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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 3 - 7 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.

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!

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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:
September 25, 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!


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!


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 ...
  • 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.


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Amazing Whitewater View Of The Ballena Marine Preserve Islands
average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews

Wonderful vacation - Aug. 21 to Aug. 21/August 27, 2017

  • 5 of 5

Mark and Allyson’s house was beautiful had all the amenities of a home, and the view was, well, just magnificent! The landscape was filled with beautiful tropical plants, flowers and trees; a lot of thought put into this and made it a jungle paradise!

Mornings we were greeted by toucans, parrots, butterflies and hummingbirds. We did hear the howler monkeys but were not visited by them. There are many bugs, but that is expected in the jungle area.

We did lose power one evening for about 5 hours and called Rolando, he got back to us quickly and let us know that there was a tree down and they were working on it. He was very helpful with any questions we had; your home is in good hands with him.

One evening, we were visited by the Jesus lizard “walking” across the pool, what a treat!

We had a very adventurous vacation; horseback riding at Rancho La Merced, (great staff) and awesome trail to the falls. Zip lining at Hacienda Baru, (great staff here as well) and we were lucky enough to not only see some capuchin monkeys giving us a show but also the two Sloths that my husband spotted-what a special treat! The Zip lining experience was awesome as well.

Driving was, well…most adventitious; not for the faint heart! A GPS system and a 4X4 car is a must.

We stopped at the Crocodile Bridge and WOW…that’s a lot of crocs! The Pina Coladas did hit the spot!

Had an awesome time and brought home many, many memories!

Elizabeth and Manuel

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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This Week was a Dream Come True!

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of 6 with 4 teenagers and could not have asked for a better home and location to share 10 days together! Working with Mark and Allyson was easy from the beginning and they provided us with so much great information about the area - we were able to plan our trip and itinerary easily with their suggestions. After a long day of travel and arriving to the house, Rolando welcomed us and showed us around. My kids expressions said it all - they were so happy to be here and the house was beautiful! Rolando made us feel so welcome and we knew he was there if we needed anything. We felt like we were in our own little jungle paradise, surrounded by beautiful gardens, pineapple plants, banana trees, toucans and parrots in the front trees each morning, hibiscus and other flowering plants, and howlers all around! Each day was a new adventure just walking out the door! The home was more beautiful than pictures can show and we had all the kitchen equipment we needed to make eating in easy! All the suggestions for outings and beaches were very helpful. Here are a few of our favorites: 2 local waterfalls, Villa Leonor and Playa Ballena, Playa LaVentana, PorQue No restaurant, Sibu Coffee shop, local farmers market on Saturdays, eating fresh mangos and pineapples and lychee, Jolly Roger restaurant and bands on Wednesday nights, Bahia Ballena Kayak Tours and Snorkeling trip to Cano Island (ask for Carlos!), Quepos Fishing Adventures for inshore and offshore fishing, and visiting Playa Hermosa on our way back to San Jose to watch some surfing! Of all the things we did we always looked forward to coming back to the house to unwind, cool off in the pool, and just listen to the jungle around us. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this home and would go back in a heartbeat! Thank you Mark and Allyson for an amazing family vacation!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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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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
  • Source: HomeAway
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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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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.

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