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“Picture Perfect!!”
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Casa Cola Ballena at sunset
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19 reviews
Casa Cola Ballena at sunset
Pool area
Pool view of the Whale's Tail
Kitchen and dining areas
Sitting area with reading nook off the kitchen
TV room with whole house stereo, AppleTV, Netflix and tons of DVDs!
Master suite with en suite bat
Master suite with en suite bath to right
Master Bath
Master Bath (Jacuzzi Tub)
Northern Guest Suite with en suite bath
Northern Guest Suite with en suite bath
Northern Guest Bath
Southern Guest Suite with en suite bath (queen down, twin up -- can be separated as well)
Southern Guest Suite with en suite bath
Southern Bath
Half Bath
That Coati is stealing OUR bananas!!!
Welcome Home!
Noisy Neighbors!!!
Bahia Ballena
Security Gate
Pura Vida!
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3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7
Uvita, Province of Puntarenas

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kristy s
Weeki Wachee, Florida
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“Picture Perfect!!”
Reviewed 21 July 2016 for a stay in June 2016
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Must say that our family's second trip to Costa Rica was fabulous. Whales Tail (Casa Cola Ballena) was better than advertised. Arrived on a Monday evening after a long (3 hrs) drive in from San Jose. Trina meet us at the BCR (can't miss) and drove us up to the house. Had a few minutes to gather some groceries which was a plus. The drive up to the house was approx 4km, but the terrain was crazy...definitely need 4x4 automobile. We rented a car from Adobe (referred by Mark and Sarah) and they gave us a great rate. Anyway, the drive up to the house is kind of hard to explain. At night (in the rain) is interesting, following Trina up the mountain is crazy, during the day not so bad, great views, but rough on the old suspension/tires. Arrived at the house and it was absolutely amazing. The grounds were meticulous, pool, deck, outdoor shower, landscaping, and outdoor furniture all looked like they were out of a Southern Living magazine, just perfect! The house was so beautiful. Pictures don't do it justice. The three bedrooms were perfect for our group (7). The kitchen and indoor living spaces were so nice, even though we spent most of our time outside on the yoga deck enjoying the views and pool. Some of the amenities in the house included washer & dryer, internet (apple) tv, whole house stereo (Bluetooth), pool floats, mask/fins, plenty of beach towels, etc… The house comes with a local cellphone which was great. We probably texted Trina a dozen times asking her for suggestions (food, activities, sights) and she was very generous to make herself available for our questions. This trip was very special because one of our daughters got engaged. We surprised her by flying in her boyfriend midweek and he proposed to her outside by the pool. We let Mark and Sarah in on the secret about two months prior and they arranged a special dinner that evening at the house. Sarah had a local chef come in and prepare a traditional meal with fish and chicken (and wine) that was just perfect.
Some suggestions for food: The Dome (Uvita) great lunch, Baker Bean (Uvita) great breakfast items (bagels, egg sandwiches, and pizza to die for), Sabor Espanol (Uvita, the best meal all week, CASH only), Jolly Roger (in Domincal, up a steep mountain drive, 30+ flavor wings, sports TV’s, CASH only), Tortilla Flats (Dominical, on the beach, watch the surfers), Delicias Tiquicia (Quepos, great traditional local food & cheap and local pescaderia/fish market across the street), and one roadside café between Domical and Quepos called Roncador Café (just past the Savegre River).
Suggestions for activities: Jungle ATV (Uvita) was a wonderful day trip on ATVs. Uvita beach (walk the Whales Tale at low tide), Quepoa Expeditions in Quepos, awesome rafting experience. Nauyaca Falls, long walk, but well worth it, great swimming areas. Uvita Waterfall, on the road to the house, another great swimming hole. Our week in Costa Rica was one we will never forget. Everything was just so wonderful and we are so thankful to Mark and Sarah for letting us stay at their home.

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Liked best: The amazing views of the Whales Tail
Liked least: The drive up the mountain.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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