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Amazing Whitewater View Of The Ballena Marine Preserve Islands

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,153 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 25 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Private Pool
  • children welcome


About the property

3 bedroom, 2 bathroom with easy access to all attractions. 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.

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

Pura Vida!

More Details

Mark and Allyson Roberts
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 27, 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 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. 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!


Bahía Ballena House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2153 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • 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
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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(25 traveler reviews)

Amazing Whitewater View Of The Ballena Marine Preserve Islands
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews

Pura Vida! Fantastic view, all the comforts, beautiful home.

  • 5 of 5

Very beautiful and comfortable home overlooking the ocean. Close to Uvita, while not too close. Mark does a great job answering questions and providing a very helpful guide that allowed us to plan our trip. Waterfalls, canyoning, kayaking, many beaches, and restaurants were close by. Zipline was only a short drive away. If you want to do your own cooking, home is well prepared and set up for you. We cooked breakfast daily and enjoyed many of excellent restaurants for dinner. Boogie boards and beach towels at the house were a great bonus. Plenty of towels, washer, dryer, and other essentials were provided. We enjoyed Uvita because it had the outdoor options with much smaller crowds than some of the other Cost Rica beach towns.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our trip exceeded all our expectations. Definitely recommend!!

  • 5 of 5

We recently rented this lovely home for our Costa Rican adventure. There were 3 couples and we stayed 10 days. From the beginning of our planning we received lots of recommendations from Mark and Allyson on car rental, restaurants and tours. All were exceptional. From the moment we entered the house we knew we had made the right decision. 3 spacious bedrooms, well appointed kitchen and absolutely spotless. Stepping out onto the large patio we were greeted by beautiful vistas of ocean views and tropical jungle landscape. Tropical birds and howler monkeys were the backdrop to our paradise for the next 10 days. We enjoyed all our meals outside and spent many hours lounging in pool and hammocks.

An information book compiled by owners was available and covered everything from recommended restaurants, activities, beaches and tours. We swam in the ocean, rode ATVs through the jungle, went on a riverboat mango tour, and a whale watching and snorkelling boat trip. Total relaxation and much fun and laughter. We loved trying different restaurants and to our surprise found a delightful pub the Jolly Roger at the end of a gravel road that we truly believed went no where. Live music, some dancing and the best ever chicken wings was a great last night to a holiday we will never forget.

All questions or concerns were always answered promptly and in detail by Mark.

Thanks Mark and Allyson!!

Mick and Di, Kevin and Bernice, Ken and Bonnie.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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naples, FL

A great place for family and friends to experience something new, fun, and gorgeous.

  • 5 of 5

Our experience mirrors others....great wide-open space, perfect for 5 or 6 people.

Commanding daily poolside view of the Pacific. Host-Mark was outstanding and his man on the ground in Uvita (Rolando) is available if needed.

Great food/restaurant options all within 2 to 30 minutes.

Good idea to visit Costa Rica; it may become a needed exit strategy if 45/his crew are around much longer.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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San Jose

Fabulous home in Uvita

  • 5 of 5

Pictures just do not do justice to this beautiful home! It is magnificent inside and out. After spending three weeks in Costa Rica and staying at four homes, hands down this out-shined all others. Spotlessly clean, great kitchen supplies (including dish towels - other places did not!) View is magnificent. Swimming pool also spotless. If I could rate more than 5 stars - I would! We will be going back - and with friends and family - and we will be staying here!

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
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Beautiful home in a beautiful area

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from 11 days at Mark & Allyson's beautiful home above Playa Bellena. We enjoyed every moment of our stay in the gorgeous Southern Pacific Costa Rican coastal area. The house is gorgeous with beautiful furnishings, comfortable beds, and clean bathrooms. The kitchen is well-equipped and clean. The pool is perfect to cool off or refresh. We did a lot of exploring around the area during our stay and enjoyed many activities including the Jungle ATV, Costa Canyoning, Osa Canopy Tours, the Alturra Wildlife Sanctuary, Dominical, Casa de la Artiste, the Osa Peninsula, the Dolphin/Whale Watching tours, Playa Bellena, Playa Pinuela, Playa Arco, La Cusinga Hotel, Ojochal, the whale's tail, many waterfalls and restaurants, and lots and lots of wildlife.

Mark was an excellent home owner, providing us with lots of information prior to our trip and connecting us with Rolando in Uvita once we arrived. Rolando was helpful, and it was good to have a local contact in case we needed one. Fortunately we didn't, but our minds were at ease knowing someone was there!

We have visited Costa Rica before and stayed in Tama-gringo (Tamarindo) and much prefer the less-touristy Southern Pacific coast. We can't recommend Mark's home enough - if you're looking for a low stress, off the grid vacation in a gorgeous setting, rent this home.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Honeymoon in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

My Husband and I had the honor of spending our Honeymoon at Mark and Allyson's home in Uvita. The moment we arrived we knew we made a great choice. The house is very private, spacious, and surrounded by the beauty of what is Costa Rica's Wildlife. Every morning we heard howler monkeys down by the beach. In the afternoon we were visited by many toucans and Iguanas. Mark and Allyson had a guide that they emailed out to us prior to our departure to Costa Rica! It was an amazing guide! They had great restaurants, beaches, excursions, and the best contacts. Thank you so much to Mark and Allyson for all the great information and a wonderful rental. We will definitely be back in the future!

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
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!


Rates & Availability

Bahía Ballena House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Easter 2017
Apr 8 2017 - Apr 17 2017
6 night minimum stay
High Season Intro
Apr 18 2017 - May 26 2017
5 night minimum stay
Sara Fox Research
May 27 2017 - Jun 22 2017
25 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 23 2017 - Sep 3 2017
5 night minimum stay
Low Season
Sep 4 2017 - Nov 5 2017
5 night minimum stay
Holiday Season
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Special guest
Dec 31 2017 - Jan 13 2018
5 night minimum stay
High Season 2018
Jan 14 2018 - Mar 31 2018
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

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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