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Unique 3BR Costa Rica Jungle Tree House at Playa Negra

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

Located just minutes from some of the world's best surfing at Playa Negra and the broad beaches of Playa Junquillal, La Casa Margarita is situated in a 250-acre eco-community known as La Pura Jungla. With only 35 home sites in all, La Pura Jungla is an amazing refuge from the hustle and bustle of 'everyday' life. And La Casa Margarita, a three-bedroom, two-bath 4000+ sq foot tree house, offers the amenities of home in a relaxed jungle setting where howler monkeys and exotic birds are your neighbors, and yet you are close enough to all services - dining, shopping, activities and resorts - to make your stay EXACTLY what you want.

Built on a steel and concrete platform that puts it in the tree tops, Casa Margarita is two beautiful homes under a single roof, separated by a canopy walkway high over the jungle floor. The Guest House has two bedrooms and the Master Suite has one bedroom. You may either occupy the Guest House alone, or both Guest House and Master Suite.

La Casa Margarita is ideally located where the jungle meets the Pacific Ocean in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. It is about ten miles from Tamarindo Beach, and just minutes from the new JW Marriott Resort at Hacienda Pinilla. It is less than five miles from Playa Negra or Playa Junquillal, and just over an hour's drive to Liberia International Airport. If you are coming from San Jose, you can either fly to Tamarindo or Liberia and drive/taxi from there, or you can drive from San Jose in about four hours.

La Casa Margarita is over 4000 square feet of jungle 'tree house' with amazing ocean views. The living and dining areas are open to the vistas below - no walls, you become part of the jungle as if you lived in the treetops. All the open living spaces have safety guard rails with bars, keeping kids - and adults - safe.

The Guest House features:

- Two spacious bedrooms with balconies, Queen beds and a pull-out trundle

- Tile and marble bathroom with towels provided

- Fully equipped kitchen with breakfast bar, granite countertops, and appliances

- Walk-in closet and numerous pantries and cabinets

- Laundry room with large capacity washer/dryer

- Huge Living/Dining room with dining table, chairs, sofa, coffee table, hammock

- Outdoor shower and toilet to wash off the sand before you come home

The Master Suite features:

- One large bedroom with King bed

- Master bath with double shower and treetop jungle views

- Kitchenette with Microwave, gas range top, fridge

- Open Living/Dining room with dining table, couch, chairs

All of our guests can enjoy the beautiful Costa Rican furniture from the master craftsmen in Sarchi. Our home was built and furnished 100% with local materials, labor, and furnishings of the very highest quality.

Keep in mind, Casa Margarita isn't for everyone. Our spacious home is cooled by ocean breezes, so there's no A/C. The open design, although perfectly safe, is daunting to some. However, many of our guests have returned time and again to our special home where jungle meets ocean.

Keywords: House, Treehouse, casa, villa

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Michael Krieger
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

About Michael Krieger

Margarita and Michael have traveled extensively with their children, and currently reside in the California wine country. They have both worked in the high-tech world and are now raising a middle-school aged daughter. They all love to travel and spend as much time as possible at Casa Margarita.

Michael Krieger purchased this house in 2005

Why Michael Krieger chose Cantón Santa Cruz

We fell in love with Costa Rica the first time we visited, back in 1994. On our second trip in 1995 we were introduced to Ray who owns the development (Pura Jungla) where we eventually built our dream home. We soon decided to purchase a two acre lot with stunning views of the Pacific. Several years later, in 2005 we began construction of Casa Margarita with the assistance of Ray, our dear late architect Edgar Cruz, and a wonderful team of contractors. The result wildly exceeded our expectations, and now we have a wonderful escape to share with all of you.

What makes this house unique

We are located in an amazing 250 acre eco-preserve filled with nature's bounty. Rare trees, exotic birds, howler monkey families and iguanas are our neighbors in paradise. We are just five minutes from dining, surfing, ocean beaches and more, and over the years we have developed friendships with many neighbors and business owners. It truly has become our second home.

We love to ride down the road and have everyone call out to our daughter as we pass - she feels like Casa Margarita is her personal tree house - and in a way it is.

We love to sit in the kitchen having breakfast and watch the monkeys come by on their way to feeding - I don't know who is more curious, us or them.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a great week at Casa Margarita! The weather was great and the house was just wonderful. We did a lot of sightseeing during the day and came back to the tree house for dinner and drinks. What a time!
Mar 2008
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Cantón Santa Cruz House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Guest house bathroom - toilet , shower
    Master Suite Bath - toilet , shower
  • There is a utility bath by the carport/bodega with toilet, sink and outdoor shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Guest Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 double , Double bed is a 'pull out' trundle under queen bed
    Guest Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Both guest bedrooms have balconies
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , Located in master suite - call if interested
  • King size beds (1) In Master Suite, Queen size Beds (2) Both guest bedrooms have Queen beds, Double Beds (1) One of the Guest House bedrooms also has a trundle bed.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • festivals
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Tree-top Jungle Views, Nature Lover's paradise, Monkeys birds and beautiful flora. La Casa Margarita is NOT for everyone. Please ensure you understand we are a jungle 'tree house' style home in an eco-community, not a mega-resort.


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Unique 3BR Costa Rica Jungle Tree House at Playa Negra
average rating of 4.75 based on 17 reviews

Amazing place.

  • 5 of 5

This was an amazing place to stay. The pictures didn't do it justice. The drive from Liberia was easy, the nearby beaches were great. Our favorite was Playa Negra. He went to a few others too. The road to the jungle house was maintained very well, the people in the town Paraiso were very friendly and helpful. There is a seafood restaurant just on the way to Playa Juanquial (10 mins from house) that we had dinner twice which was good. The house is an open floor plan so the sounds, and night air are always around. Two things made this house for us. First was the monkeys which visited us, they hung out within 10 feet from us on a few occasions. Second was the owner of the preserve, Ray, he was helpful as could be. Any question he answered, any issue he handled, his wife made my daughter a birthday cake and he gave us a tour of his hotel/home, something that you have to see to believe. One of a kind. Can't recommend this enough.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words Matt! You are right, our home owes much of its charm to Ray and Deyanira, who care for it as if it was their own. La Casa Margarita, and the Pura Jungla development, are truly unique. We hope to see you again in the future. Pura Vida, Michael & Margarita
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Petaluma, CA

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

This was our sixth trip to Costa Rica. We first came for our honeymoon over 14 years ago and have property near Playa Hermosa to the south. Casa Margarita is a serene, beautiful place to stay. This trip we travelled with our two young children and my brother and sister in law. There was plenty of space for all of us. Having the two sections of the house was great for privacy, especially if you are travelling with more than one family. We had a great time going to the beach, surfing, eating at great restaurants, being entertained by the howler monkeys and watching the most beautiful sunsets. But, the most spectacular part of this trip was the house! It is like living in the rain forest. We would sit out on the deck and watch lightning storms roll across the ocean drinking mango margaritas! The rooms are very comfortable but my favorite part is the shower! It has all the comforts of home but in a magical location. Go visit and have the time of your life. Pura Vida!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2007
  • Stayed: September 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Napa Valley, California

fantastic decompression vacation getaway

  • 5 of 5

woke up to the low rumble of the Howler monkeys every morning, warm Pacific ocean breezes mingling with the excellent Costa Rican coffee in my morning cup, then a quick drive to surf-wade on the almost completely deserted miles-long white sand beaches. Then back for a leisurely breakfast, a morning spent in the hammock chairs reading, an afternoon nap, wake up to enjoy the gorgeous sunset over the Pacific at 5:30 pm, then time for dinner at one of the many excellent local restaurants. Skip the surfer-tourist ghetto of Tamarindo and seek out this amazing treehouse just a mile of so from Paraiso. Much to do locally, from a great and safe zip-line at Pura Aventura (ask Ray to set you up), a short jaunt to Santa Cruz for groceries and sight-seeing, or a day trip to Guaitil for a shopping trip to pick up some of their Chorotego-style pottery. 'Can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words! We couldn't agree more, might as well skip the tourist mecca that Tamarindo has become and enjoy some of the real Pura Vida. I'm thrilled we could accommodate your request to stay a few days longer, hope to see you two back again soon!
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So disappointed...

  • 1 of 5

I guess I don't get it....

I'm trying to be objective as the fan in the master suite struggles to cool this space.

Ok here goes...

* Yes you had better get a 4x4 to access the property

* make sure the cell phone you are sent has a SIM card

* make sure the property manager hasn't turned his cell phone off as you desperately try to call him to make sure he is ready for your arrival

* Michael telling me "welcome to Costa Rica" when I call you from the car rental to ask why the cell phone has no SIM card did not help.

* I've got two weeks to endure......I sure hope the property manager can get the AC unit installed in the master suite.

I hope this vacation experience improves.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jeff, We're sorry your experience at Casa Margarita isn't what you expected. The jungle (and non-air conditioned bedrooms) aren't for everyone, but are a large part of what makes our home unique. I was more than happy to refund a substantial portion of your rental fee when you decided you weren't going to stay, and I sincerely hope you had a good time during the rest of your stay in Costa Rica. Also, I make my GPS and unlocked cell phone available to every guest who wants to use them; occasionally they use up the balance on the refillable SIM card (which are widely available throughout the country as you learned). or remove the card and use it in their own phone. It is also unfortunate that brush fires had recently swept through the area. Hoping your future visits are more to your liking, Michael & Margarita
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Mountain View, CA

"I just feel like everyon...

  • 5 of 5

"I just feel like everyone tries to do something different, but you always wind up doing the same damn thing." - DiCaprio from the movie The Beach. This is impossible at Casa Margarita...providing open jungle living in an executive style tree house. Skip the resorts. Skip Mexico (makes you sick) and Hawaii (makes you sick of paying). Shop for groceries in the local store, meet the people, speak broken spanish, surf the best waves in the world. Drink $1.50 beers at Lola's on the beach. Get your 4x4, bring the bug spray, suntan lotion and some books and pick the road less traveled. Get there before the dirt roads become paved and the resorts come in!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2009
  • Stayed: July 2009
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Petaluma, CA

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5


Our family of 5 spent a week at Casa Margarita and loved the beautiful setting and wonderful house. The teak floors are sensational under your feet and the house is as natural as the jungle setting: a concert of monkeys in the morning and wind and crickets at night.We loved the nearby Playa Negra beach, and hope to come back here some day and stay at Casa Margarita.

We also thank Michael and Margaret for their invaluable help and for sharing their fabulous house with us.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2009
  • Stayed: December 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
77 Kilometres
Liberia International (LIR)
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Bar Latinos
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Hacienda Pinilla
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Bar Latinos
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Playa Blanca
Nearest Point of Interest
La Casa Margarita
Car: necessary

Call for information on the amazing outings we can arrange - from trips to active volcanoes to day trips to zip line tours, kayaking, horseback riding in the mountains and all Costa Rica has to offer.




Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 13.0%

Rates listed are for guest house only. Master suite additional.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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