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Cabo Matapalo house description
5-star ranking at Trip Advisor. Recipient of Trip Advisor Traveler's Choice Award 2013, 2012 and 2010) for Central/South American family vacations. Winner of TripAdvisor Excellence Award 2013. Recommended by Lonely Planet.
Costa Rica vacation rentals: there are hundreds to choose from. Yet we are told again and again that Casa Bambu and our other bamboo beach houses are exceptional. So if you're ready to take a walk on the wild side, this is the place! This Costa Rica beach rental offers nature lovers an ideal vacation. It sits on a beautiful beach, in the rainforest, on the coast of the Osa Peninsula. This unique setting lets you experience the true Costa Rica, one of the most amazing areas on earth; relax on the beach; and enjoy countless natural wonders. All this while keeping you comfortable and secure in a private rental house on the beach. At Casa Bambu the ocean waves lull you to sleep and the roar of the howler monkeys awaken you to a glorious sunrise over the Golfo Dulce (Sweet Gulf). A pristine beach is literally steps away, and the rainforest and wildlife are all around. If you love nature in all its wild beauty, this is the place for you.
After visiting vacation rentals around the country, Lonely Planet's Costa Rica recommends Casa Bambu as a place to stay. Men's Journal touts Casa Bambu in its review of Costa Rica vacation homes in its vacation guide cover story How to Rent a Dream House Anywhere: Your Own Private Resort. It says: “For the jungle experience, visit the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica’s wild southern appendage. Its few paved roads lead to tiny fishing villages, like Cabo Matapalo, where you’ll find unspoiled beaches and rental houses like Casa Bambu on a plot of pristine rainforest teeming with monkeys.” The Denver Post Travel section featured Casa Bambu in an article about Costa Rica, the Osa Peninsula and Matapalo. The Fine Living Channel included Casa Bambu in its program Around the World in Eighty Houses, which focused on remarkable vacation houses throughout the world, including Casa Bambu. The Sunday Post of Scotland, an international publication, featured an article by a Casa Bambu guest about her vacation with us.
Our Costa Rica beach house rentals offer:
A perfect location: right on a gorgeous beach (and near several others), with a spectacular view, in the rainforest, surrounded by abundant wildlife and scenery.
A handcrafted, clean and safe vacation rental home, from which to enjoy your fantastic surroundings.
Many activities for the whole family.
Three other bamboo rentals, equally wonderful.
When natives of Costa Rica greet each other, they often say “Pura Vida,” or pure life. When you visit Casa Bambu, you’ll truly understand what this means.
Keywords: Beach House on Osa Peninsula
- Vacation Rental
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Clothes Dryer
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Washing Machine
- Parking Off Street
- Linens Provided
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Ocean View
- Beach View
- Mountain Biking
- Wildlife Viewing
- Horseback Riding
- World-famous birdwatching, ocean kayaking, rainforest tours, on foot or horseback (including world-famous Corcovado National Park), Golfo Dulce boat tours, wildlife sanctuary tours, pristine beaches, Puerto Jimenez is a 30 minute drive and offers several restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, and grocery stores, We can set you up with great guides, as well as lodgings in San Jose and in-country travel....moreless
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Words can’t describe the beauty of this area, Osa Peninsula, Cabo Matapolo.We stayed in one of the houses managed by Lyn, “Casa de Stephan”. When I initially asked Lyn about availability of their houses, she responded that none of their homes were available. However she directed me to other houses within the area and one of them was “Casa de Stephan”. I was first hesitant about trusting a person with my finances over the internet; however, Lyn made the point to call me directly. I felt very comfortable with her suggestions, her honesty, and knew that we would be in a beautiful place. It was my husband’s birthday surprise, so she highly recommended Casa de Stephan. My husband has been going to Costa Rica for many years and from now on, he will ensure to go back to this area. The area is remote, but yet you can still get to the little town of Puerto Jimenez within 15 minutes. One day, felt like three days! We loved the openness of the house. It is so hard to describe the beauty. We loved the beautiful nature of that area, the macaws, the green parrots, the monkeys, the iguanas, the eagles, the toucans, etc. Instead of having dogs or city noise, we had the howler monkeys waking us up right at sunrise. All night, we just heard the sound of the waves, ocean! I couldn’t even hear my husband snoring.The house was more than what we expected, beautiful downstairs and upstairs, the beautiful refreshing pool. We loved the full stocked kitchen with the beautiful 6 burner stove. This house had it all. The caregivers Monika and Walter were very warm and friendly. My husband wanted to spend more time with them, but we had too live. We were very upset to leave the area. We think of this beautiful area every day! My husband is ready to go back now. Does anyone want to buy a beautiful casa in California?Lyn thank you so much for sharing this beautiful place with us. By the way, my husband wants to inform you that he was a led Singer in high school, he wants to meet the rock star that owns “Casa de Stephan”. He wants to cut his new album.We hope to be there soon and we hope that it does not change!Eric and Veronica Yoos (a birthday surprise he will never forget)Castro Valley, California
- Guest Eric and Veronica (Castro Valley, CA)
- Date of stay 01/27/06
- Review Submitted 01/27/06
Casa Bambu, Cabo Matapalo and the Osa Peninsula were everything my husband and I had hoped for and more. We loved experiencing "pura vida" up close and personal. Casa Bambu is truly a Costa Rican work of art (and love), Cabo Matapalo is a remote, laid-back, unspoiled, special place, while the Osa Peninsula itself offers wild and bountiful natural beauty. We had the pleasure of meeting Kirk and Linda, the owners of the property. Kirk (the creator and builder of Casa Bambu and the other bamboo houses) and Lyn (the one who makes everything come together so seamlessly) graciously greeted us upon our arrival. To make us feel at home, in the house were displays of fresh flowers and fruit straight from the property's gardens. During our stay, Kirk and Lyn made sure we had everything we needed. We had the added pleasure of getting to know Lyn as she spent time with us laughing and talking while Kirk worked on his newest bamboo creation. We also loved meeting and getting to know William, the caretaker and tour guide. All the positive comments we had read about William were indeed true. He is so sweet and helpful. William lives on the property along with his family and is there to help with anything and everything. Even though William speaks very little English, his animated gesturing (as well as ours) bridged the communication gap. Muchas gracious, William. Regarding Casa Bambu, the ocean view across the manicured lawn was spectacular and the continuous breeze kept us cool. The house itself is fully equipped and had everything we needed. Staying at the lovely Casa Bambu provides the true Costa Rican "pura vida" experience. It's all about nature. There was a hummingbird nesting right outside one of the back bedrooms. The scarlet macaws feasted in the almond trees right out front, and squirrel monkeys made their presence known outside the upstairs "monkey viewing" porch. A coati nonchlantly walked around the house, and blue morpho butterflies magically flitted about in the front yard. We'll never forget the unmistakable sound of the howler monkeys. The gorgeous sunrises over the Golfo Dulce were magnificent. On our nature hikes and horseback ride, we saw abundant wildlife and nature. When we were hungry for a meal from somewhere other than our kitchen, we hiked up the hill to Lapa Rios and down the road to Martina's for excellent gourmet cuisine at both locations. I could go on and on about our week-long stay in this very special part of the world, but there isn't en
- Guest Anita and Bobby VH (Hickory Flat, GA)
- Date of stay 07/07/05
- Review Submitted 07/07/05
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The trip was fantastic!!! It was the best trip of my life and I can say that is probably true for most of my family. Casa Bambu was everything we imagined and more, far more. Everything from the sounds of the rain forest...the howler monkeys and the cicadas waking us up every morning to the wonderful hikes, sportfishing trips, the many animals and birds, and on and on. It was an unbelievable experience that three generations of my family were able to enjoy together. Thank you so much for all your help in making this trip to Costa Rica an enjoyable experience that our family will never forget. The only bummer was that we did not make our stay longer. Being there made me realize how simple you can live. I usually am ready to come home from a vacation and it makes me appeciate home. But this time I was appreciating where I had come from and how I need to incorporate more of that into my life at home. Again, thank you so much for a truly wonderful experience.
- Guest Tom Obata
- Date of stay 09/22/03
- Review Submitted 09/22/03
Main season: $195/night, 1 or 2 adults; extra charge for additional guests Weekly rate $1,295 up. Group discounts. $10/night per child under 12 (Children 3 and under are FREE) $2,850/week (Christmas/New Years); Spring break: $1,850/week. Green Season: $115/night, 1-2 adults; extra charge for more guests;$20/child Weekly rate from $735. See main website for other rates, details. 3 night minimum All rates include tax.
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Year Purchased: 1992
About the owner: Married for 34 years, Lyn and Kirk Ulbricht have been partners in raising two great kids, Calla (33) and Ross (28), and in several businesses. Twenty years ago, while visiting friends on the Osa Peninsula, Kirk found his heaven and Lyn began overcoming her snake phobia. (Luckily, she's hardly seen any over all the years). They bought four acres of overgrown cow pasture by the Golfo Dulce, cleared it of brambles and weeds, and began to transform it. With neighbors, they planted 1,000 trees (now part of the monkey trail) and built Casa Bambu with the help of local friends. Kirk completed a second bamboo house, Casa Linda, in September, 2002; a third, Casa Piña, in August, 2003; and a fourth, Casa Sonrisa, in December, 2007. All the houses are solar-powered with artesian wells, beautiful tropical yards and on a pristine beach. Back in the U.S. Kirk has been a 'green' builder and home designer in Austin, TX. His houses are ultra efficient - utilizing passive solar techniques, proper siting and other applications that conserve energy while providing comfortable shelter. His heart, however, is in Costa Rica, where he relishes life in the rainforest and can fulfill his lifelong love of the sea. Here he, Lyn and their children, love to gather with friends and family. Lyn is a freelance writer whose work has been published in several magazines and websites and also works on the Costa Rica project.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Unique pristine wilderness on a gorgeous unspoiled surfing/swimming beach with wildlife all around.
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Casa Bambu full kitchen by guest James McCraw
View from Casa Bambu porch
Custom netted beds
Bathroom by guest James McCraw
Casa Bambu by guest James McCraw
One of the neighbors (by guest Alex Thomson)
Dolphins and whales play in the Golfo Dulce (by guest Alex Thomson
Whiteface capuchin by guest Eileen Fischer
Sloth in Casa Bambu yard by guest Erin Seney
Scarlet Macaw are protected and common (by guest Russell Burns)
Wake up to spectacular sunrises (by guest Troy Yoshihara)
Casa Bambu main room by guest James McCraw
Casa Bambu living room has great view by guest James McCraw
Dining area by guest James McCraw
Upstairs porch for great monkey viewing by guest James McCraw
Your front yard
Four kinds of monkeys live around us (by guest Alex Thomson)
Our beach by guest Wes Pohl
86 degree water at property's edge
Scarlet Macaw mate for life
Toucan by guest Russell Burns
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