RAINFOREST STUDIO CASITA/CABIN - OCEAN, ISLANDS & JUNGLE VIEWS

Kathy Divel, Owner

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Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
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Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 6 nights

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RAINFOREST STUDIO CASITA/CABIN - OCEAN, ISLANDS & JUNGLE VIEWS

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Cabin, Studio, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2 Adults in 1 Queen sized Bed)

Casita Kristina Maria is a 515 sq. ft. studio cabin (including the deck) nestled on 3.75 acres in the rainforest overlooking Marino Ballena National Park in Bahia Ballena. Located a few minutes south of the town of Uvita in a gated wildlife reserve with 100+ acres of natural rainforest. The panoramic views of the ocean, Isla Ballena, Cano Island, Tres Hermanas (Three Sisters rocks), and the rainforest will take your breath away!

Built in 2007, Casita Kristina Maria is furnished with locally crafted bamboo furniture including a queen size bed with a pillowtop mattress and bamboo headboard, a kitchen table with 3 chairs, 2 arm chairs in the sitting area, night stands, a bamboo wardrobe armoire, and 2 adirondak deck chairs.

The kitchenette has a stainless steel electric range/oven and refrigerator, a stainless steel sink, granite counters, a coffee maker, toaster, blender, microwave, tropical design dishes and utensils, and pots and pans.

The bathroom features a tiled shower, bamboo framed mirror, a marble vanity, a ceiling fan, and a window looking out to the rainforest.

Other features include ceiling fans (4 interior and 3 exterior fans), wireless internet, and a covered deck on two sides of the casita. Bedding, linens, towels, and 2 beach chairs are provided.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of nature, including howler monkeys, white-faced capuchin monkeys, white-nosed coati mundis (racoon family), agoutis, toucans, parrots, and many other exotic birds, beautiful butterflies including the spectacular blue morpho, frogs, and other jungle wildlife.

Hike to nearby waterfalls, streams and cascades in the gated reserve.

Relax as you sit in an adirondack chair on the covered deck while enjoying phenomenal views of the ocean, islands, and rainforest in a lush and private setting.

Minutes to beautiful tropical beaches where the jungle meets the shore, and the ocean temperatures range from 80-85 degrees year round!

Ballena Beach Club access is included in this rental. Ballena Beach Club has a restaurant, swimming pool, bar, restrooms, beach parking, and a private access to the beach (Playa Ballena in Marino Ballena National Park).

Convenient to delicious restaurants in Uvita, Ojochal and Dominical, banks, grocery and convenience stores, gas station, and a multitude of nearby activities that include swimming, surfing, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, fishing, boating, kayaking, snorkeling, zipline canopy tours, hiking, exploring ocean caves and rainforest waterfalls, ATV tours, learning about jungle flora and fauna at Hacienda Baru Wildlife Refuge, Don Lulo's horseback riding tour to Nauyaca Waterfalls, visiting Reptilandia, a reptile zoo, and shopping for sourveniers at beachside stalls on Playa Dominical, or at the Community Market in Uvita on Saturday mornings.

A 4-wheel drive vehicle is required. We would be happy to refer you to a reputable and reasonable rental car company, as well as provide you with contact information for making reservations for nearby activities and excursions.

If you need to accomodate more than 2 people, check out Villa Kristina Maria #360199, which sleeps up to 9 people.

Keywords: Cabin,Studio,Casita,Cabina,View,Ocean View,Rainforest,Jungle,Monkeys,Birds,Private

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Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Kathy Divel, Owner (Owner)
Advertiser since 2011
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About Kathy Divel, Owner

We live in San Juan Capistrano, in Southern California. Kathy is a real estate broker, Steve is a general contractor and does design work for a structural steel company. We have a daughter in her mid-20's, and 3 dogs - 2 of the dogs, 'Perla' and 'Ballena', we brought home from Costa Rica. Steve surfs, and we enjoy nature and hiking. Our favorite beaches are Playa Ballena at Ballena Beach Club and Playa Ventanas, both in Costa Rica. Our favorite restaurant is Exotica in Ojochal, Costa Rica - their Chicken Exotica is Kathy's favorite, and their 'Devil's Fork' dessert is scrumptious.

Kathy Divel, Owner purchased this cabin in 2006

Why Kathy Divel, Owner chose Uvita

We fell in love with the beautiful views and gorgeous scenery in the South Pacific region of Costa Rica. The Costa Rican people are so warm and friendly, and made us feel welcome.

Perla de Ballena, the gated eco-community and private wildlife reserve where Casita Kristina Maria is located, reminds Kathy's mother of Jurassic Park because of its lush landscape and natural environment. Being surrounded by nature is a peaceful and renewing experience.

We purchased the land in December of 2006, designed Casita Kristina Maria and Villa Kristina Maria in early 2007, built Casita Kristina Maria in mid-2007 and stayed in the Casita while Villa Kristina Maria was contructed. Both the Casita and Villa were built by Ecomaderas, a local Tico contractor.

What makes this cabin unique

The Casita is surrounded by rainforest jungle. Relax to the sound of the seasonal creek babbling through rainforest. You'll be lulled to sleep by croaking frogs, chirping crickets, and the sounds of the jungle at night. Awaken to the distinct roar of howler monkeys as they traverse through the jungle, and the squawking of green parrots flying overhead . At lowtide, and when the surf is big, you can sometimes hear the waves crashing on the beach.

Included in the rental is access to Ballena Beach Club. Ballena Beach Club has a beachside restaurant, bar, swimming pool, restroom facilities, shower, free beach parking, and a palm-lined trail to Playa Ballena. Playa Ballena is a beautiful tropical swimming and surfing beach with views of Tres Hermanas and Isle Ballena. The water temperature is a warm 80-85 degrees year-round.

Perla de Ballena, the private and gated eco-community where Casita Kristina Maria is located, is a wildlife reserve and an ideal setting for viewing the flora and fauna of the rainforest with acres of primary and secondary rainforest, streams, waterfalls, and hiking trails.

A sampling of the wildlife viewed from the Casita include howler monkeys, white-faced monkeys, white-nosed coati mundis (raccoon family), iguanas, agoutis, toucans, parrots, hummingbirds, many other tropical birds, butterflies (including the spectacular blue morpho butterfly) and much more!

While relaxing on the deck, you may see humpback whales breaching in the ocean waters of Marino Ballena National Park from January to April, and from July to October.

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 6 nights
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4.9
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Rainforest Studio Casita/Cabin - Ocean, Islands & Jungle Views
average rating of 4.857143 based on 14 reviews
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Rainforest Studio Casita/Cabin - Ocean, Islands & Jungle Views
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p369661vb
949-496-5675
Uvita Puntarenas
5

Breathtaking Uvita Views

  • 5 of 5
The Casita was just what we'd hoped it would be. The mountain side view of the pacific was outstanding and the Uvita location was a perfect home base to visit many local beaches (Whale's tail), and for day trips south to the Sierpe (mangrove tour), north to Manuel Antonio National Park and north to Nauyaca Waterfall (horse back tour). Mix in relaxing with our morning cup of coffee on the deck watching the hummingbirds feeding while being serenaded by Toucan and Howler Monkey calls from the valley below was....well.....simply paradise. After a couple of days, Casita Kristina Maria truly felt like our home. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful property with us.
  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Rainforest Studio Casita/Cabin - Ocean, Islands & Jungle Views
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p369661vb
949-496-5675
Uvita Puntarenas
Helsinge, Denmark
5

Exclusive paradise found in Costa Rica

  • 5 of 5
How can two Danes find themselves a bit of paradise? No big deal, just book a stay at this lovely well decorated Casita. With the rain forrest in the backyard and the Pacific Ocean in front of you, you cannot find a better place for a "hide away". We heard and saw the howler monkeys, the toucans in the tree in front of the house, parrots, a dirt road crossing snake, humming birds and many more birds than we ever get to see in Denmark. The casita was clean, the utensils in the kitchen in perfect condition, plenty of hot and cold water, nice bathroom, wonderful king size bed, fans and AC working smoothly and the property manager was alert, sweet, keen, handy and service minded.We went to nearly all of the beaches in the area and liked specially Pinuelas, Ventura and Ballena Beach Club (good food and friendly personnel). There are well assorted supermarkets nearby on the main road to Uvita. All in all: We enjoyed our stay to the utmost in this Casita with its design, the interior and we were happy to be able to use the pool at the villa, 20 steps lower on the lot. We will quote another visitor by saying, that the road up to the Casita is quite a challenge. You definitely need a 4xdrive.
  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Rainforest Studio Casita/Cabin - Ocean, Islands & Jungle Views
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p369661vb
949-496-5675
Uvita Puntarenas
5

Casita with a Million Dollar View!

  • 5 of 5
We thoroughly enjoyed our tiny casita with a HUGE view of the Pacific.....what a tranquil place to watch the sun set after a fun-filled day! The accommodations were clean and property well cared. The layout was well thought out; no more or less than a couple needs to feel indulged yet thrifty at the same time. We highly recommend utilizing the Ballena Beach Club access and, even if you're not horse lovers, the ride to the waterfalls. The ride is broken up nicely with breakfast and lunch and the destination is spectacular! We would highly recommend this casita to anyone interested in a small, clean, beautiful get-away!
  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
business
Rainforest Studio Casita/Cabin - Ocean, Islands & Jungle Views
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p369661vb
949-496-5675
Uvita Puntarenas
5

So good we're thinking about buying...

So good we're thinking about buying...
  • 5 of 5
We loved our stay at the Casita; what's not to love about waking up every morning to white-faced capuchins? We were quite pleased to find a large capuchin family staying in one of the trees just behind the Casita and saw plenty of action from them (we were particularly enamored by a baby monkey who was still riding around on his mom’s back, as well as a vivacious youth that displayed no fear when jumping from branch to branch)! Apart from the monkeys there are plenty of other animals to see in the trees: at one point we had at least forty green parrots in nearby trees having a type of Macaw-cus/town meeting. So bring your binoculars!

Apart from the wildlife, the Casita is quite nice itself. It is simple (read: no Four Seasons, or even Marriot, amenities) but we prefer such practical accommodations and never once desired an item or service that wasn’t offered. The owners provide beach chairs, beach towels, plenty of cooking and kitchen supplies, and air conditioning. Wireless is also available but I wouldn’t count on doing anything useful with it.

We also had the traumatizing experience of trying to find the Casita in the dark. Neither of us had ever travelled on a “jungle road” before, and we now understand why the owners tell you to try and come during the day! We too, suggest this. There were several tense moments where we were unsure if we were driving off a cliff into rainforest ravines, or if we were about to get eaten by a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Apart from being slightly treacherous for spoiled Americans used to paved roads, the jungle road is itself really cool: you get to see huge rainforest plants up close and little waterfalls dot the road. We also stopped one time and found a few poisonous tree frogs that were really cute and colorful.

The ramble will end here with a few last observations: we talked to many tourists throughout our vacation and it was clear we had the best lodging experience in terms of wildlife and beautiful views. It is also neat that the Casita is located in a part of the country that is touristy enough that you don’t feel like a fish out of water, but untouched enough that the experience feels more special and unique that a typical Costa Rican vacation. All in all, two thumbs up! Oh, and we recommend going on a white water rafting trip with Dominical Surf Adventures (Jody was our guide and is the best!) and a kayaking trip with Victor at Uvita Adventure Tours.
  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Rainforest Studio Casita/Cabin - Ocean, Islands & Jungle Views
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p369661vb
949-496-5675
Uvita Puntarenas
4

rural and nice accommodation

  • 4 of 5
Beautiful view, nice cosy house with all the amenities to cook and a nice shower. We saw many toucans. You are far enough from the noise of the road and you have a nice veranda to sit and enjoy the view.
We liked it very much, but if you are not used to be alone in nature with almost no support you can better choose for a more touristic place.
  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We're glad you enjoyed your stay. The Casita's location in a protected nature reserve provides our guests with a quiet and private location that is ideal for relaxing and soaking in the views of the ocean, islands, birds and jungle wildlife while being surrounded by lush rainforest. Our property managers live just up the road and are available to provide guests with any assistance they may require during their stay. Beautiful beaches, tourist activities such as boating, kayaking, surfing, snorkeling, horseback riding, ATV tours, canopy tours, mangrove tours, hiking, waterfalls . . . are nearby. The towns of Uvita and Ojochal, and the community of Bahia Ballena, are just minutes away and offer delicious restaurants, bakeries, banks, grocery stores, shops, pharmacies and medical facilities.
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Rainforest Studio Casita/Cabin - Ocean, Islands & Jungle Views
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p369661vb
949-496-5675
Uvita Puntarenas
5

Paradise!

  • 5 of 5
This was our 3rd trip to Costa Rica and our favorite destination! We stayed in the casita for a month and saw wildlife everywhere! Our favorite activity was sitting on the deck in the middle of a jungle watching the monkeys(howlers and white faced), anteaters, toucans, humming birds, Trojans, poisonous dart frogs, Morpho butterflies just to name a few! The ocean view was spectacular as well! The private beach was gorgeous and we saw spider monkeys and white faced monkeys. The property managers, owners, workers, and neighbors were absolutely wonderful and we enjoyed many activities with them such as a fish fry, waterfall tour, Farmer's Market, and out to eat at several restaurants. This was definitely Paradise and the true meaning of Pura Vida living! We will be returning!!!
  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
137 Miles
Juan Santamaria International Airport, San Jose
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Costanera (Highway 34)
Nearest Beach
2.7 Miles
Playa Ballena
Nearest Barpub
2.3 Miles
Ballena Bistro at Goathouse 169
Nearest Restaurant
2.3 Miles
Ballena Bistro at Goathouse 169
Car: necessary

ATV tours available.

Additional mileage distances:

3.2 miles to Ballena Beach Club (Playa Ballena private beach access)

5.7 miles to Grocery Store, Bank & Restaurants in Uvita

6.25 miles to Uvita Information Center (tourist info)

6.4 miles to Gas Station in Uvita

6.7 miles to Playa Uvita 'The Whale's Tail' beach

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Uvita Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Winter Holiday Season
Dec 14 2014 - Jan 5 2015
6 night minimum stay
$575
 
 
Spring Holiday Season
Mar 29 2015 - Apr 5 2015
6 night minimum stay
$575
 
 
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay
$475
$1,350
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $30
Refundable damage deposit $150
Notes All guests pay a $30 cleaning fee.

There is a $150 damage deposit due 10 days prior to check-in, which is a hold only on a credit card and then the hold is released after check-out if there is no damage or loss.
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Amenities

Amenities

Uvita Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 515 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Away From It All
  • Adventure
General:
  • Internet ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Living Room ...
Kitchen:
  • Oven
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 3 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Marble vanity counter, tiled shower, tiled floor
  • Tiled shower with rain shower head, oil-rubbed bronze fixtures, bamboo towel bars, marble vanity counter, tiled floor, ceiling fan.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • 1 queen size bed with an orthopedic pillowtop mattress, bamboo headboard and bedframe, and a ceiling fan.
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
  • boating
  • sight seeing
  • horseback riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • kayaking
  • rock climbing
  • surfing
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • fishing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • deepsea fishing
  • mountain climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Panoramic views of the ocean, Cano Island, Ballena Island, Tres Hermanas (Three Sisters Rocks), the rainforest jungle and mountains. Decks on 2 sides of Casita - one faces the ocean, the other faces the jungle.
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