Porch at monkey level by guest James MacCrawFully equipped island kitchen by guest James MacCraw
Casa Sonrisa Award Winning House
7 guests
3 bedrooms
5 beds
2 baths
7 guests
3 bedrooms
5 beds
2 baths
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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 abundant wildlife from the porch! If your dates aren't available here, see our other three houses: Casa Linda, Casa Pina and Casa Bambu. They are on this same property 6 acre property in Cabo Matapalo.

The space

Visitors repeatedly say that Casa Sonrisa and our three other bamboo houses are exceptional, and have made them a Travelers Choice Winner on TripAdvisor 7 years. Located on six 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 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 Sonrisa 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 Golfo Dulce;.
•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;
• 4G LTE Wifi on property;
• 4G LTE 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;
Daily housekeeping
• Guided tours of area and Corcovado Park available;
• Laundry service available;
• Safe for valuables, plus house alarm system;
• Outdoor barbecue;
• Hammocks;
• Boogie boards;
• Kayaks with life preservers;
• Beach chairs (no beach towels);
• Delicious artesian well water;

Guest access

All guests have shared access to: Rainforest guide, exclusive to Casa Bambu; cooking services by our staff of well-loved chefs; 4G LTE wifi connection; 4G 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 Kirk), 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.
In addition:

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!


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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 double bed
Common spaces
1 double bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 2PM
Check out by 11AM

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.


Safety features
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay.
From Dec 20 - 27, 2017 the minimum stay is 7 nights.

5 Reviews

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Joe User Profile
February 2016
Everything about the listing is very accurate. Lynn and Kirk gave the best directions through email that you could ask for. The house is perfect for the location, you have a beautiful view of the ocean along with an outside shower after hanging out at the beach! The kitchen is exceptional if you like to cook, everything is provided. If you are looking for a quiet place to stay in an amazing part of Costa Rica, then look no farther!! Please stay here, you will love it.

Renata User Profile
August 2014
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!

Richard User Profile
April 2016
Our family of five spent four wonderful nights at Casa Sonrisa. The house was well designed for an off-grid chilled-out beach and jungle experience. Monkeys were regularly seen swinging in the trees. Coatis and other animals roamed the grounds. The surf was very decent. The kitchen was well appointed for cooking at home. Lyn and Kirk were great hosts and provided us with lots of useful information before our arrival. The manager, William, was a very kind and helpful person. He also took us on a tour into Corcovado National Park and was an excellent guide. We saw various animals, including a Baird's Tapir.

Vivian User Profile
March 2016
We were made to feel very welcome and were given a great run through of the property and information about the surrounding area. The house was unique being constructed out of bamboo. The kitchen was sensibly equipped and furnished in keeping with the environment. The wildlife was amazing.. being woken up by the noise of howler monkeys, toucans & macaws in the nearby trees and monkeys passing by through the trees. Casa Sonrisa along with its sister houses was in a lovely remote location, off the beaten track which totally suited us.

Chris User Profile
January 2016
Excellent place for a family or couple getaway. Spacious bamboo house was set right down it the middle of the jungle just a stone's throw from the beach. Woke up every morning to the sound of howler monkey's in the nearby trees. The place is teeming with life and you can expect to see spider and white faced monkeys, macaws, and cote's. Staying in the light airy home was very relaxing. The high ceilings simple appointments and outfitted kitchen were perfect. We cooked every meal at home and had everything we needed right at our finger tips. Surf was okay while we were there a bit small due to lack of swell, had a descent last session at backwash, which was a lot of fun. If your looking for a spot to relax kick your feet up and remove yourself from excess distraction, this is the spot. If you are visiting during the dry season you should be able to make it to the property in a a Toyota Yaris, if you have off-road driving experience. The road is actually pretty darn good from Puerto Jimenez to Matapalo. Can't wait to get back!

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Austin, Texas, United StatesJoined in March 2014
Kirk User ProfileKirk is a superhost.

I and my wife Lyn are proud owners 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. I 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. I've has been a "green" builder and home designer in Austin, TX. The houses are ultra efficient - utilizing passive solar techniques, proper siting and other applications that conserve energy while providing comfortable shelter.

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