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CASA DAKINI is an ideally located, high-quality, comfortable home, built in late 2005 - fully equipped and with gorgeous views of the Caribbean and surrounding rainforest - just a short 300 yard walk downhill to the fabulous beaches of Punta Uva and the Caribe Sur.
There are several stores and restaurants within a half mile for all your basic needs, and seven kilometers away the nightlife and amenities of the buzzy little town of Puerto Viejo. Five kilometers in the other direction at the end of the road closest to the Panama border, is the sleepy and colorful fishing village of Manzanillo.
Private, tranquil, secure and set in an acre of lush landscaping, the property is situated 200 feet above beach level, enjoying refreshing breezes, delightful views, and the gentle sound of the ocean. Innovatively designed, ecologically appropriate to the area the house is light and airy yet built for strength and the tropical climate, featuring many architectural details, and warmly decorated with Spanish tile and French stucco.
If you are planning a stay of one month or more and your group is larger than 4, we have a second cottage, EL NIDO, available on the property, with 2 bedrooms/full kitchen/bathroom built to the same high standards. For privacy and security reasons both cottages are only available in combination for same group/same time bookings - El Nido is occupied by our property manager when not in use by guests.
We are surrounded by near-virgin rainforest, and miles of exquisite beaches are a 3-4 minute walk downhill - or drive and park right next to the water at one of several spots that are nearly deserted during the week, where the sea is safe for swimming and snorkeling in the reefs just offshore. Monkeys, sloths, toucans and parrots are all regular visitors, and you will wake up each morning to the sounds of rainforest wildlife in all its glory!
The temperature in the Caribe Sur stays between 70-90 all year and, contrary to myth, rainfall is not a constant. The wettest season tends to be mid-November through mid-January and the driest mid-February to June, with usually beautiful weather in September and October when the Pacific side is rainy.*** MORE PHOTOS AND VIDEO VIA LINK BELOW!!!
We are pleased to add that CASA DAKINI has received by far the largest number of positive guest reviews on VRBO of any property in the area!
Queen size Bed (1) This is a US queen-size and box springs brought from the States... Costa Rican queen/standard sizes are smaller. 2 Single Beds in living room that double as a couch when not in use for sleeping. Futon (1) One single floor futon/mattress as an extra option for smaller bodies ideally....moreless
CASA DAKINI, approx. 850 SQFT including deck - 1 Bedroom w/queen-size bed, Living room with 2 single beds doubling as sofas (see picture) ** Ocean view from all rooms & deck, 2 bathrooms with showers plus an outdoor shower, hot water throughout, washer/dryer, indoor/outdoor kitchen bar, satellite Sky TV/DVD player/movie selection, blender, coffee-maker, ** (Second cottage available for same time/same group rental only) EL NIDO, ** Rainforest view from all rooms, 1 bathroom w/ wall-to-wall jungle views, large patio, 1 bedroom w/ quality queen-size bed, queen futon sofa-bed in living room ** TV/DVD player ** Filter system for drinking water ** Sliding glass screened doors/windows, No need for mosquito nets! ** Screened insulated roofs & louvres for air flow, No need for air-conditioning! ** 110v power/US plugs, ** Backgammon, Jenga, Playing cards *** MORE PHOTOS/VIDEO VIA LINKs ***...moreless
Satellite / Cable:
Basic Sky TV service but offers several English language movie/TV channels, CNN, Bloomberg, plus many Spanish language and news channels....moreless
Plenty of off street parking behind our gate on our quiet road...moreless
We have a land-line and cell phone if guests need to make/receive calls, but they are not exclusively for guest use....moreless
Our cleaner can wash and dry your clothes once a week in addition to any sheets/towels/rugs needing laundering, etc....moreless
We have a landline based wi-fi network suitable for email and surfing and streaming video...on a good day! Faster 'broadband' internet services, Costa Rican style, are also available locally if you need more bandwidth....moreless
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
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** Boat/horseback rentals - try the fabulous Gandoca-Manzanillo Refuge ** Dolphin-sighting trips ** Kayaking, Canoeing, Whitewater rafting, ** Hike the rainforest & along many miles of deserted beach ** Guided night hikes ** Diving & snorkeling (some of the best snorkeling in the area is in Punta Uva!) ** Tortuguero & Cahuita National Parks ** Surfing rentals/lessons (nearby Salsa Brava is world famous) ** Canopy tours ** Isla Botanica Botanical Gardens, Playa Negra ** Serpentarium ** Wildlife Refuge Center**Local BriBri Indian Reservation ** Reggae nights and Dancing Clubs ** Aviarios Sloth Refuge Center and Bird-watching (A must for animal lovers), ** Butterfly Farm
Year Purchased: 2004
About the owner: Although we'd like to spend more time in our home in the rainforest next to the picture perfect beaches of Punta Uva, Karen and I are still on the treadmill, although not altogether unhappy to be passing most of our days in the wine country near the town of Sonoma, California. But we've had a blast creating a lovable space and environment in Punta Uva for others to share our experience of this incredible, and until relatively recently, unknown area.
Why the Owner Chose Punta Uva: After traveling around Costa Rica looking for 3 months, and being generally disappointed with the level of unappealing over-development on the Pacific coast, we were greatly relieved to finally visit the Caribbean side to find what we had been looking for in the lush, unspoiled, quiet and friendly neighborhood of Punta Uva, near Puerto Viejo. We bought the property in March 2004 - from a local family who still live about 200 yards away, and although the wheels tend to move slowly in this part of the world, we were anxious to get things moving and managed to start laying the foundations for our two small houses 6 months later, designed and built for us by Costa Rican tropical architect Edgar Brenes.
The name Cantarrana refers to the whole property of about an acre, and roughly translates as The Singing Frog, because of all the frogs that appeared and hopped noisily into the foundation holes to greet us when we began the project…but don’t worry, we managed to get them out before they poured the concrete! The uphill guest-house is named Casa Dakini (Dakini is a Sanskrit word referring to the enlightened feminine spirit), and the house below it we call El Nido, or The Nest.
The Unique Benefits at this House: It says it all in the description really, but in truth, the words and pictures do not do the place or area justice - a comment many of our guests have written in the Guest Book on this page...and their words are really the best guide to what you can expect when you stay with us! Thanks for looking!