About this listing
Beautifully designed open air home just steps from the beach.
Casa Troya reflects the typical home design of the Osa Peninsula with its half-height walls and natural, local building materials. It has a fully equipped kitchen and bathroom downstairs and a loft partitioned into two bedrooms upstairs. The overall aesthetic of this home evokes a sense of movement as the lines of the structure resemble a wave, ship or an animal, depending on one's perspective. The house is situated just 50 meters from the beach offering views of the water and a nice ocean breeze. Casa Troya offers a comfortable and inspired place to spend your vacation.
Internet is not available at the house, however, is available in a different structure on the property that is about a 2 minute walk from the house.
Surf lessons, board rentals, and yoga deck.
Interaction with Guests
Monika will be your onsite hostess. She will take care of all your needs while staying on the property.
Cabo Matapalo, known by the locals as simply Matapalo, is a small community located 15 km south on a bumpy dirt road from the town of Puerto Jimenez. The area consists of a scattering of eco-lodges and rental homes with one local bar. There are no banks or grocery stores, so make sure to stock up in Puerto Jimenez before heading out. Over the years, Matapalo has become a surf destination. It borders a beach along the Pacific Ocean that routinely ushers in large swells. There are several areas to surf. The waves vary in difficulty, allowing for beginner to expert surfing opportunity. The abundant wildlife also makes this area popular among travelers. Four species of monkeys, scarlet macaws, toucans, sloths, agoutis, and coatimundis are just a small sample of the wildlife that one sees on a regular basis. The Audobon Society has named Cabo Matapalo one of the premiere bird watching venues in the world. Matapalo is where travelers go to be at one with nature and find ultimate relaxation.
The pristine rainforests and rugged natural beauty of the Osa Peninsula make this region one of the most beautiful areas in Costa Rica. Declared one of the most biologically intense places on Earth by National Geographic Magazine, the Osa Peninsula has become the premier eco-tourism destination in the country. The Osa Peninsula is a secluded nature wonderland, playing home to many of the country’s rare and endangered animal and bird species, including squirrel monkeys, jaguars, and other forest cats. With a large chunk of the peninsula forming the Corcovado National Park, this area has the single largest expanse of lowland tropical rainforest in Central America and is one of the tallest rainforests in the world. The area hosts more than 375 bird species, a fourth of Costa Rica's tree species and more than (phone number hidden) vascular plant species, many of which are found nowhere else on earth. The rain forest is made up of 700 tree species — the greatest diversity of tree species in all of Central America.
Your international flight will land at Juan Santamaria Airport in San Jose. From there, you will take a small flight on either Sansa Airlines or Nature Air to Puerto Jimenez. Depending on the arrival time of your international flight, you may have to spend a night in Alajuela before catching a flight to Puerto Jimenez. If this is the case, let us know, and we can help you find a comfortable place to stay for the night. Once in Puerto Jimenez, you can either rent a car with Solid Car Rental or take a taxi out to Matapalo.
It is also possible to drive to Cabo Matapalo from San Jose in a rental car. It is approximately a 7 hour trip
Other Things to Note
Casa Troya is off the grid on one of the most biologically diverse areas of the world. If you're looking to adventure, nature, wildlife, and relaxation, this is the place for you!
We expect our guests to respect the wildlife and be mindful of their energy and water consumption.
My boyfriend and I absolutely fell in love with the Bamboo House, Boca Sombrero, and it's lovely staff. The beauty and tranquility of this place were way beyond what we had imagined. We were warmly greeted and shown, by Grace, to our (5 day, 4 night) home. We quickly settled in to the open air architecture which allowed the connection with nature we were in Costa Rica to enjoy; the ocean sounds, countless varieties of birds (including a band of macaws), lizards, crabs, bats, frogs, etc.. We soon met Monika, who was pleasant and extremely knowledgeable about the area. She gave us great direction on nearby places to visit, which we enthusiastically followed, to our extreme enjoyment. A nice walk up the Matapalo beach one day, followed by a hike up a nearby river to multiple waterfalls, the canopy, and abundant wildlife (3 types of monkeys, iguanas, huge butterflies) the next. Since our stay was during the high season we were able to enjoy the delicious cuisine provided by Lily, Luke, and staff. Aside from them being a delight to talk with, the food was delicious! I would also suggest a massage with Flor, she was amazing.
We can't say enough about our stay at Boca Sombrero. We hope to visit again soon!
We stayed 13 days in Costa Rica and 3 days at the Osa Beachfront house. Of all the places we stayed, Osa Beachfront was our favorite. There was something magical about the house, and being steps from the beach!
We were on our honeymoon, and I would highly recommend Osa for a romantic getaway. Perfect place to get away from it all. If you like surfing, or want to learn, there's a surf instructor just next to the property, who is very patient and costs are reasonable.
The property is open air, which means a roof and no doors to lock. It is open and there is a safe box to store your valuables. There are some bugs as well as bats that fly through the place. All part of the experience.
Wish the place had been available for longer than the 3 nights we stayed.
We arrived around 7:30pm and it was extremely dark. Monica was a delight. Led us to our bamboo home, showed us around and left promising to see us the next day.
The house is amazing. Thatched roof,expansive floor plan that captures the trade winds. A view of the beach, outdoorish shower surrounded by lush tropical forest. Amazing.
Monica guided us towards an animal shelter headed by a strong woman named Carol which was reached by a captain named Lazarus. The boat trip,was great and Carol offered us an up close meeting with monkeys, sloths, little animals I have forgotten the names of and much more.
The next day we were shown the local birds of the region, again arranged by Monica, which included the illusive greater Puto. An amazing bird with a little baby Puto. Without a guide we would have seen almost nothing and that which we did see would not have been identifiable.
As a side note the case grande is amazing. Check it out just for a visual experiencs.
What a way to start an incredible Costa Rican experience.
My girlfriend and I spent five wonderful days at Boca Sombrero Casa Troya! We were welcomed by Monica who was very friendly and manages the resort.
The house is right on the beach and you can hear the waves coming in which is really nice to fall asleep to! We really liked the openness of the house (no windows or doors) as it made for natural aircon. There is a safe where you can store your valuables. This is an ideal place to come and relax.
You will constantly see or hear animals including howler monkeys, scarlet macaws, toucans and bats.
You basically have the beach for yourself besides a few surfers.
If you need a consistant and good internet connection then you need to find somewhere ells to stay because there is none to be found in the house and the wireless in the common area is really bad. Take this as an opportunity to put your iPhone away and just enjoy the surrounding nature instead.
We would definitely recommend this place to others!
Boca Sombrero was an oasis on the Osa Peninsula. The open air house was a very unique experience right on the beach. We really enjoyed falling asleep to the sound of the waves and waking up to the sound of the howler monkeys. Even better than the pictures! We also spent our first night in one of the tent cabinas and found it very comfortable as well.
Monika was an exceptional hostess who arranged our adventure to Corcovado National Park and guided us to the local spots for food. Grace prepared delicious breakfasts every morning and made us a special dinner on Christmas. Yoga on the property was rejuvenating.
When the kids saw the bamboo house they shouted out Oh. Em. Gee! Hard to argue with that. Steps from the beach with wildlife all around us our three days here were simply amazing. Beautful house and we were taken care of exceptionally by Grace and Monika (and Dino the dog).
We had such a lovely stay - the place is beautiful...
If only it could have been for longer!
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About the Host, Gretchen
I moved to Costa Rica from Seattle in 2003. I love the laid back lifestyle of Costa Rica and the incredible wildlife on the Osa Peninsula. I work as the booking agent for the three beachfront houses and eight tent cabinas that make up Boca Sombrero.