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Robin Urban

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
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Casa Rana Verde 2 Ocean View Jungle Canopy Studio

7 Reviews
Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Overview

Central Valley - San Jose Apartment Rental Photos and Description

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2

Situated on a Private Gated hilltop Estate this studio apartment is the second apartment on site. Wildlife abounds in this Canopy jungle setting. The apt. includes a kitchenette with fantastic Ocean, Jungle and Sunset views, from the balcony. 2wd drive access only 2 minutes from the coast highway. French, Italian and Indonesian restaurants within walking distance. Some of the worlds best beaches are just minutes away, Dominical and Uvita for surfing, Ventanas Sea Caves and Rio Terraba for mangrove Kayaking. Horseback jungle and beach Safaris. Whale watching at Ballena National Park just 10 min. away. Apartment includes free daily access to Ballena park through the shared condo the Ballena Beach Club with bar restaurant and two pools. The Costena sur mountain range which runs parallel to the coast are an imposing site with its primary rain forest. Waterfalls abound here and repelling them a new sport. River raft and visit the Indigenous Boruca tribe.

The Mysterious Sheres of the Diquis Delta are only minutes away.

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Robin Urban (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish

About Robin Urban

Gringos living seasonally in Ojochal for over 20 years One of the first pioneers here. Considerable knowledge of the area and a good resource for information.

Robin Urban purchased this apartment in 1994

Why Robin Urban chose Central Valley - San Jose

Very Private with Great Jungle and Ocean views with wonderful sunsets all season. Great bird and animal watching.

What makes this apartment unique

on a large private gated estate with its own Jungle. View of the jungle canopy from the balcony!

Reviews

4.4
based on 7 traveler reviews

Casa Rana Verde 2 Ocean View Jungle Canopy Studio
average rating of 4.428571 based on 7 reviews
Graniate Falls, NC
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Failed Expectaions

  • 2 of 5

The Casa Rana studio could have been a nice value-priced Costa Ballena option, but it delivered a long list of misses that outweigh the positives, like its location and the beach club privileges.

The studio failed to deliver some key creature comforts:

For the first 3 days there was no hot water in the bathroom. Facing a cold shower and shave each morning made me dread getting out of bed. Finally, after repeated complaints, the property manager was able to get the hot water working.

There were no ice trays in the mini fridge, so having a nice cool iced drink was not an option, and there was no cutting board in the kitchenette, so slicing fruit, or anything, was a problem.

There were no hand towels, wash cloths or dish towels in the studio.

There were no clothing drawers or shelves to unpack, leaving me to live out of my suitcase for 9 days.

There was no outlet in the hole in the wall under the night table, so I had to charge my phone across the room and stumble around to shut off my alarm each morning.

The studio was as dimly lit as a cheap pick-up bar. It was so dark that I could not read the indicators on the ceiling fans or

on the AC remote.The balcony, which would have been a nice place to sit and read, had only one functioning pendant light that barely illuminated a small spot on the counter top. I prepared a light meal one evening by the light of my iphone flashlight.

There were no entertainment options: no TV; no radio; not even any reading material (did I mention it was too dark to read anyway). In a place that gets pitch dark by 6:00 PM, offering some nighttime entertainment options is more than a nicety.

Although other than the Property Manager, I was the only paying guest, there were always 3-4 vehicles parked onsite, leaving me to park in the space that literally hung over the hillside. This was probably more frightening than dangerous, but when I parked than on arrival, I mistakenly backed in and while removing my luggage, my carry-on slid out and rolled 30 feet down the hill. I was able to delicately climb down and back to retrieve it, but every time I parked I faced the image of me and my car rolling down the hill.

Recommendations to the owner:

Install some higher wattage bulbs and maybe even add a lamp or two;

Purchase some ice trays and a cutting board for the kitchen;

Expand your linens to include some hand towels, dish towels and wash cloths;

Add some clothing drawers or shelves;

Move 1 car.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Renter was belligerent from arrival and wanted to leave negative feedback.. When renters do not communicate about issues there is no way they can be resolved? Dave never mentioned any concerns during his visit only in his review. This is very unfair and renters should be aware of renting to these types of individuals. Many items he stated were absolutely false. Clothes storage space is ample. plugs available and hot water on demand We run a great place and feel very abused by this guest. Please see other reviews and then decide for yourself.
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4

A quiet retreat minutes away from amazing beaches

  • 4 of 5

This an amazing property with very knowledgeable and friendly hosts. We could wake up each morning to the sound of wildlife and a most remarkable view.

Robin and Helen were most helpful in giving us hints of where to go, local history and pointer of what to do and what to be aware of. Thanks Robin and Helen for a great part of our journey however we will have to stop by again and take Helen up on her remarks regarding her cribbage skills.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. Please tell us what we needed to do to get a five star rating from you? Thanks Robin and Helen
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5

Casa Rana Verde

  • 5 of 5

Awesome place! Great views of the rainforest and ocean, and different wildlife! Great local food! The housekeeper provided us with fresh local fruits everyday. And also gave us a good idea of where to go for local beaches and sights to see.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Nice place with ocean views

  • 5 of 5

We spend 5 days here and really enjoy it. Robin is a member of a club on beach where we went every day for free for a nice and safe location to park the car, have a drink, enjoy a meal, go swimming with a beautiful sunset. Good AC and private pool. All is perfect. Thanks Robin.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fabulous Host and Great Value

  • 5 of 5

Great place for couples who enjoy privacy and ability to have quick simple breakfast! And if you need help getting organized and where to go and what to see, Robin is the best. Always takes the time to guide you and provides sound excellent touring guidance.

The room is simple, bed is comfortable and the view is fantastic. Can hear the ocean at high tide and watch some pretty special sunsets. My hubby and I had a great time!

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: that guys for the feed back and you were great guests
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Nice place in Ojochal

  • 5 of 5

Very nice, comfortable and clean place. Robin the owner brought us warm bread, fruit and coffee when we arrived which we enjoyed. The owners were very friendly and helpful with finding sites nearby. The beach club was nice access to a beautiful beach. We enjoyed our stay there.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thanks for the nice review hope you can come back soon!
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Map

Nearest Airport
25 Miles
PALMAR SUR
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
guarana
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
San Buenas
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
COSTANERA
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
mama and Papas
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
TORTUGA
Car: recommended

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Rates & Availability

Ojochal Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
festival
Feb 22 2017 - Feb 28 2017
5 night minimum stay
$150
$1,000
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$100
$600
$2,250
 

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Central Valley - San Jose Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Garage
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
Entertainment:
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting

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