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Amazing Whitewater View Of The Ballena Marine Preserve Islands

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 2,153 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

3 bedroom, 2 bathroom with easy access to all adventures. Wildlife galore!

Pura Vida!

This is the Costa Rican expression for everything that is good. It translates as pure life and is used as a greeting and a salutation. It is always spoken with a smile. Costa Rica is rated as one of the happiest places on earth. You can discover why.

Imagine secluded beaches where the jungle meets the sand, monkeys and toucans greeting you each morning, or swimming under warm waterfalls. All this happens everyday in the unspoiled beauty of Uvita.

Our rental home is situated in an old growth jungle minutes from the beach on the Pacific coast in Marino Ballena National Park, the only national marine park in Costa Rica. Ballena translates to whale. Humpbacks from the southern and northern hemisphere travel thousands of miles to have their babies in this area. Excellent whale watching, snorkeling and diving! We are halfway between Manual Antonio, the most popular park in Costa Rica, and the famous Osa Penninsula. National Geographic named our area one of the most bio-diverse areas on the planet. From the house and pool you can see the ever changing pacific ocean, local islands, incredible wildlife, rainforest, and beautiful sunsets.

The food in the area is the best in Costa Rica and maybe some of the best we have ever had - think Napa in the South Pacific. Expats from around the world have created amazing culinary delights. We can recommend at least 10 restaurants in the area. You can drink the water and eat the food and not worry.

The home has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, a newly-completely remodeled full gourmet kitchen, laundry room, two outside patio areas, a modest infinity pool, and a stone BBQ (boogie boards, beach chairs, beach and pool towels, a cooler, a telescope and monkey-finding rubber boots are in the the bedroom closets). Listen to the waves crashing on the shore from bed as you awake to howler monkeys calling in the trees. The jungle is right outside the door. Take a walk and see all the wonders you expect from Costa Rica.

The house is an easy 2-wheel accessible drive from the main road with a wide, short maintained road leading to the house. This should not be underestimated. Most homes in the area take a 4x4 long drive up a steep, single lane, winding road taking up to 20 minutes from the main road, especially difficult at night. There will be no anxiety driving to this house.

This is not a resort town. It is an agrarian area with beautiful farms and unspoiled beaches and jungle. It is a place to explore and discover. It will excite your inner adventurer.

It is a beautiful 3-3.5 hour drive out to Osa (famous for wildlife). We are in the Bahia Ballena national park. I suggest guests stop at crocodile bridge along the way to see wild large crocodiles. I have lunch places to recommend along the coast as well. The roads are good but there are occasional tractors serving the palm oil business that can slow you down. You can fly Sansa or Nature into Quepos from San Jose. It is a 25 minute flight then only a 45 minute drive down the coast. 80% drive from San Jose and 20% fly into Quepos. You can rent a car in either location. I have lots of recommendations to share with you in terms of places to visit and my favorite restaurants.

We would love to welcome you as our guest to Casa Ballena.

Pura Vida!

More Details

Owner
Mark and Allyson Roberts
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
July 22, 2017

About Mark and Allyson Roberts

We are adventurous and new to the rental game. We are giving great rates while we are learning and getting reviews. I hope you like our home away from home. We currently live in Northern California in the redwoods in a 1934 log cabin. We live on a pond, 2 creeks and over 100 redwood trees. We are 20 minutes to the Pacific Ocean. 40 minutes from San Francisco. We like to snow ski, snorkel, dive and commune with nature.

Mark and Allyson Roberts purchased this house in 2015

Why Mark and Allyson Roberts chose Puntarenas

We love the Pacific Ocean. The view of the Bahia Ballena marine park islands is one of the best in the Southern Pacific zone of Costa Rica. We love eco-tourism. Waking to howler monkeys and seeing toucans and iguanas in the yard every day while eating breakfast is incredible. My daughter calls the home her Neverland. She loves the Scarlet Macaws and Green parrots that fly over the pool. We think easy access to adventures is important. There are steep narrow roads to most properties. Ours is a breeze by comparison. Not to underestimated as a feature. We were blown away by the foodie restaurants in the area. It is like eating in Napa or the south of France!

What makes this house unique

If you can pull yourself away from the hammocks, the pool and the view there are amazing things to explore. Snorkel at the islands in front of the house or at the whale's tale, go diving at Cano island, horseback ride to a magnificent waterfall, zipline through the jungle, go on a nature boat up the Sierpe to see amazing wildlife, rappel down waterfalls (canyoning), jump into the swimming hole below the waterfall, go deep sea fishing, kayaking in the mangroves or just walk into the primary rainforest around the house. We can help guide you to all of that and more!

Amenities

Uvita House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2153 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Large master bath featuring seating areas in the shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Rainfall showerhead, large windows looking out to the jungle
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Guest Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , High cedar ceiling, AC, jungle view
    Guest Bedroom 1 - 1 king , King can be made into 2 twins, AC, jungle view
    Master bedroom - 1 queen , High cedar ceiling, AC, see pacific ocean from bed!
  • One queen and two rooms with twin beds that can be turned into a king.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • festivals
  • forests
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
We have a hotel safe, outdoor security cameras and an alarm system should you choose to use it. We highly recommend you take advantage of these security features.

Reviews

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Amazing Whitewater View Of The Ballena Marine Preserve Islands
average rating of 5.0 based on 33 reviews
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Costa Rican paradise

  • 5 of 5

This home was amazing. The owner has thought of everything and is very responsive which is very reassuring while you are in a foreign country. You will not be disappointed with the view of the ocean or the amazing wildlife.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Amazing Service, Gorgeous Home..Everything you could ever want and more!

  • 5 of 5

From the first days of planning to our final day of our stay we couldnt have been more pleased. Mark answered every question we had in the beginning and right through our stay. He Provided so many suggestions on places to eat, things to do, beaches that were a must see. Any time we needed anything he was right there quick to respond to our needs and quick to get us in touch with Rolando as needed. Rolando was a Saint and vistited us if we needed anything at all. I want to put a lot of focus on the service here as this is the first time we have ever stayed and rented a villa through VRBO and we were not sure what to expect. Mark and Rolando were there every step of the way. Now on to the house... The house is more beautiful than the pictures could possibly portray. Every need was met right down to beach chairs, beach towels and a cooler for the beach. So many unique touches such as a beautiful table setting, fresh flowers upon our arrival, Hammocks on the patio, Indoor and outdoor dining tables. All the little touches that make a house a home, nothing was missed. Our first morning we woke to the sound of the jungle and the Howler Monkeys that continued to give us our morning wake up call each day. It was exhilerating and I felt like a child filled with excitement. We loved EVERYTHING about our stay at this Villa and hope to return. We want to recommend doing the waterfall tour with Andrew at Rancho Di Andrew. Check it out on Trip Advisor. Incredible private tour with an incredible guy. A must do while your in the area.

Thank you Mark and Rolando for making this family's dream vacation a Reality.

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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5

Could not have been more perfect!

  • 5 of 5

This was just a paradise from the first moment. We traveled with our son, daughter in law and two grandsons[ ages 2 and 5] The pool was well used by us all as the days were gloriously hot and always a bit of shade around the pool.

We loved morning and evening trips to the beach. We went on a Cano Island snorkel trip which included an amazing tour through the mangroves; highly recommend.

The views and wildlife added to the enjoyment of this lovely, clean, well laid out, beautiful home.

Mark and Allison were very helpful prior to the trip and I can't think of anything that could be improved...[ except maybe the addition of a gas bar BQ ]. hope to return .. so much to see in this area of Costa Rica and I loved the fact that there was lots to do without being too 'touristy'.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the wonderful review! By popular demand we are getting a gas BBQ to supplement the old school charcoal BBQ. Thank you again. If you ever want to come back ask me about our 2nd visit discount.
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Amazing views from this great house!

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed at this awesome house for our first vacation in Costa Rica. The four of us (2 kids) had seen pictures but were all blown away from the first moment we saw the house and view in person. The kids were in the infinity pool before we even had all the the bags out of the car and spent a majority of their hours at the house in it (When not enjoying Netflix on the flat screen that is). The house was very clean and offered everything we needed. Our morning coffee on the patio included not only an amazing ocean view but also the opportunity to watch multiple iguanas enjoying their morning in the tree in front of us. And a quick walk up the driveway gave us an incredible view of howler monkeys settling in for the hot afternoon. Its an easy trip to the beach and many area sites including waterfalls and some great restaurants.

Mark, Allyson and Rolondo (the property manager) were responsive and very helpful in making sure our vacation was going well. Mark even helped us plan a great evening out which included a sunset drink and a great dinner. As good as the view was at the restaurant he recommended - I would have to say its even better from the house!

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Best sunsets ever from this great home!

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed at this awesome house for our first vacation in Costa Rica. The four of us (2 kids) had seen pictures but were all blown away from the first moment we saw the house and view in person. The kids were in the infinity pool before we even had all the the bags out of the car and spent a majority of their hours at the house in it (When not enjoying Netflix on the flat screen that is). The house was very clean and offered everything we needed. Our morning coffee on the patio included not only an amazing ocean view but also the opportunity to watch multiple iguanas enjoying their morning in the tree in front of us. And a quick walk up the driveway gave us an incredible view of howler monkeys settling in for the hot afternoon. Its an easy trip to the beach and many area sites including waterfalls and some great restaurants.

Mark, Allyson and Rolondo (the property manager) were responsive and very helpful in making sure our vacation was going well. Mark even helped us plan a great evening out which included a sunset drink and a great dinner. As good as the view was at the restaurant he recommended - I would have to say its even better from the house!

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Great Family Trip!

  • 5 of 5

For our second trip to Costa Rica, we wanted to explore a different part of the Country, having been to the Guanacaste region the prior year. Traveling with our children (7 and 10), we ventured on a 4.5-5 hour drive south from Liberia (direct flight for us from the Midwest US), and it was well worth it. Mark (owner) has a wealth of information on the area and is very responsive. The house has a spectacular lot overlooking the pacific, beautiful trees, and is just up the hill from the main road so very accessible.Views from the house are terrific (understated per pictures) and found the house itself well kept, spacious for a family of 4, new appliances, and very clean. Making a cup of Costa Rican coffee in the morning, hearing the howlers, watching the parrots, toucans, etc fly by is a treat to wake up to. As for the Uvita/Dominical/Ojochal area, this appeared to be a less touristy area of the Country to us. The tropical hillsides, mountains and jungle meeting the Ocean are truly unique. The restaurant options are several with just a short drive and quality of food exceeded our expectations. A few of the nicer restaurants nearby have the expectation of reservations which was a surprise. Some of these restaurants are tucked back in the hillside and a little difficult to find/see the right turn in the dark, but that is part of the adventure. There are several different beaches just a short drive away, our favorite being Playa Arco, which had a short walk down to an enclosed beach with caves and great tide pools at low tide. We'd have breakfast at La Cusinga, then walk down to the beach, explore the caves and play in the surf. Late morning we'd then walk back up to the lodge where there is a small stream with river pool to cool off in. We had seen the howlers in the trees just above us one afternoon we were there. Another adventure was taking a 2 hour boat ride to Corcovado national park (from Uvita), one of the most biodiverse in the World, for a day of hiking/exploring. We saw Red Scarlet Macaws, Spider Monkeys, Howler Monkeys, Coati, old Fica trees, walking trees, a Croc, snakes, frogs, etc. We did see one Sloth thru a telescope. Our guide from Bahia Adventures was great and made sure the kids were really engaged (we did learn there is a shorter boat ride for this from a different port fyi). We also did a horseback ride on the beach thru Rancho la merced, we spotted a Sloth in the trees. Thank you to the Roberts for hosting a memorable trip!

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Quepos
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Villa Leonor
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
San Buenas Golf Resort
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Villa Leonor
Nearest Beach
0.35 Miles
Playa Bellena
Car: necessary

If you can pull yourself away from the hammocks or the telescope or the pool or the sweeping pacific ocean view there is a lot to explore in and around Marino Bellena. How about a nature mangrove boat tour up the Sierpe river; Snorkel in front of the house or at the Whales Tale.; Canyoning (repelling) down a series of waterfalls; Horseback riding on the beach; ATV riding up the creeks; ziplining through the jungle. We can point you to this and much more. Did I menton the quality of the local restaurants. We have you covered there as well!

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Rates & Availability

Uvita House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer 2017
Jun 23 2017 - Sep 3 2017
5 night minimum stay
$259
 
 
Low Season
Sep 4 2017 - Nov 5 2017
5 night minimum stay
$199
 
 
Holiday Season
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
$349
 
 
Special guest
Dec 31 2017 - Jan 13 2018
5 night minimum stay
$279
 
 
High Season 2018
Jan 14 2018 - Feb 20 2018
5 night minimum stay
$279
 
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
$259
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 13.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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