The Casa

PLAYA LAPA is a PRIVATE BEACH FRONT RESIDENCE located in Carate, adjacent to the beautiful Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula, in Costa Rica. The Casa sits on 1.6 hectares of lowland rainforest palms and exotic botanicals, including 6 types of producing fruit trees and flowering ornamental landscape plants, extending from the Carate road to the Pacific beach. 

A sturdy footbridge from Playa Lapa’s back yard crosses over the fresh water slough that feeds the adjacent Pejeperrito Lagoon. Sand dunes and coconut palms protect the Casa from the pacific surf just fifty feet beyond. 

A beautiful off-grid, custom built home of teak and purple heart wood, the Casa has 2 bedrooms, a bathroom on each level, and an open-air cathedral living area. A spiral staircase of purple heart and cara de tigre provides a stunning architectural accent rising up through the center of the living area, with a master bedroom suite, guest room and railed walkway to the second level deck overlooking the ocean. There are views of the beach or the ocean from almost every room in the house. The spacious southwestern style kitchen has a gas stove with oven, a small energy efficient AC refrigerator, and a lunch bar. Included are full service place settings of china, glassware, stainless flatware, and commercial quality cookware and cutlery, as well as all bed linens and towels.

The furnishings throughout the house have been custom fabricated by a local craftsman from zebrawood and include a colonial trestle dining table with benches and chairs, two comfortable futon armchairs with ottomans, and a matching futon sofa that folds out into a double bed. With a queen bed in the master bedroom, and a full size bed in the guest bedroom, Playa Lapa has a sleeping capacity for six (3 adult couples).  In addition the fold down recliners and chaise lounges provide youth size beds for 4 children.  

The futon Sofa on the east deck folds out to a fourth double bed.  Additionally, 3 hammocks on the “beach deck” acomodate siestas any time.

There are spacious covered decks on the front, both sides, and the back of the first floor, with table and chairs for dining, and a large covered deck with hammocks on the second level.  Area fans and 6-8 personal size fans are also provided for guest comfort.  Due to the proximity to the ocean, there is a steady off shore breeze by day, and an onshore breeze through the night.

The house is fully screened, with steel security on all windows and doors, and teak shutters surrounding the living room. 

The emphasis within the Carate community and Playa Lapa is on good stewardship of the environment and conservation of  sustainable resources–There is no land line telephone service, nor municipal electric power.  Therefore, functioning in harmony with nature, energy is harvested from the sun via solar panels on the roof which feeds a battery bank that supplies power for essential appliances in the casa, such as the refrigerator, lights and fans. Hot and cool water is available in the outdoor bath house: enjoy a refreshing shower to remove sand after beach and hiking activities before entering the Casa, or a warm shower anytime via the propane hot water system. In addition, all water entering the casa is safe to drink, having passed through a filtration system.

Satellite Internet is the communication method of choice, as the surrounding mountains for the most part impede a cellular signal. However, local residents have identified windows of cellular availability on the beach and near the lagoon, but this is not always reliable, as you may need a local SIM card to access. WiFi Internet is available at the casa, or at a local lodge as a backup.


  • Kayaks (must be reserved in advance), beach chairs, beach towels, boogie boards, personal fans, board games (guest room chest), nature reference books (library).
  • Supplies: Toilet paper, paper napkins or towels, trash bags, cleaning supplies, dish soap.
  • Linens: Queen, full and twin size sheet sets and cases; bath towels, dish towels and beach towels; pillows; mosquito nets (guest room chest).
  • Cookware: Pots and pans are cast aluminum and Farberware; cutlery and serving ware are stainless steel.



  • Flashlights, personal supplies
  • Food for the length of your stay
  • Extra medications in case of delays
  • Small WiFi enabled laptop computer or smartphone for communication
  • Hiking: please see list on Eco-tours, Corcovado Day hike.

NOTE: More photos of the Casa can be seen in the photo gallery!