The beach in front of our house - almost always deserted.No caption necessary!
Awesome Oceanfront - Private & Romantic!

Entire home/apt

5 guests

2 bedrooms

2 beds
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Enjoy indoor/outdoor living with floor to ceiling louvered doors and an ocean view from every room... Very private -- monkeys and parrots will be your closest neighbors. This is a nature-lover's PARADISE!! Explore or just chill in the hammocks!

The space

Pelican House is on the Osa Peninsula, one of the last wild places in the world. Ocean views from every room. Private and romantic. Great swimming on a deserted beach. Scarlet macaws and squirrel monkeys are your only neighbors. A nature lover's paradise!

Floor to ceiling louvered doors let in the ocean breeze. Ceiling fans in every room. Full kitchen. Hammocks galore. Our wonderful caretaker will make your stay complete.

This is a perfect place for a honeymoon or a small family vacation. Two private bedrooms with queen beds. We also have two inflatable mattresses and a very comfortable couch. On the best beach in the Osa - Pelican House is great for kids (and great without them!)...

Wake to the calls of howler monkeys. Zip lines are nearby and good surfing just up the coast (waterfalls, too). The Osa is a bird watcher's paradise. Yipes -- what more can we say?! It is incredible!

Some info:
Costa Rica is home to a rich variety of plants and animals. While the country has only about 0.25% of the world's landmass, it contains 5% of the world's biodiversity. Around 25% of the country's land area is in protected national parks and protected areas, the largest percentage of protected areas in the world (developing world average 13%, developed world average 8%). Costa Rica has successfully managed to diminish deforestation from some of the worst rates in the world from 1973 to 1989, to almost zero by 2005.

Guest access

Pelican House is on the best swimming beach in the Osa. It is completely undeveloped and you can walk for miles. Ziplines, hiking and boating are close by and easy to arrange.

Interaction with guests

The house is entirely private (we live off the premises). We have a wonderful caretaker who lives in a separate dwelling on the property.

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Common spaces
1 couch

The space
Accommodates: 5
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 2
Check In: Anytime after 2PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


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House Rules
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3 nights minimum stay.
From Dec 22, 2017 - Jan 06, 2018 the minimum stay is 7 nights.

20 Reviews

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Caitlin User Profile
May 2017
Wonderful Stay. I don't think you will find a better place to stay on the Oso. Rafa is amazing and added great joy to our trip. Close to town but feels very private and secluded. Thank you!
Allison User Profile
Response from Allison:
Thanks, Caitlin! Please come again :)
May 2017

Ginny User Profile
April 2017
Allison & Jim have built a lovely, secluded home near Puerto Jimenez. If you're seeking an adventurous escape that's off the grid, you'll enjoy this slice of paradise that's both relaxful & adventurous. It's close to the beach, town and a short drive to monkeys, waterfalls, surfing & snorkeling. We loved it. Thanks you again Allison & Jim for everything. You are great hosts.

Vicki User Profile
April 2017
The Pelican House was a great final splurge for our family. We spent three wonderful nights here with our kids, 6 & 8. We loved the open air design of the home and all the fans and secondary roof helped the house feel cooler and more breezy than others we stayed in. Waking up to a symphony of birds and monkeys at the dawn, and having a beautiful beach so close was awesome. Our girls loved collecting hermit crabs at the beach and watching leaf cutter ants cross the pathway, and we all loved seeing scarlet macaws, green parrots, howler monkeys, and butterflies throughout the day. We found the place so comfortable that we hardly went into town and never journeyed further, but also we only had three days we chose to just relax and enjoy the home. Everything in the home was comfortable and the kitchen was well stocked with good pots and pans etc. Our only issue was that the freezer/fridge timer was set for only three hours a day, and our meat was hardly cold in the morning which we felt was not safe, so we went to town and kept all our meat on ice. I don't know if that was the norm or not. The famous and beloved Rafa was not there for our stay, but the man who filled in for him was very kind. My husband is bilingual and the two of them talked a lot and even fished together. All in all, we loved our stay and would definitely recommend it. Thanks, Allison!

Ben User Profile
April 2017
We had a great, nine-night stay at the Pelican House. I would echo many of the positive reviews below. It's an amazing place to be able to connect to the many amazing and unique experiences to be had on the Osa Peninsula, and also to connect with the people who live there. My daughter really loved the hammock and the monkeys, my wife loved the beach, and my son loved the birding - something for everyone. We were learning Costa Rican birds, but still saw 70 species in ten days just at the house, between the beach and the stream, as well as three kinds of monkeys, and other wildlife right on the property. Could not imagine a better place for us to have stayed near Puerto Jimenez.

Lila User Profile
January 2017
This was a beautiful house. We really enjoyed our four nights stay. The beach is a leap, jump and step from the home. The ocean water is warm and relaxing. We saw Scarlett Macaws everyday from the porch. We decided last minute to ditch our car rental, since we shifted our plans to see more of the country, we ended up taking small planes. Something's to prepare for, if you don't have a car... The taxi rides are about $20 one way into town and back to the house. I suggest loading up on food, water, and drink at the local BM in town. There are a couple of restaurants down the beach, but you need to know when the tide is low to go and come back. This is a 25 minute walk on a sloped black sand beach. You'll want to take your time, so make sure your not competing with the tide for the beach. There is a pizza delivery service that will bring pizza, salad, and pasta. Allison, the owner, has a great reputation in the community and as a result, we were received with open arms. Everyone we met was very kind. We did a day tour to Corcadova Park, which is about 50 minutes away, with Ifi of Osa Wild. We loved it. It is a full day of hiking/walking. The house is a lovely setup, facing the ocean. There are bugs, so bring you're mosquito repellent, if this a problem for you. The roads going towards the park do require a 4 wheel drive vehicle. We loved our stay at the Pelican House and highly recommend it. The grounds keeper and his family were lovely and respectful of our solitude. We had a very nice experience here.

Jonathan User Profile
July 2016
Wonderful place. Stayed for 3 days but wish it had been longer. Beautiful house and a real credit to Allison and Jim. So tranquil and off the beaten track, making it very relaxing surrounded by nature in action. A perfect rest stop for us on a busy 3 week schedule. Also convenient for anything you ant to do in the Osa. Would definitely return.

Ezra User Profile
June 2016
We stayed here for three nights it was lovely and very peaceful. About ten minutes drive from Puerto Jimenez along a rather pretty country road. It was a fantastic place to relax in with a large kitchen and area the opened onto the deck, which in turn looked out on a field that extended down to the beach. Perfect for sitting and listening to the sounds of the birds and watching the fireflies in the evening. To get to the Corcovado via Carate it is a two hour drive along the dirt road- so plan for that. The caretaker, Rafa, is extremely helpful and can help arrange excursions from the house. But what it's best for is just relaxing in.

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Allison User Profile

Hi! I am a documentary filmmaker ( and Jim is an artist ( We designed and built Pelican House six years ago (Jim was the architect). When we're not in Costa Rica, we live on Cape Cod.

We care deeply about nature and the health of our planet, which is one reason we fell in love with the Osa. It is still wild and untouched -- no big hotels or golf courses! Pelican House is completely off the grid -- even the fridge is powered by the solar panels. The nightly frog chorus provides the music and the fireflies provide the light show. It's a deliciously private and romantic spot, right on the ocean. We're often visited by squirrel monkeys and we awake each morning to the calls of howler monkeys and parrots. Scarlet macaws visit us regularly. It's magical!

We love sharing our home with like-minded people - those who treasure the natural world and want to help protect it. We rent our Osa home for much of the year, but we are open to a swap if you have a place we've been wanting to visit. We love Paris and Tuscany, Thailand and Bali, London, Venice, Rome -- and we love new adventures...!

Languages: English
Response rate: 90%
Response time: within a few hours

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