About this listing
The house sits on almost 4 acres. The top of our property has commanding views of the famous Whale's Tale over the Pacific Ocean.
Experience sustainable living with this eco home set up with rain water catchment and solar panels. Hot water is not available, but being in the tropics cool showers can be refreshing.
This is the real Costa Rica, Uvita is situated by South Pacific Coast, where the ocean meets the lush rain forest covered mountains. It's magical!
The house feels to be in a timeless place overlooking thick prime rain forest, yet it's only a few minutes away from town and vast endless beaches.
The most magical times are early morning and late afternoon. Sit back with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and be a spectator of nature. Listen to the howler monkey, parrots and toucans all day long.
We planted lots of fruit trees, please feel free to pick any of the fruits you see just make sure you wash them, they are ALL organic.
The area boasts of tons of activities, stand up paddling, kayaking, surfing, hiking, whale watching, water fall repelling, zip lining and all you can dream off. Details below.
There are excellent restaurants close-by. Exotica, Citrus, Por Que No? and many more.
It's the most beautiful road in the area. The road follows another mountain range covered in primary cloud forest. Stunning mountain views on one side and coast line and the most amazing sunsets on the other side. While there are neighbors it still feels to be in a timeless place.
It's 4 km from the highway, 5 km from town and 6 km from the beach. Needs a 4WD
Home is featured in Electrify Magazine: (website hidden)
Caroline is there to help you, I'm sorry I cannot be there but you'll be in good hands!
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We have great tasting rain water, it is sand filtered and sterilized with a very high end UV filter from the US, making it cleaner then most municipal water in the US. Great tasting and no chlorine.
The water in Costa Rica is potable, so no need to buy the imported super expensive water from the US besides the chemical leaching from the plastic bottles to the high import prices, the plastic most likely will not be recycled in Costa Rica, it ends up in the landfills and the ocean.
How to get there:
GPS website will not show on the airbnb site but if you send me your email address I can send you the gps link. It's very helpful!
The main airport is San Jose (SJO) it’s 3 ½ hours easy drive from Uvita. The only congested and confusing area is by the airport. Download waze application on your smart phone or use a GPS and it’s a breeze to get down. Alamo rents GPSs for $10/day, you can just rent it for one day and drop it off next day in the Uvita office at National but with a smart phone you'll be all set.
Bring coins and change from the US or change colones for the highway tolls!
We don’t recommend driving at night in Costa Rica, even though roads have improved tremendously, there are no sidewalks and people walk by the road and it’s hard to see them.
SIM card purchase: You can purchase a sim card for around $4 (around 2000 colones) by the luggage claim in the airport, no charge for the sim card and it might suffice you for 2 weeks or so for checking emails and light searching. It’s easy to spot the Kolbi sign or you can get it in the official Kolbi offices, you just need a passport. Sim card is technically free as you can use all of the funds with calls. Cellphone signals have greatly improved in the country, there are some spots between Domincal and Uvita that don't have reception but Uvita has good signal.
There is pretty good signal on the top of our property and some in the house.
You will need a 4 WD (4 wheel drive) car to get to our house. Our preferred rental car company is Alamo. Ask for David, he speaks English and is very helpful, he’s at the airport office. Tell him I sent you, it should be less of a hassle. Normal waiting time is 1 hour.
It's important to call your credit card company in advance as well as your car insurance company and find out if both of them cover car insurance in Costa Rica. If you do get coverage make sure you tell the rental car company. Car insurance is very expensive in CR.
The other option is to rent a car in Uvita. The best rates are at the Uvita Info center. You can still reserve it from home just ask for Sonia or Estela. The drop off fee at the airport is $50, you might be able to negotiate it.
The other option is to take a bus, approximately 3 hours, it’s fast, clean and $10 or so per person (you'll need to get a taxi from the airport to the bus terminal ~$25). Taxi to the house from the village is 5000 colones.
MAKE SURE TO GET ON THE EXPRESS BUS in San Jose, otherwise it's a 5 hour long ride over the mountains.
Or you can take a taxi to Uvita, it is around $150, ask Estela or Sonia to set it up for you at the Uvita Info Center. It's a safer option then getting in a direct cab at the airport for $200-300.
Exchange rate and ATMs:
The dollar to colones is between 500-550 colones to the dollar. ATMs are readily available, if you come in peak season be mindful that the ATM machines get depleted during the weekends and there will be long lines. There are 3 ATM machines in Uvita. The US dollar is accepted however the exchange rate will be less than if you pay with colones.
Supermarkets and farmer's markets:
There are 2 "large" super markets in Uvita. They open at 7-9 pm. You can buy pretty much all the basic things you need. There are fruit/vegetable trucks on the side of the roads. Prices are better and tend to be fresher.
There is a Saturday farmers market in Uvita or a Tuesday market in Tinamaste or the large market in San Isidro on Thursdays.
You can also stock up in Quepos, there are large supermarkets by the highway. They are cheaper then the Uvita super markets.
In general Costa Rica is very safe, however petty crimes do happen especially by the beaches or touristy areas. Do not bring any valuables to Costa Rica with you and especially do not bring them with you to the beach. Leave the glove department open to indicate it’s empty.
If you do bring them there are lockers by the main park entrance. Carlos the kayaking outfitter rents them out. You can also park your car there for a fee.
National Park entrance is $6/person/day. technically the park opens at 7-4pm and you should be able to enter for free, off hours. If there is a woman at the main park entrance it might be a challenge to enter for free before 7am but I was definitely told that after 4 pm they cannot charge you. The sunsets are stunning there or you can also watch the sunsets from our property.
NOW the fun part, fun things to do:
Uvita is in a central location partly due to it's stunning geographical location and partly because we have the second largest marine National Park in the country Ballena NP.
I very highly recommend the kayaking tour with Bahia Ballena Kayaks in Uvita. Carlos has different tours but I'd recommend the kayak -surfing- jungle tours-snorkeling tour.
They are the last house on the right hand side before the park entrance. If you make a reservation ask for Carlos and tell him I sent you to him. He will take you out personally. He is amazing! He is very knowledgeable and his equipment is excellent. He also rents out lockers at the park entrance and you can park your car there for a fee, if you go to the beach.
Ask him about kayak rentals, he might be able to rent them out off season.
The newest tour he is offering is a water fall repelling (5 waterfalls). He got his new equipment last year (haven't tried it but knowing him it must be amazing!).
Check out the spectacular Nauyaca Waterfalls. It's a 6 km one way hike from the highway but park down at the bridge to shorten it by 2 uneventful km. Bring lunch and swim suite. It's 35 minutes drive~ from the house, entrance is $5/person.
An absolutely amazing spot for swimming and hanging out, make it a full day and bring lunch.
I highly recommend going up to Mt Chirripo, even if you just do it as a whole day hike. Stay overnight at Rio Chirripo, in San Geraldo ask for Ori and Frank (amazing couple). An incredible place, stunning and full of positive energy! It's 1 1/4 hours from Uvita.
I also recommend the Osa Mountain zip lining. Ask for Chris.
The Animal Sanctuary moved to Dominical area. I spent one of the most memorable time at the sanctuary with 2 white face monkeys!
Ask for Chris at the canopy tours and Mike at the Sanctuary and feel free to mention my name.
For a quiet spot, hike down to the river below us. It's very pretty. There are water falls and swimming holes ranging in sizes. Chances are, you will be alone.
Directions: make a left from our property, and walk for about 1 km, you'll see a wooden shack. The owner, Lobo can let you go through his property it's 1000 colones per person, if he's not there you can just leave the money for him.
Wild life spotting:
On your way down from SJ you'll pass a large river. Alligators are often spotted there.
You'll ride along the ocean, if you stop make sure you keep your eyes on the car, thieves like the beaches!
You'll see lots of different types of birds from our house. The most typical ones are toucans and parrots. You'll see monkey colonies if you walk on our road. There used to be a jaguar in the neighborhood, but they are very hard to spot.
At La Cusinga there are different monkey colonies, chances are high that you'll see baby monkeys too, there lots of birds, if you are lucky you might spot some Red Scarlet Macaws. There are lots of toucans and different types of parrots on a regular base.
You can also access a semi private beach from their property, go for lunch and hike down to the beach, a 10 minute walk through the jungle, be aware of slippery, rocky and hard terrain. Worth it!
We have lots of fruit trees on our property that are ripening (by the season) custard apples, guava, limes, ginger etc. You can go foraging just make sure you wash them well, t's all organic but you are in the tropics! If you venture down or in thick grass, take your boots and a hiking pole.
Great places to eat:
Por Que No? in Dominical. An amazing spot for lunch or dinner. Reservations highly (website hidden)
La Cusinga, great for dinner. Go around 3-4pm for amazing sunset. Bring your own drink and enjoy the stunning (website hidden)
Goat House, very good for lunch.
La Fogata, in Uvita right before the bridge, make a left. A casual setting, great BBQ chicken.
Exotica and Citrus in Ojochal. It's a bit pricey but people like it.
Typically there are two seasons: the dry season from end of December to end of March and the rest of the year with the exception of September-October-part of November when it tends to rain even more. With climate change it is getting harder and harder to predict it though.
However the rains are welcoming, it's always hot and the partial clouds and afternoon rains are soothing. The days start early 5-5:30 and the sun sets around 5:30-6pm. Typically the rains come on the mountain between 2-4pm, later by beach.
The best times of the day are between 5-7am. The parrots will wake you up, and it's the most glorious part of the day and likely you'll be asleep by 8pm! It's a pretty quick adjustment.
So between 5am~ to late afternoon you will have either full sun or partial clouds, again depending on the location.
The dry season is great to escape the cold North but my favorite times were the rest of the months.
Hope all this helps, happy planning!
Bus is 4-6 km away, on the main highway.
Other Things to Note
Home is for sale, listing price is $350,000 dwellhomesdotcome. If you are interested please feel free to inquire.
Living in the tropics creates more challenges then we face in the Northern Hemisphere and to simplify things we put a list together.
Kitchen: Please don't leave any food out, bugs, ants will prey on them. Cleaning up after each meal (including the floors) will help you keep them off. Please keep all of the foods either covered or in the fridge, especially overnight. Any food items as small as crumbs and kitchen scraps left in the sink will attract bugs & ants and it’s hard to control them.
All of the organic waste except meat, fish can be buried in the garden or put it under the leaves and cover it back up so it does not attract animals.
Garbage is by the entrance to the highway right before you reach it on your right hand side.
Screen: If you decide to lift the screen in the kitchen, please handle it with very extra care, it’s heavy and very difficult to have it fixed in Costa Rica.
During the day it’s perfectly fine to keep the sliding door and screens open. However at night with the lights on everything needs to be shut otherwise the lights will attract the insects! The screens shut very well, just make sure the sliding door goes into side rail.
Bathroom: Please wipe off the bathroom countertop if it’s wet after each use and don't put anything wet or hot on the wood.
Please be mindful of the septic, only toilet paper can be thrown in the toilet.
Electricity and water: We have plenty of electricity if you use it mindfully. The solar system was recently revised and it's generating well but in the rainy season please be extra mindful.
That means that the lights, fans have to be shut down when not in use or used excessively otherwise the it will shut down till the sun comes out and starts generating power again.
Water, we are on a rain water catchment. Please be mindful with the water usage in the dry season.
Gate: Try to keep the gate closed at all times, even though it’s safe we recommend keeping it closed.
We hope you’ll enjoy this little piece of Eden!
Have a wonderful stay!
Ildi and Ken
From Dec 13 - 19, 2015 the minimum stay is 6 nights.