Costa Rica Puntarenas Cabo Matapalo Listing #22828

Casa Contiki - Cabo Matapalo, Puntarenas

20 reviews
Max. occupancy: 2 1 Queen Bed 1 bedroom 1 bathroom No pets  4WD/traction required year-round
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Romantic, treetop getaway w/ hammocks, jungle, & beach views

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Escape to a tropical paradise at this Polynesian-themed treetop getaway. Whether you're celebrating a honeymoon or enjoying a get-away-from-it-all vacation, this romantic casa features a balcony with jungle and beach views, comfortable hammocks, an in-room refrigerator, spring-fed dipping pool, and a shared, outdoor kitchen complete with gas burners, a sink, dishes, and a wood-fueled brick oven.

A 4x4 vehicle is necessary all year round.
Make sure to bring your food and groceries, the nearest town or supermarket is an hour away.
This home produces its own electricity from solar-powered panels. Therefore, a few cloudy, rainy days can have a noticeable effect on the energy system.

What's nearby:
Walk down to the neighboring beach, or visit one of several other beaches up and down the coast. If you're experienced surfers, the waters around the toe of the Osa Peninsula are sure to offer plenty of thrills. Head out on a guided tour of the jungle where you'll spot native monkeys, anteaters, macaws, and maybe even a Costa Rican jaguar or two. This region also offers opportunities for fishing, cycling, jungle zip-lining, and white water rafting. And for delicious meals, be sure to visit Buena Esperanza, located just a little over two miles up the coast.

Things to know:
A 4x4 vehicle is necessary all year round
WiFi is temporarily out of service, due to a service problem in the area.
Laundry service for an additional fee

You must be 18 years or older to rent this property.


Heating & cooling

Central AC
Partial AC

Kitchen & dining



Ocean view

Water view

Beach access





On-site activities

Board games







20 reviews

Héloïse H. Dec 2022
A little corner of paradise, difficult to reach, but where you wake up with the sun and your eyes filled with wonder at the nature that surrounds you. The accommodation is very pleasant, clean and comfortable. I would have liked to stay longer!
David D. Nov 2022
amazing stay at amazing area. waterfall steps from the door, beaches walking distance and Corcovado park under an hour driving
James L. Aug 2022
First - the details you NEED to know!
When they say a 4x4 is needed to access the location, they are not kidding. DO NOT let the rental company stick you with a AWD Kia Sportage like they gave us. It is not enough. You need a Montero, Prado or other high-clearance vehicle.
Next, the WiFi was out and apparently Vacasa knew this (according to our hosts) but there was no communication about that to us. Didn't mind that it was out but if you need to be in touch with the world, it could be an issue.
Finally - if you have an issue with bugs, like the 3 inch long crickets that came by to say "Hi!" each night, might want to choose a place with actual walls.
So why did we still rate it 5 stars? Because this is truly one of the most beautiful and amazing places we have ever stayed and we cannot wait to return. The hosts were amazing and there is so much wildlife in the area that we cancelled our tour and just did day hikes from our room. coatimundis and monkeys and macaws and lizards and the cutest pair of tree frogs ever could be seen from the hammock or actually visited us in the room. The waves are some of the best I've ever surfed, the King Louis Waterfall is a short (but not easy) walk and there is Yes - the larger waves are pretty loud and at about 4:30am the howler monkeys will let you know which tree they've claimed.
But if you want to get away from the world and into nature. This is THE best place in Costa Rica we've ever stayed (and I've been everywhere from Tamarindo to Pavones).
Manager response:
James, thank you for your review. We are happy to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay at this tropical paradise! We sincerely apologize if you felt communication was lacking on our end. We have updated our listing to inform guests prior to booking that Wi-Fi is not available at this time to prevent any further concerns. We'd love to welcome you back!
David S. Jul 2022
I’m reluctant to write this review, but it is well deserved. The property is stunningly beautiful and the Casita is well appointed, simple, spacious, and wonderfully open to the elements. Be prepared for some moths and ants, and even a possible nighttime visit from Skippy the Pizote at nights.

Howler monkeys at 4am, and Scarlett Macaws at 6, Spider Monkeys in the afternoon. Wildlife lovers dream. Ocean right out the front, grab a hammock, read a book, and take in the solitude and beauty.

Joel and Orlando were gracious and helpful. There was some construction during the day while we were there, they were very courteous and respectful. (New place looks amazing too.)

We will return.

Kimberly B. Mar 2022
We loved Casa Contiki, basically a grown up tree house. It had everything we needed, including a lot of fresh air. Quiet, comfortable & unique, with flora and fauna all around, the sound of the waves breaking on the rocks, just lovely!
MARTIN F. Mar 2022
We loved our stay at Casa Contiki! Everything about it was just perfect. Matapalo in itself is paradise. And Casa Contiki was the perfect place to enjoy it. The open air floorplan was beautiful and relaxing. I loved my time relaxing in the hammack. The afternoon visit from the monkeys was so much fun to watch. The bed was comfortable. Orlando was a perfect host. We really appreciated him. Thank you. We hope to be back again soon.
Carolina S. Mar 2022
If you are looking for secluded, with a beautiful backdrop, this is the place for you. Located miles from “civilization”, this treehouse bungalow offered serenity, sunrises and sunsets on the water, a wonderful property manager in Orlando and all the animals and birds you might want to see and hear that live in the lush jungle set by the ocean. Now…when the description of the property says “get a 4x4” and “pick up food at the grocery store” - definitely listen, lol! While there are a few “eating out” options nearby, it’s a little pricey and requires you to drive the gravel, bumpy road for 2 out of the 3 places. Also, if you want some adventure, there are excursions available, such as surfing lessons, or sport fishing or bird watching, and hiking. This place is definitely away from the majority of tourists that come to Costa Rica. If that’s what you want, you’ll love the location. If you want a romantic intimate escape, this treehouse bungalow is PERFECT.
Paul L. Dec 2021
Absolutely stunning property and buildings. Joel the caretaker and Yorlando the groundsman do a great job of making your stay pleasant. This is at the end of the road, literally, in the rainforest. So getting there involves driving 12 miles of "road" that requires nerves of steel, then another 2 miles to the site, which is even more difficult driving. Not for the timid, 4 WD and high clearance are mandatory. Do not arrive in the dark, trust me on this. But once you get there, you'll never want to leave. One of the best stays I've had anywhere.
Rick K. Jul 2021
Absolutely beautiful Property. The property manager David was absolutely wonderful. He was able to get us all the things we needed and gave us a great recommendation for a person to help us schedule all our excursions. I would highly recommend this place for any couple. Off the beaten path is what we were looking for and it was that and then some. Make sure you have a 4x4 with high clearance to get in and out of town (45 min). Bring all groceries out or go into town the next day. I would not recommend driving night. Monkeys and macaws woke up every night and put us to sleep. The sound of the waves were so soothing. Would positively stay here again.
Scott T. Mar 2021
Location, location, location! A very cute, rustic, open floor plan bungalow at the end of the road into Matapalo. Walk to hiking trails, the beach and the world famous Matapalo surf spot (intermedia to advanced surfers only, beach entry is a bit dicey). David the caretaker made sure I felt welcome and attended to my every need. If the bungalow is not your cup of tea, try Casa Verde which is on the same property but separated by lush tropical vegetation. There is also a third dwelling that is more modern and it should be ready to rent sometime summer of 2021.
John L. Jan 2021
View of the grounds and ocean were exceptional.

David and his staff were
exceptional. Even helped with a low tire issue on my car. Everything needed was provided.
Katherine M. Mar 2020
This was our second visit to Casa Contiki and it was as if we had never left. Carlos is an unreal care taker that has always led us in the right direction. This is the secret gem of Matapalo and can't wait to return!
James S. Jan 2020
This place was great. Very serene. Right on the beach. Absolutely not quiet due to the abundant wildlife!! Macaws everywhere, Coati came by daily, and were not shy. Howlers and other monkeys were always in the trees, tons of critters in the tide pools.
Caretaker Carlos was a super nice guy and very helpful - but also gave us plenty of space.
Felt perfectly safe, everything was very clean.
This place is for the more adventurous travelers - internet was there, but very slow at times. Better bring what you need, as town is an hour away. There are 2 bars / restaurants within about 3 KM - but anticipate cooking most of your meals in the outdoor kitchen. The kitchen was well provisioned for utensils and a few spices.
We had a great few days, hope to do it again in the future. Thanks for sharing this special spot with us, will never forget the trip.
Joseph C. Jan 2020
Loved it!
Richard B. Jan 2020
Not only is this place beautiful but Carlos was always there to answer any questions and hand us a coconut off the tree to drink.
Mindy . Jan 2019
Casa Kontiki exceeded expectations! Neither words nor pictures can do this place justice. The birds, the beach, and the scenery kept us endlessly entertained. We are already planning our next trip to the Osa and would not want to stay anywhere else!
Josie R. Dec 2018
What a beautiful place! We loved our stay here... woke up to toucans singing every morning and saw macaws and monkeys every day as well. The beach out front is gorgeous, and there is a great swimming beach just a quick walk down the road as well as a lovely waterfall a quick walk up the road. Be sure to bring groceries in with you if you’d like to take advantage of the outdoor kitchen. And you will want to, as otherwise meal options are a bit limited close by. Be aware that the last bit of the road getting to the house is a quite a challenge and you will definitely need 4WD! Carlos, the caretaker, was super helpful and attentive throughout our stay. We can’t wait to come back!
Caitlyn B. Apr 2018
So, I went over this property again again questioning everything. Like was there a shower? Is it private? Is there a fridge? The owners were SO great at answering me, and very quickly. I made a bad move and chose a place at similar price range with an indoor kitchen thinking it would be more private for my morning tea. One night there and i begged to move here, and the owners worked so hard to get this place ready in a moments notice for us!First impression. Wow! It is like a little Polynesian hut that you would find in Tahiti over the water...but in the jungle :)The caretaker, Ever and his wife, were there prepping it for our stay when i got there early to drop my bags off. They are SO nice and accommodating. Cleaned every day for us and included super cute little touches that made it really romantic and beautiful to come back to every day.It’s definitely private. Open air but no one is around and the bathroom is to die for! The little water fall pools are gorgeous and the shower is so peaceful to use in that beautiful setting. One word to describe, peaceful. If you want somewhere to have a romantic experience, this is it. Not kid friendly and not really for someone that isn’t comfortable with their partner with the bathroom directly behind the sleeping area, but I LOVED everything about it.The beach below is referred to as “the crack” it’s not a swimming beach, that being said, it’s one of the most spiritually powerful beaches i visited in a Matapalo. Sitting there in the mornings and evenings was a magical experience. You will find clarity. The beach just a few minutes down the road was really great for sunbathing/surfing and Pan dulce or backwash more at the beginning of Matapalo road are best for swimming and beginner surfing. All is walkable and i did it often. 4 wheel drive is a must or at least not a car, you’ll bottom out over the rocks on Matapalo road.Thank you so much for sharing this amazing piece of paradise!!!
Andy E. Mar 2018
We enjoyed the space, and the caretakers who live just down the hill were extremely welcoming. They even helped us in setting up a trip to Corcovado, and assisted with food purchases, for which we were very grateful. The drive to the end of Matapalo Beach Road definitely requires a 4X4. Once you arrive, it is its own paradise. The bedroom is an open air thatched roof space perched atop a small hill, with an adjacent bathroom / outdoor shower. The open element kitchen is situated down below. We didn't use it, but it looked to be fully functioning and well-stocked with table & chairs to enjoy a meal. If you plan to use the kitchen, I would suggest stocking up on your groceries beforehand in Puerto Jimenez. Overall, we found the nearby beaches to be gorgeous, loved seeing the wildlife and making our way to Carate and ultimately exploring Corcovado.