About This Listing
Casa Rio Sombrero is custom-finished with fine hardwoods, an open floor plan and a beautiful thatched roof. There are two bedrooms on the second floor. The main floor hosts a fully equipped kitchen, full bathroom, dining area, and dipping pool.
Casa Rio Sombrero is custom-finished with fine hardwoods, an open floor plan and a beautiful thatched roof. Upstairs the house has two bedrooms containing king-sized, netted beds. Downstairs, there is a central, open kitchen designed for (email hidden). It is also equipped with modern appliances. There is a comfortable dining area and an artfully designed bathroom, detached from the main structure for privacy. The bathroom area includes a covered dipping pool - a refreshing escape from the midday sun.
Surf lessons, board rentals, and yoga deck.
Interaction with Guests
Monika will be your onsite hostess. She can help you with anything you need during our stay.
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.
There are local taxis, rental cars, and a local colectivo (public transportation).
Other Things to Note
This home is located off the grid in one of the most biologically diverse places in the world. It's the perfect spot for nature lovers, adventurers, and people looking to relax and unwind.
We expect our guests to respect the wildlife and keep their energy and water consumption low.
Ahhhh...we LOVED the little bungalow so much it felt like home! You need to have an adventurer's spirit to stay here and we do. It is open air and the fire ants, lizzards, crabs, spiders and monkey's will all share the house with you! :)
The road to get there is very bumpy, but if you rent a 4 wheel drive and enjoy the gorgeous views (fields with grazing cattle, horses and mountains on one side and the ocean on the other) then the bumpy ride is just fun, but be careful of the narrow bridges with no side rails!
Monika was a stellar host!! and Grace and Miguel as the grounds keeper and his wife were so wonderful. We arrived quite late, but once we got there, they were very gracious.
We had a mishap falling off a horse and shattering a radius bone. Right from the start, everyone involved from the farm hands to the Dr's were amazing and very helpful, all went so smoothly and our hosts were compassionate and helpful.
I most highly recommend a stay at the bungalows at Boca Sombrero, we look forward to visiting again!
The Osa Custom home on the Beach was fabulous. The onsite hostess Monika was extremely helpful and lovely.
The house was perfect for our holidays and as a base while we explored the region. It was beautiful, and open aired. Monika even recommended a few local sites to check out, including a waterfall nearby to spend an afternoon relaxing at.
We loved our visit and would recommend this place to anyone.
Absolutely stunning house next to the beach. Nicely built upper floor with comfortable beds. The kitchen has everything you need to cook a good dinner. Monika was a lovely and helpful host. Internet did not work during our stay (which was actually quite relaxing). We can absolutely recommend this place.
If you want a private getaway right on the beach with an incredibly beautiful (mostly teak) interior, large kitchen, two beautiful queen canopy beds, dipping pool while living very close to nature, this is it. Come with a car, flashlight, groceries (in Puerto Jimminez) and be ready to relax. While security may be an initial concern since this place is remote, just beyond the bush are other beautiful places with full time staff. Enjoy horseback riding, jungle tours, walking an empty beach or lounging with your loved one amidst a gentle breeze and the sound of waves crashing ashore nearby.
We loved this place! So beautiful, open to air, ocean and stars.
I thought Boca Sombrero was amazing! This was my first AirBnb experience, so let me start off by saying that I was incredibly happy that all was as described. The house was more beautiful than the pictures, even, and Grace and Monika were both incredibly friendly. The home itself was completely private and secluded from the other rentals on the property, and no more than 200 ft from the beach. All in all a great experience, and we didn't even try our hands at the surfing or yoga!
As an aside, our stay was a chance for my girlfriend and I to get a "jungle" experience. We were attracted by the idea of having an open air home and being able to experience Costa Rican nature first-hand. Being first-timers and city dwellers, I can say that being nestled in the trees right off the beach definitely afforded that! During our brief stay, we saw iguanas, macaws, two dueling troops of monkeys engaged in a standoff... And all sorts of other animals in addition to the lush backdrop. Since you can't turn the jungle off at night, I don't think this experience was 100% for us, but I'm glad we tried it, and couldn't have imagined a better place to have had the experience. It's a must if you want to have that open air feel at the beach and the good vibes that come with it.
During our 5 weeks of travel in Costa Rica, this was probably the very best place we stayed.
The house itself was truly beautiful and the location was just astonishing! But moreover, the vibe and the people in the area was so nice, and Monika and the staff were so friendly and helpful. I don't think that many tourists make it this far, and that affects the area in a positive way. It's simply more down to earth and pleasant.
You'll probably spend the first night getting used to sleeping in an open house with no walls - I know we did! – but after that, it's just wonderful that there is no walls, and that the ocean is right there in front of you.
We drove from there to San Jose in 6,5 hours, but I think it's also very easy to fly into Puerto Jimenez and take a public taxi from there.
Please take note, that there's no internet in the house itself, but it's available in the nearby house (2 min. walk). You shouldn't use internet while you're here anyway.
We just wish we had been able to stay 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.