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Casa Uvita: Rainforest & Ocean Views, Eco-Home

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Eco-home, 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 10 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.

Michele Gonzalez
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2017

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.


Bahía Ballena House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
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
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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(50 traveler reviews)

Casa Uvita: Rainforest & Ocean Views, Eco-Home
average rating of 4.92 based on 50 reviews

Absolutely beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 6 (kids ages 14, 13, 12 and 8) had the most amazing time staying at Casa Uvita. Michelle is a beautiful person that cares so much about making your stay perfect. She helped us with all of our excursions an has so much knowledge about Costa Rica and the local secrets. Her house is spotless and so comfortable. I miss taking a shower with views of the ocean and jungle. The ocean breeze was refreshing and add that with the surrounding jungle full of sloths, howler monkey's, parrots, toucans and SO MUCH MORE!!! It was so beautiful and fun for the kids. The first thing they did in the morning (5:30 am) was jump in the pool. The last thing they did before bed was jump in the pool. :) We are recommending this house to all of our friends. Out of our 3 visits to Costa Rica, Casa Uvita was hands down the best house rental yet!!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. It was fun to meet you and all of your kids! It would be great to host you again and do some more photography. Hopefully another sloth will show up to pose for us! Pura vida!
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Huntsville Ontario Canada

Nature Lovers Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Casa Uvita is a peaceful paradise to enjoy whatever nature may come your way. A place of solitude to enjoy all that nature has to offer through sounds, animals, birds and plants.

The accommodation is incredibly clean with unique hand made furnishings.

You'll not find a better hostess then Michelle whose vibrance for nature is contagious.

A true getaway for a nature lover or anyone seeking some uninterrupted solitude.

The Rea Family

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's always special for us when our guests are so interested in experiencing all of the sights and sounds at Casa Uvita. From the moment your son rescued the red-capped manakin from the house on your first day, I knew you were special. It was truly our pleasure to host you, and I have no doubt our paths will cross again.
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Vancouver, BC

Fantastic Villa

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Uvita in our 2nd half of our Costa Rica trip and kind of wished we came here a few days earlier so we could have spent more time. The location of Casa Uvita is perfect - far enough off the beaten path to feel very remote, but close enough to all the amenities. And you really can't beat the wildlife literally on your doorstep. Howler monkeys, white faced monkeys, sloths, toucans, parrots etc all seen in our 3 days there. Michele was a great host - gave some great info on local sights and must-dos. I would love to come back here and spend more than just 3 nights!

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Three days was short, but you managed to see a lot. Your kids were great at spotting the wildlife! I look forward to future visits!
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  • 5 of 5

We took our adult children down with their significant others for a great family vacation. Uvita is a beautiful place to vacation. It is not overly touristy and the locals are very friendly and helpful. The beaches here are stunning and so many to choose from. Great waves for boogie boarding, spike ball, volleyball and frisbee on the sand. We surfed with a local company and they were great and generous with their instruction and time. I didn't ever feel hustled. As for Casa Uvita, we all loved it!! The house is beautiful cool and airy with doors open and screened windows it was stunning. The beds are comfortable and spacious. The kitchen is great well stocked for cooking with great views of the ocean and the pool and patio area where we spent many hours as a family together. We hiked the nearby waterfalls and each offered a different experience. The natural spring water was cool and refreshing. The wild life is amazing and everywhere around you. The best part of this vacation was that the family stayed together. Unlike when we would go to a resort and everyone goes their own direction...we all stayed and played together. Decided on which which waterfall to hike or which beach to chill on! Cards, boardgames, pool games, reading and relaxing together was a highlight. Great place for family unity! I wouldn't want to forget Michele. Michele who owns Casa Uvita lives on the property and ensures that the home is never left alone. My daughter called her Google because everything we needed to know she could help us with. She was kind and generous with her time and took us to places that our family van would not go. Showing us around and sharing her beautiful environment with us. She and Johnny kept our home and pool clean and safe daily. Thank you Michele for making our vacation amazing!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. I'm so glad that Casa Uvita was the venue for quality family time with your adult children and significant others. You chose the right place to play and relax. It took a while for the monkeys to show up, but when they did, they gave you a spectacular send-off. It was a pleasure to meet you! Send me pictures from the wedding!
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Beautiful and amazing solar home with wonderful views and hostess

  • 5 of 5

We just left Casa Uvita and are so sad that we have to go home. It was the perfect magical home for our family's vacation. It is off the grid, and completely sustainable with solar power and springfed water. The pool is beautiful and overlooks the jungle and ocean, with howler monkeys climbing about in the trees surrounding it. The house is comfortable and clean, with a well-stocked kitchen and anything you might need. You will need to remember that this is a solar home and to use your energy wisely, but for us that just made the house more special. The owner, Michelle, was an amazing hostess and worked to make our trip memorable. She really went out of her way to make sure that we had an wonderful time. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You all were so much fun. It makes me so happy when guests are interested in learning about the rainforest flora and fauna and living off the grid. I have no doubt that we will see each other again in the near future--at Casa Uvita or maybe in Austin, Texas! Pura vida!
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Beautiful views, big spacious home

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Casa Uvita. We saw a family of monkeys in the backyard and woke every morning to beautiful birds! Nice view of the ocean, very short drive to the beach. I walked up the drive from the house and got see even more views up high. The house is spacious, enough room for a family of 7, has beautiful hardword floors and kitchen opens up to the patio. My kids enjoyed the pool. Great time!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm sorry I didn't get to meet you during your stay at Casa Uvita. I know it was very rainy during your stay (Sept. and Oct. are our rainiest months), but I'm glad that didn't keep you from enjoying this beautiful region of Costa Rica. Hopefully we'll meet next time. Pura vida!
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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

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Green Season
May 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Holiday Rates
Dec 20 2017 - Jan 3 2018
5 night minimum stay
Peak Season 2018
Jan 4 2018 - Apr 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
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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