This craftsman inspired tropical home is nestled on 3.75 acres in the rainforest overlooking Marino Ballena National Park in Bahia Ballena, just south of the town of Uvita. Located in a gated wildlife reserve with 100+ acres of natural rainforest. The panoramic views of the ocean, Isla Ballena, Cano Island, Tres Hermanas (Three Sisters), Osa Peninsula, and the rainforest will take your breath away!
Built in 2008, Villa Kristina Maria sleeps 9 people in 4 spacious bedrooms (including two master suites), 3.5 bathrooms, 2250 sq. ft. of indoor living space plus 1500+ sq. ft. of wraparound decks with lounge chairs and rocking chairs for relaxing and soaking in the scenery. Each bedroom has a queen size bed, and the upstairs master bedroom also has a single bed in the sitting area.
A separate and private casita (Casita Kristina Maria) may be rented separately, if available, at $475/week for 2 additional people. The casita is furnished with a queen sized bed, a kitchenette with stainless steel appliances and a table and chairs, bathroom with a tiled shower, air conditioner, ceiling fans, bamboo furniture, and a deck with adirondack chairs for relaxing and taking in the phenomenal views of the ocean, islands, and rainforest.
Relax as you sip a margarita in the sparkling tiled swimming pool that features a rock waterfall in a lushly landscaped setting. An adjacent poolside Rancho (palapa) includes a wetbar, bamboo bar stools, lounge chairs and a ceiling fan.
This home offers a private location with a spacious open floorplan, lots of windows with screens, ceiling fans in every room and on the decks, and an air conditioner in downstairs bedroom (although it is rarely needed because it also has a ceiling fan and is cooled by ocean and mountain breezes).
Tropically furnished with locally crafted bamboo furniture and beautiful artwork by local Costa Rican artisans. The bedrooms each have a queen sized bed, pillowtop mattress, bamboo headboard, armoire wardrobe and chair, and a deck with a ceiling fan, rocking chair, and views of the ocean, islands and jungle.
The kitchen features stainless steel appliances, tropical designed dishes, a breakfast bar, and is fully equipped with a toaster, electric coffee maker, blender, pots and pans, linens and cooking utensils.
The dining room has an oval bamboo dining table that seats 8, or dine al fresco at the bamboo table on the deck.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of nature, including howler monkeys, white-faced capuchin monkeys, white-nosed coati mundis (racoon family), agoutis, iguanas, toucans, parrots, and other many other exotic birds, beautiful butterflies including the spectacular blue morpho, frogs, and other jungle wildlife. Hike to nearby waterfalls in the reserve, relax in a lounge chair or read a book in a comfortable bamboo rocking chair on the deck.
Minutes to beautiful tropical beaches where the jungle meets the shore, and the ocean temperatures range from 80-85 degrees year round!
Convenient to delicious restaurants in Uvita, Ojochal and Dominical, banks, grocery and convenience stores, gas station, and a multitude of nearby activities that include swimming, surfing, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, fishing, boating, kayaking, snorkeling, zipline canopy tours, hiking, exploring ocean caves and rainforest waterfalls, ATV tours, learning about jungle flora and fauna at Hacienda Baru Wildlife Refuge, Don Lulo's horseback riding tour to Nauyaca Waterfalls, visiting Reptilandia, a reptile zoo, and shopping for sourveniers at beachside stalls on Playa Dominical, or at the Community Market in Uvita on Saturday mornings.
To take a virtual tour and view more photos of the property, see the 'Links to more information' below, which includes a link to the main house Villa Kristina Maria, and a link to the Casita.
A 4-wheel drive vehicle is necessary. We would be happy to refer you to a reputable and reasonable rental car company, as well as provide you with contact information for making reservations for nearby activities and excursions.
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We live in San Juan Capistrano, in Southern California. Kathy is a real estate broker, and Steve is a general contractor working for a local structural steel company. We have a daughter in her mid-20's, and 3 dogs and a parrot. Two of the dogs, 'Perla' and 'Ballena', we brought home from Costa Rica. Steve surfs, and we enjoy nature and hiking. Our favorite beaches are Playa Ballena at Ballena Beach Club and Playa Ventanas, both in Costa Rica. Our favorite restaurant is Exotica in Ojochal, Costa Rica - their Chicken Exotica is Kathy's favorite, and their 'Devil's Fork' dessert is scrumptious.
We fell in love with the beautiful views, gorgeous scenery, and abundant wildlife in the South Pacific region of Costa Rica. The Costa Rican people are so warm and friendly, and made us feel welcome.
Perla de Ballena, the private wildlife reserve in a gated community where Villa Kristina Maria is located, reminds Kathy's mother of Jurassic Park because of its lush landscape and natural environment. Being surrounded by nature is a peaceful and renewing experience.
We purchased the property in December of 2006, designed the home in early 2007, started construction in mid-2007 with Ecomaderas, a local Tico contractor, and completed construction in early 2008.
Relax to the sound of the river cascading through rainforest. You'll be lulled to sleep by croaking frogs and the sounds of the jungle at night. Awaken to the distinct roar of howler monkeys as they traverse through the jungle, and the squawking of green parrots flying overhead . At lowtide, and when the surf is big, you can hear the waves crashing on the beach.
Access to Ballena Beach Club is included with the rental. Ballena Beach Club is a beachside restaurant and bar, with a swimming pool, restroom facilities, and a palm-lined trail to Playa Ballena. Playa Ballena is a beautiful tropical swimming and surfing beach with views of Tres Hermanas and Isle Ballena. The water temperature is a warm 80-85 degrees year-round.
Perla de Ballena, the gated community where Villa Kristina Maria is located, is a protected wildlife reserve and an ideal setting for viewing the flora and fauna of the rainforest with acres of primary and secondary rainforest, streams, waterfalls, and hiking trails.