BEACHFRONT PUNTA UVA: A STORIED LOCATION WITH MODERN AMENITIES

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Bedrooms 2
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BEACHFRONT PUNTA UVA: A STORIED LOCATION WITH MODERN AMENITIES

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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

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Evi (Property Manager)
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Speaks english, german, spanish

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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Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
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Reviews

4.7
based on 17 traveler reviews

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Beachfront Punta Uva: A Storied Location with Modern Amenities
average rating of 4.7058825 based on 17 reviews
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Beachfront Punta Uva: A Storied Location with Modern Amenities
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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 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Puerto Viejo Limon Province
Maryland, USA
5

Incredible vacation home.

  • 5 of 5
My wife and I just returned from a week-long stay at this house. We can't imagine a better place to stay near Puerto Viejo. The house is literally steps from the beach; we fell asleep each evening listening to the waves crash against the sand. There's a huge screened-in porch to protect against the plentiful insects in the area, the bedrooms have air conditioning, and the 2nd floor bathroom has hot water. It has been beautifully renovated. Yolanda did a great job of cleaning the house during our stay. An amazing vacation home--we hated to leave and can't wait to return next year.

Regarding a recent traveler's complaints about the "rustic" nature of this home: it's not the Ritz-Carlton. It's located in a jungle, about a hundred feet from the Caribbean sea. There are many bugs and other jungle creatures. If you want a four-star resort with all the comforts of home and no insects, look toward the Pacific side of the country. For an authentic, unique, unmatched Costa Rican experience (and still with a significant amount of "creature comforts"), choose Casa de la Musa without hesitation.
  • Submitted: May 12, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Like Civilized camping

  • 3 of 5
This location on Punta Uva is amazing. It is spectacular to wake up and just walk several yards to your own private caribbean beach. Albeit the location is wonderful and the caretakers, Carlos & Yolanda were terrific, we were dismayed at the setup of the house. The kitchen is outdoor but really kinda cool. This is not a pristine little beach cottage. It is strictly a place to sleep and bathe. If you want a relaxing respite - you go to the beach for that. We would have been ok but it got dark by 5:30-6 and we weren't tired yet so we would want a place to relax together. The dining table outside is really the only place for everyone to hang out. Be aware that there really is no comfortable place to gather - no sofa or chairs. Just a screened in porch (which isn't securly screened so you still have mosquitos) with a wooden bench topped with dirty stained pillows. A deep cleaning and coat of paint would be great. But the oddest thing was the doors to the bedrooms. You need to keep them closed so mosquitos don't get in and the only way to do this is to lock them. We had to keep running for the key because the doors have no knobs or latches - just a metal pullhandle and lock! You can see the outdoor kitchen below through the floor boards of the bedrooms. You do have hot and cold running water but it is very hard iron water. We had a load of laundry done and several items came out very stained. My hands and nails were stained dark from doing dishes. My hands started to peel. We left a day early. Really a gorgeous property and perfect for some - but be prepared for a little rusticness.
  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers
Owner's Response: We’re glad you liked the location and beach access, but are sorry that you were not happy with the setup and nature of the house. Our beach cabin is built in the typical Caribbean style in which the living spaces are outside and most rooms open directly to the outside. We have screened in the upstairs porch in order to create a more sheltered living space that still allows guests to enjoy the sounds of the ocean and jungle. Given that the house is in the jungle it is nearly impossible to keep out all of the bugs, but we will check the screens to see if we can patch up areas where mosquitoes might be getting in. With regards to the bench pillows, we will either deep clean them or replace them. The house is actually scheduled for painting and a deep clean next month. We have purchased some additional chairs for the porch, so now there are 4 chairs, along with the bench, and downstairs there are 2 hammocks, beach chairs, and the table with 6 chairs. With regards to the water, we are sorry that it stained your hands and some of your clothes. The house gets water from a well on the property, and unfortunately it’s not something we have much control over.

We appreciate your feedback, and we will definitely be addressing the issues you raised about the screens, pillows, and paint. We have made efforts to provide the house with comforts and amenities that many travelers appreciate -- hot water, air conditioning, screens, wi-fi, etc. – but we agree that Casa de la Musa is most suitable for guests who are comfortable with a somewhat rustic experience.
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5

Little slice of paradise!

  • 5 of 5
My fiancee and I spent 5 glorious days in Casa De la Musa in the beginning of January. We contacted the house manager, Evi, prior to our trip and she helped us out so much with coordinating our travel plans. She was there to meet us at the scheduled time, gave us a thorough tour of the house, went through all of the details, and gave us a booklet of activities to do in the area.

The house itself is very nice, and the owners have done a nice job renovating the property to give it some western comforts. Each room has AC and a safe, and the house itself has an alarm system, although we never felt unsafe in the area. The kitchen is separate form the bedrooms, which is fine and helps keep the critters out of the bedrooms. The house has two locked private gates, one from the shared road leading to the house, and one from the house leading straight to the beach!! The house is about 20 feet from the beach, and you can see and hear the ocean from the house (although there is some jungle in between).

The town of Punta Uva is very small, and you end up running into the same people over and over, which is nice. Anywhere from Manzanillo to Puerto Viejo is accessible by bike (about $6 a day to rent, discount for multi-day rentals. You can rent from Yolanda, the house keeper, or from Lucy tours, about 100 yards from the house. There are many bike rental places all over the area).

Overall, the house, is wonderful for couples, families, and everybody in between. It is steps from the beach, and has its own private path leading to it. Punta Uva is THE BEST swimming beach in the area, and the sand is silky smooth. The is a surfboard rental place about 300 yards down the beach, as well as some great snorkeling to boot. There is great hiking, surfing, snorkeling, food, chocolate tours, and wildlife all within walking or biking distance. On the road to Puerto Viejo, we saw many monkeys, birds, and even 2 sloths just hanging in the trees. Casa De La Musa is a great property for people wishing to be immersed in the rainforest, but still with some comforts of home. It is centrally located, yet away from the crowds of Puerto Viejo. Any stay in this lovely house will be one you remember for a lifetime.
  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Columbiana, Ohio
5

Punta Uva Rejuvenation

  • 5 of 5
My Husband and I love Costa Rica in general and we stayed in Montezuma last year and loved it!! This year we wanted to try the other coast. Just as beautiful because of the beaches. Punta Uva is a beach with no stones just sand and the waves were super fun to play in. Very few people, so we felt at times we had the beach to ourselves. The house was extremely clean and we had no issues with anything, including hot water!!! Yolanda and Carlos, the caretakers were wonderful and let us do our own thing!!!! Carlos gave us coconuts from the tree in our property often and they were delicious!!! Yolanda cleaned and washed our clothes to perfection!!!!! She and I also had a good time getting to know one another with my weak spanish and her weak english. She and I chuckled much!!!! We loved the house completely!!

My husband thought, initially, he was going to go out and do crazy jungle hiking, but he decided instead just to relax. Truly amazing if you knew him. We truly feel rejuvenated and are sorry we couldn't stay longer in the country. Not as many animals as I would have liked to have seen. Could have just been that time of year. Visited the Jaguar rescue center. Awesome!; and bring the powered goat milk with you. We brought two cans in our luggage. We also snorkeled in the Cahuita national park which was great and fun. Asked a bartender at the Point restaurant who to go to and we just showed up there. $25.00 a person. Belize reefs rule, however. Reefs are being depleted in general. Meals in town were much fun and delish. We did cook dinner mostly at the property as the kitchen was fully equipped. Felt very secure at the house and in Puerto Viejo up the street. Get the GPS when you rent a car. Works just fine. Thank you again for letting us rent your property and we hope to be back soon!!!!!!
  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Puerto Viejo Limon Province
Panama
5

Beautiful Long Weekend

  • 5 of 5
This place was beautiful. The property manager Evi was very helpful. We enjoyed the beach everyday. A.C. was a plus at night. Enjoyed the kitchen and outdoor dining room. Really enjoyed our stay. THANKS!
  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Young Children
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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
Cahuita National Park
Maxis
"Authentic Caribbean Restaurant beach front in Manzanillo fresh fish , lobster, shrimps seafo..."

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

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Availability & Rates

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Puerto Viejo House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Low Season, 1-2 Guests
May 1 2014 - Nov 30 2014
2 night minimum stay
$140
$840
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
High Season, 1-2 Guests
Dec 1 2014 - Dec 19 2014
2 night minimum stay
$155
$930
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas/New Year
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 4 2015
5 night minimum stay
$180
$1,260
 
 
High Season 2
Jan 5 2015 - Mar 19 2015
2 night minimum stay
$155
$930
 
 
Easter week
Mar 20 2015 - Mar 29 2015
5 night minimum stay
$180
 
 
High Season 3
Mar 30 2015 - Apr 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
$155
$930
 
 
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.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting manager when booking.
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Amenities

Amenities

Puerto Viejo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Parking
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Linens Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Refrigerator
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Kitchen ...
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:
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Attractions:
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
  • botanical garden
  • health/beauty spa
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • sight seeing
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
  • horseback riding
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • kayaking
  • deepsea fishing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • surfing
  • hiking
  • rafting
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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