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Spectacular Ocean-View Mediterranean Villa with Private Pool

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths (Sleeps 6-8)

This ocean-view villa has breathtaking views of the ocean to the front, and the lush rainforest to the rear and sides. Its name is Canto Del Mar (Song of the Sea, Ridge of the Sea) because you can hear the roar of the ocean every night as the waves rush in. It is located at the very end of a beautiful ridge jutting out into the sea, about 300 feet above the ocean, so the home is far cooler and breezier than anything below. Just minutes from the beach! Less than five-minute drive from beach access points to about five beautiful unspoiled beaches, each with its unique character, some with sea caves. This is a newly constructed, spacious two-story furnished home, where you and your friends/family can bask in the luxury of having your own PRIVATE swimming pool, large covered and uncovered patio areas, and covered balcony. No neighbors in sight! Beautiful ocean views from top and bottom floors and from pool. (home is nearly 3000 square feet, plus 1000 sf patio space).

Convenient and Secluded!: When you’re at the house, at the end of Los Loros ridge, surrounded by toucans, parrots, hawks, eagles and monkeys, you will be in the middle of secluded rainforest, with scarcely any civilization in view. As you watch the wildlife, and see and listen to the breaking surf, you will feel like you are hundreds of miles away from everything.

However, this is a great, convenient location, less than one km off of Costanera highway, very near lots of great gourmet international restaurants (French, Italian, German, Swiss, Indonesian, Estonian . . . ), just minutes from grocery stores and other shopping in Ojochal and Uvita, and a short drive away from the best surfing in Dominical, and many wildlife parks and attractions.

Local Property Manager Minutes From the House!: The local property manager, Moises Solano, is located just minutes away from the house. He will greet you, show you to the house, make sure that you are comfortable and familiar with your surroundings, then continue to do everything possible to make your stay a comfortable and enjoyable one. He can assist you with booking tours, rental cars, advance or forward travel arrangements, as well as handling any questions or problems that could arise during your stay.

This is sure to be an experience that you will never forget.

More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 25, 2017

About Owner

I built this beautiful home with a talented local architect and general contractor, completing it in 2009. I'm from New Orleans, and completely fell in love with this part of Costa Rica about twenty years ago.

Owner purchased this villa in 2009

Why Owner chose Puntarenas

This villa is surrounded by jungle and ocean, so it's entirely peaceful and secluded, but also incredibly close and convenient to everything. The jungle hides the few nearby homes from view, so you feel like you're in the middle of nowhere. But it's only a five minute drive from the main thoroughfare, and close and convenient to all restaurants, attractions, amenities. It also offers luxury at a bargain price. Why stay in a cramped hotel room or little cabina for the same price when you can have this entire villa with its crystal-clear swimming pool all to yourselves?


Bahía Ballena Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Jetted Tub in Bath: Tub is large enough for 2, on a raised dais at the top of steps, with huge picture window from which you can see the ocean and the sunset from your bath. Strong massage jets.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Single bed, and double pullout sofa futon. Upstairs. No private bathroom (would be shared with Master Bedroom/Bath).
  • Books
  • Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
The downstairs has an open layout, with breezes blowing straight through from the porch through the kitchen, dining area and sitting area, and is tiled throughout. There are two private bedrooms there, one on each wing of the house, each with its own private bath, separate lockable entrance and pool/patio access. All of the beds are big king and queen beds, with new thick comfortable mattresses. The house is fully equipped with linens, towels and more. The kitchen is fully equipped with new appliances: stove, spacious refrigerator, microwave oven, blender, coffee maker, toaster. It has everything that you need to cook your meals in every day if you choose: pots, pans, cooking utensils, cups, mugs, glasses, wine glasses, silverware, placemats. The laundry area has a full-sized new washer and dryer, open to the cooling breezes and lush foliage outdoors. Other amenities include pool rafts, a hairdryer, lamps, and many ceiling and floor fans throughout.


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Spectacular Ocean-View Mediterranean Villa with Private Pool
average rating of 4.9126215 based on 103 reviews

Loved our Costa Rica Villa!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect girl trip getaway! The villa was so roomy! Everyone had their space. And with 3 full bathrooms, everyone was happy!

The pool was so lovely to have! Even though we were busy visiting all the nearby beaches and towns, great to take early morning & late evening swims.

We were only 10-15 mins from Uvita with supermarkets & ATMs. Not far from great food & shopping in Dominical. And only 1 hour from Manuel Antonio National Park.

The villa is at the end of the road so very private. Visited by toucans while sitting on the balcony in the mornings having coffee = Awesome!!

'Mo' the property manager was a gem!

We had rental car problems & arrived 4 hours later than expected. But he was so cooperative, friendly & helpful. He's very knowledgeable about the area. Lots of good ideas for us.

We were worried being spoiled Americans how we would survive without air conditioning. But the nights are wonderful! Screened windows with ocean breezes, ceiling fans & floor fans. Some nights were actually chilly.

A definite return trip in the plans!!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you girls had a great getaway!! Hope you can come back! Karen
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Beautiful home and enjoyable stay with amazing, peaceful relaxation!

  • 4 of 5

Mo was very helpful and everything about our stay made us feel right at home-but in paradise! On the upstairs balcony we enjoyed lightning storm watching in the evenings and bird watching and reading with a cup of cofffee in the morning. Great location with complete days spent on the beach and the nearby waterfalls and swimming hole a must! Thank you for sharing your home with our family! I highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home with a good location

  • 5 of 5

The house was beautiful. The pool was great to have. Mo was very helpful and willing to accommodate and responded immediately with any questions we had.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad that you guys enjoyed! Hope you can come back sometime. Karen
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Beautiful home near great beaches, top restaurants

  • 5 of 5

Well maintained home with great support from Mo the caretaker. The property is very private with a super pool and and nice furnishings. The location is excellent as a hub to great adventures. Outstanding restaurants are close buy, along with excellent beaches within 10 minutes. We had a large group that was easily accommodated with the multiple sleeping arrangements. Our only disappointment was running out of time. Can't wait to come back and explore more.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! Glad you guys enjoyed, and we really hope that you can come back. Karen and Mo
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Awesome place

  • 5 of 5

we have settled into life at Canto del Mar. Waking up with the birds, fruit smoothies, swimming (I’m averaging about three visits to the pool every day), reading, beach combing, BBQ dinners (Mo brought the new BBQ - thank you!) and meals at area restaurants. What a great place…so glad we found your listing.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very glad you found it too!! I hope you can come back again soon!
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Seclusion with the benefits of civilization

  • 4 of 5


Mo, the property manager was AMAZING! We had a medical emergency during our stay that necessitated a 2-day visit to the hospital in Santa Ynez de General. Mo, accompanied and stayed with us the entire time. His translation services and friendship were invaluable. You will have a hard time finding a nicer person in a country of truly gracious and giving people.

Scenery, beaches, birds, monkeys, pool, restaurants and waterfalls have been covered in many other reviews. These comments are not exaggerated. The South Pacific coast stands out in a country that is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty.


Roads: Even when it is dry, a 4-wheel drive vehicle with high clearance is quite useful, if not essential. The main highway is great, but side roads are steep, rutted and filled with potholes. In many places it is difficult to straddle the high spots in the middle of the road. (You won't want a low-rider.) The ride from the main highway to the house is bone jarring. Highway noise from trucks using their jake brakes is noticeable at the house at times. Not much road noise at night.

Rental Cars: We rented locally and picked up our car at the landing strip in Palmar Sur. This had to be arranged in advance, because the car had to be driven down from Uvita. Our car rental was expensive. It might be cheaper to pick a car up in San Jose. Doing so would save the cost of an air flight from San Jose to Palmar Sur, though the flight is spectacular.

The house: Karen responded to all requests for information, and prepared us well. The house is stunning from a distance, but it shows signs of wear and tear that are mainly a product of salt air, and intense sun. The house was sufficiently comfortable for the three of us (and probably 4), but public space and seating in the communal area downstairs is limited (particularly noticeable at night).

Bugs: Hey, it's the tropics. That said, bugs were not a big problem. One bug you should prepare for is no-seeums. They are here. Bring hightop socks, lightweight long sleeves and lightweight long pants. Wear these clothes when you are out in the late afternoon and evening. You will be glad you did. If properly covered, no-seeums are no problema.


Ylang Ylang - the only Indonesian restaurant in Central America.

El Castillo - Best view in the area. Go for sunset cocktails.

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review. I'm so glad that Mo was able to be of help during what must have been a trying and frightening time. The road to my house has been repaired very nicely since you left, and it is smooth now (it gets redone once a year). Of course we still encourage guests to rent a 4wd, not so much for our own road, but so that they will be able to safely explore the whole rural area around us. We hope you guys return!
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Nearest Airport
150 Miles
San Jose Internat'l; &15 miles from Palmar airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Dozens of fun bars all nearby
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Buena Vista Golf Course in Coronado
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Many gourmet jungle restaurants. Citrus, Exotica.
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Playa Tortuga, Playa Pinuelas, Playa Ventanas

I first started coming to this beautiful part of Costa Rica ten years ago, and fell in love with the natural secluded surroundings, the gorgeous beaches, and the teeming wildlife. I don't think that there is any part of Costa Rica that quite compares with the Southern Pacific. Ojochal is a charming rustic village containing gourmet European restaurants in the jungle. Uvitia is the nearest larger town, containing banks, grocery store, bars, restaurants and entertainment. Dominical is a surfers' paradise. Fun Hip village for surfers and those who like to watch them, Great beach!

Other Activities: Kayaking, Boating, Wildlife Viewing, Health/Beauty Spa


Rates & Availability

Bahía Ballena Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Green Season
May 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Low season 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Dec 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Holiday weeks incl Easter
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
High Season 2018
Jan 3 2018 - Apr 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Rates subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
Ask about special Last Minute Discounts. Ask about special long-stay discounts for stays of more than 4 weeks. Cleaning fee of $75 added for stays under 7 nights.
Holiday rates apply to holiday weeks: Christmas, New Years, and Easter/Holy Week (Semana Santa): $1575/week or $225/night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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