House, 4 Bedrooms 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10) on the waterfront, quiet, private!
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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.
Owner purchased this House in 2005
Why Owner chose Puerto Jiménez
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!
Check-in: 2:00 p.m.
Check-out: 11:00 a.m.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Dos Rios at Puerto Jimenez
We were just in Costa Rica for two weeks. We had a wonderful time. We came out of the mountains, hot springs, horseback riding, etc.) and headed south. Unfortunately, we were a bit off-kilter and, with the understanding we could get to Puerto Jimenez rather quickly by cab, We flew to Drake Bay. This was just fine with us in the end, though it was a mistake. One of us wanted to dive and all was ok. Then, after two days, we found a driver to deliver us to Dos Rios. A beautiful home in a lovely part of the south of Costa Rica. We found it as advertised and just fine. BUT, the very best part was Olgar and Maru, the caretakers. I went into town (not a small feat, though rather fun and interesting) and shopped. I bought fresh tuna on the street as well as barracuda. Then the wizzards Olgar and Maru took over. They cooked for us, ate with us, walked with us and were essentially tour guides. Oh my goodness we loved them and made fast friends. So, if you are going to this most excellent property, make certain Olgar and Maru are still there. Make them your friends.
Dear Sam, We thank you for your review. We do agree that we have jewels in Maru and Olger. They are warm-hearted, loving people, really anxious to please our guests. We love to hear about people enjoying our place as you have. We are so glad you found a way to get to Dos Rios from Drakes Bay. Maru and Olger really loved meeting you and hope that you will return some time. They say that they are not going anywhere!
Back to nature , lovely... wished that the bar/cafe off the road was opened, and conditions of the road to the nearest town/market would’ve made it an overall 5.... would love to come back next year
Dear Maria, Thanks for your review. We were there while you visited and we also regretted that the owner of the bar/restaurant had to have an emergency surgery, thus having to close the bar. Do know that after the rainy season ends, the roads historically have been regraded and resurfaced in preparation for the high season. Please do visit again next year…we loved meeting your great family and friends!
Where to start. Well the first night of our trip the bed downstairs broke after my wife and I laid down to sleep. The bed literally collapsed onto the floor and my wife fell off the side. It really startled us and started the trip off on some what of a bad note. We had to stay the first night in another cabin that was a very small room that was away from the main house with a flashlight that the caretaker gave us. They fixed the bed the next day and we figured ok no big deal. The lighting in the downstairs rooms is horrible as the rooms only have a small light at the head of the beds and they barley light the rooms. The third day of our trip there was no water all morning which was the deal breaker. We had 9 people total and couldn’t shower, flush the toilets, cook or clean dirty dishes. This was absolutely unacceptable, being in a humid environment with no running water. We were so frustrated that we packed our things and left a day and half early. I can deal with poor lighting and even a broken bed but no water is were I draw the line. Can you imagine being all sweaty and stinky, with toilets that don’t flush and a kitchen full of dirty dishes with a group of 9 people? We couldn’t even cook breakfast or lunch that day and decided it was time to go. The pictures are very nice but the situation was an absolute nightmare. Iam by far not a picky person and love to travel to places that are remote and have done so for 15-20 years and have never had a situation like this happen. I’m actually Costa Rican and have been staying all over this country in rental properties for several years now and have never been to any locations without running water no matter how remote or off the beaten path they are. So what I would tell anyone considering this rental is to go knowing that while you’re there anticipate the possibility of no running water, poor lighting downstairs and maybe something breaking such as a bed, a chair or anything else on the property. The location is great for those who want to be away from crowds but not ideal for kids as the beach has so many rocks. There is a beautiful beach about a 5 minute drive from the house called Pan Dulce which is all sand with plenty of shade perfect for a day to hang out with the family and enjoy the day. Maybe we just had bad luck, who knows. So if you go you’ll find out.
Dear Brian, We are so disturbed by your wish to make others think that our Casa Dos Rios is a place to beware of! You never mentioned that we returned money to you for the issues that arose while you were there, or that you took a swimming pool with you, to fill with our well water, thus, causing the problem you complained about, in the first place. Our managers had asked you not to fill a pool while 9 people were using our systems.
You told us in an email that the low lighting downstairs was not a big issue, yet you amplify those negative aspects, not even mentioning the same kind words you gave me in an email after your visit... that said: "I loved the house itself and the surrounding area". Possibly because of your review we suffered a cancellation this past week. You know that our managers worked hard to remedy any issues and were very apologetic. You were told that we were visiting right after your stay to maintain and repair any deficiencies that you had experienced.
Judging by other reviews before and after yours, we know that you did indeed experience bad luck, that the items you suffered are not a common occurrence and we know that if people approach their stay (especially when taking 9 people to our property) with respect for the off-grid, solar situation, that the home functions beautifully as an eco-lodge. It was designed for the experience of living in nature. We regret that your experience was an exception and will work hard to make sure that future guests have a much better impression.
The house is super comfortable, the woodwork is gorgeous. The views coyldn’t be better. We saw all kinds of monkeys eating mangos basically in our porch jumping from one tree to the other right in front of us. We went with another couple and a total of 5 kids. We had plenty of room and simply lived our stay. Melanie is a sweetheart who eants to make sure your stay is unforgettable. Thanks!
Thanks Laura! We are so glad to have shared Casa Dos Rios with you! We hope that you will return and the kids will return with their own families some day!
Trip of a lifetime
My wife and I stayed for 11 days at Casa Dos Rios at the end of March/early April, and truly had the most relaxing vacation of our lives. Melanie and Kim could not have been kinder or more generous hosts, and it was a highlight to spend time with them and hear all the stories about life on the Osa.
Other reviewers have already covered all the main things you need to know, I would only emphasize that this paradise does not come without some sacrifices. The road from PJ is rough, but not dangerous, and it does take about 45 minutes each way. So stock up in town before you head down, I was very impressed by the solar powered fridge/freezer and how well it kept things cold.
This might not be the best area for your first visit to Costa Rica, there is definitely an adjustment to life and the infrastructure that is very different from the US. That's a big attraction for me, but if you're looking for a Disney resort experience, you're going to have a rough time here. Also you should know that the house is not as isolated as you might hope/fear. It's very private, but there is a small community of homes right around there. It's maybe 4 or 5 other houses, so it certainly shouldn't deter the introverts reading this, and even though I booked this place hoping for solitude I was glad to be part of a really small and friendly community.
Having Martina's bar/restaurant just up the road was a big plus, it was nice to grab a cold beer, and don't miss Ice Cream Night! After a week in the heat, $5 for homemade ice cream will feel like the deal of the century.
I've seen lots of places that promote how much wildlife you can see, this is the first place that exceeded expectations. Macaws and monkeys are around all the time. Mornings before 7 and afternoons after 4 are when the wildlife seemed most active, and you quickly learn the routines and best places to spot animals. The river was a welcome haven from the scorching heat, but honestly the heat was not as bad as I feared. The shore line here is really rocky, but also changes constantly so who knows what it will be like in a month. Even so, there is a very swimmable beach only 10-15 minute walk south that is a great spot to watch pelicans and vultures hang out.
Overall, my wife and I were just filled with gratitude to get this experience, from the scenery to the house to the people it was a non-stop joy to be there and we want to come back for a month next time.
Melanie and Kim, thanks a million!
Hi Keith and Thea, We too totally enjoyed having you visit, wishing to spend more time with you in the future. Please do return and let's make sure that we are also in the area while you are there! We want to take you two out on Sorrento again! Thanks so much for your choice of our Casa Dos Rios.
Had a wonderful stay. House had everything we needed. Awesome being so secluded yet having a restaurant that was only a 3 minute walk. Will definitely be back
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.