A 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom treehouse nestled in a giant tree,close to beach
Tree houses have something to say. They speak in an ancient language, and the message is universal: climb up and be in harmony with Nature.
Let go of earthbound encumbrances and be free. You may not be young enough any more to climb a tree, branch by perilous branch, but so what?
The important thing is being in the tree not how you get up in it. (Peter Nelson and Garry Hadden).
A unique experience, living in a giant rubber tree, nestled in its branches, with nature all around you. Fall asleep to the sounds of the jungle and wake up in luxury. Topo's Tree House has 2 decks, with an extra 3rd little deck to enjoy your morning coffee or an evening cocktail while looking out into the jungle's tree tops and flora. You might even share this moment with a passing sloth!
The 1st floor has a beautiful tropical wood deck, with carved posts and one side which is completely a wall of the giant tree's roots, creating a mosaic of shapes, twists and turns. There is a fully equipped kitchen, dining room, bathroom and terrace over-looking the tropical pond with its orchids and lilies. Relax in the hammock while watching parrots, hummingbirds and toucans as they fly by.
On the 2nd deck, there is a another living room on the open air terraced with a spectacular view looking over the canopy of trees and plants. The 2 bedrooms are adjacent to the living room, each with its own window opening out into the tree's branches. The main bedroom has a 4 poster-bed with a full Queen orthopaedic mattress, lots of pillows and a mosquito net draping over it, lamps and a security safe box. The other bedroom has 2 twin beds with mosquito nets and lamps. A large bathroom with 2 sinks, a full shower with glass doors, elegant tiles and beautiful hardwood cabinets.
The 3rd deck has its private little terrace with iron wrought chairs and table , feel completely enveloped in the trees living branches with hanging orchids.
On the 1st floor, an outside shower is found in between the trees roots.
Comforts are found everywhere, from the hot running water, fully equipped kitchen, wireless Internet, flat screen Satellite TV, outdoor BBQ, to a big fridge.
The large tropical gardens have been landscaped for years but retain their natural attraction. They have been nourished to be the home for different species of birds, poison dart frogs (harmless to humans by the way!), inviting sloths monkeys and butterflies. The tropical gardens are a home to much of the local wildlife. Little ponds for fish and turtles, bromeliads for frogs and flowers for butterflies. Stroll through this magical garden, truly a little Garden of Eden.
At only 200 mt. down the little sand road lies the beach of Playa Negra. A well known beach for surfers. The coconut trees, the beach, the surfers, swimmers and the famous 'Reggae Bar' make it a great place to relax and enjoy life. Sit on the open air terrace of 'Reggae Bar' over-looking the beach, feel the breeze as it moves through the palm leaves, enjoy a Pina Colada and the local dish of Coconut Chicken with Rice & Beans or a fresh Redsnapper grilled on the BBQ. Friday nights are 'Live Music' dance and move to the vibes of Reggae, Calypso and Blues. For the younger generation hit the town! The streets are full of locals and tourists dancing and having fun to the music of Reggae Dancehall.
.... ~ Pura Vida ~
Kerin & John Haueisen
About the Owner
I was born in the rural country of Slovenia but grew up in Germany. Since as far as I can remember my love of nature was strong. Working hard in Germany, my hobby, then my passion and later to become my profession, was of frogs ,especially poison dart frogs. I made over 40 trips to different parts of the world to discover, find and photograph these little jewels. One of these trips brought me to Cahuita, in Costa Rica. At the time I was looking for the Dendrobatidae which was in this area, and still is to this day. It was love at first sight, I knew I had to come back and make this my home.
Returning to Germany I worked very hard to make the money necessary to buy a property and to start a new life, the one I had always dreamed of.
5 based on 7 traveler reviews
.... ~ Pura Vida ~
Kerin & John Haueisen
Trip and Tree of a Lifetime
Concerning the tree house itself, the place has an almost magical vibe that runs throughout the property. While this statement may sound cheesy, the isolation, cleanliness, various areas for sitting and talking, symphony of sounds, the well-working amenities, hammocks, vegetation, wildlife (we saw frogs and a sloth with her baby), and sturdy structure of the unique house all work together to harbor a space for relaxation, one to which we will always feel connected. Everything is fully furnished and equipped with plenty of towels, pillows, blankets, soap, cutlery, etc., and the house has everything needed for cooking; Topo, staying at the guest house out back just a stone’s throw away, is just a holler away if we did need anything or had questions. We even had a few cold beers in our fridge! The beach, bars, restaurants, and a breakfast places are within immediate walking distance (maybe four minutes walking to the beach with everything else in between).
While simply staying at the tree house made our trip an unforgettable experience, Topo’s courtesy, generosity, and helpfulness elevated our trip to a higher level. He showed us around town, gave us recommendations for the best prices on virtually everything to do (canopy tours, beaches, bars, grocery, horseback riding, surfing), had an occasional drink with us, and was never intrusive whatsoever. He truly cared about our stay and his relaxed and infectious demeanor quickly rubbed off on us. In fact, we had such a great time at the tree house and in Cahuita in general, we decided to extend our stay for a couple more days, and among our many journeys in Costa Rica, staying at the tree house is our favorite memory.
If this review comes off as overzealous, I’d respond by saying that it is almost impossible to articulate how special this place and Topo are.
Tree House on the Carribbean
What we are most impressed with is the artistry of this home. The house is part trees and part man build. It is a two floor wooden structure, built in a manner that respects the local ecosystem. One side of the house (kitchen, dinning and living areas) is open meaning there are virtually no walls to separate you from nature aside from banisters, posts and beams. Exception is made with the bedrooms which are designed for comfort and privacy. A subtle lighting system artistically enhances the tree trunks and cavities that make up one of the house’s sides creating a gigantic 3D natural art work. Finally the house is well appointed with all you need to cook and refresh yourself. My personal favourite was the offering of fresh, perfectly ripe local fruits which were offered as a welcoming touch.
Cahuita is a community full of character and unaffected by massive tourist development. The beaches are accessible in numerous places and the water is clear, warm and inviting. The national park is a wonder with amazing jungle trails and unspoiled white sand beaches that span for kilometres. We saw and heard plenty of wildlife, explored the local reef while snorkelling, guided by a bright young guide. The local fare is also good.
I recommend the Tree House for those who want to spice up their vacation and get away from the usual commercial or standard accommodation. Costa Rica’s nature is what we were hoping to experience and our stay at the Tree House fulfilled this dream. Thank you Topo for being our host, and Terry for arranging our stay.
Jungle of Eden!!
Lastly- Topo, the owner, could not have been more accomodating. He lives on the property but off to the back and behind thick jungle so you would never even know. He made us feel very welcome, and gave us some good local knowledge for what to see/do, where to go (and where not to go). He's also very knowledgable about the wildlife in the area so made it fun to learn from him.
I could not speak any higher about this property and the owner. If you like the idea of an amazing treehouse in a jungle, with modern accomodations, and walking distance to a fun layed back Caribean town - You MUST experience this!
Thanks again, Topo!! Hope to meet again!
From the Owner
“I came back in 1987 and bought 2 hectareas of land in Cahuita by the beach Playa Negra. There, as I camped under the star lit skies at night, surrounded by thousands of fireflies, I would imagine and make plans of my dream tree-house built in the giant tree that was towering over my property. At first I built my home and as life does, plans changed, life moved on.”
Activity and Interests
Topo's Tree House is settled in the quiet and friendly neighbourhood of Playa Negra. Within walking distance to the little village of Cahuita, yet far enough to enjoy the peacefulness of the nature and sea. In this neighbourhood you will find most things you need, the beach to surf, swim and suntan, Reggae Bar for Caribbean specialties like Coconut Chicken.and to enjoy a cool drink on their terrace ,with the sea breeze and watch as the surfers take the waves. Or rent a surfboard, locally, yourself and try a wave or two. Local surf instructors are there to help you . Great for adults and children.
In the evenings enjoy the vibe of Reggae and Calypso music to your dinner in Reggae Bar or an evening of fun with live music! For more fun and dancing, Cahuita is just a short walk down the little dirt road to enjoy the little restaurants and bars at night.
There are plenty of activities like snorkeling on the amazing coral reef in the National Park of Cahuita, where you will see a multitude of colourful tropical fish, manta rays and dolphins. A hike in the Park to see the howler monkeys, white face monkeys, sloths, iguanas, racoons, opossums and much more. A horse back ride down the beach or up into the rainforest to the waterfalls.
Cahuita itself, is a laid back village and it moves to the sound of Reggae & Calypso, gentle, easy and relaxing. Little restaurants and colourful boutiques clutter the main street leading to the little bridge and entrance to the National Park of Cahuita. There are 3 different beaches, all within walking distance Playa Blanca, Playa Grande and Playa Negra, awarded the blue flag for cleanliness.
The tropical rainforest lies just behind and provides exhilirating adventures such as ziplinig and hiking. This place is a little paradise for surfers, couples and families who want to relax, enjoy, experience new things and discover nature. The nature is abundant with parrots, toucans, sloths, iguanas, hummingbirds, frogs, butterflies and the lush tropical vegetation so intense on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. This area has so much to offer, and is well sought after in September and October when the rest of the country has its rainy season and heavy downpours. For the Caribbean it is our dry season, blues skies, flat seas, warm waters. Throughout the rest of the year we have a good balance between rain and sun, keeping the area green but warm with the sun.
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Dec 20 - Jan 5
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.
Additional information about rental rates
prices are for 1-2 person,each extra person 15,00 $.Max 4 person.
From the Owner
“Realizing this childhood dream took over 17 years. It is a return to innocence and escape from the everyday routine. A sensation of freedom, peace and tranquility that only a living tree can create. I designed the gardens especially as a habitat for the beautiful poison dart frogs that have always been my passion and planted orchids (yes, my second passion) I also made it attractive for hummingbirds, parrots, toucans and butterflies. Because I did not cut down the trees, but built around them, respecting nature, this facilitated the sloths to cross my property and to eat from the leaves of trees they needed. Monkeys found shelter and so did the iguanas. From the dry season where thousands of lit up fireflies would fill the air, to the rainy season when the chorus of a multitude of different types of frogs would sound like an orchestra. The sounds of the jungle, so deep and so magical. I was bewitched and in love with this area on the Caribbean of Costa Rica, and still am to this day. Cahuita became my home, its people my friends and the nature my ally.”
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Basic Soaps
- Ceiling Fans
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Parking Off Street
- Toilet Paper
- Towels Provided
- Wireless Internet
- 4 Ring Stove
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
- Dining ...
- Dining Area
- Satellite / Cable
- children welcome
- pets not allowed
- unsuitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
- Near The Ocean
- botanical garden
- rain forests
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- horseback riding
- paddle boating
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness center
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- deepsea fishing
- scuba diving or snorkeling
- sound/bay fishing
- whitewater rafting
- 133 m²
- 1 Bathroom,
- 1 Half Bath
- Bathroom 1 - toilet, shower
- Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower
- Bathroom 2 - toilet
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
- Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
- Bedrooms have comfortable orthopaedic mattresses, mosquito nets and safety security box. An extra cabin can also be rented for 2 extra people, making it possible for a family or friends of 6.
- Deck Furniture
- Fully Fenced Property
- Lawn / Garden
- Outdoor Furniture
- Outdoor Grill
- Porch Furniture
- Wood Deck
- Guests provide their own meals