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Casa Dos Rios, Where the Rainforest Meets the Sea!

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Casa Dos Rios faces the beach, and is surrounded by established landscape

Casa Dos Rios faces the beach, and is surrounded by established landscape The lower porch with its hammocks, is a very comfortable place for napping. Enjoy lots of counter space plus island, and experience a solar refrigerator! Going to bed at night in the queen-sized netted beds, is a pleasure in itself! Casa Dos Rios shines with the use of local area hardwood, including almond floor The front yard at Casa Dos Rios, leads right out to the beach. Our Dr. Suess tree sillouettes the sunrise beyond it, (as viewed from the house) This photo was taken just outside the manager's house, in the guava tree. Playa Carbonera, the beach in front of CDR, in the special dusk blue! Early morning colors vary each day at the beach in front of CDR. A howler monkey at the beachfront, carrying her baby. Madeline Rose photographed this lone male Colorado, in our guava tree. Macaws are in large number on the Osa Peninsula.  Our almond trees attract them Enjoy a hike from CDR to this Rio Carbonera waterfull and its cool lagoon. Another view of Casa Dos Rios, front yard. We call our shady palm grove out front, the beach club. View showing the window shutters. A view when the tide is high. A sunrise being enjoyed. Photo by Tom Keefer, BBC A wedding taking place at Casa Dos Rios. Ending of a wedding, as procession exits. The front yard set up for a wedding. We also host weddings at Casa Dos Rios.

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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Cabo Matapalo house description

Located in a tropical rainforest, and on a quiet beach, this vacation beach house offers a close relationship to rainforest flora and fauna plus beachfront privacy at its best! Monkeys visit the property daily while macaws eat almonds in the treetops at eye-level from Casa Dos Rios. The lockable house is lovingly hand-crafted by its owner, an American builder, and displays local area hardwoods.
Amenities include Internet Access by Wi-Fi, level front lawn leading out to the water's edge, croquet, horseshoes, fresh fruit on-site, a bar-restaurant 5 minute walk away, large living space on a 2nd level, giving a tree house feel and vantage point for nature viewing, a yoga deck, hammocks, a clear-water river nearby, great for small childrent to wade and play in and much more!
The four bedrooms have queen beds with bamboo posts and 'no-see-um' netting, and the house is well-ventilated with many windows and a breezeway. Great air-flow is accomplished through use of a cupola and large openings all around the house. The open-air porch downstairs houses hammocks for your relaxation, and the kitchen and living room were positioned upstairs to take advantage of the lovely view to the water and mid-tree monkey and bird habitat.
Enjoy the natural wonders just outside the windows, as there are four kinds of monkeys in the region, and the wildlife includes toucans, macaws, sloths, blue morpho butterflies and iguanas to name a few. Mature trees feature fresh fruit including guava,bananas,mangos,papayas,coconut,cacao, and avacados. The beautiful landscaping of our grounds can be viewed from the house or by strolling the paths that lead to the beach just a few yards away from the house. The property is located between two rivers. The closest river provides a refreshing pool of sparkling clear gurgling water for your enjoyment after swimming and surfing.. Our Playa Carbonera is a good mid to high tide surf spot.

The casa is totally off the grid, with solar power, well water, and propane tanks for cook-stoves and hot-water heaters. Our on-demand hot water is available in sinks and showers. We have walk-in showers and deluxe linens for your comfort. The owners, Melanie and Kim Norman live on-site in a manager house, and are available to help make your stay comfortable. They can book tours, do some cooking, baby-sit the kids, or take you on jungle-waterfall tours. This house has doors and window shutters that lock.

Keywords: Beachfront vacation house at a surf break, with sea view in rainforest environment. A Treehouse feel! Now offers WiFi.

Property Type

  • 2200 sq. ft.
  • House

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

          • Massage
          • Private Chef
          • Housekeeper Included
          • Concierge

          Suitability

          • Children Welcome
          • Pets Considered

          Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10

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          • Bedroom 2

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          • Bedroom 3

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          • Bedroom 4

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          • Detached Unit

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          • Queen size Beds (4) Our beds are 4-post high beds with no-see-um netting in a tent-like arrangement with zipper. Light and fan is in the bed., Double Beds (1) Two cabinas are located close by on a neighboring property, and can be used by us for over-flow, to accomodate a larger group. These each have a double bed., Child Beds (1) We have a small mattress for children, and mosquito netting for surrounding it., Baby Cribs (1) We have access to a Pack-N-Play if it were needed. The mattress for children can also be used for infants....moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

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          • There are two bathrooms, one on each level. The one upstairs has a large walk-in shower. The one downstairs has toilet and sink in the main bath, then shower outside, just around the corner from the bathroom. That shower doubles as a foot-rincing, or after-beach shower. Both showers have hot and cold water....moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Coffee Maker:

            The Tico tradition is used in coffee making here. The sock is suspended on a wooden frame, with a pot below it. You boil water in a kettle, then pour through the coffee sock....moreless

          • Catering Available:

            We have people standing by to be hired for cooking for our guests at an extra charge. Please indicate your desire to have cooking services at time of reservation....moreless

          • Kitchen:

            Owner enjoys cooking, so has equipped the kitchen for a variety of cooking options. Blender and pressure cooker included....moreless

          • Refrigerator:

            Ours is a solar (12 V.) refrigerator. It does not make ice....moreless

          • Cooking Utensils:

            We have very nice pots and accessories for cooking....moreless

          • Dining Area Seats:

            8...moreless

          Amenities

          • Washing Machine:

            We can arrange washing of your laundry by our cleaning staff for a reasonable charge. The clothes are hung out to dry in a covered deck area....moreless

          • Living Room:

            The living room is open to kitchen and dining, very large, and affords views of the sea, the jungle and the manicured lawn and landscaping....moreless

          • Clothes Dryer:

            All clothes is hung on lines for drying. We wash for guests upon request, at a fee of $10 per load. Allow overnight for line drying....moreless

          • Linens Provided:

            We use at least 400 thread count, cotton sheets, and body length bath towels, plus hand towels and wash cloths....moreless

          • Towels Provided:

            Our towels are full-body length, and very fresh and plentiful....moreless

          • Parking Off Street:

            We have a gravel parking area that can accomodate 4 vehicles...moreless

          Other Amenities

              • Linens and Towels Provided, Hammocks, Beach Chairs, Adult and Children's Games, Reading Material, Water-Color Art Supplies, Wet-Bar, Blender, Coffee-Making Equipment and yoga deck, ocean kayak. Just down the lane there is an open-air bar and restaurant serving excellent cuisine, and offering board games and social interaction. We also have horseshoe pits and croquet....moreless

              Entertainment

              • Books:

                We let guests exchange paper-back books with the ones on our shelves. We ask that hard-back books be left on site....moreless

              • Games:

                We have board games, croquet, horse-shoe pits and cards....moreless

              • Pool Table:

                We can set up a ping-pong table on request....moreless

              • Ping Pong Table

              Communications

              • Telephone:

                We have a cell phone and guests may ask to use it, for emergencies, or ask us to call and make arrangements for them. With internet, guests who have Skype, often use it for international calling. ...moreless

              • Wireless Internet:

                As of May, 2011, we now have WiFi, so bring your computer and hook up wirelessly....moreless

              • Internet:

                Wi-Fi is available in the guest house....moreless

              • Mobile Phone:

                A cell phone is available. ...moreless

              Outdoor Features

              • Deck / Patio:

                We have a yoga or movement deck with beautiful almond wood floor over the manager house. Our lower porch is a great napping place with its two hammocks....moreless

              • Balcony:

                Balcony off the Kitchen and Living rooms provides a nice vantage point of waterview while having cocktails before dinner....moreless

              • Boat:

                We own a 36 ft. sail boat and we offer our guests tours of the gulf, by sailboat. Ask about pricing and details....moreless

              • Lawn / Garden:

                The mature landscape is like being in a botanical garden area. The level lawn out front is perfect for croquet....moreless

              • Lanai / Gazebo:

                The lower porch is about 3 feet off the ground and is large and comfortable....moreless

              • Outdoor Grill:

                We have a charcoal grill for the guests. The managers have a gas grill....moreless

              • Water Sports Gear:

                We have two boogie boards and two life vests....moreless

              • Kayak / Canoe:

                We have a sea Kayak for use by our guests....moreless

              Theme

              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Family
              • Adventure
              • Away From It All

              Location & View

              • Beachfront:

                Our beach area also enjoys the mouth of a clear-water river where there is a 3 ft. deep sandy lagoon to cool off in, and wash off the salt from the gulf....moreless

              • Beach View:

                A view of Gulf Dulce is exquisite from the balconies of our home....moreless

              Activities

              • Cycling
              • Snorkeling/Diving
              • Hiking
              • Fishing
              • Sailing
              • Mountain Biking
              • Surfing
              • Kayaking
              • Boating
              • Wildlife Viewing
              • Restaurants
              • Horseshoes
              • Sight Seeing
              • Swimming
              • Shelling
              • Horseback Riding

              Other Activities

                  • Birdwatching, Waterfall Tours and Rapelling, Jungle Tours,Zip-line tours, Dolphin Tours, Tours to Animal Rescue Center, Fishing, Horse-Back Riding, Bird-Watching Tours, Local Jungle Bar with Board Games, massage, yoga lessons, Spanish lessons, surfing lessons, river clay masks, and yoga deck, horse shoes and croquet on site. We have a sailing yacht and offer day sailing tours with lunch provided....moreless
                   

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                  • Great house in the OSA peninsula

                    Great house in the OSA peninsula

                    • Guest Alex
                    • Date of stay 04/04/14
                    • Review Submitted 04/21/14
                    Terrific house in the OSA peninsula, where the rainforest meets the sea. Incredible view of the ocean, monkeys running across the yard daily, macaw's flying overhead, and the forest alive all around you. The owners were incredible host, there to answer any and all questions, set up excursions, and fill you with local knowledge. We stayed there with two families(four adults and four kids). It was perfect accommodations, again, one of the nicer houses around. There is a good longboard wave right in front, but make sure you bring water shoes for the kids, it's pretty rocky. One of the best things was the fresh water, "cooling off pool" a short walk down the beach. It was so refreshing and we spent a lot of hours enjoying this fresh water "pool." We bought food in town and cooked for ourselves but also enjoyed Martina's bar and alternativos restaurant as well, great pizza. The owners set us up with an awesome zip line tour followed by a great day of sailing, so much fun. If you are looking for a fun filled adventure this is the place for you, I think it would also be a good spot to just relax and hang out too. Thank you, we had a great vacation, memories that will last a lifetime!!

                    Recommended for: Families with teenagers, families with young children, sightseeing, adventure seekers.

                    Owner response: Dear Alex and Alicia, Thanks so much for your great review. We really did enjoy meeting your family and also Brad and Heather's family. We look forward to more memorable times with your family here in the future. Those facials at the cooling pool made a lifetime memory for me. Tell Giona and Remi that we will never forget their special care and their salon in the jungle. All of the neighborhood misses all of you! Pura Vida, Melanie and Kim

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                  • Paradise Found

                    Paradise Found

                    • Guest Janet O.
                    • Date of stay 01/31/14
                    • Review Submitted 02/09/14
                    We stayed for five days with our children age 13, 10, and 6. We are already planning our trip back! The house has trees on both sides and an amazing ocean view from the front. The house is beautifully designed so open that you feel you are part of the surroundings. You can see and hear the ocean from all of the rooms. We had Squirrel monkeys and Capuchin Monkeys in the trees next to the house. The Howler monkeys woke us each morning. Scarlet Macaws flew over and were eating in trees near the beach. We were all able to swim in front of the house at high tide. Although there is WiFi, our kids did not use or miss their electronics. They felt very secure and we were able to let them be independent without worry. Kim and Melanie were very welcoming and gracious hosts. They were readily available and happy to help us arrange tours and activities. On our last night we went for a cruise in their sailboat which was fantastic! Do not miss the boat tour to the wildlife refuge with Josh at Paradise Rocks. If you are coming to Costa Rica for the nature and wildlife but still want to be perfectly comfortable Casa Dos Rios is the perfect rental.

                    Recommended for: Families with teenagers, families with young children, adventure seekers.

                    Owner response: Thanks Janet and Eric for this wonderful review. Your comments about our level of hospitality, security and attention to making a house for eco-tourism will be so helpful to future inquirers. We hope that it is not too long before we see your beautiful family again. Stay warm! Melanie and Kim

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                  • Incredible House on the Ocean, Fun Waves, Scarlet Macaws and Monkeys EVERYWHERE, and the BEST Hosts!

                    Incredible House on the Ocean, Fun Waves, Scarlet Macaws and Monkeys EVERYWHERE, and the BEST Hosts!

                    • Guest Emily S.
                    • Date of stay 01/07/14
                    • Review Submitted 02/05/14
                    We had the best time at Casa dos Rios! Melanie and Kim helped us organize our trip well in advance and were helpful with all of our questions (we had lots)! They set everything up for us, including our car rental, and even went grocery shopping for us. We arrived just after dark to an incredible house, a fridge full of food, and ice cold beers. Awesome! The house: beautiful, spotless, and extremely comfortable. Casa Dos Rios reminded us of a beautiful Hawaiian country house. It's open air and spacious with very high ceilings; the wood is gleaming, the kitchen is great for cooking and entertaining, the beds are netted and comfortable, the ocean view is spectacular, and the location... The house is literally a stone's throw from the shoreline, yet securely anchored in lush tropical forest. It feels like a treehouse and catches a beautiful breeze from the ocean. We called it the Monkey Highway. From our house, we saw all 4 types of monkeys found in Costa Rica. There were butterflies and birds everywhere, and I even got to watch a Scarlet Macaw snacking in the trees outside the picture window of the bathroom--while I was taking a shower! We're typically adventure seekers, and we usually can't stay too still on vacation, but Casa dos Rios chilled us out. We spent many hours just hanging out in the house on a lazy safari--it was the most relaxed we've been in years. Fortunately, there were also lots of activities to keep us busy when we were ready to get moving. We put the double kayak through its paces and paddled for miles! We went on lots of jungle and beach hikes. We rented great quality surfboards from Melanie and Kim and got lots of waves right out front! Kim even took us on a little 'surfari' down a twisty jungle road to a great wave! We went sailing with Melanie and Kim (highly recommended) in the beautiful Golfo Dulce, snacking on Melanie's homemade deviled eggs, drinking ice cold beers, and swimming with hundreds of dolphins. So fun! We only stayed for a week at Casa Dos Rios, and we feel like we barely scratched the surface of what the Osa Peninsula has to offer. We were sad to leave such a magical place and our new friends, but we will be back! And next time, we're bringing the whole family! We can't think of any type of traveler who would not enjoy at least a few days at Casa Dos Rios. Advice: Book at least a few days more than you think you'll need. You won't want to leave.

                    Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, girls getaway, families with young children, sightseeing, romantic getaway, adventure seekers.

                    Owner response: Hi Vince and Emily, Thanks so much for your review. It is about as good a review as we have ever had. You missed your calling to be a writer! We hope that you are doing well. We also feel like we made new friends and we hope to see you here again in the 'not too distant' future. This place is not for everyone, but people like you are the reason we built Casa Dos Rios. Have a good rest of your winter season and all the best to the both of you! Melanie and Kim Norman

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                  • Do i have to leave ???

                    Do i have to leave ???

                    • Guest Jeremyah D.
                    • Date of stay 11/17/13
                    • Review Submitted 12/11/13
                    NOW HERE THIS. our expierance here was unpredicted, unparralled, and out of site. Still as I write this the vivid memory of three scarlett machaws taking flight down the forest studded coast line is unreal!!! I have to say Kim and Melanie are awesome hosts and will get my recommendations to ALL my fellow travelers. If you want to detach and get intouch with what matters and what is true happiness this is your destination. Enjoy. P.S bring your camera.

                    Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, girls getaway, families with young children, sightseeing, romantic getaway, adventure seekers.

                    Owner response: Thanks, Jeremyah, we really enjoyed hosting your family and are glad that you had a good stay, though too short, right? We recommend at least a week because it is best here after you are a bit acclimated. We look forward to being your hosts again in the not too distant future! Happy Holidays, Melanie and Kim

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                  • Great family holiday

                    Great family holiday

                    • Guest Daymo (Santa Tersesa)
                    • Date of stay 09/09/13
                    • Review Submitted 10/25/13
                    We stayed in CDR , my parents my wife , myself and 2 kids , 2 and 5 years old. The place was amazing, its one of those places that are better in real life than on the website., The place was very clean , beds comfortable. We enjoyed kayaking , and fishing out the front, the small waves also great for paddlebarding , . The nearby rivers were perfect for the kids to have a refreshing dip . We enjoyed our stay .so much we extended for extra days . Caretaker Peter was very helpful and always available for any help we needed . The owners were very attentive to resopnding to emails and arranging taxi pick ups for us from the airport. I fully recommend this house to anyone visiting the area .I hope we can visitg again next year

                    Recommended for: Age 55+, families with young children, sightseeing, romantic getaway, adventure seekers.

                    Owner response: Thanks so much Benjamin, We are so glad to have been able to share our wonderful environment with your family. We really appreciate your kind words and hopes of returning to our Casa Dos Rios. We would like to be home next time your visit so we can meet you all. We will let Peter know of your kind remarks. He has been a great manager in these two months of our absence. We welcome you back any time. He told me that you all were great guests! warm regards, Melanie and Kim Norman

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                  • Simply the best!

                    Simply the best!

                    • Guest Corynne (Guanacaste, Costa Rica)
                    • Date of stay 10/04/13
                    • Review Submitted 10/20/13
                    What a wonderful vacation we just had. I was a little worries that I had chosen a 'glorified camping' option, but as soon as we arrived, my concerns disappeared. You cannot beat the location, attention to detail and obvious care the owners took in creating this special place for those lucky enough to find it. My mother in law kept saying she would do the dishes every meal because of the view! Who gets to prep dinner and wash dishes while watching whales put on a performance? The fact there are no screens on the house wasn't an issue, the bugs were minimal, and the netting on all beds was perfectly sufficient. We got into the natural rhythms of each day, waking with the sun and sleeping soon after the sun went down. It felt so healthy, restful and rejuvenating. It was such a lovely break to not have any stores close by- we cooked all our own meals and enjoyed every moment we prepped food in the well equipped kitchen. Our almost 5 year old had a great time learning about all the creatures, including five species of monkeys, a boa constrictor (on our drive to Carate beach), blue morpho butterflies, cleaning ants, funny little bunny looking things and so much more!! We enjoyed surfing backwash and Pan Dulce every day. You can easily walk to Pan Dulce and Backwash at a lower tide, though we mostly used our vehicle (4wD a must) It's been a long time since I have been truly sad for a vacation to end, but our 10 night stay at CDR could have been longer. For us, the set up was perfect- two bedrooms upstairs (hubby and I, then little boy in the other) and Grandma downstairs.. With still a spare bedroom. Just to point out, there ARE two bathrooms. I think on one website it lists 1 bathroom which almost changed our decision, but the upstairs bathroom is with toilet and spacious shower, downstairs bathroom has toilet and sink, with the shower being a private though outdoor shower. If you read through the book 'Osa, where the rainforest meets the sea' you will see Manuel, the man who lost his hand in a rice mill. He has been a fisherman for years now and he took us out fishing on his boat one day out of Puerto Jimenez.. Recommended. We loves our stay at CDR and when we next return, will stay here again! For those if you who are thinking of staying here, and wanting to experience the Osa in all it's glory, this is the place.

                    Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, sightseeing, romantic getaway, adventure seekers.

                    Owner response: We really appreciate your great review. We hope that next time you visit we will get to meet you. Your family was a real joy for Peter, our stand-in manager, to host. Thanks for your choice of Casa Dos Rios. Melanie and Kim Norman

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                  • We had an experience of our lifetime at Casa Dos Rios!

                    We had an experience of our lifetime at Casa Dos Rios!

                    • Guest Chris (New York, NY)
                    • Date of stay 04/03/13
                    • Review Submitted 05/06/13
                    That was our second visit to Cabo Matapalo within a one-month period. Both times we booked our stay with Melanie and our experience was absolutely incredible on every level! We weren’t able to stay at “Casa Dos Rios” on our first visit. Another party already booked the house and Melanie offered us to stay at her neighbor’s house Casa Tuanis. We spent 4 wonderful days. Two weeks lately we came back to Cabo Matapalo and were able to book Casa Dos Rios. We just fell in love with that place from the first sight. One could feel how much love & efforts Melanie & her husband Kim put into it. The house is very spacious with an incredibly high vaulted ceiling. It’s good for up to 8 people. It has a very specious living room where we enjoyed ourselves day and night. An open-air setting of Casa Dos Rios creates a perfect connection with the jungle & beautiful landscaping around the house made it even more incredible. The ocean view is spectacular and you can see Pavones, a town by the longest surf break in the Central America on the opposite side of Golfo Dulce. While in the house we had a lot of fun playing different table games. I read a book lying in a comfy couch or in a hammock on the terrace. It’s great that there was a Wi-Fi in the house. My husband was able to take care of some business stuff remotely. Having Internet is pretty unique for the area as the entire town is off-grid and Casa Dos Rios is fully powered by solar. Having hot water, a fridge, internet & even electricity is a luxury add-on for rentals in Cabo Matapalo and Casa Dos Rios has it all. We loved our wonderful kitchen where one can find everything needed for cooking. We always gathered around this beautiful wooden bar table while dinner was being prepared.Bedrooms are very cozy. I had a very deep and pleasant sleep and my guess is it was because of a very comfortable mattress & an open-air settings. Multiple windows & wall openings allowed breeze to go through and keep air fresh throughout the night. We enjoyed different activities throughout the day: surfing, fishing, kayaking, boogie boarding, sunbathing, yoga, reading, photography, cooking. We were so excited to see brown Capuchin monkeys crossing the lawn in front of the house. There were pelicans, toucans, lots of beautiful scarlet macaw, green parrots and many other birds all around & in the sky.Now we constantly think of coming back soon! Thanks Melanie&Kim for your hospitality and letting us stay at your beautiful house.Christina&Vadim

                    Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, sightseeing, romantic getaway, adventure seekers.

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                  • wonderful place to stay

                    wonderful place to stay

                    • Guest toban (Winnipeg)
                    • Date of stay 02/24/13
                    • Review Submitted 04/17/13
                    We were two couples who had a wonderful week stay here. The casa is just like it looks in the pictures except that the pictures do not show the beautiful view you have of the ocean while still in bed in the morning. As you wake up you lift up your head and look at the sun coming up over the ocean. We never bothered to put down the window shutters as the view was so nice. As everyone says Melanie is a great cook and you definitely want to take advantage of her cooking. Besides going to Martina's for supper we walked to the Encanta la vida lodge for supper, it was a buffet on the Saturday night and was good. Also enjoyed lunch at Lapos Rios lodge, great views. We loved taking beach walks every day and then cooling off in the natural pool by the Casa, sometimes the water was a little murky here if it had rained but it was a great place to cool off. I thought we might be a little warm without air conditioning but this was never an issue. At night the fan inside your netted bed kept you very comfortable As mentioned before the swimming in the ocean in a little tricky here because you pick your way thru the rocks but the beach area itself is very nice to sit in with big trees to provide shade from the hot sun. It is a big plus being able to see the ocean from just about every room in the Casa, and the casa is beautiful inside. We did have some bugs in the evening but if you used more of an indirct light they were fine and definitely not a problem for us. We loved the Casa dos Rios , Melanie and Kim are wonderful hosts and do everything they can to make sure you have the best stay possible.

                    Owner response: Thanks Patti, for this very flattering review. We know that it is because of people like you that Casa Dos Rios is a joy to own and provide for special vacations. We enjoyed the four of you and hope to see you here again some time. We appreciate you taking the time to give future guests some of your impressions. All the best to you four fine folks. Melanie and Kim

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                  • Fantastic area, beautiful house,and friendly hosts equal Casa Dos Rios!

                    Fantastic area, beautiful house,and friendly hosts equal Casa Dos Rios!

                    • Guest Michele (London Ontario Canada)
                    • Date of stay 02/09/13
                    • Review Submitted 03/04/13
                    We (two couples) stayed at Casa Dos Rios (CDR) for 10 days. The house is beautiful: 4 bedrooms, open air. It is very clean with gleaming hardwood floors, comfortable beds, fresh linens and a well equipped kitchen. We spent our time walking along the beach (at low tide) and along the road. There are 2 waterfalls nearby which are beautiful and lots of wildlife to see (toucans, macaws, 4 types of monkeys). We swam everyday, read, played cards. The evenings had a few bugs when we had the lights on but never any that bothered us. The beds had bug nets and we slept well (it does take a few nights to get used to the jungle sounds). We woke to the sound of the howler monkeys and the birds at around 530 AM so bedtime comes early. We went on the sailing trip with Kim and Melanie. It was great fun. They taught us about sailing, we went swimming and they made a wonderful lunch with cold beverages. We will do it again next year. It was a highlight of our trip and I would recommend it. Melanie prepared 5 meals for us. They we all outstanding dinners and I recommend you take advantage of her culinary skills. We also ate at Martina’s a few nights. Food is excellent, 5 minute walk. The beach at CDR is a bit challenging until you get to know it. Once you see it at low tide, you can figure it out. After we got to know it, we had no trouble and swam every day. We also took advantage of the river to cool off. On our last day we took our wine and sat in the river mouth and said goodbye to the Osa for another year. ): Melanie and Kim are wonderful hosts and friendly people. They are happy to share their knowledge of the area and will assist you any way they can (booking excursions or taxis etc). They are the kind of people who make you feel welcome and comfortable at the first hello. The Osa is a magical area. It is natural, beautiful and full of amazing wildlife. CDR is a beautiful, comfortable home to stay in, and Melanie and Kim are warm, welcoming and knowledgeable hosts. What more can one wish for?

                    Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, sightseeing, romantic getaway, adventure seekers.

                    Owner response: Hi Michele, We really appreciate the review you took the time to give us. It will be with so much joy that we welcome the four of you again for the entire month of February next year. We now have waves and the surfers are flocking to Cabo Matapalo, so we continue to be busy. Thanks for being a contributor to our success! Have a good Summer season. Melanie and Kim

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                  • Tree House Treasure

                    Tree House Treasure

                    • Guest JennyS. (Chicago,IL USA)
                    • Date of stay 12/31/12
                    • Review Submitted 01/10/13
                    Casa Dos Rios is a lovely, clean beach rental.The house is as advertised and as seen in the photos. The beauty of the house lies in its simplicity and location. There is nothing more than you need, and, at the same time, all that you need is right there at Casa Dos Rios. The beds are comfy, the showers are hot, the towels are fluffy and the views and surrounding jungle are divine. We adored Melanie and Kim as they were the perfect balance between caretakers and hosts. Their advice on what to see and do, where and when to go, which tours to take- all of it was spot on. Having Buena Esperanza in walking distance is a perk that can't be beat!

                    Recommended for: Families with teenagers, girls getaway, romantic getaway, adventure seekers.

                    Owner response: Hi Jennifer , Joe and Family, thanks so much for taking the time to write a review on our home. We appreciated meeting you and hope to see you here again some time. With our large house, you could have your friends stay here with you next time and let us hire cooks for your convenience. We value your opinion, as experienced travelers. All the best! Melanie and Kim Norman, owners, Casa Dos Rios

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                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Christmas and New Years
                  Dec 21 - Jan 5
                  7 night min stay

                  $2,555
                  Spring Break
                  Mar 10 - Mar 30
                  7 night min stay

                  $1,435
                  My Standard Rate
                  3 night min stay
                  $205
                  $1,280 $4,400

                  Changeover Day: Saturday


                  Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

                  * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

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                  • Taxes Not included

                  Notes:

                  Rates are subject to change until reservation confirmation. Gratuity to the cleaning staff is requested and appreciated.

                  Daily and Weekly standard rates are quoted for the first 4 people. Add $25 per day per additional adult and $10 per night per additional child under 12 years of age.

                  We accept all major credit cards, or a check in the mail. Occasionally we accept cash for the balance upon arrival. A deposit of 1/2 is required at the time or reservation, and the balance of rent is due at least 30 days prior to arrival.

                  For Holiday and Spring Break Rates: the quoted price per day is for the first six guests, and add $50 per additional guest per night, no age limitations.


                  This owner accepts: Credit cards.
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                  Year Purchased: 2003

                  About the owner: Kim and Melanie Norman: We are people who live for happiness and adventure. We have enjoyed being beacons of successful coupling in our community for years. We are happy people, and take much pleasure in sharing it with others. We have found that we can share our happiness though offering Casa Dos Rios for others to enjoy. We are proud of having dreamed big: stretching ourselves and our abilities to buy and build on the fantastic property we discovered in a very special part of Costa Rica. Away from the hustle and bustle of large human populations, our little haven has become our place of sanctuary, helping us balance out the fast-lane careers that we have engaged in over the past 30 years. Kim is a builder and actually lived in Costa Rica for eight months in 2005, building our beach house rental. I have just completed 30 years in the real estate brokerage business. Now, 4 years into the vacation rental venture, we are paying off the last of debt and heading down to live our dream! We recently bought a sailboat because, looking out on Golfo Dulce from Casa Dos Rios, we know that there is so much to discover and enjoy out on those waters teeming with ocean life. We manage our vacation rental from the manager house on-site. We know that we will meet wonderful people from all over the world. Being a Southern Louisiana native, I will fit right in providing 'hospitality' and 'good cooking' (upon request) for our guests. Our interests and hobbies include: Sailing, fishing, gardening, cooking, yoga, soul-rhythms exercise to music, water-color painting, wood crafts and traveling.

                  Why the Owner Chose Cabo Matapalo:
                  We first went to Matapalo on the Osa Penninsula in 1999 as a couple. Kim, my husband, had visited Costa Rica with his best friend in 1990, traveling with the goal of finding the 'best fish soup'. Though the best soup turned up in Pto. Viejo, they were taken by the unspoiled Osa Penninsula and the great surfbreaks of Cabo Matapalo. When Kim and I arrived there in 1999 I was awestruck at how beautiful this coast is, and how much wildlife there is to see! All four kinds of monkeys could be seen in a given day and the sunrises were so spectacular, so many layers of contrast formed from the mountains across the Golfo Dulce and the ever-present scatterings of clouds, surf and birds. We knew that this place was the right area for us to establish a vacation home to enjoy for ourselves and to offer for the enjoyment of guests. As on-site managers we are excited about the opportunity to meet and enjoy our own guests, to offer meals, sailing excursions and a movement-exercise class called 'Soul Rhythms' to those who are interested. We are so happy to have so much support (people from our former community are planning their stay with us in the next year) and good times ahead with our guests. We hope that you will be one of these guests, and we intend to make this vacation one of your most wonderful and memorable ever!

                  The Unique Benefits at this House:
                  At first arrival to Casa Dos Rios we marvel at how simply exquisite our environment is: the house, with its rich wood surfaces, the view of the Gulf from our balcony, the lush landscape, so meticulously maintained, the sea breeze and sound of surf, the abundance of fruit and the welcoming faces of our greeting managers! We love the netted 4-post beds (that you zip yourself safely inside of), with reading light right over our heads, and personal fans at our feet. We love having the living area up high, (on the 2nd floor), giving a tree-house feel to the home. The big walk-in shower with rain-water spicket and a large open window (yet private) is a real pleasure to bathe in. The hammock porch is a special place for relaxation with a book, or napping in the afternoon, enjoying a sea breeze channeling through the breeze-way design of the downstairs. The Carbonera River to the right of our beachfront is such a gem. We might swim, boogie board, kayak or surf in the gulf in front of the house; then, go over to the cool, fresh-water river, where there is a 3 ft. deep lagoon, and rinse off the sand and salt, in the ever-moving waters that empty into the Golfo Dulce. The second river, to the left is about 1/4 mile away, and forms a deep and wide mouth, feeding the gulf with enough fresh water to make this a very good beach-fishing site. We also enjoy the hiking areas that are all around us. Bird-watchers hike out on the road nearby; the two largest waterfalls on the Carbonera River are a great hiking destination, reachable by walking approx. one hour from our house; the jungle path all along the beachfronts is a way to discover the many varied beaches of Matapalo. One of the best things about Casa Dos Rios is that we often see all four kinds of monkeys from the windows of the house. Macaws are so plentiful, we see many pairs every day and sometimes right in the trees outside the house. We find the wildlife still so abundant there, even today!


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                  Photos

                  • Casa Dos Rios faces the beach, and is surrounded by established landscape

                    Casa Dos Rios faces the beach, and is surrounded by established landscape

                  • Enjoy lots of counter space plus island, and experience a solar refrigerator!

                    Enjoy lots of counter space plus island, and experience a solar refrigerator!

                  • Casa Dos Rios shines with the use of local area hardwood, including almond floor

                    Casa Dos Rios shines with the use of local area hardwood, including almond floor

                  • Our Dr. Suess tree sillouettes the sunrise beyond it, (as viewed from the house)

                    Our Dr. Suess tree sillouettes the sunrise beyond it, (as viewed from the house)

                  • Playa Carbonera, the beach in front of CDR, in the special dusk blue!

                    Playa Carbonera, the beach in front of CDR, in the special dusk blue!

                  • A howler monkey at the beachfront, carrying her baby.

                    A howler monkey at the beachfront, carrying her baby.

                  • Macaws are in large number on the Osa Peninsula.  Our almond trees attract them

                    Macaws are in large number on the Osa Peninsula. Our almond trees attract them

                  • Another view of Casa Dos Rios, front yard.

                    Another view of Casa Dos Rios, front yard.

                  • View showing the window shutters.

                    View showing the window shutters.

                  • A sunrise being enjoyed. Photo by Tom Keefer, BBC

                    A sunrise being enjoyed. Photo by Tom Keefer, BBC

                  • Ending of a wedding, as procession exits.

                    Ending of a wedding, as procession exits.

                  • We also host weddings at Casa Dos Rios.

                    We also host weddings at Casa Dos Rios.

                  • The lower porch with its hammocks, is a very comfortable place for napping.

                    The lower porch with its hammocks, is a very comfortable place for napping.

                  • Going to bed at night in the queen-sized netted beds, is a pleasure in itself!

                    Going to bed at night in the queen-sized netted beds, is a pleasure in itself!

                  • The front yard at Casa Dos Rios, leads right out to the beach.

                    The front yard at Casa Dos Rios, leads right out to the beach.

                  • This photo was taken just outside the manager's house, in the guava tree.

                    This photo was taken just outside the manager's house, in the guava tree.

                  • Early morning colors vary each day at the beach in front of CDR.

                    Early morning colors vary each day at the beach in front of CDR.

                  • Madeline Rose photographed this lone male Colorado, in our guava tree.

                    Madeline Rose photographed this lone male Colorado, in our guava tree.

                  • Enjoy a hike from CDR to this Rio Carbonera waterfull and its cool lagoon.

                    Enjoy a hike from CDR to this Rio Carbonera waterfull and its cool lagoon.

                  • We call our shady palm grove out front, the beach club.

                    We call our shady palm grove out front, the beach club.

                  • A view when the tide is high.

                    A view when the tide is high.

                  • A wedding taking place at Casa Dos Rios.

                    A wedding taking place at Casa Dos Rios.

                  • The front yard set up for a wedding.

                    The front yard set up for a wedding.

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                  4 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
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