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Private rainforest beach house with a pool, just steps from the beach.

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

Come to our beautiful vacation home Casa Dulce, a super cool open-air rancho located on Playa Pan Dulce (the best sand beach in the area) on the scenic Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. Enjoy our private two-acre preserve, bring your family, friends or that special someone to slow down, take your life at a different pace, and see how much clearer everything is when you step back in to the peace, quiet and privacy of what feels like another world.

Our house is a traditional "open-air" rancho design. The design is loft-style with two sleeping areas upstairs and one downstairs. The beds are all double size with mosquito net canopies over each. Each bed has its own reading light and fan. There is a full kitchen complete with stove, refrigerator, hot water and all cooking utensils. There is a walk in lock-up for valuables such as cameras and wallets, etc.

The living room adjoins the kitchen area with a couch and easy chair. The kitchen has a nice family table (seating for four)...all with a beautiful view of the ocean.

The front porch is the highlight of the house with its beautiful Cristobel bar and bar stools overlooking the pool and kitchen area. Imagine sitting by the pool, watching the breakers roll in while catching a glimpse of the scarlet macaws flying overhead and the monkeys scampering by to get coconuts from the trees in the yard. It's paradise found.

Come to relax and enjoy the solitude of the private two-acre preserve, and if you need to stay connected, we do have Wi-Fi!

Keywords: House, beach front, bungalo, beach house, jungle, osa peninsula, surf, costa rica, matapalo, pan dulce.

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Cantón Golfito House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Covered Parking
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Double Beds (3)
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming


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(13 traveler reviews)

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Private rainforest beach house with a pool, just steps from the beach.
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Great place to relax and commune with nature.

  • 5 of 5

Quaint, comfortable home in paradise. Perfect for a family, several individuals, two couples or a romantic getaway. Loved the fact that we could coexist with the wildlife. Three different types of monkeys visited our front yard trees. Scarlet Macaws flew across the yard several times a day and basilisk lizards frolicked beside the wading pool. The beach abutted the front yard. No need for beach umbrellas as beautiful trees provided a natural canopy. We enjoyed swimming in the ocean and kayaking. One morning a couple of dolphins played about 200 feet from my kayak. We also enjoyed watching the surfers.

The caretaker of the home took us on a great hike. He was knowledgeable about the plants and wildlife.

There is a restaurant/bar within walking distance that served excellent food.

The owner of the home, Rick, was very pleasant and accommodating. He provided lots of useful advice before our trip and was very responsive during the trip with any questions that came up.

It was wonderful to have wifi access in the home. It made it easy to stay in contact with family when necessary.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey Patricia, so happy that your stay at Casa Dulce was so wonderful! I knew you'd love everything about our little slice of paradise! Can't wait for your next trip...tell all your friends! Pura Vida! Rick Hardy
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jungle bliss

  • 5 of 5

Casa Dulce is truly special. This charming home is located in one of the most amazing places on our planet. Settle in to this open air hide-away and prepare yourself for relaxation to take complete control of your stay in paradise. My wife and I have been visiting this remarkable slice of heaven for over 10 years and have seen first hand all of the improvements to the property. Our son has been fortunate enough to call this place his "jungle home" since he was only for months old.

Casa Dulce is located on "pan dulce", one of the most peaceful beaches in all of Costa Rica. Once you wipe the smile off of your face from a day in the surf then make your way into a hammock on the homes porch. This is a recipe for true happiness.

Take some time to visit with Eric, the caretaker He is a wealth of knowledge about the area and can assist you in truly discovering and experiencing the Osa. Eric is a wonderful person who i encourage getting to know.

Rick, the owner is a pleasure to deal with.

Pura Vida is alive and well at Casa Dulce!

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Florida keys, USA

Anniversery retreat in Costa

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I went down to Costa at Matapalo to celebrate our 39th anniversary, relax and plan for our big 40. We were so WOW-ed by this place, we want to spend our 40th here. It is a perfect beach bungalow, perfect for a surfer, artist or naturalist who wants to relax. Our first time staying there, but going back again next month and next year. We hope to be regulars and be able to give excellent reviews ten years from now.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Jersey

Absolutely Great!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Dulce is great, the best place to stay in the area. We have been staying here for the past 10 years and plan to keep coming back. The house is located in a great location. It is located on the beach with great surfing and fishing. The owner is very responsive and accommodating. The property is clean and well cared for. The caretaker will assist with anything that is needed. We recommend Casa Dulce to everyone going to Costa Rica. Absolutely Great!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sarasota, FL

My home away from home

  • 5 of 5

There is so much to say about this magical house and property. For the last 10years my family of 5 have been going down to Matapalo and staying in houses nearby. 8 years ago we found Casa Dulce and never looked back. I truly feel at my home here and feel empty not being there 24/7. My wife and I have watched our children grow up in the house and feel so lucky to have found it. The owner has become a close friend of the family and we love our time at Dulce when he is there. Eric the caretaker is very attentive to your needs and will help out in anyway needed. I wish I could keep this place al to myself but realize everyone should experience Casa Dulce

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Surfing Adventure

  • 5 of 5

Casa Dulce exceeded our expectations in every respect! Communication with the owner was clear and so helpful from the time we booked right through the end of our stay. His caretaker Ramon is a very kind and attentive man. As a family of four with small children (2 and 5), the property was endlessly entertaining and comfortable. The pool really made the trip for the kids and my wife and I could see the surf break from our bedroom! This is a great rental in an unbeatable part of the world. We plan on going back next year!

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I love reviews like this! I'm so happy for people who stumble upon this little slice of heaven!
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Rick Hardy (owner) or Rikki Hardy (owner/manager)
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2018

About Rick Hardy (owner) or Rikki Hardy (owner/manager)

Rick Hardy, spent more than a decade visiting Mexico for his sand and surf fix, but after some prodding from a Costa Rican college friend he decided to visit Costa Rica. One visit and it was no more Mexico for him! He had found paradise and promptly bought property on the Osa Peninsula; he and his brother Charlie built beautiful Casa Dulce in 1991.

Since that time, Rick and his family have enjoyed escaping the hustle and bustle of the States by retreating to Casa Dulce twice a year.

"When we come down here life just seems to slow down and we realize how little we need to get by and still be happy. In fact, we're happier here than we are in the States with all of the trappings of the modern world.

One of the things we love the most about coming down here is 'family time'. When we are in the States, everyone is so busy, we hardly ever see each other, much less take the time to sit down together to work on a puzzle, play a board game, or just talk with one another. That's probably my favorite reason for coming to Casa Dulce."

-- Rick Hardy

Rick Hardy (owner) or Rikki Hardy (owner/manager) purchased this house in 1990

Why Rick Hardy (owner) or Rikki Hardy (owner/manager) chose Cantón Golfito

Owner Rick Hardy has frequented countless beaches and surf spots in the past 40 years - landing on the Osa as his second home. The beaches are beautiful and still relatively uncrowded (compared to more touristy spots like Guanecaste or Tamarindo). If you are looking to slow down, enjoy everything the jungle and beach have to offer - you've come to the right place. If you're looking for bars, crowds, and connectivity back to the real world, you may want to keep looking.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I have been going to the Osa since the late '80's and I can honestly say that Casa Dulce is one of the finest places in Matapalo. If you like to surf, riding waves at Pan Dulce will (if you're lucky enough to make it all the way to the beach on what I call "A Walk-Back" ride) deposit you right at the foot of the stairs up to the house. Imagine dropping in at the take-off rock, making it through those tricky sections, wrap around the corner and head on home. I like to go up to the house and get a drink and maybe a cookie... walk back out, and do it all over again. If you like to fish... you can't beat the front yard. Most fish are caught within a few yards of the beach in the first "gut". If you like catching some great fish, bring your rod (in a PVC tube) and reel and some "White on white, Red Fish Rig" or "Speck Rig" lures. You cannot go wrong with these "catch-all" lures. You can find them at Academy Sports for under $2.

A trip to the Osa cannot be beat... there are so many things to do from: tree jumping, waterfall repelling, jungle hiking, surfing, fishing... you name it, the Osa has it.

Casa Dulce is a quaint traditional "open-air" rancho. You feel like you're outside when you inside... washing the dishes, you're looking at the waterfall. Cooking, you're looking at the beach opening. In the living room, you're looking at the sunrise.

The solar-powered, waterfall fed dipping tub makes Casa Dulce hard to beat when you're coming up from the beach. A wonderful artisan-well provides fresh, cool, clay-filtered water to the dipping tub via a beautiful waterfall. Imagine hanging in your hammock, pool-side, with the wonderful sound of rushing water lulling you to sleep on your front porch.

You can't appreciate Casa Dulce without mentioning the wonderfully landscaped yard... it is truly a paradise. If you like beautiful plant-life and exciting wild-life right in your front yard, you're going to love your time in Matapalo.

I cannot say enough without saying "check it out"'... you won't be disappointed.

Pura Vida,

The Happy Traveler
Oct 2012
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Nearest Point of Interest
Casa Dulce

We have contact info for various attractions: eco tours, waterfall repelling, bungee jumping from Matapalo trees, surf lessons and select restaurants. Please let us know if you'd like more info or to be connected!




Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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