Osa Peninsula Beach Front House on 8 Private Acres
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- Minimum stay:3 nights
- Pets considered:Ask Owner
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Cabo Matapalo house description
Quinta Soñada (rough translation: 'Dreamy little Farm') situated on a gorgeous beach steps from the house. We are on a point of land with miles of beaches either side of us. Your upstairs bedroom is only 50 yards from the ocean, on the Golfo Dulce in the spectacular Osa Peninsula. Wonderful meals are available as are kayaks and surfboards. The house rental includes a 2 story house and private cabin next to the house with private bathroom. Our house is a comfortable beach house with an open plan to let the breezes cool the house. We offer high quality linens, towels, bug nets and provide a fully equipped kitchen with service for 10. We have an iPhone compliant whole house stereo as well as a DVD player, extensive library, games and yoga mats. The fully equipped kitchen has a refrigerator, stove, blender,ice chest for day excursions, everything you might need. The upstairs beds have reading lights and personal fans. There are 2 baths and 6-7 beds total. Our hot water shower has a great view of the ocean.
The upstairs bedroom is toddler safe and our caretakers are friendly, and great with kids.They can cook meals to your request for a fixed price $20/Dinner or you can purchase food and they will cook and clean for a set $10/person,. Maid service is included in house rental. We change sheets every 3-4 days. Meals and transportation are to be paid directly to our caretakers Jose and Elieth at the end of your stay. We require a 50% deposit to hold the house with the balance to paid on or right after your arrival. We take deposits using PayPal on our website (see our personal website shown below). Please Note: we cannot hold a reservation prior to having a PayPal deposit on our site .
We are 2 miles from the tip of Matapalo Point, and 8 miles to the airport in Puerto Jimenez.Over 8 acres of gardens surround the house.You can walk to 2 restaurants near us. Our home is rustic and tranquil offering a quieter experience away from the road unlike the Matapalo homes just up the way.
From the upstairs bedroom you have an ocean view of the Pacific and across the Golfo Dulce to the mountains of Panama. Scarlet Macaws and Toucans come most mornings to feed on our plentiful fruit trees.Our house is powered by the sun (Photovoltaic power) and cooled by offshore winds. You can use the house as a base to explore Corcovado National Park, or Drake Bay. Some folks like to fish or surf the Golfo Dulce. And some folks even take short trips to Panama. Others prefer to not ever leave the property. We are available to help arrange whatever side trips you have planned. Our caretakers can assist you while there.
The Osa Peninsula contains one of the last outposts of unspoiled coastal jungle. Corcovado Park is quite close, as are world class fishing and bird watching. We can pick you up at the airport and have available if you choose, on-site taxi, a knowledgeable guide, hearty meals,and laundry service. You may find a highlight of your trip is getting to know your wonderful Costa Rican host family. Or, if you prefer, you can relax at the house in complete solitude. Many honeymoons & weddings (5), have occurred here- ...very good for a beginning OR a renewal.
'....'The house is open, Costa Rica rustic, but clean and tidy, with exquisite materials and workmanship. It is clear a lot of labor and love have gone into making this a dream spot. We loved the elevated bed allowing for beautiful morning views of the sea and daily Scarlet Macaw visits. Your host family, Jose and Elieth are generous and warm hosts'... Loretta and Jonathon, NY.NY.
Please do not contact anyone other than my wife (Phoebe) or me (Chris). We do not take money wires only PayPal, persons have been known to scam on VRBO so please be aware. We prefer PayPal for deposits or personal checks however can not hold dates before payment is received.Please call Phoebe at 415 298 5521.Please inquire about our other local property for sale.
- 1200 sq. ft.
- 2 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Private Chef
- Housekeeper Included
We are on a point of land between Sombrero Beaches and Tomales Bay with sweeping views across the gulf and along the beach.Beaches and small coves slope away to either side along the coast from here- just to the right is a lovely safe swimming beach. And to the left within walking is the longest sand beach in the area, with also a fresh water river you can rinse off in, all very pristine waters! This is playa Tamales which you see in the photos off down the beach to the left....moreless
- Events Allowed
- Limited Accessibility
- Smoking Allowed
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10
- King size beds (1) 1 King- All the Kings and Queen beds are made out of Crstobal by Don Eric. One of the finest furniture makers in the southern zone., Queen size Beds (5) 4-5 Queen Beds in Costa Rica they are known as Fulls slightly smaller than a large queen here.But nice for 2. We have top quality cotton linens, 1 twin bed upstairs for kids or for watching films., Child Beds (1) We have a nit knat nest- the no see um tent for babies and toddlers. House is baby proof upstairs....moreless
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
If you purchase the food & Elieth cooks it, the cost is $10 per person. If SHE buys the food & cooks the price is $20 per person per meal. She will come to the house and will lay out a beautiful table and clean up....moreless
- Cooking Utensils:
In the back house our cuidor (caretaker) cooks on a woodstove and Elieth loves to share her secrets of the fine art of tortilla making! She used to cook for lumber camps in the jungles of Guanacaste. The family is from Upala, Northern Costa Rica. ...moreless
- Linens Provided:
- The house is beautiful yet Rustic, ,and rental includes a second unit (Cabin next to main house) with bath room.,All built with renewable recycled hardwoods,Extensive gardens, Beachfront, Gardens and Fruit Trees, nebed netting, On sight caretaker/cook/local guide, Kayaks, Top quality linens, Cookware, Blender, Coffee grinder, on site cook, transportation, and relaxation guaranteed, Possible childcare, laundry and tours into Corcovado etc, The house is powered by solar electricity and is built and furnished with the highest quality renewable materials, All beds have mosquito nets, fans and reading lights, This house is perfect for a family or good friends, The upstairs sleeping area is one large room, There are A Huge King Bed,2 Full / Queen beds, and 1 twin bed, We can add a Full also there is a separate cabina with 2 Queen beds.,We prefer the Hammock!! , Large DVD library and Book library,cd player and ipod connection with speakers upstairs and down. Our host family Loves kids!...moreless
- Music Library:
- Video Library:
- DVD Player
- CD Player
Pool & Spa
- Private Pool:
Location & View
- Ocean View:
- Not Necessary
- Deepsea Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Medical Services
- Massage Therapist
- Surf Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Eco Tourism
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Bird Watching
- Botanical Garden
- Wildlife Viewing
- Horseback Riding
- Whale Watching
- Sight Seeing
- Tours to surrounding areas,'Perfect accommodations provide enough amenities while still feeling like we were living with the birds, the butterflies and the monkeys, Elieth's food was perfect, the view from the shower makes you want to linger', ...John and Sarah Robertson, New Jersey, 'Wow what a spot! We had a fantastic week staying at Quinta Sonada, this is the kind of place you hate to leave, I appreciate the effort you have put into your home, everything is just right from the house to the garden', Todd Riddick, Santa Cruz...moreless
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Awesome Location!!! This was truly a dream spot. The owners made the reservation and transaction super easy with Pay Pal.
- Guest travis (ca)
- Date of stay 01/01/14
- Review Submitted 01/19/14
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers, sightseeing, tourists without a car.
Loved our stay here. Enjoyed the open air living spaces. Kitchen was well equipped. The music system and grounds were superb. Caretakers were very sweet, attentive, helpful. Directions to get here from owners were clear and helpful. Resources were also given to us assisting us with our plans while there. The scarlet macaws were daily visitors and stunning to watch. The area near by provided lots to explore and do. Highly recommend this place to stay.
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 12/14/13
- Review Submitted 01/10/14
Recommended for: Pet owners, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers.
I just spent nearly a week at Punta Sonada with my wife and daughter (age 6). The property and experience was everything that I thought it would be and way more. Just fabulous. If you end up doing this trip you will be so extremely pleased with this property, and glad that you chose the Osa as your destination. We decided not to rent a car for this leg of our CR journey, and instead arranged to be picked up by the property caretake, Jose and his 15 yr old son Joselito. They were all smiles as we departed from the 12 seater plane at the air strip in PJ. We stopped at the grocery store and bought our food for the week, stopped at the ATM (funny side note- I forgot my ATM card, and was getting into the truck when a man came out of the lobby and gave it back to me. Says a little about the wonderful people on the Osa), and finally at the fishing store for a few lures since I wanted to fish, and we were on our way. The road to the house was in great condition and we were at the house in 20 mins. The guys got us settled, we met Illiet (Jose's wife) and daughter, and they showed us around. If we needed anything we just needed to ask. The caretakers have their own house on the property roughly 300-400 yards away, so you are totally alone yet they are accessible if needed. I never understaood that there are actualky two houses on the property that come with the rental. I think that was b/c we were just three and it didnt matter, There is the large house in the picture, and another smaller house with two queen beds and a master bathroom, & outdoor showewr which is gorgeous as well. We ened up staying in the main house which has two levels. The downstairs living area is great, with chairs, a hammock, lawn chairs, kitchen table and chairs, bathroom, separate kitchen and it is all so beautifully built, decorated, and clean. The bedroom is upsatirs and is massive with three beds, and ocean views, I loved waking up in the middle of the night and walking around in the moonlight and just checking things out. We arranged to have Illiet cook breakfast for us each morning, and dinner most nights. We planned to make our own lunches and dine out a few nights for which there are a few options. Chris and Pheobe can dial you into those. The meals were terrific. Our days were spent relaxing on the property, takling in the floral and fauna, kyaking, fishing, swimming repeatedly, surfing, reading, playing cards, beach combing, collecting hermit crabs...just go!
- Guest Duck (CA)
- Date of stay 02/20/13
- Review Submitted 04/04/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, sightseeing, tourists without a car.
A Wonderful Stay
A Wonderful Stay
My husband and I had a wonderful experience at Quinta Sonada. We were in CR for two weeks and the best of that were the five days that we had in the Osa Peninsula at Quinta Sonada. It was ultimately relaxing to hang out in the bungalow with only the sounds of the ocean and birds. We watched birds and animals from the peaceful comfort of the hammock hanging in the living space. We swam everyday in the gulf, walked or kayaked everyday up to Tomales beach for a swim, hiked with Jose and Joselito to see more animals in a few short hours than we would on the entire two weeks of hiking CR, and ate Illiete's fabulous homemade meals every night. The family on the premises were truly the highlight of our time there, absolutely hospitable and accomodating to our every need. We had a true Tico experience and cannot wait to return.
- Guest Steph (US)
- Date of stay 02/16/13
- Review Submitted 03/03/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, tourists without a car.
A blast in Costa Rica!
A blast in Costa Rica!
Such an amazing adventure, third time to the Osa and wouldn't miss Quinta Sonada. The family is great and the house is amazing, the quintessential open-air tropical paradise vacation! Highly Recommend!
- Guest goldy (Pacific NW)
- Date of stay 01/10/13
- Review Submitted 03/01/13
Recommended for: Pet owners, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, sightseeing.
Fantastic, unique, maybe not for everybody
Fantastic, unique, maybe not for everybody
We had a gorgeous two weeks over the winter holiday---myself, my husband and our two teenaged boys. This is a spectacular piece of property with a beautiful house, owned by a wonderful, helpful North American couple and cared for by a lovely Tico family living on-site. Here's what you need to consider: Be aware that this is a different experience than staying in an eco-lodge or luxury resort. The house is open to the elements, with half-walls and no screens. We loved this, but if you are at all squeamish about bugs, it might not be for you. There is electric light, but it attracts bugs at night, so you may find yourself going to bed very early. We happened to be visiting at a time when the no-see'ums were active and we ended up with bitten-up ankles. The kitchen is lovely, but very basic with no hot water, dishwasher, microwave or freezer. Again, this can be a wonderful get-away, as long as you weren't expecting those items. We did a lot of traveling, using the house as base. It worked out well for us, but it's important to know that the house is a half-hour from town on a bumpy dirt road. Traveling the other direction is also all dirt road and fun river crossings. If you're up for a different lifestyle for the time you're visiting, you will be rewarded with beauty, tranquility and a unique experience you won't forget. The house is so pretty and well-cared-for by the owner and the caretakers. Chris (the owner) was endlessly helpful in planning and monitoring our needs during our stay. The weather was perfect and we found many interesting things to do. Highly recommended for the nature-loving traveler.
- Guest Julie (Orinda, CA)
- Date of stay 12/22/12
- Review Submitted 02/24/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers, tourists without a car.
Owner response: Thanks for the great review , the house is rustic but has all the creature comforts you might want. Since there is no electricity in our area everything is solar electric powered. We have a refrigerator but no freezer. Per Julie's suggestion we have added some bug lights downstairs. The no see ums come and go, this is why we have top quality no see um nets.
Romantic Get Away
Romantic Get Away
My wife and stayed here after doing the the 3 day hike into Corcovado National Park with Nito of Surcos tours.It was a great place to unwind and re-engergize after doing 55 km on the hike. We had left the rental truck at the caretakers and Jose had given us a ride back to town previous to the hike. The house in an open plan with beautiful views to the ocean. We really liked the Bose sound system throughout the house which you can play your IPOD on.The kitchen is great to cook meals in and it is nice to eat in the main levei dining area. The upstairs has a comfortable king bed where we both slept great. It is awesome to wake up to the birds and the ocean views. At night the Costa Rican sunsets are second to none. There were tons of green parrots and scarlet macaws on the property. Tanagers, doves , hummingbirds, and numerous other birds were frequently sighted. We walked to the sandy beaches to both the left and the right. We really liked Tamales beach which we discovered you can drive to as well. There is a sign just before the Blue Osa if you are heading back to Puerto Jimenez. We also discovered about 5 km from the house there is a sign that says Pelican house. If you turn off here you can drive past the house to playa Platanares. You can park here and enjoy a beautiful deserted sandy beach. You can also walk down the beach about 2 km to the pearl of the osa for luch or dinner.To the south we went to Cabo Matapolo and did the waterfall hike. Bring watershoes as you go up a river.We ate at Martinas twice which is only 5 minutes away by car. We loved the town of Puerto Jimenez and its nice people. We ate at Defintes and Juanitas. We really enjoyed the Osa area. The Quinta Sonada house was a very nicely decorated house and great value. We enjoyed the caretakers and specially Joselito who is a friendly english speaking 14 year old. We already miss being there. Thanks Chris!!!
- Guest CanadianGold1 (Vancouver Canada)
- Date of stay 03/17/12
- Review Submitted 03/31/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers.
Romantic Getaway for two but would be a blast for many
Romantic Getaway for two but would be a blast for many
My husband and I visited Punta Sonada for a spring break getaway and relaxing couple days, the place was above and beyond our expectations- we were in heaven. The photos here don't illustrate how special you feel on this property as you walk just across the yard and realize that Chris' place is the most perfect point and it's all yours! The entire time we were there we laughed at how lucky we were and how much we wished we had brought everyone we love traveling with here- it was a piece of heaven. The caretakers on the property we a big part of the experience for my husband and I we were taken care of by the wonderful family and each of the four of them were in their own way so caring and interactive. We cooked with Elieth and her daughter Liliana- even shared a "sweet wine" that Elieth could share with Jose (maybe sweet enough- others are too dry).. we were laughing so hard and Jon and I practiced our spanish. Liliana showed us around the yard, she was charming, we loved her. Joselito and my husband were buds and Jose gave me surf pointers and laughed and cheered when I got up on some waves, it was such a blast. We walked up the road our last night to Martina's Bar for the little "market" on Friday night- food, shopping and dancing... a must! But, the walk was quite a long one. I do recommend that you either have transportation here, be ready to set up transportation with the caretakers, or just be ready to chill on the property. There isn't a lot nearby to walk to, but we walked all over and saw almost every type of animal we cared to- without going to the park. Tons of birds, if you are a bird watcher. I could go on and on extolling the merits of this wonderful home. I recommend it to laid back people who just enjoy the company of one another and the beauty of this amazing country. You won't be disappointed!
- Guest where to next? (Denver, Colorado )
- Date of stay 03/29/11
- Review Submitted 06/26/11
Recommended for: Pet owners, girls getaway, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers.
We had a wonderful stay this past Easter break at Quinta Sonada. We had never been to Costa Rica and had heard that the Osa was a wonderful place to visit. We are very happy that we stumbled upon this rental property. Chris, the owner, was very helpful in planning our trip to the area and encouraged us to draw upon the knowledge and know-how of the care takers for unique experiences in the area. The house was perfect for us. We decided to not rent a car and had the caretaker shuttle us around and guide us a few places. This worked out well for us. They also cooked for us a few nights and next time we would have them cook every night. It was a pleasure to have Jose and family around to tell us about the area and share a bit of there life. We were there at full moon and the tide was very dramatic at first. After a day or two we were able to sort out the best places to swim and body surf and felt more comfortable with each day venturing out into the surf. We recommend that you have a fitted water shoe in which you can walk the beach and rocks and even swim. The swimming, surfing, fishing, strolling on the beach, hiking in the jungle, and observing all the wildlife made this a great trip. We would definitely recommend this house to anyone wanting to experience the Osa. One day we did hire a boat that launched out of Puerto Jimenez to explore the Gulfo Dulche, look for dolphins, snorkel at a small reef, and go to the animal sanctuary across the bay; this was a very worthwhile day as we were able to do all of these activities. We heard a little too late that there is a nature preserve just outside of Puerto Jimenez that we did not see, but we think that it sounded like a good way to spend a half a day. The gift store, Jagua, around the corner of the airport is authentic and lovely; do visit. The owner had a lot of information about the area.
- Guest Steve (Salt Lake City, Utah)
- Date of stay 04/18/11
- Review Submitted 06/06/11
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, tourists without a car.
A Heavenly Place!
A Heavenly Place!
Our family visited Quinta Sonada over the Christmas vacation with 3 teens. We loved the spot with it's beautiful grounds, booming surf at night, and the sounds of macaws and howler monkeys. The house is simple, elegant, and comfortable. The Costa Rican caretaker family (extended family, really) are lovely, knowledgeable, and Iliette is a wonderful cook. We surfed, explored the jungle, watched birds (our daughter, age 20, saw 92 new species!), climbed and rappelled down a waterfall, and flew through the canopy on ziplines. Everyone had a wonderful time and would go again tomorrow!
- Guest David (Maine)
- Date of stay 12/20/10
- Review Submitted 01/09/11
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers.
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Year Purchased: 1993
About the owner: A long search through Latin America starting in southern Mexico locales such as San Blas and Petalco in '73 and further on to Guatemala led to years of annual pilgrimages to Bali-Baja. In the late '80's I started traveling to Costa Rica and did not find my way down to the Osa until around 1990. This parcel I purchased around 1993- The greatest thing about buying this property has been getting to know local Costa Rican ways, & your hosts: the family of Jose Ramirez Cruz, Elieth Daughter Lilli and Son Joselito. Long May You Run......
Why the Owner Chose Cabo Matapalo:
This is the most beautiful part of Costa Rica. Perfect spot for family retreat, we have had 5 Honey Moons, couples & family retreats up to 10 persons- This was originally part of a larger farm Ojo Del Agua At this point the farming operation had gone rather fallow. 1st lumber was harvested before there was a road into these parts Then at one point many trees on the coastal bluff were felled to provide a good terrain for dryland rice farming which still is practiced on the way out to Carate today. Thankfully much land is now in a variety of preserves and in the process of reforestation.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
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- Secondary: +506 83015912 spanish only- caretaker house
Bedroom with Ocean View
Newly Remodeled Kitchen
Beach House at Qunta Soñada
Dining Area and Kitchen in Background
Cottage with bath
Open Plan Jungle Home lets the cooling wind blow off the ocean.
Cabin Next to house-2 Full Beds with private bath included in rental
Hike to the the right of our house there are miles of sandy coves and beaches
Morning Coffee Bench
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