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Brand New Rainforest Home Overlooking Stunning San Josecito/Whale's Tail Beaches

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,700 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

1650 Square Feet Of Living & 910 Square Feet Of Terrace With Infinity-Edge Pool

Enjoy your morning coffee or evening cocktails while howler monkeys play in the background and macaws perch on your property. This is what a vacation home should be.

Project Nomad #1 is an architecturally designed home. Designed to capture as much breeze and create as much shade as possible. With huge roof overhangs and covered terraces that take the inside out and the outside in, the home is elevated to allow airflow under and around the entire structure. One corner is even 15 feet in the air, giving a great feeling of exposure to the treetops. And yet, you can walk from your car, through the house and to the pool without taking a single step up or down. It’s all on the same elevation. No stairs, which is unheard of in this region. Remember this is a rainforest, so airflow is essential to a cool, dry and healthy home. Not to mention the aesthetic appeal.

The home is a long thin rectangle set up with two master bedrooms with walk-ins, two and a half baths, and a huge open great room. This allows for a constant cross breeze moving through the house. (Interior walls are breeze killers and create heat.) The 1650 square feet of living and 910 square feet of terrace with infinity-edge pool give guests a number of unique places to relax and be alone, each location giving a different feel. The house will live and feel much larger than it is.

The European style kitchen, dining and double height living area open up onto pool deck and terrace with superior views. The villa’s interiors combine a contemporary style with expert touches of poured concrete, wood slabs, and genuine craftsmanship, creating a stylish balance in tribute to Costa Rica's tropical spa-like environment.

More Details

Property Manager/Owner
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 31, 2018

About Property Manager/Owner

We are a US-based brother and sister team with a shared love of the country of Costa Rica, especially the Southeast corridor, or "gateway to the OSA". We are partners in our small business, Project Nomad. Project Nomad is currently building four luxury homes on the Twin Rivers Farmstead in San Josecito Costa Rica. Only a portion of the Twin Rivers Farmstead 250 acres is open to very large lots with view easements. This allows for large amounts of space between neighbors. The remainder of the property is set aside for conservation.

Property Manager/Owner purchased this villa in 2016

Why Property Manager/Owner chose Bahía Ballena

No jumbo jets, no mega cruise ships, no casinos. You'll never have to fight for a spot on the beach.


Bahía Ballena Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Can add an additional full bed..
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Can add an additional full bed.
  • Each bedroom is a master suite, with king bed and full bath.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • festivals
  • recreation center
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Cleaning staff or personal chef provided if required. Please inquire for rates.


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Brand New Rainforest Home Overlooking Stunning San Josecito/Whale's Tail Beaches
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Paradise in the clouds

  • 5 of 5

We arrive in San Josesita after about a 3hr drive from San Jose, in the rainy season I would definitely recommend a 4 wheel drive, we have travelled extensively and some of the roads leading to the waterfalls and the house are not for the faint of heart. We were met at the house by Sean and given a tour and local information. The location and view are exactly what we expected and we couldn't have been happier with our choice. We woke up and fell asleep every day to the sounds of nature and a view of the whales tail. The local tour companies were fantastic, we did a ATV tour with waterfall jumping, a rappelling tour, visited Hacienda Baru for ziplining and a nature tour and surf lessons with Andrew (ask Sean). We loved every minute of this location and the kids are already planning a return trip.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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When Can We Go Back

  • 5 of 5

Our 7-day vacation at this home couldn’t have been better. We had our two daughters, almost 8 and 6.5. Every day was an adventure.

The awesome trek up (and down) what we called the 5k “driveway” is a little intimidating the first time you do it, especially in the dark after the 3.5 hour drive from San Jose (rec’d a 4x4 for all of CR), but becomes easier each time. When we woke up the next morning to the sounds and the view and the warmth and cool eco design of the house, we thought we woke up in paradise on earth!

Sean, the owner there - I could go on about what an awesome dude this guy is! He helped us with tips prior to coming and and met us at the house the night we arrived. He was so responsive and gracious and obliging about everything. At the same time, I could totally see that if he sensed you wanted complete autonomy and privacy, he would respect that as well. We will savor his voicemails (how we communicated back and forth very quickly) for a long time to document the true "pure vida" attitude of life in Costa Rica. Our last day, he spent hours teaching our girls to surf! What more can be said...

Being at the house felt like a retreat, you had a nice sense of isolation. We spent hours watching the wildlife (toucans, hawks, falcons, hummingbirds, monkeys came through one morning, & more), absorbing the smells and sounds of nature and doing yoga by the pool. The river that is near the property is wild and special and felt so authentic that it is hard to find the words that could do it justice.

The design and location of the house is well thought out and really does keep it cooler than down in the village and the beaches…we preferred not - and didn’t need - to use the AC in the bedrooms, except for one time for our daughter, who had a bad time with an ear infection and it worked well. The house fans and the mountain breeze provided all the cooling we needed.

The showers (and view from) were so awesome. The pool, perfectly refreshing.

The wifi worked flawlessly. Washer and dryer was helpful in keeping our luggage to a minimum. Kitchen has everything you need and is well laid out as we brewed delicious coffee, made fresh smoothies, used the range and grilled outside, etc..

Uvita has everything you need from a market, pharmacy, Dr’s office, as well as adventures, the restaurants we found to eat at were yum!

The more I write about, the more I just want to be back there.

Thank you!

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing place

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic place. Overlooking the jungle, lots of birds flying around, great view from the pool. We have 3 kids and they all loved the place. Being able to open the big sliding doors onto the deck felt amazing. Sean stays in the house next door which is great for last minute questions or requests. The river on the property was a huge hit with the kids, which was amazing.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Irvine, CA

Amazing jungle home with ocean view!

  • 5 of 5

Project Nomad is the most amazing place we have even stayed, from the location to the features of the home and the kindness of the owner; everything was perfect and more than we could have asked for. The owner Sean was so helpful and kind, he gave us a tour of the local river our first day, provided great recommendations for food and activities and was always available by phone if we needed anything during our stay. The house was absolutely perfect; full kitchen, infinity pool overlooking the jungle with ocean view, rain showers, 2 comfortable king beds, and open air design that allows air to completely flow through the house day and night. The house is 5km into the jungle which makes the house still close enough to town but far enough into the jungle that you really feel secluded; your own private jungle paradise. Since the house is tucked into the jungle a 4x4 car is necessary, we had a 2x4 and did struggle at times with some of the steep rocky areas of the road; overall we were fine driving on the road back and forth for the week but next time I would definitely have 4WD/AWD. Once you drive down and you hit the the main highway it's only a few kilometers from Playa Hermosa, a beautiful beach with warm waters, perfect place to watch the sunset. We are looking forward to coming back to Uvita and enjoying more time at Project Nomad, 1 week was not nearly long enough. Pura Vida!

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jessica, Thank you so much for this wonderful review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your experience and time in Costa Rica and that you loved the house! We are looking forward to you coming back to visit!!! Pura vida, Mia and Sean
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, spectacular setting, very available and responsive owner

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Doctor. We enjoyed having you at the house. So glad you enjoyed your stay!
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Lakeland, Florida

View So Nice We Spent Most Of Our Days By The Infinity Pool!

  • 5 of 5

The house is comfortable, beautiful and breezy. The view is so nice we spent most of our days by the infinity pool! When we did venture out, we really enjoyed the local restaurants; and the dark sand beaches were amazing. I highly recommend this property and I would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
139 Miles
Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO) Alajuela, San Jose
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Playa Hermosa

San Josecito is a small area sitting at 900’ elevation, surrounded by high primary forest ridges; allowing a constant breeze, 10 degrees cooler than the beach and spectacular views in all directions. Those who know it, call it the gem of the coast for its beauty, safety, and its all around good feeling that is hard to describe.

A short 12 minute drive up a very well maintained road from the beach, passing home size trees, will bring you to the heart of San Josecito and to the entrance to The Twin Rivers Mother Farm. Only a portion of the 250 acres is open to very large lots with view easements. This allows for large amounts of space between neighbors. The remainder of the property is set aside for conservation. From your turn-key plantation you have endless hiking, multiple waterfalls for swimming and fun, animal and bird watching, exploring the two rivers on the farm, and horseback riding to name a few. The only problem is, you will probably have a hard time leaving your pool while taking in the amazing scenery.

We are about 900 feet above sea level where it's easily 10 degrees cooler. This gives us amazing views of the Pacific and the rainforest surrounding the house. Also, the mother farm allows for more privacy. It also allows for private access to what we believe to be the most beautiful river in the area with about 2km of frontage to explore.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Insurance $59
Damage Deposit $300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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