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Casa Arenosa~ Beachfront Private Home W/Pool in Matapalo!

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Experience eco-jungle living in style at Casa Arenosa. This private, ocean-front home was created with all the love of Matapalo. It is located on the secluded and pristine Backwash Beach, on an acre and a half of lushly landscaped gardens.

The Osa Peninsula is paradise for nature lovers who thrive on adventure. It is as pristine and off the beaten-road as it gets! There are no big hotels, or discos on the beach. It’s raw, beautiful and brimming with life. National Geographic calls it the most bio-diverse place on the planet!

Wake up to the sounds of the howler monkeys, take a swim in the ocean, then stroll along a secluded beach and watch Scarlet McCaws soar overhead. Afterwards, take a dip in the refreshing plunge pool and relax in a hammock while watching four different kinds of endangered monkeys play in the bamboo gardens off the deck. At night, sleep in a comfy bed under a mosquito net canopy while being lulled to sleep by the rhythmic sound of the waves.

This is the life...Pura Vida.

Casa Arenosa is a fully functioning home off the grid. It is entirely powered by solar energy and has a rainwater catchment system as well as fresh spring water. Here, you can experience off the grid living in jungle luxury. Casa Arenosa is a two-story, open-air home, with a plunge pool and plenty of decks and areas to relax and lounge. It has with three bedrooms, two bathrooms with indoor/outdoor showers, a separate kitchen palapa and a dining room palapa all connected with an open thatch-roof breezeway.

Our wonderful caretakers, Mike and Cecily (who is a yoga instructor and massage therapist), are English speaking and live on site.

Keywords: Eco-luxury, large, private, ocean front home with a plunge pool on a secluded beach (Backwash Bay) in a tropical paradise!

More Details

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2018

Why The Owner chose Cantón Golfito

My husband and I traveled the world looking for a place to grow roots. When we came to Matapalo, we found our paradise. It is the most beautiful and alive place we have ever been. The wildlife, jungle, beaches and ocean are pristine. Matapalo makes you feel alive! It's a place to connect with nature, each other and yourself. You can also choose to either relax and lounge, or have a fun filled action packed adventure. In the area, there is abundant bird watching, exotic animals, beautiful jungle, river walking, waterfall repelling, tree climbing zip lines, swimming with dolphins, yoga, massage, facials, and the close by Corcovado National Park.

Also, the community of people who live in Matapalo are equally amazing. They are genuine, engaging and uplifting.

We feel blessed to be a part of life there, and are happy to share our paradise with those who can also fully appreciate it!!

What makes this house unique

Our piece of paradise is especially unique because it lies where the rain forest meets the ocean. You can walk out one side of the house and take a dip in the ocean or stroll along the beach - or walk out the other side into the jungle!


Cantón Golfito House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1) We have a large Eastern King bed upstairs in the large master., Double Beds (2) We have a double bed in each of the downstairs bedrooms. , Twin or Single Beds (2) When a family stays upstairs and have small children, we have small portable twin beds they can sleep in., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
Plunge pool, English speaking caretaker on site, yoga instructor and massage therapist on site. Childcare and private chef services available to hire.


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Casa Arenosa~ Beachfront Private Home W/Pool in Matapalo!
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Exceptional experience at Casa Arenosa

  • 5 of 5

Casa Arenosa is a real gem! This was our second visit and it was even more wonderful than our first stay. The location is outstanding and the layout of the home is perfect for family gatherings. Jafet, the caretaker, is amazingly kind, always helpful and very knowledgeable about the area and interesting sites to see. The wildlife is truly spectacular - scarlet macaws, capuchin, squirrel and howler monkeys all around and the beach and surf just steps away! Sandy made sure our stay was perfect from start to finish. Irma and Sergio were terrific too. We can't say enough good things about Casa Arenosa. We're hoping to make a return trip soon!!

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I went on a 2 month tour of Central America and spent 1 month of that in Costa Rica.

Matapalo was the highlight of our tour! The forest was lush and there were exotic animals everywhere! (We visited a couple of sanctuaries and also went into the Corcovado park - but we saw more wildlife staying at Casa Arenosa and walking along the road and the waterfall hike than we saw in the rest of Costa Rica put together!)

We were on a budget, and decided to splurge for the last part of our trip. It was worth it!

Casa Arenosa is beautiful! The house is unique, and really incorporates the indoor/outdoor living style we love, plus the bedrooms can close up so you feel nice and safe. We especially appreciated the lovely details - the thatch room, the dining room palapa was romantic, the kitchen design is open and welcoming and the house is situated 'privately' on the beach!

The big bonus was the little swimming pool - We wore bathing suits all day and would pop in and out of the pool for a refreshing (and needed) cool-off!

The caretaker there, Jafet, is a very friendly and helpful Costa Rican, and speaks English.

The beach, Backwash Beach, is gorgeous. It's pristine and beautiful. The water can be a bit rough - so I'd recommend only swimming there when it's very calm! We spent many hours laying on the beach and reading.... and watching the scarlet macaws fly by in the sky. What a site!

I can not recommend Casa Arensoa enough!

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This place was wonderful, we couldn't have asked for anything more.

  • 5 of 5

1) If you're a surfer this place is perfectly located for two great waves.

2) The house is beautiful and the open air style is wonderful for the climate.

3) The caretakers couldn't have been nicer or more help and helped us arrange whatever we needed.

Stay here.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Location on the Osa

  • 5 of 5

Wow, what a breathtakingly beautiful house and property. I've never seen so many beautiful birds in my life. We've been to the Osa several times and this is by far the most central, best property to rent. It's smack dab in the middle of Matapalo and one can generally walk to everything, not that one needs to. You could literally spend your entire vacation at the house and the beach out front. The Caretakers are the most lovely people and are extremely knowledgable about everything and anything to do. They are there to answer any questions and tucked away so you have ultimate privacy as well. The layout of the house is perfect and all I keep thinking is how magical this place is. You are steps away from the beach, but luckily there is enough foliage in front of the house that you are not living in a fish bowl. This allows for way more privacy than the other houses that might have better views but everyone can see into those houses. It's the best of both worlds. The kitchen is amazing and what a great place to hang out and socialize around meals and coffee. You can literally open up the entire upstairs so that you feel as though you are in a big tree house as all you can see is lush green picaresque trees with scarlet macaws, toucans, parrots and more beautiful song birds than you can shake a stick at. You can then fold in the windows and slats at night to feel more tucked in. Each of the beds have fans for the hot nights but there always seems to be a breeze coming off the water to keep one refreshed. There is a perfect little plunge pool that is deep enough that one can submerge themselves up there there ears to cool off. There is beautiful bamboo and old growth trees and more amazing flower plant than I've seen anywhere. The indoor/outdoor showers are so beautiful. Once can observe so much nature in the trees near by but it all seems to stay far enough away as not to bother you. I saw four different kinds of monkeys including these little amazing squirre monkeys that are the cutest things I've ever seen. They came through with little mini babies on their backs. Our kids spent almost all there time hanging in the hammocks and watching the nature go by. There are two of the most incredible surf breaks right out front. One for beginners and one that is for beginners/intermediate and experts. The beach was basically empty most of the time, we felt like we had our own private beach. We've been to the Osa a bunch and this is hands down the most perfect spot.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Loved the atmosphere!

  • 5 of 5

We shared a week at Casa Arenosa with another couple. Lots of space for everyone to find a place to relax, and wonderful spaces to come together and socialize. As mentioned in most of the reviews, the plunge pool is a welcome treat, and miraculously stays cool even with daily temperatures in the mid 30's. We enjoyed the trails through the Bosque del Cabo area, and had an incredible dinner there on one of our nights. Maureen, the chef, created some amazing dishes, including a delicious rare tuna that we all enjoyed. A highlight for us at Arenosa were the Scarlet Macaws, and we were thrilled as we packed the car to leave when 2 pairs did a fly-over salute together to say good-bye!

My only negative comment would be that the description on the website could use some up-dating. A useable grill does not exist, so we had to re-plan meals for the meat that we had brought to grill. There is solar power that runs lights and a refrigerator, so although you are living off-the-grid there really are no inconveniences. We used an unplugged second refrigerator to store dry goods in; but found it to be a poor option with some mold being present. A well sealed cupboard or large lidded plastic bin would have worked much better. The cookware was great, knives not bad, plenty of cutting boards, but limited drinking glasses . . . and those that were there were worn and tired. Nothing for wine, but when we mentioned this the caretaker kindly brought some wine glasses the next day. Mike, the caretaker was busy most of the week, and we never did have an opportunity to meet Cecily who was also busy doing massages.

Wi-Fi was reliable and fairly strong . . . a convenience for some, but I really was looking forward to finding this location to be too remote allowing me to test whether I could still spend a week disconnected from the world!

All things considered . . . a wonderful spot to enjoy nature and the beach.

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Key West, Florida

Tranquility in the Jungle

  • 5 of 5

Our little family of three had a wonderful week of surfing, hiking, family time cooking in the kitchen, cool dips in the cool pool, scarlet macaw/toucan/hawk watching from the pool, animal loving, tide pool exploring, hummingbird communing in the shower, crab feeding, monkey watching, hammock swinging while checking our animal field guides, peaceful sleeping in the crisp nights... so much magic here... We were there with our 3 year old and it was safe, clean and perfect for all of us. Being unplugged from it all, yet with wifi and reliable power is such a luxury in the jungle and the caretakers make sure you are as comfortable as can be... we just wish we had invited some friends to share it with... the property is huge and would be fun for big parties. In love with Matapalo. Casa Arenosa and it's caretakers, Michael and Ces are wonderful, helpful and super knowledgeable. If you are considering, you can't go wrong with this special spot.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Extraordinary bird watching as well as an abundance of other wildlife....Monkeys, Scarlet McCaws, Toucans, etc. Adventure tours in area - waterfall repelling, tree climbing, guided hikes, wildlife sanctuary, swimming with dolphins, surf lessons, kayaking, fishing, yoga and meditation, massage and facials available.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

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.