Best House For Big Groups, Families

House - Entire home/apt · Playa Santa Teresa, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Reviews say "The Jungle House was definitely one of the highlights of our trip...clean, beautiful & spacious. Very quick access to the beach."
Yes, you really can feel you'll get your money's worth! Reserve your vacation rental in Santa Teresa here.

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Reviews say "The Jungle House was definitely one of the highlights of our trip...clean, beautiful & spacious. Very quick access to the beach."
Yes, you really can feel you'll get your money's worth! Reserve your vacation rental in Santa Teresa here.

The Space

The Perfect Home Base for Your Adventure – Walk to the Beach & Main Street!

Your group is big and adventurous. Together, you like to try new local dishes, surf the best breaks, zip-line through the jungle, and wake up to the sound of howler monkeys in the trees just outside your window.

Standard hotel accommodations or resorts with pre-planned activities may work for some groups, but yours would rather have flexible schedules to fill with your own excursions. The Jungle House is close to all the action, making this easy & convenient.

If this sounds like you guys, then The Jungle House in Santa Teresa Costa Rica, is your place. Located smack in the middle of a stunning trifecta of ocean, jungle, and the town’s main street, The Jungle House simultaneously offers easy access to local attractions and a sense of privacy and seclusion.

"A Fantastic Home Away From Home in Santa Teresa!" (Lyn B)...

At The Jungle House you'll find bold, rustic décor—including dining tables shaped like surfboards and hand crafted hardwood beams & furniture throughout—in a comfortable, relaxed setting with Zen-like peace. At 3400 square feet, with seven bedrooms and space for up to 14 guests, we are one of the largest vacation rental houses right in the heart of town. And, one of the most affordable.

Unlike other area accommodations, there’s no hill to contend with when you want to get some sun or test the surf. Just take a relaxing 5 minute walk on a flat path. We’re so close to the Pacific, you can hear it crashing just behind the row of towering jungle trees at the back of the property.

"...The Water Has A Perfect Temperature & The Surfing Is Awesome" (Jose A.)...

If you’re unsure where to start with your adventures and activities, we can help. We’ll happily set you up with fishing trips, zip-line canopy tours, a kayak adventure, or a yoga instructor who will come out to the property and guide you through a series of poses on your private, open-air yoga studio. Or, learn to surf with a talented instructor. One of Costa Rica’s best breaks is in the Jungle House’s backyard!

"...Didn't Have A Single Bad Meal In 2 Weeks" (Ben F.)...

After spending all day working up an appetite, you can either step right onto the main road for a variety of restaurants, or cross the street to the frutería for fresh veggies, fruits and eggs. Prepare a meal in the house’s large open kitchen, which is fully equipped with quality cookware and appliances. There’s also a supermarket, just a 3-minute walk, for everything else you might need. We can arrange delivery of delicious fresh fish to you as well, which you can grill on the outdoor barbecue while everyone cools off in the private pool.

"One Of The Most Beautiful Beaches I've Ever Been To" (Amanda L.)...

Forbes Magazine calls Santa Teresa one of the world’s top ten most breathtaking beaches—with its volcanic formations, lush tropical scenery, and diverse wildlife—and we know you’ll agree.

Why not give your family something to look forward to, starting right now? Book your escape to Santa Teresa’s Jungle House today!

Read more about The Jungle House's rooms & details below...

What You Get at The Jungle House...

The upstairs part of The Jungle House has a big living room w/ a large comfy sofa, bar area, ping-pong table, and stereo. There is free wi-fi that has a good signal upstairs, and throughout the house, even out on the deck.

The upstairs rooms are:
The Jungle Suite: This room is perfect for a couple. It has a king size bed & its own full bathroom, and views of palm tress all around. There is no A/C, but two ceiling fans keep the room cool for sleeping comfortably.

The Junior Suite: This bedroom has a double bed, and one half bath. There is no A/C, but two ceiling fans keep the room cool.

The downstairs has the main kitchen, dining area, five bedrooms and one bathroom.
The downstairs rooms are:

The Jungle Room Grande: 2 beds (1 queen & 1 single) with A/C & 2 ceiling fans. There is a common bathroom for 5 rooms.

The Jungle Room Solo: 1 double bed with shelves & a place to hang clothes, A/C & ceiling fan.

The Jungle Surf Bunks: 3 identical rooms with bunk beds & A/C. There is a common bathroom for 5 rooms, bamboo showers are outside.

How To Get To Santa Teresa Costa Rica & The Jungle House...

We have safe parking if you rent a car. I can arrange ground transportation for you too, which is highly recommended. Another way to get here, though, is by flying in a small plane from San Jose to Tambor airport. Check Sansa for the latest prices. It's a 45 minute car ride from Tambor to The Jungle House. Once at Tambor, with advance notice we will coordinate a pick up.

Inquire Today & I'll Get Back To You Quickly...

I speak English & Spanish and will be a very welcoming host for you. I live a few minutes away, so I'm available to help you with anything. My name is Joe Gatto, estoy a la orden.

The Jungle House has consistently gotten great reviews. We're very thankful to be here & extremely grateful for our guests & the positive reviews! Come visit us soon.

So what are you waiting for? Come experience Pura Vida in Santa Teresa Costa Rica.
Reserve The Jungle House for your family and friends today...

Guest Access

Free wi-fi, small pool, fully equipped kitchen, 2.5 baths, upstairs bar & living room, outside deck/yoga shala & tiki bar.

Interaction with Guests

I'll be there to check you in & out. I live down the street, so I'm available to help you with whatever you need. If there is some mishap, you can call me and I'll get on it. I'm available to communicate with you before your stay to arrange transportation for you from the airport. I can also set up your tours & activities, like surf lessons, deep-sea fishing trips, kayak adventures, or zip lining.

The Neighborhood

A Santa Teresa Costa Rica vacation can be totally relaxing, or full-on adventure. You can make it anyway you like.

The Jungle House is ideal because staying here is convenient, comfortable, and relaxing. It's made for either an active adventurous week, or a relaxing vacation of lazy days at the beach, fish dinners and drinks on the deck.

You'll be right in the middle of all the action, close to everything, so you can easily choose to chill or jump into all the exciting activities in Santa Teresa. We'll set up your activities too so you don't have to negotiate in Spanish.

Many visitors comment that this section of Santa Teresa, in which The Jungle House is located, is the coolest part of town. Restaurants, bars & markets, surf shops, and the main beach path are all right out our front door.

This little section between Super Ronny #2 & the beach path at Brunela Hostel is always alive with people walking to & from the beach, and going out to eat & drink at all the nearby cool places & hotspots.

There are people from all over the world, and you get a really free feeling as you walk around without a care in the world, meeting other people having a great time too. I'm sure you'll enjoy a similar feeling when you're here.

Getting around

Ask me to arrange your transportation to & from the airport, it will make your vacation planning a lot easier for you.

You can walk everywhere you really need to go. A lot of people rent quads, some rent cars; either way there is plenty of space & security to park them. The direct bus to the airport & downtown San Jose picks you up right in front of the house everyday at 6 am & 2 pm.

Other Things to Note

A Santa Teresa Costa Rica vacation is an unforgettable experience because of the beautiful beach, wonderful waves, cool cosmopolitan vibe, and healthy atmosphere. Come live pura vida and learn first hand what this famous phrase is all about.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 14
Bedrooms: 7
Bathrooms: 2.5
Beds: 11
Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Price: $1999 /week
Security Deposit: $500
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
  • The Jungle House was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. It was clean, beautiful and spacious. Very quick access to the beach. Right in the heart of Santa Teresa. Joe was very accommodating - Setting up our excursions for us and helping with anything we needed. Would stay there again in a heart beat.

    March 2014
    Response from Joe:

    You're awesome, Morgan! Thanks a lot for staying at The Jungle House! I'm glad you had so much fun at my place, and loved Santa Teresa. It was great to meet you guys. I hope you make it back down again next winter...¡Pura vida!

    March 2014
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I love to travel, have visitors, and meet cool people from around the world. My favorite travel destinations are tropical ones with beautiful beaches, and mountains to hike around in. To me there is nothing better than swimming in the ocean, running on the beach, and eating fresh fish & fruit. I also like to visit big cities. My other favorite activity is exploring big, old cities. In the U.S., my favorite ones are New York & San Francisco. I've been to Tokyo, Bangkok, Paris, Rome, and Rio de Janeiro. There are still a lot more mega cities on the list, like Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Madrid, Milano, Berlin, and Shanghai. The best vacation reading I recommend is Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates, Villa Incognito, and Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins. I also highly recommend The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie. I learned Spanish in Caracas, Venezuela in an exchange program at Centro Venezolano Americano. I taught English & learned Spanish in the school, and made many wonderful friends. Then I worked as a journalist at The Daily Journal, the English language newspaper of Venezuela. That was a great experience because I was the cultural reporter and wrote about the arts, theater, music, and dance scenes in Caracas. I also got to meet & interview most of the ambassadors stationed there, and write reports about their countries, and the activities of their embassies in Venezuela. I ended up living there for three years and having a fabulous time. Then I traveled around Colorado, Oregon, and California selling Venezuelan artesanía at art fairs in mountain towns. I hung out in Berkeley for awhile until my uncle convinced me I ought to move to Maui. That was a great idea! I moved to Maui to go to massage school and stayed 5.5 years having a good time. I worked as a massage therapist at a hotel on the beach and was a DJ at night. I got to DJ for many wonderful weddings in gorgeous Hawaiian settings. I also held down a great Friday night party at Jacques' in Paia for four years. That was a blast, and I got to meet cool music lovers from all over the world. I'm really into funky music from across the globe. I love 70s funk, new funk, & Brazilian Samba Soul. I'm a huge jazz fan too. Reggae & Dub are right up there as well. I love African Soukous, and other joyful African dance music. Salsa & Samba are a couple of my favorites too. I love happy, melodic, poly-rhythmic music from anywhere. My style of travelling is to live as local as possible. It is fun to meet people from there, or ex-patriates that have been there a long time, wherever it may be. I often travel to visit a friend that lives in a cool place. When I go to exotic places I like to travel to learn something -- the language (like I did in Italy) or Thai Massage (like I did in Chiang Mai). I like to go places to do outdoor stuff too, like trekking in La Gran Sabana in Venezuela. I also like to go to big cities and just eat & drink my way around funky neighborhoods like The East Village NYC, or wandering ancient streets in Rome. Travelling for a music fest is great too. I really want to go to the Montreal Jazz Fest. I look forward to being a very welcoming host. You can expect to hear music that makes you happy, and find a host that is eager to listen to your stories. And, I also know when to leave you alone to relax, or go do your own thing. I'm the host & manager of The Jungle House, a big rustic vacation home with 6 rooms, 150 feet from the beach, and surrounded by jungle. I am making it available to independent teachers -- yoga, massage therapy, surf guides, ecologists/naturalists, photography, watercolor, etc. -- that want to bring their students down for a learning retreat in paradise. And, of course, I'l have rooms for rent to new friends from AirBnB. My motto is explore the world and invite others in to share what you've learned.
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