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*5 Star - Beautiful beach front home w/pool in central Matapalo*

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
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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
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Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2017

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.

The Owner purchased this house in 2009

Why The Owner chose 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.

What makes this house unique

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.....

Guestbook comments from the owner

This has been such a magical place to be in and this couldn't have come at a better time for us.

Hearing the ocean in our bedroom at night, listening to the sounds of birds and monkeys - and the views of the trees and water - have simply wonderful. What a great job you have done designing your home. We loved the pool and veranda. You were right about this place being the best place to be with yourself.

Thank you for this wonderful experience. My total admiration for CREATING YOUR VISION!

-Love Becki
Jan 2010
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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*5 Star - Beautiful beach front home w/pool in central Matapalo*
average rating of 4.866667 based on 48 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Hello fellow travelers!!!

My fiancee and I were fortunate enough to have found Life's a Wave a few years ago. We fell SO in love with the house that we went back for ten days the following year, and then when we got engaged a few months later, we both knew exactly where we wanted to get married - our "happy place" on the Osa peninsula!

Lara and Bill graciously opened their house to us this February for our ceremony on the beach in front of their house. We stayed at the house with 4 of our best friends and then 50 of our closest family and friends joined us on the Osa (taking over most of the other houses on the peninsula) for a week of wedding celebrations and pure bliss!!!

Life's a Wave is the most special house that we've ever experienced. The rooms are spacious, the grounds are immaculate, the views are unbelievable, and the amenities are endless! The care takers, Lady and Olman will cook the most AMAZING meals and they go above and beyond to make you feel at home.

Waking up to the sounds of waves and the jungle, taking a private outdoor shower while watching the scarlet macaws and monkeys, drinking Costa Rican coffee on the deck in the morning while reading a good book, or dipping in the pool and ocean are all a part of the unforgettable experiences that you will have at Life's a Wave. Not to mention - the surfing, hiking, sailing, massages, and checking out Martina's, the local bar with delicious food and cocktails! The Osa has this wonderful rustic quality, and the house feels SO luxurious. The balance is spectacular - beyond words!

We plan to come back to visit Life's a Wave every year for as long as we possibly can - It truly is magical. We highly recommend that you experience the stay at this wonderful home.

We could not have done our wedding without the help of Lara - she is so generous, helpful, and she was SUCH a great resource for all of our guests' travel and logistics. She is amazing, her and Bill's house is beyond words amazing.

Do yourself a favor, stay at Life's a Wave and explore the Osa Peninsula - Costa Rica's last frontier!!!!


Becky and Ian Armstrong

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
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A Little Slice of Jungle Heaven

  • 5 of 5

My husband was in heaven surfing right outside the house while the kids and I (ages 5 & 11) played with the beautiful white rocks and sand, built tee pees with the palm fronds and explored in the tide pools. It was such a great balance with the activities in and out of the property. At the in the pool, the monkeys and bird life, the caregiver's cooking just to name a few. Outside...surfing, swimming in different bays, hiking to the waterfall, going to Martina's for dinner. It really worked for our family.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Things that make you go hmmm

  • 4 of 5

After spending the last three years exploring C.R with my extended family it was time to hit the Osa. I have had Life's a Wave on my radar for years. Here is what I found.....

1.THE HOUSE&PROPERTY... Are beautiful!! The house is set up perfectly for our group of 7. We never got in each others way and the house was very comfortable. The wood in C.R is beautiful and this house shows you that. The dining room table especially. The beds are all very comfortable and the fans did there job to keep most of us cool at night. We did have a fan break on us and it was never replaced so that was a bit of a bummer. You are in the jungle so it very hot and humid and once the sun goes down so does the breeze. My only complaint is the light over the table. It is very low so during our nightly game of hearts you are fighting the bugs. Maybe get a higher light with a fan? That would have made our nights a lot more comfortable. My daily walks around the property revealed something new almost daily. Lastly, the pool is awesome. Great for lounging around and watching the Macaw's do their thing.

2. THE BEACH...This was a big disappointment for our family. We are not a surfing family but we love the beach. I was under the impression that this was a surfing/swimming beach. It is Not. It is a surfing beach only. I use the word beach loosely as it is made up mostly of big piles of rocks with a few slivers of sand. It is however a very beautiful beach. The waves are huge and awesome and the views are simply breathtaking. There are a few other beaches nearby but I would say you need to be a very strong swimmer to use them as the rip tide is very strong. We did find lots of critters in the tide pools so that was fun for me and the kids. If you are looking for a beach to take a stroll, take a swim, and head back to pool this is not your beach. Playa Platanares is what you a looking for.

3. THE WILDLIFE.... Is good. We did see all four types of monkeys, a sloth, a basilisk lizard, and lots and lots of birds. The Macaw's steal the show. They are present every day and very fun to watch zip through the trees and devour the almonds. We didn't see any ground animals. I think all the neighborhood dogs keep them away for the most part. All and all a great nature experience.

4. OTHER NOTES... The animal rescue center is worth the trip. Carol is an amazing women with so much passion for wildlife. And sweetie pie will melt your heart. NOTE: The waterfalls are dry during the dry season.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Amazing Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at another house on Cabot Matapalo. While there, we met a family staying at Life's A Wave. We fell in love with it! So, this year we went back for 10 days. We fell in love with it all over again. It is spacious and gorgeous. Lady and Olman were wonderful hosts, taking care of our every need. If you are coming to this area of Costa Rica, you must know it is not a resort, it is real life. You are getting your power and hot water from mother nature. The fact there is a modern refrigerator and hot water to us is AMAZING. If the water is not hot, it's because of the mother nature...not the house! When the sun was shining we had great hot water. Only one day was it warm. The solar electricity was steady and consistent (unlike the other house we stayed in). The fans at the beds were perfect and ran all night keeping us cool. The fact it has Wifi is amazing to us, as well. The wood in this home is beautiful. Surfing was great, wildlife was a constant show. The pool was a wonderful addition, we swam at night and looked at the stars. If I had to pick a negative it was the propane grill. Would have loved to have grilled some fish but it was just falling apart, which is totally expected being exposed to salt air all the time. I cannot wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Best stay ever at Matapalo...

  • 5 of 5

I´ve been to other houses in the area and this is by far the best house I´ve ever stayed at. It´s beautiful yet rustic, and in total harmony with the vegetation and the enviornment. Rooms are fresh and comfortable, kitchen is fully equipped and spacious; and it has a nice pool and social area. It´s located a few steps from Matapalo which, to my luck, was pumping during my stay. Olman and Lady, the caretakers, are very nice people and they have the house and the property very well taken care of. Others: good WIFI, beautiful gardens, hot water. It´s just great... For sure we´ll try and go back. Cheers. Javier

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Good Rental, but Expected More

  • 3 of 5

We enjoyed our stay, although we were expecting a little more based on all the rave reviews we read (maybe my standards are too high?).


- Location was perfect, as advertised.

- Spectacular wildlife on property (saw dozens of white-faced monkeys and Scarlet Macaws up-close!).

- "Lady," caretaker of the property, was very friendly and ready and willing to help us in any way she could. My daughter really enjoyed speaking Spanish to her; Lady was so patient and my daughter really appreciated that.

- The 12' pool was a great way to cool-off and very relaxing.


- Pricing for this time of year seemed high (but there were no other rentals available in the area). "High season" for this property was November 11 through August 31 (approximately 10 months), whereas Frommer's most recently updated website, shows Costa Rica's "high season" from December through March, which is 6 months less than for this property.

- Lights in Master BR did not work, nor were there any replacement found in the unit.

- Hot water in showers spotty at best (probably a by-product of solar heating?)

- Surf spot was more crowded than I would have thought (8-10 out at CM on a very average, head-high day). However, if you are an experienced surfer, you should not have a problem getting waves; just be sure to respect the locals (most in line-up were locals during my visit).

- Never saw propane BBQ on property, as was advertised; would have liked to use but nowhere to be seen.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Nearest Point of Interest
Cabo Matapalo
Nearest Point of Interest
Matapalo beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Backwash beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Pan Dulce
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Martina's Restaurant & Bar!
Nearest Point of Interest
Carbonara Waterfall
Nearest Point of Interest
Gulfo Dulce trail/King Louie Creek/Waterfall
Nearest Point of Interest
Puerto Jiminez/Airport
Nearest Point of Interest
Corcovado Forest
Nearest Point of Interest
Lapa Rios
Car: not necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High season 2016-2017
Nov 11 2016 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

GREEN SEASON - SEPT. 1, 2015 - NOV. 15, 2015

$1,650 wk $1,850 wk $2,050 wk
$240 nt $275 nt $320 nt

HIGH SEASON - NOV. 11, 2014 - AUG. 31, 2015

$2,400 wk $2,800 wk $3,200 wk
$360 nt $420 nt $475 nt

-$4,200 per week up to 6 guests for xmas, New Years, Spring Break, Samana Santa weeks. -$40 each additional person over 6 for holiday weeks and 8 for reg. rates. -Monthly rate Avail. upon request -No refunds on Holiday weeks, long term rentals over 3 weeks or special events. -Cancelation policy - No refunds after 90 days prior to arrival. -If cancelled before 90 days refund deposit, minus 15%. On the reservation form we do get a credit card number for any damages.

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Puntarenas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • there are 3 full bathrooms in each bedroom and a 1/2 bath in the main 'entertainment area' of the house. All are big and unique.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 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
    Other (See Description) - 1 twin/ single , one single bed that could be moved into any room
  • 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.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
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!

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