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Mark and Sarah

Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks english, spanish

Stunning Whale's Tail View! Pool, Deck, Outdoor Shower, All Amenities, 5 Star!

59 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 6 nights


Photos and Description of this Bahía Ballena holiday house

3 Bed, 3.5 Bath, Sleeps 6-8

The Costa Ballena, or Whale's Coast, is one of the coolest spots in Costa Rica. This beautiful home features the best view of the Whale's Tail in the Southern Zone and enjoys continuous fresh breezes. In addition to the awe-inspiring view, the benefits of being up in the mountains include a microclimate that is about 10 degrees cooler than in town and on the beach, and few biting insects, as we are above the "bugline". You will be serenaded daily by a wide variety of birds, monkeys and rainforest critters. Open the doors wide and enjoy indoor/ outdoor living with the best view of the Whale's Tail!

Situated 10 minutes above Uvita, this 3000 sf home has 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a pool, large deck and a luxurious outdoor shower. Enjoy the best view in the world while taking an outdoor shower by the pool!

The home comes fully furnished with a fully-appointed and remodeled kitchen. You'll love the new granite counter-tops and farm house sink! Our water is spring-fed, passes through a multi-point filtration system, and is wonderful!

In the last year since we've owned our home in paradise, we've made HUGE improvements! Fresh paint inside and out. New and upgraded furnishings throughout. All new tropical linens. Freshly landscaped pool area with wonderful nighttime lighting. Lots of creature comforts to enjoy!

Amenities include: 4MB WiFi Internet, 40" Samsung TV with AppleTV, NetFlix, whole house music system with USB port, indoor and outdoor dining areas.

A new VOIP phone with unlimited FREE calls to the USA and Canada is also available for your stay! (forward your phones to this line!) Also, a prepaid cell phone for local calls will be provided to you when you check in.

The Master Suite has a queen bed, dual sinks, toilet, shower and spa tub. The Guest Suite has a queen sized bed, dual sinks, toilet and shower. The Southern Bedroom has a bunk bed with a full on bottom and a twin on top, dual sinks, toilet and shower. The half bath has a sink and toilet.

Getting to the house will require 4 wheel drive car. Ask about the 20% DISCOUNTS of 4x4 rental cars for our clients!

Home has a security gate with motion detector lighting.

Your concierge Trina will meet you in town and escort you to the home for your welcome tour. Trina and her husband Don speak English and will be available to show you how to get to the house and help answer any questions. They can also assist to bring supplies, book tours, etc.

Chefs are available to prepare personalized meals upon request for an additional charge. In-room massage therapy can be coordinated through the property manager.

The home will be beautifully cleaned and appointed immediately prior to your stay and following your departure. If you would like additional housekeeping services during your stay, please coordinate through the property manager.

There are a wide array of fun tour activities and beaches all within a 20-minute drive. There is an amazing waterfall with a bar and restaurant just 5 minutes down the road. We have all kinds of beaches, from beginner to expert surf beaches, cave beaches, and kid-friendly beaches all within a short drive.

The kitchen was newly remodeled in May 2013. The washing machine, fridge, and dishwasher were just replaced in October 2014. A new clothes dryer was added in June 2016. A new Trex Yoga deck was installed November 2014. And the entire pool lounge area was re-landscaped in mid-2016 for the ultimate tropical experience at home!

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  • Groups
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Mark and Sarah (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks english, spanish

About Mark and Sarah

We fell in love with Costa Rica and, specifically, the Ballena coast, when we came here to marry in 2013. We had a spectacular view of the Whale's Tail as our backdrop! When we first came to Casa Cola Ballena ourselves we were awestruck, and set on a path to call it our new home!

We are honored that Kevin and Mary, who lovingly built this gorgeous home, have shared this gem for our family's turn at enjoying the magic of the view, the ambiance of the jungle, and the amazing community that makes it all so special. We look forward to sharing our home with you so that you can experience the ultimate in Costa Rica living.

Mark and Sarah purchased this house in 2015

Why Mark and Sarah chose Puntarenas

For those of you who have stayed at Casa Cola Ballena in the past, you'll be delighted with the upgrades we have brought to our new home! The home itself, the nature that surrounds, and the incredible views remain awesome! We have upgraded all the bed linens to a Tommy Bahama-esq look, and upgraded the "creature comforts" such as Netflix streaming and internet connectivity in the event you need to stay better connected with your home base while escaping in the jungle!

What makes this house unique

Luxury Jungle Living....This house provides a great way to be in an adventurous area with all the fun things to do in the rainforest and at the beach. After a long hard day of surfing, ziplining, ATV's, fishing, or horses, there is nothing better than getting up to the house, where it is a little cooler, jumping in the pool, and living in luxury in the Jungle. It's like getting away from it all, but still coming home to a well appointed home with all the modern amenities.


based on 59 traveller reviews

Stunning Whale's Tail View! Pool, Deck, Outdoor Shower, All Amenities, 5 Star!
average rating of 4.915254 based on 59 reviews

What a Wonderful Stay we had!

  • 5 of 5

The property is well taken care of. They had everything you could imagine and then some, the kitchen had every you needed. They have books and games that we enjoyed. Movies, Internet, Telephone (so you could call home), a local cell phone to use. We just loved the outdoor shower and really enjoyed the pool. The view and the surroundings had us in awe the whole 8 days we were there. Another thing that impressed our family was that they had a house book with recommended places to go and places to eat. The view of the Whale's Tail was pretty awesome and we liked how they have a whale's tail by the pool, entry gate, and on the wall in the front, can't forget the master bedroom downstairs. Pretty awesome having 3 master suites with one of them being downstairs. Our overall trip was awesome thanks to some well thought out ideas from Mark & Sarah.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing! Breathtaking!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Cola Bellena was everything hoped for plus! The house was beautiful and the view was so much more than words can describe. Mark and Sarah have done a fabulous job with this house. Sarah was always willing to answer my many questions and gave us very helpful tips. Trina and Don, their property managers, were also kind and helpful. Uvita is an amazing little coastal town with great food, lots of exciting adventures and very sweet people. We got up to a beautiful sunrise every morning along with all the sounds of the birds and howler monkeys. Our favorite excursion was the Jungle ATV tour. It was amazing and definitely worth the time and money. Our week in Costa Rica was an unforgettable experience. Thank you Mark and Sarah for sharing your home with our family. On our next trip, we hope to bring new people that will fall in love with the view and Uvita like we did. Highly recommend Casa Cola Bellena.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful holiday home

  • 5 of 5

We were so impressed by the view from the deck and the overall convenience and appearance of the house. It's spacious inside and outside and it comes with all conveniences you could ask for. The house is well maintained and some minor things were immediately dealt with. The drive up the hill was not great, but with a 4WD even in the rainy season we didn't have any problems. The view is well worth it and the feeling of privacy is fantastic. We saw a toucan family in a tree close to the lovely pool and had a regular visitor in the form of a pizote. It was lovely to meet Sander from the property down below as well as Trina, who couldn't have been friendlier.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Pedro

Everything You Wanted and More!

  • 5 of 5

We were not disappointed, as a matter of fact we were all amazed beyond our imagination. Case Ballena was better than advertised and was nestled perfectly in the mountains for an amazing. Trina welcomed us with open arms and led us up the scenic mountain which definitely needs the 4X4. The first time up was interesting and after that it became second nature.

As a family of 6, we had plenty of room and the kids enjoyed the pool at all times of the day. I don't know how we will beat the accommodations of this house or the view. I definitely recommend Casa Cola Ballena for all.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house with an unforgettable view

  • 5 of 5

It's difficult to describe the view from this mountain home. We got there in after sunset so we were not able to appreciate the grandeur until we woke up the next morning. Many of the other reviews mention the drive up the mountain as being difficult, but if you have a four wheel drive it really is no problem and it actually adds to the experience. The house was well finished and well maintained. Trina was very helpful and very friendly.

This house is perfect for those wanting to do some adventure vacationing while having a peaceful respite to return to in the evening. The town of Uvita has everything you could want, including grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, restaurants, outfitters, etc. and is a 10 minute drive down the mountain. Wildlife lovers will also love the place as we were constantly being visited by toucans, aracari, hummingbirds, and the local pizote my kids named Jo Jo. We heard howler monkeys every day and although on two different occasions they were fairly close to the house, we did not see any.

While we loved going on daily excursions to the zipline, the waterfall at the base of the mountain, or whale watching, but we were equally happy to get back to the house. It was great watching the kids have a blast in the pool while my wife an I relaxed with a few cocktails in the cool of the evening.

Great trip and would definitely recommend to anyone interested in visiting this part of Costa Rica!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Picture Perfect!!!

  • 5 of 5

Must say that our family's second trip to Costa Rica was fabulous. Whales Tail (Casa Cola Ballena) was better than advertised. Arrived on a Monday evening after a long (3 hrs) drive in from San Jose. Trina meet us at the BCR (can't miss) and drove us up to the house. Had a few minutes to gather some groceries which was a plus. The drive up to the house was approx 4km, but the terrain was crazy...definitely need 4x4 automobile. We rented a car from Adobe (referred by Mark and Sarah) and they gave us a great rate. Anyway, the drive up to the house is kind of hard to explain. At night (in the rain) is interesting, following Trina up the mountain is crazy, during the day not so bad, great views, but rough on the old suspension/tires. Arrived at the house and it was absolutely amazing. The grounds were meticulous, pool, deck, outdoor shower, landscaping, and outdoor furniture all looked like they were out of a Southern Living magazine, just perfect! The house was so beautiful. Pictures don't do it justice. The three bedrooms were perfect for our group (7). The kitchen and indoor living spaces were so nice, even though we spent most of our time outside on the yoga deck enjoying the views and pool. Some of the amenities in the house included washer & dryer, internet (apple) tv, whole house stereo (Bluetooth), pool floats, mask/fins, plenty of beach towels, etc… The house comes with a local cellphone which was great. We probably texted Trina a dozen times asking her for suggestions (food, activities, sights) and she was very generous to make herself available for our questions. This trip was very special because one of our daughters got engaged. We surprised her by flying in her boyfriend midweek and he proposed to her outside by the pool. We let Mark and Sarah in on the secret about two months prior and they arranged a special dinner that evening at the house. Sarah had a local chef come in and prepare a traditional meal with fish and chicken (and wine) that was just perfect. Our week in Costa Rica was one we will never forget. Everything was just so wonderful and we are so thankful to Mark and Sarah for letting us stay at their home.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Kilometres
Catarata De Uvita
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
San Buenas
Nearest Motorway
3.5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Kilometres
Catarata De Uvita
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Bahia Ballena
Car: necessary

The Costa Ballena, of Whale's Coast, is one of the coolest spots in Costa Rica. Where Pura Vida is still alive and well, and a wonderful community. In addition to boat tours to see whales and dolphins, we have inshore and deep sea fishing, ATV tours, Ultralight Tours, Waterfalls and Waterfall repelling, Ziplines, Horseback Riding on the beach or in the mountains, and much more!


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Bahía Ballena, Costa Rica

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2016 Green Season
6 Aug 2016 - 12 Nov 2016
4 night minimum stay
2016-17 Holiday
17 Dec 2016 - 14 Jan 2017
6 night minimum stay
2017 High Season
15 Jan 2017 - 15 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
2017 Green Season
5 Aug 2017 - 11 Nov 2017
4 night minimum stay
2017-18 Holiday
16 Dec 2017 - 13 Jan 2018
6 night minimum stay
2018 High Season
14 Jan 2018 - 14 Apr 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection A$104
Electricity Fee A$132

Taxes Not Included.
Pre-check in cleaning Included. Mid-stay cleanings available for an extra charge.

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Bahía Ballena, Costa Rica

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Town
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • soap
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage ...
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • mobile phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower enclosure , jacuzzi
    Guest Bath - toilet , shower enclosure
    Southern Bath - toilet , shower enclosure
    Powder Room - toilet
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower , Teak shower (w/ sliding enclosure if desired!) by MB & pool
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Suite - 1 large double bed
    Guest Suite - 1 large double bed
    Southern Suite - 1 double bed , 1 single bed , Bunk Bed - Twin Upper / Double Lower
  • All new bedroom linens in September 2015!
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • MP3 Dock
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Crow's Nest
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Veranda / Loggia ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Terrace
  • wooden decking
  • Groups
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Check-in Time: 3:00 pm Check-out Time: 9:00 am to allow adequate timing for cleaning between stays. Contact us with your needs and we can be flexible if we have cushion in timing. The house will be beautifully cleaned and appointed before your arrival and following your departure. If you would like additional housekeeping services during your stay, please discuss with Trina, our property manager, in advance. Chefs can be provided to prepare and serve meals for an additional cost -- menus, timing and pricing can be arranged upon check-in with the property manager. In-room massage therapy can be arranged through the property manager. The third story and the garage will NOT be available for guests. A pre paid cell phone will be provided for convenience. Land line with free calls to the US and Canada provided. Beach towels provided. Please do not bring bath towels to the beach. Please smoke outside only. No dogs or cats allowed inside.