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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 children to wade and play in and much more! The four bedrooms have queen beds with 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. Internet service is basic and not strong enough for streaming movies, etc.
Keywords: Beachfront vacation house at a surf break, with sea view in rainforest environment. A Treehouse feel! Now offers WiFi. beach, monkeys, macaws, toucans, sloths, fishing, sea kayak, surfing, swimming, hammocks, views, privacy, manicured lawn.
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
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
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
We let guests exchange paper-back books with the ones on our shelves. We ask that hard-back books be left on site....moreless
We have board games, croquet, horse-shoe pits and cards....moreless
We have a gravel parking area that can accomodate 4 vehicles...moreless
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
Our towels are full-body length, and very fresh and plentiful....moreless
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
As of May, 2011, we now have WiFi, so bring your computer and hook up wirelessly. The basic service allows for sending and receiving emails, but not for streaming video....moreless
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
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
We have very nice pots and accessories for cooking....moreless
Dishes & Utensils:
We have a large supply of dishes and cookware. We have more in the manager house if something more is desired....moreless
Owner enjoys cooking, so has equipped the kitchen for a variety of cooking options. Blender and pressure cooker included....moreless
The oven is large, recent, modern and has an electronic ignitor....moreless
We have dry-boxes for storage of dry goods out of sight of the Capuchin monkeys....moreless
Ours is a solar (12 V.) refrigerator. It does not make ice....moreless
The stove is run on propane. It has electronic ignitor and a griddle. The oven works well and has a light. The stove is recent and modern....moreless
Balcony off the Kitchen and Living rooms provides a nice vantage point of waterview while having cocktails before dinner....moreless
We own a 36 ft. sail boat and we offer our guests tours of the gulf, by sailboat. Ask about pricing and details....moreless
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
Kayak / Canoe:
We have a sea Kayak (double) for use by our guests. A 2nd sea kayak (single), is available for rent for $20 per day....moreless
Lanai / Gazebo:
The lower porch is about 3 feet off the ground and is large and comfortable....moreless
Lawn / Garden:
The mature landscape is like being in a botanical garden area. The level lawn out front is perfect for croquet....moreless
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
Mid-Spring Pricing Apr 12 - May 31, 2015 3 night min stay
Summer 2015 Jun 1 - Aug 14, 2015 3 night min stay
Green Season Sep 1 - Nov 14, 2015 3 night min stay
Christmas and New Years Dec 20 - Jan 3, 2016 7 night min stay
Spring Break Mar 10 - Mar 30 7 night min stay
My Standard Rate 3 night min stay
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
Additional information about rental rates
Cleaning fee per week:$60
Rates are subject to change until reservation confirmation. Gratuity to the cleaning staff is requested and appreciated.
Daily and Weekly standard rates and Spring Break 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. A $60 cleaning fee per week, is also required.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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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.
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!