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Nature Lover's Paradise - 2 BR/1.5 Bath, Pool & Gardens on the Beach

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

A two bedroom home in the jungle, on the beach. New pool. Simply amazing spot.

On three acres of jungle and gardens, with 50 meters of beachfront, this home, accompanying gardens, pool and fully equiped beach campsite is a gem.

We are set up for 4 guests, in two double beds, in the two bedrooms. Beyond that, it is an additonal $20 per day to bring in more beds and bedding. We can accomodate up to eight in the main house, and two more at our beach site. The beach campsite has a custom tent, with two single beds (or one double bed), with kitchen set up, and separate bath area, is $70 per night as a separate rental, or $50 in conjunction with the main house. Excellent choice for two people..

Finca Sombrero y Camisas offers an alternative to a full-service lodge.

Comfortable, yet simple, this beautiful beachfront home is off the beaten trail.

Wake up to howler monkeys and enjoy sunrise across the Golfo Dulce from the pristine beachfront, as you sip your morning coffee. Scarlet macaws fly overhead in pairs. Toucans swoop through the yard. As many as four types of monkeys have seen spotted on the property in one day. Spider and squirrel monkeys fly overhead from tree to tree, and howlers and white face monkeys pass through here as well. And if you are lucky, you will spot the occasional sloth.

There is something here for everyone: waterfall hikes and repelling, tree canopy tours, horseback riding, bird watching, yoga classes and surf lessons from locals. It's private and peaceful, yet walking distance to a handful of Mato Palo surf breaks.

Great for families and guests of all ages.

Curl up in a hammock, or hang at the pool, and enjoy nature all around you. And if you don't feel like cooking, there is a great restaurant within walking distance. A cook is available as well, if desired.

More Details

John Shurtz
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2018

About John Shurtz

I have been traveling in Latin America since my teens, starting in Baja California, all the way to the tip of South America. Found this special place in the early 90's, and made it my 2nd home.

John Shurtz purchased this house in 1996

Why John Shurtz chose Puerto Jiménez

Surf brought me here. But when I bought it I had already spent some time, and gotten to know the area. The wildlife, the beach, the community of Ticos and international community, and the step out of time, all are part of why I am here. And did i mention the


What makes this house unique

We are on the beach, and in the jungle. Caretaker and his family are also a BIG plus- convenient access to town and amenities, without renting a car or driving. As well as transportation, we offer a guide, cook, coordination of tours, and other services to make your vacation the best!


We are near the tip of the Osa Peninsula, 10+ miles south of Puerto Jimenez, on Hiway 245, a gravel road.

Puerto Jimenez is a 45 minute plane flight from San Jose, on either Nature Air or SANSA.

Taxis can take you from town to our property, or you can drive, with a rental car.

There is a small river to cross, which is passable most of the year, except during the heavy rainy season, October-November.

When you cross the small stream, about 10 miles south of town, you will see Ojo del Mar Lodge on the left, and we are the next driveway, with our sign at the entrance- Finca Sombrero y Camisas. Across the road is Escuela Carbonera. If you get to Buena Esperanza Bar you have gone a little too far.

We can also arrange to pick you up in town, and take you shopping before coming out to the property.


Puerto Jiménez House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Noon / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Campsite has its own bath with outdoor shower.
  • One full bath, detached from the house, and one half bath in upstairs bedroom.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 3 - Campsite is equipped for two with double or single beds.
  • Upstairs bedroom has a Queen bed and a single bed. Downstairs has a Queen. Three other beds are in common spaces.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • health/beauty spa
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
We also have a fantastic campsite, separate from the house, right on the beach.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Amazing place - best part of our trip!

  • 5 of 5

Staying here was a truly amazing jungle experience from start to finish! Everything was exactly as it was described, and John did a great job of answering all our questions beforehand since we were traveling with a 6 and 9 year old and wanted to be sure we knew what we were getting into. We spent a total of 8 days in the Osa Peninsula, and this place was far and away the best for wildlife viewing. Each day we couldn't get over all the monkeys, birds, butterflies, crabs, leaf-cutter ants, lizards and even a sloth that we saw and heard - so much to see and discover. But, what made it even more special was having such a warm and welcoming local guide to help us out, show us around and make us feel at home. Oscar made things absolutely perfect. We would highly recommend this property to anyone!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible wildlife!

  • 5 of 5

What a unique place in the world - this was our second trip to the Osa and we saw even more animals than the first time. The monkeys travelling in the tree bridge over the house were amazing to watch; saw an anteater on the property, turkeys, macaws, a toucan, a boa constrictor, dart frogs on the waterfall hike. The little pool was a haven. The house had what we needed and expected. Nice to have Martina's in close walking distance. Oscar the caretaker is a gem and was incredibly helpful in so many ways. He helped us hire a boat in the gulf and we saw pods of dolphins swimming in the bow wake, and Jim caught dorado, tuna, and rooster fish - terrific experiences. We love the still remote feel of the area - if creek and river crossings are not your thing, stay home! Tempting to encourage people to stay away :) We hope the area never changes and will be back again soon!

Cindy and Jim

Denver, CO

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you guys had such a great time! And yes, the animal life is over the top, literally. Come back any time, it was great having you as guests. John
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At home in the jungle

  • 5 of 5

Our party of six (four adults, two high school-age kids) stayed happily at Finca Sombrero y Camisas for three nights in mid April (toward the end of dry season). We would have stayed longer if our schedules permitted. The big draw of Osa is wildlife, and we found that we didn't have to go looking - it came to us in many forms: all four monkey species, a sloth, macaws, parrots, parakeets, kites, hummers, and many other birds, iguanas, basilisks, an armadillo that seemed even more surprised to see us than we him, a wooly opossum, more crabs than could possibly be enumerated, and much more. The beach is just a stone's throw away - it's not really a swimming beach, but it is a short walk to good swimming. The pool is small but perfect for a quick cooling dip. We cooked our own meals mostly, but a good restaurant is next door and Oscar the caretaker can arrange groceries as well as transport and guided outings. The feel and facilities are rustic but functional. The surroundings make them luxurious. If you can handle heat and humidity, and 4:30 am monkey choruses, you will have a fine experience. If not, you might want to investigate a different part of the country.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad for you and your family to have had the experience. It's truly a wildlife paradise, where you are guaranteed to see monkeys, scarlet macaws, snf thr many animals you noted. The rain just came this week after a long hot dry season. So temperatures cool a bit from here on into the green season. Come back for a longer stay next time! Pura vida, John
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Puerto Jimenez
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Martina's - Buena Esperanza
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Martina's Buena Esperanza
Nearest Beach
We are on the beach
Car: not necessary

Most of the services listed are within walking distance. Bank, clinic, airport and groceries are in town. We can drive you to town any time, or pick up supplies as needed.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning -initial fee $30
Cleaning every 3 days $20

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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