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Beachfront Punta Uva: A Storied Location with Modern Amenities

Evi

Member since: 2009
Call Manager
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Speaks: english, german, spanish
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

Evi

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, german, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2015
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Beachfront Punta Uva: A Storied Location with Modern Amenities

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

Overview

Puerto Viejo House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps max. 4), Beachfront

We hope you feel inspired while staying in our recently-renovated beachfront home, Casa de la Musa (House of the Muse), directly on the spectacular beach of Punta Uva. This is the home where famous Costa Rican author, Anacristina Rossi, lived for nearly 15 years and wrote stories about the life and beauty of the Caribbean coast. Her works include 'La Loca de Gandoca,” which, after its release in 1992, helped save the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge from development (her books are available to read in English and Spanish at the house). While sitting in the home’s breezy deck and looking through the magnificent jungle gardens towards the gorgeous Punta Uva beach, you can easily imagine how Rossi felt inspired to write about this Costa Rican paradise.

Casa de la Musa is a clean, recently-restored Caribbean-style cabin with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, full kitchen, screened porch, open deck, and many modern amenities, including wi-fi, air-conditioned bedrooms, and digital music players. Though the house was substantially upgraded during the spring and summer of 2011, it still maintains much of its Caribbean charm, including its original wood floors, traditional balcony seat, and solid, locally-built furniture.

Surrounded by lush natural gardens full of exotic plants and wildlife, Casa de la Musa is one of only a handful of houses directly on Punta Uva beach, the most swimmable beach in the Puerto Viejo area (the house sits 50 meters from the water line, the closest Costa Rican homes can legally be to the ocean). Outside Magazine and other travel publications have rated Punta Uva one of the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. The house is also near some of the area’s most wonderful restaurants, dive centers, surf spots, massage studios, yoga classes and all of the fun activities of Puerto Viejo. You can reach the trails of the Manzanillo-Gandoca refuge by a quick bike ride or even quicker car ride, explore the various beaches by foot or bicycle, or just relax in a hammock looking out onto the jungle and the Caribbean.

The home has a clean indoor kitchen with large windows opening towards the beach, garden, and patio areas. The kitchen, significantly renovated summer 2011, has a refrigerator/freezer, gas stove and oven, new tiles, new appliances (coffee maker, toaster, mixer), dishware and utensils. An open dining area has seating for up to 8. House has 2 full bathrooms with a shower downstairs and shower/bathtub upstairs. Hot water (not standard in Caribbean homes) is available in both showers, in the upstairs sink, and in the kitchen sink. Drinking water (2 18 liter jugs) and water dispenser are provided guests generally don’t need to buy water. Linens, house towels, beach towels, beach chairs, and beach mats are included. There is an alarm system, and a safe box large enough to store a laptop and other important personal belongings. Cleaning is included every 3 days for stays of 5 nights or more. Additional cleaning can be arranged for a fee. Laundry service is provided on the property once for every week. (1 load per 4 guests). Additional loads anytime are $10 per load (1 load = 5kg or 11lbs).

We will try our best to make your stay at Casa de la Musa a great one! Evi is our friendly and experienced property manager who will help make your stay comfortable, safe, and fun. Please feel free to talk to her about any questions, suggestions, or concerns you may have about your visit. She speaks Spanish, English, and German. Our caretaker family (Carlos, Yolanda, and their little girl, Genesis) lives in a small casita next door to the main house and assists with maintenance and security. In the unlikely event you have concerns during the night, they are always available to help (they also have a friendly dog, Lokie, who barks at newcomers but will quickly get to know you!).

A few important notes: 1) Casa de la Musa is surrounded by jungle plants and wildlife. While we make a concerted effort to keep the house clean and comfortable, it may not be the right place for you if you hate bugs, spiders or other critters. 2) Regarding privacy, the casita is easily visible by guests from the main house, and you may see our caretaker family on the property during your stay. While they make every effort to respect your privacy, travelers who would like complete seclusion may be happier at another property.

We believe travelers looking for a true Caribbean beach and jungle experience will love spending a vacation in this charming, comfortable home. We hope you enjoy your time in Punta Uva as much as we have!

Keywords: House, Beachfront, High Speed Internet, Jungle, Oceanfront

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Evi (Property Manager)
Member since: 2009
Call Manager
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english, german, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2015

About Evi

We are Jeff and Carrie, a young couple that fell in love with the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica while traveling in the summer 2008. We were engaged in the area later that year, and we now live in Los Angeles, California, USA with our 2 little girls (one shown here in her own rainforest :-). While we can't go down to Punta Uva as much as we would like right now, as the kids grow up we expect to spend lots of wonderful time here. In the meantime, please enjoy the house, the Caribbean, the jungle, and the unique culture of the Puerto Viejo area as much as we do!

Evi purchased this house in 2008

Why Evi chose Puerto Viejo

To make a long story short, we stumbled upon this property after a chance encounter with a real estate agent one night at a restaurant. We were already drawn to the rich blend of cultures -- Tico, Afro-Caribbean, and many others -- in the area, as well as to the natural beauty of the beaches and jungle. When the agent showed us this property, we realized this was a dream location for us. While we never expected to buy a home, we had a Costa Rican friend who joined us and encouraged us to take the plunge. We hope this will be a source of joy for us and many others in the years to come.

What makes this house unique

We love the location on the beach between Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo. The original house was a solid, traditional, open-air Caribbean cabin. While we maintained most of the original design features, we made significant renovations in spring/summer 2011 so that the home now has many of the comforts and amenities that we and many other travelers around the world appreciate.

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights
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Reviews

4.7
based on 22 traveler reviews

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Beachfront Punta Uva: A Storied Location with Modern Amenities
average rating of 4.681818 based on 22 reviews
Costa Rica
5

Casa musa

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoy our experience at Casa Musa, such a beautiful place, a few meters from an awesome white sand clear blue water beach, we must have to come back as soon as possible. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
United States, MD, Takoma Park
5

Wonderful property

  • 5 of 5

This house is situated perfectly on the property- far back from the road and only steps to the beach. It feels very private and quiet and is wonderful for see animals like agouti, birds, and one day we even saw a sloth out at end of driveway! The house is just as described and the caretakers are very kind. We heard no barking dogs or any sounds at all and they are helpful and very good to have nearby. Evi was very responsive when there was a problem with an air conditioner and got it fixed quickly. Do write to her with questions as she is very helpful and can help with any uncertainties. We loved the location and having the amenities of comfort upstairs with the simple and rustic style downstairs. Husband caught a few fish and we enjoyed a great meal at Selvin's and bought a lobster from a fisherman across the way. I would recommend this for couples and families with kids over 10. The beach is lovely but waves were a bit stronger than I expected and stronger than our young son liked too. But it really is a perfect place and we would happily go back and recommend to others!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
California
4

Great spot

  • 4 of 5

This rustic two bedroom is a great place to relax by the sea--listen to the waves, enjoy the wildlife. Walking distance to several good restaurants. Read the Anacristina Rossi book -- very interesting!

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
4

Incredible location

  • 4 of 5

We stayed 4 nights at Casa de la Musa and had a very enjoyable stay. The welcome by Evi was very professional and the house was very clean. The availability of beach chairs, beach towels, etc. was very appreciated! The house is located steps from one of the 10 best beaches in Costa Rica and it was almost as if we had a private beach. In general, where the house is located one is already several km away from "busy" Puerto Viejo, in a laid-back more residential area. We sampled some of the restaurants that were recommended by the owners & the property manager and they were excellent. There are many dogs - in general. It seems that many home owners have one or two dogs and one encounters many on the beach.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
North Carolina, USA
5

Absolutely perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We three stayed in Casa de la Musa for four nights and it was even better than we had expected from reading all the earlier reviews and scrutinizing all the photos. We wanted to have our "own" house over Christmas so that we could do our own cooking and set our own schedule, and it was perfect for that. We loved the beach and jungle mix, with about a minute's walk to leave one and get to the other. We bought and grilled fresh, local fish, and gorged ourselves on ripe banana and mango (somehow never served in restaurants in CR that time of year even though there are plenty of ripe ones in the markets). We had planned to do the night tour offered by the Jaguar rescue center, and were pleasantly surprised to see the entrance (to the LONG road up) right across the road from the driveway to the house. We would highly recommend that tour, as well as a private day tour of the Rescue Center, and the chocolate tour down the road. Our surprise treat was the hours-long visit by howler monkeys on Christmas day when the rain started (the only rain of our 10 day trip to Costa Rica). They parked themselves in the trees around the house, and the harder it rained, the louder they howled. Not soon to be forgotten! Christmas evening dinner at Restaurante Selvin was an added treat: Local, fresh ingredients with Jamaican influence. We met both Evi (manager) and Mauricio (assistant), and both were warm, gracious, and eager to make our stay just perfect. The surprisingly quick replacement of the broken coffee pot was especially appreciated. I read in other reviews some odd complaints: the caretaker's house being too close, the dog barking, etc. We were happy to have the caretakers next door and found them very unobtrusive! The two dogs rarely barked, and never at us. Yolanda took great care with the clothes we asked her to wash and Carlos came by to offer ripe bananas one morning. People shouldn't expect five-star hotel luxury, and they shouldn't take fancy clothes they worry about getting stained by the rust in the water! People who don't like bugs also should stay somewhere else. For us, it was exactly what we were hoping to find; we were certainly not disappointed! (Wifi also worked well --- probably too well because we could have spent less time perusing our e-mail and more time just enjoying the hammock! I would love to go back and stay even longer.

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Mountain View
5

Perfect get-away

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Casa De La Musa was the perfect spot to spend a relaxing honeymoon. Everything was in great shape when we got there, two air conditioned rooms, a fantastic covered porch with a view of the Caribbean, and our own private entrance onto a spectacular beach. The construction is charming, with exposed wood, and a modern bathroom that is a nice balance between the comforts of home and the ruggedness of the CR Caribbean coast. The spot is a short walk from the best restaurants in the area (Jungle Love, Selvin, etc.) and short bike ride or drive from Puerto Viejo OR Manzanillo. The caretakers are fantastic and will make sure you have everything you need. Evi was wonderful in showing us the place even though we arrived much later than expected. If you are looking for a relaxing spot in a stunning location, this is perfect. We hope to return again sometime.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

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Punta Uva
"Beautifulst beach in the area - good for snorkel, kayak or just relax on the beach walk mile..."
Restaurante Selvin
"Best Caribbean fresh fish, lobster, Seafood soup - our favorite Restaurant"
Jaguar Rescue Center
"A must for Families and animal lovers ! every day 9:30 & 11:30 "
Cahuita National Park
Maxis
"Authentic Caribbean Restaurant beach front in Manzanillo fresh fish , lobster, shrimps seafo..."
Koki Beach
"Full Bar, good food, not cheap but very good quality, good service sit, chill, drink ! enjoy..."
om puerto viejo
"YOGa yoga yoga - every day ! for every level - ocean view - different great teachers "
Wahoo Fishing and Tours
"Boat Trip, Fishing Have a great boat trip with nick & Janet"
Gelateria Deelite
"Autentic italian Home made ICE CREAM !!! so good - dont miss it"
Nearest Airport
220 Kilometres
SJO
Nearest Beach
Punta Uva Beach
Car: not necessary

Snorkeling, Scuba diving, Surfing, Dolphin watching, Animal reserves, Hiking, Chocolate Tours, Indigenous Reserves

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Rates & Availability

From $155 Per night

Puerto Viejo House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Standard rate, 1-2 Guests
Apr 6 2015 - May 4 2015
2 night minimum stay
$155
$930
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas / New Year
Dec 18 2015 - Jan 4 2016
5 night minimum stay
$180
 
 
High Season 2
Jan 5 2016 - Mar 19 2016
2 night minimum stay
$155
$930
 
 
Easter week
Mar 20 2016 - Mar 31 2016
5 night minimum stay
$180
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$155
$930
 

Additional information about rental rates

Notes Children under 12 stay free.
Rate includes cleaning every 3 days for stays of 5 nights or more.
Rate includes 1 load laundry per 2 guests every 3 nights (laundry done on-site).
Rates are higher during Christmas, New Year's, and Easter weeks. Please inquire.
Please inquire for rentals >1 month.
If you need to cancel, there is a $50 cancellation fee. No refunds within 30 days of arrival.

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Amenities

Puerto Viejo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs - toilet , shower , Located off deck. Separate rooms for shower & sink/toilet.
    Upstairs - toilet , shower , Located between bedrooms, one door to each bedroom.
  • Both with hot water in sinks and showers (not standard in Caribbean homes).
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Smaller Bedroom - 1 double
    Larger bedroom - 1 double , 1 murphy bed , Main bed + optional Trundle Bed, both doubles.
  • Each bedroom has air conditioner, shelves, hanging rack, safe, desk space, and door to upstairs bathroom, wifi in the whole house.
Entertainment:
  • Books
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes:
Outdoor shower and foot wash, private path to beach, alarm system, drinking water provided (2 18L jugs), massage services available in-home.

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