|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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.
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
Very Private with Great Jungle and Ocean views with wonderful sunsets all season. Great bird and animal watching.
on a large private gated estate with its own Jungle. View of the jungle canopy from the balcony!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.