it was amazing to be staying right there on this beautiful beach. The soft early morning sun was great for enjoying breakfast and sunbathing. The forest meets the beach, creating a nice area of shade during the peak heat of the day and places to hang your hammock if you bring one. The beach in front of the house has banks of corral, which are beautiful but not right for swimming, It's just a two minute walk along the water to the swimming area, Playa Punta Uva, that is calm and safe. I like boogie boarding, so I'd take my board a couple miles up the road to Playa Cocles, which has amazing surf. There you can also rent surf boards from concessions on the beach.
The lush trees and plants all around the house made it very private. The home itself was just right for us: a comfortable and beautifully designed tropical home that had been thoughtfully renovated with modern amenities. It's homey, very well kept, and relaxing, not ostentatious.
The bottled water that was supplied met all our needs and I kept some in the bathroom to remind myself when brushing my teeth not to use "hard" well water in the faucets. Speaking of water, we really enjoyed the refreshing outdoor shower when we returned from the beach. Having a hot water shower option in the bathroom was an extra luxury.
All the folks who take care of the home were accommodating and attentive. We made heavy use of the nice open kitchen and really enjoyed eating on the patio or taking a meal down to the beach. We spent a lot of happy time in the hammocks on the patio, enjoying a cold drink, reading or chatting with friends.
We reconnected with some friends who had happened to move to the area - one from another part of Costa Rica and one from the US; it's that kind of place! We also got to know really wonderful local people, just through making conversation when we encountered folks. People were generally friendly and warm. We met some really special characters who we'll never forget!
The local fruit and other produce from vendors who would set up along the road was absolutely delicious and we got to try fruits we'd never eaten before. That said, we were just minutes from terrific restaurants and activities, with the legendary Selvin's serving excellent local traditional cuisine just a very short walk around the corner! We enjoyed Maxi's in Manzanillo as well. In Puerto Viejo, Koki Beach brought a sophisticated flair to the beach, with an exciting social scene, and the resident sloths visited and hung out right near our table! We also loved Stashu's Restaurant served really delicious meals and drinks that were great for health-conscious diners. Chili Rojo, with a lot of asian influence was another favorite.
Lovely rental house with an interesting back story and the most idyllic position you can find on this coast.
Right on the beach (15M) with a beautiful array of wildlife surrounding you. You even get your own sloth in the garden who strolls right past you without a care.
Carlos and Yolanda live next door and look after the house but you hardly notice they are there and the place feels very private, Evi who looks after the property, bookings and handover is very charming, helpful and knowledgeable about the area.
This is not a 5 star hotel experiance but the location on the beautiful Punta Uva beach got the property 5 stars from us.
The place is in a great location in terms of how close to the beach.
The place is very dark even inside there is barely lighting to see your stuff
The AC is a great advantage which is not very common in Costa Rica
The Place is also dark from the outside as the trees are never trimmed and you barely can see the walkway from the beach to the house.
Internet was not as promised and stopped working the 2nd day which made the whole thing inconvenient in addition to the city itself as it has not much to do after the 2nd day.
We tried to ask for any sort of refund and leave a day earlier but the owner did not accept however it was a Sunday on the dead seaon and the house was empty anyway. I strongly believe they could have been more flexible and offer any sort of refund or even a discount on the unused night.
After we left the owner got back to us promising 10% discount because of the internet issue but when he saw my review here , he changed his mind because of I had a negative review!! It was never appreciated to break the promise.
Restaurants and grocery around the place are crazy expensive and almost double the US prices.
The drive way and the road to the place are really dark and having a car is highly recommended.
The 2nd floor has only one shares bath between both rooms and the 2nd bath is in the ground floor.
The house keeper was nice and tried to help but their dog smelled horible every time he came closer to us while we are home.
Water coming from the shower and faucet smells so be prepared.
The property manager Evi was nice and has been always in contact trying to help and she even complements us with some organic limes.
My family of 2 adults and 2 kids stayed at Casa de la Musa for 3 nights and loved the place. The house was clean and well maintained. The house is set in the jungle a few dozen steps from the beach. The beach directly in front of the house is rocky and not swimmable. A five minute walk to the right brought us to the quiet north end of beautiful playa Punta Uva. A 10 minute walk to the left brought us to our own private sandy cove just south of Playa Chiquita. We were visited by howler monkeys one (early!) morning which was pretty exciting!
The house has a full kitchen in good working order with all the pots, pans, dishes, and glasses you would need, but if you want to leave the cooking to others, you do have a few options within walking distance. The nearest restaurant is Selvins which is a five minute walk, and serves good pan-Caribbean cuisine at reasonable prices. Ten minutes in the opposite direction will get you to Pita Bonita for surprisingly good hummus and kebabs. A 15 minute walk took us to the Prancing Pony Stables where we had a magical horseback ride along the beach. It's about a 20 minute walk to the Playa Chiquita restaurants and grocery store. We didn't need a car for the short time that we stayed there, but if we had stayed longer and wanted to venture farther I would considered renting a car.
Our stay at Casa de la Musa was exactly what we were looking for! After many stays on the Pacific side (Manuel Antonio, Jaco)--we wanted something where we could totally disconnect and enjoy the Costa Rican nature. Make sure you're in the right mindset for this quaint, perfectly positioned house! If you want fancy furniture and elegant lodgings, this is not your type of place. Casa de la Musa has good sized bedrooms upstairs with a shared bathroom between the two, a nice upstairs screened in living area for reading to the sounds of the jungle AND beach waves, and separate kitchen and bathroom downstairs with covered (but outdoors) eating area with two awesome hammocks. The property is fairly large and very safe, with the caretakers right next door, and the ability to just walk out to the beach anytime was great! Punta Uva beach is beautiful, not crowded, and everything we wanted. We were in constant contact with Evi (although her son Joel is the one who met us and gave us the keys). We did experience a power outage our first night because of damaged power lines that impacted all of Punta Uva and Playa Manzanillo areas--but they had the power back on later that night. It was perfect to just disconnect and be one with the surroundings.