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Rainforest Studio Casita/Cabin - Ocean, Islands & Jungle Views

Bedrooms 1
Space 515 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cabin, Studio, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2 Adults in 1 Queen sized Bed)

Casita Kristina Maria is a 515 sq. ft. studio cabin (including the deck) nestled on 3.75 acres in the rainforest overlooking Marino Ballena National Park. Located above the town of Uvita in a gated wildlife reserve with 100+ acres of natural rainforest. The panoramic views of the ocean, Isla Ballena, Cano Island, Tres Hermanas (Three Sisters rocks), and the rainforest will take your breath away!

Built in 2007, Casita Kristina Maria is furnished with locally crafted bamboo furniture including a queen size bed with a pillow-top mattress and bamboo headboard, a kitchen table with 3 chairs, a settee, and arm chair in the sitting area, night stands, a bamboo wardrobe armoire, and 2 adirondak deck chairs and loveseat.

The kitchenette has a stainless steel electric range/oven and refrigerator, a stainless steel sink, granite counters, a coffee maker, toaster, blender, microwave, tropical design dishes and utensils, and pots and pans.

The bathroom features a tiled shower, bamboo framed mirror, a marble vanity, a ceiling fan, and a window looking out to the rainforest.

Other features include ceiling fans (4 interior and 3 exterior fans), wireless internet, and a covered deck on two sides of the Casita. Bedding, linens, towels, and 2 beach chairs are provided.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of nature, including howler monkeys, white-faced capuchin monkeys, white-nosed coatimundis (racoon family), agoutis, toucans, parrots, and many other exotic birds, beautiful butterflies including the spectacular blue morpho, frogs, and other jungle wildlife.

Hike to nearby waterfalls, streams and cascades in the gated reserve.

Relax as you sit in an Adirondack chair on the covered deck while enjoying phenomenal views of the ocean, islands, and Rain forest in a lush and private setting.

Minutes to beautiful tropical beaches where the jungle meets the shore, and the ocean temperatures range from 80-85 degrees year round!

Our guests who rent our Casita enjoy free use of beautiful beaches with our membership in the local Beach Club. The Beach Club has a restaurant, swimming pool, bar, restrooms, parking, and a private access to the beach in Marino Ballena National Park.

Convenient to delicious restaurants in Uvita, Ojochal and Dominical, banks, grocery and convenience stores, gas station, and a multitude of nearby activities that include swimming, surfing, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, fishing, boating, kayaking, snorkeling, zipline canopy tours, hiking, exploring ocean caves and rainforest waterfalls, ATV tours, learning about jungle flora and fauna at Hacienda Baru Wildlife Refuge, Don Lulo's horseback riding tour to Nauyaca Waterfalls, visiting Reptilandia, a reptile zoo, and shopping for sourveniers at beachside open market on Playa Dominical, or at the Community Market in Uvita on Saturday mornings.

A 4-wheel drive vehicle is required. We would be happy to refer you to a reputable and reasonable rental car company, as well as provide you with contact information for making reservations for nearby activities and excursions.

Keywords: Cabin, Studio, 1 Bedroom, Casita, Cabina,View,Ocean View,Jungle, Rain forest, Monkeys,Birds,Private

More Details

Claire & Carol
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2017

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 near us in the Osa Peninsula are Playa Ballena, Playa Ventanas, and Playa Hermosa. Also our favorite restaurants are La Fogata in Uvita and Exotica in Ojochal.

Claire & Carol purchased this cabin in 2006

What makes this cabin unique

Casita Kristina Maria is located in the Uvita area in a private, gated eco-community, and protected wildlife reserve. It is an ideal setting for viewing the flora and fauna of more than 100 acres of primary and secondary Rain forest, streams, waterfalls, and hiking trails.

The Casita is surrounded by the rain forest jungle. Relax to the sound of the creek babbling through rain forest. You'll be lulled to sleep by croaking frogs and the sounds of the jungle at night. Awaken to the distinct roar of howler monkeys as they traverse through the jungle, and the squawking of green parrots flying overhead . When the surf is big, you can sometimes hear the waves crashing on the beach.

Included in the rental is access to our Beach Club. The Beach Club has a beach side restaurant, bar, swimming pool, restroom facilities, shower, free beach parking, and a palm-lined trail to the beach. It is a beautiful tropical beach with views of Tres Hermanas rocks and Isla de Cano. The ocean water temperature is a warm 80-88 degrees year-round. Monkeys and scarlet macaws are often sighted in the trees surrounding the beach.


Uvita Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 515 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Marble vanity counter, tiled shower, tiled floor
  • Tiled shower with rain shower head, oil-rubbed bronze fixtures, bamboo towel bars, marble vanity counter, tiled floor, ceiling fan.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • 1 queen size bed with an orthopedic pillowtop mattress, bamboo headboard and bedframe, and a ceiling fan.
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Panoramic views of the ocean, Cano Island, Ballena Island, Tres Hermanas (Three Sisters Rocks), the rainforest jungle and mountains. Decks on 2 sides of Casita - one faces the ocean, the other faces the jungle.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(26 traveler reviews)

Rainforest Studio Casita/Cabin - Ocean, Islands & Jungle Views
average rating of 4.8846154 based on 26 reviews

Wonderful vacation

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect place for our first time in Costa Rica. We had plans to go to different parks to see the wildlife. After the first day at the house we realized that the wildlife was right there off the porch. Every evening the monkeys moved through the area. We also were lucky enough see a sloth on the mountain road to the house. The town of Uvita had everything you need. Great restaurants and friendly people. I recommend this house for your next Costa Rica vacation.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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Fabulous stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Claire's Casita! Well equipped accommodation nestled in the jungle with amazing views and jungle sounds. We were allowed access to the villa pool area which was a great bonus. We sipped pina coladas and watched the sun go was heavenly. The Southern zone is relatively unspoiled and we spent hours on uncrowded, some empty, beaches within a short drive. Fly fished the trout streams, road trips to Rafiki Lodge and the Sauvegre River, the Boruca Village ...possibly the most breathtaking ridge drive ever! Please use Carlos or Henry at Bahia Ballenas Kayaking for mangrove trips, river and ocean trips and fishing, repelling, kayaking ..see TripAdvisor reviews. Bamboo Restaurant and bar with John and Janet, sunsets at El Castillo, Citrus, French Cafe Ojochal, home made French bread and pastries, HH on Weds. Dollar car Rental SJ was brilliant! GET A 4x4, off the highway most roads are dirt and steep...arrive in the daytime!!!! Claire's directions and tips are clear and concise. We loved her caretaker, Adolfo!!! We will return and will rent the spectacular Villa... pure luxury.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Need more stars!

  • 5 of 5

The casita was perfect! Overlooking the ocean set atop a mountain jungle. Make sure to rent a 4x4. The trek up is fun! Claire was so helpful and so sweet I couldn't have asked for a better hostess.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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Pura Vida!!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

This little casita and all its surroundings were perfection to us. We had read all the glowing reviews before booking, but it is always a leap of faith to travel thousands of miles to a new destination. Everything the other guests had written is true, but words can't capture the breathtaking view, the lovely scents and exotic sounds, and the utter tranquility of this place. Do come here, do absorb all the sights and sounds of each dawn and dusk, do relax on the beach club beach (which we had almost exclusively to ourselves in the mornings), do bring light weight clothes (it's hot!), and do luxuriate in the villa pool if no one is renting it:)! We balanced our time between relaxing and fabulous outings. We highly recommend the Osa peninsula zip line tour, the Corcovada National park guided tour with boat ride, and the horseback ride to Nauyaca Falls. LOVED it all!!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Manitoulin Island, Ontario Canada

You must go up up almost to the clouds to get these views - but worth every metre!

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful property in one of the few parts of the Costa Rican coast to remain pristine. We first passed through 25 years ago, when from Jaco south was a stretch of spine juddering potholes. Now you have a smooth paved road all the way to Uvita.

Claire's instructions are precise and detailed - but - if possible - do not do justice to the location. The turnoff to the gated property is now marked by red & white reflective stakes. Take Claire's advice regarding rental of a 4WD vehicle. There are a couple of short stretches that are steep but otherwise it is an interesting climb that can be taken easily, although I'd suggest caution if you arrive after sunset as we did - the road can be a little daunting the first time you take it in the dark. Suzanne described the road to a Tico waiter who gave a shrug and said "it is what it is" - putting the balance between the drive and the end location perfectly in the Pura Vida philosophy! The Casita itself sits in a notch cut out of the jungle - and with the cultivation and the gardens around, you feel totally a part of the green world surrounding you.

I'm not sure which woke us first each morning, Venus and the sun rising over the trees to the left, or the local howler monkeys (who seem to be lazy by Tico standards because they don't start calling until a civilized 5:00am.)

A good alarm clock, so one can enjoy the spectacular views of Playa Ballena and the islands some 600-700 feet below with the first coffee of the day. The tree overhanging the Casita has regular visits from Toucans, and a resident population of cicadas to provide the visual and sound background to lazy hours on the porch.

Claire has the Casita equipped very well for some self catering (although there are so many great restaurants in the area to choose from self catering was mostly limited to breakfast.) Try Porque No! in Dominicalito, Cliff & Ana's Ballena Beach Club, the Fogata in Uvita (lovely Tico staff, great pizza). Suzanne slipped on ice and badly sprained her ankle the day before we flew down, but we had no real difficulty getting around, so I would be quite comfortable recommending the location to reasonably fit senior citizens like us.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nature Lovers Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Feeling so lucky to have found this perfect little Casita for our first trip to Costa Rica!! A true paradise for a nature lover who likes to avoid the big crowds. Surrounded by the sights and sounds of wildlife in the mountain-side jungle and the views of the ocean - it is just simply spectacular! It made the perfect get away spot for us to explore from each day and retreat to each night. The Casita is so well designed and was spotlessly prepared and perfectly equipped with everything we needed. The property managers pay attention to every detail and were lovely to deal with - as were the owners during the booking and preparation for our trip. We are truly grateful for our time living in your beautiful spot and hope to be back for longer next time.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
137 Miles
Juan Santamaria International Airport San Jose/SJO
Nearest Barpub
2.3 Miles
Ballena Beach Club
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Costanera (Highway 34)
Nearest Restaurant
2.3 Miles
Ballena Bistro at Goathouse 169
Nearest Beach
2.7 Miles
Playa Ballena
Car: necessary

ATV tours available.

Additional mileage distances:

3.2 miles to Ballena Beach Club (Playa Ballena private beach access)

5.7 miles to Grocery Store, Bank & Restaurants in Uvita

6.25 miles to Uvita Information Center (tourist info)

6.4 miles to Gas Station in Uvita

6.7 miles to Playa Uvita 'The Whale's Tail' beach


Rates & Availability

Uvita Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Holiday Season 2017
Nov 25 2017 - Jan 1 2018
7 night minimum stay
High Season 2018
Jan 2 2018 - Apr 22 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Service Fee $85

Cancellation Policy in writing before occupancy is 50% refund of payments if notice more than 60days before check-in date, 25% refund if notice more than 30days before check-in date. Non-refundable after those dates. Rates are subject to change without notice until Reservation is confirmed.

Damage/Security Deposit of $300 is required as a Temporary Authorization Hold only on credit card during Rental of property and is released after Rental 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 $2,000 fine will be charged due to any loss/damage from smoke inside the Casita.
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