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Charles 'Carlos' or Mari Amidon

Member since: 2008
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Speaks english, spanish


8 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Photos and Description of this Puntarenas holiday house

Large 2000 sq.ft.home 3 bedrooms, loft,& 2 full baths, hot water always

SAFE PRIVATE HOME situated on 2.5 acres of beach front tropical ecosystem, on the Osa Peninsula, Cabo Matapalo,near the Corcovado National park, with three lagoons, hiking paths and wildlife, Rancho Picaso offers a comfortable, safe vantage point from which to enjoy its fantastic surroundings. The house is located on Playa Sombrero Beach, Whale watching is every July and August. Great fishing charters for marlin, sailfish, rooster fish,snapper,and tuna .Zip lines available,, photography, hiking to waterfalls, horseback riding, ,yoga and lots of birds and monkeys Sailing charters .Kayak charters. Massages at the house by Maria a US trained therapist with 16 years of experience . You can fly into Puerto Jimenez airport on Sansa Or Nature Air, a 45 minute flight from San Jose Airport and rent a car for your stay, or drive down by way of the Volcano Arenal and see the countryside. Let us help you plan your trip, after many years of experience in the area. feel free to ask questions by email.Ceiling fans in all bedrooms and over kichen table downstairs. Nets over all beds for your comfort,mini fans inside all screens to keep you cool at night. Hot water for our guests is always available thru a propane tank. Washing machine is available on site for guests. Pack light and save on surf board charges with airlines

Hiking//Bird Watching /Photography Details: The location of the house on the Osa Peninsula near the protected Corcovado National Park and Cabo Matapalo allows you to see lots of wildlife, like 3 species of monkeys howler monkeys, white face monkeys, squirrel monkeys, sloths, iguanas, frogs, scarlet macaws, toucans ,ibis ,Tiger throated herons, and hummingbirds everywhere Butterfly gardens and Blue morphs on property.The property is covered with huge native tropical rainforest trees and flowers as well as lush fruit trees., noni fruit ,mango's, papaya, limes ,oranges,pineapples for your breakfast.

MEDICAL TOURISM: There are good places to get inexpensive dental work , crowns, implants etc, for half the price of work in the states, by UCLA trained dentists we will refer you to in SanJose. If you need a place to relax and wait while your crowns are created, come and stay with us!

Fishing/Surfing/Walking on beach: Use our kayaks to troll along the beach and fish., or sight see.. We have two surfboards you can borrow, so you don't have to bring one with you and pay the airlines to ship it.

There are several charter boats available, including Crocodile Bay Resort, and local guides for both saltwater big game fishing and river fishing for snook etc. We have two kayaks for you to use, which saves you money .

Massage Therapy available by trained professionals as well as manicures and Pedicures! They come right to our home for your convenience. Facials and spa treatments available locally. If you want to paint we have an easel for use, and canvas at your fingertips.


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  • Events Allowed
  • long term rentals available
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Charles 'Carlos' or Mari Amidon (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Call Owner
Speaks english, spanish

About Charles 'Carlos' or Mari Amidon

American Artist who moved to the Osa Peninsula looking for a place to surf and paint on canvas, inspired by the rainforest of Costa Rica. Married again July 2012 and he and Mari rent their home out to guests.

Charles 'Carlos' or Mari Amidon purchased this house in 2010

Why Charles 'Carlos' or Mari Amidon chose Costa Rica

Located near the Corcovado National Park with huge trees and abundant wildlife, scarlet macaws, toucans, 3 species of monkeys, ginger and heliconia everywhere.

What makes this house unique

All Inclusive package with kayaks and surfboards for 2 guests, no need to carry your long board with you, and pay extra on the plane .

We supply the boards and kayaks for free for our guests.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had some of the best surfing and fishing during our stay at Rancho Picaso. In one trip we caught a Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Rooster Fish, and Red Snapper for cooking . The next day we were lucky enough to find a school of dolphin feeding on yellowfin tuna so we circled them and pulled in several which we cut up and had right on the boat with wasabi and ginger. The captains know the waters and take you where you will catch fish! The surf was great and the owners local knowledge helped us read the tides and find waves every day when we weren't fishing. After a busy day it was nice to just chill in the hammocks on the beach and watch the sunsets. Being able to have a bonfire on the beach at night with friends under the incredible star filled sky was also a perk, because you are on 2.5 acres of private property.The locals are friendly and you feel very safe at this 3 bedroom home on the Osa Peninsula, unlike may of my surf trips to other areas in the past!
Mar 2008
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based on 8 traveller reviews

average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Incredible home and location!

  • 5 of 5

A fantastic home owned and cared for by a wonderful and generous couple, Carlos and Mari (and their awesome dog, Piro). Full of all the modern conveniences yet still gives you the feeling of being in the jungle. We saw tons of wildlife, from monkeys and parrots to sea turtles and baby armadillos and so much more. The trail thru the jungle opens to empty beaches for miles in either direction and with warm water and incredible views it can't be beat. We can't say enough about the house, the location or the owners. Pura Vida indeed!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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absolute paradise

  • 5 of 5

After being greeted by a welcoming smile from the proprietor, it's hard not to be in awe at your surroundings. The house is magnificent, all native hard wood and custom cement forming the shower and dual sinks. After settling in, it's a walk through a private rainforest trail to a virtually private beach. I've been going to Costa Rica for almost 40 years, and the osa for over 20 and this is by FAR my favorite place to stay. Already thinking about another trip!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for such a nice review, hope you come to stay with us again soon!
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Favourite home rental in Costa Rica!!

  • 5 of 5

This home is right in the middle of paradise. The pictures really don't depict the beauty of Carlo's property. We visited Corcovado for a day tour; however, we saw more wildlife right from our house such as howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, two types of toucans, scarlet macaws, and countless other small birds. Just a five minute drive down the road towards Matapalo there were more morpho butterflies than anywhere else we had ever seen in Costa Rica. Our teenagers loved the surf boards and we all utilized the kayaks. We saw a sea turtle while out on the kayaks and could see where they came to shore to lay their eggs at night. Carlos cooked a delicious meal on our first night arriving and his price was very reasonable. We were very thankful that Carlos was nearby to answer all our questions and offer advice on nearby activities. On Friday night, Carlos suggested a nearby farmers market. There were various artisans with beautiful jewelry, masks, homemade soaps, homemade veggie burgers, ice-cream, jams and countless other items. The weather was very hot, so you need to be prepared for that. We loved how the home was open-air without windows; it was a very cool experience for the kids. This is the place to stay in the Osa!!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Paradise Found

  • 5 of 5

Best family vacation ever! We spent 10 days in paradise; still pinning for more. Our 7 year old daughter loved climbing up to the top story ("the lookout") and watching all the wildlife in the trees. Saving every penny so we can go back as soon as we can.

Thank you Carlos for sharing your amazing home with us.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nature's paradise

  • 5 of 5

The first impression coming to Rancho Picasso is that the pictures don't do it justice! You have to come here to realize how beautiful this place is! We really had an incredible time. Carlos is a gracious host, always answering our questions and doing everything he can to make our stay easy, relaxing and fun. What can you say about a place this beautiful, surfing waves and walking on beaches that are practically deserted. We are sold on the Osa and we'll be back next year.

By the way, ask Carlos for the reference to charter a boat. excursions. John is his name out of Puerto Jiminez and he was great. We had a super good time surfing pavones, swimming with dolphins and fishing!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rancho Picaso

  • 5 of 5

Our time spent at Rancho Picaso was everything we had hoped for, and more. The house is in a great location for any activity you can imagine. It is in close proximity to fishing charters, waterfalls, zip lines, and multiple ecotours. The surf is only a few minutes walk away and viewing wildlife is as simple as sitting on the back porch. We saw spider monkeys, squirrel monkeys, howler monkeys, hawks, macaws, blue morphos, jesus lizards, crocs, and otters without ever leaving the property.

Carlos (home owner) was a great host and made our stay much better than it would have been had we not met him. He showed us the best spots to surf, let us hitch rides to the bar, and taught us some of the local cooking methods. The kitchen had all the neccessary utencils to cook your own meals, or you can eat at a soda in town. I recommend the bakery, pizza mailit, or Martina's.

All in all I have nothing but good things to say about the osa peninsula and our time spent at Rancho Picaso. I highly recommend staying here if your considering a trip to Costa Rica. Everyone we met was very kind and everyday was a new adventure.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2012
  • Date of Stay: May 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Puerto Jimenez 45 min from san jose www.flysansa
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Martina's Bar/grill dinner nightly
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
From Puerto Jimenez to Golfito to zoo or Panama
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Solid Car Rental,and Bus
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 245 , san jose to house
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Martinas Bar/Grill Wed Pizza Night
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
In town plenty of restaurants and bars
Nearest Beach
Private behind house, surf, fish,kayak,sunrises
Car: recommended

****ZOOM IN OR OUT**** until you can see the property on the google map*** .Rancho Picaso is located within Puntarenas on the Osa Peninsula, near the Corcovado National Park,. 12 k about 20 minutes from Puerto Jimenez. Town or Airport. which allows you to fly in and out and not rent a car.

Flights on Sansa or Nature Airlines, about 45 min from San Jose Airport into Puerto Jimenez several times a day

Medical Travel is very popular in Costa rica right now!

For those driving approximately 6 hours, four wheel drive rainy season

Other Activities: Surfing, Fishing , kayaking, sailing and swimming with the dolphins and hiking to waterfalls, horseback riding on beach, massage at the house,yoga on the deck or at a facility, bird watching, photography!

: Medical and Dental Travel Vacations Are very Popular and We can accomodate you for these trips to San jose. Several of our friends have found getting Dental work Crowns etc which are very expensive in th US and CostaRica is a great place to come have your work done and while you wait for the crowns to be made you get a vacation, on the Osa, surfing, fishing, kayaking, hiking or just relaxing on the beach! Tours available with local guides. We have surfboards and kayaks for use by our guests!

: White water rafting and dolphin and whale watching can be arranged with local guides, along with charter fishing for yellowfin tuna and marlin and sailfish. and zip lining in town!


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Puntarenas, Costa Rica

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1 Dec 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
1 Jan 2017 - 31 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
1 Feb 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
March 2017
1 Mar 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Puntarenas

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • soap
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • mobile phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • thermos flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , Plenty of hot water from propane tank
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , Plenty of hot water from propane tank
  • A Surfing Mural in the upstairs shower painted by the owner, makes you feel like you are part of the wave! His art is located throughout the home.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed , Nets, ceiling fans, and couch
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double bed , nets, ceiling fans and small couch
    Bedroom 4 - 1 single bed , Loft upstairs for teenagers with 360 view
    Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , Master King bed has Memory Foam Top, net, fans,couch
  • All beds have netting for you at night, and ceiling fans, and plenty of clean sheets during your stay. The sleeping quarters are upstairs with a door that can be locked at night, and the cooking and dinner table and sitting area is downstairs, with a new ceiling fan. A balcony wraps around the upper deck for viewing wildlife, photos, and relaxing in a chair or hammock Yoga mats available, and massage therapists come to house. New upper deck for stargazing, or wildlife viewing, or sunbathing!
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • deck chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Crow's Nest
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Gated Community
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • patio
  • Veranda / Loggia ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wooden decking
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • long term rentals available
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
This a 2 story home and the sleeping quarters are on the second floor, kitchen, large dining table, seats ten, and sitting area downstairs. All the kitchen utensils are stocked so that you are able to cook breakfast, lunch and dinner if you choose to stay home and relax., or we can arrange for your meals to be cooked for a price.