About this listing
Take a walk on the wild side! This off-grid bamboo house sits on four acres amidst pristine rainforest and a short stroll to a glorious beach. Enjoy one of the most amazing places on earth in rugged luxury and security. View wildlife from the porch!
Visitors repeatedly say that Casa Sonrisa and our other bamboo houses are exceptional, and have made it a Travelers Choice Winner on TripAdvisor for four years. This year it was among TripAdvisor’s top hotels for families in all Costa Rica and Central America. Located on four acres in the midst of the rainforest, this off grid, bamboo house is right on beautiful Playa Pan Dulce, the area's premier beach and an easy walk to several others. Guests have compared it to having your own private nature preserve, as it is situated in the midst of wildlife coming and going. It is remote and secluded, yet not isolated; comfortable yet unspoiled. It lets you: experience the true Costa Rica, one of the most amazing areas on earth; relax on the beach; surf uncrowded waves; commune with monkeys; and enjoy countless natural wonders. All while staying secure and comfortable. At Casa Sonrisa the ocean waves lull you to sleep and the roar of the howler monkeys awaken you to a glorious sunrise over the Golfo Dulce (Sweet Gulf). A gorgeous, pristine beach is a short stroll across the property, and the rainforest and wildlife are all around. If you love nature in all its wild beauty, you'll love Casa Sonrisa.
The house itself is a simple, yet comfortable handcrafted tree house. The view looks out at the magnificent Golfo Dulce. From your porch watch scarlet macaw fly by and monkeys swing past in the trees. Or venture out to marvelous waterfalls, deep-sea waters, rainforest trails and more breathtaking scenery and unspoiled sand and surf.
Casa Pina is surrounded by a tropical paradise of fragrant, flowering plants like ginger, halyconia, and hibiscus; and fruit trees, with delicious succulent mango, lime, breadfruit, pineapple, papaya and banana there for the picking (depending on the season).
This off-grid house is handcrafted by owner Kirk, who leaves no detail overlooked. The house offers:
•A fully-equipped kitchen with large solar refrigerator, blender, coffee maker; pure artesian well water; stove/oven; and hardwood shelves, counters and island.
•This flows into an ample dining area with handcrafted hardwood table and chairs for spacious dining.
•There is a living area/porch that affords great wildlife viewing and a view of the water;.
•Three bedrooms with hand-crafted, queen sized, four-poster beds with excellent mattresses (plus extra beds), custom fitted netting, bed fans and reading lights;
•Two full bathrooms with hot water shower.
• Outdoor shower;
• Ceiling and house fans;
• Wifi on property;
• 3G phone connection;
• 110-volt outlets for charging electronics (no adaptors needed);
• Local hardwood floors;
• Linens and bath towels;
• On site caretaker / manager and staff;
• Cooking services available;
• Guided tours of area and Corcovado Park available;
• Laundry service available;
• Safe for valuables, plus house alarm system;
• Outdoor barbecue;
• Boogie boards;
• Kayaks with life preservers;
• Beach chairs (no beach towels);
• Delicious artesian well water;
All guests have shared access to: Rainforest guide, exclusive to Casa Bambu; cooking services by our staff of well-loved chefs; wifi connection; 3G phone connection; kayaks; boogie boards; beach chairs; beach and surrounding forest; hiking trails; pre-trip support and tour arrangement from owner.
Interaction with Guests
To help you take full advantage of your adventure we have a terrific system and a great team of people ready to serve all our guests. You are free to avail yourself of their services, at no extra cost to you. These include:
A U.S. contact (owner Lyn), easily reached by phone or e-mail, who answers your questions and concerns before your trip; sets you up in a San Jose hotel if needed (see below); and serves as an emergency liaison while you are traveling.
Extensive information packet, including maps and grocery list, prior to your trip.
San Jose accommodations: We can help arrange accommodations at well-priced, well-run, charming hotels - Costa Rican style.
Rental car: We can help you arrange a rental car from San Jose or locally with a reliable agent.
Detailed driving directions, if you choose to drive.
Local taxi: We arrange to have a reliable and comfortable taxi meet your flight in Puerto Jimenez, and take you to buy food and then out to the house (there is a taxi fee);
Tour bookings: We will either book tours for you when applicable, or refer you to the best people.
Information about the house and area are posted in each house;
Our staff, including our manager William, live next door. They will orient you and are on hand to help you with whatever you need. William and Leda are not only helpful and competent, but a great example of the sweetness of the Costa Rican people. Our guests love them and so do we!
Throughout your stay William is available for hire to take you on rainforest hikes and help you spot local wildlife, as well as serve as your guide to Corcovado Park. (See our Local Tours page for details). If we are not there, William will also help you with logistics and anything else you might need. He is most resourceful!
The Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica's "little Amazon" and Matapalo, its costal edge where our houses are located, are some of the last, unspoiled regions in Costa Rica, if not the planet. The Osa harbors a diversity of habitats and species unheard of elsewhere for an area of its size (less than half of Rhode Island). Between two to three percent of the flora of the Osa exists nowhere else on earth. It contains 13 major ecosystems, including rainforests, lowland forests, cloud forests, mangrove and freshwater swamps, lagoons, beaches, and coral reefs. Jacques Cousteau called its magnificent Golfo Dulce (sweet gulf) the most pristine of the world's four tropical fjords. Home to vast Corcovado National Park, known as the "crown jewel" of Costa Rica, the area (including our neighborhood) is teeming with life.
We are located in a premier spot, close to are good restaurants, fun tours, yoga classes and gorgeous hikes.
You can rent a car (we will help you arrange this) but you don't need one if you don't mind walking around and taking taxis when needed. We use only the most reliable drivers with the newest and most comfortable taxis. We will arrange any transport you need, including having a taxi meet your arrival flight and take you to your departure. There is also public transport twice a day to Puerto Jimenez. Parking is included.
We have no rules other than using common courtesy toward other guests. This is a tranquil area and people tend to rise with the sun and sleep early after an exhilarating day. We do not, however, rent to pets, as this is a wildlife refuge and their scent scares away the animals.
Casa Sonrisa worked out fantastic! Lyn was great with communication to get us set before we arrived, and William was really great the entire stay. It definitely helped to have someone in the group who could speak Spanish well, though it would've been ok without too. Pan Dulce was a great beach, a little rocky but absolutely manageable. Friday night market/party at Buena Esperanza was fun (that was the last one for the season) and the 10 minute walk was super easy. Kayaks were great. William took us on a hike to a waterfall and we were glad to have him guide us (not the one by matapalo beach, but north a bit on 245 and over). The kitchen and common areas are really nicely set up-we made all our meals except one after getting food in Puerto Jimenez as suggested. I would love to come back and stay longer, maybe try Casa Linda or Bambu. I am missing seeing the monkeys already! It was so great to start our days with the sunrise and monkeys. Thanks Lyn!
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About the Host, Lyn
I'm a proud owner, with my husband Kirk, of Casa Bambu Beach House Resort, a multiple TripAdvisor award winning property. Since 1994 we have had the pleasure of hosting guests from all over the world in our bamboo houses and seen many return multiple times to enjoy this unique, amazing place.
Twenty years ago, while visiting friends on the Osa Peninsula, we found four acres of overgrown cow pasture by the Golfo Dulce, cleared it of brambles and weeds, and began to transform it. With neighbors, we planted 1,000 trees (now part of the monkey trail) and built Casa Bambu with the help of local friends. Kirk completed a second bamboo house, Casa Linda, in September, 2002; a third, Casa Piña, in August, 2003; and a fourth, Casa Sonrisa, in December, 2007. All the houses are solar-powered with artesian wells, beautiful tropical yards and on a pristine beach.
Back in the U.S. Kirk has been a "green" builder and home designer in Austin, TX. His houses are ultra efficient - utilizing passive solar techniques, proper siting and other applications that conserve energy while providing comfortable shelter.