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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 4 - 10 nights


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.

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

Pura Vida!


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 can also have a driver pick you up at the airport and drive you over to Uvita to rent your car. Lots of options. I have lots of recommendations to share with you in terms of places to visit and my favorite restaurants.

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Uvita House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
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
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • 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 ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • 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 also have an outdoor shower!


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average rating of 4.9761906 based on 42 reviews
Manchester England

Fabulous Veiw

  • 5 of 5

We have just retuned home to the UK from a fantastic two weeks stay in Mark and Allyson villa, our first visit to Costa Rica. The villa and the grounds are wonderful everything you need is provided. We awoke every morning to the sound of howler monkeys and visits from toucans, parrots, humming birds, woodpeckers, not forgetting the agouti who visits the side garden every morning and evening eating the plantain. We will never forget amazing view of the Pacific Ocean and the sunsets.

Mark is a fantastic host and provides you with lots of information of places to visit and eat. We visited many restaurants recommended by Mark, our favourite Ballena Bistro very close to the villa for lunch. The Costa Rican people are very friendly and always happy to help.

Thank you Mark and Allyson for letting us stay in your wonderful home. We will never forget it.

Pura Vida!

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Welcome to Paradise

  • 4 of 5

Wonderful Home. Well equipped. Mannifecent view! Lots to see and do if you are athletic.( we are in our 70,s and found it challenging) Mark the host goes out of his way to make sure all is well and provides loads of information on the area. You cannot go wrong renting this home.

Marilyn and Doug Seagrim

Hudson,, Quebec Canada

January, 2018

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing with incredible views!!!

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have asked for a better first visit to Costa Rica!! Mark totally prepares you for your visit with all information you need. Mark and Allyson's home is so comfortable and has amazing views of the ocean and flora and animal life. The pool was also perfect for us! After a long day hiking I can't think of a better treat! We had four adults but it could comfortably fit six. It was very clean and well equipped!! The only thing you need are clothes and sunscreen. It is very convenient to Uvita and surrounding beaches. There is so much to do close by I could go on forever!! As we were leaving we were already talking about what we want to do on our next visit!!! You won't be disappointed. Pura Vida!

  • Submitted: Dec 24, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beyond Exceptional!

  • 5 of 5

I always dreamt of taken my entire family to Costa Rica. I did not want to stay in a typical commercialized resort hotel with tons of tourist. I wanted to experience a beautiful safe rental home that would provided a true taste of Costa Rica and all the glorious beauty it has to offer. After first contacting Mark I new I had to make it happen and do whatever it took to stay at his home. From the start Mark was extremely sincere and helpful. He provided amazing tips from the moment we landed which included transportation, excursions, and places to enjoy wonderful meals. His knowledge and overall suggestions helped create an extraordinary experience that exceeded our expectations. His home is gorgeous, and so inviting! The view is breathtaking. We could not stop taking pictures of the sunsets reflecting off the ocean everyday from the patio! The home is so clean, beautifully designed and has everything that is needed to enjoy a memorable vacation.

Thank you Mark and Allyson for opening up your gorgeous home and allowing people to create a dream vacation to cherish for a lifetime. We will always be grateful and highly recommend you to everyone! If I can give more than 5 stars I would 100times! Pura Vida!

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Bay Area, CA

Over the top AMAZING!! Hope to visit again!

  • 5 of 5

I'll keep my review simple...this house, location and the hosts are all AMAZING!! This has to be one of the best house rentals we've ever experienced (and we've stayed at many across multiple countries). We stayed with a family of 5 (2 adults, 3 kids) and had such a spectacular time we debated never going home (no joke). The property is stunning; it has every amenity you could wish for. Mark's detailed instructions, summaries and recommendations for food/recreation in the area were spot on and so helpful. Rolando, the house manager on site, was brilliant to work with and super responsive to any inquiry. The grounds were immaculate; we birded from the patio (toucans, macaws, etc.) every morning with delicious coffee and enjoyed the views of the pacific. We loved listening to the howler monkeys each morning and laughed at the Jesus lizard splashing in the pool. We even had a best "pet"; a red-winged grasshopper visit each day. The house is stocked with boogie boards, beach chairs and towels for the local beaches (gorgeous). Seriously Mark has thought of everything you could possibly need for a perfect vacation and it was a pleasure to get to visit this beautiful area and home. I sincerely hope that one day soon we can return and do it all over again!! Thanks so much with sharing this beautiful location; we really learned what Pura Vida means here!

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Clarksville, TN

Breath Taking!

  • 5 of 5

There is so much I can say about this experience, the property and the owners.

This was the most amazing vacation we have ever had!!!

Mark warned me up front that we were coming during the Rainy season and wanted to be honest with me. I truly appreciated that but we wanted to visit during the whale season.

From the day we stepped off the plane until the day we left, the weather was perfect.

The house had all the amenities that were listed and the view was spectacular.

All details of excursions, the nearby towns, restaurants etc., were nicely laid out in a bound book and it truly made it convenient when deciding what we wanted to do for the day.

Every morning we sat on the back patio and watched the iguanas up in the tree, macaws flying around and listening to the sounds of the howler monkeys.

All the locals were very friendly! We met several Americans that owned restaurants in the area and they were helpful as well for information.

To have the rainforest at your backyard and the ocean view as your front view was something out of a dream!!

Thank you Mark and Allyson for a lovely home and for providing so much information to make this vacation a truly memorable experience!!!!!

We highly recommend this house and hope to visit again!!!!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mark and Allyson Roberts
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2018

About Mark and Allyson Roberts

We are adventurous and love creating memorable travel experiences for couples, families and friends. 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 Uvita

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!


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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $500

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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