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Jungle Luxury! Stunning Whale's Tail View! Pool, Outdoor Shower, Etc.! 5-STAR!!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

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 few years 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 Bluetooth and 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 new queen bed made from indigenous woods (with a new mattress too!), 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 queen 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. We have an established relationship with the best car rental agency in CR who provides our guests with a 20% discount on a 4x4 for your trip! Ask for details!

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!

More Details

Mark and Sarah
Member since: 2012
Speaks english, spanish
Response time
Within a day
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
20 June, 2018

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 Uvita

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This place was great! It's a very lovely home with an incredible view. The pool is great and the deck is absolutely amazing! The home is wired for sound, inside and out, which was a huge plus for me. The kitchen has large counters and plenty of space for cooking large meals. (Like the 50lb Dorado we caught!). Bedrooms are spacious and the entire home is comfortable and well decorated. It's a pretty interesting drive getting to house as the road is VERY steep at points. 4 wheel drive is a plus but engine power is where it's at. Our rental car was wimpy this trip and to say the car struggled would be an understatement. The surrounding area is just plain wonderful. We've been to Costa Rica 6 times now, basically covering the entire Pacific coast and a few inland areas as well. With that being said, the Uvita/Ojochal area is our favorite. We'll be looking for something of our own someday and this is where we hope to land. In the meantime, we would not hesitate AT ALL to book this property again. It gets an A+ all the way around. Sarah, the owner, was a pleasure to work with as was her property manager. This home is perfect for a family of 4, which is us, or maybe 2-3 couples. Enjoy!
Dec 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Uvita, Costa Rica

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 9:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 35
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Please be advised that the laws in Costa Rica are such that you must have a license to operate a drone. A violation will cause loss of damage deposit.
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 ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • 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 7
  • Master Suite - 1 large double bed
    Guest Suite - 1 large double bed
    Southern Suite - 1 large double bed , 1 single bed , Bunk Bed - Twin Upper / Queen Lower
  • 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
  • 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. For stays longer than one week, weekly cleanings are required, and a $50 per cleaning charge will be charged by the Property Manager. If excessive towel usage, laundering or party cleanup is required, we reserve the right to add a surcharge to cover the cleaning expense. 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 guest use


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Jungle Luxury! Stunning Whale's Tail View! Pool, Outdoor Shower, Etc.! 5-STAR!!
average rating of 4.9375 based on 83 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We were blessed to stay 7 days at Casa Cola Ballena. It is hard to imagine something even more beautiful than these photos, but we were all happily surprised that our expectations were FAR exceeded. The view, as incredible as it looks in the photo, cannot be captured in its entirety unless in person. The landscape and position of this house make it seem like its the only one up there. It felt very private, which was exactly what we were looking for. Tons of wildlife, literally each night we discovered something new and the kids loved it. On our first drive up the mountain following Trina from town, we saw a howler monkey (and heard them every morning and evening!) We saw Coati's in the morning and evening. The toucans flew over us all day and sat on the trees and posed while we took pictures, or watched from the tree above the pool as we swam under them. The evening brought out unique bugs, lizards and even a blunt head snake! My boys were in their glory! The gorgeous home itself had all the amenities you'd expect and more making our stay very comfortable. The sound system was such a great feature. We loved having the music playing outside while we hung out around the pool, or when my husband put on some pretentious "dinner music" that played throughout the house while the chef prepared dinner one evening lol. We found the location to be excellent. So many things so close by that kept us occupied during the early part of the day and home by the afternoon and we were able to catch the amazing sunsets in the evening. I could have stayed at the Whale Tail beach ALL DAY! We arrived in the morning to see endless interesting creatures caught in the tide pools ( like eels, star fish, pufferfish!), then raced the tide back in, the waves crashing in from both sides of the tail. Then relaxed on the sand with the super warm- practically hot-water splashing us. Very, very cool! Highly suggest visiting the Uvita waterfall, minutes down the road from the house. Gather up your courage and go down the waterslide! All of us went down and lived to tell our story lol.( there is even a mini slide for the smaller ones). Sarah was an absolute gem to work with from the beginning- providing ideas, suggestions, orchestrating dinner plans etc. She was also helpful rectifying an unfortunate issue with the car rental company. We had the most memorable amazing vacation in Costa Rica and Casa Cola Ballena was a huge part of that. We will most definitely be visiting again!

  • Review Submitted: 30/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You guys are great! We absolutely loved having you at our home, and we're so glad y'all had such a wonderful time! We look forward to having you back!
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Perfect luxury home & location

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was amazing! Mark & Sarah are wonderful to deal with. I have stayed at many places using vrbo and this was one of the best. Their home is exactly as described, every creature comfort you can think of. The beds are comfortable, pool is exceptional, grounds & home are immaculate. The views from the decks & patio are wonderful. They are so helpful and quick to respond to questions. We had no idea really what to do or where to eat while there and they gave us many great suggestions! Their caretaker Trina is awesome also! We had an unfortunate issue on our first day. Our son lost his passport on the way to the house from the airport. We were unsure if it was at the airport, car rental company or the gas station that we stopped at in the middle of no where... Trina and Sarah both worked to help us track it down, since we did not speak the language or know the areas. Believe it or not they found it for us which obviously was a huge relief. I would absolutely return to their property!!!

Believe them when they say you need a 4-wheel drive vehicle to get to the home, it’s not terribly hard or scary just rough roads. But we are not city folks!

  • Review Submitted: 07/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Debbie for the lovely review! We loved having you and your family stay with us. And I'm SO glad our network was able to track down your son's passport so you could relax and enjoy paradise! Look forward to having you back!
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Shorewood, MN

Casa Cola Ballena #3025309: A most stunning expansive property overlooking the ocean below.

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 just returned from this most beautiful retreat located 1300 feet above the ocean below. We had found the accomodations and the location so perfect the previous year that we simply had to return. Sunsets viewed from the attached pool are beyond description. The house has its very own distinctive entry gate, is surrounded by extensive and lush landscaping with frequent return visits by some of the most beautiful birds native to Costa Rica. The solitude is only occasionally interspersed with the welcome offerings neighboring Howler Monkeys. The house is spacious, fully equipped, and immaculate. The grounds and the pool are carefully maintained. The available wi-fi network and related tech items make communication with the rest of the world most convenient. Trina, a most engaging and helpful neighbor was always available for the occasional question and assistance. Many of the restaurants near Uvita and along the coast offer the visitor some of the most impressive views while charging relatively little for excellent cuisine. Our experiences in Costa Rica have been extraordinarily pleasant thanks especially to the owners Mark and Sarah and their patience and willingness to answer all our questions before and during our stays in their beautiful home.

  • Review Submitted: 31/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great having you back for a second visit! It gets pretty addictive. And we're so glad you were able to share the experience this time with your family! See you again next year!
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Saint Charles

This is a lovely house, we highly recommend it.

  • 5 of 5

The view is spectacular. The house is very nice and easy to live in. The kitchen was well equipped. The only challenge is the drive up the mountain road, but they tell you to rent a four wheel drive car. We use two different personal chef service and both were great. There are so many wonderful 5 star equivalent restaurants within a 30 minute drive. OSA Thyme is one just at the bottom of the hill and my personal favorite. Trina the local property manager is super and answered all of our many questions about the area and also suggested places to eat.

  • Review Submitted: 06/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You guys were great guests to have at our home. And our two personal chefs definitely enjoyed serving it up for you!
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Perfect house in the perfect location.

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 2 adults and 3 boys age 10, 8 and 6 spent a week in this house and loved every minute. The owners helped us plan our trip and arrival. The care taker was very responsive but not over bearing. The house is very well organized and you go thru a inventory list at arrival and check out which will guarantee future renters will have a equal experience. The view from the patio and pool is world class. Costa Rica is great, Uvita is great. We enjoyed a different local restaurant each evening. Zip lining, atv tours, boat tours, water falls, beaches, all near by and great for all ages.

  • Review Submitted: 20/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you and your whole family had such an enjoyable stay at our little piece of paradise! We look forward to having you back!
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Brooklyn, New York

Complete Paradise! Stunning Views!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had an absolute blast staying at Mark and Sarah's beautiful home. When we first arrived, the sun was setting and the home and the views are absolutely spectacular. Everything in this home is designed for comfort, from the beds to the chairs, and it was very family friendly(they even bought a new pack and play for our baby Oliver to use). Sarah was very helpful in planning our excursions and she even helped us schedule in a private chef to cook for our group in the home (superb!) and a massage therapist to come give us sunset massages. She and her property manager, Trina, went above and beyond to make our stay as perfect as possible.

The amount of nature we saw from the deck was crazy. We had coffee and watched the toucans fly. It was so serene.

We can't wait to come back! Highly recommend this wonderful home:)

  • Review Submitted: 19/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You caught the Costa Rica fever! I knew you guys would absolutely love it. And we're honored to have hosted Oliver's first swimming experience! See you back soon!
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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!

There is 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.

If you don’t have it, download the WAZE app for directions while you are in town – much better and more reliable than Google Maps. There is a new "super highway" that runs from San Jose south to Jaco, at which point you'll be driving the coastline to Uvita. It's an easy road. Sometimes some construction, but an easy road. 


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Uvita, Costa Rica

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2018 Green Season
1 Sep 2018 - 16 Nov 2018
4 night minimum stay
2018 Thanksgiving
17 Nov 2018 - 26 Nov 2018
4 night minimum stay
2018-19 Holiday
8 Dec 2018 - 11 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
2018-19 High Season
12 Jan 2019 - 20 Apr 2019
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$677.25
Extra Guest per week AU$203.18
Electricity Fee AU$135.45
Property Damage Protection AU$107.01

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

Ask about our great discounts on RENTAL CARS!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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