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Casa Bambu, 8 Traveler's Choice Awards, Bamboo Beach House (See also Casa Linda)

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

on-site staff, 3 Bedrooms , 2 Baths, beach chairs, boogy boards, kayaks

5-star ranking recipient of 8 Traveler's Choice Awards and 9 Excellence Awards. Recommended by Lonely Planet. Casa Bambu is one of four bamboo beach houses on our six acre resort property. (If Casa Bambu is reserved for the dates you want, see the listing for Casa Linda, Casa Sonrisa, or Casa Pina .) At Casa Bambu our on-site staff is available 24/7.

Costa Rica vacation rentals: there are hundreds to choose from. Yet we are told again and again that Casa Bambu and our other three bamboo beach houses are exceptional. So if you're ready to take a walk on the wild side, this is the place! This Costa Rica beach rental offers nature lovers an ideal vacation. It sits on a beautiful beach, in the rainforest, on the coast of the Osa Peninsula. This unique setting lets you experience the true Costa Rica, one of the most amazing areas on earth; relax on the beach; and enjoy countless natural wonders. All this while keeping you comfortable and secure in a private rental house on the beach. At Casa Bambu the ocean waves lull you to sleep and the roar of the howler monkeys awaken you to a glorious sunrise over the Golfo Dulce (Sweet Gulf). A pristine beach is literally steps away, and the rainforest and wildlife are all around. If you love nature in all its wild beauty, this is the place for you.

After visiting vacation rentals around the country, Lonely Planet's Costa Rica recommends Casa Bambu as a place to stay. Men's Journal touts Casa Bambu in its review of Costa Rica vacation homes in its vacation guide cover story How to Rent a Dream House Anywhere: Your Own Private Resort. It says: “For the jungle experience, visit the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica’s wild southern appendage. Its few paved roads lead to tiny fishing villages, like Cabo Matapalo, where you’ll find unspoiled beaches and rental houses like Casa Bambu on a plot of pristine rainforest teeming with monkeys.” The Denver Post Travel section featured Casa Bambu in an article about Costa Rica, the Osa Peninsula and Matapalo. The Fine Living Channel included Casa Bambu in its program Around the World in Eighty Houses, which focused on remarkable vacation houses throughout the world, including Casa Bambu. The Sunday Post of Scotland, an international publication, featured an article by a Casa Bambu guest about her vacation with us.

Our Costa Rica beach house rentals offer:

A perfect location: right on a gorgeous beach (and near several others), with a spectacular view, in the rainforest, surrounded by abundant wildlife and scenery.

A handcrafted, clean and safe vacation rental home, from which to enjoy your fantastic surroundings.

Many activities for the whole family.

Three other bamboo rentals, equally wonderful.

When natives of Costa Rica greet each other, they often say “Pura Vida,” or pure life. When you visit Casa Bambu, you’ll truly understand what this means.

Keywords: Beach House on Osa Peninsula

More Details

Kirk Ulbricht
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

About Kirk Ulbricht

Twenty-seven years ago, while visiting friends on the Osa Peninsula, Kirk found his heaven. He bought six acres of overgrown cow pasture by the Golfo Dulce, cleared it of brambles and weeds, and began to transform it. With neighbors, they planted 1,000 trees (now part of the monkey trail) and built Casa Bambu with the help of local friends. Kirk completed a second bamboo house, Casa Linda, in September, 2002; a third, Casa Piña, in August, 2003; and a fourth, Casa Sonrisa, in December, 2007. All the houses are solar-powered with artesian wells, beautiful tropical yards and on a pristine beach.

Back in the U.S. Kirk has been a 'green' builder and home designer in Austin, TX. His houses are ultra efficient - utilizing passive solar techniques, proper siting and other applications that conserve energy while providing comfortable shelter. His heart, however, is in Costa Rica, where he relishes life in the rainforest and can fulfill his lifelong love of the sea.

Kirk Ulbricht purchased this house in 1992

What makes this house unique

Unique pristine wilderness on a gorgeous unspoiled surfing/swimming beach with wildlife all around.

World-famous birdwatching, ocean kayaking, rainforest tours, on foot or horseback (including world-famous Corcovado National Park), Golfo Dulce boat tours, wildlife sanctuary tours, pristine beaches, Puerto Jimenez is a 30 minute drive and offers several banks, restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, and grocery stores, We can set you up with great guides, as well as lodgings in San Jose and in-country travel.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The trip was fantastic!!! It was the best trip of my life and I can say that is probably true for most of my family. Casa Bambu was everything we imagined and more, far more. Everything from the sounds of the rain forest...the howler monkeys and the cicadas waking us up every morning to the wonderful hikes, sportfishing trips, the many animals and birds, and on and on. It was an unbelievable experience that three generations of my family were able to enjoy together.

Thank you so much for all your help in making this trip to Costa Rica an enjoyable experience that our family will never forget. The only bummer was that we did not make our stay longer. Being there made me realize how simple you can live. I usually am ready to come home from a vacation and it makes me appeciate home. But this time I was appreciating where I had come from and how I need to incorporate more of that into my life at home.

Again, thank you so much for a truly wonderful experience.
Sep 2003
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Cantón Golfito 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: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (2) Handcrafted, four-poster, comfortable, custom netted beds with bed fans and bed lights., Double Beds (4) Handcrafted, four-poster, comfortable, custom netted beds with bed fans and bed lights., Baby Cribs (1) On request
  • Books ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
We are located beachfront on Pan Dulce beach, one of the best surf spots on the planet to learn to surf. Comfortable furniture, landscaped yard with flowers, tropical fruit trees, & lawns sweeping to the beach out front, solar electric system with 110-volts, hot water shower, indoor & outdoor showers, Caretaker/managers on site. World class bird watching, four species of monkeys plus many other animals galore.


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Casa Bambu, 8 Traveler's Choice Awards, Bamboo Beach House (See also Casa Linda)
average rating of 5.0 based on 28 reviews

Beautiful house beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

The beautifully designed bamboo house is in the most exquisite setting looking out onto a lawn beyond which is the beach and the sea. Scarlet macaws are regular visitors and you wake up to the sound of howler monkeys and the waves. It is quite remote so you have to shop for provisions before arrival but there are nice restaurants nearby if you don't want to self cater all the time. Bear in mind that you must buy water bottles so that you can take them on any hikes you choose to go on. The water is fine to drink but there are no water containers provided. You can do a long but rewarding hike in the Corcovado reserve - well worth getting up early for. Sadly we only had 2 full days there but would have happily spent longer. It is a wonderful place.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
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Beautiful property in a excellent location

  • 5 of 5

Great property, great location with excellent staff

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Honolulu, HI

Best Location!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four (two kids ages 9 and 13) stayed at Casa Bambu in January of 2017 and we look back on it as the highlight of our Costa Rica trip. First and most important, Casa Bambu has hands down the best location in Cabo Matapalo. We saw a fair number of vacation rentals that we had seen online while exploring the area, and we were so grateful that we decided on Casa Bambu, since it was a bit of a shot in the dark. The house sits right in front of the best beach in the area - great swimming, surfing, fishing, warm water, wide sandy beach, places to explore.... Regarding the house itself, from the photos it looked a bit shabby and dark, but the photos don't do it justice. It's cheerful and light and we just loved it. The beds are comfortable and couches great for lounging and reading. The kitchen was spacious and had everything one needs. We highly recommend hiring William for nature hikes (especially the night hike) and fishing. Our son went fishing with William every morning we were there (!) and he still talks about what a highlight of our trip that was. There is a woman who can cook for you there as well, and she is great and can make any local dish you want. The place is walking distance to 3 restaurants, namely Martina's which seems to be the hub of activity in the area (although that isn't saying much because the area is generally peaceful and quiet). Kirk is fantastic - really the best experience I've had with a VRBO owner - super responsive and helpful. He gets 5 stars just for my interactions with him. We saw lots of wildlife around Casa Bambu - monkeys jumping from tree to tree right outside the house; parrots; an armadillo... If we return to the Osa, this is where we will stay.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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December 2016 Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Excellent stay. We woke up every day to monkeys and birds visiting us and went to bed listening to the ocean waves. The location was perfect, with great access to nearby trails and waterfalls, obviously the beach and a local restaurant bar with reasonably priced, good-tasting meals. The owners were very quick to respond to requests. Can't recommend the place enough.

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What an adventure!

  • 5 of 5

We were so excited when we arrived at Casa Bambu, the house was open and waiting for us. Spider monkeys were there to great us. Just getting to the house is an adventure, crossing rivers and streams, but the directions given were great. Kirk, the property owner provided us with so much helpful information, even helped us save money on a car rental. The house location is amazing, steps from the beach. I wasn't expecting to be able to see the ocean from the house so that was a great surprise. The house is open to outdoors, we saw monkeys and macaws in the yard. During our stay, we experienced unusual torrential rains. We were told it hadn't rained this hard in many years, even during the rainy season. We were unable to visit Corcavado with William, our guide and Casa's property caretaker due to the weather but we did go on an amazing waterfall hike with him. So much fun! I can't say enough good things about Kirk and William during our stay. They went far beyond what we would have ever expected in helping us during the storm, keeping us posted on the current weather conditions, offering advice about the roads and helping us make changes to our travel arrangements. William is an excellent guide with so much knowledge about the area and the animals. Make sure to have a meal prepared for you during your stay. We enjoyed an amazing dinner of Arroz con Pollo. We loved our adventure ar Casa Bambu and look forward to staying there again.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rigaud, qc, Canada

Casa bambu

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at casa sonrisa for our honeymoon. Best vacation ever!!! Not only is Costa Rica a beautiful country to visit, the wonderful staff at casa bambu made preparing for the trip, arrival, our stay and our departure a real pleasure. They thought of all the details. They even rented the car for us! Their wonderful tour guide really really knows the area! As for the houses themselves...spectacular! We saw soo much wildlife just sitting on the porch! The pictures do not even come close!! We highly recomend! We will be back!!

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Puerto Jimenez
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Martina's Buena Esperanza Restaurant
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
To Chacarita and the Pan Am Highway
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Martina's Buena Esperanza Restaurant
Nearest Beach
30 Metres
Playa Pan Dulci
Car: not necessary

We are located directly on Pan Dulce Beach, on of the best surf spots on the planet, especially for SUP and long board surfers. World-famous birdwatching, ocean kayaking, rainforest tours, on foot or horseback (including world-famous Corcovado National Park), Golfo Dulce boat tours, wildlife sanctuary tours, pristine beaches, Puerto Jimenez is a 30 minute drive and offers several banks, restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, and grocery stores, We can set you up with great guides, as well as lodgings in San Jose and in-country travel.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 13.0%

Our rates do not include the 13% Costa Rican Lodging tax which vacation rentals are now obliged to collect and pay to the "Hacienda" (the Costa Rican government tax office). Just like in the rest of the world, the tax man in Costa has enormous power; even to confiscate tax evaders property. The many of the vacation rental properties in Costa Rica and especially in the Osa are not yet paying the Hacienda tax. They may get away with it tomorrow and the next day, but not forever. We prefer to collect and pay the tax and thereby insure that your booking is secure and legitimate, no matter how far in the future you make it. We have lowered our prices by 13% in order to remain competitive in our local market. That means your booking is legitimate and that we are paying the tax for you. You get to "have your cake and eat it too" :)

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.

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