Casa Bonita is one funky place - a really, really wonderful funky place. If you are looking for something plain and uninspiring, please move along elsewhere. The unique layout and design of this house is truly outstanding. You are fortunate to be located a couple hundred feet from the main highway, yet get no traffic sounds. What you will hear is the sound of the ocean in the distance and a chorus of jungle sounds at times, especially at night. And you get to see the ocean, too, through the lush and ample landscaping surrounding the property and the wonderfully large infinity pool. A short 5 minute walk gets you to the closest beach. More often than not, no one else is there. The birds outnumbered the humans every time.
Moving to the inside, there are 4 larger bedrooms and there is lots of elbow room in each shower. There were only 4 of us staying for 10 days, but it was an embarrassment of riches when it came to space. The kitchen is well stocked and has large cooking areas. Impromptu meals often took place at the bar. You could also eat at the large dining room table or relocate to the multiple chairs and tables on the covered decks. The jungle theme of the house keeps you grounded to where you are: the rain forest.
Dominical is a short 2 minute drive; Uvita about 15. We loved the surf lessons at Bodhi Surf School in Uvita and would gladly take them again. Down to earth, nice people. Boogie boarding and safe swimming was found at Playa Hermosa just 10 minutes to the south. It was our go to beach. Don't miss the local waterfall and rope swing past the school just a few minutes drive away.
The concierge, Romulo, is excellent. He is a busy worker and helps maintain the property most days. He will arrange a wide variety of side trips/activities all the way down to basic things - mentioning his name saved us 25% on boogie board rentals for the week. He cooks wonderful meals, too. We had great food (highly recommend Por Que No, Chappy's and Roadshack Deli) but our best meal was the one cooked by him one night. Very authentic, fresh and to die for.
Finally, don't forget to hit up Melissa and Jens for information. They already have quite a bit listed on their links and it all seems pretty accurate. They are also easy going and good to work with.
Our planned return trip to Costa Rica in a few years will already be partially hassle free - we've picked our next rental and no question it will be Casa Bonita.