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Casa Dos Rios...at the beach!  and, in the rain forest.
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Casa Dos Rios...at the beach!  and, in the rain forest.
Be prepared for an amazing vacation at Casa Dos Rios! Front lawn and beach beyond
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Casa Dos Rios...at the beach!  and, in the rain forest.
Be prepared for an amazing vacation at Casa Dos Rios!
Front lawn and beach beyond
Enjoy a hammock nap!
Large, open-air living space
The living area.  We have more identical furniture for larger groups.
Living room and shutters showing.
Shiny wood interior, with a tree house feel!
The lay-out can be seen here, with the two upstairs bedrooms visible
The kitchen with its solar refrigerator...a view from the sink to the sea!
A bathroom detail.
Shower has a view of an almond tree outdoors, where macaws congregate.
Enjoy watching monkeys eat mangos...right off the balcony!
House seen through the mango tree.
The yoga deck above the manager house
Toucans love our papayas and are often seen here.
The point at Cabo Matapalo is three miles from Casa Dos Rios and is the end of the Peninsula de Osa.
The Bar-Restaurant just down the beach path from Casa Dos Rios, Buena Esparenza, is a great asset!
The Falls on the Carbonera River are a close walk from Casa Dos Rios
People taking a hike on the Carbonera River to the falls there.
Fishing is sometimes a productive pass-time in front of Casa Dos Rios
Cabo Matapalo is known for great surfing.  This shot was taken three beaches South of Casa Dos Rios.
The front yard, viewed from the kitchen, is great for croquet
A guest is surfing our sea kayak.  Guests use it for free!
A spider monkey enjoys our mango tree right outside the upper house.
Horseback riding is offered in the area
A pink sunrise in front of Casa Dos Rios
A golden sunrise
A magical sunrise at Casa Dos Rios
Capuchins eating our mangos!
Macaws are growing in numbers, seen on our property!
Howler monkeys captured by Laura Wilkerson, photographer, in our gardens!
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4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 9
Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Province of Puntarenas

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Paul de G
1 review
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“Fantastic!”
Reviewed September 23, 2016 for a stay in August 2016
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What a fantastic house! One hour after arrival we were greeted by a large group of Capuchins travelling through the forest using the roof of the house. Also, squirrel monkeys, spider monkeys are frequently visiting the garden.
The house is spacious, fully equipped en very comfortable. If you ever consider visiting Cabo Matapalo and enjoy wildlife, this place is highly recommended.

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Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
25 Sep 2016
Hi Paul, thanks so much for your kind words and honest enthusiasm for our Casa Dos Rios. We welcome you back any time! Glad you had a good vacation! That's why we have CDR! For appreciative people like you. Melanie and Kim Norman
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garytros
New York
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful house and gorgeous setting”
Reviewed February 23, 2016 for a stay in February 2016

We loved the house and the view from the balcony. Beautiful woodwork throughout. The main room is larger than it looks in the photos. We did not see mosquitoes. We had Melanie cook a meal for us and it was delicious. The yoga classes were a real plus. We enjoyed watching the monkeys from the balcony. My wife and daughters learned to surf while I slept in the hammock.

The wifi was rather slow.

We took a number of tours and enjoyed the wildlife. We did not rent a car, which limited us a bit. There are no groceries other than the one in Puerto Jimenez, 40 minutes away on a very bumpy road. For hiking you can walk twenty minutes to the resort Lapo Rios. We took a 2.5 hour waterfall hike there and enjoyed it. You can also just walk up the river from the main road and get to the same waterfall--if you are sure-footed. I did it and it was beautiful. Any water--river or beach-- is public property. 10 meters either side for rivers, I think 50 meters from high tide for the beaches.

I'd suggest that any tours you arrange you are clear with the guide exactly what you have in mind. We took the boat tour to the wildlife refuge, and found out halfway through the tour that we weren't going to the refuge because it was closed. Yes, there were other great things on the boat tour--I just wish he had told me and we might have rearranged it. Similarly, let the nature tour guide know if you want a forest hike or bird watching--two very different things. We also did a kayak tour of the mangrove swamp (Aventures Tropicales) and it was great.

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Liked best: view of ocean and trees
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Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Elizabeth...
Charleston, South Carolina
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“Fantastic vacation”
Reviewed April 16, 2015 for a stay in March 2015
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For one of my parents' milestone wedding anniversaries we decided to get all of the siblings together & take a trip - 2 parents in their 50s and 5 20-somethings consisting of children & their significant others. We had not all traveled extensively together before - and each of us had different ideas of what a "vacation" should look like. We chose Costa Rica and Casa dos Rios hoping that it would offer a little of something for everyone - and we were not disappointed! It's hard to capture in a paragraph all of the magic that we experienced that week, but to hit some of our favorite highlights:
- Each and every one of us loved the ability to disconnect from the modern world & seep down into the surrounding nature and pura vida lifestyle. We went to bed after the sunset & rose with the sunrise. From naps in the hammocks, to an outdoor shower, to enjoying a cup of coffee watching the sunrise from the yard at the edge of the beach… it was like we had found the "rhythm" of life that is so easy to lose back home. It's what I personally miss the most
- Lots of wildlife both on the road to the house and in the yard itself. We saw all 4 types of monkeys crossing the yard alone! 2 of us went on a guided hike of Corvocado National Park, just 45 minutes north of the house, and we saw even more wildlife there with the help of the excellent guide Melanie reserved for us (we were amazed at how much more wildlife he saw compared with the other guides we observed!)
- The hosts, Kim and Melanie, as all the reviews point out, are excellent. Melanie's meals are delicious and both are more than happy to answer any questions you may have and plan any excursions in which you wish to partake. They definitely take the stress out of planning a trip.
- There was no lack of things to do if one was looking for adventure. At the home alone there were 2 great waterfalls nearby to which we hiked, 2 kayaks available, surf boards to rent (we had great waves right out front while we were there: 3 - 5 foot and clean, perfect for learners but also lots of fun for those of us who were more experienced). We also enjoyed walking up & down the road near the house, exploring the beaches and looking for wildlife. As for excursions we did a day hike in Corvocado National Park, partook in Andy's Everyday Adventures tree climbing & hiking tour, and also enjoyed a tour of the bay and dolphin watching excursion. There is no shortage of adventures to be had or nature to explore, but there was also the opportunity to just sit and read a book in the hammock, watching the waves crash on the beach.
- Recommendations:
1. Order a meal at least once from Melanie. She is a great cook & it makes the evening very enjoyable
2. Bring some sort of water shoes. The beach out front is great for water sports but is quite rocky - we wore the thin, slip-on kind and had no issues. The one member of our party who didn't needed a few bandaids.
3. We visited in March and had highs in the high 80s/low 90s during the day - so bring clothes that are cool & light (we mostly just stayed in our bathing suits for comfort) but also bring at least one item for cooler weather. I pretty quickly adjusted to life without AC so by the last 2 nights we were there I was chilly!
4. If you're considering a trip - do it :)

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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kaz047
Francestown, New Hampshire
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“We found paradise .. We did not want it to end..”
Reviewed March 18, 2015 for a stay in March 2015

I am writing this review three days out of our vacation of a lifetime .. This was a special trip as I had just turned fifty and have been to the OSA five times before and have stayed at a different Casa that was very lovely .. I was looking for a new experience with three best friends .. We all had the time of our life .. The house was beautiful comfortable and peaceful .. There are no words to describe how kind and helpful Melanie and Kim were to us .. We found a community that welcomed us with open arms we practiced yoga most mornings with the nicest people .. Day 1 we arrived to. Full moon and drumming by the local community Wow amazing .. The monkeys greeted us each morning the howlers were our morning alarm . We sailed with Melanie and Kim on there amazing sail boat and had a yummy lunch prepared by Melanie . Hiked to two different waterfalls saw toucans poison dart frogs macaws some kind of wild boar beyond amazing . We went horseback riding to a waterfall and on the beach with a sweet man named Carlos .. Everyday was truly a gift .. I would love to tell no one as this is the most beautiful place in the OSA with the most kind and generous hosts. But I need to share my experience .. Thank you for your hospitality Melanie and Kim we could not have asked for more .. Thank you for sharing your home with three girls who loved to shriek and scream at night ..Kim your a saint for putting up with us . I am sure the OSA is quiet know that the screaming girls are gone lol.. We left knowing we would be back .. We left with happy hearts and new friends .. Melanie we also left with black and blues from all our crazy adventures and we all lost weight from all the activities .. Love you guys see you soon .. Michelle .. Deanna Wendy and Kathryn ✌️✌️

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Franklin, Tennessee
Reviewed January 25, 2015 for a stay in December 2014

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Liked best: Everything!!
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Bend
Reviewed November 18, 2013 for a stay in November 2013

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Australia
Reviewed November 11, 2013 for a stay in October 2013
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