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Casa Uvita: Rainforest & Ocean Views, Eco-Home

43 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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House, 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths with Rainforest and Ocean Views (Sleeps 6-8 people)

Casa Uvita, located in Uvita, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, is a beautiful 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom eco-home with a maximum capacity of 6-8 guests. It sits on the edge of primary rainforest, only 8 minutes from the Marino Ballena National Park beaches. Casa Uvita is close enough to modern conveniences, but far enough to be immersed in the sights and sounds of Costa Rica's tropical wildlife. The spacious, indoor/outdoor, two-story home is luxuriously outfitted with wooden floors, high ceilings, large windows and upscale bathrooms. The top floor has a master suite, two additional bedrooms, two balconies, and sitting and dining areas. Each bedroom upstairs has its own private bathroom. Downstairs, there is another bedroom and bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen, living and dining areas, and covered porches. Spectacular forest and stunning Pacific Ocean views can be seen from every area of the house. Common sightings include howler monkeys, sloths, toucans, aracaris, and parrots. Hike to nearby waterfalls or lounge in your hammock to enjoy the forest sights and sounds. Casa Uvita is completely self-sustaining, using solar energy and water from a natural spring. 24/7 security; daily housekeeping. Beautiful swimming pool in rainforest setting, with ocean view! 12 meters long, with lap lane.

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Michele Gonzalez
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 14, 2016
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About Michele Gonzalez

Michele González, co-owner and visionary of Casa Uvita, is a bilingual teacher, adventure travel guide and public health professional. When she is not on her bike, swimming, bird watching or beach running with Casa Uvita guests, Michele works as an international health and education consultant throughout Latin America. Antonio Arroyo, co-owner, is a construction genius, currently working in northern California and at Casa Uvita. He is both the design and muscle behind Casa Uvita. When Antonio is not designing or building something fabulous, you can find him cooking gourmet meals for friends and family.

Michele Gonzalez purchased this house in 2012

Why Michele Gonzalez chose Puntarenas

Welcome to Casa Uvita. Our hope is that guests will forever remember the vast beauty of this mountain, its wildlife, the ocean views and of course, Casa Uvita. Whether you are an active traveler, or you just want to lie in a hammock, Casa Uvita will leave you with memories for a lifetime.

What makes this house unique

The house is completely self-sustaining, using solar energy and water from a natural spring. From its two balconies enjoy the stunning Pacific Ocean views and world-class birding.


based on 43 traveler reviews

Casa Uvita: Rainforest & Ocean Views, Eco-Home
average rating of 4.976744 based on 43 reviews
New York, New York, USA

Eco Chic and Beyond!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Uvita is a little piece of paradise that is off the grid without being out of touch. The house is unforgettable and has an open and friendly vibe. The beds are very comfortable and each room is equipped with screened windows and its own bathroom for extra privacy. Equipped with wifi, you can snapchat from the second floor hammock while enjoying a double view of the surrounding mountain then gaze over to the ocean.

The wonderful and gracious host Michelle has a wealth of knowledge, and can kindly guide you through questions. If you are up to the task, she is a great influencer of the adventurer in you! Follow along a nearby hiking trail to find waterfalls with natural pools in the mountain, as well as a yoga retreat. With the town of Uvita right below, and its whale-tail shaped beach, surfers and swimmers alike each have their space to play.

From the daily monkey and sloth sightings in the nearby trees, to the many variety of butterflies floating by and birds chirping and chatting, Casa Uvita is a hidden gem housed in a mountain. Do bring bug spray if you have sweet blood, a make sure you get a 4X4 to take advantage of all the adventures in store!

If you're in need of a change of pace from the daily grind, Casa Uvita is for you. It may need to become a yearly visit, and it's definitely a must stay that will transform your life!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! It was such a privilege for all of us to meet you! Thank you for sharing your funny stories and beautiful voice. Keep singing!
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Gorgeous, eco-home, in the rainforest

  • 5 of 5

My family spent 6 nights at Casa Uvita during our recent Costa Rican vacation. It was our favorite location and I would recommend it to friends and family and we hope to return soon. The house is private, but the owner and staff live in another house on the property so there is 24 hour security and someone is always available to help if you need anything. Michelle and her staff are wonderful hosts. They were very helpful in planning excursions for our stay. Johnny, the caretaker, took us on a hike to a waterfall where we got to swim in a pool under the falls. It was one of the highlights of our trip. The property is beautiful, really even nicer than the pictures suggest. Our main goal in visiting Costa Rica was to observe the wildlife. We were not disappointed. As soon as we arrived at Casa Uvita we saw toucans and parrots in the trees surrounding the property. The next day we saw howler monkeys. We could back float in the pool and watch a family of monkeys feeding in the trees right above us. We loved the experience of being in a Central American rainforest. However, guests should be aware that the howler monkeys wake you up every morning at 5:00. Then parrots and toucans began to squawk at each other around 6:00. We didn't mind, it was wonderful to lay in bed (a beautiful canopy bed draped with mosquito netting) and listen to the sounds of the forest. One note about trip planning: We visited in July, the wet season, and it did rain every day. However, it was reliably clear and sunny in the mornings and then around 2:00 in the afternoon would cloud up and we'd have thunder and lighting and/or rain through the evening. The weather did not stop us from enjoying this beautiful country. We were awake by 6:00 in the morning anyway. So we'd go off and explore in the mornings and return in the afternoons to watch the birds and monkeys from the deck. Pura Vida!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the detailed review! This will be very helpful to other guests considering Casa Uvita during the rainy season. There are pros and cons to the wet weather, with cooler temperatures and exciting thunderstorms being at the top of the pro list. The howler monkeys and parrots are here all year around, so no matter what time of year you travel, they'll be sure to wake you up bright and early. Pura vida!
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San Francisco, CA, USA

The highlight of our trip to Costa Rica!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Casa Uvita was the BEST part an incredible vacation in Costa Rica. We fell in love with the house, the town, local beaches, animals in the trees (we even spotted a sloth hanging out near the pool😀), sunny days, tropical rains and gorgeous sunsets. Michele and her team (Carlos, Argentina & Bella) are such wonderful and generous hosts - each of them made our time at Casa Uvita so memorable. We can hardly wait to return and unplug! Sasha & Jackson

  • Submitted: May 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure meeting you two! I am certain our paths will cross again in Costa Rica or California. Pura vida!
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Santa Cruz, CA

Pure pleasure and privacy at Casa Uvita

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at Casa Uvita for one week. This was a paradise in the primary rainforest where you can spend your day either on the deck or in the hammock appreciating the howler monkeys moving around the tree canopy and watching the toucans and parrots roosting in the nearby trees. The cacophony of nature sounds in the morning was such a delight; I recorded it one morning to play for my friends back home. Michele, the owner, does a great job at orienting you to the host of activities you can do while in Uvita, or you can just relax and do nothing at all. We enjoyed the secluded waterfall, hiking, bicycling, ocean fishing, surfing and boogie boarding, not to mention several excellent restaurants when we wanted fine dining. Thank you Michele, staff and Bella (the jungle pooch), for helping to make this vacation such a memorable experience.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I thoroughly enjoyed spending some time with you at Casa Uvita. You two had a nice balance by doing adventures in the morning and relaxing in the afternoon. Thank you for sharing the nice red snapper and mackerel that you caught! Pura vida!
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Relaxing Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Casa Uvita surpassed our expectations. The pictures do not do the place justice. It was a very private setting with views of the ocean. The monkeys and birds were always close. I watched close to a dozen toucans flying around the place one early evening. I loved hearing the monkeys growling and talking all throughout the forest. Michele and crew were very attentive to our needs. Michele was very knowledgeable about the area and gave some great suggestions on things to do. Carlos took us to a nearby waterfall with a refreshing swimming hole. Casa Uvita was very clean and nicely appointed and spacious. The kids enjoyed the TV with a nice selection of videos. We enjoyed the deck and patio areas as well as the wonderful pool. We hope to return sometime in the future.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have you and your extended family with us here at Casa Uvita. It was extra special for us to have grandma here--what a sweet soul! I do hope you'll come back and visit us--maybe next time in the rainy season! Warmest regards.
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North Carolina

Our stay at Casa Uvita

  • 5 of 5

We had a very nice experience at Casa Uvita. Michele and her staff were very attentive and happy to help us get the most of our time in Uvita. The kitchen was stocked with start up necessities and the the house itself was very clean. I would advise that if you need silence to sleep bring ear plugs etc. the Howler monkeys mace a lot of jungle music early in the morning. I got used to it at the end of our stay. I highly recommend asking Carlos to take you to the waterfall at the end of Casa Uvita's road. I would also recommend spending more time hiking right around the immediate area to spot wild life. You can do it on your own time frame and it's free! Try to plan your trip here at the coolest temperature time frame that you can.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed having you at Casa Uvita. Glad you were able to stay cool without air conditioning--sipping a drink in the pool, taking a dip in the cool mountain swimming hole or catching the sea breeze while lying in the hammock. We hope to have you back--maybe next time during the cooler rainy season!
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Car: necessary

Casa Uvita is located in the southern Pacific region of Costa Rica, three hours from San Jose. It offers the perfect balance for eco and adventure travelers. Activities include hiking to waterfalls, birdwatching, beach combing, surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, river rafting and hammocking!


Rates & Availability

Bahía Ballena House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Green Season
Sep 1 2016 - Nov 19 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Holiday Season 2016
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Peak Season 2017
Jan 3 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Rates are for up to 6 guests. There is a $25 per night fee for each additional guest (up to two). Check-in is 3pm; check-out is 11 am

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Bahía Ballena House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 4
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • King size beds (1), Queen size beds (2), Twin beds (2). All four bedrooms have their own bathroom.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
The rental includes the following: - Towels and linens - Daily light housekeeping service - 24-hour security - Check-in 3pm; Check-out 11am Rates are for up to 6 guests. Each additional guest (up to 2) is $25 per person per night.

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