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Beachfront Punta Uva: a Storied Location with Modern Amenities

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2 bedrooms with A/C, tall ceilings, hardwood floors, good storage, iPod players.

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  • Minimum stay:2-5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Puerto Viejo house description

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, and digital music players. 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 8. House has 2 full bathrooms with a shower downstairs and shower/bathtub 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, beach chairs, 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 week. (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 girl, Genesis) 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!



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Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • Children Welcome
              • Non Smoking Only
              • Pets Not Allowed

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

              • Smaller Bedroom: 1 double

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              • Larger bedroom: 1 double, 1 murphy bed

                Main bed + optional Trundle Bed, both doubles....moreless

              • Each bedroom has air conditioner, shelves, hanging rack, safe, desk space, and door to upstairs bathroom, wifi in the whole house....moreless

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

              • Downstairs: toilet, shower

                Located off deck. Separate rooms for shower & sink/toilet....moreless

              • Upstairs: toilet, shower

                Located between bedrooms, one door to each bedroom....moreless

              • Both with hot water in sinks and showers (not standard in Caribbean homes)....moreless

              Other Amenities

                  • Outdoor shower and foot wash, private path to beach, alarm system, drinking water provided (2 18L jugs), massage services available in-home....moreless

                  Entertainment

                      • Books

                      Theme

                      • Adventure
                      • Away From It All
                      • Family
                      • Romantic
                      • Sports & Activities

                      Attractions

                      • Botanical Garden
                      • Health/Beauty Spa
                      • Museums
                      • Restaurants
                      • Zoo

                      Local Services & Businesses

                      • ATM/Bank
                      • Groceries
                      • Massage Therapist
                      • Medical Services

                      Leisure Activities

                      • Bird Watching
                      • Boating
                      • Eco Tourism
                      • Horseback Riding
                      • Shelling
                      • Shopping
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Walking
                      • Wildlife Viewing

                      Location Type

                      • Beachfront
                      • Oceanfront

                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                      • Cycling
                      • Deepsea Fishing
                      • Fishing
                      • Hiking
                      • Kayaking
                      • Rafting
                      • Snorkeling/Diving
                      • Surfing
                      • Swimming

                      Dining

                      • Dining:

                        Covered, on downstairs deck, open air...moreless

                      • Dining Area
                      • Seating for 6 people

                      General

                      • Air Conditioning:

                        In both bedrooms....moreless

                      • Clothes Dryer:

                        On-site, but only operated by house staff....moreless

                      • Internet:

                        High speed Wifi...moreless

                      • Linens Provided:

                        Beach towels and beach mats also included....moreless

                      • Mobile Phone:

                        A cell phone is available for you to use while staying at the house. We provide a card with 30 minutes of talk time -- you can buy additional minutes at any local store. ...moreless

                      • Parking
                      • Parking Off Street:

                        Driveway parking for 2 cars....moreless

                      • Telephone:

                        Both landline telephone and cell phone provided....moreless

                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine:

                        On-site, but only operated by house staff. Washing and drying service included in rental once per week (1 load per every 2 guests). Additional loads anytime: $10 (1 load = 5kg or 11lb)....moreless

                      • Wireless Internet:

                        High Speed WiFi...moreless

                      Kitchen

                      • Coffee Maker
                      • Cooking Utensils
                      • Dishes & Utensils:

                        for 6 guests...moreless

                      • Kitchen:

                        Kitchen has gas stove and oven, refrigerator, hot water, coffee maker, toaster, wine glasses, silverware, cups, bowls, salt/pepper, corkscrew, and other useful items. Opens up to ocean, back garden, and eating deck. ...moreless

                      • Oven
                      • Refrigerator
                      • Stove
                      • Toaster

                      Outside

                      • Bicycles:

                        4 bicycles are for rent by the caretakers 6 U$ per day - 30 $ per week...moreless

                      • Deck / Patio:

                        Most of the first floor is open patio....moreless

                      • Kayak / Canoe:

                        in walking distance to rent ...moreless

                      • Lanai / Gazebo:

                        2nd story looks toward sea through about 50m of jungle. Screened in so you can enjoy the breeze without the bugs....moreless

                      Payment Type

                      • Amex
                      • Eurocard
                      • Mastercard
                      • Visa
                       

                      Reviews

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                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Christmas/New Year
                      Dec 20 - Jan 4, 2015
                      5 night min stay
                      $180
                      $1,260
                      High Season 2
                      Jan 5 - Mar 19, 2015
                      2 night min stay
                      $155
                      $930
                      Easter week
                      Mar 20 - Apr 5, 2015
                      5 night min stay
                      $180
                      Standard rate, 1-2 Guests
                      Apr 6 - May 4, 2015
                      2 night min stay
                      $155
                      $930

                      Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

                      My Standard Rate
                      2 night min stay
                      $155
                      $930

                      Additional information about rental rates

                      Fees:

                      • Taxes Not included

                      Notes:

                      Children under 12 stay free.

                      Rate includes cleaning every 3 days for stays of 5 nights or more.

                      Rate includes 1 load laundry per 2 guests every 3 nights (laundry done on-site).

                      Rates are higher during Christmas, New Year's, and Easter weeks. Please inquire.

                      Please inquire for rentals >1 month.

                      If you need to cancel, there is a $50 cancellation fee. No refunds within 30 days of arrival.


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                      Last updated: 12/18/2014
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                      Location

                      • Punta Uva

                        "Beautifulst beach in the area - good for snorkel, kayak or just relax on the beach walk mile..."

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                      • Restaurante Selvin

                        "Best Caribbean fresh fish, lobster, Seafood soup - our favorite Restaurant"

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                      • Jaguar Rescue Center

                        "A must for Families and animal lovers ! every day 9:30 & 11:30 "

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                      • Cahuita National Park

                      • Maxis

                        "Authentic Caribbean Restaurant beach front in Manzanillo fresh fish , lobster, shrimps seafo..."

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                      • Koki Beach

                        "Full Bar, good food, not cheap but very good quality, good service sit, chill, drink ! enjoy..."

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                      • om puerto viejo

                        "YOGa yoga yoga - every day ! for every level - ocean view - different great teachers "

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                      • Wahoo Fishing and Tours

                        "Boat Trip, Fishing Have a great boat trip with nick & Janet"

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                      • Gelateria Deelite

                        "Autentic italian Home made ICE CREAM !!! so good - dont miss it"

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                      Snorkeling, Scuba diving, Surfing, Dolphin watching, Animal reserves, Hiking, Chocolate Tours, Indigenous Reserves

                       

                      Manager info

                      Year Purchased: 2008

                      About: We are Jeff and Carrie, a young couple that fell in love with the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica while traveling in the summer 2008. We were engaged in the area later that year, and we now live in Los Angeles, California, USA with our 2 little girls (one shown here in her own rainforest :-). While we can't go down to Punta Uva as much as we would like right now, as the kids grow up we expect to spend lots of wonderful time here. In the meantime, please enjoy the house, the Caribbean, the jungle, and the unique culture of the Puerto Viejo area as much as we do!

                      Why Puerto Viejo:
                      To make a long story short, we stumbled upon this property after a chance encounter with a real estate agent one night at a restaurant. We were already drawn to the rich blend of cultures -- Tico, Afro-Caribbean, and many others -- in the area, as well as to the natural beauty of the beaches and jungle. When the agent showed us this property, we realized this was a dream location for us. While we never expected to buy a home, we had a Costa Rican friend who joined us and encouraged us to take the plunge. We hope this will be a source of joy for us and many others in the years to come.

                      The Unique Benefits at this House:
                      We love the location on the beach between Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo. The original house was a solid, traditional, open-air Caribbean cabin. While we maintained most of the original design features, we made significant renovations in spring/summer 2011 so that the home now has many of the comforts and amenities that we and many other travelers around the world appreciate.


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                      Speaks: english, german, spanish

                       

                      Photos

                      • 2 bedrooms with A/C, tall ceilings, hardwood floors, good storage, iPod players.

                        2 bedrooms with A/C, tall ceilings, hardwood floors, good storage, iPod players.

                      • Newly remodeled, two-story, two-bedroom, two-bath house w/ private beach access.

                        Newly remodeled, two-story, two-bedroom, two-bath house w/ private beach access.

                      • View from the kitchen towards the eating area. Beach is to the right.

                        View from the kitchen towards the eating area. Beach is to the right.

                      • View out the kitchen window towards Punta Uva beach.

                        View out the kitchen window towards Punta Uva beach.

                      • Bedrooms look over porch towards ocean. Plenty of storage space and good light.

                        Bedrooms look over porch towards ocean. Plenty of storage space and good light.

                      • Shower / bathtub with hot water in upstairs bathroom.

                        Shower / bathtub with hot water in upstairs bathroom.

                      • Upstairs porch and hallways outside of bedrooms. Ocean is to the right.

                        Upstairs porch and hallways outside of bedrooms. Ocean is to the right.

                      • View of Punta Uva beach from the house's private path.

                        View of Punta Uva beach from the house's private path.

                      • View of Punta Uva from the beach in front of Casa de la Musa.

                        View of Punta Uva from the beach in front of Casa de la Musa.

                      • Lush tropical gardens and stone paths surround the house. Ocean beyond trees.

                        Lush tropical gardens and stone paths surround the house. Ocean beyond trees.

                      • Kitchen with new refrigerator, stove, tiles, and appliances.

                        Kitchen with new refrigerator, stove, tiles, and appliances.

                      • Bedrooms have quiet air conditioning, iPod players and safes for valuables.

                        Bedrooms have quiet air conditioning, iPod players and safes for valuables.

                      • Upstairs bathroom: 2 sinks, shower/tub, & hot water (not typical in the area).

                        Upstairs bathroom: 2 sinks, shower/tub, & hot water (not typical in the area).

                      • Screened-in upstairs porch (ocean to right). Relax & listen to waves and jungle.

                        Screened-in upstairs porch (ocean to right). Relax & listen to waves and jungle.

                      • Private path from the house to Punta Uva beach.

                        Private path from the house to Punta Uva beach.

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