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Jungle Luxury! Stunning Whale's Tail View! Pool, Outdoor Shower, Etc.! 5-STAR!!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

3 Bed, 3.5 Bath, Sleeps 6-8

The Costa Ballena, or Whale's Coast, is one of the coolest spots in Costa Rica. This beautiful home features the best view of the Whale's Tail in the Southern Zone and enjoys continuous fresh breezes. In addition to the awe-inspiring view, the benefits of being up in the mountains include a microclimate that is about 10 degrees cooler than in town and on the beach, and few biting insects, as we are above the "bugline". You will be serenaded daily by a wide variety of birds, monkeys and rainforest critters. Open the doors wide and enjoy indoor/ outdoor living with the best view of the Whale's Tail!

Situated 10 minutes above Uvita, this 3000 sf home has 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a pool, large deck and a luxurious outdoor shower. Enjoy the best view in the world while taking an outdoor shower by the pool!

The home comes fully furnished with a fully-appointed and remodeled kitchen. You'll love the new granite counter-tops and farm house sink! Our water is spring-fed, passes through a multi-point filtration system, and is wonderful!

In the last few years since we've owned our home in paradise, we've made HUGE improvements! Fresh paint inside and out. New and upgraded furnishings throughout. All new tropical linens. Freshly landscaped pool area with wonderful nighttime lighting. Lots of creature comforts to enjoy!

Amenities include: 4MB WiFi Internet, 40" Samsung TV with AppleTV, NetFlix, whole house music system with Bluetooth and USB port, indoor and outdoor dining areas.

A new VOIP phone with unlimited FREE calls to the USA and Canada is also available for your stay! (forward your phones to this line!) Also, a prepaid cell phone for local calls will be provided to you when you check in.

The Master Suite has a new queen bed made from indigenous woods (with a new mattress too!), dual sinks, toilet, shower and spa tub. The Guest Suite has a queen sized bed, dual sinks, toilet and shower. The Southern Bedroom has a bunk bed with a queen on bottom and a twin on top, dual sinks, toilet and shower. The half bath has a sink and toilet.

Getting to the house will require 4 wheel drive car. We have an established relationship with the best car rental agency in CR who provides our guests with a 20% discount on a 4x4 for your trip! Ask for details!

Home has a security gate with motion detector lighting.

Your concierge Trina will meet you in town and escort you to the home for your welcome tour. Trina and her husband Don speak English and will be available to show you how to get to the house and help answer any questions. They can also assist to bring supplies, book tours, etc.

Chefs are available to prepare personalized meals upon request for an additional charge. In-room massage therapy can be coordinated through the property manager.

The home will be beautifully cleaned and appointed immediately prior to your stay and following your departure. If you would like additional housekeeping services during your stay, please coordinate through the property manager.

There are a wide array of fun tour activities and beaches all within a 20-minute drive. There is an amazing waterfall with a bar and restaurant just 5 minutes down the road. We have all kinds of beaches, from beginner to expert surf beaches, cave beaches, and kid-friendly beaches all within a short drive.

The kitchen was newly remodeled in May 2013. The washing machine, fridge, and dishwasher were just replaced in October 2014. A new clothes dryer was added in June 2016. A new Trex Yoga deck was installed November 2014. And the entire pool lounge area was re-landscaped in mid-2016 for the ultimate tropical experience at home!

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Uvita House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 9:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 35
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Please be advised that the laws in Costa Rica are such that you must have a license to operate a drone. A violation will cause loss of damage deposit.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Town ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage ...
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Guest Bath - toilet , shower
    Southern Bath - toilet , shower
    Powder Room - toilet
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower , Teak shower (w/ sliding enclosure if desired!) by MB & pool
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master Suite - 1 queen
    Guest Suite - 1 queen
    Southern Suite - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Bunk Bed - Twin Upper / Queen Lower
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • MP3 Dock
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Crow's Nest
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • Groups
  • Singles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Check-in Time: 3:00 pm Check-out Time: 9:00 am to allow adequate timing for cleaning between stays. Contact us with your needs and we can be flexible if we have cushion in timing. The house will be beautifully cleaned and appointed before your arrival and following your departure. If you would like additional housekeeping services during your stay, please discuss with Trina, our property manager, in advance. For stays longer than one week, weekly cleanings are required, and a $50 per cleaning charge will be charged by the Property Manager. If excessive towel usage, laundering or party cleanup is required, we reserve the right to add a surcharge to cover the cleaning expense. Chefs can be provided to prepare and serve meals for an additional cost -- menus, timing and pricing can be arranged upon check-in with the property manager. In-room massage therapy can be arranged through the property manager. The third story and the garage will NOT be available for guest use


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average rating of 4.9342103 based on 78 reviews

Perfect house in the perfect location.

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 2 adults and 3 boys age 10, 8 and 6 spent a week in this house and loved every minute. The owners helped us plan our trip and arrival. The care taker was very responsive but not over bearing. The house is very well organized and you go thru a inventory list at arrival and check out which will guarantee future renters will have a equal experience. The view from the patio and pool is world class. Costa Rica is great, Uvita is great. We enjoyed a different local restaurant each evening. Zip lining, atv tours, boat tours, water falls, beaches, all near by and great for all ages.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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Complete Paradise! Stunning Views!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had an absolute blast staying at Mark and Sarah's beautiful home. When we first arrived, the sun was setting and the home and the views are absolutely spectacular. Everything in this home is designed for comfort, from the beds to the chairs, and it was very family friendly(they even bought a new pack and play for our baby Oliver to use). Sarah was very helpful in planning our excursions and she even helped us schedule in a private chef to cook for our group in the home (superb!) and a massage therapist to come give us sunset massages. She and her property manager, Trina, went above and beyond to make our stay as perfect as possible.

The amount of nature we saw from the deck was crazy. We had coffee and watched the toucans fly. It was so serene.

We can't wait to come back! Highly recommend this wonderful home:)

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
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Head in the Clouds

  • 5 of 5

The setting is like none I've ever stayed, literally in the clouds, surrounded by rain forest, and a view to the ocean and beyond! I tried to take a photo of the home from behind because there really isn't one, and it looks so magnificent, but this is for a reason. It is so grand, and the hillside drops away so fast, it's simply not possible! Inside your own private locked gate, 4km (maybe 1 i n and 3 up!) up into the hills you find this tranquil garden of Eden! Lush grounds, magnificent pool, awesome view, higher end finishes in and out, and every little detail covered. Sarah even has little lights that pop on (motion activated) at night just where you would want them, like on the way to the bath or kitchen, rechargeable flash lights in most rooms that are plugged into the walls, every dish, pot, pan, and coffee, ice, food grinding appliance etc. you could need! The woman has literally thought of it all! I have been staying in VRBO's since they began and have had mostly good stays with very nice properties, but this one is in the top 2! The deck off the back is not well enough documented as it is just AWESOME the way it sticks out over the hill as the land falls away, giving you an even more expansive view and sense of elevation. I was amazed that although the HWY was 3+km away as a crow flies, the ocean beyond was all we heard (which also amazed me that you could hear it that far away!) The tree above the pool revealed several Toucans and Arracarries (sp?) which we watched till they left! I am very saddened that the weather was not what we hoped to see at the end of our trip (we were in CR for 18 days and here for 6), but we were blessed with sun on our last day. This is what can happen when you try to shoot the green/high season gap! One item of clarification that had me wondering was the road. The way others spoke of it made me think it was cliff side and a near death experience. Aw cmon city peeps! It is steep and bumpy in spots (mostly bumpy at the bottom and steep at the top), but you are no where near an edge, and it's a piece of cake if you throw it in low and just take it slow. It's about 15 min from the hwy to the home, 7 if you like to bomb it (which I likely would not do because Sarah and the neighbors say noooo!!!), but one could if they liked off roading, was late for a tour, and their wife wasn't present :-) Anyway, thank you Sarah for all your efforts in making us feel so comfortable in your lovely home. You and Trina are a great duo.

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Mark and Sarahs home is a jungle gem with a spectacular view.

  • 5 of 5

We chose this stunning home to meet up with our two sons that live in different parts of the states. We enjoyed a very interactive vacation with the jungle and the beaches. Beautiful flowers and jungle foliage all around the property. Great accomadations and Trina was a wonderful property manager That can answer any questions you may have. Enjoyed seceral great restuarants Our favorites were

La pracella with the entertaining monkeys and a new place called oso thyme near the base of the mountain. Overall an A+++

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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  • 5 of 5

Outstanding. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing house location and unbelievable view.

  • 5 of 5

Very grateful for the hospitality of home owner and caretaker. You guys saved our vacation thank you.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mark and Sarah
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2018

About Mark and Sarah

We fell in love with Costa Rica and, specifically, the Ballena coast, when we came here to marry in 2013. We had a spectacular view of the Whale's Tail as our backdrop! When we first came to Casa Cola Ballena ourselves we were awestruck, and set on a path to call it our new home!

We are honored that Kevin and Mary, who lovingly built this gorgeous home, have shared this gem for our family's turn at enjoying the magic of the view, the ambiance of the jungle, and the amazing community that makes it all so special. We look forward to sharing our home with you so that you can experience the ultimate in Costa Rica living.

Mark and Sarah purchased this house in 2015

Why Mark and Sarah chose Uvita

For those of you who have stayed at Casa Cola Ballena in the past, you'll be delighted with the upgrades we have brought to our new home! The home itself, the nature that surrounds, and the incredible views remain awesome! We have upgraded all the bed linens to a Tommy Bahama-esq look, and upgraded the "creature comforts" such as Netflix streaming and internet connectivity in the event you need to stay better connected with your home base while escaping in the jungle!

What makes this house unique

Luxury Jungle Living....This house provides a great way to be in an adventurous area with all the fun things to do in the rainforest and at the beach. After a long hard day of surfing, ziplining, ATV's, fishing, or horses, there is nothing better than getting up to the house, where it is a little cooler, jumping in the pool, and living in luxury in the Jungle. It's like getting away from it all, but still coming home to a well appointed home with all the modern amenities.

Guestbook comments from the owner

WOW! Casa Cola Ballena is beautiful, perfectly maintained with a stunning view of the rain forest and the Pacific Ocean including the Whale's Tail. Added to all of this is a beautiful swimming pool. We tried to return from our activities each day in time to experience the sunset from the patio - we took enough pictures to fill a wall. We loved Uvita and Costa Rica and had great fun on the full day nature tour,the Jungle ATV tour, the wildlife sanctuary and the Zipline but the high light of our trip was Casa Cola Ballena. What an experience. 5 happy adults, Ray, David, Sue, Gayla, and Rick
Jan 2017
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Corcovado National Park
"This is an amazing experience. Tours leave from Uvita and Dominical. They take you down thro..."
Tsunami Sushi -- CLOSED
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Adventure Motorsports ATV Tours
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Kilometres
Catarata De Uvita
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
San Buenas
Nearest Motorway
3.5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Kilometres
Catarata De Uvita
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Bahia Ballena
Car: necessary

The Costa Ballena, of Whale's Coast, is one of the coolest spots in Costa Rica. Where Pura Vida is still alive and well, and a wonderful community. In addition to boat tours to see whales and dolphins, we have inshore and deep sea fishing, ATV tours, Ultralight Tours, Waterfalls and Waterfall repelling, Ziplines, Horseback Riding on the beach or in the mountains, and much more!

There is a wide array of fun tour activities and beaches all within a 20-minute drive. There is an amazing waterfall with a bar and restaurant just 5 minutes down the road. We have all kinds of beaches, from beginner to expert surf beaches, cave beaches, and kid-friendly beaches all within a short drive.

If you don’t have it, download the WAZE app for directions while you are in town – much better and more reliable than Google Maps. There is a new "super highway" that runs from San Jose south to Jaco, at which point you'll be driving the coastline to Uvita. It's an easy road. Sometimes some construction, but an easy road. 




Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $79
Electricity Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $500

Taxes Not Included.
Pre-check in cleaning Included. Mid-stay cleanings available for an extra charge.

Ask about our great discounts on RENTAL CARS!

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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