About This Listing
The Casita Tranquila (relaxed small house) is a 2 bedroom private vacation home located close to a secluded beach on the Osa Peninsula South of Puerto Jimenez on the way to Corcovado National Park. There is room for up to 7 people.
Casita Tranquila offers one queen bed and one double bed for two people. There is a single bunk bed across the foot of the double bed and there are two sofas in the living room
The dining room table has room for up to six people, and the front deck offers an ocean view.
The kitchen has ceramic countertops and a raised bar for sitting. You'll cook on a three ring stove top there are ample shelves for storage, the casita does not have electricity so we supply an ice chest,
You will supply your own ice which is available when you buy your groceries in Puerto Jimenez, 100 meters from the PJ airport there is a laundry and they also sell blocks of ice which last about two or three days, ice in Spanish is called "hielo" pronounced yellow.
buy a half block which is called "medio macete"
Lighting is by lanterns, candles and rechargeable LED lights. We have a nearby charging place for electronic devices. An Internet stick is available for computers with a usb port (it is a slow internet connection but works for checking emails) the reception is better on the beach, if you need very fast internet there are places in Jimenez.
We do not have unlimited water so please help by taking short showers,using your towel for more than one day etc.
Please bring your own flashlights and extra batteries.
Please read all other info provided so nothing will come as a surprise.
you can charge their electronic devices in the main house up to 5pm. You will have the Casita all to yourself, as well as your kitchen and bathroom areas. You can have total privacy and seclusion if you wish.
Please read below other info.
Interaction with Guests
We are present on site in a separate house and able to answer any questions you may have, and assist with booking local tours including the National park.
Please be aware you are coming to tropical rainforest on the beach, that means night noises, bugs at certain times of the month,which is why the house is screened and we supply nets over the beds, bugs can be attracted to bright lights so it best to use the candles and not bright headlamps inside.
There are neighbors 60 meters from the casita who are there from December through March, they bring student groups sometimes for a few days, you may hear them sometimes, most of time you will have the whole place to yourself.
We are off the grid and no phone booths so we suggest you bring an unlocked phone, you can buy a sim card from the Kolbi phone desk at the international airport in San Jose just before you enter customs, this will give you 3g coverage and you can recharge at most supermarkets or Kolbi office.
The Casita is a surrounded by many types of trees including mango, banana, citrus, avocado, papaya and many exotic tropical hardwoods, plants include orchids, ginger, and heliconias.
The wildlife regularly seen are three species of monkey including howler, white face, and squirrel monkey, sloths, iguanas, coatis, birds are abundant and include scarlet macaws, toucans, hawks, pelicans, tanagers, red and green lored parrots and many more.
The beach is a two minute walk and normally you will have the beach to yourself, there is a fishing point close by.
We can arrange transport, tours, lodging, and activities in Costa Rica and book guides and permits for Corcovado national park.
There is a local bus that passes near the house twice daily from Puerto Jimenez. You can also get in by taxi from Puerto Jimenez.If you have a car rental we suggest an suv type such as a Suzuki Jimmy or a Bego which are small, or a Rav 4 ,which is medium size or for four to five people a full size suv.
Other Things to Note
Local activities include trekking into Corcovado park for a day or multi-day overnight stay at La Sirena Ranger station or on a private reserve. You can also go ocean and mangrove kayaking, go on a canopy zip line tour, surfing, and fishing. We highly recommend doing a boat tour within the Golfo Dulce (sweet gulf), which is a tropical fjord with dolphins, turtles, and twice yearly there are Humpback whales and Whale Shark migrations for breeding. Other activities in the area include visiting a cacao farm and see how chocolate is made (!! consuming some is mandatory !), or just relax on the front deck of the Casita or at the beach and watch the monkeys and birds in the trees above.
We ask that shoes are removed before entering the house to protect the floors.
We do not have unlimited water especially in the high season of January through April so please help conserve.
Our host (Sandy) was very welcoming and we appreciated all the personal touches in the casita including the guest book. There were macaws everywhere and we loved them too. There is no electricity in the house - only battery lanterns, and there were no screens (only mosquito nets) but there were not a lot of bugs, and we adored being so close to nature and a pristine stretch of beach. We slept best here, and it was so cosy!
This place is fantastic! We really enjoyed it! Sandy was very welcoming and helpfull. She gave us informations about Cabo Matapolo - beautiful beaches and a great hike to a waterfall. We also did a Kayaking tour through mangroves and on the ocean with a beautiful sunset surrounded by dolphins - great! We hope to return to this fantastic place one day!
As we sit here facing the rising sun on the last night off the grid here in our jungle home for 5 days, the glorious rays of light illuminate for us the many blessings we have experienced here and other places we've visited in Costa Rica. There's so much magnificence in the unfolding of the day as nature in all it's wonderful forms announces it's presence and pleasure of being alive. As we witness the natural sound scape it encourages us to reflect upon our own voices. How can we announce ourseves into the chorus so that we may be welcomed and tuned in with the song of life " Encantada La Vida"? When we harmonize, our gaze softens, our hearts open, our joy and love awakens, and we remember our interconnectedness to all beings! Om Shanti shanti, shanti.
Sandy is incredibly welcoming and laid back, leaves great info in the casita. The location is beautiful, with lots of wild life around. It's important to remember that the casita is what in Maine would be called a "camp." It's a cosy space with no sound privacy...and after dark there's little light, and you need bug repellent.
Wow, what to say about Casita Tranquila. The garden and property is beautifully maintained, much respect to Manuel for his work. While all beaches in CR at technically public, this beach felt like a private one, there were so few people there. It definitely had a tropical feel. The cabin provided much comfort and amenities while still offering the sense of being immersed in nature.
I can't say enough about the hospitality of our host. Our car broke down on the remote Peninsula de Osa, and the rental company sent a mechanic (who didn't speak any english) to fix it and deliver a new car. Sandy stayed up with us for several hours into the night helping us through the difficult transition. We couldn't have done it without her, and she brushed it off as if it was nothing. Your kindness was very much appreciated! (Oh, she also arranged an awesome guided day hike into Corcovado for us).
If we ever find ourselves anywhere near Peninsula de Osa, Casita Tranquila will be on the agenda!
It was a great stay: the "Casita" has a fantastic location, it is extremely well equipped to have a great stay and it was great to meet Sandy during our staying. Highly recommended to anybody who wants to have some relaxing atmosphere far away from the daily routine.
The area on the south of the house is also great: a 4x4 to recommended to do some high adrenaline river crossing!
Casita Tranquila was a great place to stay. I traveled by myself, so this place was more than enough - with a master bedroom and a second bedroom with bunks. The owners did a great job on the design and layout of the place, and it's only about 100 yards from the beach. The outdoor bathroom was awesome, and I was shocked there was actually hot running water.
The location is pretty good, too - while you're not all the way down in Matapalo, you're only 15 minutes drive away from Matapalo's watering hole (Martina's); and it's a lot closer to Matapalo and Corcovado than is P. Jimenez. Great place, and I'd definitely stay there again.
(Pro tip - rent a 4WD vehicle in P. Jimenez at Solid Rental Car rather than depending on taxis to shuttle you everywhere . . . no problems parking by the cabin)
About the Host, Roger
Hi, I was born in England and left over thirty five years ago to live in Australia, New Zealand, Africa, and the USA, I moved to Costa RIca nine years ago and become a legal resident.
My wife Sandra is from California, we raised three wonderful children, my son Gareth is a biologist and studies crocodiles, snakes, toads and frogs, My daughter Kelly has worked at wildlife refuges in Costa Rica, Vietnam, and Belize, she now works at San Francisco zoo in the primate section, Alanna my youngest daughter works at Stanford hospital with children that have severe food allergies.
We came to Costa Rica to enjoy the slow pace of life, the nature, the great people,
and much more.
The Osa is a long way to come so I feel my job is to help in any way I can to make your trip enjoyable.