Two Bedroom jungle house on exclusive, private bluff overlooking beaches below
Edward & Lynn O'Hara
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About Edward & Lynn O'Hara
The O'Haras fell in love with the Osa Peninsula at first sight and their love has only grown stronger in the years that have followed. Because they care deeply about the environment they decided to build as responsibly as they could. To help preserve one of the last incredibly bio diverse places on the earth, they made sure their footprint was light. Their hope is that more and more families visit places like this, experience its indescribable beauty and come to the understanding that by our every day actions, we can all become better inhabitants and proud stewards of this beautiful planet.
Edward & Lynn O'Hara purchased this House in 2013
Why Edward & Lynn O'Hara chose Puerto Jiménez
Cabo Matapalo, where the dense jungle meets the sea is one of the most jaw dropping, breathtaking places we have ever witnessed. The advantages of buying on the bluff are many. Not only are the views unmatched, we enjoy the kind of quiet and privacy one wants when communing with nature..... as there are (in the "heights"), only 4 other "neighbors" within thousands of acres. The bluff, rising up from the sea below also affords welcomed, cooling breezes.
What makes this House unique
A quiet, peaceful oasis perfect for getting away from it all. A place to meditate, practice yoga and to reconnect with nature.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Sleepless in the jungle
Our stay at the jungle house was both exciting and disappointing. As advertised, the location was terrific with truly spectacular views of the Golfo Dulce and Pacific. It is private and beautiful there with large trees surrounding the house. We saw monkeys, parrots and scarlet macaws. The pool was lovely, the house and 18` x 18` gazebo were beautifully built. The house keepers Noel and Monica were friendly and helpful. Now, the downside. The bed in the master bedroom is a worn out queen mattress ON THE FLOOR without a box spring. The ceiling fan is worn out as well and made such an awful racket that my wife moved to a single bed after our first night and after another sleepless night I moved outside to the gazebo. A romance killer for sure. There is just no excuse not to have a nice king bed with new mattress and a quiet ceiling fan in such a beautiful house. Given the rate per night, we feel that guests deserve better. A couple of real wine glasses and a hummingbird feeder or two would have enhanced the experience as well.
Overall a highlight
Nice location overlooking the ocean, giving a perfect climate. Although private, it is still surrounded by neighboring properties, so you do hear occasional "noises of civilization" especially from grass cutters/mowing. Those machines can be found everywhere in Costa Rica and are quite noisy. Of course, these manicured lawns have to be trimmed regularly otherwise nature will take it all back... Come evening, however, everything is quiet and you can enjoy the full soundtrack of nature. The house itself is well maintained, although the mattress of the master bedroom definitely needs to be replaced, it is completely worn down. All glasses are plastic, which makes total sense for the pool area but at least some wine glasses would be nice. The pool is nice although a little bit small; most time of the day it was partly shaded by either the house or the trees, so the water stayed refreshingly cool. The beautiful pavilion with two comfortable benches offers a fantastic view and gives protection from sun as well as light rain (which happened every other night, but only added to the tropical experience).
From the house you can walk down to a beautiful empty beach; it takes about 15min down and 20-30 back up. You can also hike an exciting little track through the surrounding forrest, and we did two trips to the nearby waterfall - guided by Noel - which was a real highlight. Access: A very scenic drive on good asphalt roads until Puerto Jimenez, then a flat dirt road with two river crossings, then the road climbs and descends - occasionally quite steeply - so it definitely requires a proper 4x4. We had a fully packed Prado, which had no problems, the other car of our party (Daihatsu Bego) managed with occasional difficulties. We received accurate descriptions beforehand, so had no problems finding the house. All in all this property with its location was definitely a highlight of all our stays in Costa Rica.
Look forward to a return trip
Lovely rental. Private, amazing view, nicely appointed house. Saw all kinds of wildlife every day. We left this rental and did a trip into Corcovado, saw more wildlife sitting at the pool at this place vs. a five hour hike into the park! Noel (the caretaker) was friendly and quite helpful. To be honest, didn’t even notice being off the grid, set up worked very well. Overall, a great rental in a beautiful area.
I have only good things to say.
Apart from the fact that the peninsula is beautiful and not very busy (and we were there over the holidays), this house is great. Its price is warranted due the exceptional pitch on the hill, the amenities, the elegant, yet not ostentatious architecture and the great on site care-taking.
We saw 3 monkey species from the garden, amazing. The hike down to the beach is actually quick and a great little workout that can be done twice a day on healthy legs.
This is great for a family or multiple couples willing to sleeps in bunks.
We will consider returning.
While the road in seemed a bit daunting at first (4wd required) the view and tranquility of Casa Jungua was well worth it. We stayed for 5 nights and were not ready to leave. Monica and Noel were wonderful— helpful, efficient and pleasant to be around.
The closest market is 45 minutes away so plan your meals wisely; fresh fish is strangely hard to come by. Monica is a great cook; we highly recommend using her.
The walk to and from the beach is a tough one, but we loved being in the hills with the birds and the monkeys. Mosquitos were not an issue.
We were cautious not to “feed” the animals but left the back screens behind the kitchen open one day and found a courageous capuchin monkey stealing cookies. Funny, but perhaps, best avoided.
We hope to return.
Magical Place, must stay!
We really enjoyed our time in Matapalo. Casa Jungua was more than what the pictures can show. We enjoyed the simplicity of the home and the layout. It is very practical and well maintained and comfortable for a family. We enjoyed the iincredible views, the immense wildlife, and spending time in the pool overlooking Golfo Dulce. Thank you for an amazing time and we look forward to staying here in the future!
The Osa Peninsula is one of the world’s primary eco tourism destinations. Blanketed with virgin tropical rain forest and edged in black sandy beaches and rocky outcroppings, there is much for the nature enthusiast to do and see. With four species of monkeys, exotic birds, and countless amphibians and reptiles, our guests will enjoy experiencing theses magnificent creatures up close in their own natural environment. Since Casa Jungua is flanked by the Pacific Ocean to the west and Golfo Dulce to the south, there is also a variety of aquatic activities available such as surfing, fishing (inshore and deep sea) snorkeling, kayaking and swimming. The Osa Peninsula is home to Corcovado National Park, one of the largest protected nature preserves in the world and offers exciting day-trips for travelers, however given our incredible location, many have said that they have seen more wildlife just sitting on our front porch. In Puerto Jimenez, the main town on the tip of the peninsula, guests can enjoy shopping, dining and the local culture. If you are lucky, you just might catch one of their many festivals. We would be happy to help you get in touch with some incredible guides so that you can make the most of your experience on one of the world's last frontiers.