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5 Star - Beautiful Beach Front Home W/Pool in Central Matapalo

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Last updated: 02/07/2017
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Sleeps:9
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:3.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8-9)

Casa la Vida es Una Ola

This is a spectacular beach front home located at Matapalo Beach centrally located to all the other beaches in the beauty and adventure of Matapalo. This is a new home, custom built by Costa Rican craftsman that has everything you want in the jungle with peace, serenity and views of the ocean from every place in the home. There is world class surf for all levels. You will fall asleep to the soothing sounds of the waves and wake up with the chants of the howler monkeys. The house has 3 bedrooms, 3 ½ bathrooms. There is an upstairs open air observation deck with a double hammock to kick back, read a book and watch the ocean, wildlife, and surf. Play games or have a good conversation in the living room. The dining area seats eight, there is a full stocked kitchen, dipping pool, sprawling deck, fire up a BBQ, watch a whale show from the beach or just to relax as you are surrounded by the rain forest and views of the ocean and Panama across the gulf.
The house is situated on approximately 2 acres of rain forest on the beach filled with wildlife including, 4 different types of monkeys, macaws, birds, sloughs, butterflies, anteaters, armadillos, 100's of species of birds, iguanas, just to name some of the wildlife you will stumble upon. Make sure you do not miss out on the tide pools in front of the house! A few of the other beaches a few minutes away are Backwash, Pan Dulce, Matapalo, and a beautiful beach at the tip of the peninsula. You will know what we mean when you stay there and we look forward to hearing about your incredible experiences. The caretakers of our property will welcome you and answer any questions and take care of all your needs for your stay at Casa la Vida es Una Ola.

LOCATED: We are on the tip of the Osa Peninsula, Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica. 35-40 minutes out of the little town of Puerto Jimenez. This newly built beach front home is at Matapalo beach. One of the most spectacular, secluded beaches in Matapalo. The house is an easy 5-10 minute walk to all the other beautiful beaches; Playa Pan Dulce (for beginner to pro surfers that love a long smooth wave and it is also a swimmer friendly beach), Backwash (an amazing surf spot for the beginner to intermediate surfers. Also, depending on the tide a nice swimming beach.), other spots near by are very intense and dangerous surfing spots. For the visitors who are here to experience the beauty of Matapalo, it is a sight not to miss. You will have an adventure of a life time!!!

OTHER ACTIVITIES: There are many activities and tours you can do. Waterfall repelling, tree climbing, horseback riding, sport fishing, canopying, take a boat see dolphins and visit the animal reserve on the other side of the gulf, bird watching, Spanish lessons, yoga, massage on the beach or at the house, facials, surf lessons, tour of the primary forest, have a cook come in and cook for you or go to eat and have cocktails and/or lunch and dinner at local bar Martina’s, Encanta La Vida or Lapa Rios.

House includes:
-Hot Water
-Ocean Front views of Matapalo Beach and the Gulf.
-Fruit and gardens on the property. Such as; banana’s, papaya’s, pineapples, mango's, etc. (seasonally).
-Tide pools, low tide right in front of the house.
-Utensils, plates, bowls, pots, pans, cups, etc.
-BBQ (propane)
-Bon fires (seasonally)
-Games/ Books
-Bath towels and linens.
-Top of the line mattress’ with mosquito nets.
-Sprawling outside deck with beautiful views of the ocean.
-And much more!

*Please feel free to e-mail with questions, availability, rates. We accept credit cards, money orders/cashiers checks and personal checks. 50% deposit is required to make the reservation. The balance is required 30 days prior to travel. Cancellation policy - must cancel 90 days prior to reservation minus 15% of the total rent. If canceled after the 90 days, no refund.

*Also you will be staying in a rain forest that is located with a 35-40 minute drive from Puerto Jimenez on a dirt road with river crossings and weather prediction is impossible. We are not responsible for road and weather conditions and no refunds will be given if there are weather or road condition conflicts.

Check-in after 2pm
Check-out before 11am

Enjoy your stay and journey of a lifetime!

Keywords: New, beachfront, oceanview, oceanfront, pool, filtered water, freezer, national geographic, wildlife, surfing, adventure, forest, private, magical, comfortable, kid friendly, fun, animals, bird watching,
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Member since: 2009

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 02/07/2017

Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Massage
  • Private Chef


  • Children Welcome:

    Playground for kids both young and old!...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Please let us know prior to coming if you will be bring a pet....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 8-9

  • Bedroom 2: 1 king


  • Bedroom 1: 1 king


  • Bedroom 3: 1 bunk bed

    triple bunk bed - queen bed on bottom and 2 twin beds above...moreless

  • Other (See Description): 1 twin/ single

    one single bed that could be moved into any room...moreless

  • High quality Jiron mattress' and mosquito on all the beds. All the rooms are large, beautiful with high ceilings. Each bedroom has shelves and closet space and a place to lock up your valuables. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Hammocks, extra movable single bed, bocce ball, passive hot water system (not instant hot water system), various fresh fruit grown on the property when ripe, top quality Jiron mattresses, mosquito nets, and much, much more!...moreless


  • Books
  • Games


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Botanical Garden
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Restaurants
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • Babysitter
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    VIEWS VIEWS VIEWS!...moreless

  • Beachfront:

    The magical home sits about 150 feet from the sand of Matapalo Beach. Between the house and the ocean is grass, spectacular tropical flowers and fruits, with almond trees where the Scarlet Macaws feed, sloths lounge, monkeys swing and play and other things magically appear while having a clear view of the beautiful gulf / ocean. The surrounding properties are beautiful, lush and tropical rain forest. The house is very private....moreless

  • Monument View:

    Matapalo Beach & Matapalo surf Point!...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Views of the rainforest mountians!...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Spelunking
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    There is a beautiful dining table that seats 8. Also, there is a bar with barstools that can seat 4....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Clothes Dryer:

    Please inquire...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    House and linens are cleaned and changed every 3 days. You can request more cleaning for extra charge....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Large living room with couches, a great place to lounge, read a book, play games or sit and listen to the waves and sounds of the jungle....moreless

  • Mobile Phone:

    Caretaker has cell phone is available for emergencies....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Plenty of parking on the driveway....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    All bath towels are provided and beach towels. ...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Please inquire...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Bring your computer or Smart Phone, unless you want to be totally disconnected from the world for a while. (= It's free. You can use SKYPE as phone (go to for more details) ...moreless


  • Catering Available:

    On site cooking services available and shopping. Please inquire for details and prices and see review about her cooking....moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    Yes, you will be making your yummy coffee Costa Rician style! ...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    Kitchen has a refrigerator and freezer (freezers not common in Matapalo), oven and stove top, blender, pot & pans, plates, bowls, cups, wine glasses, coffee cups, serving dishes, all cooking utensils, and everything else you need to cook....moreless

  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove


  • Balcony:

    This is upstairs where there is a Presidential size hammock that looks over the trees and to the ocean where you can watch the wildlife play....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    This is a large deck that wraps around the back of the house where you can take a dip in the pool, sit back in the High back leather rockers, BBQ, watch the wildlife and ocean views and much more!...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool:

    This is a nice relaxing 12 foot wide by 4 foot deep round pool. You can kick back, sip a cocktail, watch the wildlife, waves, ocean and garden. Great for kids too!...moreless



Write a review 4.8
from 46 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
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My Standard Rate
4 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates



$400/night for up to 4 people

$500/night for more than 4 people, maximum 8 people allowed.

25% refundable security deposit.

4 night minimum.

No one under 12 years old permitted.

**Same price for all dates year-round, regardless of season, except Holiday (Christmas, New Year, Easter, Spring Break) weeks. Holiday weeks are at least $1000 extra per week. Please inquire for exact rates for particular holiday weeks.

***No refunds for cancellations within 60 days of reservation.

****Please note that you will be staying in a rainforest, with a 35-40 minute extremely rustic drive between the property and Puerto Jimenez via a bumpy dirt road with several river crossings along the way. Weather prediction is impossible. We are not responsible for road and weather conditions.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 02/07/2017
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Tree climbing, waterfall repelling, yoga, massage, facials, Spanish lessons, primary forest tours in the National Corcovado forest, zip lining, deep sea fishing in one of the most bio-diverse places on earth HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: surf lessons, tours to wildlife sanctuary, boating trips with the dolphins, private boats can be rented to take you to Pavones and other surf spots to surf or you can drive if you have a car, and much more!!!

There are also caretakers on site to welcome you, clean, maintain the 2 acres of breathtaking grounds, cook if you wish and answer any questions you have.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2009

About the owner: Out of all the places on earth that we have been to what completes us is our home in Matapalo. We love surfing, yoga, peace, serenity, being off the grid, good organic foods, see wildlife and plants daily, being the only person frolicking on the beach, hiking and swimming at incredible waterfalls and in the primary forest, locals night at Martinas, hanging at the 'Monkey bar' sipping on some cocktails at En Canta La Vida, and having each day for us, our children and friends to experience something new every time you turn around.

Why the Owner Chose Puntarenas, Costa Rica:
We went to Costa Rica and after years of a dear friend of ours telling us about how magical the Osa Peninsula and Matapalo was finally we decided to go. We had over two weeks and wanted to see all of Costa Rica. So, we landed in San Jose rented a car and off we went! We first drove to Jaco and spent the night in Playa Hermosa, then made our way down to Quepos spent a few night s there and off we went to Matapalo. WOW! The drive in was magical and it felt like home when we drove in on this dirt road, through the jungle as monkey's swung by and then to the house we were planning on staying at for 3-4 nights before heading off to the Carribean side and then North. Well, let's just say...we never left. The wildlife, the people, the seclusion of being off the grid, THE SURF, walking on a beach and being the only ones, Friday night at Martina's and the magic Matapalo instills into your soul and your being. All the stress rolls off your back and all you feel is happiness and one with the earth, ocean, local people and the wildlife! This is how life should be lived and enjoyed.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
When staying at our home, even though we like to be out of contact with the world and reality, the house has wireless internet, a small pool to float and relax while sipping on a cocktail or where you can watch your children play, has all the kitchen and BBQ'ing things you will need to create a great meal with friends, has a refrigerator and freezer, blender, games, caretakers who will clean and change you towels and sheets every 3 days (unless requested more for an extra charged), outside shower when you walk a few steps off the beach to the house to rinse off in, games, sprawling deck to watch the ocean while relaxing in the leather high top rocking chairs, caretakers who can set up local tours, spa services, cooks, etc. who are on the property 24 hours a day, 2 acres to wonder in and discover new things every time you turn around, hot water, tide pools right in front of the house to explore, top quality Jiron mattress to sleep on while falling asleep to the crashing waves and waking up with the howler monkeys, bonfires (seasonally), amazing views from every place in the home, kick back in the hammock, watch the surfers surf, or surf yourself, and the list can go on and on and.....

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Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 02/07/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Amazing landscpape and gardens!

    Amazing landscpape and gardens!

  • Deck with comfortable chairs to relax in while watching the wildlife and waves !

    Deck with comfortable chairs to relax in while watching the wildlife and waves !

  • The beach on a calm day with a bon fire ready to light steps away from the house

    The beach on a calm day with a bon fire ready to light steps away from the house

  • Cabo Matapalo point

    Cabo Matapalo point

  • King Louie waterfall a nice hike from the house

    King Louie waterfall a nice hike from the house

  • Pristine fully stocked kitchen, island bar and dining table!

    Pristine fully stocked kitchen, island bar and dining table!

  • Triple bunkbed bedroom with attached bathroom and views of the gardens and ocean

    Triple bunkbed bedroom with attached bathroom and views of the gardens and ocean

  • Upstairs open air private master bath with tub and views of gardens and ocean !

    Upstairs open air private master bath with tub and views of gardens and ocean !

  • another lounge area over looking the stunning gardens, pool and ocean.

    another lounge area over looking the stunning gardens, pool and ocean.

  • Killer surf right infront of the house...need I say more?

    Killer surf right infront of the house...need I say more?

  • Macaws having fun in the yard

    Macaws having fun in the yard

  • White face monkey, one of 4 species you will see in Matapalo

    White face monkey, one of 4 species you will see in Matapalo

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This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Monday, February 20, 2017

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