Cabinas Ola Mar - Casa Lapa, family cabina
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Bungalow | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Have your own private off-the-grid cabin in the jungle of Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula, and just steps from a secluded beach. You'll see monkeys off your front porch, pick your own fresh mangoes off the tree in your front yard, and go for a surf at an excellent point break just steps away. Perfect for couples, singles, small families, adventure travelers, eco-travelers, surfers, fishermen, birders, hikers, and anyone looking to really get away from it all.
The Osa Peninsula is home to some of the world's greatest biological diversity. Our cabins are solar-powered, and our entire community maintains an ecologically sensitive awareness of the surrounding nature. Activities include hiking to nearby waterfalls, surfing world-class breaks, lounging in the shade of the Carbonera river, fishing, birding, nature hikes, whale-watching, yoga, and day trips to the Corcovado National Park, which is home to extremely rare animal and plant life. On the Osa Peninsula, you can have an entire beach all to yourself. The surroundings are very quiet and peaceful, and you will be serenaded to sleep by the sounds of wildlife and waves.
Our cabins include kitchens so you can make your own food, as you like it, in the privacy of your own jungle cabin.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Right out front! Just steps away.|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||12 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Puerto Jimenez 12 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ|
The Puntarenas region
Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula, located in the country's remote southern zone, is home to empty beaches, lush jungles, and some of the planet's greatest diversity of wildlife. It is known for world-class surf, fishing, birding, and other activities. It also is home to Corcovado National Park, which National Geographic magazine described as sheltering many of the earth's rare wildlife species.
There are no major highways, no grid electricity, and no crowds on the Osa. One main road carries visitors and local around the outer edge of the peninsula, and everything else is wild. This is truly a rare find in Central America and so far has escaped the influences of mass tourism. It is a special place for those interested in quiet, secluded vacations that are close to nature.
Cabinas Ola Mar is located in the small beachside community of Cabo Matapalo at the southern tip of Costa Rica's Osa peninsula in an area of outstanding natural beauty, where dense tropical rainforest tumbles down through misty hills and valleys onto a rugged coastline of rocky coves, sandy bays and distant headlands to meet the sparkling blue waters of the Golfo Dulce and crashing waves of the pacific ocean. This is the wild side of Costa Rica, one of the last untamed regions in the country, with over 70% of the rainforest still intact.
The peninsula is home to Corcovado National Park, the jewel in the crown of the nation's wildlife and conservation programs. The park encompasses one third of the peninsula and is one of central america's last refuges for the elusive Jaguar. The Osa is a place of intense biodiversity, a noah's ark of flora and fauna. Many of Costa Rica's most endangered species proliferate here and especially in the Cabo Matapalo area you will be sure to see all four of central america's primate groups. The howler monkey, spider monkey, capuchin and most endangered, the squirrel monkey, not to mention a host of other strange and exotic creatures. A staggering 426 species of birds have been recorded on the peninsula and our area is home to one of the most endangered, the raucous, larger than life scarlet macaw. At one point there were more scarlet macaws in captivity than existed in the wild. Now, thanks to efforts by conservation groups and individuals, the balance is being redressed.
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3 Mar 2014
"Cabinas ola mar is Costa Rica's best kept secret! Shhhh!"
There is a simple elegance to these beautiful cabinas, backdropped by a serene vibe. Arriving at cabinas ola mar, I knew I had found my place in paradise! From the wild sounds of the jungle to the hea… More
15 May 2013
"Wonderful place to rest and relax or be as busy as you want."
We loved our stay with Jim at his cabanas. They are clean and accommodating. He is an excellent host who knows the area well. He is willing to help with your travel needs. His place offers all the sounds of the jungle, with macaws, monkeys, etc. The beach and ocean are excellent. Water is warm and wonderful. The fresh fruit is delightful. I highly recommend his wonderful place.
10 May 2013
"Off the Grid"
I was looking for off the grid...a place to breathe and escape the noise of my daily life. I found that and more at Cabinas Ola Mar. Although, at one point, I wasn't sure I'd even get there…it's a journey in and of itself to get there. But, I was looking for off-grid…and that's what I got. Jim (God bless you) was a great help in getting me turned around and on the right path to what eventually ended up being my nirvana.
After arriving at Casa Titi…clean, airy and literally built under a tropical canopy, I quickly realized I wouldn't be alone during my stay. From the birds and the monkeys to the insects and the crashing waves, the sounds of the jungle and ocean brought me back to center. I had finally arrived.
Jim gave me the run-down of the amenities and a brief tour to get me started. I unpacked my supplies and headed straight for the beach wear I spent my first night. Why? Because nobody was there to tell me I couldn't. HA!
Day two brought an amazing sunrise and more exploring the tropical beauty, snacking on fresh mangos and breathing in the incredible delight of seclusion. The diverse plant life alone was enough to keep me fascinated for weeks or even months. The monkey's came down from the canopies in the afternoon to visit and share in a snack. Life here is simply abundant, which is weird, since when I left Texas I was looking forward to not being around any “life.” I'm glad I had a chance to get that cleared up in my first-world-problem thinking mind. Bed time came too quickly, and having just rained, the mosquito draped bed served me well…bug spray too!
Day three, Jim pointed me to the waterfalls where I found myself not wanting to change a thing. A slip on a rock reminded me that I might be in heaven, but I am still mortal. A quick first-aid clean up and bandage job by Jim, and I was back at it…exploring the endless hiking paths at a pace that screamed of peace.
My intent to travel to a remote location for rest and rejuvenation happened exactly as I had imagined. They have Wi-Fi, but I didn't need or want it. I was there to disconnect from the Matrix. They have clean sheets and bathrooms, so I wasn't exactly roughing it, but I was most definitely ridiculously successful in getting what I wanted. So, BIG thank you to Jim, to the monkeys and the parrots and the ocean and the trees and the crashing waves. I'll be back…soon!
9 May 2013
"This is a great place to stay while you experience the Osa."
In the interest of disclosure I am a friends with Jim and we were among the very first people to stay there. I went with two friends and we all really enjoyed staying at Jim's place on the Osa. We also appreciated having the option of using our own kitchen as opposed to staying at a hotel. The houses are very close to the beach and a short walk to a great bar and restaurant. Lots of Scarlet Macaws and other wildlife are neighbors. One morning we saw howler monkeys lounging in the tress right behind the house. The closest beach is beautiful, wild, and practically deserted most of the time.
6 May 2013
"Pristine natural setting in the perfect location to enjoy all the beauty that the OSA Peninsula has to offer."
Steps from some of the most breathtaking beaches in the world. Removed from the daily hustle and bustle yet this rental has all you need so you won't miss it. Feel safe and enjoy the superb hospi… More
Thanks for your review of Cabinas Ola Mar here on the Osa Peninsula. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay, and look forward to hosting you again! I love meeting new people and showing them around the Osa's jungle and beaches. This truly is a special place off the beaten path, and I was happy to share it with you!
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