CASA UVITA: RAINFOREST & OCEAN VIEWS, ECO-HOME

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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Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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5
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Casa Uvita: Rainforest & Ocean Views, Eco-Home
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Uvita Puntarenas
Oakland, CA
5

STAY IN THE RAIN FOREST IN SIMPLE, TOTAL COMFORT!

  • 5 of 5
Our stay at Casa Uvita was a delight! We stayed here at the beginning and end of our 10-day trip to Costa Rica, and I think coming back was even more fabulous than the thrill of waking up to howler monkeys and toucan sounds on our first morning. The house is beautiful and open, and it feels like you’re living in the forest canopy (especially on the upstairs deck), but in total comfort! There are tons of things to do in the area, and Michele will help you figure all of that out, with the best guides, etc., but what we most enjoyed was sitting (or lying in the hammock) right there on the deck or patio, and watching for toucans, listening to (and sometimes seeing) the howler monkeys, watching the occasional blue morpho flap by, checking out the beautiful poison dart frogs on the lawn (not dangerous!) – and on our last day, getting to watch a sloth slowly climb up into the canopy. Michele, Consuelo and Gerardo all took great care of us (home made tortillas one morning; hike to a waterfall another day, instructions for finding the best beaches, and help when my daughter had an ear infection!). And all off the grid! Ask Michele about her solar panels, and her water catchment system… We would come back in a flash.
  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: It's not everyday that you get to lie on a hammock and look for monkeys and toucans! I'm so glad you enjoyed Casa Uvita and its beautiful surroundings for all that they have to offer. Pura vida!
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Uvita Puntarenas
Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
5

INTERESTING AND NICE

  • 5 of 5
Excellent place to stay. Our first time to use a service like this. Owner and "staff" are in small home next door. Owner VERY helpful recommending places to see and eat at. As far as location Casa Uvita is very well located. From traveling back towards San Jose to go to Manuel Antonio (not really worth it but we did see best sloth siting here....don't pay for a guide...just follow along and see where every one is looking.) to all the beaches along the way and then south about 2 hours (towards Panama) to fabulous Wilson Botanical gardens the house was very ideally located. Multiple beaches are very close as mentioned. 3 or 4 within very quick drive (under 15 minutes) Plus...the reason I say Manuel Antonio was not worth it is that you can see all it offers plus more right there at Casa Uvita. Owner will tell you sounds to listen for and how to spot them, but if you've ever gone to "view wildlife" anywhere else you can pick up what to listen and look for pretty easily. TONS of monkeys around there. And if you drive or walk up the road (walk for a distance or drive and frequently stop to get out to go all the way around) you can see many different things. Lots of picture opportunities but everything lives high up in trees so take a good (really good...think way UP when choosing) lens for your camera and best binoculars you can afford.
As to the house. VERY nice and open which we love. Sleeping is under a mosquito net. If you absolutely hate no a/c this not the place for you but temps are good even in beginning of rainy season as it cools down and besides everything including all eating is done outside in Costa Rica anyway. No hairdryers...so do realize that. Furniture comfortable and kitchen extras well stocked. Water was good straight out of tap every where (I drank it entire time) but they do have a filter faucet too. I would go back if I where visiting this area again.
  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments and suggestions. You had some great adventures and animal sightings, along with some spectacular thunderstorms! Take care and hope to see you again soon!
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Uvita Puntarenas
San Francisco
5

GORGEOUS HOME IN THE RAINFOREST!

  • 5 of 5
We came to Costa Rica to relax in paradise and get away from it all -- Casa Uvita exceeded all our expectations. Let me start by saying the home is absolutely gorgeous and modern. The large windows and double doors open up to lush gardens with a clear view of the ocean. You'll enjoy a full gourmet kitchen, three beautifully appointed bedrooms and several large patios complete with hammocks and rocking chairs. We spent many lazy afternoons relaxing in those hammocks, watching the thunderstorms roll in over the Pacific. The property is situated right in the middle of a rainforest. Its very private, unless you count the monkeys in the nearby trees. There was no shortage of various colorful birds and butterflies--and of course the fireflies that made their appearance every evening.

There are at least two waterfalls within hiking distance from the property. Seeing them is a must. The waterfalls feed into the most beautiful pools of blue green water, amidst the greenest forest I've ever seen. We were the only ones swimming in these pools and it was absolutely magical.

The town of Dominical is a short drive away, as is Whales Tail beach--must see! In Dominical there is also an Eco Lodge--Hacienda Baru--that offers hiking/birdwatching and canopy tours. On your way back from Domical, stop at Jolly Roger for the best wings and margaritas of your life. It requires a short drive up the mountain and its absolutely worth it. The view is unbeatable. (We loved this place so much that went twice during our stay!) Note that Jolly Roger is only open from 4-10PM and its cash only.

Casa Uvita's caretaker, Consuela, is an absolute doll who makes sure you are comfortable and well taken care of. She will take you exploring to the nearby waterfalls or beaches if you ask! There are a few grocery stores and restaurants just a short drive away.

I could go on and on--but bottom line, if you are looking for a perfect vacation home in Uvita, look no further. Thank you for everything Michele and Antonio (and Consuela!) We're very much looking forward to our next visit.
  • Submitted: May 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Uvita Puntarenas
Michigan, USA
5

JUST WHAT WE WERE LOOKING FOR

  • 5 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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
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.
  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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
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.
  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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Car: necessary

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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Uvita House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Green Season
Apr 21 2014 - Nov 22 2014
3 night minimum stay
$180
$975
$3,200
 
 
Holiday Season 2014-2015
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 4 2015
5 night minimum stay
$220
$1,400
 
 
Peak Season 2015
Jan 5 2015 - Mar 28 2015
3 night minimum stay
$210
$1,375
$3,850
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$190
$1,000
$3,400
 

Additional information about rental rates

Notes Holiday Season (Dec. 20, 2014-Jan 4, 2015): 5-day minimum stay
Easter Week (Mar. 29-Apr. 5, 2015): 1 week minimum stay

Rates are for up to 6 guests.

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:
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Internet ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Parking ...
Kitchen:
  • Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator
  • 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:
  • Video Library
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Balcony ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • whale watching
  • eco tourism
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • snorkeling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing
  • kayaking
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • cycling
Notes:
The rental includes the following: - Towels and linens - Daily light housekeeping service - 24-hour security
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