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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. 4), 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

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Property Manager
Evi Gaggstatter
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, german, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 26, 2017

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 Costa Rica

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.


Limón Province House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
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 ...
  • botanical garden
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
Outdoor shower and foot wash, private path to beach, alarm system, drinking water provided (2 18L jugs), massage services available in-home.


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Beachfront Punta Uva: A Storied Location with Modern Amenities
average rating of 4.78125 based on 32 reviews

Delightful experiences and adventures along the Caribbean Sea coast!

  • 5 of 5

Casa de la Musa is a great place to stay on the southern coast line of the Caribbean Sea in Costa Rica. The home is located off the main road, away from traffic. You'll hear the ocean waves about 60 meters from the home and feel the breeze from the ocean most of the time. A short walk down the pathway takes you directly to the ocean front. The home is surrounded by jungle and abundant wildlife is seen and heard often. Howler monkeys awoke us and a tri-colored heron fished from the shore.

The weather is perfect with warm evenings and days!

The home was very comfortable and provided a relaxing vacation. Walking on the beach is easy in both directions. Excellent swimming is available along the beach. We snorkeled just off the beach in front of the house and saw colorful fish. Biking and kayak rentals are available nearby.

There are restaurants within walking distance and many more in short driving or biking distance.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice house, great location

  • 5 of 5

The house is really nice, great location and safe

The only point I think you should improve is the shower, it needs more pressure

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our own slice of the coast!

  • 5 of 5

What a great stay! The property is exactly as described. It’s a charming, right on the beach (the best beach in the area), private escape with an accessible property manager that was easy to communicate with before and during our stay. The air conditioners worked great when needed, drinking water was provided, within an easy bike ride or walk to great restaurants and activities. Great spot, and I would easily rent this property again.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very cute and rustic property

  • 5 of 5

The property is very nice and the swimmable portion of the beach is within a very short walking distance. The outdoor shower was a blessing and helped us keep sand out of the house. The bed sheets we had the first few nights were "I" and we didn't complain but they were changed after cleaning and replacements were much better for the humid climate (we went during the rainy season). It would also have been nice to have ceiling fans in the "sunroom" so we could've used it as it was too humid and stuffy when we went. As advertised, the place is very rustic and a bit dark because of all the vegetation around it but has its charm and served its purpose well. The owners and Joel were always very responsive and eager to please. They have a great "book" of information about the house and area that's easy to read. The kids really like seeing the little wild pigs and an armadillo that came to visit. We are giving it five stars as the place is exactly how it's advertised and there were no surprises.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house - everything we expected.

  • 5 of 5

Our only complaint was the water. It was non potable and smelled really bad during showers. However, water for drinking was supplied. The kitchen was well supplied. The gated house with alarm system made us feel secure, although we never felt unsafe at any time. The air conditioned rooms made sleeping very comfortable. The property was beautifully kept with gorgeous vegetation and just a few steps from the beach. The caretakers were both friendly and attentive although we weren't able to communicate well. It is true that Punta Uva is the most beautiful of all the beaches along the coast in the area. It is a very helpful thing to arrive in daytime too.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rustic Jungle Experience, but With 'Private' Beach!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Casa de la Musa was exactly what we were looking for, after many stays on the Pacific side (Manuel Antonio, Jaco)--we wanted something where we could totally shut down and enjoy the Costa Rican nature. Make sure you're in the right mindset for this quaint, perfectly positioned house! If you want fancy furniture and elegant lodgings, this is not your type of place. Good sized bedrooms upstairs with shared bathroom between the two, a nice upstairs screened in living area for reading to the sounds of the jungle AND beach waves, and separate kitchen downstairs with covered (but outdoors) eating area with two awesome hammocks. The property is very safe, with the caretakers right next door, and the ability to just walk out to the beach anytime was great! Punta Uva beach is beautiful, not crowded, and everything we wanted. We were in constant contact with Evi (although her son Joel is the one who met us and gave us the keys). We did experience a power outage our first night because of damaged power lines that impacted all of Punta Uva and Playa Manzanillo areas--but they had the power back on later that night. It was perfect to just disconnect and be one with the surroundings.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad you liked the house and the beautiful Beach Punta Uva, although your arrival was challenged by the power outage due to a tree which falled and torn down several poles on the main line between Punta Uva and Manzanillo. I am grateful you managed this experience with patience and was very happy the light was back in the night. The next day you have been rewarded by a beautiful sunny beach day You are always welcome back anytime !
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Rates & Availability

Limón Province House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Standard rate, 1-2 Guests
Jan 8 2017 - Apr 7 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Easter Week 2017
Apr 8 2017 - Apr 15 2017
5 night minimum stay
Standard rate
Apr 16 2017 - May 3 2017
2 night minimum stay
Low Season
May 4 2017 - Nov 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Christmas / New Year
Dec 20 2017 - Jan 7 2018
5 night minimum stay
Mar 24 2018 - Mar 31 2018
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

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

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Nearest Beach
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