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Awesome Oceanfront - Romantic! Nature-lover's paradise!!

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

Pelican House is situated on the Osa Peninsula, an area of Costa Rica that has remained remarkably untouched – a nature-lover’s paradise. We are right on the water, very private and romantic. Most days, when you walk the beach, you'll feel that you’ve been dropped on a deserted island. Pelican House offers uninterrupted ocean views from every room, the gentle lull of the surf day and night, and a calm, warm ocean just 200 meters away. The house is open and airy, with floor to ceiling louvered doors, and a soaring cathedral ceiling. Wild parrots, scarlet macaws and howler monkeys are the first sounds of the morning. You’ll awaken to spectacular sunrises over the Gulfo Dulce (Sweet Gulf)... and then you'll have to choose from the endless beauty and fun that the Osa has to offer. Of course, you can always opt to stay home and nap in the hammock between dips in the ocean...

Low-impact...Living Off The Grid: We believe in living lightly and are off the grid, completely solar-powered – even the fridge. There are six ceiling fans and screens on all the louvered doors. Our kitchen is open, airy and fully equipped. Each of the two spacious bedrooms has an ocean view.

It’s a perfect setting for a honeymoon – romantic and private. It’s also perfect for a small family or two couples. The bedrooms and two private baths are separated by a large, open great room. On the best beach in the Osa - Pelican House is great for kids (and great without them!)...

It's perfect for adventurers - or hammock potatoes: A beautiful, pristine beach is steps away. World-famous Corcovado Park is only a short drive, as are a few of the world’s most celebrated ecolodges. Hire a guide and tour the park, take a zip line through the canopy, sign up for a dolphin tour, take surf lesson, or hire a private boat to carry you to the wildlife rescue center across the Gulf. Here you can meet many of the Osa’s unique animals: howler monkeys, toucans, scarlet macaws… Or just veg at the house and swim between naps in the hammock. The beach is sandy, and the water is warm and gentle. The bird watching from our deck is great: scarlet macaws and flocks of parrots regularly grace the sky, while kites and local hawks hunt for prey in the nearby pastures. Because we are completely solar-powered, you can feel good (or at least better) about your carbon footprint!

Utterly Private - but convenient: Although remarkably private, we are only 10 minutes from the small town of Puerto Jimenez where you’ll find a vibrant community, choice of grocery stores, a handful of good restaurants and even internet cafes. We love walking 30 minutes down the deserted beach to The Pearl of the Osa restaurant to enjoy a first-class meal! You can rent a car in town, rent bicycles or simply take taxis when needed.

Please note that either e-checks or Paypal are preferred.

Keywords: paradise, osa, nature, romantic, ocean front, costa rica, honeymoon, vacation, holiday, ideal holiday, Puerto Jimenez, villa, private, green, solar, environmentally friendly

More Details

Allison Argo
Member since: 2012
Speaks: french, spanish
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 22, 2018

About Allison Argo

I am a wildlife filmmaker and Jim is an artist (he designed Pelican House). When we vacationed on the Osa 8 years ago, it was love at first sight!

We live on Cape Cod when we're not in Costa Rica. We care deeply about the natural world and doing all we can to protect it.

Allison Argo purchased this house in 2007

Why Allison Argo chose Cantón Golfito

The Osa is still untouched. It is a nature-lover's paradise.

What makes this house unique

We love to unplug and settle into our natural surroundings. We love to cook our meals at home and swim at least once a day. Watching wildlife is always a favorite pastime. It's a great place to read and write. Quiet and inspiring.


Cantón Golfito House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (2) Two bedrooms with queen beds & excellent mattresses, overhead fans, reading lights, and ocean views., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) We also have a comfortable sofa for sleeping and an inflatable queen sized mattress.
  • Deck / Patio
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • swimming
PELICAN HOUSE includes: • Floor to ceiling louvered doors with a stunning ocean view (and screens) • Large, open, fully equipped kitchen with refrigerator, stove/oven, hardwood shelves, counters and island • Spacious, open living area w/ lovely, comfortable furniture • Ceiling fans in every room • Beautiful hard wood cathedral ceilings • Solar electricity w/ 110-volt outlets for charging electronics (no adaptors needed) • Linens and towels provided • On site caretaker (American property manager lives one mile away) • Safe for valuables • Hammocks • Large deck and landscaped yard • Ocean view from every room • For a fee: grocery shopping, housekeeping, & laundry


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Awesome Oceanfront - Romantic! Nature-lover's paradise!!
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Heaven on Earth

  • 5 of 5

This home is beautiful, it has everything you could want or need (even a monopoly board for when the sun goes down!). The location is perfect for exploring the Osa Peninsula. Very close to the town of Puerto Jimenez for groceries, gas, bank and amazing pizza. Allison gave us many excellent recommendations for things to see and do in the area, and she was absolutely delightful to communicate with! The beach is incredible - beautiful and deserted most of the time. Having stayed in other parts of the country, what makes this house truly special is the diversity of wildlife and plants. Nothing is better in this world than having coffee on the deck, watching the sunrise, and listening to amazing sounds of the world around waking up. There are Scarlet Macaws nesting on the property and flying overhead, green parrots, 2 types of monkeys...there is a leaf cutter ant super hiway on the way to the beach complete with an elusive anteater! So many amazing bugs and lizards. We did have to escort a few spiders out of the house, but only for the ick factor, they are harmless. The property has so many amazing fruits and nuts growing on it. This is a place to reconnect with nature, slow down, watch, listen, and have some cool adventures too! We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a wonderful time! It is truly special there :)
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Rejuvenating stay in paradise

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Pelican house for 6 nights and could have stayed 6 weeks! The location is beyond spectacular. It feels remote and yet it is close enough to town to get groceries and have dinner (ceviche at Marisqueria Corcovado was a favorite!). The beach is almost always deserted, the water 80+ degrees and the sand incredibly soft. The house is well appointed with a comfortable bed, amazing outdoor shower, and well stocked kitchen.

Rafa, the property caretaker, made our stay particularly unique and memorable. He, his wife and daughter, are incredibly warm and welcoming. We enjoyed so many laughs with him and he is truly knowledgeable about the local area, plants and wildlife. If you speak Spanish and want to go for a local hike, Rafa is an amazing guide. He has an uncanny ability to spot birds, monkeys and other critters way up in the canopy. Although he will decline any money, add it to his tip at the end as he is not otherwise paid for being a guide for the guests--we were happy to be able to support a local family, especially one we had gotten to know so well!

If you can pry yourself from the hammock, explore the local dirt roads and beaches. Some of the bridges (particularly the first one coming from Puerto Jimenez) are a bit scary--the railings have been stolen and the bridge is the width of the car---but you'll get used to it and it adds to the adventure:) The surrounding area is incredible with lush jungle and beautiful farms. If you don't venture off the property, you are still guaranteed to see a ton of wildlife---I even saw a Jaguarundi while sitting on the deck--amazing!

Thanks Allison for being so easy to work with and for sharing your amazing piece of paradise! We hope to return!

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Muy Tranquillo!

  • 5 of 5

We spent 5 nights at the Pelican House at the beginning of the green season. Almost every day we had a little rain and lots at night. It was nice as the rain helped to cool things down. We of course had plenty of sun!

We loved the design of the house and really enjoyed the fans throughout as well as the indoor/outdoor hammocks. The house has an outdoor shower, which was fantastic (someone wrote in the house book to take two showers a day), I agree…very refreshing.

Rafa, the caretaker was an amazing host. He showed us how to cook with yucca, cleaned pineapple and coconut for us. He does not speak English, however is a great communicator (I brought along a Spanish/English dictionary). It was so neat to be fully immersed in Spanish.

Once you get to the beach, which is about a 5 minute walk from the house, hang a left, cross over little river and head down beach for about 25 minutes to the Pearl of the Osa. Nice little restaurant with great service. Oh by the way on the path to the beach we also saw a family of about 10-12 squirrel monkeys.

Puerto Jimenez is about 25-30 minutes from the house and the BM grocery has everything you might need…you will even get a good laugh when you mutilate your Espanola?

Go to Marisqueria on the beach and have a beer and the ceviche…..awesome!

While at the Pelican House went on the Fincakobo chocolate tour and had a great snack at the end (bananas and chocolate)….be aware that it is a ways outside of town and if you need a taxi it is about $80.

We also took a dolphin tour (Changing Tides with Maryann)……don’t worry captain is Tino and not Gilligan?…you will get home. We were able to swim with the dolphins (spinner) and took a tour of an animal rescue with Sarah and Carol, they were great hosts and we are thankful there are people in the world like them.


Too much to do, go back often……we did not get to see Carate or Matapalo, which we heard was beautiful.

Buy lots of water at the store and bring multiple bottles of sun tan lotion and bug spray.

Sleep in the hammocks…..turn fan on outside on the desk and relax with cold beer or coffee in the morning?

There is no outdoor grill…so be prepared to cook inside.

Allison and Jim the house was beautiful and the breeze and fans were a much needed relief after coming down from Sierpe

Thanks! can’t wait to come back.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Costa Rica holidays on the beach and at the door of the jungle

  • 5 of 5

We've enjoyed the house for 10 nights - it is a paradise - the nature, the beach, the comfort of the house and the best caretaker - Rafa. The place is perfect to go all around the Osa: the national park, Puerto Jimenez, and Drake. (if you have a 4 Wheels).

The house is open - just the nature around - so well designed - everything you need, even some fruits available in the garden: pineapple, coconut,...

Thanks to the owners!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2014
  • Stayed: March 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Blissfully remote family destination

  • 5 of 5

At risk of tipping other travelers off to one of our favorite places in the world, we are in love with this home, the location and especially the caretakers who have become good friends. We first stayed at Pelican House when our son was just shy of three years old (and again when he was almost four) and we had the most wonderful time. The beach is close and generally kid-friendly with lots of sand to play in and waves that aren’t too big. The house is spacious and comfortable. And we adore caretaker Rafa, his wife Yorly and their daughter Suyen, who is a year older than our son. They are big-hearted people who welcomed us with kindness and open arms as they looked after us and the house. responsive to our questions during planning. The town of Puerto Jiminez is close enough to be convenient for picking up groceries, diapers and ice cream, necessities at the drug store, or a bite to eat at one of the restaurants. But we completely disconnect from Internet and connection to the outside world when we’re down there, which is a wonderful thing. Our favorite excursions from the house have included: The spectacular beaches and fun surfing waves at Matapalo, hiking into Corcovado national park, and driving over to Drake Bay for a day of hiking and swimming from beach to beach. We also love just meandering down to the beach for a morning or evening swim, saying hi to the iguanas, and watching the howler monkeys swing in the trees near the house. We can’t recommend enough this part of the world and particularly this house. It really is paradise. We plan to return again and again – next time with our new son, who was too little to travel with this winter.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2013
  • Stayed: February 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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In the Garden of Eden

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Pelican House for a week with another couple. Both couples were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. The house is a comfortable, secluded oasis, with a setting that is tranquil and restful but relatively convenient to town via taxi. The property seems to be on a superhighway for the birds, who travel towards the water in the morning and back to land in the evening. Many birds also stop over in the small lagoon behind the house so you get a closer look at some amazingly colorful species. Allison and Jim--assuredly with Rafa's help--have planted a yardful of fruit and flowering trees that probably are productive year round. We enjoyed lemonade every day along with some starfruit. Rafa brought us some yucca roots and coconuts, one of the many extra efforts he made to help us enjoy our stay. The beach, as others have described, is easily accessed and always quiet. We planned 3-4 major excursions into the region--the biodiversity of the Peninsula may be unmatched elsewhere in the world, and sitting in a boat in a swirl of 200 dolphins was an amazing experience--but found that we equally enjoyed sitting on the beach or resting in a hammock with a cool very fresh lemonade and a pair of binoculars. The Osa Peninsula is not a highly developed area filled with resorts catering to every physical need. The Peninsula is for those who seek wildlife and the beauty of nature, and staying at the Pelican House allows you to fulfill your sense of adventure and still enjoy comfort with very minimal impact on the pristine ecology of the Osa.

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2012
  • Stayed: December 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

Pelican House is located in a gloriously unspoiled area of Costa Rica: the Osa Peninsula. The property is only ten minutes from the small town of Puerto Jimenez; it is utterly private but more convenient than properties farther from town. It is a 50 minute flight from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez -- or a 6 1/2 hour drive. You can rent a car in Puerto Jimenez -- or hire taxis. You can also rent bicycles. There is LOTS to explore in the Osa (rain forest trails, zip lines, bird or monkey watching, deep sea fishing, surfing, horseback riding) but once you see Pelican House you might not want to leave... !...


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