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Tree House Feel, Waterfront Eco-Home! Monkeys Galore!

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10) on the waterfront, quiet, private!

Located in a tropical rainforest, and on a quiet beach, this vacation beach house offers a close relationship to rainforest flora and fauna plus beachfront privacy at its best! Monkeys visit the property daily while macaws eat almonds in the treetops at eye-level from Casa Dos Rios. The lockable house is lovingly hand-crafted by its owner, an American builder, and displays local area hardwoods. The location is one of the best in Cabo Matapalo, with Buena Esperenza Bar-Restaurant a 5 minute walk back to the main road.

Amenities include Internet Access by Wi-Fi, level front lawn leading out to the water's edge, croquet, horseshoes, fresh fruit on-site (seasonally), a bar-restaurant 5 minute walk away, large living space on a 2nd level, giving a tree house feel and vantage point for nature viewing, a yoga deck, hammocks, a clear-water river nearby, great for small children to wade and play in and much more!

The four bedrooms have queen beds with posts and 'no-see-um' netting, and the house is well-ventilated with many windows and a breezeway ( screens). Great air-flow is accomplished through use of a cupola and large openings all around the house. The open-air porch downstairs houses hammocks for your relaxation, and the kitchen and living room were positioned upstairs to take advantage of the lovely view to the water and mid-tree monkey and bird habitat.

Enjoy the natural wonders just outside the windows, as there are four kinds of monkeys in the region (and sometimes in the yard!), and the wildlife includes toucans, macaws, sloths, blue morpho butterflies and iguanas to name a few. Mature trees feature fresh fruit (when in season) including:

bananas,mangos,papayas,coconut,cacao, and avacados. The beautiful landscaping of our grounds can be viewed from the house or by strolling the paths that lead to the beach just a few feet away from the house. The property is located between two rivers. The closest river provides a refreshing pool of sparkling clear gurgling water for your enjoyment after swimming and surfing.. Our Playa Carbonera is a good mid to high tide surf spot.

The casa is totally off the grid, with solar power, well water, and propane tanks for cook-stoves and hot-water heaters. Our on-demand hot water is available in sinks and showers. We have walk-in showers and deluxe linens for your comfort. The managers, Maru and Olger live on site in a manager house and are available to help make your stay comfortable. They can book tours, do some cooking, baby-sit the kids, or take you on jungle-waterfall tours. Maru provides on-site cleaning services and laundry service. The washer on site has to be used with a generator, so Maru does loads of clothes on cleaning day for a fee of $15 per large load.

Casa Dos Rios has doors and window shutters that lock, but no screens except for the bed nets. Internet service is basic and not strong enough for streaming movies, etc.


Beachfront vacation house at a surf break offers tranquility with sea view in a rainforest environment. A Treehouse feel, where kitchen and living room are upstairs, in the trees. All-wood structure shines of local area hardwoods used! This environment offers: beach, monkeys, macaws, toucans, sloths, fishing, sea kayak, surfing, swimming, hammocks, views, privacy, manicured lawn and restaurant in walking distance.

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Melanie Norman
Member since: 2005
Speaks english, spanish
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
10 June, 2018

About Melanie Norman

Kim and Melanie Norman: We are people who live for happiness and adventure.

We have enjoyed being beacons of successful coupling in our community for years. We are happy people, and take much pleasure in sharing it with others. We have found that we can share our happiness though offering Casa Dos Rios for others to enjoy.

We are proud of having dreamed big: stretching ourselves and our abilities to buy and build on the fantastic property we discovered in a very special part of Costa Rica. Away from the hustle and bustle of large human populations, our little haven has become our place of sanctuary, helping us balance out the fast-lane careers that we have engaged in over the past 38 years. Kim is a builder and actually lived in Costa Rica for eight months in 2005, building our beach house rental. I have just completed 38 years in the real estate brokerage business. Now, 13 years into the vacation rental venture, we will be living in Costa Rica for the four winter months and in Arkansas for the others. We have a sailboat because, looking out on Golfo Dulce from Casa Dos Rios, we know that there is so much to discover and enjoy out on those waters teeming with ocean life. We offer a tour from our 36 ft. Columbia yacht during the months of Nov. to end of April. When you send an inquiry I will be the one answering you. We love our lifestyle and we meet wonderful people from all over the world. Being a Southern Louisiana native, plus Kim being from Houston, TX, we find the climate easy to acclimate with our backgrounds.

Our interests and hobbies include: Sailing, fishing, gardening, cooking, yoga, exercise to music, water-color painting, wood crafts and traveling. Kim surfs on an SUP.

Melanie Norman purchased this house in 2002

Why Melanie Norman chose Cantón Golfito

We first went to Matapalo on the Osa Penninsula in 1998 as a couple. Kim, my husband, had visited Costa Rica with his best friend in 1990, traveling with the goal of finding the 'best fish soup'. Though the best soup turned up in Pto. Viejo, they were taken by the unspoiled Osa Penninsula and the great surfbreaks of Cabo Matapalo.

When Kim and I arrived there I was awestruck at how beautiful this coast is, and how much wildlife there is to see! All four kinds of monkeys could be seen in a given day and the sunrises were so spectacular, so many layers of contrast formed from the mountains across the Golfo Dulce and the ever-present scatterings of clouds, surf and birds.

We knew that this place was the right area for us to establish a vacation home to enjoy for ourselves and to offer for the enjoyment of guests.

Whenever our guests book our sailing tour in high season, we are excited about the opportunity to meet and enjoy our own guests, taking them to see the tropical fiord of the Golfo Dulce, snorkel a reef and enjoy my lunch meal aboard "Sorrento".

We hope that you will be one of these guests, and we intend to make this vacation one of your most wonderful and memorable ever!

What makes this house unique

At first arrival to Casa Dos Rios we marvel at how simply exquisite our environment is: the house, with its rich wood surfaces, the view of the Gulf from our balcony, the lush landscape, so meticulously maintained, the sea breeze and sound of surf, the abundance of fruit and the welcoming faces of our greeting managers!

We love the netted 4-post beds (like a tent, you zip yourself in), with reading light right over your head, and personal fans at the feet. We love having the living area up high, (on the 2nd floor), giving a tree-house feel to the home. The big walk-in shower with rain-water spicket and a large open window (yet private) is a real pleasure to bathe in.

The hammock porch is a special place for relaxation with a book, or napping in the afternoon, enjoying a sea breeze channeling through the breeze-way design of the downstairs.

The Carbonera River to the right of our beachfront is such a gem. We might swim, boogie board, kayak or surf in the gulf in front of the house; then, go over to the cool, fresh-water river, where there is a 3 ft. deep lagoon, and rinse off the sand and salt, in the ever-moving waters that empty into the Golfo Dulce. The second river, to the left is about 1/4 mile away, and forms a deep and wide lagoon, feeding the gulf with enough fresh water to make this a very good beach-fishing site.

We also enjoy the hiking areas that are all around us. Bird-watchers hike out on the road nearby; the two largest waterfalls on the Carbonera River are a great hiking destination, reachable by walking approx. a half hour from our house; the jungle path all along the beachfronts is a way to discover the many varied beaches of Matapalo.

One of the best things about Casa Dos Rios is that we often see all four kinds of monkeys from the windows of the house. Macaws are so plentiful, we see many pairs every day and sometimes right in the trees outside the house. Wildlife in its natural habitat is still so abundant here!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Words and photos are dismal failures at describing this place. It is, of course, a spectacular setting – with helpful taxi drivers, friendly caretakers and beautiful landscaping. But what we cannot stop talking about is the house that Kim built and Melanie outfitted – perfect in every detail – so well conceived. I could go on and on but will wait to do so in person. You have created a wonder and thank you.Susan L.Kim & Melanie, This is really fantastic. The design, construction, decoration and attention to detail. You guys really did an incredible job of it and should be very proud of what you’ve accomplished here. Tim L.
Sep 2006
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Cantón Golfito, Costa Rica

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • mobile phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • There are two bathrooms, one on each level. The one upstairs has a large walk-in shower. The one downstairs has toilet and sink in the main bath, then shower outside, just around the corner from the bathroom. That shower has hot water and doubles as a foot-rincing, or after-beach shower. Both showers have hot and cold water.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (4) Our beds are 4-post high beds with no-see-um netting in a tent-like arrangement with zipper. Mattresses were replaced in Nov. of 2015, with thick, pillow-topped luxurious new mattresses. Light and fan is in the bed., Double Beds (1) Two cabinas are located close by on a neighboring property, and can be used by us for over-flow, to accomodate a larger group. (when available)...These each have a double bed., Child Beds (1) We have a small mattress for children, and mosquito netting for surrounding it., Baby Cribs (1) We have a Pack-N-Play if it were needed. The mattress for children can also be used for infants.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
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  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Linens and Towels Provided, Hammocks, Beach Chairs, Adult and Children's Games, Reading Material, Water-Color Art Supplies, Wet-Bar, Blender, Coffee-Making Equipment and yoga deck, ocean kayak. Just down the lane there is an open-air bar and restaurant serving excellent cuisine, and offering board games and social interaction. We also have horseshoe pits and croquet.


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average rating of 4.95 based on 69 reviews

The house is set on a gorgeous property with an amazing direct view of the ocean.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the beautiful sunrise every morning and waking up to the fun sounds of all the animals. We loved watching monkeys run across the yard and the toucans and macaws flying by. The house was great and was equipped with everything we needed during our stay. I loved taking naps in the hammocks after hiking around the waterfalls and beaches. Melanie and Kim were very helpful and provided us with all the information we needed to have a wonderful experience. We would go back in a heartbeat!

  • Review Submitted: 08/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jenn and JJ, We loved having you two at our Casa Dos Rios and look forward to your next visit! Thanks for your kind and observant words. We are so glad that you appreciated the special location that we enjoy here. We often have "National Geographic Moments" here! Come again! Melanie and Kim
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Beautiful, well kept home in paradise!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: 02/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Authentic and beautiful Costa Rica!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: 22/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing house and gracious hosts

  • 5 of 5

Staying here was easily one of the best vacation homes we've booked. The house was exactly what were looking for in this area; a open tree-house feel on the water, centrally located to see the area, accessible, and something that slept 8 people comfortably. All of the beaches around Matapalo are a short walk and the only bar in the area is an even shorter walk. There are other houses further down the road, but I think even a 4x4 would be hard pressed to get to some of them. Puerto Jimenez is a quick drive on the good parts of the road to Carate.

The thing that really puts this place over the top is the host. Melanie and Kim went out of their way to communicate with our group months in advance to arrange excursions and discuss general plans. They were extremely flexible with our schedule, late arrival, and plans. They are personable and welcoming, yet gave us plenty of privacy. I would definitely stay here again and cannot think of anything that could be done differently.

  • Review Submitted: 17/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely rental exactly as described.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 08/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An Amazing week in Osa!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I loved our week at Casa Dos Rios! Melianie and Kim were very gracious and helpful in helping us plan activities to get the most out of our visit. The availability of both guided and unguided activities made this a great location. ( hiking, horseback riding, birding). One of our highlights was a day with Mel and Kim out on their sailboat. The house and its location was truly amazing! The open air concept was ideal. Laying in bed in the morning and watching the sky turn pink as the sun rose above the mountains across the bay was the perfect start to each day. We could have spent all of our time at the house enjoying the view of the ocean, taking walks on the beach, and our most favorite activity was watching the birds and the monkeys from the deck. The Scarlet Macaws were abundant and amazing to watch and the monkeys were so active and fun to watch. If you are looking for a beautiful, peaceful location this is the place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: 12/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
11 Miles
Pto. Jimenez
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Buena Esparenza, Martina's Bar
Nearest Ferry
11 Miles
Pto. Jimenez
Nearest Golf
100 Miles
San Buenas Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 245
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Buena Esparenza, Martina's
Nearest Beach
In Front of the house
Nearest Point of Interest
Buena Esparenza Bar and Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Pan Dulce
Nearest Point of Interest
Carbonera River Waterfalls
Nearest Point of Interest
Playa Carbonera
Car: recommended

Birdwatching, Waterfall Tours and Rapelling, Jungle Tours,Zip-line tours, Dolphin Tours, Tours to Animal Rescue Center, Fishing, Kayak fishing, Deep-sea fishing, Horse-Back Riding, Bird-Watching Tours, Local Jungle Bar with Board Games; massage, yoga lessons, Spanish lessons, surfing lessons, river clay masks, and yoga deck, horse shoes and croquet on site. We have a sailing yacht and offer day sailing tours with snorkel gear and lunch provided.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Cantón Golfito, Costa Rica

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
After March 2018
1 Apr 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest
Green Season
1 Sep 2018 - 14 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$27 per night, per additional guest
High Season
15 Nov 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest
Christmas and New Years
22 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add AU$67 per night, per additional guest
Spring Break
9 Mar 2019 - 31 Mar 2019
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee per week: AU$80.84

Rates are subject to change until reservation confirmation. Gratuity to the cleaning staff is requested and appreciated.
Daily and Weekly standard rates and Spring Break rates are quoted for the first 4 people. Add $25 per day per additional adult and $10 per night per additional child under 12 years of age. A $60 cleaning fee per week, is also required.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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