Tropical, open air, grass roof house on the Osa Peninsula.Sombrero Beach in front of the house.
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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.

The space

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 gathering at the bar. 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.

Guest access

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.

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.

The space
Accommodates: 5
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 3
Check In: Anytime after 2PM
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and cat(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt

Free parking on premises
Wireless Internet

Extra people $25 / night after 4 guests
Weekly Discount: 5%
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House Rules
Check in is anytime after 2PM

We expect our guests to respect the wildlife and keep their energy and water consumption low.


3 nights minimum stay

20 Reviews

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Randal User Profile
August 2017
Sometimes I have some trepidation in giving away a beautiful secret in fear it may somehow ruin it. Magical place, we are grateful to have had the opportunity to enjoy it for a few days... we really could have stayed there a few weeks and enjoyed every minute.

Susan User Profile
May 2017
This place was an AMAZING spot for my honeymoon trip and I wish we could have spent more time here. I would love to come back on a future trip and bring friends as well. The house was spotless! I was expecting it to be a little grungier due to the fact that it has the open air concept but was pleasantly surprised. The location to the beach is perfect. We enjoyed cooking meals together under the shade of the grass roof and taking long walks along the rocks on the beach. Lindsey, who was hosting us, showed us a spot nearby to hike for a few hours, which was really nice. Daily we would see new wildlife, whether it monkeys (on the property), iguanas visiting in the kitchen or scarlet macaws flying side by side above the beach. If you enjoy cooking for yourself, this is THE place to stay in the Osa. Take Gretchen's advice and DO stock up before arriving. The bridges you have to drive over to get to the house, are a little nerve racking and you will not want to go back and forth throughout your stay.

Pablo@Pabloluceroyoga.Com User Profile
November 2016
Fantastic location, exactly what I needed after leading an 8 day yoga retreat. Secluded enough and close enough to local town just 30min. away. Extremely quiet and precious.

Alex User Profile
April 2016
I'm not even sure where to start.. be aware that it is a little bit of a trek to get to the house. It is 45 minutes on a dirt road from the nearest major town and is pretty isolating - there are only two real restaurants to choose from if you want to go out to eat. Both had really great food though. I would definitely rent a car though, otherwise you will be kind of stuck in the middle of nowhere. Upon check in it became apparent that the house was part of an all inclusive retreat type place (called Boca Sombrero). They had a group of Germans in house when we first arrived but we didn't seem to notice the group too much. Laura checked us in and realized that she accidentally checked in another couple to the house that we had rented. So we had to go sit on the beach for a half hour after a long day of traveling and wait for the couple to vacate the house. It was rather inconvenient. The house itself is beautiful and is completely open air. Which was really cool but it meant that animals and bugs, think iguanas/lizards and bats were able to have free roam of the house. The house also does not have any fans or AC and it was really hot when we were there. My husband wasn't able to sleep 4 out of our 5 nights due to the heat. It's not the hosts fault, it's just something you should be aware of. Mind you, we live in Jackson Hole, WY where it never gets above 90 degrees so we aren't accustomed to such heat and high humidity. Monika was great in helping set up all of our activities and providing suggestions. I think that having her to help us plan our visit was a huge benefit and I would urge you to book this house over other houses just based on this fact. The beach is not a beach where you'd want to go swimming but it does have some great surfing at high tide. Their neighbor, Eddy, offers surf lessons and we had a great time learning how to surf. The bottom line is that we had a wonderful time at this house. If it weren't for the heat and the mix up at check in we wouldn't hesitate to go back in a heartbeat. Only 3% of tourists get to see the Osa Peninsula and I think it was well worth the trip. From the howler monkeys and parrots that wake you up in the morning to falling asleep to the crashing of waves at night it was a very memorable experience, one that will be hard to forget.
Gretchen User ProfileGretchen is a superhost.
Response from Gretchen:
Thank you for your review! Aside from the mix up during check-in and the heat, sound like you had a good time and enjoyed the house. Bug, lizards, bats, and all! This year has been exceptionally hot. Everyone, including full time residents, is feeling the heat. Hopefully the rains return soon and we start to experience more comfortable temperatures. The Osa is definitely wild and not for everyone, but for the few who make it here, it's a little slice of paradise.
April 2016

Tiffany User Profile
April 2016
This place is AMAZING!!! We stayed 3 days in the Osa Peninsula, at Boca Sombrero. This house was like a vacation commercial; open house design with a pool and a hammock, 30 feet from a secluded private beach in the Jungle of Costa Rica. With the open layout for the house, we had several huge, awesome lizards in the kitchen all day long, ridiculous amounts of wildlife at night, and the sounds of the ocean and jungle to fall asleep to every night. The pool was the perfect place to cool off after a long day hiking in the National Park (go with Bolivar from Surcos Tours, he was great!), or a horse back riding tour with waterfall rappelling combo. Monika was our host and had great recommendations for things to do and see. The house was very clean and tidy and easy to find.

Brianne User Profile
February 2016
Heaven on earth! Gorgeous home close to a wide variety of activities. Monika was a big factor in making our experience enjoyable. Highly recommend for anyone looking for a true Costa Rican experience.

Estee User Profile
December 2015
We had a great time in the beach house. Monika and Grace were wonderful and always willing to help us with anything we needed. I would recommend having some bicycles there for people without cars to get down the street. We walked a couple of times to the bar/restaurant and would have been nice to have a bicycle - especially when it got close to dark. We were surprised how loud the ocean was at night during high tide. If you are a light sleeper, be sure to bring ear plugs.

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Bellingham, Washington, United StatesJoined in March 2013
Gretchen User ProfileGretchen is a superhost.

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.

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