Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

A true Costa Rican Adventure: Large Pool, Ocean and Mnt Views, Yoga Deck, BBQ

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Villa, 3 Bedrooms + Den, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Set in the jungle, above the village and beautiful beach of Matapalo on the Pacific Coast, this house invites you to have a true Costa Rican experience! Even the 4X4 road to the house is fun! Just minutes from the beach, there is an amazing 180 degree view of the ocean. Enjoy the local sightings of toucans, parrots, soaring hawks, several kinds of monkeys, coatis, blue morpho butterflies and many other wildlife visitors from the patio deck, while still being close to lots of activities and unique adventures. Have an action-packed vacation or just lie in the hammock by the pool and read.

The house has an open, comfortable feeling with tile floors and beautiful wood ceilings and doors. The kitchen, dining room and living room all open to each other and the outdoors. Ceiling fans throughout the house keep the cooler mountain air moving. Downstairs there is a master bedroom (queen bed) and connected bathroom, a single bed tucked under the stairway and another full bathroom. Upstairs there are 2 bedrooms (1 w/double bed and single bed and 1 w/queen bed only) and 1 full bathroom with a covered deck for bird watching and sunset cocktails.

Keywords: Villa, ocean view, mountains, animals, family, pool, hiking

More Details

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2018

About The Owner

We live and work in Walnut Creek, California, east of San Francisco. Two of our children and all of our grandchildren all live in the Bay Area. Our Daughter now lives on the property (in a separate house) and is the on-site property manager.

The Owner purchased this villa in 2003

Why The Owner chose Playa Matapalo

This get-a-way property allows us to enjoy an entirely different ecosystem and culture, as well as provides us a place to read and rest. We like the slow pace, but being near so many fun adventures.


Playa Matapalo Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • *Master bedroom downstairs has a private bathroom with stone shower, plus outside shower. *2nd Full bathroom with shower on main floor. *Upstairs full bathroom with shower. *Another outdoor shower is next to the pool.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (2), double bed (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
basketball court, 24 hour security, gated property


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

50% Complete
50% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
A true Costa Rican Adventure: Large Pool, Ocean and Mnt Views, Yoga Deck, BBQ
average rating of 4.5 based on 6 reviews
Manhattan Beach

WOW!!!!! This place was amazing and the property owners are terrific hosts

  • 5 of 5

The pictures don't do this place justice. If you want to experience the real Costa Rica then this is the place. We saw everything from tree frogs, parrots, toucans, monkeys and a sloth (Flash) that came for a visit almost daily. All of this from the deck. The location is great we were less than an hour from any adventure, zip lining, hot springs, horseback ridding to amazing water falls, national parks, great restaurants and miles of beaches. (we did all these and more). The lay out of the house is awesome. Very open, beautiful views from every window and the pool to boot. Great place for our family of 6. We WILL be coming back!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
2 0
North Carolina

Perfect Panoramic View

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from two weeks at Casa Sunset. Matapalo is a great location if you enjoy being away from the crowds. Just to the north and south are two larger towns, Quepos and Dominical, with all of their amenities, each close to a National Park. It was easy to travel either direction and nice to "come home" to your own bit of paradise. Casa Sunset has spectacular views of the ocean and sunsets to die for. Yes, you do have to travel up a steep road to get there. Along that very road we saw Capuchin monkeys and the large trees at the house attract many birds. We saw parrots, toucans, laughing falcons and many other small colorful birds while sitting on the patio. We saw sloths every day along the beach road in Matapalo. In other words, you don't have to travel far to see much of the amazing wildlife Costa Rica is famous for. The house has all you need, we cooked dinner for ourselves every night. My husband especially enjoyed grilling. As nice as the house is, you will find that you will spend most of your time in the outdoor space. Casa Sunset has a wonderful pool and patio. Some is undercover in case of the occasional shower. You can open the large french doors and have the wonderful indoor/outdoor living that Cost Rica's climate allows. Perfect!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2015
  • Stayed: February 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
3 0

Perfect hideaway!

  • 5 of 5

We spent 9 wonderful days at Casa Sunset! The moment we got there time stopped! All we wantes to do is read, nap and dip in the pool... and the kids were on the same pace.

The house is fully equipped, very confortable and spacious. As for the beach, we had Playa Matapalo for ourselves!!

A 4x4 is mostly necessary to reach the house since there's a "jurassic Road" to ride on.

We left the house with sadness but with wonderful memories. Thank you Connie for your hospitality!

Ps: the matresses need to be replaced...the beds aren't confortable (at least for the master bedroom and the room with patio upstairs)

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2014
  • Stayed: December 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that our visitors enjoyed Casa de Sunset as much as we do. We sleep well at the house, with the sound of the ocean and the frogs in the jungle, but want to make the experience better. We are already in the process of replacing the mattresses! Thank you!
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Martinez, California USA

Peaceful Slice of Paradise

  • 4 of 5

We spent a wonderful holiday week with our adult son and daughter at this very private piece of paradise conveniently located on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Local wildlife sightings as well as a diverse array of exotic flowers around the home rival that of nearby Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio and Hacienda Baru National Wildlife Refuge. A variety of colorful parrots and toucans joined us each evening on the patio for the fabulous sunsets. The open air design and ceiling fans compliment the ocean breeze and help keep the home cool in the evenings. The pool is ideal for laps or just floating about and enjoying the view of the jungle and Pacific Ocean.

This beautiful and secure home, perched on a bluff above Matapalo and only a few minutes from the main highway, is reached by taking a steep winding road through the dense jungle. Good dining is available in Matapalo as well as Quepos, Dominical and further South in Ojochal where there are a couple of excellent gourmet restaurants. Fresh local fish is also available in Domincal and can be barbequed at the house. Shopping is available in nearby Quepos, Dominical and further south in Uvita where most groceries and dry goods commonly found in Europe and the US can be found, including some surprisingly good wines from Chile and Argentina. The home is just a few minutes from Playa Matapalo, where we had the entire beach to ourselves.

We also rate this place as a 4.5 – it would be a 5 except for a couple of maintenance issues. We wouldn’t hesitate for a moment to return in the future

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2014
  • Stayed: November 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
3 0
San Jose

Family vacations

  • 4 of 5

Our family has members that go from 1year and a half to 60 years old and we were all very comfortable at this place,we stayed for 4 days. The kitchen has everything you need to prepare any meal. The rooms are comfortable, big enough, the bathrooms are nice. The Fans and keeping the doors open are enough to get a nice temperature inside. The pool is ok for kids and adults, we got to see toucans every day!!!

The only issue we had is that we do not have a 4WD car and it is required to get there! there's no other way to get to the house (that's why the view is lovely from the balcony). But as costaricans , we are used to walk :), so it was not a big deal.

I recommend the place, the beach is not crowded at all. Very peacefull.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2014
  • Stayed: April 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0
Anacortes, WA, USA

Days in Paradise

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I spent 18 days at this wonderful place. We enjoyed sitting in the pool at sunset, watching the Toucans and the parrots in the tree by the house. The location is ideal - close to beaches, many good resturants.

The caretaker (Greg) is enjoyable and helpful and enjoyable to visit with.

We rate this place a 4.5 - it would be a 5 except for some maintenance issues that I am sure are addressed by now. We would love to return in the future.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2014
  • Stayed: February 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Langusto Feliz
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Matapalo Beach


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $500

4WD vehicle required to access property. Rides can be arranged on individual basis with caretaker. (We call the road "Jurasic Park" because of beauty and jungle.)

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.

You might like these similar properties