In the middle of the jungle with a river running through it and with a view of the Pacific Ocean you will truly feel you have arrived in paradise. Located on 200 acre private nature reserve. Private bathroom, ceiling fans, hot water, awesome views.
The Tower at Finca Perla Ballena is a private nature reserve located where the mountain plunges into the ocean. We have many waterfalls, rivers and hiking trails to enhance you stay. A true jungle experience.
• Access to the Private Nature Reserve
• Access to a private beach at Playa Ballena
• Rainforest and Cloudforest access
• Botanical Garden and Lots of Common Areas
Interaction with Guests
Spanish is not bad
Uvita is the closest city. Uvita has great restaurants, supermarkets and shops that can provide you with everything you need to help you enjoy your Costa Rican experience.
Costa Rica has everything from buses to airplane transportation, all high quality and convenient.
Other Things to Note
To get here a 4 wheel drive is not necessary. The best place to meet is at Villa Leanor at kilometer 170. They can call me from there to alert me.
Have fun and Enjoy!!!
Richie is a wundervoll layed back host and we had a really great time staying with him! We had the room on the 1st floor in the tower and it is as shown on the picture, very clean, cosy and with a great view. The beach at Villa Leonore was the most beautiful beach we've seen in Costa Rica. Richie was a great help with everything and ask him for the hidden waterfall! :) We can definitely recommend Richie and his place and if we ever return to Costa Rica we will stay with hin again.
Richie takes care of you, however clueless you might be in the depths of Costa Rica. He has an idyllic location up in the hills, complete with paths to waterfalls and rivers. After bananas for breakfast you can head out 10 minutes to the beach, where Richie has an arrangement with a private beach owner for access. You can station here to chill, eat, relax and plan. You will sleep better at Richie's place than anywhere else in Costa Rica. There is magic under and over the ground.
Driving up to Richie's place for the first time - following behind him on his motorbike, the cicadas going off like sirens (don't worry: only at a certain time of day) - was surreal! Super fun and beautiful. And the place is as it looks: a cozy fortress plopped down in the middle of the jungle. There's plenty of land to explore, with little trails off into the property. Room had all the amenities you need. Richie himself is a super welcoming host. Super friendly and good to talk to. And a master cook of some gallo pinto breakfast! His buddies at the Villa Leanor also helped us organize some tour stuff we wanted to check out, which was very helpful. Also, they have crazy good BBQ on Sundays down there. Plus a beautiful beach.
All in all: *pretty* good. Thanks Richie!
Note: there are - or at least were - three different rooms he sublets in that tower. You can check out his profile for the others.
'Nother note: You're *probably* going to want a car here (getting up via taxi is possible, but not particularly cheap). 2WD is fine.
What can I say...Richie is definitely the host with the most!!! We had a great time staying there! Waking up to the sounds of the jungle was amazing and you'll get a glance at some wonderful animals too.
We had such a great time here! After 28 hours in transit I wouldn't want to be anywhere but at Richies! We arrived very late and although we were unsuccessful in communicating our arrival time with Richie he still stayed up awaiting our arrival. We were greeted with a welcoming hug and cold, fresh, delicious mountain water! He even offered us food at this crazy late hour! In the morning we were pleasantly surprised when Richie made us a delicious typical Costa Rican breakfast with fresh fruit and coffee. Later we enjoyed a dip in the refreshing pool with an amazing view!!
Richie's place was super clean and comfortable and the description is accurate. I would highly recommend staying here!
Richie was an excellent host. When we arrived he met us at a certain point so we could follow him to his house. He invited us to have a drink and we were sitting on the terrace with him for a couple of hours. Just talking and having a great time. We were really sorry that we only booked for one night and that we already booked our other stay. Otherwise we would of stayed for a longer time. The room was really clean and had a nice bathroom and a little terrace we could sit on to wake up in the morning. He even made us a wonderfull breakfast. So i can request this place for sure!!
Richie fue un anfitrion fantastico. Espero por nosotros a que llegaramos a pesar de ser tarde y nos llevo hasta su casa en medio de la selva pero a 10 minutos de la playa.
La casa esta en medio de la naturaleza y se respira tranquilidad.
Richie estuvo atento en todo momento y nos hizo un desayuno tipo tico el cual es el mejor que hemos probado.
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I am retired and living full-time in beautiful Costa Rica and enjoy sharing my adopted country with friends and visiter. Come and enjoy the jungle and beach.