|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Balllena is one of Costa Rica's hidden gems that should not be missed. Located on Costa Rica's South Pacific shore in Ballena Marine National Park, a renowned Marine Sanctuary that faces Playa Ballena, a pristine beach stretching along 4 kms of natural beauty. We are 20 minutes from Dominical and only 6 minutes from Uvita. Almost any activity you want to enjoy in Costa Rica is nearby.
Ballena is a renowned area for whale watching and natural marine and jungle beauty. You will be surrounded by serenity and natural beauty.
Casa Lutetia is a charming house that is bright and airy with views of Ballena Island through the jungle. It is only a 5 minute walk to the beaches, yet is adjacent to dense forest which is home to two species of monkeys, numerous birds and other wildlife. Guests frequently see monkeys foraging and playing right outside your balcony.
If you are looking for a private and secure place to relax and/or be in contact with nature, this is the place to come. Come and visit us, nature is calling!
Additionally, you will be treated to luxuries upon arrival and assistance with all your travel needs prior to arrival and during your stay.
Standard rate is $200/nt or $1250/wk. Please see Rate Page for Holiday and Off-season rates and dates.
A minimum 50% deposit is due upon booking. This is 80% refundable with more than 30 days advance notice from check in date or may be applied to other dates.
Deposit is 50% refundable from 30 -10 days advance notice from check in date. Cancellations within 10 days of arrival are subject no refund of deposit.
Balance due 10 days prior to check in, unless arrangements have been made to pay balance upon arrival.
Keywords: Private house, Jungle setting short walk to beaches, ocean view
You will enjoy a safe, private farm that is a rare location where wildlife inhabited forest reach beautiful beaches that see very few visitors. You will be surrounded by serenity and natural beauty..
Without doubt the best place we stayed in Costa Rica. The location was great as it was on the edge of the jungle so you had wildlife constantly around and then it was only a 10 minute walk to the beach where you would hardly see anyone else. It was then only a 10 minute drive to the town. The house was spacious, clean and comfy. It had everything you needed and more. The property managers were very friendly and helpful. The next time we go to Costa Rica we will definitely look to stay in one of the places managed by these people again.
We stayed at Casa Lutecia for the last week of March and it was a perfect place for us, as family of two middle-aged parents and two boys, ages 7 & 10. The house is beautifully and simply furnished, accurately depicted in the website's photos. Staying in an open-air house (with screens) really helped us acclimate to the hot weather, and the surrounding tree cover made it very comfortable even on bright, sunny days. Walking through the jungle to get to the beach always felt magical. During that short walk, we saw a basilisk lizard, a toucan, leaf-cutter ants, howler monkeys, and many other creatures. At the house in the mornings we were alternately visited by howler monkeys and white faced capuchins. Green parrots squawked from high branches; a couple of geckos climbed the screens outside at night. Apparently we missed seeing a pair of scarlet macaws fly by one day, but we saw several pairs at various times during our canopy tour and Nauyaca Waterfall trip. We also visited the wildlife rescue shelter just north of Uvita, where we saw baby sloths, an anteater, a squirrel spider monkey, among others. When we felt like swimming, we could take the short walk to the beach or take a short drive to Uvita to cool off at Cascada Verde, a wonderful set of swimming holes and waterfalls. The kitchen had what we needed and the internet worked perfectly. If you are looking for a place that is low key, clean, private (we rarely saw others on the beach), and comfortable, this is the place for you. Notable attractions were the Osa zipline tour and the waterfalls. Playa Arco is breathtaking. We came at the wrong time for whale watching, but the surf was great for boogie boards with our kids.
My family ( in- laws, husband and 2 1/2 year old and me) stayed here for 3 nights. The view from the upstairs bedroom was amazing. The house is screened in so most, not all of the bugs stay outside. In the mornings you can hear the howler monkeys although we never got to see them. The hosts David and Natalia were very helpful and accommodating. They helped us to set up a shuttle to their place with a very friendly driver who stopped for groceries before we arrived. Once there, we realized because of the location we would need a rental car to get around. They drove my father in law in to town to help him set that up.
The beach is a bit of a trek- maybe 15 minutes. It is only a beach at low tide so you have to plan your beach time accordingly. Uvita is a small town but it has everything you need- a couple restaurants, pharmacy, groceries etc.
We spent 3 weeks in the lovely house in the Jungle in august and we've loved it ! We were two adults, one seventeen year old and 2 twentie year olds.
There are many things to do in Uvita and around the town like national parks, walking, horse back riding, canopy tours, snorkeling, rafting, surfing and you can go see dolphins, turtles and whales on a boat at Playa Uvita (10min drive).
There are also 2 grocery stores where we bought food and restaurants, bakery, sodas and a pharmacy if needed in Uvita.
The best moment in the house is when you fall asleep with the noises of animals like monkeys, crickets and the waves (even whales sometimes). We also had the visit of the sweetest dog named Flaco that was our guardian and our guide to the beach during all the trip. We've been to the beach almost everyday at Playa Arco which is at 20min by foot from the house and it was a pleasure to cool down in the small waterfall there after we swum. Moreover David and Natalia who live just near the house were really helpful when we needed informations !
It was great to spend some times in this peaceful property out of time and making one with nature.
Ns avons passé 3 semaines ds cette magnifique maison isolée ds la jungle et ns avons vraiment apprécié l'endroit ! Ns étions 2 adultes, 1 jeune fille de 17 ans et 2 jeunes d'une vingtaine d'année.
Il y a ps mal de choses à faire à Uvita et aux alentours comme des parcs nationaux, de la marche, des balades à cheval, de la tyrolienne, de la plongée, du rafting, du surf et on peut aussi aller voir les baleines, dauphins et tortues en bateau à la plage d'Uvita (10min en voiture).
Il y a aussi 2 supermarchés où ns faisions nos courses ainsi que des restaurants, une boulangerie, des sodas et une pharmacie si besoin à Uvita.
Le meilleur moment est lorsque l'on s'endormait avec ts les bruits d'animaux dont les singes, criquets et rouleaux des vagues (on entendait même des baleines parfois !). Ts les jours ns avions la visite du chien le + attachant et souriant (vraiment !) nommé Flaco qui était notre gardien et guide durant tt le séjour. Ns avons été à la plage d'Arco presque ts les jours qui est à 20 min de la maison à pieds et c'était vraiment agréable de se rafraîchir ds la petite cascade après avoir nagé! Et David et Natalia qui habitent à côté étaient très aidant qd ns avions besoin d'infos.
Bref c'était génial de passer du tps ds cette maison hors du temps et en harmonie avec la nature !!
We absolutely loved our stay at Casa Lutecia. We saw monkeys the very first day! And my kids fell in love with David and Natalia's dog, Flaco. We were actually teary eyed when we had to leave because they became so attached to him. The home is just what you need for a relaxing stay and the view is outstanding. White faced monkeys visited very near the porch and happily posed for pics and entertained the kids. Two mother monkeys with babies was an amazing site to see! I would recommend this home for couples looking for privacy and families looking for a fun adventure. The hosts were always available to answer questions. We also very much appreciated being able to use the house's boogie boards at Playa Hermosa. Hopefully we can come back again some day!
My wife and I and 3 boys (7, 10, 12) stayed here for 11 days. We all had a blast! This house is pretty much all screen windows from floor to ceiling, so it really feels like you are sleeping outside in the jungle. The noises are incredible, especially in the early morning when the Howler monkeys, parrots, and every other jungle critter makes its presence known. The boys couldn't have been happier seeing both Howler and White Faced monkeys several times on the property, and toucans and parrots are around daily. We also saw a Tamarindo Anteater a few times. There is a nice trail through the jungle to the beach, which is absolutely fantastic. In all the days we spent on the beach, we probably saw 10 people total. Playa Arco, which is accessible via a short trail from the beach out front is without question the most amazing beach I've ever been on. Groceries and a nice assortment of really good restaurants are a short distance away in either direction.
David and Natalia were very helpful in setting up a activities for us, and were super responsive and quick to lend a hand when we had questions, which is not something you find at many VRBOs.
The boys also fell in love with "Flacco" their yellow lab that led us to the beach daily and kept us company. Give him some water and attention and he will take you where you need to go.
The boys cried the morning we left so it was obviously very special for them. If you are wanting to get away from the resorts and crowds and have a true CR experience, I don't think you can go wrong here.
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3 night minimum stay
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