Casa Vida Verde
House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 10
This is the perfect location for an exotic honeymoon, a bird watching tour, a yoga retreat or a playful base for an unforgettable family vacation. Leave the real world behind and let your inner child emerge. The home is in Cabo Matapalo, on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. With continuous rainforest connecting to the famous Corcovado National Park, the wildlife viewing is unrivalled. Monkeys and macaws are daily visitors. The home is open plan with only walls where necessary to provide privacy. The main platform comprises the kitchen, dining area, relaxing areas and two en-suite bedrooms. The upper level comprises the master suite and en-suite shower room. In the garden there are two connected dipping pools and up behind the house in the primary forest there is a private yoga deck with a view over to the ocean. Choose your favourite corner and catch up with a good book, interrupted only by passing monkeys, macaws and butterflies.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Matapalo Beach 200 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||18 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Puerto Jimenez 18 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, Sea view|
|General||Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms and 3 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
Cabo Matapalo is on the tip of the Osa Peninsula, in a remote corner of Costa Rica accessible only by four wheel drive. Close to the Corcovado National Park, it is renowned for its diverse and abundant animal and bird life. More than 300 species of bird live here, with scarlet macaws, eagles, hummingbirds and toucans ordinary sightings. All 4 monkey types, Spider, Howler, Cappuchin and Squirrel can be seen as they forage through the forest. The area is also famous for its unspoilt beaches; Playa Pan Dulce with surf conditions perfect for beginners, Backwash Bay favoured by intermediate surfers and with Playa Matapalo challenging even the advanced surfer. This is an off grid location, unplugged from the modern world - experience nature in the raw and be an adventurer not a tourist. Activities available include hiking, horseback riding, tree climbing, waterfall rappelling, zip lining, kayaking, ocean fishing and yoga.
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13 Mar 2014
"Our own little slice of paradise!"
The two of us stayed at Casa Vida Verde for a week and loved it. We have stayed on the Osa in several different places in the past (the Osa and the Golfo Dulce are our favorite places in the country).… More
17 Feb 2013
"Breath-taking property in Costa Rica"
We loved our stay at this romantic property near the beautiful Matapalo beach. The house is exactly what we hoped for with panoramic views of the rainforest and the sound of the ocean in the distance.… More
1 Apr 2012
We absolutely LOVED our stay at Casa Vida Verde. We enjoyed the 4-wheel drive road into Cabo Matapalo where the home is located, as we find the challenge of 4-wheeling a fun adventure. (The road def… More
31 Mar 2012
"Excellent for Multi-Generation Experiences"
We found this spot, on the south coast of the Osa Peninsula, just great for our three-generation family vacation. The small but beautiful swimming pool kept our 7-year-old occupied (sometimes with the… More
27 Mar 2012
Paradise were the first words out of our mouths. The house is absolutely incredible. You feel like you are right next to nature with all the comforts of home. We saw monkeys in the trees around the ho… More
12 Mar 2012
What a beautiful place! You really feel like you're in a treehouse. The pool isn't big, but it is perfect for cooling off and relaxing. The whole house was spotless with brand new netting o… More
7 Mar 2012
"Nature-enthusiast's 'Tree House'"
My daughter and I just returned from our weeks stay at Casa Vida Verde where we had a relaxing, nature-filled vacation. We have traveled and stayed inhouses around the globe and this house rates at t… More
6 Mar 2012
I was lucky enough to stay at Casa Vida Verde recently with my family and I have to say it was amazing! This house is not for those of you who want a resort stay (ie. indoors with the airconditioner o… More
16 Feb 2012
Sorry, but I cannot agree with the majority of the reviews here. The house was a disappointment from the way it was presented on their website. "State of the art kitchen"? Not even close.… More
“We are very unhappy to hear you had concerns after your stay and we have written independently to you regarding these.
However, for the benefit of future readers of this review, we have some comments:
Kitchen: we have cleaned up the wording. The kitchen is equipped with a six burner gas stove, hot and cold running water, 3 sinks, filtered drinking water, a Costa Rica style coffee maker, a kettle, a full range of saucepans, a blender, a solar powered chest fridge (a design which offers the best fuel efficiency – always a concern) and sufficient cutlery and crockery for 12.
This is the rainforest and on solar power only, we cannot offer lovely labor saving but energy hungry devices like a dishwasher or microwave. We have no TV either - you leave that world behind!
No doors: No mains electricity means no air conditioning. We cool the house passively through an open design. This allows air to circulate and creates our favourite aspect of the house - its indoor/outdoor design. Even in CR this is unusual, but once you enjoy that feeling of space, freedom and air, an ordinary house will never be the same for you.
We have doorways, and in the bathrooms and upstairs suite we have curtains for privacy. The privacy of each suite is protected – the top one by a stairs and curtain, the downstairs by their own gates. The food cupboards and trash bins have latched netted doors.
Mosquito nets: we replace these regularly as normal wear and tear creates holes. The nets were replaced in the bedrooms in use prior to the arrival of these guests. Changing the nets for the other bedroom was delayed until after these guests left so as not to interrupt their stay.
Some repairs made may have looked untidy. Should a net be damaged, we repair it as soon as we know. This is important to us. Our nets are specially imported from Australia and are made of the finest cotton with a fine net weave.
Washer/Dryer: In the jungle, we have to live with power restrictions, so we can only operate the washer/dryer twice weekly when the generator is running. These machines are not for guest use. The laundry service provided usually costs $20 for a large load. There is no self service laundromat in Puerto Jimenez but there are a couple of laundry service providers who will wash, dry and fold a load in 3 or 4 hours. We will make this clearer on the website.
Safe: The built-in safe in the kitchen area is the size of a stack of 10 large pizza boxes. It will easily hold documents, a couple of laptops and two or three SLR cameras. More bulky items can be safely locked away in the bodega under the house. There is a second safe in the junior suite which is a “hotel” size for documents and small electronics.
Our Refrigerator looks like a chest freezer but is in fact a fridge specifically designed for working with a solar system. When the chest door is opened the cool air sinks and does not escape as it would with a more “normal” fridge.
Overall, there are compromises to be made when locating a house in the jungle. But there are compensations too! Jungle living with the nature all around you is the privilege and delight possible at Casa Vida Verde.”
14 Sep 2011
The house is incredible. The location is incredible. Nothing beats it in Matapalo!… More
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