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. 5 islands are visible from our home. I don't now of anyone else that can boast that!
We would love to welcome you as our guest to Casa Ballena.
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.