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Rainforest Studio Casita/Cabin - Ocean, Islands & Jungle Views

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Last updated: 04/30/2015
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  • Minimum stay:6-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Casita Kristina Maria is a 515 sq. ft. studio cabin (including the deck) nestled on 3.75 acres in the rainforest overlooking Marino Ballena National Park in Bahia Ballena. Located a few minutes south of the town of Uvita in a gated wildlife reserve with 100+ acres of natural rainforest. The panoramic views of the ocean, Isla Ballena, Cano Island, Tres Hermanas (Three Sisters rocks), and the rainforest will take your breath away!

Built in 2007, Casita Kristina Maria is furnished with locally crafted bamboo furniture including a queen size bed with a pillowtop mattress and bamboo headboard, a kitchen table with 3 chairs, 2 arm chairs in the sitting area, night stands, a bamboo wardrobe armoire, and 2 adirondak deck chairs.

The kitchenette has a stainless steel electric range/oven and refrigerator, a stainless steel sink, granite counters, a coffee maker, toaster, blender, microwave, tropical design dishes and utensils, and pots and pans.

The bathroom features a tiled shower, bamboo framed mirror, a marble vanity, a ceiling fan, and a window looking out to the rainforest.

Other features include ceiling fans (4 interior and 3 exterior fans), wireless internet, and a covered deck on two sides of the casita. Bedding, linens, towels, and 2 beach chairs are provided.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of nature, including howler monkeys, white-faced capuchin monkeys, white-nosed coati mundis (racoon family), agoutis, toucans, parrots, and many other exotic birds, beautiful butterflies including the spectacular blue morpho, frogs, and other jungle wildlife.

Hike to nearby waterfalls, streams and cascades in the gated reserve.

Relax as you sit in an adirondack chair on the covered deck while enjoying phenomenal views of the ocean, islands, and rainforest in a lush and private setting.

Minutes to beautiful tropical beaches where the jungle meets the shore, and the ocean temperatures range from 80-85 degrees year round!

Ballena Beach Club access is included in this rental. Ballena Beach Club has a restaurant, swimming pool, bar, restrooms, beach parking, and a private access to the beach (Playa Ballena in Marino Ballena National Park).

Convenient to delicious restaurants in Uvita, Ojochal and Dominical, banks, grocery and convenience stores, gas station, and a multitude of nearby activities that include swimming, surfing, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, fishing, boating, kayaking, snorkeling, zipline canopy tours, hiking, exploring ocean caves and rainforest waterfalls, ATV tours, learning about jungle flora and fauna at Hacienda Baru Wildlife Refuge, Don Lulo's horseback riding tour to Nauyaca Waterfalls, visiting Reptilandia, a reptile zoo, and shopping for sourveniers at beachside stalls on Playa Dominical, or at the Community Market in Uvita on Saturday mornings.

A 4-wheel drive vehicle is required. We would be happy to refer you to a reputable and reasonable rental car company, as well as provide you with contact information for making reservations for nearby activities and excursions.

Keywords: Cabin,Studio,Casita,Cabina,View,Ocean View,Rainforest,Jungle,Monkeys,Birds,Private


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Property Type

  • 1 story
  • Cabin
  • 515 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • 1 queen size bed with an orthopedic pillowtop mattress, bamboo headboard and bedframe, and a ceiling fan....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Marble vanity counter, tiled shower, tiled floor...moreless

  • Tiled shower with rain shower head, oil-rubbed bronze fixtures, bamboo towel bars, marble vanity counter, tiled floor, ceiling fan....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Panoramic views of the ocean, Cano Island, Ballena Island, Tres Hermanas (Three Sisters Rocks), the rainforest jungle and mountains. Decks on 2 sides of Casita - one faces the ocean, the other faces the jungle....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic


  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Serene view of the mountains and rainforest jungle...moreless

  • Ocean View:

    Gorgeous views of the ocean, Cano Island, Ballena Island, and Tres Hermanas (Three Sisters rocks)...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 3 people


  • Internet:

    Wireless internet, however internet service isn't as reliable nor signal strength as strong as it is in the U.S. and Canada....moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    Sheets, pillows...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Sitting area with 2 arm chairs. Covered deck with 2 adirondak chairs. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Parking spot adjacent to driveway...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    The Casita has its own separate parking space ...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Beach towels, bath towels, wash cloths, kitchen towels...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Wireless internet is provided. There is no cell service at the property so making phone calls using Skype on your laptop is suggested....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Pots, pans, baking dish, cookie sheet, cooking utensils...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Plates, bowls, cups, glasses, silverware...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Kitchenette with stainless steel refrigerator and electric range/oven, stainless steel sink, granite counter, pots and pans, dishes and utensils, ceiling fan, microwave, coffee maker, blender....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator:

    Stainless steel refrigerator/freezer...moreless

  • Stove:

    Electric range with smooth top...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    A covered deck surrounds the casita on two sides with a view of the ocean and islands from the front deck, and a view of the mountains and jungle from the side deck...moreless



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Winter Holiday Season
Dec 14 - Jan 4, 2016
6 night min stay

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$475 $1,350
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  • Refundable Damage Deposit $150
  • Cleaning Fee $30
  • Taxes Included


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Last updated: 04/30/2015
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137 Miles
Nearest Airport
Juan Santamaria International Airport, San Jose
2.3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Ballena Bistro at Goathouse 169
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Costanera (Highway 34)
2.3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Ballena Bistro at Goathouse 169
2.7 Miles
Nearest Beach
Playa Ballena

Car: Necessary

ATV tours available.

Additional mileage distances:

3.2 miles to Ballena Beach Club (Playa Ballena private beach access)

5.7 miles to Grocery Store, Bank & Restaurants in Uvita

6.25 miles to Uvita Information Center (tourist info)

6.4 miles to Gas Station in Uvita

6.7 miles to Playa Uvita 'The Whale's Tail' beach


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2006

About the owner: We live in San Juan Capistrano, in Southern California. Kathy is a real estate broker, Steve is a general contractor and does design work for a structural steel company. We have a daughter in her mid-20's, and 3 dogs - 2 of the dogs, 'Perla' and 'Ballena', we brought home from Costa Rica. Steve surfs, and we enjoy nature and hiking. Our favorite beaches are Playa Ballena at Ballena Beach Club and Playa Ventanas, both in Costa Rica. Our favorite restaurant is Exotica in Ojochal, Costa Rica - their Chicken Exotica is Kathy's favorite, and their 'Devil's Fork' dessert is scrumptious.

Why the Owner Chose Uvita:
We fell in love with the beautiful views and gorgeous scenery in the South Pacific region of Costa Rica. The Costa Rican people are so warm and friendly, and made us feel welcome. Perla de Ballena, the gated eco-community and private wildlife reserve where Casita Kristina Maria is located, reminds Kathy's mother of Jurassic Park because of its lush landscape and natural environment. Being surrounded by nature is a peaceful and renewing experience. We purchased the land in December of 2006, designed Casita Kristina Maria and Villa Kristina Maria in early 2007, built Casita Kristina Maria in mid-2007 and stayed in the Casita while Villa Kristina Maria was contructed. Both the Casita and Villa were built by Ecomaderas, a local Tico contractor.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
The Casita is surrounded by rainforest jungle. Relax to the sound of the seasonal creek babbling through rainforest. You'll be lulled to sleep by croaking frogs, chirping crickets, and the sounds of the jungle at night. Awaken to the distinct roar of howler monkeys as they traverse through the jungle, and the squawking of green parrots flying overhead . At lowtide, and when the surf is big, you can sometimes hear the waves crashing on the beach. Included in the rental is access to Ballena Beach Club. Ballena Beach Club has a beachside restaurant, bar, swimming pool, restroom facilities, shower, free beach parking, and a palm-lined trail to Playa Ballena. Playa Ballena is a beautiful tropical swimming and surfing beach with views of Tres Hermanas and Isle Ballena. The water temperature is a warm 80-85 degrees year-round. Perla de Ballena, the private and gated eco-community where Casita Kristina Maria is located, is a wildlife reserve and an ideal setting for viewing the flora and fauna of the rainforest with acres of primary and secondary rainforest, streams, waterfalls, and hiking trails. A sampling of the wildlife viewed from the Casita include howler monkeys, white-faced monkeys, white-nosed coati mundis (raccoon family), iguanas, agoutis, toucans, parrots, hummingbirds, many other tropical birds, butterflies (including the spectacular blue morpho butterfly) and much more! While relaxing on the deck, you may see humpback whales breaching in the ocean waters of Marino Ballena National Park from January to April, and from July to October.

Contact us

Speaks: english

Links to more information:



  • Welcome to paradise!

    Welcome to paradise!

  • Front deck

    Front deck

  • Bathroom has a tiled shower

    Bathroom has a tiled shower

  • Surrounded by rainforest jungle.

    Surrounded by rainforest jungle.

  • Enjoy hiking to this waterfall in Perla de Ballena.

    Enjoy hiking to this waterfall in Perla de Ballena.

  • Howler monkeys are nature's alarm clock in the jungle.

    Howler monkeys are nature's alarm clock in the jungle.

  • Cusingas (toucan family) can be seen quite often.

    Cusingas (toucan family) can be seen quite often.

  • Toucan


  • Playa Ballena at Ballena Beach Club.

    Playa Ballena at Ballena Beach Club.

  • Phenomenal view of Tres Hermanas Rocks from Casita

    Phenomenal view of Tres Hermanas Rocks from Casita

  • Kitchen and eating area

    Kitchen and eating area

  • Side Deck

    Side Deck

  • Isle Ballena at sunset

    Isle Ballena at sunset

  • White Faced Monkeys are frequently seen

    White Faced Monkeys are frequently seen

  • Toucans are a frequent sight at the casita.

    Toucans are a frequent sight at the casita.

  • Whtie-nosed coati mundis (raccoon family) forrage in the trees for seed pods.

    Whtie-nosed coati mundis (raccoon family) forrage in the trees for seed pods.

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