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Claire & Carol

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

Casa Aracari, Uvita, Ocean Views, Fantastic Home, Pool..WOW!!!

11 Reviews
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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Overview

Uvita House Rental Photos and Description

Welcome to Casa Aracari...Let your imagination soar where the Sky meets the Sea, located at a comfortable 400 meters above the coastline of Punta de Ballena in Costa Rica. This ideal tropical vacation home is nestled in the jungle on one acre of Paradise. Its unique architecture and original design by Eva offers a spacious open-air indoor/outdoor floor plan. Walk in and pinch yourself to make sure you are not dreaming!

We take pleasure in sharing the beauty of Costa Rica by using materials manufactured locally and incorporated in the design throughout the house. Construction was completed in December 2010 by local craftsmen/artists Wilberth Acuna and Dagoberto Mora. The spiral teak staircase at the heart of the home, wraps itself around a locally grown Guanacaste tree. The railings are artistically handcrafted with local Mangrove roots and Bejuco vine. The ceiling is lined with grass mats made by skilled Mayan Indians especially for Casa Aracari.

The fully equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances and beautiful custom wood counters is the social center of the home. For an extra special treat, create your own gourmet dinner and serve it in the dining room while enjoying the sunset views. Sit in the living room, open the tall folding glass doors, and create a large indoor/outdoor living space with panoramic views of the pool, jungle covered mountains, ocean, Bahia Ballena, and surrounding bird life.

Relax under the covered deck in a hammock or lounge chair, go for a swim in the beautiful infinity pool, or enjoy an ice cold drink made from delicious fruits of the region while sitting on one of the four bar stools at the table shaded by the palapa covered umbrella in the pool.

So many beautiful scenes will delight you as you sit on the upstairs balcony and watch in awe as the sunrise and sunset transform the sky! Watch from the balcony for the many varieties of wildlife in the area... the jungle surrounding the house promises an abundance of tropical sights and sounds that will continue day and night. Be sure to have your camera ready! Howler Monkeys, Toucans, Parrots, and Dart frogs are frequent visitors.

There is a Casita on the property which offers a charming bedroom for two with Queen size bed and full bathroom, a small kitchen and dining area. If you wish to rent the main House and need additional room, then it is possible to rent the Casita also for a small additional amount. You will always have the use of our entire property to yourselves for total peace and tranquility.

Guests who rent our home enjoy the use of a beautiful nearby beach at no charge with our special Beach Club membership. Our Beach Club has a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, showers, restrooms, parking, and the private access to one of the beautiful beaches in Marino Ballena National Park.

Neighboring towns of Uvita, Dominical and Ojochal offer fabulous Restaurants to delight your taste. As a guest of Casa Aracari you are also welcome to enjoy the special cuisine at nearby Kura Boutique Hotel. Let us know if you are interested and we will put you in contact with Kura directly for your reservations.

The road up the hill to Casa Aracari will take you on an Adventure passing by waterfalls, small bridges over streams, tree ferns, tropical flowers, surrounding jungle life and ocean views. You will see Costa Rica at its best! A 4x4 vehicle is required in many areas of Costa Rica, including our area.

There are many thrilling and educational activities in the area...Something to please everyone. Our staff is available to assist with questions and bookings. See list of Activities below.

We hope you enjoy planning your trip to Casa Aracari in beautiful Uvita, Costa Rica.

Pura Vida!

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Claire & Carol (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Speaks: english

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My husband, our two-year-old daughter, and I loved our stay at Casa Aracari! The place is even more beautiful in person! We woke up every morning with the howler monkeys, ate breakfast while watching the toucans fly from tree to tree, swam in the infinity pool after the sun came up, and checked in on the dart frogs by the gate each day before heading to the beach or whatever activity we had planned. The house is fully stocked with any kitchen items you could need, and the grocery stores in town had everything we needed. We loved stopping at the Waterfall Café on our way back to the house each day to have ice cream (we heard their chips and guacamole and fish tacos are fantastic too) and see the beautiful waterfall. We loved the Uvita area as well. Our daughter was a big fan of the beaches so we checked out quite a few. Playa Hermosa is the "free" beach just on the north side of Uvita where you can park in the shade and walk 20 meters down to beach any time. (The other closest beaches charge $6 a person because they are part of national parks, though this entry fee is good for all of them in the same day once paid.) We also loved walking out on the Whale's Tail beach, it's so unique with waves crashing on both sides. We ate at La Casona several times, which is the restaurant in the same shopping center with the Uvita information center where you pick up the key. The food was very good (we liked the "typical dish" and the chicken and rice). We also walked the nature trails around Hacienda Baru (just north of Dominical) and saw monkeys there. We had lunch in Dominical, which is a fun and unique little "surf" town on the beach. If you want to see crocodiles, stop by the crocodile bridge on the drive down to Uvita. It is north of Jaco, and you will probably see people standing on it looking down. As our guide on the mangrove tour told us, "You will see crocodiles, 200%." Getting to the house does require 4x4, our little loaded down Jimny was up to the task no problem (Alamo rental from airport was great with very transparent charges… the 3rd party liability insurance is required at $12/day, the CDW can be declined if your credit card covers it; most Visa’s do cover CDW including collisions off a paved surface, not the case for MasterCard). The instructions are tough, but they worked. Know that the house is about 5km up the mountain; this will keep you patient as you follow the directions. So glad we got to experience this slice of heaven!
Oct 2013
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4.9
based on 11 traveler reviews

Casa Aracari, Uvita, Ocean Views, Fantastic Home, Pool..WOW!!!
average rating of 4.909091 based on 28 reviews
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O-M-G

  • 5 of 5

Where shall I begin, with one of the best experiences of my life?? As soon as I saw this listing, and I had looked at dozens, I knew this was where we had to stay! I was delighted to find out our dates were available, and spoke directly with the owner Claire, who was so easy and lovely to plan with! Now for the property~~this was our second time to the Uvita area, so we knew the beauty of it, but after arriving at Casa Aracari, it took beauty to a whole new level. Yes, we had seen the Whale's Tail, but not like this! You do need a good 4 wheel drive vehicle with good ground clearance to get there, but for me and my husband, this was part of the appeal! We arrived just when the sun was getting ready to set, which is one of the most magical times in Costa Rica, when the sounds of the jungle come alive, pure heaven for me. The house and property are every bit as beautiful (no, more) as what you see in the listing. Entering the house feasted our eyes with such beauty, everywhere you look you are filled with peace. Then, you open the doors to the outside, where the pool and patio are located, with ab-so-lute-ly the best view of the Pacific and Marino Ballena National Park (aka Whale's Tail) We were in our own little piece of paradise, completely private. I am a horticulturist, so on our first full day there, we strolled slowly through the gardens, which are filled with the most beautiful tropical plants and fruits! There is a lime tree, and a star fruit tree, with perfectly ripe fruit. Casa Aracari is an experience in itself, you don't even need to leave! I will hopefully return, sooner rather than later!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying at Casa Aracari. I am delighted to hear about your experiences there. It is a special treat for you to share them so that others can learn how enjoyable it is to travel to Costa Rica and Casa Aracari. It was our pleasure to have you come. I hope you will be able to come again soon. You are always welcome! Claire
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Entomology Geek

  • 5 of 5

Claire, I would like top thank you for once again letting us enjoy your beautiful piece of paradise. (3rd stay at your house) we are seasoned travelers and for us to come back to any one place is unusual. However, Casa Aracari is the exception. From the moment you open the gate to the house it is clear, this is a special place. From the beautiful doors in the living room that allow you to bring the outside into the house and the infinity pool that overlooks the whales tale, you are captivated by the serenity of the jungle world that surrounds you.

The house is very well appointed with a gormet cook setup. We spent every night cooking beautiful meals including

BBQing of a 5 pound Pargo that we bought from a young Tico who had just caught the fish off the reef on a local beach that we had been snorkeling at early in the morning...Maybe the best fish we had ever had. The young man was typical for the local Ticos who are very welcoming to travelers and enjoy sharing thier beautiful country with us.

The beaches of the southern pacific are amazing. Our favorite beach is Ventanas which is now a park and is very safe and clean. The caves are a blast to explore and we even body surfed the waves in the caves..Simply awesome!

Like other reviews, Marvin is awesome. He will custom make an activity that is unique and gives you a real Tico experience.

If you want to enjoy the beauty of a Rain Forest and do it in the most comfortable setting imaginable , Casa Aracari is for you...Pura Vida

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Wonderful Time in Costa Rica

  • 5 of 5

wonderful time in Costa Rica. Have been in the south pacific region numerous times and Casa Aracari was another great adventure. Wonderful home with large comfortable kitchen and dining area, beautiful patio and pool/yard. Lots of wildlife visitors including daily tucan visits, can toads, amazing praying mantis and of course the many gecko's .. Thanks to the owners and management

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Trip of A Life Time!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Aracari is gorgeous!!! Our family of 3 (2 Adults and 1 Teenager) just spent 5 fabulous nights in this Beautiful home, in Uvita. As soon as we entered the home, we knew we had picked the perfect place for our vacation. This lovely home really exceeded our expectations. The pictures do not do it justice. The interior of the home is decorated with local woods throughout that exude a theme of connection with Nature as if the home grew up organically from the jungle that surrounds the property. The main Living room opens completely to the patio outside, allowing you a true sense of indoor-outdoor living in the middle of the jungle, but with all of the comforts and amenities of a luxurious home.

You can see the Whales tale from almost every room in the house, and you’ll bring memories of the view home with you. It is wonderful to sit out by the beautiful infinity pool in the mornings with a cup of coffee, watch the surf crash on the Whales tale, and listen to the sounds of the birds and monkeys in the trees. Our family enjoyed daily swims in the pool and the nighttime backyard BBQs.

Claire was quick to respond to all of our questions and had some wonderful ideas about what to do in the area. We particularly enjoyed a boat tour down the Sierpes River. Lunch at the Beach club was a wonderful way to enjoy an uninterrupted day at the beach. You will want to to rent a good 4x4 as many roads are unpaved in the area.

When we visit Costa Rica next time, we will definitely stay at Casa Aracari again.

Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway, romantic getaway, sightseeing.

  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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  • 5 of 5

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  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Your search is over.... paradise found!

  • 5 of 5

Where to start? Well, lets start six months prior to our stay at Casa Aracari. After making contact with the owners through this website I received a friendly response from Claire. Over the following months Claire answered all my questions not only about the house but other facets of our visit. Also the good folks at Uvita Information Center were outstanding in organizing our car rental and all the activities that we wanted to do. So, when we arrived at Parmer Sur our car was waiting at the airport. As you have probably gathered by reading other reviews, most of us are unprepared for that first trip up the mountain to the house. But don't let this put you off, if you're coming to Costa Rica you are going to be driving on unpaved roads, so get with the program! By the second or third day you'll be tackling it like a rally driver pro, just select 1st gear at the bottom of the hill and go for it, it's a blast!

Once you arrive at the property you're going to want to open all the sliding doors, step out onto terrace look out over the jungle and the outstanding vista which is the Whales Tail and Cano Island. Breathe in, breathe out and then go WOW!! Take a look at the beaming smiles on the rest of your party and congratulate yourself on making such a smart choice of destination. When you step out onto the master suite balcony and look out at this stunning scene the heavenly gates will open up and a choir of angles will sing. Think I'm kidding? Well there's only one way you're going to find out!

Claire has equipped this house so that your stay will not encounter any stress. All the modern conveniences that we all just couldn't do without and all the furnishings and decor are tastefully selected to enhance the experience. Everything is immaculately clean.

Now, some of you might be put off by the idea of your early morning alarm call being supplied by the resident Howler Monkeys but the reality of the situation is that it starts to get light about 4:00am and get dark by about 6:00pm. The nice thing is that you will transition into your new waking day effortlessly. Awake, smile, go out onto the balcony and just soak up that glorious new day. In that dawn light you can survey the beauty of the jungle, the distant sound of the ocean, nature unfurling itself as monkeys scamper from tree to tree and parrots call to each other. Yes... Pura Vida! And, after your day's activities, be they spent by the pool or exploring the area you will be ready for bed by 9:00pm.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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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.

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Rates & Availability

Uvita House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
House Low Season
Aug 13 2016 - Nov 18 2016
5 night minimum stay
$160
$3,200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
 
House Christmas/New Year's
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 1 2017
5 night minimum stay
$295
$1,895
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
 
House High Season
Jan 2 2017 - Apr 15 2017
5 night minimum stay
$220
$1,372
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
$195
$1,225
$4,200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning service fee $125

Cancellation Policy in writing before occupancy is 50% refund of payments if notice 60days or more before, 25% refund if notice 30days or more before. Non-refundable after those dates. Rates are subject to change without notice until Reservation confirmed.
Damage/Security Deposit of $500 is required as a temporary Authorization Hold only on credit card during Rental of property and is released after Renter check-out is completed and if no Loss or Damage to property has occurred.

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 Casita.
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Amenities

Uvita House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2048 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 (Half Bath) -
    Bathroom 4 - in Casita
  • House has 2 Full Bathrooms upstairs, 1 Half Bathroom downstairs near Laundry room. Casita 1 Full Bathroom.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , in Casita
  • Main House: Sleeps 4-5 Master bedroom/Queen bed with Attached full bath; Second Bedroom/Queen bed with Attached full bath; Upstairs family room area with 2 couches that each convert to single beds; Casita bedroom/Queen bed with Attached full bath.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

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