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Directions to Casa Oceanside say to honk our horn after pulling into the driveway. A minute or so later Michelle and Eddy come walking to us out of the jungle like a couple of friendly spider monkeys. (My wife can't believe I wrote that but I mean it in the very best way possible.). We were given a thorough tour of the house which is fantastic. All electricity is solar and very adequate. The Mediterranean architecture has a minimalist feel but just right for the jungle/beach setting. The house is a 20 minute drive from the airport on a bumpy dirt road. After you go, you hope it stays that way. You see the ocean on the drive and pass by farms and go through jungle. I saw my first wild monkey on their property just as we pulled in. It's a surfers haven but not crowded in the least. They are on Playa Sombrero which is a big bay. When walking out on the beach, you scan the entire bay and will see the most amazing beach ever and most times not see a single person. Michelle and Eddy were so nice and helpful and helped arrange activities.
Notre séjour chez Eddy et Michelle a été particulier pour nous car nous nous y sommes marié en toute intimité. Nous devions le faire sur la plage mais la maison et le jardin étaient tellement beau que nous avons changé de plan. Comment remercier Eddy et Michelle pour leur aide avant le mariage, leur extrême gentillesse, leur maison magnifique. C était un moment magnifique romantique à souhait et je conseille cette endroit à tous les amoureux de la nature qui souhaite de l intimité dans leur voyage .
Merci mille fois pour tout.
Our 1st trip to Costa Rica and what an incredible experience! We can't say enough how amazing not only the property was (which is even better than listed and described) but Eddy & Michelle were amazing! They give "5-Star" hospitality new meaning. We had lots of privacy but they were also close by for any questions or help or just to chat. We felt so welcome and right at home. We're from the dry Canadian prairies so hot & humid weather is usually overwhelming but the house was very comfortable and the whole experience was refreshing. Eddy & Michelle were great for helping to arrange excursions and giving great suggestions on local activities (Martina's bar up the road - phenomenal food), river hike to the waterfall - you'll definitely want to do that; day hike through Corcovado (Bolivar our guide was great) - yes, you'll want to do that; and the walks on the beach for km's and hardly seeing anyone...pretty surreal. My husband loved learning to surf and is now hooked. Bring watershoes for walking on the beach - makes it a lot easier on the clay "shelf". Swimming: there was a great spot about a 10 min walk down the beach that was great for swimming & light waves for bodysurfing. For being in a rainforest climate - bugs weren't even an issue. We didn't need bug spray but you WILL need sunscreen - we don't usually burn & normal stuff we use for hot climates wasn't enough coverage and bring your own: sunscreen is considerably pricey from the local store. Internet access was a bit challenging (we didn't really miss it and if needed email access - there was a place close by you could get wifi connection); phone coverage & texting (iPhone 5S) worked great. Eddy & Michelle - thank you so much for sharing your "world" with us - we can't wait to come back!
My wife and I spent a few days at Michelle and Eddy's beach house and had a wonderful time. We chose this location based on the reviews and were not disappointed. It's exactly what you think it will be....amazing! The location is perfect and M & E were so accomodating making sure we had what we needed to ensure an unforgettable time. The Beach House is truly for everyone. From someone that wants a chill quite setting sitting on the sun drenched roof deck, relaxing/surfing on the beach, or venturing into the jungle which is the Osa to see all the wildlife you imagined Costa Rica to have. I feel like not only did we rent the most amazing house on the Osa but met the coolest people in Costa Rica. Thanks Michelle & Eddy and hope we cross paths again!
Eddy and Michelle's fabulous beachfront home reflects their love of the Osa Peninsula and joy in hosting guests from around the world. The property is perfectly designed and not a single detail has been overlooked -- the extremely comfortable bedroom incorporates the rainforest surroundings and the well curated library features books in multiple languages. Their front yard is the breathtaking Playa Sombrero, the perfect location to watch the sun rise or catch a few waves. Eddy and Michelle give guests as much privacy as desired while offering their expert knowledge of the region. We visited an ecolodge and couldn't imagine staying there after spending the week at Eddy and Michelle's home. This is the perfect option for the independent traveler who seeks adventure in the most beautiful corner of Costa Rica. We can't wait to plan our return trip!
Michelle and Eddy's place was total paradise. They were so helpful throughout the planning process, were very attentive when we arrived at their beautiful home, and made our honeymoon unforgettable. The beach, which was just steps from the house, was beautiful, with gorgeous sunrises, soft waves, and not another person in sight. The place itself was gorgeous, tastefully decorated, and felt like home as soon as we walked in. We woke up to howler monkeys, saw so much wildlife around the property (toucans, scarlet macaws, monkeys) and were an easy distance from Corcovado. We can't wait to go back!
We've been back at home after our stay at Michelle & Eddy's home on the Osa Peninsula for three days. Every day we have woken up and thought of things that we miss and looked back on the experience fondly. The location of this home is perfect - situated about 25 minutes outside of Puerto Jimenez in one direction or about 20 minutes from Matapalo (and another hour on to Carate / Le Leona Station at Corcovado Nat Park) in the other direction, the house is in a great, private, quiet location exactly where we wanted to be. Beaches and hiking and wildlife abound in all directions! The house itself is exactly as described and shown in the images here - we were so pleasantly surprised by all of the nice touches and by how well thought-out/designed the house is. Relaxing atop the deck in the hammock was a favorite spot in the afternoons, as was watching the stars and constellations at night from the rooftop - not to mention the spectacular sunsets each morning on the beach. The bed was comfortable, the shower just right, and the kitchen has everything you need to prepare meals for yourself. Waking up each morning to the sounds of wildlife was surprisingly wonderful - as was falling asleep in an area free of light and noise pollution. Additionally the "hang out" area that Eddy has recently constructed near the beach was a great spot to sit and feel the breeze from the ocean - we spent quite a bit of time there on the cushions watching or listening to the waves! We enjoyed learning about (and experiencing for ourselves!) what it's like to stay in a home that is "off the grid" - you'll be inspired like we were to try to implement some of their practices at home. We felt completely safe in this home (and appreciated the added security of safe for personal belongings). Beyond all of this, we had the comfort of knowing that Michelle and Eddy were nearby if we had questions. I can't thank them enough for all of their thoughtful suggestions and tips that helped us prepare for this trip. I'd happily go back to Osa and stay in this home again! I recommend that you do too! Book it!
We had an absolutely wonderful time in Eddy and Michelle's house on Sombrero Beach. The location is phenomenal: deserted beaches, rock formations, dense rainforest. We saw monkeys, scarlet macaws, iguanas and more on our daily walks on the beach. The drive from San Jose is long but gorgeous, the landscape becomes lusher as one drives south and the Osa Peninsula is spectacualrly beautiful. The house is extremely spacious, right on the beach, with a beautiful bedroom and sundeck surrounded by trees. We were awoken by the sounds of howler monkeys in the nearby trees! Eddy and Michelle were wonderful hosts and made us feel extremely welcomed and cared for. It was a true getaway. You should be aware of a few issues (taking into consideration that we come from Manhattan): the house has no window screens so you will need to get comfortable with various insects and bugs; at the time of our stay there was no funcional internet service (but a newly openned cafe within walking distance reportedly had wifi); if you plan to cook, purchase your supplies before you leave Puerto Jimenez as you will find very little to buy near Playa Sombrero. In short, this place is spectacular and highly recommended!
Fantastic vacation made even better by our awesome hosts Michelle and Eddy. We could have just spent our whole time chilling at the beach house watching and listening to the wildlife. We didn't because there are so many adventures to be had within a short drive...the national park tour was awesome (which they helped organize) and the surrounding beaches were amazing and private. Would definitely recommend it to our friends going to Costa Rica.
La casa muy bien! En plena selva con la posibilidad de ver un monton de animales. Próxima a una playa casi desierta y salvaje. Para llegar a la casa recomendamos 4x4 ya que la carretera no esta muy bien pero merece la pena por un sitio asi. Los anfitriones excelentes, dispuestos a ayudarte con cualquier detalle del viaje!!!
Michelle and Eddy are fantastic! Super guests, great communication, clean, excellent! Thanks a ton!
Eddie and Michelle are wonderful - amazingly genuine and friendly people. They did more than make us welcome in their home, they gave us the chance to experience a taste of their beautiful, natural lifestyle. Travel allows one to explore new locales, cultures, and traditions, but rarely does it allow one to truly experience another way of life. We have traveled a lot, and usually seek out new destinations each time we go away, but this is one of the few places we’d come back to.
Eddie and Michelle took the time to get to know us, and showed us a way of life that moves in connection with the earth. They were able to help with anything we needed, even coming over late one night when we mistook a noisy cricket for an electrical problem. They taught us about the local landscape and wildlife, and shared their love surfing with us, taking us out for our first time. The waves are mellow enough for beginners, and, by all accounts, properly world class.
The whole property here is stunning, so natural and unspoiled, and is absolutely teeming with plants and wildlife. You will meet wonderful people all around. The people of Boca Sombrero are a bunch of supernice gringos, surf fanatics, creatives and so on and they all live in perfect symbiosis with rain forest and ocean. The folks we met here love this special place and pay close attention to keep it as magical and natural as it is – they almost melt into the environment.
The house is located down a long dirt road, a forty minute drive from Puerto Jimenez in the midst of the jungle on the edge of the beach. The house is beautiful and charming. Multiple terraces to watch the monkeys or the stars at night, a very romantic bedroom on the top floor and a cozy living room with an open kitchen. Everything is beautifully decorated.
If you're a suitcase traveller who appreciates resort-style vacationing then this is probably not for you. You should have a sense of adventure and the desire to connect with nature in an environment that is special and unique and beautiful – because up to this day this place is pretty much off the grid. And that is something really rare these days.
Eddy and Michelle's house is stunning. Amazing taste and design for comfort right in the heart of the jungle. I've had many great days and nights in Casa Oceanside and these two are too much for words! You can't beat the location and the friendly neighbors. Can't say enough good things about them...you'll have to experience it for yourself!
I have known Eddy and Michelle for almost 10 years and consider myself a close friend. They are fantastic people and a beautiful couple. They are a great asset to the local community and a delight to surf with. You couldn't ask for more genuine, polite and considerate hosts and their house is comfortable, clean and nothing short of spectacular!