|Minimum Stay||5 - 25 nights|
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
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!
We booked this property for our 2016 US Thanksgiving Holiday. It is a very beautiful property with amazing ocean views. We enjoyed watching the waves from the patio every day. The house is fully stocked with towels, sheets and a well stocked kitchen if you chose to cook. Mark provided us with excellent restaurant suggestions that did not disappoint. Our favorite local restaurants were Azul and Cafe Bellena. Also, his suggestions for outdoor activities were very helpful. The house is centrally located and close to the local market and coffee shop, yet you are still far enough away that you can really feel like you can disconnect. There is plenty to do if you choose to go out and you will be very comfortable if you choose to stay in and swim in the pool or lounge on the patio furniture or the hammocks provided for your relaxation.
Monica & Jim Penrose
We recently traveled to Costa Rica for our very first time. Three couples, a total of 6 people.
I am so glad we chose to rent this property.
The home was beautiful, very clean and comfortable.
Waking up to the sounds of the jungle the first morning in the home was amazing. We were all excited that we truly were in the middle of the jungle. The sounds of the Howler Monkeys confirmed this.
The home was exactly as described.
The views off the patio were breathtaking.
The best part of renting this property was the owners Mark and Allison. Mark went above and beyond to make sure everything about our trip was perfect.
Mark spent a lot of time emailing helpful information and answering questions we had about the area and things to do before and during our trip. He even took time out to skype with me before we left for our trip to answer any last minute questions.
We took a lot of the suggestions Mark and Allison recommended and all of them were perfect from tours to restaurants.
Our favorite restaurant was Exotica. Great place for an amazing dinner with a great romantic atmosphere.
I would recommend this property over and over again.
We can't wait to return to beautiful Costa Rica.
It was a great vacation!!!!
This house is gorgeous and very comfortable. We were close to all the beaches and activities. We did hear the howlers on the last day and saw them right off the pool area which was exciting. Not to mention three separate rainbows that morning. As far as any improvements, I can't think of one. The home was beautiful, the view was spectacular and the location was perfect.
The view is a dream, especially at cocktails time when the sun sets.
The house is very comfortable ,easy to find and convenient to all the beaches and restaurants. We will certainly come back for our family get together next Christmas.
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!
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.