About this listing
Outfitted with beautiful, screened Moroccan-style tents whose special fabric allows for ventilation and guarantees dulce sueños. Each bungalow has a cozy porch for relaxing and a private, open-air shower adjacent. Share toilets are nearby.
We have 8 thatched-roof tent cabinas spread across our magnificent 20-acre beachfront property on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula. The cabinas are specially designed for comfort in a tropical climate. The thatched roof will keep you dry and cool, while a transparent material along the roof-line lets in light. The platforms are outfitted with beautiful, screened Moroccan-style tents whose special fabric allows for ventilation and guarantees dulce sueños (sweet dreams). Each cabina has a cozy porch for relaxing and a private, open-air shower adjacent. Shared bathroom facilities are nearby and conveniently located.
Surf lessons, board rentals, and yoga.
Interaction with Guests
Monika will be onsite and able to help with anything you need during your 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.
Local taxis, rental cars, and colectivo (public transportation)
Other Things to Note
The property is in a remote jungle/beach area off the grid. Lights and fans in the tents are solar powered and water comes from a well on the property.
We expect our guests to be conscious of energy and water consumption, and respect the wildlife.
Boca Sombrero was a great location for 4 nights and the tent was as described. Very comfortable despite the intense heat! The shaded tent site, proximity to the beach and personal hammock were excellent! Some of the other tents were not as shaded, so I was happy to have the one that was tucked into the forest!
Monika and staff allowed me to keep food in the fridge and pay to have dinner. It was low season (end of April), so there were very few other people around and it felt like I had the place to myself. The surf beach 3 minute walk from the property was amazing for improving my beginner skills! I do recommend renting a car for a couple days if possible in order to be more mobile. I used the colectivo and it was okay, but was limited in my flexibility, as it only stops twice a day - once in the morning and once in the afternoon.
I would definitely come back and will consider renting one of the houses next time!
Our stay was wonderful, and we can't wait to visit again. The staff and hut's were awesome, thank you for having us.
We will see you soon.
My husband and I enjoyed staying at the resort in our tent cabins listening to the waves break while sleeping and waking up to howling monkeys. It was an experience we will never forget. Monika and Gretchen were great host as well as the folks we met during the our stay. The food was amazing and the atmosphere was truly relaxing. There was plenty of activities to do...yoga, surfing, paddle boarding, kayacking, hiking in the forest, massages, spa treatment,farmers market Friday evening, I can go on and on. We loved this place!
I had a great time at the Thatched roof tent cabins. I didn't meet Gretchen but Monica was there when we arrived and able to help us with anything we needed. She gave us info on trails to hike, swimming, and where to get lunch. The breakfasts and dinner that they served were great. We really enjoyed our experience there.
It is definitely an awesome place to stay! The only noises you could hear were from the stunning wildlife and the ocean.
I felt very welcome and everything has been arranged for me nicely.
I had a very good time here and would recommend it to everyone who would like to spend relaxed days close to amazing beaches at the gate to one of the most extraordinary national parks!
My boyfriend and I stayed 8 days at the amazing tent cabinas at Boca Sombrero. Having traveled multiple times to various locations in Costa Rica, this was by far the best value for the price. The tent cabinas were clean, comfortable, and unique. They are scattered across the property so you definitely have some privacy. There is a large, open, and beautiful "main house," which acts as a common area where we enjoyed delicious (and big) breakfasts every morning made by the fabulous Grace. The host, Monika, was lovely and went above and beyond to make sure we enjoyed our stay. Any activity you want to partake in while staying here, I assure you Monika can arrange! The large beachfront property is immaculate, with a beginner surf break just a minute away walking. There are 2 restaurants close by and Pan Dulce/Matapalo is a 45 minute walk or short car ride away. We didn't have a vehicle and enjoyed walking to pan dulce to swim/surf, but if you aren't into that sort of thing you will want a rental car. We were lucky enough to befriend a small yoga group that was also staying there and joined in on dinner with them a few nights at the main house thanks to Monika. The food (made by the amazing Lily) was some of the best I've ever had and finding it in a fairly remote location was unexpected! If you visit make sure to go to Martina's on Friday night for the little market, dinner, and dancing. We could not have had a better experience and feel so fortunate we found Monika and the tent cabinas on airbnb. We were truly "wowed" and I can't wait to return.
Monika is a great warm host. She was too kind waiting for our arrival from Corcovado at 7pm. The photos posted by Monika are true to reality. She greeted us showed us around and kept us company during dinner at the main house. We were prepared to cook there and the kitchen in the main house is clean and seems well equipped, but there was a dinner already prepared for a large yoga group staying there, so we prefered to pay for the 3 course dinner rather than having to cook it. It was delicious. (tip: 1-At an extra price, this lady can cook anything you ask for, provided they have access to it. 2- you can charge your electronics in the main house)
The whole concept of tents in a hut with their own porch is very charming. There is a light on the front porch, enough to search through my luggage and later, read a book. Each hut has its own shower a few steps away. They are in the open but shielded and I believe private enough for almost anybody. There is no light on the way to the shower or in the shower so I placed my smartphone over the shower walls with the flashlight pointing down. On the way back from the shower, the stone path prevents you from getting your feet dirty if you decide to go barefoot. There's a shared toilet far enough for privacy but close enough for comfort.
There's a guard walking around at night to make sure everything is safe but we didn't ever see him though we heard him walking at a distance. There are no covers on the entrance and backside of the tent, just mosquito nets to let the sea breeze in. This doesn't take privacy away since it is quite dark and other than the guard, there are not many more tents (maybe 3?) which are well spaced. Mattresses are comfortable and sheets feel like new. A small electric fan pointing to each bed helps to keep you cool if it's extra hot but otherwise you can be fine without them. The huts are not right next to the beach but there's a barrier of almendro trees in between so we fell asleep while listening to the sea. Sleeping here was one of my best experiences in the south of Costa Rica.
Next day we were limited on time so we decided to spend time at the beach. There's a waterfall nearby but we didn't feel like walking there. The property has one path to the beach, with a hut just before getting to the beach where we had some drinks and snacks (we skipped the courtesy breakfast). Sombrero is a very large beach with no one on sight as far as we could see, and at least when we were there, sea level was low and far away, exposing long flat rocks and leaving small pools of water where we sat and admired the beach.
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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.