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Luxury Jungle Retreat with Ocean View

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Last updated: 08/25/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3-6 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Casa de la Selva Fria (transl. cool jungle) is nestled in the mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean and a 10 minute drive to both Uvita and Ojochal. One of the new owner's first impressions of the property was the immensity of the forest and reserves that surround this house and the cool shade that the jungle provides. There are remnants of primary forests and trails throughout the property that teems with wildlife. You are surrounded by a wilderness, engulfed in a jungle, but only steps away from the high-end luxury, comfort, and entertainment of this wonderful house.

The gardens that surround the lagoon-style pool, and it's integrated waterfall that tumbles through massive boulders, are a showplace for a collection of Heliconias and exotic palms. Both flora and fauna compliment each other as the hummingbirds harvest their favorite nectars from a buffet of blooms. It is not unusual to see 3 types of hummers in a 5 minute period, with a Blue Morpho Butterfly fluttering by, as if on cue.

If one wishes to watch a much bigger game, the Toucans and the monkeys are always inspired to put on a show in this private wilderness. Both White-Faced Capuchins and Howler Monkeys appear almost daily. Even when not making a personal appearance, Howlers will make their presence known with a slightly scaled-down version of King Kong.

The wrap-around veranda, outside the main living area and kitchen, looks out to Ballena Island, which appears to float just offshore, in the Pacific Ocean. The view of Isla Ballena changes almost minute by minute, from sunrise to sunset, as the tides rise and fall. A full moon in a clear night sky is magical.

Floor to ceiling glass throughout and the spacious and multilevel terraces give this designer home a front row seat to the ocean view beyond and the jungle below. It is truly a private paradise!


Property Type

  • Villa
  • 2700 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    10 years and up ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    smoking in parking area only...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    small dog with damage deposit considered...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Bedroom 2 on main level with queen bed and futon ...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Bedroom 1 upstairs with king bed and day bed...moreless

  • Upstairs master suite with king bed, sunset views of ballena island, downstairs queen bed....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, outdoor shower

    Bathroom 3 pool entertainment area with an outdoor shower...moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Bathroom 1 on main level with waterfall shower...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower, jetted tub

    Bathroom 2 upstairs with soaking tub and rain shower head...moreless

  • upstairs master features huge soaking tub over looking pool and jungle, downstairs a waterfall shower. pool and bar area bathroom with an outdoor shower. all with hot and cold water....moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television:

    Living room and upstairs master suite has TV with Blue Ray for DVDs and personal Netflix....moreless

  • Video Library


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Mountain View:

    in the jungle looking at national marine park...moreless

  • Ocean View:

    view national marine park parque marino ballena...moreless

  • Water View:

    viewing two islans the tres hermanas and Ballena island...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Paragliding
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining:

    Dining on covered deck for 4 to 6. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    unnecessary but we have it!...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet:

    Wifi accesible at pool, every room and parking area. ...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Roomy, off street parking....moreless

  • Telephone:

    full cell service bring or rent unlocked cell....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    covered terrace surrounds house and huge deck around pool area....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool:

    Where only the monkeys are able to see you! Assorted floats available for your enjoyment!...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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from 3 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season
Nov 15 - Dec 18, 2015
3 night min stay

Discounts: 7 nights or more: $214 Nightly

Peak Season
Dec 19 - Jan 4, 2016
6 night min stay
High Season
Jan 5 - Apr 30, 2016
3 night min stay

Discounts: 7 nights or more: $214 Nightly

My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Discounts: 7 nights or more: $171 Nightly

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Pet Fee $500
  • Taxes Not included


Payment must be received in full for reservation to be valid. House is also for sale and may be shown with prior notice/arrangement to guests. No refund if reservation is canceled with less than 30 days notice. 90% refund within 30+ days. The house is 3.5 hrs from San Jose the capital. local car rental or rental in San Jose is available, or a 25 minute flight from San Jose to Quepos o Plamar Sur. Long term renters is 3 months or more available May-November or a yearly contract. Long term all utilities and 1x wk cleaning of house and pool included.

One half payment in order to book the house and the other half and security deposite due upon arrival in cash.

Cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 08/25/2015
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35 Miles
Nearest Airport
Quepos or Palmar Sur
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
on the highway
12 Miles
Nearest Golf
San Buenas Golf Course
0.8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Pacifica Fernandez Highway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Villa Leonor Ballena Beach Club
1.3 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Playa Ballena

Car: Necessary

Turnkey Fully Equipped Unique Jungle Retreat Ocean Views Primary Forest/Wildlife! Walk down the hill to Ballena Beach and Villa Leonor Beach Club restaurant, natural pool, secure parking- huge secluded swimming beach great for couples and families. The house is a two story octagon set inside the jungle- a nature lovers paradise, birds, monkeys, even ocelots and jaguarundis can be seen walking on the trails around the house. The second story is a huge master suite, see the sunset over Ballena Island and humpback whales from the kitchen window. ample terraces and huge BEACH ENTRY POOL WITH WATERFALL- DIVE IN! All amenities pool bar, wifi, easy road access (only 1.3 km from costanera highway). 10 min to Uvita or Ojochal- lots of excellent international dining, banks, ATM, super markets. Nature hiking, waterfall just down our road, tons of area waterfalls, zip lining , surfing on some of Cost Rica´s best beaches, fishing and horseback riding all within 20 minutes or less of the house. Our stated minimum on rental is 1 week. Long term rental also possible.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2015

About the owner: Texas was in the middle of a 5 year drought, trees were dying, and the grass was scorched brown by the Summer heat. The new owners are from Central Texas and they undertook a search for greener pastures, both literally and figuratively. This Texas couple did their research and decided to test Costa Rica as a strong candidate for an early retirement. Beginning their exploration in 2010, a few weeks at a time, they traveled to Arenal, the Nicoya Peninsula, the Central Valley, Manual Antonio, San Isidro de General, and south along the Pacific Coast to Uvita. Dreams turned into actions when they found a quiet mountainside and a small house overlooking the Rio Chirripo. In January of 2014, the "Pura Vida" Texans moved into a small, but functional, house in a breathtaking setting with a backdrop of Central America's tallest peaks. Their entrepreneurial spirit recently prevailed as they acquired a home perched above the Pacific Ocean, just south of Uvita. A longtime friend from Houston, in love with Costa Rica's tropical beaches, had just purchased a house and property 1 year earlier, just south of Dominical. The friend's house rented steadily throughout the high season, and the idea was nurtured by the ease of managing such a property by VRBO. Using the internet and the worldwide banner of Vacation Rental By Owner makes the property vacationers from all over the world. On June 1, 2015, our Texas owners made the acquisition and renovation of Casa de la Selva Fria into a reality.

Why the Owner Chose Uvita:
This luxury villa is ideally situated in the privacy of the jungle. It's the perfect place to see wildlife--such as 3 kinds of monkeys, parrots, toucans, morpho butterflies, and iguanas. We are close to all the area amenities and all the activities the Costa Ballena area offers, including fine dining, beautiful beaches, golf & tennis, and shopping to meet all your needs.

The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
A huge waterfall cascades into a lagoon-style pool with numerous features. This large swimming pool has a beach entry, outdoor shower (with hot & cold water), and a pool-side bar and lounge. The Casa's wifi is boosted for coverage at every level, even poolside. The grounds around Casa de la Selva Fria contains almost 4 acres of jungle with walking trails. For those who wish to totally emerse in the experience, you can walk or drive to Villa Leonor/Ballena Beach Club just down the mountain road. Villa Leonor's great menu and drinks are very convenient, as well as the private access to Playa Ballena.

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Speaks: english, spanish


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