Description from the owner
Description from the owner
Book this 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom house in Puerto Jimenez today! A total of 16 people can sleep here comfortably.
Guests can enjoy a pool, hot tub, and deck among other amenities offered by this rental.
Travelers are sharing their opinions on this property. It has an overall rating of 5/5 thanks to an average of 24 reviews.
The owner responds to 85% of inquiries and last updated the property’s calendar 3 weeks ago.
Large Family Home/Beach/Pool/Ocean View/Sleep12+ Puerto Jimenez, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Additional Location Information
Perfect home for large/small families or host your next corporate retreat or corporate vacation and workshop within our nature reserve. This unique experience is uniquely private.The Osa Peninsula has 'No Artificial Ingredients' and is absolutely spectacular, the way Costa Rica used to be. Secluded beaches and not overrun with tourists and fast food restaurants like Northern Costa Rica. To truly experience Costa Rica as it was, You Must Come to Osa! At Sombra de la Lapa rainforest reserve you get the best of both Costa Rica vacations- Secluded and deserted beaches nearby and 100's of monkeys and birds in the jungle. Wake up in nature and explore Osa Peninsula's rainforest, waterfalls, beaches and The spectacular Golfo Dulce, sweet gulf, where you can see Dolphins, Turtles and Whales. Good diving is only 1- 1/2 hours away at Drake Bay, Cano Island diving is Southern Costa Rica's best kept secret. Your family can enjoy zip lines, kayaking , hiking in Corcovado National Park, night hikes, boat tours and waterfall rappelling. Ladies will love the organic chocolate farm close by. Osa Peninsula's best tours are just a few minutes away. Visit pre Columbian site or spend the day with Ngobe shaman and naturalist guides near Corcovado National Park, Osa Peninsula. Swim with Dolphins, swing from trees and Stay and play at Lapa's Vacation Home Rentals on the Osa Peninsula, in Costa Rica and where the rainforest meets the sea. Tours on the water and in the rainforest are endless, where the rainforest meets the sea. Occasionally guest will come across seeing and anteater or jaguar down by our river. The Osa Peninsula is truly a special spot ! Join us for a Pura Vida Vacation in remote Southern Costa Rica.
Lots of fun eco tours close by –
Zip line and canopy tours (15 min)
Organic chocolate farm (5 min)
Gulf tours - swim near dolphins and snorkel.
Mangrove sunset kayaking.
Tree Climbing and waterfall rappelling
Visit Gyuami and Boruca Indigenous reserves
Night hike around lagoon
Surrounded by rainforest, hiking and pristine beaches.
Our front yard is Golfo Dulce (sweet gulf), the Pacific Ocean beyond that and our back yard is Corcovado National Park. We have 2 rivers running through the reserve which offer refreshing dips on hotter days in the swimming holes! The Osa Peninsula is truly the best destination in all of Costa Rica. Where the rain forest meets the sea on a private reserve with private road which dead ends at our reserve so there is no through traffic.
Whether you a one couple looking for a place to spend time uninterrupted by other people, families or friends travelling together or a group looking for a private vacation rental - We can accommodate your adventure travel needs. Once you reserve your vacation with us, you are the ONLY guest. We are a nice alternative to eco lodges and hotels where people walk past your room or bungalow, where there might be parties or restaurants near by. Here we have 3 homes located on opposite sides of the property & our guests tell us that they never know if there is anyone else here or not! The only area shared is the organic garden where we invite you to pick papayas, herbs, pineapples and organic veggies from our garden. Whatever is in season. You have total and complete privacy, yet we are located very close to Puerto Jimenez where there are restaurants, grocery stores, banks, gift shops and nightlife!
On a newly paved road it is easy to get around and being only minutes from most tours & town, you reduce your footprint & spend more of your time relaxing rather than trying to find your way around. Included with your vacation rental is professional travel service at no additional charge (other lodges & cabinas charge extra for booking your cars, local flights & tours- here it is included). Private chef services are also offered with advance notice
Join us for a “true”Pura Vida Vacation in remote Southern Costa Rica. We also offer short stay specials if you have less than a week. Minimum 4 day stay! Pura Vida and hope to see Ya.
More About This Location
Beach or lakeside relaxation, Warm winter getaways, Waterfront
Nearest airport: Puerto Jimenez, 8.02 miles
Nearest ferry port: Puerto Jimenez, 8.02 miles
Car is not necessary
Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Puerto Jimenez Attractions
Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Puerto Jimenez Attractions
Last updated on November 20, 2016
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Please note: these rates exclude taxes and fees and may vary depending on the length of your stay. Rates are also subject to change at the owner’s discretion.
Additional notes from the owner
ALL extra person rates are based on double occupancy unless otherwise offered a special. If there is only one person extra and there is an extra bedroom needed, the rate will be charged for 2 people. The 4/ 5 day rentals are good for up to 5 or 6 guests depending on special,unless otherwise stated. The short stay specials are VERY LIMITED and are not offered with reservations more than 45 days in advance unless the weekly rentals are already filled. For full weekly stays additional guests can be added for additional rate for the full term of the stay (not only one or 2 days are available- must be all of the 4/ 5 or 7 day stay). Until reserved and paid, specials may be subject to change. There is no cancellation period for any specials or any discounted rates. A "special" is ANY stay of less than 7 days, any discounted rates). Specials are meant as a filler between gaps in time for weekly rentals & does not qualify for the same cancellation period regardless of how far in advance it is reserved. Short stays have VERY LIMITED AVAILABILITY. All specials are confirmed and guaranteed with advance payment and are not subject to a cancellation period.
Payment is due in full to qualify for specials. Some specials have expiration dates-please note the expiration dates & book before that date to qualify. Get your sunscreen, beach towels & flip flops out & head to Costa Rica to the Osa Peninsula & Lapa's Home Vacation Rental! The monkeys will leave the light on for ya!
PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR CANCELLATION PERIOD IS DIFFERENT from the standard fields which FlipKey offers on the "policy" page where it only gives a cancellation period of 60 days. Ours is 120 days. There are no cancellations with any refund if cancellation is made with less than 120 days prior to arrival unless we can rent your week for the same price. Cancellations with more than 120 days are refunded in full minus $350 administration fee and deducted any travel or other arrangements were prepaid for you or for chef services. Holiday/school vacation weeks have NO CANCELLATION period unless we can rent your week/s. There are no cancellation refunds for any last minute or special rate reservations. Please note cancellation policy is as follows, for non holiday weeks with cancellation made more than 120 days in advance, there is full refund, minus $350 administration fee. For holiday weeks there is no cancellation unless we can fill your week. We turn others down for holidays once we are reserved. If we can reserve another guest for your week, we will issue a full refund, minus $350 administration fee. Dates can be changed to a time more convenient if you need to make changes and there will be a $350 admin fee charged. We do our best to work with our guests and understand that life can change plans unexpectedly. Occasionally, if we can rent your week quickly, I will waive the admin fee
All guests are required to pay a security/tour deposit prior to arrival. This varies depending on the size of your group. It is refunded after departure and is based on any tours you took with our guides which are deducted from the deposit and no damages. We expect normal wear and tear.
For large group reservations, there is no refund for cancellation at any time unless we can fill your week(s).
- Cleaning Service
- Local Guides/Maps
- Ceiling Fans
- Corporate bookings allowed
- Long term rentals allowed (over 1 month)
- Housekeeping Optional
- Bachelor or bachelorette parties allowed
- Linens Provided
- Housekeeping Included
- High chair
- Short breaks allowed (1-4 days)
- Towels Provided
Phone / Internet
- Wireless Internet
- Internet Access
Pool / Spa
- Hot Tub/Jacuzzi
- Private outdoor pool (unheated)
- Ocean or water views
- Stove or Oven
- Satellite or cable TV
- 12 Dining chairs
- 20 Lounge chairs
- Pet - ask
- Smoking - ask
- 4000 square feet
based on 19 reviews
of guests would stay again
A FlipKey verified reviewer
Saint John New Brunswick Canada
Our stay at this beautiful home was a highlight of our recent trip to Costa Rica. The layout lends itself to premium family bonding - cooking together in the open air kitchen, curled up reading together on the comfortable outside couches, going for a dip in the pool. The great part of all this is the lengths of time spent outdoors in the warm scented air, bird sounds all around, howler monkeys calling, and other monkeys swinging by the house each am and pm. Gilberto was there when we needed him and took our family on a hike through the nature reserve early one morning, something we wouldn't have done on our own. Nearby beaches at MatoPalo especially Backwash beach - unforgettable.
“Beautiful spot, clean, well maintained, no issues, owners helpfu”
We had a party of 11 and were very comfortable. Beautiful spot in the forest, lots of wild life, hiking, were readily available. House well equipped and well maintained.
A FlipKey verified reviewer
“Luxury in the rain forest”
My family stayed in the luxury home over Thanksgiving and what an incredible experience this was. If you are looking for a place to have lots of fun in a unique and peaceful location this is it. Whether we were cooking and hanging out in the open living room or coming back from an adventure, this home met all our needs. The pictures do not do it justice. It is wonderful. Mike and Blondie were the kindest and most helpful hosts one could ask for. They went way above to do many little extra things for us. The caretakers were so helpful too. Anna keeps the home so clean. The kids were in the pool a lot and our family had such a great time. This is not just an ordinary home/experience. This is a once in a life time experience a family will remember and talk about forever. Can you imagine being in the pool and your kiddos yelling "look look the monkeys are coming through". Well that is how I describe staying at this home. On our last night everybody went around and said where they would like to go next and there were many responses to come right back here. That has never happened, but then we have never stayed in an open air home in the rain forest, One day we were waterfall repelling and the next just laying in a hammock reading. The balance was wonderful. The view of the ocean, rain forest and little town lights was amazing. We would just stare out our big open air view at this scene for hours. The top room that is all open was the best. We would actually wake up to see monkeys in the trees. If you are looking for the most incredible home in the most incredible place-this is it. My family had many lovely and lively moments here. That is what we loved about it-the excitement of all we did and the peacefulness that surrounded us was the perfect match. Don't leave the Osa without going on the boat, going to the animal refuge center, eating chocolate at the farm and the many places Blondie can tell you about. Say hello to the monkeys for us !
A FlipKey verified reviewer
“Trip of a lifetime!”
Incredible, amazing, awesome, exciting, the best! What can we say? It was the best trip of our lives - so far! We can't wait to go back. First, Blondie is so helpful. Actually, Mike, Roberto and anna were equally accommodating. Second, the house was incredibly beautiful. The beds were comfortable and big, the sheets and pillows high quality. The showers were unique - who thought bathing could be such a special experience. The grounds were lush and well kept. The kitchen was well stocked. We cooked a lot and had everything we needed. The views were breathtaking, especially from the top bedroom. We were speechless a few times at sunset. Very romantic! Peurta Jimenez was a great little town with some very good restaurants and a good grocery store. There wasn't much we couldn't find. If you are up for adventure then there is much to do. We zip lined, kayaked, repelled down waterfalls, went boating in the Gulfo Dulche, went to a monkey refuge, went horseback riding on the beach, toured a cocoa plantation, hiked, swam in the ocean, and jammed with local musicians. But if you want solitude and long naps, you can have that too. We were not ready to come home. Costa Rica is more beautiful than we imagined. A week is simply not enough. Two weeks isn't enough. We can't say enough about Mike and Blondie. They are truly incredible hosts and they keep a wonderful home. We've stayed in a lot of vacation homes and this is so far the best.
Response from the owner, Blondie & Mike Cranford - 12/06/2013
Hola Melanie and Eric and John Michael and the new little one! You are the type of people we love having! Caring and understanding of being in a foreign country with respect that things here are different from your home country. Embracing the differences and whole heartedly jumping in and enjoying such a beautiful, pristine place! We'd love to have you back anytime and especially after you have the new little baby! We'd love some photos if you got any nice ones of wildlife or music video of the flame thrower and Mauricio Hugs to you Blondie and Mike
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“The Fabulous Osa at Lapa's Home”
Wow, you have to see it to believe it. A web-site doesn't begin to touch what you will really experience. Watch Scarlett macaws and spiders monkeys as you have your morning coffee. -Fantastic hosts that will customize your trip as you wish with Local Knowledge that you can't get from books or agents. -An option of accommodations to fit your style and group size, they provide VIP treatment for budget travelers (me) to luxury service. -I loved the seclusion of my own private paradise and felt total immersion with the Osa while I was there. -They did all the homework for my last minute add on trip to Corcovado NP, and made it happen for me! Without their insight, I wouldn't have taken the collectivo, walked 2 miles down a remote beach, stayed at a luxury tent camp and hiked into the park. Blondie and Michael are incredible hosts, and I am excited about my next visit with new adventures.
Alajuela Costa Rica
“Best vacation ever!!!”
Peace and tranquility, finally a true vacation and adventure. Not only were we greeted by our hosts, but also a troup of squirrel monkeys! Hey, we're in the jungle now! Our house was everything and more than we had imagined: Solace for sore eyes, an art gallery; everywere composition and beauty with the environment. You don`t have to leave the grounds to experience the jungle. Just sit and enjoy: Scarlet Mcaws soaring above your head or playing in the trees by your house, Tucans do their fly by every day, Howler monkeys wake you in the morning as you watch the mist roll in off the Golfo Dulce and disperse as the sun rises higher in the blue sky. Even though there are 3 homes on the property, you never see, hear or encounter the other guests (unless you want to). The caretakers are available 24/7 if needed (bi-lingual) and one could be your personal chef (cinnamon rolls to drool over). Thanks! What I'm trying to say is that it was the best vacation in my life. Went home rested, peace of mind, and a lot of new friends.
“A Chance to Commune with Nature”
My husband and I stayed at Lapa's Home in January with our two teenage sons, and I can say without doubt that I've never stayed in a house so interesting and creative, nor one that allows such close contact with nature. The living room, dining area, and kitchen are open air, and it was not uncommon for a giant butterfly to flutter through as we were hanging out on the couch. Each day, we watched monkeys swing through the canopy just feet away from us, and we spent a whole morning watching a mama sloth moving like molasses through a tree right beside the living room, her baby clamped like a starfish to her belly. Masses of macaws, toucans, and scores of other birds flew around (and occasionally through!) the house each day. This open air living is not for everyone, but if you want to experience the wildlife of the Osa, this is the place. The experience is edgy in the very best way--you're not looking at the jungle through double-paned glass in a climate-controlled hotel room, you're living right in it. During cicada season (which is when we were there), that means dealing with the nearby racket of cicadas and occasionally having them dive bomb you at night when they're drawn to the house lights. For me, that kind of experience is a plus--making the tropical experience real and not some kind of Disney fabrication. We loved the little swimming pool, accessed by its toad-proof stepping stones. We loved the many artistic touches throughout the house created by Michael and Blondie, who were helpful and friendly and gave wonderful tips on where to go and what to do. Our stay there was truly memorable and we have recommended it to our adventurous friends!
“Great Beautiful Wedding at an Exquistive Location”
My husband and I stayed at Lapa's Home as part of a wedding celebration! The house was just perfect. We arrived and had adventure right away. We arrived just after there had been a pretty good rain and there was a tree down in the driveway! We climbed over it and walked in! Blondie and Mike sent the caretaker to remove the tree right away and drove our car in for us. We absolutely loved the adventure and that the house is right at the cusp of the rainforest and close to the beach. We loved the open air design of the house and appreciated the screened bedrooms. We were surprised by the lack of insects and delighted by what visitors we did have. Daily visits by frogs hopping around, butterflies flying right through the house and my favorite were the hummingbirds which fly right into the house to feed from the beautiful exotic tropical flower arrangements. We had a few visitors of gladiator frogs which are adorable frogs with suction cup like hands and feet. We had daily visits with a few different kinds of monkeys while we sat at the pool deck sipping frosty umbrella drinks! We had such adventure hiking with their guides to a beautiful waterfall, went kayaking in the mangroves and hung around this beautiful reserve taking in all the sounds of the rainforest. The soothing views of the ocean topped off this amazing place. The house is a creative architectural style and art and so fitting. Open air living, even for a week is not for you if you are phobic of wildlife. But this is why our family chose this place for their wedding. It has the perfect combination of easy access to going everywhere, complete privacy, beautiful landscaped gardens and wild pristine rain forest. And we loved the house and location. It was also nice having caretakers we could go to if we had questions but basically it felt comforting to know we were not alone in the wilderness, but we felt as if we were!
Response from the owner, Blondie & Mike Cranford - 03/12/2013
We'd love to have you back anytime! Maybe another tree will come down after another beautiful rain and you can dance in the moonlight of a clear crystal, star filled sky while raindrops shimmer on the leaves!
A FlipKey verified reviewer
“Hope This Helps”
The owners of this house have said some interesting things about the three families who wrote bad reviews, and for you the reader this is almost certainly a "he said, she said". I am the spouse of one of the original reviewers, we have two pre-teen children. Finger pointing and such is useless and silly, I agree with the reviews from our other members in totality, and am furious that the owners of this house have taken great pains to smudge our character and truthfulness. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, here are several I took while enduring a stay at the Lapas house...reading between the lines will not be necessary.
Response from the owner, Blondie & Mike Cranford - 01/16/2013
We have responded to the same guests in 3 other reviews left by them, all below this one. In those, we addressed their issues. In these photos they show a photo of a screen with a 1.5 inch straight tear, in a room they did not use nor pay for, which has been repaired. Photos of light without bulb is a professional drafters light which we remove the bulb from because other guests didn't want the bright light. It is above a drafting desk! Photos of plastic chairs? Not sure about that- it gets hot in the tropics! We don't advise anyone to use plastic chairs in the hot sun anywhere, nor are they placed in the hot sun. Taking photos of the backside of screen panels (which they took out and turned backwards to photograph) is showing out of context. The screen panels sit inside a frame which has molding at the edges so they sit tightly in the frame. Photos of leaves in pool- they refused to let our caretaker remove them. If you have ever seen the movie "Pacific Heights" you know what we were dealing with! Nothing was going to make these guests happy! They did state that they would make us wish we had given them a refund by trying to spread negativity. Hopefully you can see by our other guests positive experiences, that we are fair and honest people! We have far more reviews on another site if you'd like that link- ask me and I will send it. Opportunistic travelers and manipulative people are very hard to please and generally don’t make it as far as the Osa. We and our staff try our best to make sure every visitor has the best experience possible. With this family, this was just not possible. We hope you can read all the responses we have made to each of their reviews and that this is specific enough a response to what was brought up . I guess when some people are not happy in general, it gets spread to every corner of the globe. We find it sad that when visiting a foreign country, with the most humble of local residents, tours and business owners in a pristine and pure part of the world, that these folks found it necessary to spread their discomfort of being out of their comfort zone and out of the box, to everyone they met and spoke with and still doing so once they returned to their home country. It is doubtful we will have this experience again. I am certain that you will find your experience with us to be one of the best in your life! Everyone else has! Pura Vida as it said here in Costa Rica- which translates to "Pure Life"! See you in paradise!
We had the best experience ever and Blondie was so helpful in arranging all we wanted to do. We say every animal we hoped to and enjoyed the rain forest in every way. If we make it back to Costa Rica this is where we will come back to. The open air of the house was wonderful along with the views and breezes from the ocean!
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