5 bedroom, 4 bathroom with Ocean Views, beachfront, pool
- english, french, spanish, italian
Why Valentine chose Ballena
Beachfront in a secluded/quiet area of the beach
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Max guests:10 (sleeps up to 10 adults)
Towels: Please use the white house towels only inside the houses. Please ask for pool and beach towels if needed.
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Beyond my wildest dreams
This place was amazing! Hands down our best vacation rental experience to date. The location is perfect, right where the jungle meets the ocean. There is also plenty to do in the area to the north, south, and inland. The decor is a stunning rustic tree house that has every detail necessary for relaxation. We loved it so much that we extended our stay an additional day! The lounge chairs by the ocean are the perfect place to watch the macaws while sipping coffee and eating watermelon from a local stand, which quickly turned into our breakfast ritual. The pool is also amazing! The ocean is warm so it is the perfect place for a dip to cool off or wading before bed.
Ana and Francisco are also the most amazing caretakers and hosts! They don't speak that much English and we don't speak that much Spanish but somehow communication seemed fairly easy with them. My boyfriend even commented that conversating with Francisco helped him the most as he didn't understand Spanish at all before our trip. They are true gems, warm and inviting but not intrusive in the least. I only wish we had more time to do all of the things in the area that Francisco suggested. I can't wait for an opportunity to go back and stay here!
Amazing location, very private lots of wildlife
We loved our stay in Ballena, the house has lots of character, open to the nature.
We had Toucans, Monkeys, owls in the garden. We went for a walk early morning and we saw lots Blue Morpho and Agouti.
We really want say thanks again to Francisco and Anna they made feel us welcome and soon they became a part of the family.
Beach, Jungle & proximity to town
We thought this was an excellent place to stay. We were in the edge of the jungle and you would have thought we owned all of the beach! Mostly it was always ours alone. Nobody! Francisco and Ana were excellent hosts and Ana cooked Breakfast for us almost every morning. They were most gracious hosts, never intruding on us. And who would care! They were terrific.
The town of Uvita was not too far away and the food and value of the meals were excellent. The restaurant next to the BM Super Market was great. And in the town of Ojochal to the south? Fusion Restaurant was the best we had on our whole 15 day trip. The value is worth mentioning again.
But back to the shore.
Sunrise with the Howler Monkeys, White Face Monkeys (Capuchin), the Toucans, all of the other birds...
And the sunsets!
I loved our stay here !!
This house is quirky and fabulous! I loved it. The beach is amazing. If you head down the beach to the right, there is amazing caves and quiet beaches to be found. The only issues we had were lack of kitchen stuff. Dish towels, spices etc . And the deck need some work. Some of the boards need replacing(one broke while we were hanging on the deck)
If you’re into one of a kind places stay here !! We hope to return soon !
Perfect Bahia Ballena rental
I literally just left Fabio's place and am so thrilled with my experience, I have to leave a review immediately. The first thing I want to commend is the manner in which this home places its guests in nature in a way that's safe and comfortable. There are minimal walls and, instead, mostly screens. This allows continuous exposure to the ocean breezes, the sound of the sea, and the chatter of the jungle. We fell asleep every night listening to the gentle ebb of the tide, the sweet geckos chirping, and the other peaceful sounds of a Costa Rican night. By day, we heard (and saw) Howler Monkeys, White-Faced Capuchin Monkeys, Toucans, and Scarlet Macaws without leaving the property. Incredible. Other reviewers warn that the house is rustic. It is, but in a way that's tasteful, elegant, eclectic, whimsical, and absolutely perfect. In a way, the rustic simplicity of the home prevents distractions that might separate you from the natural beauty and tranquility of the area. Ana and Francisco are the caretakers who live next door and they are the loveliest people you will find. They do not speak any English, so you may consider practicing a few Spanish phrases. Two of the four members in our party (my husband and I) have learned some basic Spanish in our travels and very much enjoyed talking to both of them. Francisco is willing to slow his speech and simplify his sentence structure to ensure understanding on the receiving end. We were able to not only have meaningful conversations with him, but also improve our Spanish language skills. He is an interesting, intelligent, caring, insightful, and funny man. Meanwhile, Ana is a big ball of joyous energy with infectious laughter and a perpetually positive attitude. She also makes some delicious meals if you make arrangements with her. Some previous reviews state that Ana and Francisco are too involved and omnipresent, resulting in lack of privacy. They are as involved as you want them to be. If you want privacy, just ask. I found them to be simply wonderful humans who added something special and genuine to our experience. Fabio, the property owner, is also a pleasure to do business with. He is always available, responds rapidly to questions, and offered a smooth booking with seamless transactions. I would not hesitate to do business with him in the future. So would I recommend booking this rental? I think it would be silly if you didn't! Thanks Fabio, Ana, and Francisco for a perfect little holiday.
Very RUSTIC and Authentic
My boyfriend and I stayed one night here on our 10 day trip, the location was perfect for what we wanted to see. It was the first time I've really travelled and the first time I rented a place off HomeAway. The experience would have me renting a place from the site again, and I would definitely deal with Fabio again.
The house was as described, but seemed to need some TLC. Given the conditions (rainy season, hot, humid and no windows and air conditioning) made everything damp- not the homeowner's fault, just the season. The house did seem to have better days, but it gave us everything we needed (although considering the season, it was by far the most expensive place we stayed at)
The homeowner was very attentive in emails, responded promptly and did not mislead anything. He mentioned the wifi issues, which were accurate- it didn't work for us in the 24 hrs we were there, nor did we have cell service. The warning on the "wildlife" was given as well. Although we could not find sloths or monkeys we did see bats, ants, and ended up carrying a scorpion with us for a little while.
Playa Arco (which is super close and the reason we booked this place) is amazing!!!
The caretakers were very friendly, though it would've been helpful to be prepared that they didn't understand or speak any English.
I'm glad we stayed there, we had a great time, however that said, I feel no need to visit again and was glad it was only the one night.
• The Beach: Ballena is the only national marine park in Costa Rica. To the south of our house the beach tends to have a wider sand area and to the north, climbing over the hill through a small path you gain access to a very nice beach called Playa de Arco with beautiful views and totally isolated.
• The small Islands in front of the beach (Ballena – in front and Tres Hermanas – to the left): There are many bird species that live on the island. If you go snorkeling (best during low tide) you can see the different fish and coral species that were a factor in selecting the site to be a national park.
• Isla del Caño: About a 1.5 hour boat ride will take you to small island with great fishing area and nice beaches.
• Delta: A few miles to the south of Ballena lies the largest delta in America on the Pacific side (about 50 Km wide). You can rent a boat and see the mangrove wildlife and can go as far as you want into the different channels and parts of it. Going south towards the delta, you pass along a beach called Playa Ventanas. This beach has natural windows/ holes in the rocks interesting to see. If you go by car, just go south on the road, pass Ventanas and the entrance towards Ojochal, about 1 km after the bridge you will be able to see the north side of the delta.
• Colonial/banana plantation houses in Palmar Sur: Airport area (front and particularly behind or back road).
• Pre-Columbian rock spheres: In Palmar Sur. You can see them in the park (in front of the airport) and further south (on the road to Sierpe).
• Corcovado National Park: To the south, at the Peninsula de Osa, you can find the Corcovado National Park. About 1.5 hours by boat. There are very nice beaches in that area and you could visit the park, have lunch in Bahía Drake (Drake’s Bay) or any of the small hotels in the area.
• Horseback Riding or Hiking: You can ride on the beach or go to the mountains at the back of the house. The caretakers can arrange for that and be your guide. You can also visit the waterfalls close to Uvita or the largest ones close to Tinamastes del Baru, between San Isidro and Dominical – there is a tour on horseback that you could schedule on the way from San Isidro to Dominical.
• Sightseeing: The caretakers can take you hiking in the mountains (you can shorten the time by driving part of the way) and there are different small roads that you can access by car with incredible views. If you visit the Dominical area, there are various small roads that go parallel to the coastal road but on the upper part of the mountains. This is a very nice drive to do on an afternoon before the sunset.
• Waterfalls: There are several waterfalls in the area that the caretakers can guide you to.
• Fishing, sailing, boating, kayaking, and water skiing: The caretakers can direct you to the right people in Bahía to contract for these services. You can also find these services in Dominical.
• Scuba Diving and Snorkeling: There is a nice shop in the Ventanas small strip mall (about 5 min. south of Ballena, behind the Gas Station). They rent equipment and give lessons also.
• Surfing: Dominical is a very nice surfing beach but be careful if you are a beginner. There are at least two surf shops in the village and you can inquire about their services. There are other beaches and particular spots between Dominical and Ballena; - one of them is Dominicalito and the beach south of it. Have in mind that most of the areas are better during high tide.
• Ultra-Light Planes: In Uvita/Bahia you can schedule a ride on the Ultra-Light Planes. This will give you a good idea of the area from the air.