Testimonials

At Charlie’s Jungle House, guest satisfaction is our most important priority. Please read this selection of verified reviews from TripAdvisor, Airbnb, Booking.com and our Facebook page. We hope you will visit us soon!
Pura Vida! Charlie

  • Amazing host for an amazing beach.

    First the beach because I guess that's why you want to come here... Imagine you're an explorer setting foot on the shores of Matapalo after a long hectic journey and, depending from where you're coming from, it might be close to the truth. How can you not be subjugated by this long stretch of golden sand fringed by a lush vegetation? And most of it, nobody. Or nearly. Just you and the sound of the crashing waves... Colourful birds chirping in the trees, flocks of pelicans flying above the waves, cheeky monkeys jumping from branch to palms, ... Picture perfect paradise. The best place to linger in a hammock, sip a coconut or a beer, dip in the warm ocean, play guitar at sunset around a bonfire, ...

    Second, the hotel. We were lucky to have the Iguana lodge which could accommodate two couples. But all the bungalows are spacious, bright, full of storage/hanging space, lovely bathroom too. Comfortable bed. The breakfast made of fruit juice, coffee, fresh fruits, pancakes or toasts plus egg as you will is tasty and will fill you for a while. If you don't want to go further for lunch, the quesadillas were the best I had.

    But the best is yet to come. Charlie is the perfect host. Attentive, naturally welcoming, full of Informations about what to do and where to eat in the area, very chatty, ... Very very relaxed. My husband said that if Charlie was more layback, he'll fall over. Actually, you're not a guest. Because at the end of your stay you'll have the impression to say goodbye to that eccentric uncle from Costa Rica.

    Isabelle, United Kingdom — February 17, 2017
  • Good accommodation where you can relax and enjoy the beach.

    The Glass House was lovely accommodation just a short stroll to a quiet beach. The A/C in the room was very welcome. Charlie is a cheerful host and very welcoming. Nearby Hacienda Baru has nice walks and bird watching.

    Christine, United Kingdom — February 4, 2017
  • très bien

    Charlie et son fils Andrew sont d’une attention particulière avec les clients, proximité de la plage,et la tranquillité!

    Denis, Canada — February 4, 2017
  • Great stay

    Quiet and peaceful place in beautiful surroundings. Direct beach access.
    Very friendly host. Gave us an upgrade as soon as better room was available.
    Lot of things to do in the area. We wish we had stayed more than three nights.

    Pawel, Germany — February 3, 2017
  • Best place we stayed in CR!

    We loved everything. Charlie’s staff was amazing! He has an amazing property tucked away in the jungle, but right across from the beach. Very relaxing and will definitely visit again!

    Mary, USA — February 2, 2017
  • Un lugar hermoso

    Muy acogedor y excelente atención de Andrés; el Cheff y Don Charlie. Un lugar alejado de la contaminación; una playa hermosa; seguro y familiar.

    Natacha, Costa Rica — February 3, 2017
  • Amazing location.

    Super close to the beach. Super hospitable. The place was perfectly equipped with everything you can possibly need. Definitely will come back soon!!

    Jazmine, Los Angeles, California, USA — February 2017
  • Excellent place, great hospitality.

    It’s the best place for enjoy a romantic stay with your couple.

    Marvin Donaire, — January 18, 2017
  • fantastic! we’d loved to have stayed longer…

    Friendly staff, located right at the beach. Clean modern rooms. Monkeys and iguana’s in the garden. Great help with questions asked and booking tours.

    Joost, Netherlands — January 9, 2017
  • A perfect 10 out of 10

    Even before our arrival Charlie was making a special effort to make sure we were well taken care of. During our stay we were treated with top class service and would strongly recommend all to be guests of Charlie’s Jungle House. Truly the perfect travel destination.

    Darryl, Canada — January 6, 2017
  • A tranquil beachfront paradise

    Charlie’s Jungle House was the absolutely perfect jungle-meets-beach refuge for 2 New Yorkers seeking relaxation and tranquility. Charlie is a friendly and warm host who is so committed to the comfort of his guests. We stayed in one of the cute studios equipped with a kitchenette, hot water and extensive windows for treeline views. The beach was luxuriously beautiful and sparsely populated. Charlie’s kitchen staff who prepared delicious breakfasts each morning were so kind and helpful. All in all, staying at Charlie’s Jungle House was an exceptional experience and we can’t wait to return as soon as possible.

    Kathryn, USA — January 1, 2017
  • Amazing place

    Feels like heaven. Charlie is an amazing host, so far the best host we met in Costa Rica. The place is by the beach, the staff great and very friendly, feels like home! I totally recommend it. Hope we will come again.

    Souky, Montreal, Canada — January 2017
  • We absolutely loved everything about our stay at Charlie’s.

    Rent any room in his group and it’s all amazing. The property is both sides of the road that lead up to the beach, has a few tables, chairs and sets of loungers on the beach. The beach was soft sand, and is really wide at low tide, beautiful sunset, and you can see the moon and sun at sunrise on the beach – very cool. The best part is that it’s not heavily populated! There are a couple bed and breakfasts there, but only a handful. Most of the time we were on the beach by ourselves! The water was warm and felt soft, it was the strangest thing! There was also tons of wildlife on and surrounding his property. Sloths just down the road, iguanas and white-faced capuchins visit several times a day. a little bit south on the beach, there is a sea turtle hatchery and we stumbled upon turtles hatching on our morning walk – amazing!!! I saw 6 species of birds while sitting at the table outside our room for 10 minutes. Truly an oasis! Its about 25-30 minutes north of Uvita and maybe 15-20 from Manuel Antonio – though you’d probably walk there faster on the beach! Haha! Cute little town, and Charlies suggestions were right on point. Breakfast was delicious, staff was so kind, and beautiful and well-kept property. We can’t wait to come back – this time we’ll stay longer! Do yourself a favor and book it now. You won’t regret it.

    Abby, Dayton, Ohio, USA — January 2017
  • Charlies jungle house ist einfach perfekt!

    Nur 50 Meter bis zum herrlichen Strand. Bisher das Schoenste, was wir erleben durften. Charlie und seine Jungs sind die perfekten Gastgeber, egal was für Fragen oder Probleme man hat, es wird sich sofort drum gekümmert und erledigt. Perfekt ist, dass man gratis Surf- und Boogieboards leihen kann. Hier muss man sich einfach wohlfuehlen, alles sehr familiär und liebevoll. Auch die Touren, die Charly organisiert sind super, man sieht viel und alles ist vom Service kaum zu toppen. Besonders schön sind die Tips vonnöten Charlie bezüglich Essen (Guava nova bei Peter, Anja und Kevin) und was man in der ansehe unternehmen kann. Die Zeit war einfach zu schnell vorbei! Wennn wir nochmal nach Matapalo kommen, dann weit aus länger! Wir haben uns mehr als wohl und gut aufgehoben gefühlt! Thanks a lot Charlie!

    Petra, Surcuolm, Switzerland — January 2017
  • Wonderful place!

    Charlie is a wonderful host. He makes sure we are comfortable and well care for. His recommendations for things to do, where to eat are excellent. The place is next to jungle and ocean so you have very interesting time to see wildlife and walk the beach. We saw tucans, birds, slothes right in the gardens! The rooms are very nice and roomy.

    Nga, USA — December 31, 2016
  • Perfect place, close to beach, friendly family atmosphere

    From the moment we met Charlie, he made us feel so welcome. The most recent upgrade to the Jungle House is his new lounge – bar and restaurant. Kerbin, the chef, is amazing with the special dishes he prepares -eg his salad with shrimp and a special dessert called Marianne’s Flan. Towels were changed everyday along with apt being cleaned. The beach was just across the road with hammocks put out for you to relax in. For peaceful surroundings and tranquillity, you can find no better place. Thank you Charlie and Kerbin for a wonderful stay.

    Arend, Canada — November 27, 2016
  • Charlie’s place was a great place to end a week in Costa Rica

    The small, quiet resort is on a beach that has a few other rentals along it, so it is private while still being a place where you can meet other people if you’d like. The cabins are modern and comfortable, and the new Jungle Room restaurant and bar, with it’s friendly Tico staff is already a great addition. A supermarket and restaurant are just a few houses up the road. The quiet, private beach is beautiful. I only wish I could have stayed for the town’s annual sea turtle release festival!

    Andrea, Rochester, Minnesota, USA — November 2016
  • We had a great time at Charlies!

    The location and beach are magnificent and we loved our room. Charlie is a great guy who gave us some awesome suggestions on things to do so that made it even better. We are looking forward to coming back soon.

    Frank, Austin, Texas, USA — November 2016
  • My friend and I had a lovely weekend at Charlie’s

    The house is literally 3 minutes from the beautiful Matapalo beach. Charlie was extremely responsive (we had a couple of questions before booking and he answered very promptly) and helpful. He picked us up in Quepos and drove us to the house, then to a wonderful and affordable seafood restaurant when we told him we wanted to have fish for dinner. He is very knowledgeable about Costa Rica and you can tell all his neighbours love him. Breakfast on the terrace was delicious and the view was enchanting. He made us feel at home – we just regretted we were not staying longer! Our stay was absolutely perfect and we’re definitely going back soon. Nothing to improve! Thanks again for everything Charlie – Pura Vida

    Julie, London, United Kingdom — November 2016
  • Explore pura vida as its best!

    Me and my friend have been here on our backpacking tour. It is such a lovely place. Beautiful people in front of a never ending beach. Especially the Terrasse in our accommodation was awesome. Just sitting in middle of jungle and seeing the beauty of nature…. one day we ll be back 🙂

    Marco, Munich, Germany — October 26, 2016