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5 Star Jungle Exp. - New Home, Private Pool, Spectacular Views, Wildlife, Beach

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Two Bedroom jungle house on exclusive, private bluff overlooking beaches below

Casa Jungua, built purely from sustainably grown and harvested greenheart woods, has an extremely low impact on the environment yet offers a level of elegance not matched by many. The house is exclusively solar powered yet features washer / dryer, refrigerator / freezer and other amenities one would expect from a “wired” home.

Casa Jungua has a large back deck “the monkey porch” for the daily acrobatic jungle shows (performed by all four species of the Osa monkeys) and a full-length front porch providing breathtaking views of the sea as well as incredibly cooling breezes. In the house, when the large expanse of windows and doors are open, you can experience the Osa signature 'open air living' yet with the comfort and security of SCREENS.

The front yard features an inviting pool and timber framed pavilion that is suspended over the jungle and looks down on Lower Matapalo a colorful surfing community and it's beautiful beaches. From this vantage point our guests enjoy the sunrise, watching a wide variety of wildlife, surfers, fishing boats, and even (occasionally) humpback wales while dining, enjoying a morning coffee (or happy hour), practicing yoga..... or simply lounging.

Casa Jungua is built atop an exclusive bluff (with incredible hiking trails) far off the main road which not only affords great privacy and quiet but cooling breezes and incredible views. We border the property of an incredible, world renowned eco lodge where you can make reservations for meals and/or nature tours.

At Casa Jungua we strive to create the atmosphere of an eco resort within the privacy of your own home and property. For a nominal fee you can enjoy the services of our talented chef. This not only eliminates the stress of planning and cooking meals, it ensures NO DISHES and allows you to have more time to either relax or explore.

More Details

Edward & Lynn O'Hara
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2018

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 Cantón Golfito

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.


Cantón Golfito House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , located in 2nd bedroom area
    Bathroom 3 - shower , located in pool area
  • attached to each bedroom is an elegantly appointed bathroom with a walk in shower that opens up to the jungle.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 bunk bed , Comfortable - sleeps 4 (see photos)
    Bedroom 3 - Daybed - Living Room and Daybed available in Gazebo
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Modern - see photos
  • Books ...
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Casa Jungua has 110-volt outlets (like the U.S. ) for charging electronics (no adaptors needed). All of the houses in the Matapalo area are eco-houses that use solar power. Solar power is a renewable energy and thus helps to reduce global warming. The house is powered with 12-volt solar power, so please be conservative with your use of energy. Usually the light during the day is sufficient to light up the rooms, as the sun rises at 5 and goes down around 5:30pm-6:00pm. There are also showers with hot water, heated up through solar power. Please do not bring coffee makers, radios, stereos, hairdryers, and other appliances a typical 120-volt outlet will support. These appliances will drain all of the solar energy, leaving none for basic use. You may bring battery chargers for your video and still cameras. Unplug this appliance when finished charging. We recommend to turn off all lights, fans and other small appliances when not in direct use.


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5 Star Jungle Exp. - New Home, Private Pool, Spectacular Views, Wildlife, Beach
average rating of 4.875 based on 16 reviews

Loved everything!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Magical Place, must stay!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Columbus, GA

Amazing, beautiful home with amazing views!

  • 5 of 5

This home is amazing - the pictures and videos do NOT do justice. The view out the windows, the animals all around you, the pool, the house itself, the beautiful Oso peninsula are all incredible.

We stayed here for a week and had a wonderful time.

The eco lodge next door has amazing guided tours with lots of good information.

Costa Rica itself is so beautiful!

This house is very remote - perfect for a time away from the world! Make sure to get food/drink before you go to house. We found out the hard way to book flights directly with the local airlines when travelling inside Costa Rica. But the house, the country, the views, all were amazing and you won't regret coming to visit!

  • Submitted: May 18, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Arlington, Tx

Honeymoon Adventure Cont'd

  • 4 of 5

As I was saying Osa Tropical was EXTREMELY helpful! They helped us plan a boat ride and tour of Sanctuario Sylvestre last minute which was not an issue, but I suggest you make these plans ahead of time as you may not be as lucky as we were in securing a spot on the tour. Overall, this place was truly the most amazing house I've ever stayed in! Lynn, her husband, and Chon all made sure our honeymoon was completely unforgettable, so a million times thank you! If you want to enjoy Costa Rica like a local in luxury this is the perfect spot! Pura vida!

PS Don't forget to try the pizza in town, it is AMAZING! Odd that the locals are so obsessed with it, but very delicious!

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An amazing escape!

  • 5 of 5

This was a trip of a lifetime. From the moment we landed in Puerto Jimenez- we fell in love! The local people are so friendly and will help with all your questions. The house is even more beautiful in person than the photos (if you can believe it)! The caretaker was very kind and helped us with any questions and even guided us to a waterfall. The house itself is gorgeous with all the amenities you could ask for. The only issue was the strenuous walk to the beach. Also, we were traveling with children so this made our hike to the beach more difficult- Depending on your physical activity level this might be difficult for some. The many beaches at the bottom of the bluff are beautiful but have a strong undertow. That being said, there are many tide pools which our little ones enjoyed playing in. The best part of this trip for our family was the amount of wildlife! From the moment we drove up to the house we saw so many different animals (monkeys, scarlet macaws, toucans, coatimundis and many others)!

We would highly recommend this home for a vacation! We hope to stay here again!

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
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Arlington, Tx

Honeymoon Adventure

  • 4 of 5

I booked this house for my husband and I for our honeymoon and the pictures just don't do it justice! In person the natural beauty is overwelming (I seriously felt like Eve in the Garden of Eden). As you read the past reviews everyone says the same thing, a little piece of pure paradise, this is not a hyperbolic choice of words the grounds are just that, PARADISE! If you are someone who appreciates great architecture and craftsmanship you definitly need to check this place out! From the structure of the house to the bar stools, you can tell that Lynn and her hubby took every detail into account when creating this heavenly place.Let's talk about our trip as a whole because we learned a lot and I'd like to share our experience so as to make your trip just that much easier and relaxing. OK... To start we ended up driving from San Jose Airport (SJO) to Casa Jungua. Google maps will tell you it's about 5 hours or so... HA! It's 7 hours! And NO DRIVING at NIGHT! Let me repeat... absolutely do NOT DRIVE at NIGHT! We stopped in Uvita (about the halfway point) and spent the night just to be safe! So glad we did that. Now, you can hop on a plane and just fly to Puerto Jimenez, I recommend this option although I would not change our experience for the world, it would have just been a lot easier and less stressful. We really didn't have a choice just due to how our flight times worked out to and from SJO. What kind of car should I rent? I'm so glad you asked! You do NOT just need a 4WD vehicle! You need a rugged off road vehicle that you are not afraid to go on steep hilly rocky, gravel roads or through some rivers. Yes, that's right, I said rivers. We rented a Rav4... I would recommend getting a taller more rugged vehicle, we survived and got the car back in perfect condition but we seriously had doubts on some parts of the trip. So just do yourself a solid and get a Toyota Tacoma or a Mitsubishi Montero Sport or something, it's worth the extra expense believe me. Now, let's talk about said crazy Roads! The first time you drive to casa jungua your eyes may pop out of your head but believe me it's safe as long as it's daylight and you get better at the drive everytime you do it so do not be afraid! DO NOT DRIVE on Cabo Matapalo! You do NOT need to go on this road. Ok, so now for fun stuff! You can hike down to the beach, King Louis Waterfall, and do some exploring for no expense and without getting in your car! We had tons of fun adventures doing this. Osa TropiCal i

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
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Nearest Airport
18 Kilometres
Puerto Jimenez
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
500 Metres
Cabo Matapalo
Car: recommended

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $65
Refundable damage deposit $500

Our Holiday (Christmas and Easter) rates are $3,800 per week and during these times we have a week minimum stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.