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Private Cottage Nestled in the Jungle, Above the Rocky Shore.

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Cottage, Studio + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

The dream of finding that private spot, nestled in the jungle among nature and wildlife, is fulfilled by a stay in Casa Selva at Osa Vistas. Sit on the porch overlooking the Pacific shoreline, whitewater playing on the rocks below. Watch the toucans and a myriad of bird life pass right by. White face and Howler monkey's, sloths and pizotes are frequently seen passing through the canopy overhead.

The villa is removed from the hustle and bustle, not only of 'back home', but the feeling of being removed from the world is palpable. Numerous guests have commented on the 'therapeutic affect' of Casa Selva. You truly unwind here. You can enjoy solitude on your balcony or visit our porch/pool area to exchange adventure stories. Because there is only one other rental casa on our property it is always an intimate gathering! When we are not available, and the guests ask for a referral to something similar, we are hard-pressed to come up with the answer. There simply isn't one.

From Casa Selva you can drive 15 minutes to either the world famous surf town of Dominical, or the thriving community of Uvita, complete with grocery stores, banks, ATMs, pharmacies, etc. Numerous sites and activities are all around: horseback waterfall tours, whale and dolphin tours, sport fishing, turtle vigilance, diving, surfing, ATV tours, animal sanctuary, the list goes on. Or, how about some quiet time on your porch with a good book? A stay at Casa Selva includes access to the pool, which overlooks the entire southern coastline all the way to the Osa Peninsula...hence our property name!

Questions? We are available to chat via phone, Skype, by email or thru our website at

Keywords: honeymoon, romantic getaway, jungle hideaway, additional jungle villas available if needed. Secluded in nature for privacy, but close enough to beaches, surfing, waterfalls, horseback riding, zip-lining, nature reserves, fabulous restaurants and spas, snorkeling and scuba, etc...

More Details

Diane Connors
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, A small amount of Spanish & French!
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 10, 2018

Why Diane Connors chose Dominical

We did one long trip thru Costa Rica & fell in love with this area in particular & thought it would appeal to other travelers like us so, here we are! We really love and enjoy, the hospitality biz so now we live and work at what we love to do. Peter spends hours in the gardens, he loves to plant things that grow unbelievably quickly! We're here to help with what ever the guests may need & yet give you total privacy at your casita.

What makes this cottage unique

This is a place to let your hair down, relax and enjoy nature. Because we are so close to the jungle (indeed we have a large amount on our property), you will see more wildlife here than in other rentals. Both howler & white faced monkeys frequently use our trees as a path from one valley to another.

You can conveniently do as much or as little as you like while you're here. It's a very central location for the area.


Dominical Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 with open air hot water shower under roof, enclosed by screens, with great view of ocean thru the jungle!
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Other (See Description) - 1 queen
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Private Cottage Nestled in the Jungle, Above the Rocky Shore.
average rating of 4.861111 based on 36 reviews
Holtville, CA/ USA

An AMAZING property!

  • 5 of 5

This property is breathtaking. It has an amazing view of the ocean. The screen windows and doors allow you really enjoy the forest. Waking up to the sounds of the forest really makes this property a unique experience.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A little gem in the jungle

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Casa Selva for 4 nights and were not disappointed. I would say that this property ranks as one of my favourites for its uniqueness and character. The house is compact but has such a wonderful location in the jungle with the sea in the distance. With an open-air feel to the property, it felt like we were so close to the nature around us but still with the comfort of a home. We really enjoyed the shower with the jungle view! Day & night we could here all the jungle sounds with the soothing sea in the background. During our stay we were visited by the Howler monkeys which swang in the trees above our balcony and the beautiful toucans flying around. Later on in our trip we visited Manuel Antonio National Park & actually realised we had seen more on our doorstep of Casa Selva!

The property has a great hillside location between Uvita & Dominical so it was easy to get to the wonderful beaches, waterfalls, Alturas wildlife sanctuary, dive centre, supermarkets & restaurants close by.

Finally, I would like to say Diane & Peter were wonderful, friendly hosts who were, from start to finish, extremely helpful with any questions regarding our stay. I will also miss their beautiful cat & dog who entertained me by the pool. Thanks for a fantastic stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Glenmoore, PA

A little piece of zen in the jungle

  • 5 of 5

We escaped here for four nights and only wished it could have been more! Perfect location nestled in the jungle but close to beaches, and I liked being sandwiched between Uvita and Dominical. The casa is very comfortable and well equipped. We greatly enjoyed listening daily to the local howler monkeys and watching the abundant wildlife! Day and night, there is always something to observe.

Diane and Peter were just lovely and were a wonderful resource to help us choose local activities. They were always accessible while providing total privacy. I highly recommend doing the Nauyaca Falls tour with Marvin (one of the most delightful humans I have had the pleasure of meeting) and doing a zip line hike at Hacienda Baru.

If you are a nature lover who wants an escape in Costa Rica with total privacy this is the place for you!

Diane and Peter, thank you for everything and we hope to see you soon!!!

Pura Vida!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay in the jungle house

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying in this well kept cottage. Lots of animals and the sound of the jungle early in the morning and at dusk. If you want to enjoy the sound of the Pacific for twenty four hours, this is the right place to go.

Nice and helpful hosts. Thank you, Diana & Peter

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Casita manque d'amour (entretien)

  • 3 of 5

Bien situé, en pleine forêt tropicale mais pas reçu les indications nécessaires pour s'y rendre. Difficile de faire la cuisine avec un poêle si désuet et un minimum d'ustensiles... porte de salle de bain qui ne ferme pas donc manque d'intimité... électricité qui flanche plusieurs fois par nuit ce qui occasionne l'arrêt du ventilateur... installation chauffe eau dans la douche artisanale... à la limite dangereuse... propreté douteuse... etc... mais vue exceptionnelle sur l'océan et couchers de soleil. Végétation fantastique!

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very sorry that you did not enjoy your stay. If you had read my informational emails & downloaded the Homeaway app, as I advised in that email, you would have had access to my directions. I feel this stay would have been better if you had read our listing more thoroughly since all the information regarding equipment is clearly stated there. Brief power outages are frequent and cover large areas in this part of CR...we cannot affect this since it is a government run company. The bathroom door is fixed! No one ever mentioned this to us and we are sorry! Indeed, all my reviews are very positive with the exception of yours. This home was given to you in a very clean state but what we found after you left was appalling. The countertops were covered with empty & partially empty bottles & OPEN FOOD CONTAINERS! You neglected to heed the short list of tips in your casita & we are very lucky that there wasn't a pest problem as a result. I feel this impression is due to lack of preparedness on your part. It IS a jungle out there & you must respect it & dwell accordingly.
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Magical casita - jungle living with ocean breezes and sound of surf. Pura vida!

  • 5 of 5

We were here for a week and were sad to leave this airy, comfortable home on the Costa Ballena. We loved the simplicity of life in Casa Selva, and the location was perfect for our explorations.


- Diane communicated everything we needed to know for arriving. She and Peter gave us a warm welcome and were up for a chat while respecting our privacy.

- Simple kitchen set up, but we had all we needed, including a strong blender for daily fresh fruit smoothies.

- Sunsets and moonlight, serenaded by the sounds of the jungle. Watch for bioluminescent click beetles, fireflies, bats by night and so many varieties of birds and butterflies by day. We even saw a sloth thanks to Diane alerting us.

- Perfect location to explore Nauyaca Falls, the Whale Tail (Playa Uvita - best swimming if you're not comfortable with surf), towns of Ojochal, Uvita and Dominical, Alturas Sanctuary (wildlife rescue and rehab), and so much more.

- Open air, bug-free living and deck sitting, even at night


- Take Diane's advice to arrive before dark. It's easy once you've done the route once but would be challenging for your first visit.

- Bring biodegradable hand soap (need to provide your own) and shampoo, etc. Graywater runs right into the jungle, so help keep phosphates out of the jungle ecosystem!

- Ask what day grounds work will be done and plan an away adventure. Leaf blowers are... loud.

- Go to Sud in Ojochal on Tuesday night. Free and easy-to-follow Latin Dance lessons by the owner, Alex, or one of his excellent staff. Say hi to Jose if you go.

- Swim at Villa Leonor at 4 pm and watch the sunset in what must be one of the prettiest little coves I've ever seen. We had the good fortune of seeing the full moon rise over the mountains behind us while watching the sunset in front of us, all in fun, warm waves. Perfection!

- Stay at Casa Selva as long as you can. :)

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

When we are feeling vigorous, there is an amazing ocean view hill climb that can be walked, guaranteed to burn off a few pounds during your stay. There is also a Gym in Uvita and lots of Yoga and Pilates studios to choose from. There is a health and beauty spa where you turn off of the highway to come up to the house. The spa features some of the latest health treatments: mud packs, heated stones, massage and so on

We are also very close to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary which is a great place to see the animals up close. Some are being rehabbed for release into the wild which others are permanent residents due to injuries.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $50

With the exception of holidays, we charge a small deposit upon booking which includes the $50 damage deposit by paypal with the balance due in cash upon check-in. The damage deposit is refunded by paypal within a few days.
Although Homeaway/VRBO will send you a reminder notice on the balance with an option to pay online, DO NOT pay online.
Christmas, New Years & Easter are holiday pricing & must be totally prepaid with no refunds.
If the guest cancels less than four weeks before the start of any stay there is no refund.
•a 50% refund of the total cost if they cancel at least eight weeks before
•a 25% refund of the total cost if they cancel up to four weeks before

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.