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BOAT, TOURS & STAFF ALL INCLUDED in stay!! Luxury Waterfront & Rainforest Hm

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 6 nights


About the property

Luxury, rain forest Hm on the Rio Sierpe, direct Ocean Access & included tours

At Casa Rio Sierpe Included with your standard rental, we will provide our guest with the privacy of a luxury home but with resort amenities; highly personalized service by our on site staff, customized activities and many included tours including the use of a boat & Capt that are structured around our guest schedule and not a group schedule found in a typical lodge. In planning your vacation please keep this in mind; we are not just a luxury vacation home but an inclusive "Bucket List", vacation destination all to itself, so no need to look any further for your vacation needs!

Value added Service, Amenities and Tours included in your visit.

• Daily house keeping including doing the dishes

• Full Concierge and vacation planning service For your entire Costa Rican vacation

• 20’ boat with Capt, unlimited river use

• Round trip boat transportation from Sierpe

• Free WiFi


• Boat mangrove tour

• Guided nature hikes

• Night Tour

• Guided Water fall tour

• Guided kayak tour

• Unlimited river fishing by boat

• Sierpe bocca beach tour

• Guided Isla Violin, fruit farm/botanical garden.

If you are interested in learning more about us, what makes us so unique then please take a moment to read on;

Casa Rio Sierpe is located on the northern edge of the Osa Peninsula along the banks of the Sierpe River, approximately 35* minutes by boat from the quaint town of Sierpe, which is considered the gate way to Osa. Casa Rio Sierpe is located among 2,500 acres of private reserve & adjoins the Térraba-Sierpe National Wetlands in the Osa Peninsula. This area is one of the most remote, most spectacular & wildest regions in the country home to 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity and dubbed by National Geographic as “the most biologically intense place on earth”. The house is located in the heart of true primary and secondary rain forest, a plethora of wild life is to be found many of which are endangered or threatened. There are breathtaking post card views from the house and direct ocean access where you will find extremely private, pristine beaches all only 15* min away by boat , we truly have it all!

Are you looking to discover the magic of Costa Rica's rain forests, wildlife and pristine beaches? Are you planning your honey moon or looking to rekindle your romance? Are you an avid fisherman? With over 98 line and tackle world records recorded in both fresh and salt water in the immediate area you are sure to have that once in a lifetime fishing trip. Perhaps you’re an active adventure seeker looking for a nonstop, adrenaline filled vacation or you just want to relax on our back deck in the double hammock with a glass of wine or cold cerveza and watch the monotonous grind and stress of modern day life melt away before you. Are you having a hard time satisfying everyone’s needs in a vacation? Perhaps you are looking for a romantic getaway but others want to go fishing, you want to go to the beach, others want to experience the rain forest, why choose only one when you can have it all! A stay at casa Rio Sierpe guarantees to fulfill your wildest vacation dreams and it will rejuvenate your mind, body and soul providing you with a virtual backstage pass to one of the world's most fascinating and diverse destinations.

At Casa Rio Sierpe you'll find ultra-private luxury accommodations and full service amenities typically only found in resorts but in the comfort and privacy of a home. Our newly built, 2,200 ft2 home is the perfect combination of modern and rustic styles blending Pacific Rim architecture. This gives the home an elegant sophistication that is very unique and certainly very Costarican. Carefully nestled in the rain forest atop a high ridge line * at 300 feet above sea level gives an almost 180 degree view of the surrounding rain forest, the Diquis river valley and three distinct mountain ranges in the distance. The climate is fresh with a mix of cool Pacific mountain and ocean air that circulates throughout the house and grounds. The yearly daily average temperature at the house is 85 deg & the evenings are normally a pleasant 69-73 making it perfect for sleeping!

Given the remote location of the home, we are 100% off the gird and solely relying on solar energy as the sole provider of our power. Having said that, we have made every effort to assure that our guest will be as comfortable as possible making sure that you never feel as though you are roughing it! We rely on 9 large ceiling fans and the design and the location of the house to keep our guest cool. All rooms in this luxury home are fully screened allowing sun light and cool breezes to fill the interior but keeping the unwanted guest out. Directly behind the house you will find a well-manicured trail that leads you to a small, private, waterfall and swimming hole only a 10 min walk away.

The amenities of the home include two bedrooms with two attached full bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, inside dining room, living room with queen size futon and 800 ft2 of covered deck. The first bedroom features a queen size bed, large armoire and a 180 degree view of the rain forest, surrounding tropical landscape and river valley below. The second bedroom features a king size bed, bathroom and private balcony overlooking the valley. The large kitchen is fully equipped with top of the line appliances including a side by side refrigerator/freezer, 6 burner gas stove with oven, reverse osmosis purified water and of course a blender! Also, don’t worry about doing those dishes, you’re on vacation, our staff will take care of those as well! All of this is sure to sooth any culinary indulgence that a guest may have! The living room opens directly onto the 680 ft2, covered back terrace complete with ceiling fans, double hammock, lounge & rocking chairs, Weber BBQ and a large dining room table. This is the perfect spot for your daily relaxation, enjoying breath taking views & meeting many of our local neighbors as well. Almost on any given day expect to see resident Scarlet macaws, parrots, Toucans, noisy parakeets, hummingbirds, squirrels, Howler monkeys, white face Capuchin monkeys, frogs, butterflies and at night Kinkajous. And if you are very fortunate you may even see the endangered Spider monkey, Ant eaters, Tayras, Sloths, Jaguarundi cat, White-lipped peccary pigs and the White nosed coatis.

Not only is Casa Rio Sierpe’s location poised for optimal wildlife observation it is also a perfect home base for a variety of activities from land to sea that are sure to keep even the most active vacationer busy. Most of these tours are given at no additional charge to our guest with their paid rental. When you come and visit us, included is a full time guide and housekeeper whose sole job is to make your vacation the most memorable, stress free, work free as possible any way that they can. They will give you private guided tours, carry your grocery bags, take you river fishing, clean the house, find fresh fruit, do your dishes and even get you a fresh coconut to drink at the beach. We have over 10 miles of hiking trails along with several kayaking trails that our resident onsite guide will personally guide you on, day or night, along the way pointing out hard to see wildlife that you would normally miss and introducing you to interesting flora and fauna. If you would like to go on a night tour, no problem, if you want to go to a rain forest waterfall, no problem, how about getting you some wild cilantro from the forest for that fresh Ceviche you’re going to make, they can do that to. Would you like to explore the Sierpe River and her tributaries by Kayak? Kayaks are on site for our guests to use at any time. And lastly, how can a vacation along one of the world’s most beautiful river’s be truly memorable without being able to experience the natural beauty and wonders of that river without having access to a boat? Included in your rental fee we will provide you with unlimited use of a 20’ boat for use on the river and a captain to drive it, you’re only responsible for the gas that you use! Simply sit back, relax let the captain do the driving and embark on a one of countless river adventures from a lazy sunset float with cocktail in hand to bird watching and of course river fishing. How does fresh snapper sound for dinner? Also have I mentioned that we have one of the most amazing, private and secluded beaches in the area and only a 15 min boat ride away? So how about a barefoot adventure on a pristine secluded beach?

There are many other tours available at additional cost that will pick you up directly either from the house or from our private river dock guaranteeing to indulge your every whim with any array of Pacific Coast or rain forest pastimes; Horseback riding, Corcovado Natl. Park, Cano Island offering the best snorkeling & diving in all of Costa Rica, World Class Sport Fishing, whale watching and many more.


**To discover more about us, please enjoy our VIDEO "The Casa Rio Sierpe Experience" found under the Video Tab in the photo box on VRBO or in the INITIAL, large Picture lineup at the top of

the listing on Homeaway.**

* The house is located on a high ridge line so you will have the equivalent of a few blocks walk from the dock to the house with a short but relatively steep hill at the end. We will transport your luggage and supplies up the hill for you. Guest considering Casa Rio Sierpe should be somewhat physically fit, who are adventurous & enjoy the outdoors.

*Travel times on the river by boat are estimates & will vary slightly depending the load & how much wildlife we stop to look at along the way

***OWNERS CANCELLATION POLICY*** is vastly different then what is stated on the VRBO & Homeaway sites as we give refunds! Please review our cancellation policy found in the note section under Rates & Availability on this site or in our guest terms before Booking.

More Details

Mark or Lisley Davenport
Member since: 2015
Speaks english, spanish, italian, little bit of italian
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
20 September, 2018

About Mark or Lisley Davenport

I was born and raised on the west Coast of Florida surrounded by water sports. 'Boat' was my first word (did not make my mom happy)...At the age of 10 we moved to a horse farm in Kentucky where we raised and trained saddle-bred horses. I briefly attended college and then served my country in the United States Marine Corp. I have always had a passion for the outdoors adventure and a love for all wild life, even the really mean ones! I am an avid sailor, hiker, surfer and fisherman. I have had many passions and loves in my life including our two cats but my greatest passion and love is my Cuban American wife. We have been married for almost 10 years! My wife was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. She attended college there and a little over 11 years ago she won a visa to move to the United States. She then moved to Long Beach, California where we met. Like myself, she shares a passion for traveling, outdoor activities, water sports & wild life. She is a good dancer and cook and she's a bit crazy when it comes to collecting sea shells,sand dollars and pretty rocks, she can never have enough! She also enjoys sharing her knowledge with others, specially kids. Her dream is to one day move to Costa Rica and teach English to the kids and adults at the local rural school. We currently live in California on our sailboat. I'm a Yacht Broker and my wife is an executive assistant to the CEO of a large company. We started building this home in 2011 and its been a long challenging build with many ups and downs but if it was easy then everyone would do it!

Mark or Lisley Davenport purchased this house in 2011

Why Mark or Lisley Davenport chose Sierpe

MY wife and I had plans to sail around the world on our sailboat for 4 years in 2008 but the slow down in the economy changed our plans. We both knew that we wanted a dream home outside of the USA but we weren't sure where. We met another sailor and bought a piece of property from him in Guanacaste, we bought sight unseen in a country that we had never been to, you have to have a little faith sometimes in your fellow man. We fell in love with Costa Rica and we loved Guanacaste enough that we built a small home. But we soon realized that Gunacaste was lacking for us, it was beautiful but not magical enough to build our forever dream home and there were not enough animals either!!!! We wanted to experience the true remoteness and wilderness of the Costa Rican rain forest the way it all used to be in all of her splendor. At the same time we wanted to be close to modern convenience and fellow people. So we wanted to be secluded in the purest form of nature but not isolated and we wanted to be close to the ocean as well. We soon realized that what we were looking for may no longer exist, it was going to be a difficult search. We found this little piece of paradise by accident, one trip down the river, one look at the view of the rain forest and the mountains, one experience with endangered Spider monkeys swinging over head (I still think the seller trained those monkeys somehow) and we were hooked! And our story continues...

What makes this house unique

We are located on the Rio Sierpe among 2500 acres of rain forest reserve in the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. Casa Rio Sierpe specializes in catering to only one set of guest at a time ensuring intimacy while providing resort amenities all in the comfort of a luxury home. Also included in your visit is a private guide and boat who will take you on many of the included adventure tours.

Guestbook comments from the owner

“It was great to get away from everything and connect with each other and with nature!”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 for a stay in April 2015

The house was beautiful and luxurious. Pretty great to have an ice maker in the middle of the jungle. I loved how the house was isolated and remote. We spent most of our time outside on the beautiful patio. The caretakers were extremely friendly, nice and helpful. They cleaned and did laundry and took us wherever we wanted to go on the boat whenever we wanted. We loved the beach just a 10-minute boat ride away, the Cano Island snorkeling and horseback riding up the mountain to an emerald green swimming hole. We also liked seeing the wildlife and hearing the monkeys bright and early in the morning. Finally, we liked the fact that there was no internet access because our kids read more books than they had in a long time and we played cards and games as a family. The walk up the hill is not for the faint of heart. But it's well worth it once you get to the top!
Mar 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Sierpe

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 11:00 AM
  • /
  • Check-out: 9:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • My number one house rule is to please read through the entire listing along with the guest terms & conditions to establish suitability before Booking.
  • Reservation is not fully confirmed until guest terms are signed. To avoid cancellation, guest must provide signed guest terms within 48 hrs of booking
  • In the case of conflicts between clauses on VRBO/Homeaway & CRS Guest Terms any such clause found in the Casa Rio Sierpe Guest Terms will be binding.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs Guest Bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure
    Upstairs Master Bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure , Features his/her vanity and his/her showers,Waterfall shower
  • Attached bathroom, large vanity and shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Upstairs Master Bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed , 1 cot , Upstairs bedroom with ensuite bathroom and private balcony
    Downstairs Guest Bedroom and downstairs living area - 2 large double bed , 1 single bed , 1 sofa bed/futon , Queen sofa sleeper,single & queen day bed are in living room
  • 180 degree view of the forest, river and mountains. Queen size bed, armoire, ceiling fan.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
• Daily house keeping including doing the dishes by our on site staff • Laundry Service • Onsite Resident guide that will personally escort you on any number of land and river adventures! • Free WiFi •20’ boat with Capt, unlimited river use (guest is responsible for fuel for all boat related tours) • Full Concierge and vacation planning service with our English speaking manager who owns a travel agency specializing in Costa Rica for the entirety of your Costa Rican vacation! •Wireless internet is provided •(5) Ocean kayaks for 8 guest •Fishing equipment suitable for the river •Round trip boat transportation from Sierpe •A real programmable safe SMALL SAMPLE OF SOME OF THE INCLUDED TOURS •Boat mangrove tour •Guided nature hikes •Guided wildlife night Walk •Guided Water fall tour •Guided kayak tour •Full day river fishing on boat •Sierpe bocca beach tour •Guided Isla Violin, fruit farm/botanical garden.


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Best vacation ever!!!

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a place off the beaten path, surrounded by natural beauty and away from the everyday bombardments of technology and the rat race. Marc's place has that covered perfectly. When we arrived from San Jose, Adrianna greeted us at the door with a refreshing fresh lemon/lime drink and a smile. When you enter the home you know you have chosen the right place. Open living breezes, beautiful view, nice furnishings, nice linens, monkeys, birds, butterflies and the most friendly care takers. We enjoyed evening dinners that Adrianna would prepare for us and a mean game of UNO with their daughter. Oh, and let us not forget Yippsie the little dog.

Ruben would take us on fishing trips, thru the mangroves and out where the ocean meets Rio Sierpe. What a fabulous beach. No one there...just us. We also enjoyed a guided horseback riding trip to a waterfall/swimming hole and thur the village of Sabalo with Ronnie. What a sweet young man. There are many other things to do but we just wanted to relax, read a book and not have to do the typical touristy adventure.

Rayna from MuchaCostaRica was extremely helpful with making sure our needs were met as well. She recommended for our driver to take us to a local Soda in Palmar Sur where we enjoyed our first authentic Costa Rican meal. Soooo yummy. She also offered to meet us at the grocery store to help us buy what we would need for the week.

Marc provides you with a lot of information to make your stay comfortable. He also gave us a ring to see how we were doing and if we needed anything.

After being in Sierpe for a week we headed to Ojochal. It was nice but nothing compared to the beauty and hospitality of Marc's home on the Rio Sierpe.

The Rio Sierpe will see us again in 2017....if not sooner.

  • Review Submitted: 22/02/2016
  • Date of Stay: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Trip of a lifetime! Will never top this!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from an incredible week at Casa Rio Sierpe with 6 kids ages 3-16. Mark provided an abundance of material to help us prepare for our trip. I was very appreciative of the level of detail of the info he provided. He responded to all of my questions immediately and thoughtfully. He gives a very clear description of what the house is like, and all tours offered. We chose this house specifically because of all of the tours which were included.

I will start with the staff. Rayna is basically your trip concierge that comes free of charge. She is an expert on Costa Rica and will help you book any activities and hotels for any other parts of your trip. Utilize her! She’s easy to reach and was very helpful! Adrianna and Ruben were a large part of the reason the trip was so great. Ruben was our private guide morning, noon and night! Fishing trips, deserted beaches, night hikes, river tours - he did it all and was a pleasure to be around, although he doesn’t speak a word of English. If you don’t know Spanish, get the google translate app to assist in communicating with him. Or you just text Rayna and she will do it for you.

Dolly the cook - BOOK HER FOR EVERY NIGHT! Best decision we made. She makes the most amazing food and was like part of our family by the time we left. I admit...I cried when she left the last night! We LOVED her and her meals added a special touch to the I loved not having to cook and clean the kitchen!

My husband and older kids did the trip to Corcovado and thought it was awesome although it was very expensive. It was a rough 2 hr boat ride there and back and they reported it is a trip for “die hard nature lovers who really want to experience animals in their natural habitat.”

By far, everyone agreed that horseback riding was the best part of the trip. My kids had never ridden and even my 3 yr old was on a horse alone. The older kids instantly thought they were cowboys and were galloping through fields as if they had been riding their entire lives.

The beaches were gorgeous without a soul around. There is something to be said for having a vast beach to yourself for the day!

The night hike was awesome and entertaining watching the boys catch massive frogs and other creatures and then chase their 9 yr old sister with them.

This is perfect vacation place if you really want to get away from everything and spend time together as a family in the middle of the rain forest. It’s a unique adventure!

  • Review Submitted: 01/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Larkspur, California

Magnificent Rainforest Home With Boat and Guide

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed a week on this perfect vacation, completely removed from the normal Costa Rica tourist experience. The owners Marc and Lisley have put together a complete resort package with a stunning rainforest house on a river, numerous amazing included tours, optional transportation booking to and from San Jose. Included boat ride to and from the house on the Rio Sierpe river. Delicious meals cooked by a wonderful local chef, who owned her own Sierpe restaurant for years, and was a lodge chef for several years in the Corcovado NP area. She cooked amazing meals, chosen from an extensive written menu and reasonably priced, including healthy nightly fresh tropical salads and delicious fish. This is a tropical resort experience, not just a luxury house, including your own recreation and housekeeping staff, with no other guests around. River and forest views. We had cell service with our provider. Includes Daily housekeeping, 20' boat with captain Ruben to drive your boat for unlimited scenic bird and animal viewing river trips and fishing. Includes Gifted concierge/travel agent Rayna Levin of Mucha Costa Rica who, at our request, stayed in close telephone contact with us to monitor our week long trip. She met our every need and every request. She booked an amazing boat trip to Corcovado NP where we saw tapirs, anteaters, coatis, monkeys, snakes. She booked a driver from San Jose to Sierpe and plane from Sierpe to San Jose for our flight home. She took us shopping and walked us through the house. She booked a jungle horseback tour including swimming in a jungle pool. Ruben guided us on several daily jungle hiking trips starting from the house, where we saw monkeys and snakes in the trees. He took us by boat on free included tours to the lower and upper mangrove forests to see monkeys and birds, local beaches, kayaking, fishing, and to a fruit farm. His wife and daughter are charming and fun. Highest marks.

  • Review Submitted: 15/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lewes, Delaware

Awesome vacation with serenity & adventure

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 6 stayed at Casa Rio Sierpe for six nights in March. We had an absolutely wonderful time. The home itself is beautiful and luxurious. The weather is warm but the ceiling fans kept you cool inside and on the back porch. We had howler monkeys and white faced monkeys in the trees visible from the front and back deck virtually every day. We enjoyed sunset on the beach and swimming in the warm Pacific ocean. We fished and caught our dinner of snapper and bass on the river with Ruben. We visited the fruit farm and loaded up on fresh fruit. We went horseback riding and swam in a beautiful green/blue river. We also had Cesar as our guide in Corcovado National Park and this was an absolute highlight for our family. Between our hikes with Ruben and our hike in Corcovado, we saw every animal on our list: including sloths, an anteater, tapirs, all 4 types of monkeys, scarlet macaws, a rare falcon, and toucans. There is so much to do at Casa Rio Sierpe but if you just want an afternoon of peace and quiet, drinking the best coffee ever (it's provided) while watching a rain forest downpour, you are able to enjoy the serenity of the jungle too. Mark does a wonderful job coordinating your trip with Rayna (who was so awesome at arranging transportation and other activities for us) and Dolly. Dolly is a top notch cook who we hired to prepare 3 meals. Getting to know her was phenomenal and all my kids gave her a big hug goodbye. Knowing Spanish would certainly enhance your stay here as you would be able to learn so much more from Ruben during the boat rides and hikes but don't let a lack of Spanish keep you from booking Casa Rio Sierpe. We are glad we didn't. According to my kids, it was the best vacation ever. If you are thinking of booking this home for your vacation and want to get away from the tourists and experience authentic Costa Rica, look no further.

  • Review Submitted: 10/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Amy, It was an absolute pleasure hosting you and your family!!!! We are so happy to hear that you all had an amazing time visiting us AND that you enjoyed the provided coffee. Speaking abut the coffee, we LOVE coffee (we're coffee snobs:-) and we spent a lot of time trying different coffees throughout Costa Rica until we finally found the one we loved the most. Thank you again for choosing to visit us and we hope to see you and your family again in the future!!!
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Pittsburgh PA

Amazing house and staff in an amazing location!

  • 5 of 5

I relied on these reviews a lot for our trip, so here are some additional details to help you! Generally amazing! Just some things to note.... The hill to the house is no joke. It's steep, long and full of small stones that make footing questionable. We were up and down that hill 3-4 times most days - you'll get your exercise! If you're not in shape, though, you will want to not plan a lot of excursions away from the house - which is OK because the house is amazing!

We generally liked the tours that were offered by Ruben better than the ones that we paid a lot of money for. Zip lining was great - we did that before we went to the house! We did a private tour to Sirena Station - while we were there, it was great! But it is a 2 hour - not very comfortable - boat ride each way (and they said the conditions were good...). Given the high cost of that trip, I wish we had done another tour with Ruben that day instead. We also went to Cano Island to snorkel. We were going to dive, as it used to be ranked one of the best dive sites in the world, but apparently there has been a steep decline over the past few years and visibility is now questionable. Given that, we chose to do a group tour to snorkel. The boat ride was significantly better that the one to Sirena - maybe because it was a bigger, faster boat. But the visibility was not good. Again, given the cost of that, I wish we had done something else with Ruben.

The trips with Ruben (and company) were wonderful! My only word of caution would be - unless you are reasonably fluent in Spanish, the language barrier means that there was not a lot of instruction. Not an issue for us because we both knew how to ride horses and kayak. But if they are not things that you are used to, they may not be good options for you. My horse must not have liked the others, because nothing that I would do would get him to catch up. That didn't phase me much - I've never been on a horseback trip by myself! But if I wasn't comfortable on a horse, then being left behind would not have been OK. The lagoon trip was a favorite for both of us! The hikes were all wonderful! We did a sunset cruise every other night - also wonderful! On the last night, we scheduled a late dinner so we could go through the mangroves and look for sloths - then see the stars on the way back - highly recommend. And as for dinners - Dolly was AMAZING! Worth every penny and a lot more!

What a great trip! Thanks guys!

  • Review Submitted: 22/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing Authentic Costa Rica

  • 5 of 5

We spent 3 weeks in Costa Rica, staying here the last place out of 4 VRBO rentals. This place was the icing on the cake and most memorable of all. The house is beautiful. The first night was a bit tough to sleep due to howler monkeys, but the other nights slept peacefully once used to the sounds of the jungle...authentic! The tours and property are amazing but what really made this place was the FANTASTIC STAFF. Reuban and Macho were fantastic tour guides, sharing their love of their homeland with us. They were kind, thorough, fun and funny, gracious. And we highly recommend having Dolly cook all your dinners - she is a gem of a human. Her laugh is contagious and her food is amazing. We did 3 hikes (including the night hike), went to the beach twice (the most amazing beach I've ever been on), went to the fruit farm (not to be missed), horseback tour through the jungle to two different swimming holes (again not to be missed), fishing in the lagoon, kayaked in the mangroves, boating tours of mangroves....we spent 6 nights and could have easily stayed longer with all the activities to do. There is a short hike to a swimming hole right behind the house. You do need to be in shape...the walk up to the house is steep and pebbly...walking sticks work great. We went as a family of 6 people, including grandparents 70 years old and kids (age 6 and 8), and ourselves (in our early 40's) was a PERFECT FAMILY house and experience. We hope to return to this rental someday in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 12/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Palmar Norte
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
Boca Sierpe, 10 minutes away by boat
Car: not necessary

Casa Rio Sierpe is located among 2500 acres of private reserve and adjoins the Térraba-Sierpe National Wetlands in the Osa Peninsula—one of the most beautiful and wild parts of this country and home to 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity.


Located in the south west of Costa Rica, the Osa Peninsula is one of the most remote, most spectacular and wildest regions in the country. It is one of the last places in Costa Rica to be settled - it is only within the last 10 years that it has had road access - and consequently much of the Peninsula is still covered in majestic, pristine rainforest. At least half of the Osa's extensive tracts of rainforest and swamps are protected by Corcovado National Park, and Private Reserves. Its forests are home to endangered species such as Baird's tapir, the white-lipped peccary, the jaguars the America crocodiles, and the harpy eagle (only recently been re-sighted). It boasts the largest population of the endangered scarlet macaws in the country, and is the center of the very restricted distribution of the endangered Central American squirrel monkey. This small peninsula is host to almost half of Costa Rica's 860 species of birds (that is almost 5% of the world's species!), 140 species of mammals, and 117 species of reptiles and amphibians. Almost 750 species of trees have been cataloged in the area, more trees than in all of the North temperate regions of the world combined. Impressive credentials indeed! Per unit area, the Osa Peninsula holds possibly the highest natural diversity on earth. The National Geographic magazine described the Osa Peninsula as 'the most biologically intense place on earth'. This description is a reference to the incredible abundance of wildlife on the Osa Peninsula -not only in it's rainforests, but in it's surrounding marine environment as well. Botanically, the Osa Peninsula has strong affinities with that of the Amazon and Orinoco basins, and its unique forests contain more endemic plants and animals than in any other area of Central America. Climatically, the Osa is the wettest place on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, receiving up to 160 inches of rain annually. Some of the Osa Peninsula's landmarks are described below.

RIO SIERPE and the Terraba River valley

The Rio Sierpe and its watershed, the Dequis Valley, isolate the Osa Peninsula from the mainland. This substantial river is unusual in that it is tidal almost up to its source, the Sierpe Lagoon. The Rio Sierpe is roughly divisible into two wetland areas: the flooded forests of the upper Rio Sierpe basin, and the extensive mangrove swamps of its delta.

The upper Rio Sierpe wetland is virtually uninhabited, relatively unspoiled and it contains large areas of raffia palm swamp, flooded forest and lagoons. Fingers of high ground, thickly clad in rain forest, permeate this area.

The delta of the Rio Sierpe, which it shares with the Rio Terraba, is the most extensive area of mangrove swamp in Costa Rica and largest in Latin America (almost 50% of all the mangrove wetland of the country). This swamp is permeated by a maze of channels in which it is easy to become lost! The eight species of mangrove found here are some of the tallest in the world – red, black, grey, and tea mangroves being the most common varieties. The impressive mangroves provide a valuable coastal ecosystem to an abundance of avian, mammalian, reptilian and aquatic animals.

Birding enthusiasts come from all over the globe to experience the area’s phenomenal birdwatching opportunities. Both resident and migratory birds visit these swamps, which also boast two endemic hummingbird species: the mangrove hummingbird and the yellow-billed cotinga.

On the coastal fringe of this delta, near the mouth of the Rio Sierpe, lies Violin Island. Sir Francis Drake reputedly buried a large treasure here. The many attempts to find this treasure have met with no success. However, Violin Island has yielded many gold nuggets of one or more kilos in weight.


Located 12 miles of the western coast of the Osa Peninsula, Caño Island is 300 hectares in area with 5,800 hectares of Sea included in the Reserve. While the Island itself is home to relatively few animals and plants, its surrounding waters abound with marine life: colourful reef fish, impressive schools of large pelagic fish, manta rays, sharks, turtles, whales and dolphins. Caño Island is second only to Coco Island in the quality of its diving in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica not only offers some of the best sport fishing in the world, it delivers as well. With over 44 line class records, 14 fly records, and 18 all-tackle records, the fishing experience here is nothing short of a bona fide phenomena ;Sailfish, Black marlin, Blue marlin,Yellow fin tuna,Albacore,Grouper,Pargo,Pomano,Dorado,Wahoo all had to be caught has given this land its claim to fame!


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee AU$56.49 per person per night
Property Damage Insurance AU$81.28
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$688.85

There are many personaled amenities and guided adventure tours included in the standard rates. Please review the listing for full


Owner's Cancellation Policy:
If you cancel in advance of 90 days from the reservation date we will reimburse you 50% of the initial funds that have been cleared to us. If you cancel within 90 days there will be no refund as it is often very hard to secure a new rental within this time; however, we will offer you a rental credit of 50% of your rental fees on a future rental within 180 days of the cancelled reservation date. The security/Fuel deposit will be fully refundable on all cancellations. In the case of conflicts between any clauses found on VRBO/Homeaway & Casa Rio Sierpe Guest Terms any such clause found in the Casa Rio Sierpe Guest Terms will be binding.

1) Please read the entire listing description as well as the guest terms to establish your suitability before booking.

2) Reservation is not fully confirmed until guest terms are signed. To avoid cancellation by owner, guest must provide the signed guest terms within 48 hrs of booking.

3) There is a $252 a fuel deposit. In order to enjoy the use of the boat, a $252 fuel deposit must be provide directly to CRS. Fuel will be sold to you at $42 per tank and deducted from this deposit. The unused portion of your fuel deposit will be promptly refunded upon checkout

Our Seasonal Rates

Standard rate, We have a 3 night min stay unless noted otherwise
$398pn, $2,609 per wk for two guest. For all guest over the first two please add $41 per nt, per guest.

Our 2018 Seasonal Rates;
May 6- July 7th- $326pn, $2,135 per wk
July 8th-Sep 30th-$289pn, $1,889 per wk
Oct 1st - Nov 11th -$199pn, $1,395 per wk
Dec 15th-22nd -$433pn, $2,990 per wk (4 nt min stay)
Dec 23rd-Jan 5th, $533pn, $3441 per wk (6 nt min stay)
Jan 6th, 2019-May 4, $398pn, $2,609 per wk

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.