Discover a selection of 21 vacation rentals in Ballena, CR that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and private pools. Prices start at $138 per night, and houses and condos are popular options for a stay in Ballena. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
Destination guide

Remote Ballena will entice you

The jungle and wildlife create a pretty picture of Ballena. Well known for its cocktail bars, whale watching and ziplining, this relaxing city won't disappoint. Many of our vacation rentals offer full kitchens, spacious living quarters, and sometimes even a hot tub for a relaxing getaway.

Things to do

Activities and attractions in Ballena

Are you looking for attractions to visit in the city? You'll be sure to enjoy Ballena for its whale watching and swimming. Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Ballena a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. Here are some of the most popular attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Topolandia (13.5 mi / 21.7 km)
  • Parque Reptilandia (14.4 mi / 23.1 km)
  • Sunset Surf Dominical - Day Lessons (14.9 mi / 24 km)
  • Costa Rica Stand Up Paddle Boarding (15.1 mi / 24.3 km)
  • Quebradas Biological Center (22.3 mi / 35.9 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Ballena

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to appreciate the scenery, Ballena is a great place to spend some time outside. These are some of the area's noteworthy features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Ventanas Beach (1.9 mi / 3 km)
  • Tortuga Beach (3.2 mi / 5.1 km)
  • Uvita Beach (3.4 mi / 5.5 km)
  • Marino Ballena National Park (5 mi / 8.1 km)
  • Punta Uvita (5.1 mi / 8.2 km)
  • Nauyaca Waterfalls (13.9 mi / 22.4 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Ballena

The nearest airport is in Quepos (XQP), located 37.4 mi (60.2 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Drake Bay (DRK), which is 27.5 mi (44.2 km) away.

What are the top vacation rentals in Ballena?

From luxurious condos to intimate log cabins, Vrbo has properties to fit all budgets and tastes. Pack your bags and check out these top vacation rentals in Ballena:

  • "118 Reviews | Sunsets 365 | Infinity Edge Pool | White Water Ocean View": If you're on the hunt for a comfy living space in Dominicalito, unpack your bags here. It comes with 2 bedrooms and great amenities including cookware, dishware and utensils and nearby whale-watching activities.
  • "Ocean View, Secret Place - Casa Espectacular": Located in Uvita, this sought-after getaway has 3 bedrooms and plenty of handy amenities. A hair dryer and a washing machine are among them.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Ballena vacation rental for you.

What are the best tiny house vacation rentals in Ballena?

For a different kind of vacation experience, book a tiny house rental in Ballena. We'll warn you though — after you've stayed in a tiny house, the urge to move into one of these pint-sized digs will be hard to resist!

  • Take a couple of days off to get back to basics at "Tiny Home Above The Tree Tops". Located in Ciudad Cortés, a dryer and a washing machine are just two of the amenities you can expect here.
  • Alternatively, book a weekend at "Tiny House Pura Vida". Located in Cantón Quepos, this little abode comes with a fridge and a toaster.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in Ballena?

If you're in need of a break and a change of pace, Vrbo's got the perfect remedy. Return home feeling rejuvenated after a weekend getaway in Ballena at one of these vacation rentals:

  • "1 Minute Walk To The Beach In Uvita": A few nights away at this Uvita property will have you feeling renewed and refreshed. Useful amenities here include internet services and a balcony. When you're ready to explore, Playa Ballena and Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge are some of the nearby natural attractions.
  • "Introductory Rates Contemporary Unique Villa": Located in Uvita, this top escape comes with a smart TV and a barbecue grill. Don't miss Palmar Sur Park and Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge while you're in the area.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in Ballena?

You'll find plenty of studio apartments in Ballena. Obviously they're no mansion, but they pack a big punch when it comes to convenience, character and location. Here are two top-rated options:

  • "Montaña Paraíso - Costa Ballena Paradise" in Uvita puts you near some of the area's leading cultural sights, including Finca 6 Archaeological Site and Stone Spheres of the Diquís. A fridge and off-street parking options are among the amenities here.
  • Alternatively, book a stay at "Cabin - Contemporary Casita" which comes with a kitchen, a private pool and more. Located in Uvita, sights like Finca 6 Archaeological Site and Stone Spheres of the Diquís will appeal to your inner culture vulture.

Can I find short term rentals in Ballena?

Yes, so you can forget about holing up in a soulless hotel or paying to sleep in someone's extra room. Go for one of our short-term rentals in Ballena and live it up in your own private escape. Here are two options to consider:

  • You'll be close to the heart of Uvita if you stay at "1 Minute Walk To The Beach In Uvita". Make the most of your whirlwind escape by discovering the nearby attractions, starting with Uvita Beach and Marino Ballena National Park.
  • Find out what Uvita has to offer from "Introductory Rates Contemporary Unique Villa". If you stay at this fantastic vacation rental, Marino Ballena National Park and Arco Beach are sights to add to your list.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in Ballena?

Whether you've been with each other for a few months, a decade or an eternity, nothing beats a romantic weekend getaway to stoke the flames of love. If you're searching for someplace dreamy to spend a few days with your other half, you'll be wooed by these escapes:

  • Channel your inner Casanova at "118 Reviews | Sunsets 365 | Infinity Edge Pool | White Water Ocean View". This Dominicalito stay is perfect for romance, offering amenities like beauty services and massage services to help set the mood.
  • Another appealing option is "Ocean View, Secret Place - Casa Espectacular" in Uvita. Enjoy perks here including a swimming pool and air conditioning, as well as each other's company.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in Ballena?

When it comes to who you take on vacation, the more people the merrier. If you're searching for a property with plenty of space to fit the whole family, one of these large group vacation rentals in Ballena might be just the ticket:

  • "Expansive Ocean Compound": With 10 bedrooms, everyone can join the fun at this exceptional getaway in Central Pacific Coast. A swimming pool and a kitchen are among the many amenities offered here.
  • "Wow 5 Bedrooms With Insane Ocean Views": You'll get your team's stamp of approval at this Central Pacific Coast option which features a swimming pool, a garden and more. It has 5 bedrooms that will easily house your loved ones.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in Ballena?

It's possible to make every day a pool day. If you'd like to treat your friends and family to a splashing great vacation, stay in one of our houses with a pool in Ballena — and remember to bring your unicorn floatie.

  • Enjoy a fun stay with the gang at "Casa Atardecer, Sunset House And Ocean View" in Cantón Osa. As well as a swimming pool, this vacation home comes with a TV and towels.
  • Another place where you can swim your days away is "Entire House - Whale Tail/ocean Views" in Uvita. It has a microwave oven and a stereo in addition to its inviting pool.

When planning the activities for your trip, it may be helpful to know that Ballena, Puntarenas Province, Ballena's most populous city, has a tropical rainforest climate. The average temperatures in summer here range between 55 ºF and 75 ºF. Looking for more ideas about where to stay? Use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the Ballena vacation rental that's perfect for your needs.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in Ballena?

We have large family vacation rentals that'll fit the whole darn tree — yes, even those long-lost cousins of yours! Whatever type of property you want, you'll find the best option on Vrbo. Here are two of our top picks in Ballena:

  • Located in Uvita, "1 Minute Walk To The Beach In Uvita" has 3 bedrooms and fits up to 11 guests. Quality amenities at this sizable retreat include towels and coffee and tea making facilities.
  • Alternatively, treat the gang to a week at "Villa Sana Vida · Ocean View Private Beach Access". This Uvita favorite boasts 4 bedrooms and can accommodate up to 8 people. Stretch out and enjoy handy amenities like coffee and tea making facilities and a microwave oven.

If you're after some family-friendly attractions in Ballena, you're spoiled for choice. Hacienda Baru, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Catarata uvita are crowd-pleasers for all ages.

Can I find family cabin rentals in Ballena?

Reserving a cabin in Ballena is the perfect excuse to spend quality time with the family. Take a look at these options:

  • "Cabin - Contemporary Casita" - Escape the 9-to-5 routine at this Uvita getaway which provides nearby birdwatching activities and coffee and tea making facilities.
  • "Cabina Mariposa" – This cabin in Uvita is also a big hit with families. Conveniences here include coffee and tea making facilities and cable/satellite TV services.

For more options, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the Ballena vacation rental that's perfect for your needs.

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