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Casa Aracari, Uvita, Ocean Views, Fantastic Home, Pool..WOW!!!

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms3
Space 2,054 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 nights

Overview

About the property

Welcome to Casa Aracari...Let your imagination soar where the Sky meets the Sea, located at a comfortable 400 meters above the coastline of Punta de Ballena in Costa Rica. This ideal tropical vacation home is nestled in the jungle on one acre of Paradise. Its unique architecture and original design by Eva offers a spacious open-air indoor/outdoor floor plan. Walk in and pinch yourself to make sure you are not dreaming!

We take pleasure in sharing the beauty of Costa Rica by using materials manufactured locally and incorporated in the design throughout the house. Construction was completed in December 2010 by local craftsmen/artists Wilberth Acuna and Dagoberto Mora. The spiral teak staircase at the heart of the home, wraps itself around a locally grown Guanacaste tree. The railings are artistically handcrafted with local Mangrove roots and Bejuco vine. The ceiling is lined with grass mats made by skilled Mayan Indians especially for Casa Aracari.

The fully equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances and beautiful custom wood counters is the social center of the home. For an extra special treat, create your own gourmet dinner and serve it in the dining room while enjoying the sunset views. Sit in the living room, open the tall folding glass doors, and create a large indoor/outdoor living space with panoramic views of the pool, jungle covered mountains, ocean, Bahia Ballena, and surrounding bird life.

Relax under the covered deck in a hammock or lounge chair, go for a swim in the beautiful infinity pool, or enjoy an ice cold drink made from delicious fruits of the region while sitting on one of the four bar stools at the table shaded by the palapa covered umbrella in the pool.

So many beautiful scenes will delight you as you sit on the upstairs balcony and watch in awe as the sunrise and sunset transform the sky! Watch from the balcony for the many varieties of wildlife in the area... the jungle surrounding the house promises an abundance of tropical sights and sounds that will continue day and night. Be sure to have your camera ready! Howler Monkeys, Toucans, Parrots, and Dart frogs are frequent visitors.

There is a casita on the property but is not available for rent currently. You will always have the use of our entire property to yourselves for total peace and tranquility.

Guests who rent our home enjoy the use of a beautiful nearby beach at no charge with our special Beach Club membership. Our Beach Club has a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, showers, restrooms, parking, and the private access to one of the beautiful beaches in Marino Ballena National Park.

Neighboring towns of Uvita, Dominical and Ojochal offer fabulous Restaurants to delight your taste. As a guest of Casa Aracari you are also welcome to enjoy the special cuisine at nearby Kura Boutique Hotel. Let us know if you are interested and we will put you in contact with Kura directly for your reservations.

The road up the hill to Casa Aracari will take you on an Adventure passing by waterfalls, small bridges over streams, tree ferns, tropical flowers, surrounding jungle life and ocean views. You will see Costa Rica at its best! A 4x4 vehicle is required in many areas of Costa Rica, including our area.

There are many thrilling and educational activities in the area...Something to please everyone. Our staff is available to assist with questions and bookings. Please see list of Activities below.

We hope you enjoy planning your trip to Casa Aracari in beautiful Uvita, Costa Rica.

Pura Vida!

More Details

Owner
Claire & Carol
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 17, 2017

About Claire & Carol

Living in southern California, our family has always enjoyed outdoor activities at the Beach, swimming, surfing, snorkeling, Nature, and hiking. Our interests then were a perfect fit to purchase a home at the beach in Costa Rica on the Osa Peninsula. Our favorite beaches in the Osa Peninsula are Playa Ballena, Playa Ventanas, and Playa Hermosa.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My husband, our two-year-old daughter, and I loved our stay at Casa Aracari! The place is even more beautiful in person! We woke up every morning with the howler monkeys, ate breakfast while watching the toucans fly from tree to tree, swam in the infinity pool after the sun came up, and checked in on the dart frogs by the gate each day before heading to the beach or whatever activity we had planned. The house is fully stocked with any kitchen items you could need, and the grocery stores in town had everything we needed. We loved stopping at the Waterfall Café on our way back to the house each day to have ice cream (we heard their chips and guacamole and fish tacos are fantastic too) and see the beautiful waterfall. We loved the Uvita area as well. Our daughter was a big fan of the beaches so we checked out quite a few. Playa Hermosa is the "free" beach just on the north side of Uvita where you can park in the shade and walk 20 meters down to beach any time. (The other closest beaches charge $6 a person because they are part of national parks, though this entry fee is good for all of them in the same day once paid.) We also loved walking out on the Whale's Tail beach, it's so unique with waves crashing on both sides. We ate at La Casona several times, which is the restaurant in the same shopping center with the Uvita information center where you pick up the key. The food was very good (we liked the "typical dish" and the chicken and rice). We also walked the nature trails around Hacienda Baru (just north of Dominical) and saw monkeys there. We had lunch in Dominical, which is a fun and unique little "surf" town on the beach. If you want to see crocodiles, stop by the crocodile bridge on the drive down to Uvita. It is north of Jaco, and you will probably see people standing on it looking down. As our guide on the mangrove tour told us, "You will see crocodiles, 200%." Getting to the house does require 4x4, our little loaded down Jimny was up to the task no problem (Alamo rental from airport was great with very transparent charges… the 3rd party liability insurance is required at $12/day, the CDW can be declined if your credit card covers it; most Visa’s do cover CDW including collisions off a paved surface, not the case for MasterCard). The instructions are tough, but they worked. Know that the house is about 5km up the mountain; this will keep you patient as you follow the directions. So glad we got to experience this slice of heaven!
Oct 2013
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Amenities

Uvita House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2054 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 28
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Cancellation if written notice is 60days or more before occupancy then 50% refund of payment or if written notice is 59-30 days before then 25% refund
  • Damage/Security Deposit of $600 is required as a Temporary Authorization only on credit card during stay at property. Is Released after inspection.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 (Half Bath) -
  • House has 2 Full Bathrooms upstairs, 1 Half Bathroom downstairs near Laundry room.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Upstairs
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Upstairs.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , The Office/Den downstairs can be used as a private bedroom
  • Main House: Sleeps 5 or 6 Master bedroom/Queen bed with Attached full bath; Second Master Bedroom/Queen bed with Attached full bath; Third room is a den downstairs with couch that converts to a single bed; Family room area also has couches that can convert to beds for children.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(20 traveler reviews)

Casa Aracari, Uvita, Ocean Views, Fantastic Home, Pool..WOW!!!
average rating of 4.8 based on 37 reviews
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Beautiful view

  • 3 of 5

The house and grounds are very beautiful, but the bedrooms are not air conditioned and it was hard to sleep at night. The owner did offer to buy us fans, so we did but now that we are back, she won't answer her email to reimburse us for them. Too bad because that ruins the memory of everything. I would recommend the house however, just be sure you realize what you are in for. Open air.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for coming to Casa Aracari and I am very glad you enjoyed your stay. You are always welcome to come again! I am glad the fans were helpful and worked well for you. Usually our house is naturally comfortable. We have a nice gentle breeze coming up the mountain daily which cools the house with the open air type of construction. I was waiting to hear the cost of the fans so that I could reimburse you. Now that I know the amount, I have sent you a check. Please let me know when you receive it OK. Normally I am able to respond quickly to emails, but unfortunately my computer crashed the week you wrote to me. I had to buy another computer and set up the software and all the email addresses again which was a huge job and took several days. All is well now. Hopefully there will not be any more computer failures here for a very long time... in fact I hope never again!!! Claire and Carol
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5

Gorgeous home and view

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I along with another couple recently visited Uvita and stayed in Casa Aracari. Having vacationed many times in CR, we have commented that this trip was our best, and primarily because of Casa Aracari. What an exquisite home that overlooks the Pacific and is centered to have a great view of the Whale's Tail. The property offers complete privacy, with the only noise you hear being those of nature. Perhaps our favorite time of day was day break listening to the hills awaken with the troops of howler monkeys, the many parrots flying by, the colorful toucans, including the unusual Aracari. The home offers spectacular landscaping with many lipstick palms, crotons, and flowering bushes to attract humming birds and butterflies. We spent two days without leaving the home, enjoying the tranquility of the home and pool.

The home is decorated as seen in the pics, and is very comfortable for four two couples. We loved the gourmet kitchen, and spent every evening preparing meals and recalling the days' events over wine. One day was spent in Sierpe fishing, which was very successful with many large cubera snapper being caught. Each meal afterwards was prepared with fish as the entree. By the end of our stay we had to give Marvin 2/3s of our fish.

All in all a dream vacation at a gorgeous home. There was no downside to this locale, and an unusual plus was we had a daily sampling of the rainy season, which is unusual for March. The home is without AC, but it was not needed as we slept very comfortably under the fans.

We will return to Casa Aracari, and highly recommend this home.

Pura Vida!!

Bruce Smith

Florida

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Amazing house

  • 5 of 5

Where to start with Casa Aracari?! I guess from the beginning but warning, this might be lengthy! So many good things to say about it.

This was our 1st trip to CR. We were not sure where to start our trip, but after some research, I realized that the South Pacific region is where we wanted to stay, more specifically, Uvita.

Once I got connected with Claire, I knew it was the right house for us (we brought our boys along with us, 8 & 10 yrs old). Claire was instrumental in helping & guiding us on what we needed to know before we arrived to CR & what to expect during our trip. We couldn't have had such a great trip without her guidance.

Once we arrived in Uvita, we met Trina, the house manager & she guided us up the mountain. Trina was very helpful, even with the small questions :)

Claire & Trina will tell you that you need a 4x4 and they are not kidding! But the ride up to the house is worth it. It is so spectacular to look out & see the Whale's Tale (low tide) & the beautiful garden. It is so peaceful. Just you & the nature.

The wood work in the house is so impressive but yet the house is so comfortable. The kitchen is very well stocked, with more than just the basics. The house even has a cooler, which came in very handy as we went to the beach & other trips.

Every morning we woke up to the jungle sounds, followed by a swim in the pool as we were admiring the view or the toucans flying by.

While we stayed at the house, we did so many things: zip lining w/ OSA Peninsula canopy tours, Ballena Nat'l Park, Corcovado natl park w/ La Perla del Sur, Nauyaca waterfall (bring a lot of water), Uvita waterfall (just down the road from the house) & we visited the nearby beaches (Ventanas, Hermosa, Dominicalito & Dominical).

The last day we stopped at the Ballena Beach club. I wish we had more time to spend there. The beach is empty & just amazingly beautiful. The food is also supposed to be very good.

Our favorite place to eat was Sibu coffee shop. Their coffee is excellent & they have delicious breakfast & sandwiches. It is a must if you are in Uvita.

We also tried a local place "Terrazzana" which had excellent local food & seafood; it was recommended to us by a local after we did the zip line tour.

If you go to Dominical, try Tortilla's flats. Really good nachos!

I can go on & on! Our first trip couldn't have been any better & we are so greatful that we picked Casa Aracari. Thank you for sharing your beautiful place with us. Can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Adventure Travel in Costa Rica

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much Claire, what a spectacular place!

So much to say, but have seen lots of fantastic reviews in the past that I would echo. Yes, you do want to have a good 4 wheel drive vehicle. We were following another family in on the first day and their mid-sized 4 wheel drive SUV struggled getting up the hill. They had to unload 4 passengers, turn off the AC, and then were able to make it up.

The hike to the waterfall with Marvin is amazing. So is lunch at his neighbor Maria's. My son said his meal was: "the best chicken he had ever had".

We loved heading into Dominical for food, and activities. As a family we loved the whitewater rafting, zip lining at Osa, surfing lessons, and on and on. We were travelling with two boys, 12 and 10. This was their favourite vacation!

Casa Aracari is amazing. You will not be disappointed if you are thinking about renting this house. There is not any air conditioning, and it was hot while we were there. We found it a bit too warm a couple of nights, but with the fans going and the high ceilings, it did cool off during the night.

Fantastic trip, such a wonderful experience. Thanks again Claire for everything.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Fabulous View, House, and Pool

  • 5 of 5

Our family had the best vacation ever! We saw lots of birds and wildlife, and the Whales Tail was impressive at low tide. We loved being outside in the pool and beautiful gardens of Casa Aracari. The house is designed for a great indoor-outdoor experience with plenty of cross ventilation and is quite comfortable with the doors open. The owner was always very helpful. Our favorite tours were the Mangrove boat ride and the visit to Nauyaca waterfalls. The hardest part of this trip was leaving Casa Aracari to go home. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect setting, perfect view

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four (parents and two daughters) and a couple of short term visitors (daughter's friends) spent seven wonderful days (February 2017) at Casa Aracari. It was the best vacation we have had in some time.

You must take a steep dirt road to get there. The house sits high on a mountain. Do not attempt the drive without a 4 wheel drive. Once there, you are living in a paradise. You are enclosed within the jungle and looking out at the Pacific from a manicured resort-like setting. The infinity pool is a most enjoyable feature allowing you to cool off with drink in hand. The house is spacious and has any convenience you would want. We were awakened each morning by the sounds of nature. You will probably find yourself better rested as you tend to fall into a pattern of early to bed, early to rise. There are lots of fun activities to do each day. You have your pick of jungle or beach excursions. Just staying home all day is a great option too. You will not want for groceries or restaurants. You can travel further afield for an even greater selection. All the Costa Ricans we met were very friendly and seemed to enjoy showing you a good time. If you can plan a day with Marvin, the property gardener, he can take you on an unforgettable outing to his farm and closeby waterfalls.

In all, it was a great vacation and we hope to return in the future.

Jack Moore and family

Crozet, Virginia

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Zip-Line, Kayaking, Swimming, ATV, Beachcombing, Bird Watching, Guided tours at Baru Natural Reserve, Boat Tour through Sierpes mangroves in Corcovado Natural Park, Boat Tour to Cano Island Butterfly Farm, Reptile Exhibit, Hiking in Jungle, Excellent Dining, plus Guests at Casa Aracari are welcome to Dine at Kura Boutique Hotel.

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Rates & Availability

Uvita House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
House Low Season
Aug 12 2017 - Nov 17 2017
6 night minimum stay
$180
$3,360
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
 
House Christmas/New Year's
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 1 2018
6 night minimum stay
$299
$1,925
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
 
House High Season
Jan 2 2018 - Apr 22 2018
6 night minimum stay
$229
$1,455
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay
$199
$1,369
$4,350
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning service fee $130

Cancellation Policy in writing before occupancy is 50% refund of payments if notice 60days or more before, 25% refund if notice 30days or more before. Non-refundable after those dates. Rates are subject to change without notice until Reservation confirmed.
Damage/Security Deposit of $600 is required as a Temporary Authorization Hold only on credit card during Rental of property and is released after Renter check-out is completed and if no Loss or Damage to property has occurred during stay.

This is a Non-smoking property...Due to fire hazard, a $3,000 fine will be charged for any Loss or Damage due to Smoke inside the House or in the Casita.
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