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

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,201 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

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

Owner
Kirk Ulbricht
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 22, 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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Amenities

Cantón Golfito House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1201 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 ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • 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 ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 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
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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.

Reviews

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Casa Bambu, 8 Traveler's Choice Awards, Bamboo Beach House (See also Casa Linda)
average rating of 4.967742 based on 32 reviews
5

A beautiful home away from home - on a beach!

  • 5 of 5

We (2 adults, 2 teenage kids) spent a week at the beautiful Casa Bambu, to end a 2 week trip in Costa Rica. Everything was amazing - from Kirk's helpful emails before the trip, to the house itself, to the beach and so on. We went on an incredible hike in Corcovado with William, the house manager, and also on a night hike near the house where we saw an ocelot. Pretty incredible. I highly recommend going on some hikes with William, he is a treasure - kind and very knowledgeable. We did the boat tour of the gulf and saw whales and dolphins, and had a great time horse riding to the waterfall. The house is clean, comfortable and easy to live in. We did all the cooking ourselves because (a) we like to cook and it's a great kitchen and (b) I caught so many fish from the shore that we had plenty to eat! We saw Kirk a few times while we there, and he is a fantastic host - very pleasant and always on hand if you need any help or supplies. The thing that really struck us was our first morning waking up back at home in suburban Washington DC - it was really, really quiet. No macaws chattering or howler monkeys or cicadas or sound of the waves crashing onto the beach....we miss them! We would definitely go back to Casa Bambu and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get away from it all comfortably.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect open-air get-away on surf break!

  • 5 of 5

We love this open-air bamboo house! It's clean, simple, organized and well-maintained. And it couldn't be closer to the Pan Dulce surf break! The owner Kirk is extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the area (28 years living there!) He will send a driver to pick you up at Puerto Jimenez (no need for a car) who will stop by the market and surf shop with you. Then Lida and Oliva will whip up amazing local fare for $5/person using whatever food you have in the fridge. We walked everywhere...to restaurants, waterfalls, hiking trails and other beaches. We watched the waves from our bedroom! This is an amazing location, and Kirk is a great host. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

The real Costa Rica

  • 5 of 5

I've lived in CR for almost 10 years and haven't seen a prettier area. Beautiful setting and comfortable house. Welcome to the jungle. Look forward to my next visit.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful setting

  • 4 of 5

We spent two weeks at Casa Bambu, located in a beautiful setting, facing the Golfo Dulce on the Osa Peninsula. A large lawn, flowering shrubs, tall fruit trees border the property and invite the presence of macaws, white face and spider monkeys and all kinds of birds.

The dark, volcanic sand beach is pretty rocky which made it a bit challenging for swimming,

but there were a few times when the surf was calm and if one walked to the left on the beach, water access looked easier. Dirt roads near the property lead to other near by beaches.

Casa Bambu was built, according to the owner, 27 years ago and it is showing wear. We loved the owner's concept of a bamboo house - off grid, open air, a sense of living among the trees and shrubs surrounding the house. The kitchen was easy to use and clean up; the beds were pretty comfortable; the on demand water heater for the shower has seen better days and was difficult to adjust to luke warm which meant one had cold or very hot water to choose from when showering with nothing in between. The cushions on the sitting area furniture are pretty well broken down from wear and weren't the most comfortable for sitting and reading.

The owner, Kirk, and his caretaker, William, were very responsive when something wasn't working. There when we needed them but otherwise gave us space. William took us on a wonderful hike into Corcovado.

In some ways it was sad seeing the house just going down hill - of course this is in the "outback" of Costa Rica and I imagine up keep is difficult. However, I could not stop imagining how lovely Casa Bambu might once again be with just a little bit of routine maintenance - replacing the rusted window hardware, redoing the heavily patched mosquito netting on the beds, adding another wall fan on the upstairs sitting area to augment the ceiling fan which barely turns, and also another small wall fan on the downstairs sitting area would be very welcomed. The information in the house binder was dated and could use refreshing along with a new binder.

William and Leda, the housekeeper, cleaned the house and changed the linens every 4 days, which was very appreciated especially when the weather warmed and the rains began. Kirk was extremely helpful before we arrived, sending abundant information, maps, even a grocery list.

Staying at Casa Bambu allowed us to experience the surrounding natural world fully and up close. It was a memorable two weeks.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: During the 27 years we’ve operated Casa Bambu and its three sister houses on the same property, we’ve felt the need to respond to only a few of the 450 or so reviews we’ve received. Almost all have been overwhelmingly positive (all but nine have been 5-star), but when visitors have criticisms or complaints we want to be responsive. There were many criticisms in this review. I will respond in the order of appearance of some of them, but many of the criticisms can be chalked up to unfulfilled expectations on the part of the guest. As we make clear on our website, this is not a Marriott experience. We are in the jungle with the monkeys, off grid. If one wants a Marriott type experience, he should go to a Marriott type hotel. Criticisms / Response: ...The dark, volcanic sand beach is pretty rocky which made it a bit challenging for swimming, / OUR beach changes daily. Sometimes it’s got areas of gravel mixed with larger areas of sand. Sometimes it’s all nice beige sand. We advise our guests to swim on the left end of the beach where it's better for swimming. The local families bring their kids to our beach since it's a safe and fun beach for kids ...and was difficult to adjust to lukewarm which meant one had cold or very hot water to choose from when showering with nothing in between. / THERE are instructions for operating the shower posted on the wall next to the shower entrance. If one follows the instructions, the shower temperature is fully adjustable for the whole range from cool to hot. ...The cushions on the sitting area furniture are pretty well broken down from wear and weren't the most comfortable for sitting and reading. / THIS observation was accurate. We were in the process of replacing the cushions in all four houses during this guest’s stay. We do this every few years. Please see pictures of the new cushions here on VRBO. ..In some ways it was sad seeing the house just going down hill .I could not stop imagining how lovely Casa Bambu might once again be with just a little bit of routine maintenance / WE are literally doing maintenance constantly to keep everything in good to perfect working order. It's point of pride at Casa Bambu that everything works as it should. ...and also another small wall fan on the downstairs sitting area would be very welcomed. / WE have 7 fans in Casa Bambu. We also have several more portable fans available to our guests
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5

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
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

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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Map

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.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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.