Tree House Feel, Waterfront Eco-Home! Monkeys Galore!

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  • Property Type : House
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 10 Sleeps

Melanie Norman

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Located in a tropical rainforest, and on a quiet beach, this vacation beach house offers a close relationship to rainforest flora and fauna plus beachfront privacy at its best! Monkeys visit the property daily while macaws eat almonds in the treetops at eye-level from Casa Dos Rios. The lockable house is lovingly hand-crafted by its owner, an American builder, and displays local area hardwoods. The location is one of the best in Cabo Matapalo, with Buena Esperenza Bar-Restaurant a 5 minute walk back to the main road.
Amenities include Internet Access by Wi-Fi, level front lawn leading out to the water's edge, croquet, horseshoes, fresh fruit on-site, a bar-restaurant 5 minute walk away, large living space on a 2nd level, giving a tree house feel and vantage point for nature viewing, a yoga deck, hammocks, a clear-water river nearby, great for small children to wade and play in and much more!
The four bedrooms have queen beds with posts and 'no-see-um' netting, and the house is well-ventilated with many windows and a breezeway. Great air-flow is accomplished through use of a cupola and large openings all around the house. The open-air porch downstairs houses hammocks for your relaxation, and the kitchen and living room were positioned upstairs to take advantage of the lovely view to the water and mid-tree monkey and bird habitat.
Enjoy the natural wonders just outside the windows, as there are four kinds of monkeys in the region (and sometimes in the yard!), and the wildlife includes toucans, macaws, sloths, blue morpho butterflies and iguanas to name a few. Mature trees feature fresh fruit including guava,bananas,mangos,papayas,coconut,cacao, and avacados. The beautiful landscaping of our grounds can be viewed from the house or by strolling the paths that lead to the beach just a few feet away from the house. The property is located between two rivers. The closest river provides a refreshing pool of sparkling clear gurgling water for your enjoyment after swimming and surfing.. Our Playa Carbonera is a good mid to high tide surf spot.
The casa is totally off the grid, with solar power, well water, and propane tanks for cook-stoves and hot-water heaters. Our on-demand hot water is available in sinks and showers. We have walk-in showers and deluxe linens for your comfort. The managers, Maru and Olger live on site in a manager house and are available to help make your stay comfortable. They can book tours, do some cooking, baby-sit the kids, or take you on jungle-waterfall tours. Maru provides on-site cleaning services and laundry service. The washer on site has to be used with a generator, so Maru does loads of clothes on cleaning day for a fee of $15 per large load.
Casa Dos Rios has doors and window shutters that lock. Internet service is basic and not strong enough for streaming movies, etc.
Keywords: Beachfront vacation house at a surf break, tranquility with sea view in rainforest environment. A Treehouse feel, wood structure! Now offers WiFi. beach, monkeys, macaws, toucans, sloths, fishing, sea kayak, surfing, swimming, hammocks, views, privacy, manicured lawn and restaurant in walking distance.
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Amenities & Activities

  • Shower
  • Queen Bed
Child Friendly
  • Child Friendly
Dining Room
  • Dining Table Seats
  • Formal Dining Room
  • Pool Table
  • Games
  • Pet Friendly
  • Telephone
  • Linens Provided
Home Office
  • Internet Access
  • Wireless Internet
  • Utensils
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Coffee Maker
  • Refrigerator
  • Kitchen
  • Washing Machine
Outside Living
  • Balcony
  • Lanai
  • Deck
  • Patio
  • Parking Available
Recreation located at the Resort or On Premise
  • Fitness Room
Nearby Activities
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Walking Tours
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Windsurfing
Nearby Attractions
  • Oceanfront
  • Beachfront
  • Near Beach
  • Near Restaurants

Photo Gallery

Prepare to be "wowed" by Casa Dos Rios!

Looking at beach from house.

An early morning view at our waterfront, sometimes indescribably beautiful!

Very spacious living area. For groups, we add more living room furniture.

The Kitchen with Solar refrigerator.

A feel of Tree-house luxury within...Almond wood floors!

Capuchin monkeys eating our mangos.

Viewing the upstairs bedroom walls from Kit.

The beds are like tents, with netting over posts.

Entry side of the home, as seen from the parking area

Our home is on the Golfo Dulce, but we see the Pacific looking South.

Spider monkey in our mango tree.

We sail our 36' sailboat named Sorrento...into sunset!

This spider monkey is eating mangos at eye level from the house.

April 2017 at CDR

Standing under the mango trees for a side view.

The interior feels massive!

Additional Rate Information

Cleaning fee per week: $60

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Location Information


Great wildlife opportunities, plus surf, yoga and nature at its best!


The Cabo Matapalo has both gulf and ocean views.


The nearest town is Pto. Jimenez. The community that we are in is called Cabo Matapalo


You may drive or fly to Pto. Jimenez, then drive out for approximately 30 minutes to Casa Dos Rios.


English and Spanish

Guest Reviews

Wildlife galore!!

  • Stella H.
  • Jan 04,2018
  • Apr 25,2017

Having been to Matapalo numerous times in the past we were bringing our 2 grandchildren for the 1st time. Casa Dos Rios totally fit our needs as a family of 8. Beds were extremely comfortable, the mesh netting, reading light and fan were much appreciated after a long day exploring and playing. Living and dining area were more than adequate for our large group to get together. Linens, towels and bedding were very good also. We really loved the location and the views were lovely. The memories we will share with the family and seeing the grandkids ages 3 and 5 when they had their first much anticipated sight of the monkeys will forever remain as one of the most precious times. We saw all four species everyday come right by the deck where we had our coffee. The kids would wake up with the howlers and stay up to watch the squirrels, spiders and capuchins on their daily feeding schedule. In all our visits to the Osa we have never experienced the monkeys in quite this way. the dinner waiting for us was much appreciated and savored after our long drive from San Jose. Olmer and Maru took care of all our needs and we enjoyed their company. We would love to return.

Relaxing and Beautiful

  • Alyssa M.
  • Jan 04,2018
  • Dec 06,2017

My finance and I stayed at Casa Dos Rios for the first 2 weeks of December of 2017 and we enjoyed every second of our stay. We arrived after dark and with the directions Melanie gave, we found the house with no issues. My fiancé and I were greeted with smiles, hugs and a tour of the house to help us settle in. They both are truly good people. Very nice and accommodating. We enjoyed playing a few games with them after dinner some nights! The house is absolutely beautiful! Very clean and kept clean by the house maid twice a week with new sheets and towels. Beds are very comfortable. You\'re in the rain forest so there are bugs, therefore I loved having the nets on the bed, we never had a bug problem in the beds. We saw all 4 monkeys, macaws, toucans and much more every day at he house. The sunrise was breath taking to watch while drinking coffee on the porch or while relaxing on the hammocks. We listened to the waves crash at night and the howler monkeys every morning. There is a river with a natural swimming pool right by the house that we swam in every day. We enjoyed zip lining, a mangrove tour and we visited the national forest as well, but honestly, we saw all the animals right in our front yard at the house, so really it was just an expensive yet beautiful hike, which Melanie and Kim told me but we went anyway. We also hiked to 2 waterfalls by the house. One was in walking distance and the other we drove to and got out and hiked. The bar by the house had a great vibe and excellent food. We cooked some nights and other nights we had a chef so we could taste that authentic Costa Rican food which was delicious! Over all we never had a dull moment, just sitting at the house not doing anything was so relaxing and like I said, you see animals everyday! I would definitely recommend to friends and family! Thank you Melanie and Kim so much for accommodating us while we stayed in your beautiful home. We will visit again (:

Isolated paradise

  • Tami P.
  • Jan 04,2018
  • Nov 19,2017

We loved our stay and the house is beautiful. We saw monkeys from the deck each day and our family had plenty of space. You are truly in the jungle so your clothes will be a little damp and there are some lovely visitors like bugs and bats. - exactly what we expected. We went with a guide Mike Johnson (the irishman) to Corcavado and had a wonderful adventure hiking and driving through rivers. We will definitely be back.

Our Memory Banks Hold This Week At CDR As One of Our Best!

  • Kim N.
  • Jan 04,2018
  • Aug 14,2017

We decided to broadcast an invite to our Facebook friends, to join us for one week at CDR. The people who responded and joined us (4 of them) absolutely loved their week. Between the marvels of nature seen from the windows of the house and the company of one another, all went away with great memories and intentions to return and share this place with family and friends later. We are the owners of Casa Dos Rios, and wanted to use our own vacation rental to see what it might need and to get a sense of what our guests experience by living in our house. We loved the experience so much that we decided to offer this again next year at the same time, so that we can get to know those who take us up on this offer, and so that we can treat ourselves to the atmosphere and rich wood surfaces, plus open-air kitchen and view that our Casa Dos Rios offers. We came away knowing what to add and how to make the next guests\' stay even better in the future! Because we care about making a vacation memorable and exquisite, we do many things like suggesting the best there is to do in the area, offer meal service, accompany our guests as guides on hikes and waterfall expeditions and have on-site managers to stand ready to assist in any way needed. I will encourage the four guests who joined us for this week, to also write their reviews.

Absolutely amazing house with stunning wildlife!

  • Gloria R.
  • Jan 04,2018
  • Aug 04,2017

We stayed at this property as a mixed group of families. If you like wildlife, you will be absolutely amazed. We were woken by scarlet macaws and howler monkeys. Just sitting on the top balcony we saw toucans, squirrel monkeys, spider monkeys, agouti, a massive snake (boa?), scarlet macaws, caracara plus alot of additional birds we couldn\'t identify. The house is right in front of a nice little rocky beach which has kayaks. Melanie (the host) is absolutely amazing and helped us daily with suggestions for tours etc. She is a wonderfully inspiring woman! The house is at a remote location, so don\'t expect nightlife etc. However, if you are in Costa Rica for the jungle experience you will find it all here! The house itself is very comfortable, and clean and airy. Highly recommended!

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