About the property
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- Minimum Stay2 - 5 nights
House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps max. 5), Beachfront
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. Punta Uva beach was listed by TripAdvisor as the #1 beach in Central America https://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Beaches-cTop-g291958 (and the only Costa Rican beach listed in the world Top 25) 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 a digital music player. 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).
Punta Uva beach was listed by TripAdvisor as the #1 beach in Central America https://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Beaches-cTop-g291958 (and the only Costa Rican beach listed in the world Top 25) 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, 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, 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 after every 3 nights 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!
Keywords: House, Beachfront, High Speed Internet, Jungle, Oceanfront
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- english, german, spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 22, 2018
About Evi Gaggstatter
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!
Evi Gaggstatter purchased this House in 2008
Why Evi Gaggstatter chose Cantón Talamanca
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.
What makes this House unique
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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We had a wonderful stay. This location is truly a getaway and you are surrounded by jungle and steps from the ocean. We did have a problem with some insects in the one room (case bearers). We don't mind insects and expect them in Costa Rica but there were a lot of them. I think cleaning the cobwebs under the floor and perhaps sealing that room would help. We did not have running water the first day but it was quickly resolved on day 2. Turned out to be an ant nest. Aside from these issues we would recommend this location. The caretakers are wonderful and we had a very relaxing time. If you enjoy sleeping to the sounds of the ocean this is the place for you! I would definitely come back.
I spent 4 weeks at this house and I enjoyed every minute of it. The location is fantastic. It is secluded but close enough to Puerto Viejo. The beach is very close and quite private. The house has all the amenities necessary.
There were monkeys nearby as well as sloths and large blue butterflies (I don’t know what they are called)
Evi was readily available for any questions and the caretakers were unobtrusively close. Highly recommend for a peaceful stay.
Dear Clotilde, thank you so much for your extended visit, we really enjoyed having you as a guest at casa de la musa.
You are welcome back anytime
The blue butterflies are called Morpo
WE had a great time; the location is unbeatable, right on the beach, close to grocery and many great restaurants outside of Puerto Viejo. Evi was a wonderful host, and was very responsive when we had any questions. The caretaker and his family were also wonderful, to include the dog, and they treated us wonderfully. The house has everything you could want, and the layout of the kitchen and dining area made it a great place to hang out. And there is a sloth that lives right in front of the house! Great base for nature lovers! We will definitely be coming back.
Perfect setting by the beach.
The house was equipped with everything needed for a great beach getaway. The animals of the rainforest are right in the yard, including a sloth family. We loved the open air kitchen.
Thank you so much, beautiful family!
We are glad you enjoyed the house and the beach and all the animals
You are welcome back anytime
Evi was very wellcoming. The location is excellent. Landscaping is lovely. The beach is great. Many local wild birds and animals.
However, even though the house is clean, it is showing its age. It really needs an upgrade. I think the rent is too high for the present condition of the house. If it was two thirds as much, I could consider the house "quaint".
Amazing location. Very rustic.
Loved the location and the rustic feel. Was not like the pictures at all, we were expecting a bit more. The dog Loki was wonderful. He was our guard dog. We got to see great wildlife including the moma sloth and her baby. If you want a camping feel to your trip this is great with the outside kitchen it's perfect.
Snorkeling, Scuba diving, Surfing, Dolphin watching, Animal reserves, Hiking, Chocolate Tours, Indigenous Reserves
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
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 every 3 nights (laundry done on-site). Rates are higher during Christmas, New Year's, and Easter weeks. Please inquire. If you need to cancel, there is a $50 cancellation fee for all cancellations. 50% refund for cancellations until 30 days of arrival. No refunds within 30 days of arrival.