CASA UVITA: RAINFOREST & OCEAN VIEWS, ECO-HOME

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Michele Gonzalez

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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CASA UVITA: RAINFOREST & OCEAN VIEWS, ECO-HOME

Uvita House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms, 4 Baths (Sleeps 6)

Casa Uvita, located in Uvita, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, is a beautiful 3-bedroom, 4-bathroom eco-home with a maximum capacity of six guests. It sits on the edge of primary rainforest, only 8 minutes from the Marino Ballena National Park beaches. Casa Uvita is close enough to modern conveniences, but far enough to be immersed in the sights and sounds of Costa Rica's tropical wildlife. The spacious, indoor/outdoor, two-story home is luxuriously outfitted with wooden floors, high ceilings, large windows and upscale bathrooms. The top floor has a master suite, two additional bedrooms, two balconies, and sitting and dining areas. Each bedroom has its own private bathroom. Downstairs, there is a fully equipped kitchen, living and dining areas, and covered porches. Spectacular forest and stunning Pacific Ocean views can be seen from every area of the house. Common sightings include howler monkeys, sloths, toucans, aracaris, and parrots. Hike to nearby waterfalls or lounge in your hammock to enjoy the forest sights and sounds. Casa Uvita is completely self-sustaining, using solar energy and water from a natural spring. 24/7 security; daily housekeeping.

Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only

Michele Gonzalez

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Michele González, co-owner and visionary of Casa Uvita, is a bilingual teacher, adventure travel guide and public health professional. When she is not on her bike, swimming, bird watching or beach running with Casa Uvita guests, Michele works as an international health and education consultant throughout Latin America. Antonio Arroyo, co-owner, is a construction genius, currently working in northern California and at Casa Uvita. He is both the design and muscle behind Casa Uvita. When Antonio is not designing or building something fabulous, you can find him cooking gourmet meals for friends and family.

Michele Gonzalez purchased this house in 2012

Welcome to Casa Uvita. Our hope is that guests will forever remember the vast beauty of this mountain, its wildlife, the ocean views and of course, Casa Uvita. Whether you are an active traveler, or you just want to lie in a hammock, Casa Uvita will leave you with memories for a lifetime.

The house is completely self-sustaining, using solar energy and water from a natural spring. From its two balconies enjoy the stunning Pacific Ocean views and world-class birding.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Casa Uvita: Rainforest & Ocean Views, Eco-Home
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 19 reviews
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Casa Uvita: Rainforest & Ocean Views, Eco-Home
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Uvita Puntarenas
Michigan, USA
5

Just what we were looking for

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
We are coming to the end of our month at Casa Uvita, and we will be sad to go. It has been an amazing adventure! And a true home away from home. As we round the corner coming up the mountain and see the beautiful flowers cascading over the bank, we know we are back to our refuge. The house is beautifully designed to make you feel like you are a part of the rain forest--almost like being outside all the time. The wood floors and ceilings and woodwork and furniture are exquisite--and immaculately clean! The daily light housekeeping was far from light!
The best treat was just sitting on whatever deck had the best ocean breezes at the moment and watching and listening to the forest life around us. Howler monkeys, white-faced capuchin monkeys, toucans, aracaris, mealy parrots, and even a Scarlet Macaw. We could hear the sound of the surf, even from our bed. Owls hooted at night.
Just a short drive down the mountain and across the highway and we could walk the long beach out to the whale's tale at low tide. It was the perfect place for swimming, as the waves were minimal.
Michele was a great host, always ready to help with anything we needed, and wanting to make our stay perfect. Consuelo, besides keeping everything so spotless, taught us how to make tortillas and pizza dough and chicken asado. Gerardo found the sloth for us, whenever it was around. Alison was a joy, practicing her English on us. And Keylor has the internet connection in great working order! We even shared some "extended family" meals together.
The Uvita/Ojochal/Dominical area has many fine restaurants. Michele will be happy to pass on our recommendations.
We can't imagine a better place to have started learning to be retired.
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers
Owner's Response: You truly became part of our family at Casa Uvita. Your "good vibes," patience and quiet demeanor led to you spotting sloths, toucans, aracaris, slaty tailed trogans, mealy parrots, capuchins, howlers, and yes...that elusive scarlet macaw. You taught us all that retirement means finally having time to enjoy life, nature, and better yet, one another. Ching, ching!
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Uvita Puntarenas
San Francisco, CA, USA
5

Paradise in the Costa Rica rainforest!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
Casa Uvita is a deluxe, rustic hideaway in the Costa Rican rainforest. If the use of "deluxe" and "rustic" in the same sentence seems a contradiction in terms, then you must experience Casa Uvita for yourselves and discover that yes, you can have it all even in the middle of a Central American jungle.

Large and open-aired, Casa Uvita is situated on a slight hill above the road that continues on up a mountain. Three patios—a large patio next to the kitchen on the ground floor, another large patio on the second floor and another smaller patio outside the main bedroom—afford the traveler views to the west and the Pacific Ocean. The views are framed by tall jungle trees that become populated by exotic birds at sunset.

Caretaker Michele Gonzales calls the time beginning around four p.m. "the magic hour" and deservedly so.

The "show" began with a group of six howler monkeys foraging for food high up in the trees and easily visible from la casa. As we looked at the monkeys through binoculars, Chestnut-mandibled toucans, Blue-gray tanagers, bright green Mealy parrots, Fiery-billed Aracaris and Slaty-tailed trogons began to land in the trees to the west of the property. (One afternoon, a pair of Chestnut-mandibles toucans landed on a tree branch almost within reaching distance from a porch deck.) The colorful birds, setting sun and mighty Pacific Ocean provided a setting of natural beauty truly beyond words.

Unseen cicadas are also everywhere; you may never see them, but they certainly let you know they're there. Alpha male howler monkeys also begin to roar as sunset approaches. A half hour or so after one sunset, I realized that the howling alpha males had reduced in number to one. The jungle reverberated from the bellowing of this "King of the Jungle" until he decided he'd had enough of a say for that day.

Casa Uvita is also across the highway from Marina Bellena National Park beach, home of the natural wonder known as "the whale's tail." The beaches are wide and the ocean floor slopes slowly and gently into deeper water. The water is "bathtub warm."

We stayed at Casa Uvita during the dry season. Whether you choose to travel to Casa Uvita during the wet or dry seasons, we were advised that a piece of key advice for travelers is to bring plenty of "quick dry" clothing. The weather is warm and humid in the dry season and warm and wet, wet, wet in the wet season.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed your time at Casa Uvita. It's so great when my guests get into learning about the rainforest -- trees, bugs, birds and monkeys. You guys saw it all! The only thing that escaped you was a sloth! So great to meet you and I hope to see you again! Pura vida!
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Uvita Puntarenas
Bad Rodach, Germany
5

Our first choice in Uvita

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
We have spent 5 nights in Casa Uvita in December 2013.
The house:
We have already been to several vacation rentals in Costa Rica. This only 3 years old house was the best equipped and best maintained by far. There was a complimentary “light cleaning” every day what is very unusual in vacation rentals.
Everything is very well conceived. The ocean views from patio and bedroom are stunning. The bathrooms are modern and elegant and the tap water is drinkable. The bedrooms have comfortable beds and are open, only protected from bugs by screens. So they are very well aerated and we never missed an AC although there were more than 30°C outside. The WIFI works solidly and for the addicted there is also a TV. Also there laundry facilities downstairs in the house (operated by the owner).
Location:
The house is located ca. 270m above sea level. To the beach with its bars and restaurants and to the next supermarket it is a 5 minute drive downhill. A car with some ground clearance is recommended. The great advantage of this location is to have a gorgeous ocean view apart from the hustle and bustle of the (at least in December) busy tourist town Uvita. The house is surrounded by primary forest which is a bird paradise (lots of toucans, parrots and many more). Additionally during our stay howler monkeys were around the house every day (including “wake up service”). On the property there is also the housekeeper Carlos living in a smaller house ca. 50m away what made us feel very save. He is always ready to assist you with whatever you need. We did a hike in the area with him where he showed us a hidden waterfall that was wonderful to swim in.
If we will return to Uvita one day Casa Uvita will be without of any alternative for us.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: It was great to have you visit us from Germany. I know you were looking for a peaceful place surrounded by nature, and I'm glad the parrots, toucans, monkeys, etc. did not let you down. Those howlers never disappoint you with their "wake-up service." Pura vida!
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Casa Uvita: Rainforest & Ocean Views, Eco-Home
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Uvita Puntarenas
5

Rustic Nature Setting or Luxury? At Casa Uvita You Can Have It All!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
Wow, Casa Uvita was all we hoped for from reading the reviews, and more! First, the house itself is gorgeous. It is amazing to be in such a remote and eco-conscious place, completely off the grid, and yet experience such luxury. Secondly, the setting is fabulous. Just sitting on the deck, taking in the view and the sights and sounds of the jungle, was all we needed to make our vacation a huge success. We saw wonderful birds, monkeys and even a sloth – no need to go to a crowded park; it was all right there in our front and back yard! The wildlife is especially amazing at dusk and dawn – we really miss waking to the sounds of the howler monkeys!
If you want to do more (though you don’t really need to in order to have a great visit), there are so many options – beautiful hikes, picture postcard perfect beaches, waterfalls and swimming holes all to yourself, kayak and snorkeling adventures, and great restaurants (though we mostly ate in – the store is right at the bottom of the road, the kitchen is lovely and there is an outdoor BBQ).
And these are just the things we managed to fit into 4 days at Casa Uvita – we need to come back and stay longer! The best part: our hostess, Michele, was so warm, welcoming and happy to help us plan our days of adventure. We never would have discovered a fraction of the area on our own. She will tell you the best place to hike at low tide, the best beach spot for the sunset, the best guides in the area, the best restaurants, whatever your heart desires. Her sense of wonder, excitement and passion for protecting the environment are infectious. Thank you, Michele, for the best visit to Costa Rica imaginable!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: I was thrilled to have guests so interested in learning about the birds, monkeys, and bugs! You came prepared to hike, snorkel and beach comb, but I'm glad you also found some time to simply sit on the deck and take in the views and endless sounds. Pura vida!
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Casa Uvita: Rainforest & Ocean Views, Eco-Home
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p431352vbi
9259181332
Uvita Puntarenas
5

Nature pure - fantastic!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
We stayed one week with 6 people and we loved it, especially since it is in the middle of the nature, hearing the sounds of the animals day and night. We especially appreciated the fact that the house basically made out of wood and was built very "open" (no windows) to enjoy the nature the very best way.

We also liked the solar energy concept, since makes you more aware of where and when you consume electricity, and will help all of us during our normal daily life - so, well done Michele! Michele is very engaged and does everything to be the perfect host, which was very much appreciated.

Overall, we found that the house offers very good value for money and is spotless clean. Strongly recommendable!
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: It was so great to have you visit from Switzerland! You all were troopers, taking advantage to explore this southern Pacific region of Costa Rica--mangroves, the Whale's Tail, waterfalls, Boruca Indian reserve, Manuel Antonio and Dominical at sunset. I hope to see your beautiful family back here some day!
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Casa Uvita is located in the southern Pacific region of Costa Rica, three hours from San Jose. It offers the perfect balance for eco and adventure travelers. Activities include hiking to waterfalls, birdwatching, beach combing, surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, river rafting and hammocking!

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Availability & Rates

Uvita House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Minimum Stay
 
Peak Season 2014
Mar 15 2014 - Apr 12 2014
$210
$1,300
$3,800
3 nights
 
 
Easter Week 2014
Apr 13 2014 - Apr 20 2014
$210
$1,350
5 nights
 
 
Green Season
Apr 21 2014 - Nov 22 2014
$180
$975
$3,200
3 nights
 
 
Holiday Season 2014-2015
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 4 2015
$210
$1,350
5 nights
 
 
Peak Season 2015
Jan 5 2015 - Mar 28 2015
$210
$1,350
$3,850
3 nights
 
 
My Standard Rate
$190
$1,000
$3,400
3 nights
 

Additional information about rental rates

Notes Christmas-New Years Week: 1 week minimum stay
Easter Week: 1 week minimum stay

Rates are for up to 6 guests. One additional guest can sleep on a comfortable double futon ($15 extra per night)

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Uvita House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Internet ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Living Room
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Linens Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Catering Available ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Cooking Utensils
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 4
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) queen futon available
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • whale watching
  • eco tourism
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • medical services
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • cycling
  • snorkeling
Notes:
The rental includes the following: - Towels and linens - Daily light housekeeping service - 24-hour security
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