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Recent Cabo Matapalo reviews

  • One of a kind vacation

    "We just returned from a 7 night stay at Casa Marmaris on the Osa Peninsula. My husband and I traveled to this remote location with two other couple friends. We are all adventure seekers but we all have small children and wanted a quiet place to retreat to. We found it! Getting to this home is an adventure in and of itself. The drive to Casa Marmaris is no joke! When they say they recommend 4 wheel drive they mean it. Once you find your way though the travel is worth it because when you go through the house gates it is like you are on your own planet. The nature that others mentioned is true. Ximena was very helpful and easy to work with when booking the home. We had Desiree cook us breakfast and dinner and were so thankful we did. Her food was amazing! Her husband Isaac was helpful with massage bookings and adventures. There was a cleaning service each day so the home was clean even though you are mostly outdoors. We surfed, had massages at the house, took the 4-hour horse and waterfall rappelling tour set up by Isaac (it was awesome!), zip lined, hiked up streams in search of waterfalls, took a boat tour to fish and dolphin seek (which we found ), we took in sunrises and waded in our pool, soaked in nature and played a lot of 6 handed euchre with a beverage in our hands! The lighting was good but the hot water was spotty. A few things to know though about this house. There is no air conditioning. We were all fine with this but 2 of the guys had a hard time at night sleeping because they were hot/sweaty. We loved Martina’s bar/restaurant which is close. We also liked Los Delfines in Puerto Jimmenez. At Casa Marmaris you go to sleep early and rise early. You are on nature’s schedule. The waves put you to sleep and the monkey’s talking wake you. It’s something you won’t soon forget. A fair warning to potential travelers traveling in the near future. There is construction next door to this house. It was going on while we were there. It was the one negative of the home. It is obviously temporary but it did change how we approached the day. The workers arrived at 7am and were there until about 4pm. They take an hour lunch. It was loud. Sawing and hammering. We brought a music speaker and played our music to limit the noise. We also planned our adventures during this time to avoid the noise. I will admit when they left each day we were happy! Ximena did discount the cost of our food to make up for it."
    Guest: Stacy H. Date of Stay: February 2016 Review Submitted: March 13, 2016
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  • Amazing family vacation!

    "This was the perfect location for our family to relax, explore, and get away from it all. With four species of monkeys and scarlet macaws right outside the doorstep, we would've been very happy staying around the house and exploring the immediate area, but we also loved all our big adventures -- horseback riding, hiking in Corcovado, zip lining were all unforgettable. Surfing lessons with Pollo were tons of fun for novices like us (ages 9 to 49). The house is large and comfortable. It was a nice break to have Leda prepare dinner for us two nights. Her cooking is superb. Nothing could've prepared us for the sound of the howler monkeys or the delight of watching a mother spider monkey swinging through the trees with her baby on her back. A few minor set backs (sunburn, hiking blisters, bat flying in the house, etc.) did nothing to dampen our delight. Lynn and Kirk gave us great information in advance and everything was as promised."
    Guest: liz h. Date of Stay: March 2016 Review Submitted: April 26, 2016
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  • Things that make you go hmmm

    "After spending the last three years exploring C.R with my extended family it was time to hit the Osa. I have had Life's a Wave on my radar for years. Here is what I found..... 1.THE HOUSE&PROPERTY... Are beautiful!! The house is set up perfectly for our group of 7. We never got in each others way and the house was very comfortable. The wood in C.R is beautiful and this house shows you that. The dining room table especially. The beds are all very comfortable and the fans did there job to keep most of us cool at night. We did have a fan break on us and it was never replaced so that was a bit of a bummer. You are in the jungle so it very hot and humid and once the sun goes down so does the breeze. My only complaint is the light over the table. It is very low so during our nightly game of hearts you are fighting the bugs. Maybe get a higher light with a fan? That would have made our nights a lot more comfortable. My daily walks around the property revealed something new almost daily. Lastly, the pool is awesome. Great for lounging around and watching the Macaw's do their thing. 2. THE BEACH...This was a big disappointment for our family. We are not a surfing family but we love the beach. I was under the impression that this was a surfing/swimming beach. It is Not. It is a surfing beach only. I use the word beach loosely as it is made up mostly of big piles of rocks with a few slivers of sand. It is however a very beautiful beach. The waves are huge and awesome and the views are simply breathtaking. There are a few other beaches nearby but I would say you need to be a very strong swimmer to use them as the rip tide is very strong. We did find lots of critters in the tide pools so that was fun for me and the kids. If you are looking for a beach to take a stroll, take a swim, and head back to pool this is not your beach. Playa Platanares is what you a looking for. 3. THE WILDLIFE.... Is good. We did see all four types of monkeys, a sloth, a basilisk lizard, and lots and lots of birds. The Macaw's steal the show. They are present every day and very fun to watch zip through the trees and devour the almonds. We didn't see any ground animals. I think all the neighborhood dogs keep them away for the most part. All and all a great nature experience. 4. OTHER NOTES... The animal rescue center is worth the trip. Carol is an amazing women with so much passion for wildlife. And sweetie pie will melt your heart. NOTE: The waterfalls are dry during the dry season."
    Guest: zachary t. Date of Stay: February 2016 Review Submitted: March 1, 2016
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  • A Spring Break to Remember - Where the Jungle meets the Sea

    "My 12 year old son and I and another family of 4 (2 boys aged 12 and 9) had the most wonderful vacation at this house this past Spring Break. The house is spacious and comfortable, perched high above a wild stretch of Pacific coast. It feels luxurious in an authentic Costa Rican way. It's hard to know where to start. We packed a lot into each day and yet felt totally relaxed and rested when we got home. We hired a wonderful local guide, Nito, to hike both on and near this property and in Corcovado. He made our trip. Not only did we see a lot more than we would have without him, he had a vast knowledge of the ecology of the area and the kids and adults learned a lot. He has also perfected the art of taking a photo with an iPhone 6 through the lens of his swarovsky telescope. I have great photos! Things I recommend: Get up before dawn to catch sunrise and animals on the beach; take a glass of wine down to the beach at sunset (this is NOT a swimming beach. It is beautiful and wild and very powerful so always watch the kids); ask Grace to cook local dishes; ask Juan to take you on a night hike (we had an encounter with a Fer-de-lance that the kids will remember for life ;=); hire a local fisherman to take you out on Golfo Dulce to fish and get up close and personal with dolphins, go to the nearby eco lodges and enjoy cocktails and wifi once or twice, go zip lining through the forest; visit a coco plantation; sleep with the doors and windows wide open to hear the ocean and the wildlife; if you have kids or even if you don't, keep a list each day of all the birds and animals that you see and if you can't identify something look it up in the books at the house each evening. The boys really got into to doing this and argued over who was going to write them all in the owner's book to record wildlife sightings. I could go on and on. This was the perfect vacation. Family, friends, adventure, comfort, amazing wildlife and unspoiled beauty. The owner of this property was extremely helpful and his tips and advice contributed greatly to the success of our vacation. The Osa Peninsular is a very special place. My son and I can't wait to go back."
    Guest: Vicki N. Date of Stay: April 2016 Review Submitted: June 22, 2016
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