual tourist taffic yet within an easy drive to the village for all needed stuff for the week. Karen and I would be back tomorrow if we could!
Tristan User ProfileTristan is a superhost.
Response from Tristan:
It was a pleasure to meet you and Karen, I hope that you will visit us in the Osa again in the future!
April 2016

Susana User Profile
March 2016
Just what we were looking for, direct contact with nature and a priviledge and confortable place to share with family. Tristan was continuosly checking how we were or what we needed. He organized two amazing tours for us we great and very profesional guides from the zone (Corcovado day tour to La Leona, and Isla del Caño day tour)I highly recommended both of them. The kitchen is well equiped and the house arquitecture is fantastic. Really greatful with this experience
Tristan User ProfileTristan is a superhost.
Response from Tristan:
Muchas Gracias Susana, como siempre tan feliz cuando nuestros huéspedes disfruten de su estancia con nosotros!
March 2016

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Puntarenas, Costa Rica · Joined in December 2013
Tristan User ProfileTristan is a superhost.

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.

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