Beachfront Punta Uva: Storied Home, Modern Comfort
Description from the owner
We hope you feel inspired while staying in our recently-renovated beachfront home, Casa de la Musa (House of the Muse), directly on the spectacular beach of Punta Uva. This is the home where famous Costa Rican author, Anacristina Rossi, lived for nearly 15 years and wrote stories about the life and beauty of the Caribbean coast. Her works include 'La Loca de Gandoca,” which, after its release in 1992, helped save the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge from development (her books are available to read in English and Spanish at the house). While sitting in the home’s breezy deck and looking through the magnificent jungle gardens towards the gorgeous Punta Uva beach, you can easily imagine how Rossi felt inspired to write about this Costa Rican paradise.
Casa de la Musa is a clean, recently-restored Caribbean-style cabin with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, full kitchen, screened porch, open deck, and many modern amenities, including wi-fi, air-conditioned bedrooms, hot water. Though the house was substantially upgraded during the spring and summer of 2011, it still maintains much of its Caribbean charm, including its original wood floors, traditional balcony seat, and solid, locally-built furniture.
Surrounded by lush natural gardens full of exotic plants and wildlife, Casa de la Musa is one of only a handful of houses directly on Punta Uva beach, the most swimmable beach in the Puerto Viejo area (the house sits 50 meters from the water line, the closest Costa Rican homes can legally be to the ocean). Outside Magazine and other travel publications have rated Punta Uva one of the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. The house is also near some of the area’s most wonderful restaurants, dive centers, surf spots, massage studios, yoga classes and all of the fun activities of Puerto Viejo. You can reach the trails of the Manzanillo-Gandoca refuge by a quick bike ride or even quicker car ride, explore the various beaches by foot or bicycle, or just relax in a hammock looking out onto the jungle and the Caribbean.
The home has a clean indoor kitchen with large windows opening towards the beach, garden, and patio areas. The kitchen, significantly renovated summer 2011, has a refrigerator/freezer, gas stove and oven, new tiles, new appliances (coffee maker, toaster, mixer), dishware and utensils. An open dining area has seating for up to 6. House has 2 full bathrooms with a shower downstairs and shower upstairs. Hot water (not standard in Caribbean homes) is available in both showers, in the upstairs sink, and in the kitchen sink. Drinking water (2 18 liter jugs) and water dispenser are provided guests generally don’t need to buy water. Linens, house towels, beach towels and beach mats are included. There is an alarm system, and a safe box large enough to store a laptop and other important personal belongings. Cleaning is included every 3 days for stays of 5 nights or more. Additional cleaning can be arranged for a fee. Laundry service is provided on the property once for every 3 nights (1 load per 4 guests). Additional loads anytime are $10 per load (1 load = 5kg or 11lbs).
We will try our best to make your stay at Casa de la Musa a great one! Evi is our friendly and experienced property manager who will help make your stay comfortable, safe, and fun. Please feel free to talk to her about any questions, suggestions, or concerns you may have about your visit. She speaks Spanish, English, and German. Our caretaker family (Carlos, Yolanda, and their little girls, Genesis+Kiara) lives in a small casita next door to the main house and assists with maintenance and security. In the unlikely event you have concerns during the night, they are always available to help (they also have a friendly dog, Lokie, who barks at newcomers but will quickly get to know you!).
A few important notes: 1) Casa de la Musa is surrounded by jungle plants and wildlife. While we make a concerted effort to keep the house clean and comfortable, it may not be the right place for you if you hate bugs, spiders or other critters. 2) Regarding privacy, the casita is easily visible by guests from the main house, and you may see our caretaker family on the property during your stay. While they make every effort to respect your privacy, travelers who would like complete seclusion may be happier at another property.
We believe travelers looking for a true Caribbean beach and jungle experience will love spending a vacation in this charming, comfortable home. We hope you enjoy your time in Punta Uva as much as we have!...Read more
Beachfront Punta Uva: Storied Home, Modern Comfort Punta Uva, Limon, Costa Rica
Additional Location Information
Directly on Punta Uva beach, one of the region's most swimmable and most beautiful beaches (the house is on the 50 meter line, the closest that houses in Costa Rica can legally be to the ocean). Punta Uva is located between Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo.
More About This Location
Beach or lakeside relaxation, Warm winter getaways, Waterfront
Nearest airport: Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport SJO, 160 miles Nearest ferry port: Limon, 40 miles Car is not necessary
Last updated on April 24, 2015
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Please note: these rates exclude taxes and fees and may vary depending on the length of your stay. Rates are also subject to change at the [owner/manager]’s discretion.
Fees for additional guests may apply.
Additional notes from the owner
Children under 12 stay free.
Rate includes cleaning after every 3 nights for stays of 5 nights or more.
Rate includes 1 load laundry per 2 guests after every 3 night (laundry done on-site).
Rates are higher during Christmas, New Year's, and Easter weeks. Please inquire.
Please inquire for rentals >1 month.
Left on 07/28/2012 for a stay in May 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jul 28, 2012Stayed May 2012
My bf and I stayed at this wonderful house for 8 days! Where do I start... after 16 hours of travelling - flight + 4.5h bus ride to Puerto viejo, we were greeted by Evi who drove us to the house. On the way we stopped at a grocery store so that we could stock up on food without worrying how to transport them. When we arrived at the house we, were given a quick tour by Evi. There were no details that were left unaddressed. Something as trivial as flashlights, a local cell phone for use, safes for valuables in the rooms, etc. - all essentials but would not necessarily be provided everywhere. This is a major plus in my opinion! The house itself is beautiful and true to the pictures posted as well. And as others have mentioned it was nice to have the option to sit outside in the screened area without worrying on insect bites or stay in the room to cool off with a/C. Another luxury of this property is the location - it's probably a 2minute walk to the beach and 15-20minute walk to top rated restaurants mentioned on tripadvisor. Once you get to the beach, it is very secluded; at most we saw 10-15 people total over 8 days. The sand was soft, water was warm, and the waves were not strong either. If you're looking to relax, have more of a local feel, and wanting to be away from crowds then this is your place!
Left on 06/13/2012 for a stay in June 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jun 13, 2012Stayed Jun 2012
No issues at all! Me and my teenage son stayed here for a week and enjoyed every minute of it. Great set up with house, you can enjoy the outdoor space and bottom floor or enjoy the aC in your room. Bike rentals are 2 minutes away, Puerto Viejo is about a 20 minute bike ride away. I would recommended water shoes and inspect repellent in general for the area. Punta Uva is 50 meters away and the waves a night a very soothing to fall asleep to. Evi was extremely helpful with everything!
Left on 09/14/2011 for a stay in January 2011 | BarberaReviewed Sep 14, 2011Stayed Jan 2011
This year I celebrated my 30th birthday - a big one, so expectations were high. We stayed here at Casa de la Musa and it was absolutely perfect. The house was breathtaking, as was the surrounding area. Plus, we met the friendliest people (locals, transplants, and fellow travelers) and we even attended two birthday parties (in addition my own)!
We felt really lucky to have discovered this place and enjoyed every moment of our beautiful, off-the-beaten-path Costa Rican adventure.
To paint a better picture, our days at Casa de la Musa went something like this:
- Breakfast in the downstairs patio area, relax and take in the jungle surroundings
- Stroll 20 feet down the path to enjoy a morning on the beaches (there are many within walking distance)
- Hop on bikes and explore one of the nearby villages or national parks all afternoon
- Return to the house for happy hour and reading in hammocks on the upstairs deck
- Head out for dinner and spirits (there are many great restaurants in either direction) or stay in for a quiet evening
The house is in a wonderful location, it's really up to you to decide how much socializing/seclusion or adventure/relaxation you prefer. We hope to be back soon!
Left on 08/23/2011 for a stay in January 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Aug 23, 2011Stayed Jan 2010
Thanks for sharing your wonderful home with us! My girlfriend and I had an amazing time at your little slice of paradise. Everything was so nice - we especially loved the kitchen and open eating area down stairs, and also the big screened-in porch up stairs. Both areas would have been perfect for a small party... the entire house had a very warm and relaxing feel. I also loved the ever changing beaches that were just outside the door down that beautiful (short) jungle path. Great tide pools, calm sandy stretches, and some nice little surf spots (Cocles, just a ten minute bike ride). We will definitely be back.
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