What to Bring?
Remember to pack light as you have a limit of 30lbs on Sansa or 40lbs on NatureAir, if you plan to fly from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez
Cameras, Binoculars: I have a pair of Binoculars there, but they stay in the Rancho or Marvin keeps them at night, you might have to ask for them, so nice to have a pair of your own. There are lots of animals to observe and at certain times of the year you can see several species of whales, especially Hump-back whales and Orcas flocking in the ocean in front of you. If you can bring a pair of your personal Binoculars to take on your tours, and
Cameras are a must of all that you will be seeing so bring one, and don’t forget the cables/batteries
Hiking Boots: Bring a decent pair of boots to hike in. No one needs a blister to spoil their vacation. Some people like Tevas and you can walk in the rivers up to the waterfalls with them. At the beach flip-flops are great in most areas except hiking.
Water Shoes: Bring water shoes – if you want to hike up or take a tour to see any of the several waterfalls in the area you’ll need them, even going to the beach as it is rocky in some places.
Flashlights: Everyone needs to have a flashlight, especially kids, but adults too!!! You can buy them almost everywhere, LED’s are great. They have some on Head-Bands that are popular here, most are very cheap, and you could leave them for the staff as a bonus they would like that. And bring extra batteries, it gets very dark as there no city lights around, it gets dark around 5:30-6:00 pm every night. And if you do the Night-Hike Tour you will need one.
Sunscreen, Shampoos, Bath Soap and other Toiletry Items: They have a wide selection at the grocery store, so no need to bring any along unless you can’t live without your designer brand. Bring Travel Size items.
Hair Driers, Curling Irons, Etc. PLEASE don’t plan to bring them to Tres Palmas. We are on solar energy and they are VERY high energy users.
Clothing: Think Casual, active wear and quick dry fabrics, as most days are warm to hot, depending on the time of year, so bring your shorts and light tops, Sunhats, visors and Sun-Glasses, lots of Sun in Costa Rica. Evenings can sometimes be a little cool, especially if it rains, so bring a couple of lightweight cover ups, just in case.
Surfboards: It can be a hassle to get boards down especially long boards due to size limitations on the airlines and rental cars, and there are a couple places where you can rent boards.
DO NOT OVER PACK,
Don’t bring clothes you’re not going to use, we have clothes washers and our girls are more than happy to wash anything you need washed, we don’t charge for this service so please tip our girls accordingly. The airline have penalty fees for overweight bags.
Bring your tropical attire, a big smile and a will to discover an adventuress place like none other, no exaggerations!!!
Tres Palmas is truly exceptional. For those who care about these things, the quality of the construction, the finishes, and landscaping of this property were absolutely first-class. We spent a good deal of time admiring the enormous thatched roof and never ascended or descended the driveway on foot or by vehicle without shaking our heads in wonder that someone constructed that acutely steep path. Nota bene: do not rent an undersized vehicle — follow the guidelines outlined on the website, you’ll be very glad you did.
There’s so much more to tell you, but honestly, Tres Palmas was such a wonderful experience I almost hate to share it. You will not be disappointed.
This was our 2nd time in Costa Rica; Osa was a new area for us and we are so glad we chose Tres Palmas in every single way. Our entrance to the villa was breathtaking and truly spectacular. The profusion of flowers, the incredible view, the design and the layout was perfect for our group of 12: Ron and I (parents and grandparents) daughter Lara and her husband and 2 teenage girls, son Jere and his son and daughter, Zach and his son and daughter (kid’s ages 4 to 17). It was easy to select the perfect room for us. We really loved all the cozy areas in the large rotunda to appeal to any given constellation of people for games, coloring, reading, napping. The kids loved the pool, there were always fresh towels stacked up for us, we had room on a shelf and the fridge for our groceries and the kitchen was always neat and clean.
Thank you so so much! Ginny & Ron
The place is very likely THE best place to stay when you are visiting the Osa Peninsula. It is pricey but well worth the money. The view from the property over the Dulce Gulf toward Panama is outstanding. The primary house structure is one of a kind, an architectural marvel, made, seemingly, without a single nail. You can observe animal life right from the house; the place is the one the birdwatchers will die for. Have about a dozen scarlet macaws, few toucans and aracaris, curassows, small parrots, caracaras, white hawks and couple more birds in a view simultaneously is a fantastic experience.
Our stay at Tres Palmas was too short ..next time we will stay a week!
The photos don’t do this house justice..it is a stunner and the staff were wonderful. This was our 4th visit to the Matapalo area and by far the best.
I have never seen so many toucans which are my favourite of all birds.
Thank You Brad and George we had a wonderful stay.