- House / Villa
- Near the Sea
- Village / Rural
- Sports & activity
- Swimming Pool
- Internet Access
- Linen provided
- Maid Service
- Washing Machine
- Beach within walking distance
- Horse Riding
- Babysitting available
- Child Friendly
- Cook available
- Ideal for honeymoons
Cradled by pristine rainforest and luxuriant jungle gardens, this open home was designed as a fun fantasy tree-house, a spacious retreat dedicated to thrill every nature lover. Inspired by tropical buttress roots, enjoy secluded, open-air, luxurious green living. In this corner of paradise, beach, wildlife and nature seekers can live in harmony, with the sound of the surf soothing the soul.
This is the perfect location for an exotic honeymoon, a bird watching tour, a yoga retreat or a playful base for an unforgettable family vacation. Leave the real world behind and let your inner child emerge. The home is in Cabo Matapalo, on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. With continuous rainforest connecting to the famous Corcovado National Park, the wildlife viewing is unrivalled. Monkeys and macaws are daily visitors. The home is open plan with only walls where necessary to provide privacy. The main platform comprises the kitchen, dining area, relaxing areas and two en-suite bedrooms. The upper level comprises the master suite and en-suite shower room. In the garden there are two connected dipping pools and up behind the house in the primary forest there is a private yoga deck with a view over to the ocean. Choose your favourite corner and catch up with a good book, interrupted only by passing monkeys, macaws and butterflies.
Cabo Matapalo is on the tip of the Osa Peninsula, in a remote corner of Costa Rica accessible only by four wheel drive. Close to the Corcovado National Park, it is renowned for its diverse and abundant animal and bird life. More than 300 species of bird live here, with scarlet macaws, eagles, hummingbirds and toucans ordinary sightings. All 4 monkey types, Spider, Howler, Cappuchin and Squirrel can be seen as they forage through the forest. The area is also famous for its unspoilt beaches; Playa Pan Dulce with surf conditions perfect for beginners, Backwash Bay favoured by intermediate surfers and with Playa Matapalo challenging even the advanced surfer. This is an off grid location, unplugged from the modern world - experience nature in the raw and be an adventurer not a tourist. Activities available include hiking, horseback riding, tree climbing, waterfall rappelling, zip lining, kayaking, ocean fishing and yoga.
To San Jose: Most major airlines fly to San Jose, including Continental/United, American, Jet Blue and Taca. To Puerto Jimenez: Option 1 - fly with Sansa or Nature Air, several 45 minute flights daily. Option 2 - rental car (4WD a must) journey time 7 hours, the road has sections where caution is required; Option 3 - hire a private driver and van. Option 4 - Take the bus: cheap but long and arduous! To Casa Vida Verde: Arriving in Puerto Jimenez, without a car, we can arrange a taxi. If you drive in, plan to stock up on groceries and gas. The final leg into Matapalo will take from 35 to 50 minutes depending on the condition of the road. It is a distance of 18 kilometres but the road is unpaved with several rivers to cross and not all of them have bridges. Your adventure begins here!
Puerto Jimenez 18km
Nearest Bus Stop:
Puerto Jimenez 18km
Buena Esperanza ("Martinas")
Small market at Martinas on a Friday night
The kitchen is designed with cooks in mind but space for helpers too! The kitchenware is of good quality and is regularly updated. The custom storage rack reduces the chore of washing up, just place items in their rack and they will dry for next time, minimum hassle. The gas stove has 6 large burners and a large oven. There are 3 sinks, 2 together and 1 on the island bar where smoothie or cocktail preparation is a breeze with a blender all set to go. The upper master has a king bed and large shower room and a private toilet. The junior suite on the main floor has a private deck, king bed and shower room and private toilet. The family suite has screened windows with a shower room and private toilet. This can be set up as a third king bedroom or a king with 2 additional beds, or can be a bunk room with beds for 6. All the beds have cotton sheets and high quality mosquito nets. Fall asleep to the sound of the surf knowing you are in the most comfortable beds in the area!
At Casa Vida Verde it is hard to know where the interior ends and the exterior begins! The viewing deck is the perfect spot to watch the jungle wake up each morning and birds and butterflies starting their day in the golden dawn light. Steps take you down through the grounds which gently transition from the forest to garden and lead to the pool area. The organic design of the house is evident here too with a fun, funky combination of two dipping pools connected by a channel and a small waterfall surrounded by lush tropical foliage and flowers. Relax here in the shade or sun, or this private setting is also a serene setting for yoga. Poolside, you will find a bistro table and chairs, a BBQ and an outdoor shower. Much of our property is actually primary forest behind the house. Explore this area using the well-tended trail of steps and spend some time up at the large platform with a view to the ocean. This is the perfect spot for yoga, massage or bird and wildlife watching.
WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE? Temperatures average mid-80s during the daytime and fall to the mid-70s at night. The coastal waters are a constant 74 degrees all year long. There are two seasons: the Dry (December through April) which is less humid and there is less rain, and the Green (May through November) when there is more rain usually in the afternoons and at night. October and early November are the rainiest months. WHAT ABOUT BUGS? There are many insects around but most insect encounters are part of the wonder of being in the rainforest. Remember, there is a whole food chain out there and there are plenty of animals and birds intent on eating all insects found. However, it is a good precaution to have insect repellent, particularly in the early evenings. If you are very concerned about the possibility of insects being around you, it is possible the open air living at Casa Vida Verde is not the best environment for you. CAN YOU DRINK THE WATER? Yes! Our water comes from a natural spring or well, depending on the time of year, and is safe to drink. IS THERE HELP NEARBY? Our managers, Carlos and Sianne, live on site with their two children. Both speak English well and are there to ensure that your stay is as enjoyable as possible. They know the area very well and are very experienced hosts. Our guests report that nothing is too much trouble for them. DO WE NEED TO RENT A CAR? No, you do not need to. If you are happy to walk locally, we recommend you getting a taxi to other locations. The taxi drivers know the area well, will often spot animals and birds that you would miss and can look after the driving while you enjoy your surroundings. However, if you prefer to have your own vehicle this can be sorted with pick up and drop off in San Jose or Puerto Jimenez. CAN WE USE ELECTRONICS? Yes, please bring your own cameras, cell phones and laptops and iPod/iPads. Purchase a local SIM card at the airport in San Jose, we do have reception in Cabo Matapalo. Also, we have wireless internet. However, although it is reliable, it can fail and you may need to visit Puerto Jimenez to connect if the need is urgent. We have an iPod player if you wish to bring your own music. Please don’t bring hairdryers or curling irons, as these use too much power. You will not miss them, in the jungle you don’t have to worry about what your hair looks like! The outlets are standard North American for 110V applications. WHAT IS PROVIDED? We provide all linens, towels (including beach towels), kitchen towels and toilet paper, biodegradable shampoo, conditioner and shower gel, liquid soap, dish detergent, and other staples for the kitchen. We also have some games and books together with information cards on the flora and fauna of the area. Some herbs for cooking are grown on site and there is also a variety of fruit trees. Carlos will supply you with these as available.
Conditions of Rental
We are off the grid and rely on solar power, so we request that care is taken with power use, charging by day rather than night. Housekeeping will be provided every other day, but if you prefer to have this service done daily, we can provide that for an additional fee. Laundry service is available at a small additional charge or clothes can be laundered in Puerto Jimenez. This is an ideal place for children to explore and learn about the rainforest. However, please note that due to the open design of the house, we do not recommend it as a good choice for a family with children under the age of 3. Parents of toddlers would not be able to relax! In order to confirm a reservation, we require a 50% deposit and completion of a credit card authorization form . The remaining balance should be paid 15 days prior to arrival. Payment can be made by credit card, personal check (USA) or wire transfer, depending on your preference.