Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

Beachfront Punta Uva: A Storied Location with Modern Amenities

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps max. 5), 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 a digital music player. 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, appliances (coffee maker, toaster, mixer), dishware and utensils. An open dining area has seating for up to 6. House has 2 full bathrooms with a shower downstairs and shower 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 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 after every 3 nights 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

More Details

Property Manager
Evi Gaggstatter
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, german, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 7, 2018

About Evi Gaggstatter

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 Gaggstatter purchased this house in 2008

Why Evi Gaggstatter chose Punta Uva

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.


Punta Uva House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Books
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • botanical garden
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Outdoor shower and foot wash, private path to beach, alarm system, drinking water provided (2 18L jugs), massage services available in-home.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(40 traveler reviews)

80% Complete
10% Complete
10% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Beachfront Punta Uva: A Storied Location with Modern Amenities
average rating of 4.7 based on 40 reviews


  • 5 of 5

I spent 4 weeks at this house and I enjoyed every minute of it. The location is fantastic. It is secluded but close enough to Puerto Viejo. The beach is very close and quite private. The house has all the amenities necessary.

There were monkeys nearby as well as sloths and large blue butterflies (I don’t know what they are called)

Evi was readily available for any questions and the caretakers were unobtrusively close. Highly recommend for a peaceful stay.

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Clotilde, thank you so much for your extended visit, we really enjoyed having you as a guest at casa de la musa. You are welcome back anytime The blue butterflies are called Morpo Warm regards
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Great location!

  • 5 of 5

WE had a great time; the location is unbeatable, right on the beach, close to grocery and many great restaurants outside of Puerto Viejo. Evi was a wonderful host, and was very responsive when we had any questions. The caretaker and his family were also wonderful, to include the dog, and they treated us wonderfully. The house has everything you could want, and the layout of the kitchen and dining area made it a great place to hang out. And there is a sloth that lives right in front of the house! Great base for nature lovers! We will definitely be coming back.

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Perfect setting by the beach.

  • 5 of 5

The house was equipped with everything needed for a great beach getaway. The animals of the rainforest are right in the yard, including a sloth family. We loved the open air kitchen.

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, beautiful family! We are glad you enjoyed the house and the beach and all the animals You are welcome back anytime
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Long Beach, CA

Beautiful spot

  • 3 of 5

Evi was very wellcoming. The location is excellent. Landscaping is lovely. The beach is great. Many local wild birds and animals.

However, even though the house is clean, it is showing its age. It really needs an upgrade. I think the rent is too high for the present condition of the house. If it was two thirds as much, I could consider the house "quaint".


Ron King

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Amazing location. Very rustic.

  • 3 of 5

Loved the location and the rustic feel. Was not like the pictures at all, we were expecting a bit more. The dog Loki was wonderful. He was our guard dog. We got to see great wildlife including the moma sloth and her baby. If you want a camping feel to your trip this is great with the outside kitchen it's perfect.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

This is a lovely, private spot

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our recent stay at Casa de la Musa. The property manager could not have been nicer, or more accommodating to our needs. The house is charming and just steps from a beautiful beach. It was great to have the open air portion of the home during daytimes, and screened-in upstairs at night. During our stay we had a sleepy three toed sloth in the tree adjacent to the bedroom window, and a family of howler monkeys came by every day. A word of caution about big spiders if you are nervous about them- they are in the yard and active at night, but didn't bother with us. The water is a bit smelly but we were supplied with more than enough bottled water for our needs. The house feels very secure with the caretakers next door and the alarm system. I would highly recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0


Nearest Airport
220 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Punta Uva Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Casa de la Musa
Nearest Point of Interest
cabinas ita ita
Nearest Point of Interest
restaurante SELVIN
Nearest Point of Interest
Dive Center Punta UVA
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Restaurante PURA GULA
Nearest Point of Interest
Car: not necessary

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


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Children under 12 stay free.
Rate includes cleaning after every 3 nights 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.

If you need to cancel, there is a $50 cancellation fee for all cancellations.
50% refund for cancellations until 30 days of arrival.
No refunds within 30 days of arrival.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

You might like these similar properties