CASITAS del RIO - Cool Cheap Chic

Cabin - Entire home/apt · Uvita, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

The Space

"Casitas Del Rio" (little houses on the river)

We offer 3 individual studio-style "jungalows", on the river near the Pacific ocean. We are located near Playa Uvita, a small coastal beach town. Each casita sleeps 2 people, so if there are 2, 4, or 6 people in your party, you can rent 1, 2, or all 3 casitas.
IMPORTANT NOTE about our RATES: The nightly rate is $85 per night, 1 jungalow, sleeping 2 people. If you want 2 or all 3 units, multiply the rate accordingly.

Each casita has a queen bed, dining table for 2, bathroom, and a small kitchenette complete with dishes and utensils, a 2 burner stove-top, mini-fridge, microwave oven, toaster, coffeemaker and sink.

Hidden in a private cove on the Morete River, surrounded by forests and nestled between tall mountains and the sea, our casitas offer tranquil river views and sounds of Mother Nature right from your porch. Bring your camera and binoculars -- flora and fauna abounds and surrounds. Each casita has all the comforts of home - a kitchenette, a quality queen bed and linens, a/c, hot water, and wi-fi.

Outside, surrounded by 2 acres of tropical gardens, each casita has a covered porch with a magical view of the river and forest. Hear the howler monkeys howl, watch the toucans fly from tree to tree, dip your toes in the cool clean river right in front of your porch, or hike up-river to discover the natural swimming holes and a hidden waterfall.

We are conveniently located only 1 kilometer off the main paved Costanera highway. Our location offers quick and easy access to beaches, grocery stores, restaurants, banks, and adventures. From your casita it is a 5 minute drive to the small town of Uvita and the lovely beaches of Playa Ballena, Playa Colonia, and Playa Hermosa. Dominical, the infamous surf town with its funky bohemian-beach-bar-surfer-dude vibe, is only a 10 minute drive north.

Come rest, relax, escape and enjoy a perfect little get-away!

YOU WILL LOVE IT HERE! It's simply magical. Promise.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3
Beds: 3
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $560 /week
Monthly Price: $1500 /month
Check In: 12:00 PM (noon)
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • Casita del Rio was the highlight of my honeymoon in Costa Rica. First of all, Axel and Karen are fabulous hosts who were extremely friendly and helpful throughout our stay. We found the location thanks to Karen's unbelievably detailed instructions. The location is up a long, steep dirt path, so its extremely private and safe. We're grateful for our 4wheel drive!

    The casita was absolutely adorable and yet so modern! We were blown away with how nice the area and accommodations were. It had everything we needed, a cute little kitchen (I cooked breakfast every morning), a large comfy bed (slept in late every day), a nice, modern bathroom (shower for two!) and air conditioning, which came in handy since it was so hot during our stay. The casita was also very private, with black out shutters and surrounded by lush plants. We felt like two people in the middle of a tropical jungle.

    We really loved our stay and wished we could have stayed longer. We loved the area, which offers lovely beaches and cute little eateries/bars. We'll definitely be back!

    March 2014
  • CASITAS del RIO is probably one of the most beautiful vacation settings I have ever experienced! The grounds are amazing: alive with life and colour, on a lovely river, and deep enough in the forest to be surrounded by a constant hum of nature. The Casitas' are gorgeous! Every single convenience designed and executed with care and elegance. I can't provide adequate praise for how much I loved my stay :)

    Karen and Axel were phenomenal hosts. Karen ensured we had seamless instructions and ensured we arrived stress-free. Unfortunately we didn't get to spend much time with her as she had to be away during most of the time we stayed, but Axel made sure we genuinely enjoyed our experience! We had fresh fruit from the grounds (coconut water straight from a coconut - cut in front of us with a machete! SO COOL!!). There were numerous recommendations for activities and delicious establishments.

    Our only regret was that we couldn't stay longer.

    Karen and Axel and their Casitas del Rio are truly gifted hosts with a beautiful, peaceful and idyllic property. They get 15 out of 10 from us!

    Emily and Matt

    March 2014
    Karen And Axel
    Response from Karen And Axel:

    Wow, Emily and Matt-you just made our day with all your lovely compliments. I too am sorry that I did not get to spend much with you due to my trip to Florida, however Axel told me all about how wonderful you both are. I am looking forward to our paths crossing again soon. All the very best to you both. Karen

  • I had the most amazing time at Karen and Axel's casita!! These hosts are truly special people. My trip would not have been so memorable if it hadn't been for them. I really did not want to leave, and already know that I will be going back because of them. As soon as I arrived, they both made me feel like family. Because I didn't have a car, they always made sure that I could get where I needed to go. One evening, they even cooked me a delicious Yucca dinner that Axel picked off the property that day! And the property itself is incredible! I would've been content just staying there and not going anywhere! (That's sort of all I wanted to do) So comfortable and clean, and the river with the pools to cool off in can't be beat:) Even after I left, they checked in with me to make sure I made it home safely. I can't say enough good things about how much better they made my trip!!

    February 2014
  • Karen and Axel's bungalow was very charming, very beautiful setting! They were wonderful hosts and very helpful and friendly. Uvita and the surrounding areas are very peaceful and beautiful. Would love to visit again and stay longer. Thanks for a great mini getaway Karen and Axel!

    February 2014
  • I can't recommend this place enough! The room is absolutely perfect and the hosts, Karen and Axel, are a wonderful couple that I now call friends. So, the room: it was so comfortable that I spent almost a whole day there, instead of going out!! The river is steps away from your door, and a short hike takes you to a pristine waterfall. You can hear the sounds of the jungle, and relax on your porch enjoying the beautiful flowers. The hosts: I am not exaggerating when I say that I have never seen so much care and love from people you have never met before! These guys are amazing, they recommend places around the area because they WENT there and tried for themselves. They will tell you who's the best guide for your tour, what's the best dish at a restaurant and where's the spot to watch the sunset, depending on what kind of ambiance you want. And just as important: they are so much fun and amazing to hang out with! My trip was amazing, thanks to them.

    January 2014
    Karen And Axel
    Response from Karen And Axel:

    I just got goose bumps on my skin when I read your lovely words-seriously! Thank you, thank you, thank you. We are honored that you consider us your friends and we feel the same about you. Meeting remarkable and special people like you is our biggest reward for our work here in the jungle of Costa Rica. Please come back soon!

  • It was such a great pleasure to stay with Axel and Karen. The casita we stayed at was by far the nicest place we stayed in Costa Rica and at a price that amazed us in terms of the lodging and location. Axel provided us with water, wine for our first night, a water cooler, his personal boogie boards, more than we could have even dreamed up. Our second night there, we ended up having beers with Axel and the other guests and it turned into an awesome mini party at Axel and Karen's place where we all got to know each other and even order in pizza! I've never stayed with people so friendly and generous. It genuinely felt like we made new friends. And, honestly, I read all the other reviews and thought, what are they putting in the kool-aid for these reviews??! But, man, my cynicism disappeared quickly with their genuine hospitality. Don't miss staying there if you can. It was truly exceptional.

    January 2014
    Karen And Axel
    Response from Karen And Axel:

    Hi Tobi,
    Quit drinkin the kool-aid! LOL. So so so happy you all had a great time here at our magical little river place. Axel said you both were AWESOME and he enjoyed you all so much! Please come back soon.
    Karen and Axel

  • Our stay at Karen and Axel's casitas were one of the highlights of our trip in Costa Rica. The grounds were spectacular with plants and flowers, the river was outside our door. Axel told us about some swimming holes up the river where we spent two glorious days. The casitas were gorgeous, clean and well stocked. Karen and Axel were gracious, friendly and helpful in many ways. Thank you so much! We highly recommend their casitas!

    December 2013
  • We booked 3 nights before leaving, because the casitas in the jungle, along the river, seemed a perfect spot to relax near the region of Uvita. We finally spent 5 nights with Axel and Karen and we would have stay our whole vacations to their place if it would have be possible.
    That place is more than amazing, Uvita is a small town off the grid, but with spectacular beaches and a lot of things to do around (just to name a few : Sea kayak, jungle tour, Canopy Zipline, Waterfall, scuba diving ... )

    The casitas are great - Isolated, calm, comfortable, modern ; the location makes that place unbelievable, the river in front is just for you - you can bath, walk to the waterfall, or just chill under the porch for the day, starring at the jungle and watching the monkeys and Toucan playing around.

    Finally, Karen and Axel are so welcoming and warm couple they could be the only reason to spend time in their place. They're here for you if you need and leave you intimacy if they feel you want to stay alone, they have golden tips on the activities around, restaurant, bars, and everything else you need.

    We could add so many things, the other comments are true, Axel and Karen are lovely hosts with an amazing place in a beautiful part of the country.

    Étienne & Léa

    December 2013
    Karen And Axel
    Response from Karen And Axel:

    WE MISS YOU BOTH! You were such a joy to be around with your contagious positive energy and enthusiasm about our place and all your adventures. You are always welcome here and we hope our paths cross again soon. Thank you for your lovely review!
    Karen & Axel

  • My husband and I booked a two night stay at the Castisas del Rio for the last leg of our honeymoon. After staying there for a couple hours and meeting Karen and Axel, we wish we could've stayed longer. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and walking through the property was a vacation in itself. Each deck of each casita faces the river and is a perfect backdrop for any meal or a glass of wine. The casitas themselves were quite modern and what you would expect from an American boutique hotel or B&B. Wireless internet, great water pressure, no shortage of hot water, and a kitchenette were all great perks.

    The surrounding area is a blast. We spent most of our time at the different beaches in the area and eating at some of the local restaurants. Great food. Amazing beaches. Everything you need is a couple minutes drive away. A grocery store is also super close by, which was nice for quick lunches on the riverside.

    Axel and Karen were unbelievably great to us. Tons of terrific information on where to eat, where to relax on the beach, some great tourist spots to check out. They made both of us feel so welcome. They even brought us a appetizer of fresh Yucca on out last night.

    We could not recommend a stay at the Casitas del Rio enough. Its was so beautiful and relaxing. Our only tip would be to stay longer than 2 nights. It was not enough time to take in everything the area has to provide. We hope to stay with Axel and Karen again!

    December 2013
    Karen And Axel
    Response from Karen And Axel:

    Hi Ashley and Chris,
    Thank you for the lovely review! It was such a pleasure having you as our guests. It makes us so happy that you had a good time and enjoyed your short stay with us. Please come back soon for a longer visit and we will cook you up some more fresh yucca right out of the garden, and maybe some shrimp out of the river too! Big hug to you both. Karen and Axel

  • Absolutely fantastic experience! The jungalows and the setting are so relaxing. Definitely worth taking time to drive towards Uvita and spending time here. Wish we had more time
    The location is ideal as it close enough to Dominical and Manuel Antonio and still secluded
    Karen was very helpful prior to the trip sending us driving directions and some suggestions. After meeting Axel and her, we have new friends. Extremely warm people.

    December 2013
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We do it all! Cleaning, gardening, flower arranging, bed-making, maintenence, painting, cutting fresh coconuts for you, and whatever else comes up!
We most recently lived for several years in Miami, Florida. Feeling a bit restless and asking ourselves "is this all there is?", we decided we wanted to step out of our comfort zone and have a bit more adventure in our lives. We were bored with our jobs, tired of the daily grind, had a little money saved, and so we "retired" early, and took a leap of faith. We dreamed of finding a magical piece of earth to call home, visualizing a hidden place on a river surrounded by trees and wildlife. We found it - in a tranquil river cove, surrounded by rain forest, on the beautiful Morete River, 5 minutes from the Pacific ocean, on the unspoiled southern pacific coast of Costa Rica! The result is our riverfront home and Casitas Del Rio - 3 small, chic, comfortable and affordable vacation "jungalows" on the river, near the sea. We think you will find our special little hide-away "REMARKABLE" - meaning that our location and cozy Casitas will encourage many positive "REMARKS"...try us, you'll see for (website hidden). Our profile photo is a halloween costume. We love meeting people that have a sense of humor, who can relax, be themselves, and have fun. We all need just a little more fun in our lives!
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