CASA UVITA: RAINFOREST & OCEAN VIEWS, ECO-HOME

Michele Gonzalez

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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CASA UVITA: RAINFOREST & OCEAN VIEWS, ECO-HOME

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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 (Owner)
Advertiser since 2012
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About Michele Gonzalez

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

Why Michele Gonzalez chose Uvita

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.

What makes this house unique

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 nights
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Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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Reviews

Reviews

5
based on 24 traveler reviews

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Casa Uvita: Rainforest & Ocean Views, Eco-Home
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Uvita Puntarenas
5

Beautiful, fun, and safe for a girls' weekend!

Beautiful, fun, and safe for a girls' weekend!
  • 5 of 5
We visited Casa Uvita as a group of four girls for three nights in July. As women travelers, we not only enjoyed the beautiful house and beaches, our host and activities, but we also felt very safe and well-cared-for.
Casa Uvita is very obviously well-loved and kept immaculately. I have stayed in many rental houses in Costa Rica and none have been in such good condition, from the furniture to the linens and bathroom fixtures to the equipment in the kitchen. Another plus is that there are four full bathrooms, so we could all get ready at the same time! From the house we saw many toucans and heard the howler monkeys every day. Michele or her staff was ALWAYS nearby if we had any questions or needed any help. They arranged an awesome horse ride for us where the horses were brought directly to Casa Uvita and we rode down hills, over boulders, through rivers and streams and mangrove forests, directly down to the whale’s tail! Michele also gave us recommendations for the best beaches to visit (many were deserted except for us!), restaurants, and even brought us fresh-made tortillas one night! Most evenings, we had drinks on the beautiful patio at the house and cooked dinners for ourselves in the well-equipped kitchen. We did our shopping at a very nice grocery store right at the bottom of the hill. There were also lots of board games and movies to entertain us in the evenings.
As women travelers, we were looking for something peaceful, beautiful, off the beaten-track, and above all, safe. We found many vacation houses advertised in the Uvita area during our dates, but only Michele at Casa Uvita could assure us someone would be on the property at all times, 24/7, to help us and to be there in case of an emergency. Costa Rica is certainly not dangerous, but as women travelers, it’s best to take precautions to be safe! I hope to return to Casa Uvita again soon as there are many more activities we didn’t have time for: waterfall hikes, surfing, and exploring more beaches and restaurants!
  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 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: You girls rock! Next time we'll for sure get you to a waterfall and hangin' ten on a surf board. Pura vida!
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Uvita Puntarenas
5

gorgeous house overlooking pristine Costa Rican beach

  • 5 of 5
Casa Uvita is beautifully designed and maintained, and very comfortable. It was spotless when we arrived, and we were delighted to find that there was light housekeeping provided every day. Michele was extremely helpful and patient with my questions before we arrived. It is lovely having her and her housekeeping and maintenance staff (Consuelo and Gerardo) close by. She helped to arrange several outings for us (sea kayaking and surf classes), which were great, and provided suggestions for restaurants and other activities in the area. We loved hiking to two waterfalls with a cold, fresh swimming hole, within a few minutes' drive of the house. She even came and gave us a lift when our car couldn't make it up a local hill! Much of the beachfront close by is within the Marino Ballena National Park. You do have to pay to access the beach each day, but each beach we visited was gorgeous, pristine, and sparsely used, so it was well worth it. The kitchen is well-stocked and organized. There are two good supermarkets close by so it was easy to prepare some meals at home. We loved bird-watching and admiring the sloth and howler monkeys from the house's beautiful verandas. Our two teenage children also loved our week at Casa Uvita.
  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: It was so great to have your family here. I have no doubt your kids will convince you to take another tropical vacation soon, especially in the middle of that wicked Toronto winter! All of us will be waiting for you, including Duquesa and Bella :-)
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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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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

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Uvita House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Peak Season 2015
Nov 23 2014 - Apr 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
$230
$1,450
$3,950
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$200
$1,300
$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

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:
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Living Room
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Internet ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Parking ...
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Kitchen ...
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:
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Balcony ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • medical services
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling
  • 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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