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Recent Playa Ballena reviews

  • Exceptional Property!

    "Our stay at Bali Rica was one of the highlights of our month in Costa Rica (and we stayed in 8 different properties!) Everything about our visit, from the artful decor of the casita to the exquisite gardens showcased host Sharon's attention to detail to create a place of beauty and serenity. I am still dreaming about reading on the outside covered daybed and cooling off in the private plunge pool. The bed is supremely comfortable with high quality sheets and lovely batique accents. The kitchen was well equipped. Our favorite pastime was just sitting on the porch, lovely breeze from the fans, gazing at the tropical garden, the huge bamboo and listening to the parrots fly overhead! We stretched in the screened in yoga studio and wandered the trails. Honestly, the property is just gorgeous with so many flowering and fruit trees and lush tropical greenery. Sharon even encouraged us to pick some wild ginger and harvest some lemongrass and greens from her garden. Private, gated, safe and quiet. Bali Rica is ideally located in Ojochal...close to the French bakery and the best restaurants , try Exotica! Our favorite beach was Tortuga, go early in the morning and you may see a flock of scarlet macaws. Breathtaking! Thank you, Sharon, for a truly memorable stay! We have every intention of returning. Highly recommended!"
    Guest: beachcomin' Date of Stay: April 2016 Review Submitted: May 22, 2016
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  • Beyond Expectations

    "There hasn't been a review since 2015 so I though I better write one. Looking at the pictures for Olas Hermosa when searching for a vacation place in CR I was a little sceptical if the view and place would be as nice as described. After settling I can assure you the pictures don't do this justice. The reviews from previous guests are correct - it really is hard to leave the deck (I am writing this while looking out over the palm trees sipping on an Imperial.) The studio is wonderful - everything you need to have a low-cost vacation (eating at "home" is no problem) and we were more than comfortable with three of us, even with the 36C+ heat. The beach in front of us is Dominicalito and is best enjoyed for surfing and boogie boarding at high tide (low tide exposes quite a lot of rocks but makes for nice beach combing or running). We printed out the tide table and organized our day around the tides. Other guests indicated that they could walk the beach from Dominicalito to Dominical but, looking at the rocks to the north I am not so sure how nice that walk would be. It's an easy drive but we were happiest enjoying the calmer waters at Dominicalito. We have been told that this has been one of the driest seasons ever, likely due to El Nino and there is a bit of a water issue right now. Today, if you are looking for a waterfall, Poza Azul is pretty much dry (there is a pool of water but only a trickle coming down the rocks). Instead, drive up toward San Isidro and pay the US$8 p/p to walk into Nauyaca falls - which are exactly as advertised - gorgeous and refreshing. We spotted many Toucans along the walk. Hopefully the rainy season will help replenish the water that is feeding the rivers and water table in this area. As others have reported Dave is wonderful (Deb is away in CO) and has provided us with everything to make our stay wonderful (if something isn't quite right just ask and he will take care of it) I just spent an hour this morning with Dave out on the rock outcrop on Domincalito beach swapping stories and enjoying the views that run all the way up to Manuel Antonio. We have met him almost everyday around 5 pm (beer o'clock) to share stories while cooling off in the pool. For those on their way to Olas Hermosa - you will have a great time (don't pack much more than your swim suits). If I come back to the southern cost in CR I will most definitely book into Olas Hermosa."
    Guest: Canucks from Edmonton Date of Stay: March 2016 Review Submitted: March 27, 2016
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  • Great location to spend vacation

    "We were at Dominical for two weeks and really enjoyed our stayed. Amazing view with a nice breeze. We saw toucans from our balcony and monkeys all over the places. Nice beaches around, Playa Ballena it is really a must to see. Food is excellent everywhere we went. We took a drive to San Isidro and the trip was amazing. We also did the horseback riding tour in the jungle at the Ranch near by, a must to do."
    Guest: Denis G. Date of Stay: March 2016 Review Submitted: March 26, 2016
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  • Amazing place

    "Without doubt the best place we stayed in Costa Rica. The location was great as it was on the edge of the jungle so you had wildlife constantly around and then it was only a 10 minute walk to the beach where you would hardly see anyone else. It was then only a 10 minute drive to the town. The house was spacious, clean and comfy. It had everything you needed and more. The property managers were very friendly and helpful. The next time we go to Costa Rica we will definitely look to stay in one of the places managed by these people again."
    Guest: Matthew H. Date of Stay: October 2016 Review Submitted: November 15, 2016
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