We, two families with a total of 8, had a lovely experience at Casa Dos Rios. The house is more beautiful in person than in pictures, for sure! It was also ideal for us as the second floor has two bedrooms for the adults and the first floor has another two for the kids. The kitchen has everything necessary to cook. (We did not go out to eat at all but ate like kings preparing our own meals after grocery shopping in Puerto Jimenez. There are NO shops in Matapalo--be warned!).
Wildlife at the house was incredible. We saw toucans and macaws just outside the windows, capibaras, blue morphos and all four types of monkeys nearby. The beach is rocky but we never had to share it with anyone--a trade-off we were happy to make. When we preferred something cooler, we went for a soak in one of the neighboring rivers.
Although the community of Matapalo is small, we were never at a loss for things to do. There are plenty of hikes around, loads of beaches, wonderful horseback riding, surfing lessons, etc. We were there 8 nights and could have easily spend a few more.
I would definitely recommend Casa Dos Rios for people who are looking for a real escape into nature. It is NOT luxurious, more like really nice glamping, but that only adds to the experience. When you stay there you are not only surrounded by nature, you are part of it.
The caretakers, Maru and Olger, are a real treasure. Maru is so kind and helpful, even teaching us to make patacones one night. She was extremely responsive and arranged all sorts of activities for us. Being with them is like being welcomed as part of the family. (And if you want a really nice massage, ask for Maru's sister!)
Instructions to property and amenities very well described.
Wonderful house for 2 families, teens stayed downstairs and parents were upstairs. Plenty of room and close to swimming, hiking and surfing lessons, just walk down the beach!
Great neighborhood bar and restaurant close by.
The property has lots of wonderful vegetation and the gardener introduced us to lots local plants. Monkeys galore, saw more than our hike in Corcovada Park.
Everyone was very friendly and accomodating.
What a paradise - nature is steps away and the sound of the ocean waves crashing, the toucans squawking, and the howler monkeys ... doing their thing, the ocean breezes, and the rainfall are not to be missed! We could feel layers of stress peel away as our stay progressed. Olgere and Maruja are perfect hosts. A highlight was a waterfall climb and swim with Mauja and her son. Olgere and Maruja cooked amazing food at our request - fresh and delicious! We hope to bee back again to visit our new friends!
This home is so beautiful! Room enough for four couples, comfortably. Right in the middle of the jungle of the Osa Peninsula. We will be back. The only draw back is that it takes so long to get there. Every place remote and beautiful is worth the trip. The home is well designed, well maintained, and the ocean and jungle views are amazing!
My family (parents and two teenage kids) spent 5 nights in Casa Dos Rios this June. The house itself is stunning and is set in a beautiful environment. Minutes after our arrival a band of spider monkeys put up a performance on the front lawn and repeated it every day that we spent there. We saw the other 3 species every day as well, in addition to myriad birds, butterflies and other mammals. Being right on the beach was great - we saw not only macaws and toucans, but pelicans as well. Having the river nearby was great as well - the temperature by the river is several degrees cooler and it is a wonderful spot to go on a hot afternoon to cool off.
I have to say that the beach is not really swimmable as it is quite rocky and we didn't feel safe going into the water even during high tide. There was a family next door that did swim but they were from Colorado and probably had no idea of what a proper beach looks like, whereas we are spoilt by the sandy beaches of Cape Cod. However, Pan Dolce, which is the best beach in Cabo Matapalo, is less than 20 minutes away by foot and about 5 minutes by car.
I don't tolerate heat very well and don't like bugs, and frankly was a bit worried about lack of window screens and a/c. It does get hot in the house during the day and especially around dusk, but then it cools down quite a bit and we had no trouble sleeping at night. Most of the time we even turned off the fans inside the mosquito net. Bugs didn't bother us either. Overall, much more comfortable experience than what I expected. One thing to note is that the lights in the house are not terribly bright and it is helpful to have flashlights for reading.
My kids took surfing lessons, my daughter did horseback riding with rapeling, we went on a jungle tour and a night walk at Bosque del Cabo, all very enjoyable and highly recommended. My only regret is that Melanie and Kim weren't there for us to meet. Maybe next time.