It's a designer home, just recently built. Bedroom has floor to ceiling windows overlooking mountains covered in primary rain/cloud forests.
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.
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.
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
Caroline is there to help you, I'm sorry I cannot be there but you'll be in good hands!
How to get there:
The main airport is San Jose (SJO) it’s 3 ½ hours drive from Uvita, an easy drive. 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.
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. 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.
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 they 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.
To get to Uvita in this case you can either take a bus, approximately 3 hours, it’s fast, clean and $10 or so per person or you can take a taxi. Taxi is around $150-200.
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.
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.
Fun things to do:
I very highly recommend the kayaking tour with Bahia Ballena Kayaks. 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 also rents out lockers at the park entrance and you can park your car there for a fee, if you go to the beach.
Check out the spectacular Nauyaca Waterfalls. It's a 6 km one way hike from the highway but park at the bride to shorten it by 2 uneventful km bring lunch and swim suite.
It's 35 minutes drive~ from the house, entrance is $5/person.
I highly recommend going up to Mt Chirripo, even if you do it as a whole day hike. Stay overnight at Rio Chirripo, in San Geraldo ask for Ori and Frank. 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.
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.
Great places to eat:
Por Que No? in Dominical. An amazing spot for lunch or dinner. Reservations highly suggested.
La Cusinga, great for dinner. Go around 3-4pm for amazing sunset. Bring your own drink and enjoy the stunning views.
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.
Bus is 4-6 km away, on the main highway.
Other Things to Note
Home is for sale, listing price is $350,000. Website with all of the details is available. 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!
Bathroom: Please wipe off the bathroom countertop if it’s wet after each use.
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. 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
The ride up to Uvita was an adventure for my husband and I. We'd stop and ask for directions but that wasn't a good idea because in Costa Rica there are no addresses so directions are.."take a left at the mango tree." But we learned that Goggle maps does international directions. After we arrived in Uvita, we fell in love. It's small but yet has everything you need. The house we stayed at was beyond what we expected. It was absolutely breathtaking! Everything was clean and we had all that we needed to cook. Caro, the housekeeper that lives does the road is an absolute gem! She was very helpful and so sweet. My husband and I HIGHLY recommend staying here! Who can beat waking up to a beautiful forest view? Ildiko was an amazing host as well. She is very easy going and reliable. She was quick to reply and made sure we had all that we needed. If you're considering going, just stop thinking about it and GO! You won't regret it.
What a place! This was one of the most beautiful places we have ever stayed and its better than the pictures! Everything was clean, the key pickup was easy and we just wish we could have stayed longer! The view is something that you will never forget and waking up to the sounds of howler monkeys and birds was incredible!
Absolutely spectacular views! Well equipped kitchen. Modern appliances. Unique space, comfortable furnishings. One unexpected element was no hot water. A cold shower isn't a bad thing but the pressure was weak. The space and scenery more than made up for it and was soon forgotten. Ildiko was helpful and responsive to questions. Neighbour Carolina and her family were very sweet and helpful too. The Whales Tail beach is only 10 minutes away and a must! Really glad we chose Uvita (over Dominical) and this home was the perfect choice for a much needed rest!
Pretty hard to put into words the relaxed feeling I got when arriving at this beautiful home. The view of the mountain is breathtaking and looking out from the open kitchen area and or the master bedroom...feeling zen! Ildiko was an incredible host and I was more than pleased with her quick responses and helpful answers to what I had inquiries about. The GPS worked like a charm and travel from San Jose was a breeze. Just follow the arrows and past the airport area you're basically on one road for an easy shot down south. The home was immaculate and the design was very impressive. Fresh water and solar powered home. Nice to leave as little imprint as possible. Would definitely recommend. Thanks!
We had a delightful time staying at Ildiko's beautiful home in the jungle. We had a wonderful night after driving down from Jaco, Caro made everything easy for us on our way in, and we had a great morning watching the sun rise through the trees. Thank you so much!
I loved this house. And Uvita is a great locale. I especially enjoyed Playa Pinuelas which is part of the Marino Ballena Park system. The house was more secluded than I had expected, but it did not present a problem since I had rented a 4x4.
Amazing experience. The home was excellent. We enjoyed the amazing views and sounds of the stream in the valley and monkeys in the morning. The home had everything needed to make our stay comfortable.
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