Claire & Carol
About Claire & Carol
Living in southern California, our family has always enjoyed outdoor activities at the Beach, swimming, surfing, snorkeling, Nature, and hiking. Our interests then were a perfect fit to purchase a home at the beach in Costa Rica on the Osa Peninsula. Our favorite beaches in the Osa Peninsula are Playa Ballena, Playa Ventanas, and Playa Hermosa.
Why Claire & Carol chose Uvita
We fell in love with the spectacular ocean views and surroundings of the gorgeous Rainforest scenery and natural wildlife in this secluded home in the Uvita area in the Southwest Pacifiregion of Costa Rica. The Costa Rican people are very warm and friendly, and made us feel welcome. This private wildlife area where Casa Aracari is located, reminds us of Jurassic Park because of its lush natural environment and abundant wildlife. Being surrounded by Nature is a peaceful and renewing experience. The home was designed by our friends Eva and Warren and constructed by local Tico contractors plus some of the finest woodwork by local artisans. We are thrilled with the way the home blends so seamlessly into the Rainforest.
What makes this House unique
We have a house manager who lives in a home nearby and can assist you during your stay with questions, home maintenance, and regular pool cleaning, and information about the area..
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Heavy fine for smoking in the house...See below
With swimming pool children need to be water safe
Minimum age of primary renter:30
Cancellation if written notice is 60 days or more before occupancy then 100% refund of payment or if written notice is 30 days before then 50% refund
Damage/Security Deposit of $800 is required as a Temporary Authorization only on credit card during stay at property. Is Released at end inspection
This is a Non-smoking property...Due to fire hazard, a $3,000 fine will be charged for any Loss or Damage due to Smoke inside the House or in casita
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Fun and relaxation at Casa Aracari
Renting this place was a great experience beginning from the first contact with the owner, Claire, and property manager, Trina, who both went the extra mile to make sure our vacation was as pleasant as possible. Trina, a fellow Canadian, even shared her private stock of KD with us so that we could feed our kids when we arrived late on the first night, too tired to go out to eat or go grocery shopping! The house was beautiful, well maintained and had all of the appointments needed for a family with kids (2 adults, 4 kids). We enjoyed spending time "at home" just as much as our excursions. An elegant spiral staircase leading to the second floor of the house was slightly tricky for our youngest to negotiate on account of the open risers and the exquisite, but delicate balusters for the hand rail. Only an issue if you have very young kids with you.
We had planned to visit the local beaches and waterfalls and didn't really think we'd use the pool much, but we totally did. It was great.
The grounds/garden were meticulously maintained. One of our favourite activities was to simply walk around the house with the kids to see what we could find. We were rewarded with sightings of many interesting flora and fauna.
The drive up the mountain absolutely required a 4x4 vehicle. This is from someone who lives in a rural area, who is familiar with dirt road and off road driving. Depending on conditions (road work being conducted, downpours in rainy season, other drivers on the road, etc), it could sometimes 15-20 minutes to get from the main road to the house. The upshot was privacy, peace and the opportunity to live amongst the animals of the rain forest. It would have been ideal if it had been easier to just pop in and out of our place between other activities, but the trade off was definitely worth it.
We would be remiss not to echo the comments of other reviewers and recommend spending a day with Marvin, the gardener, at his farm. He also took us to the Nauyaca waterfall on horseback, where we swam, and asked a neighbour of his to provide lunch at her home. It was a great experience, particularly for our children.
We would definitely recommend Casa Aracari to travellers who are looking for a comfortable, yet still "off the beaten path" experience.
Better than described, rich in wildlife.
The Aracari house is an amazing place and it was even better than described. The decor and woodwork were upscale and inviting. I don’t think I have ever stayed at a house with such a well-stocked kitchen. We really enjoyed the pool and the view is unbelievable. The 15 minute drive up the dirt road was not a problem at all with a 4x4. Because the house is off the beaten path, the wildlife is amazing. Early in the morning we saw white faced capuchin monkeys across the road on a few occasions. We also saw coati, bats, many species of lizard, toucans, and more right on the property. We were cool enough with the windows open at night even without air conditioning. The power did go out on us a few times during storms, including once from 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm so I do recommend having a back up plan for dinner since everything In the house runs on electricity. The owner and concierge were great communicators. Due to a last minute change we were able to check in early and Trina was very accommodating. We visited the Uvita waterfalls along the road to the house and had a great time jumping in the river. Thanks for a wonderful stay!
Pool is the best !!!
This was our first time in Costa Rica and we truly fell in love! The house is wonderful and really felt like home. Everything we needed from boogie boards for the beach days to all the kitchen supplies to make a home cooked meal. The view from the house will never get old. Claire gave us wonderful recommendations of things to do and places to eat. The Beach Club was our favorite. We would eat or have a pina colada and then walk to beach and had it all ourselves! We made amazing family memories and can’t wait to go back! Thank you Claire and Bud!!
Our family of five made beautiful memories in Casa Aracari. It felt like home , and mornings are unforgettable with the view. Thank you for sharing.
Loved Casa Aracari!!
Our stay in Casa Aracari was nothing less than fabulous from start to finish! Claire was very attentive from the beginning... sending emails and phone calls to be sure we knew everything there is to know about the house and things to do in the area. We've stayed at several other houses in the area, and this one was by far the nicest and best maintained. If you haven't heard or read about Marvin the gardener, you will...he is amazing! Such a wonderful person (and his family)...so if given the opportunity, take his farm & waterfall tour (and lunch at Maria's); it was definitely one of the highlights of our trip and we highly recommend it! There is so much to do and experience in CR, but just sitting on the deck or on the patio or in the pool at Casa Aracari was certainly one of our favorite things to do....listening to the sounds of the jungle every morning and sunset was our daily routine and we loved every minute!!! We can't wait to return and enjoy all the sights and sounds of the jungle, and will absolutely stay here again! Thank you Claire, Bud, Trina, and Marvin...can't wait to see you again soon!
Andrea & David
Zip-Line, Kayaking, Swimming, ATV, Beachcombing, Bird Watching, Guided tours at Baru Natural Reserve, Boat Tour through Sierpes mangroves in Corcovado Natural Park, Boat Tour to Cano Island Butterfly Farm, Reptile Exhibit, Hiking in Jungle, Excellent Dining, plus Guests at Casa Aracari are welcome to Dine at Kura Boutique Hotel.