Casa Tres Monos in Punta Uva, Costa Rica 4 bdrm
|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
Suitable for childrenAsk
Suitable for the elderlyNo
|Theme||Adventure, Wilderness, Beach, River, Tropical|
Description from the owner
Spectacular Jungle Botanical Garden, within five minutes walk to Punta Uva beach. Casa Tres Monos (Three Monkey House) is located within the Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge. It is ideal for viewing a vast array of wildlife such as monkeys, toucans, iguanas, turtles, frogs, sloths and giant blue butterflies.
Tres Monos is a simple yet comfortable two story home made almost entirely from beautiful gleaming red NĂspero wood. It has two large covered viewing decks with plenty of comfortable chairs, lounges and hammocks to enjoy the brilliant garden and warm tropical air, fragrant with the natural perfume of Ylang Ylang trees an...Read more
Casa Tres Monos in Punta Uva, Costa Rica 4 bdrm
Puerto Viejo, Limon, Costa Rica
(Property location is approximate)
Additional Location Information
Tranquil, friendly neighborhood, close to beach, horseback riding, surfing, snorkeling, grocer, shopping, and fantastic restaurants. All within easy walking or bike riding distance.
Photos of wildlife taken by guest and pro photographer David Peller: http://dmpeller.zenfolio.com/costarica/slideshow
Location Type Beach, River, Tropical
Rates shown in $ USD (change)
|Rate Summary||$85 - $125||$125||$600 - $875||$0||5 nights|
|May. 1 2012 - Oct. 31 2012
|Nov. 1 2012 - Apr. 30 2013
|All Other Dates||$125||$125||$875||-||5 nights|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
- Additional guests - $70 / week - Per-Person Adjustment - Fee applies to parties of more than 4 guest(s)
AvailableUnavailable Last updated: May 07, 2013 ◀▶
What Past Guests Are Saying
Newport Beach, California
Incredible Location, Cool House.. totally Perfect.
Loved this place. I have never stayed in a home that was so amazingly intertwined with the three things I love in a vacation: Ocean, Jungle, and abundant Nature. Having rented homes from Mexico to Honduras and now Costa Rica, I will say without doubt this place is the best. I simply have never stayed anywhere that was so removed from the rest of the tourism brigades and been surrounded by so much nature. Loved this place!!!
Only Recommendation: this place is perfect; however it would be nice if the kayaks were placed a little more ready to use. While I love nature, I was not thrilled flipping them over in the jungle mud (snakes? didn't see any but I was sweating!) and lots of thingy's to clean out. Just a little thing.
Cumming, Georgia, United States
Facility, location and owner services far exceeded expectations
Our group of 5 adults stayed 5 days at Tres Monos. Only 4 days were planned but we liked it so much we asked for an additional day. Tracey and David went beyond what was expected in offering to drive us around as we did not have a car. The grounds are lushly planted and ajoin a navigable creek emptying at the sea, kayaks provided. Walk to the gorgeous beach is short. Arracife Restaurant a short walk and fish tacos amazing. Ask for Ismael there for a high time. $10 taxi ride into Puerto Viejo for nightlife, cheap local buses during daytime. Home, beds and wonderful shower all excellent. If you do not like nature close up this place is not for you. We loved it!!!
Tropical Hideaway in Punta Uva
My husband and I and our two children (ages 6 & 9) recently stayed at Casa Tres Monos and had a wonderful time. Tracy and David were extremely warm and gracious and were very helpful to us during our visit. Tracy assisted us with transportation several times, made recommendations for local attractions, shared her knowledge of the beautiful plants and flowers in her gardens and made a point of showing my kids wildlife to see and enjoy. We saw toucans, golden orb spiders (not harmful), red-eyed tree frogs, smokey frogs, hourglass frogs, tadpoles, various butterflies (including Blue Morpho) and howler monkeys! Speaking of the howler monkeys, they could be heard each morning before sunrise. I've never heard anything like it. In fact, one morning, it sounded like hundreds of them were in the trees directly over the house!!! I couldn't believe it! It was so loud!!! But totally cool!
The house is constructed of beautiful hardwood with large porches, lots of open spaces and beautiful views of the lush tropical gardens that surround the house. Each bedroom has a a bed with mosquito netting and screened windows. Better lighting and ceiling fans would be a great addition. The stairs between levels are fairly steep but have gates with latches at the top so if you have small children, it shouldn't be an issue. There were relaxing hammocks on the porch and a beautiful bamboo bed that would have been great, however, it had an odd smell. Could be due to the fact that it is outside on the porch, but most likely because one of Tracy's dogs decided to spend the night with us and camped out on the bed. Probably not the first time. I love dogs and her dogs were very cute and good-natured, but I would have rather they stayed off the beds :-)
There was a beautiful wooden table and chairs on the main porch for meals. Tracy supplied coffee and a coffeemaker, which was great in the morning! So lovely to be able to sit there, look for birds and butterflies and sip my morning coffee. There was a small 4 burner stove with oven fueled by propane that worked just fine, two apartment-sized refrigerators and the usual kitchen utensils. The water in the sink is not drinkable so Tracy supplied large jugs of spring water. The water in the sink isn't heated so washing up the dishes takes a bit of effort.
The bathroom is a separate structure on the ground level with toilet, sink and large shower. You can't flush the TP down the toilet and the water in the sink isn't hot, but the shower has a device that heats the water and it's quite hot and there didn't seem to be an issue with pressure. It rained very heavily our first night there, so having enough water for showering wasn't an issue.
We were there in "dry season" but since it's a rainforest, it's usually fairly humid so wet towels and bathing suits won't ever dry out. It was hot during the day but surprisingly cool at night. My kids thought it was a little buggy but very adventurous. (it was actually less buggy than I was expecting) and they really loved seeing all of the wildlife!
There is a river next to the property but we did not kayak to the beach via the river. We did the 5-7 minute walk to the beach. There's a gravel road from the house to the main road, then you just cross over that and head down another gravel road until you hit the beach. There is a small grocery store right there on the main road for basic supplies (bread, sweets, milk, eggs, cheese, cereal, etc) The beach is lovely and and the water is fairly calm for swimming. No rocks or shells, nice sand, surrounded by lush vegetation and palm trees. Looks like it must have looked when the first explorers arrived! So refreshing to see a beach front that isn't developed.
They have two bikes that you can use, but since we had kids with us (that don't yet know how to ride) that didn't work for us. Cab rides to local restaurants along the main road are quite pricey as they charge you for the trip they have to make from Puerto Viejo to pick you up. A very short ride to the very excellent Selvin's restaurant was $10! And walking or biking along the road at night would be a little too treacherous for me. You definitely need flashlights (which we brought with us, but Tracy also supplied with the house). We regretted that we didn't rent a car for our stay in Punta Uva.
As other reviewers mentioned, this is not a hotel experience and is on the rustic side, but is the kind of place that affords you the opportunity to really soak in the wonders of the beautiful surroundings.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Casa Tres Monos..Best of both worlds. In the Jungle but just a 1
Casa Tres Monos was a real gem. The owners Tracy and David made our stay so comfortable. The house is perfectly situated between the beach and the heart of the jungle. We really enjoyed hanging out at the house and taking in the sites and sounds of the jungle. Monkeys,birds,frogs and butterfly's all around you as you sip your coffee in the morning.Take the beach bikes down to Punta Uva or Playa Grande. Just an easy 10 minute pedal from the house!! Both beaches are extremely beautiful and peaceful.You can actually kayak from the river next to the house down to Punta Uva beach then around the point to Playa Grande. We had a stand up paddle board, so that was what we used. The house itself is best described as glamorous camping or glamping. This is a good thing..It fits perfectly with the jungle. If you expect a hotel like experience then you will be most likely disappointed. We loved it because the house is so open and airy with lots of outdoor space to relax, hang out or enjoy a meal. The Kitchen is easy to cook meals in and if your nice Tracy might even take you over to the Organic Farmers Market on Saturday. Thanks Tracy!!!
Response from Tracy Moseley - 02/05/2013
My new favorite word Paul, "glamping"!
We really enjoyed having you and the rest of the crew here Paul.
You guys will ALWAYS be welcome at Casa Tres Monos and we shall keep a special space in our hearts and on our gampsite just for you.
Tracy & David
A Very Nice Jungle Experience
Our family of 4 (with two young children, 8 &12) stayed at Casa Tres Monos over Christmas 2012. The setting is quite beautiful with the garden the blends in nicely with the natural jungle surroundings. We really enjoyed the open living space. During our 6 days there, it rained quite a bit. When the rain was too much and we couldnâ€™t get out, the open living space provided a nice place to relax and enjoy the surroundings. A couple mornings when the sun came out, the jungle was quite magical with lights filtering through trees, dancing on the foliage with sparkling water droplets left by the overnight rain.
The house is not for everyone though. It wouldnâ€™t be ideal for those expecting resort type of lodging. Keep in mind that it is in the jungle and nature lovers will get the most out of it.
The nearest beach is about a 10 minute walk away. However, we found the next beach (about 15 minute walk) much more beautiful with long stretches of white sand and several nice swimming spots. The provided bikes can be used to get to these in minutes.
Tracy was a wonderful host. She went out of her way to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable. She took us all over town in her SUV to find a rental bike for our younger daughter. And when the first bike didnâ€™t work out, she took us again to find another bike. With the extra bike the 4 of us were able to bike (sometimes in the rain) to Manzanillo, Peurto Veijo, various beaches, farmer market & surf lesson. Thank you Tracy.
We (myself, husband & teenager) absolutely loved this place. Waking
up to the most beautiful garden I've ever seen then drinking coffee
while watching the monkeys is an experience I will never forget and
hope to repeat. The outdoor living space was amazing, the kitchen came
well stocked and Tracy and David were sweet, available, and attentive. I agree with the descriptions that are listed in the previous reviews and must add that the dryer is truly a jungle luxury. This is one of the coolest places I've ever stayed and Punta Uva is an absolutely stunning beach.
I seriously can't wait to visit again.
A Special Place and Magical Experience
We traveled with our three young children (12, 8, and 6) and our niece (17) to the wonderful Casa Tres Monos in the lovely area of Punta Uva. What a truly spectacular setting! The grounds are phenomenal with tropical gardens and a river setting. I never tired of the lovely view from the spacious porch and its hammocks. We awoke most mornings to the unique and magical sound of the howlers (I don't think I would ever tire of this sound) and often saw the monkeys playing in the trees near the house. The blue morph butterfly (the large one) made daily appearances to the porch!! We heard the melodic calls of many birds as well.
We did not have a car and found the Costa Rican bus system (to/from San Jose as well as to/from Puerto Viejo) to be very economical and efficient for a family of 6. The Pulperia had most every grocery item we needed and was just around the corner off the jungle lane the house is on. The 3 provided bikes were new and very nice and provided us nice access to get dinners on a couple of nights. Everything was thought of and provided here! We had nicely appointed beds with very soft sheets and fans to keep us cool. We even used the 2 very nice boogie boards several days at the ultra-amazing Punta Uva beach (which was a very easy walk down two jungle lanes)!! The kitchen was very well stocked (including food staples like spices, mayonnaise, ketchup, maple syrup and honey).
We loved this house! It was very clean and provided everything we needed (bug spray for the porch, binoculars, books to look up the many birds, mammals, or reptiles that frequent the area). The owners were amazing to work with and very gracious...we only had the opportunity to meet David, but he immediately became part of our family and he was such a delight during our entire trip.
Like the owners advertise, this house is for nature lovers only. You are definitely part of the jungle here amidst all its many splendors. But, just know this...and go! I am not necessarily the most comfortable with nature and I would go back again in a heartbeat!!! It's just plain that amazing!!
Perfect location, beatiful property, and excellent people
I had the lovely pleasure of staying at Casa Tres Monos for 5 nights with 3 of my friends, and we could not have been more delighted. The property was accurately depicted by the website, and it was the perfect combination of proximity to our favorite strip of beach, Punta Uva, and the sights and sounds of the jungle. Everyday we were able to enjoy the sounds of toucans, the sights of monkeys, and the excitement of searching for neat looking frogs and insects during night walks around the property. The house had a fully equipped kitchen, wireless internet, tons of bottled water, fruits to pick, and even coffee! Finally, Tracy and Dave were most pleasant and helpful. They make themselves as visible or invisible as you want, and were always available to answer our questions. Iâ€™ve stayed in 4 different places in Punta Uva, and Casa Tres Monos is so far my favorite. I canâ€™t wait to return.
We enjoyed our two week stay at Casa Tres Monos in February/March. Peaceful, tranquil, and the solitude of Casa Tres Monos, looking out into the yard relaxing from the deck was more educational than watching National Geographic. Just about every morning weâ€™d be visited by howler monkeys, waking us like natureâ€™s alarm clock, spider monkeys, daily visits by agoutis chasing other critters around, sweeping visits of various beautiful butterflies and songs of the many birds perched on the branches snacking and singing with such delight. In the evening, the sounds of the frogs, sometimes visiting us on the deck, were just enchanting; couldnâ€™t remember how delightful it was watching and trying to count the lightning bugs (just a memory of my childhood days).
We were especially appreciative of the bikes provided by Tracy and Dave! Daily rides either to Puerto Viejo or Manzanillo, the Pulperias for grocery items, the farmers market on Saturday (cornucopia) or a ride to the beach was just what was in order. Great exercise! Many visitors and Ticos alike use bikes as a mode of transportation; we did not see an issue with bikes sharing the road with vehicles (except on Sunday, family day). In all practicality, we opted not to rent a car, and found that the Turismo or Interbus provided us the transportation to our main destinations.
We would like to thank our hosts Tracy & David, along with their furry children, for their great hospitality, care and attention to detail that made our stay at Casa Tres Monos a truly memorable experience. We look forward to your vision for Casa Tres Monos and will definitely be visiting again. Pura Vida