Casa Tres Monos - Playa Ballena

Cabin - Entire home/apt · Ballena, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Rob, Rick & Noah
Your host, Rob, Rick & Noah
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The Space

Ask about a our 'green season' special rates! Green season is from August 1 to October 31, 2014

"Come Alive in the Jungle" in your very own jungle retreat over looking the Pacific ocean. The ideal venue for adventurous, independent & easy going travelers!
Built in 2011, 'Casa Tres Monos' is a cozy, turn key, rustic jungle retreat. Situated within a gated setting, offering amazing surroundings with stunning ocean & jungle views for 'renewed living'! That's right, just bring your tooth brush & clothing, everything you need is here down to the last detail. Daily maid service is included.

In the classic sense of 'Pura Vida' living, Casa Tres Monos is constructed of purely sustainable wood harvested from certified plantations. All care has gone into both layout and orientation on our beautiful 6 acre compound to provide true comfort. Enjoy amazing ocean views from your outdoor deck and dining area at an elevation of 900 ft. You will need a 4x4 vehicle to get here.

Accommodations include, a 1st floor bedroom with queen foam mattress bed and walk in closet. Take a hot shower in your en suite bathroom after a hike in the jungle in your fully appointed rain shower. Your 'open concept' tree house living area awaits you on the 2nd floor. Two full size convertible sofas comfortably sleeps 2 additional guests. To complete that 'tree house' feeling, a single bed awaits you in our loft with 'ladder access', giving you that 'birds eye view' of the jungle! Whole cabin is cooled via cieling fans & great cross ventilation. At 900 ft. our nights are relatively cool here year round. A fully appointed galley kitchen with range, oven, refrigerator, rice cooker, coffee pot, toaster and ample counter space to whip up your favorite 'jungle cuisine'. To top it off, end your day in 'the most amazing walk-in jungle rain shower in the 2nd full bathroom. Internet Service is included. 3G service is provided through Kolbi, via a USP plug-in data card for your laptop and some notebooks. Video chat functions well, streaming downloads may not work.

Take it outdoors! This is where the 'passion' begins in your landscaped garden ( complete with caretaker ) with tropical fruit orchard overlooking the Pacific. Expansive views of the jungle, valley and ocean will mesmerize your senses while hummingbirds & Tucans circle overhead. While relatively new, our garden is a work in progress at just 5years old!

Emmerse yourself in 'classic jungle living' in every sense. Begin your day, not with the sound of roosters but our howler monkeys right outside your bedroom window! You will be sharing the jungle with Howler & Capuchin monkeys, Tucans, Cusingas, Sloths, Pizotes, Picarres, Morpho butterflies, Iguanas and Dart frogs just to name a few! The most amazing unspoiled beach awaits you and is just a quick 10 minute trek down the hill in your 4x4.

Casa Tres Monos overlooks the largest marine park in Central America, Parque Nationale Marino Ballena. Each year, from early August to late October, this world class marine park is internationally recognized as a 'principal breeding ground' for whales & dolphins. In addition, Ballena is host to the annual breeding of thousands of turtles.

The southern zone is also host to a bounty of amazing adventure for all to enjoy. There is something here for everyone! From world class sport fishing to world class surfing, white water rafting, zip lines, mountain biking, kayaking, whale watching, 4x4 ATV's, bird watching, hiking for the novice and the pro, horseback riding in the mountains or on the beach, waterfalls to explore and so much more! Boredom?? None of that here! Everyday is Your's to Seize!! For further inquiries regarding daily excursions and tours, please contact Sonia at the "Uvita Information Center". Sonia may be reached at (email hidden)e views shall take your breath away! Imagine 360 degree views of not only the Pacific but all that comes with it. Isla Ballena, Isla Tres Hermanas, Cano Island, the Osa Penninsula & the El Tigre Mountain & Valley shall be front and center each and every day. Yes! Important that we stress, you will need a 4x4 vehicle to get to Casa Tres Monos. Sonia will be happy to accommodate your rental car reservation. 4x4 is the most common mode of transportation on the coast!

"There's no place like home! There's No place like Casa Tres Monos - Costa Rica!" Come and Explore the 'Pura Vida Lifestyle', We look forward to your inquiry!

The Neighborhood

Casa Tres Monos is located in the community of Brisas Del Mar. The 28 lot community has only five homes, maintaining it rural jungle charm. Located behind a locked gate, the community has good roads and is maintained by a full time gardner. Lots in the community are available for purchase. Contact a local realtor for price information.

Getting around

Reprint of an article from Costa Rica Today

Driving here will teach you patience
Driving in Costa Rica requires more patience and street smarts than elsewhere. In addition, roads and bridges are not always in perfect shape.

Still, a visitor or potential expat will find many welcoming and helpful Costa Ricans throughout the land.

The virtue of patience is important because certain rules and traditions can turn a dented fender into a massive
traffic jam. The rule here is that motorists must leave their damaged vehicle in the exact spot where the accident took place. Never mind that the slightly damaged vehicles block a key highway at the peak of Friday's rush hour.

That rule is in place so that accident investigators can accurately assess blame. The state insurance agency has crews of investigators working 24 hours a day. Still, one may take hours to arrive at the latest scene.

So two lanes of a major artery can be reduced to a single file of vehicles crawling around a crash site. Exchanging telephone numbers in anticipation of a later settlement of damages is unacceptable here.

Visitors and expats should not travel at night unless absolutely necessary. Many surprises lurk on the roadways. Highway designers do not have new arrivals in mind. Then there are the drunks and the crazy motorcycle drivers. A high percentage of serious accidents happen at night.pot hols

Naturally the road signs are in Spanish, but that is not a big problem. Usually the problem is the absence of road signs. San José, for example, is not very friendly to tourists. If a driver does not know the route, the city can resemble a maze.

A good practice is to make extensive use of taxis in the capital if only to learn the routes. The major street called the Paseo de la Vaca got that name because it was designed by cows coming home at night from pasture. Traffic officials also love one-way streets, which can be a pain if a motorist is not going that way.

Even in daylight, driving can be dicey. One recent major tragedy took place because a tourist swerved to avoid a hole in the pavement of a bridge. The tourist and his wife were unharmed but nearby vehicles collided, and one was a gasoline tanker.

A pair of tourists last week were surprised to find workers digging ditches across the gravel road from their jungle hotel. This was drainage work, but there were no alternate routes or provision to get vehicles across the open ditch. Time for another cup of coffee.

Motorist must expect the unexpected at all times. Among the most unexpected is the way gentle, helpful Costa Ricans turn into raving maniacs behind the wheel. Some psychologist link this to exercises in personal freedom in a restrictive society. Then there are the taxi and bus drivers.

For a time, new arrivals in rental cars were targets of crooks. The trick was to puncture the tires of vehicles. Some claim that this might have been inside jobs at some rental agencies. The tire would go flat on the route from the airport pickup to the hotel, and crooks would arrive to help. What might follow could be a simple theft of luggage to a full-scale stickup.

Although there have been fewer reports of this type of crime after police agencies began stressing prevention, the best bet is to drive on the flat tire to some secure spot, such as the guarded parking area of a nearby hotel. The rental agency might collect for the tire and rim, but that is preferable to the alternative.

A punctured tire also is possible at the local gas station when a motorist pulls up in a rental vehicle or perhaps one loaded with luggage. Someone must be with the vehicle at all times.

Tourists know that their foreign driver's license is respected here. The squeeze comes when they chose to move here.

In the past anyone could obtain a Costa Rica license on the strength of their foreign one. There were even cottage industry scammers who sprung up making fake foreign licenses.

The alternative is for a driver to take a mandatory series of classes and then a written and a driving test. This is expensive and difficult for non-Spanish speakers.

A recent change in the law now requires anyone seeking a driving license to be a Costa Rican or be a foreigner who has obtained some form of residency.

That means even someone who has applied for residency must leave the country every 90 days if he or she wants to keep the foreign license valid. That was not the intent of lawmakers when they composed the new traffic law that went into effect three years ago. But it is the law. Expat advocates are seeking a change to allow those who officially have applied for residency to obtain a license. This takes time.

New arrivals frequently are surprised at the price of vehicles here. The free trade treaty with the United States has done nothing to eliminate import taxes of up to 80 percent of the price of a vehicle. Similar taxes are reflected in the price of new cars.

There are some good deals to be had in the used car market. Expats should be aware that a lawyer is required to transfer title. That is at least $100, but probably a cheap outlay to guarantee that the vehicle title is correct and legal.

The government collects the marchamo or road tax each December. The fee includes some basic insurance, but expats will want to obtain better coverage through the Instituto Nacional de Seguros and its agents or from private insurers.

Other Things to Note

Feel secure when you are out exploring the southern coast. We have just added a motion sensor full house security alarm system. Turn on and off from your key fob.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $700 /week
Monthly Price: $2100 /month
Security Deposit: $300
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Getting to Casa Tres Monos was a wild journey just because we got there so late and didn't have cell phone reception. Luckily we were equipped with wonderfully detailed directions and finally met up with the property manager, Christine, who was very kind and happy to show us around. Casa Tres Monos was a dreamy respite, complete with fresh exotic flowers in all the vases and some ripe fruit, which we couldn't help but enjoy. We had both amazing evenings and mornings waking up to an amazing view and the haunting sounds of howling monkeys. Three nights were not enough-- but we'll definitely be back for longer next time!

    March 2014
  • My husband and I spent 5 nights at Casa Tres Monos, and loved it!! We enjoyed being in the mountains where the breeze was wonderful. The house offers great views of the ocean, and is a short 10 minute drive to Uvita and all of the surrounding beaches. We enjoyed watching the howler monkeys, toucans and parrots from the deck. We did miss having a pool, but went to Crystal Ballena a couple of times ordered drinks and enjoyed their pool. The house itself is new and comfortable, and loaded with windows so that you can enjoy the amazing views. I think we've already decided that we will stay here again the next time we're in Costa Rica!

    March 2014
  • No picture captivates the beauty of this place!!! We spent 5 weeks in Costa Rica and stayed 5 different places and Casa Tres Monos is absolutely our favorite. The house got everything you need and more. Also daily cleaning by the very sweet house keeper Milena. You have a breath taking ocean view from uphill and the forest right next to you where you can see humming birds and tucans every day.
    Ballena, the area, got it all! If you like to dive Cano Island 20 km offshore is absolutely amazing. Also you can do a fun canopy / zip lining tour and the mangrove tour is a must as well. So many beautiful beaches and some pretty good snorkeling if you go to the Whale Tale (Uvita Beach).
    Rob (host) and Christine and Andres (property management team) were all very friendly and helpful. We felt right at home AND WOULD LOVE TO COME BACK :)))
    Aya, Silje, Ricki and Linda from Denmark

    January 2014
  • Our stay at Casa Tres Monos was absolutely fantastic. The house itself is extremely cozy and comfortable, and it has everything you need to truly feel at home. The place is safe and well taken care of too. Milena, the housekeeper, is amazing - she always left the place spotless and was very careful in taking care of our belongings. We especially appreciated the little touches :-) The view to the Pacific is breathtaking and the life that surounds it is so lush. Although we haven't had the chance to meet Rob & Rick in person, they and the people at Jaguar MNGT (Christine and Andres) have been extremely helpful to us from the moment we booked our stay all the way to when we checked out and even after. The house is located in a gorgeous and quiet area in Costa Rica. There are a lot of breathtaking beaches close and they are not overpacked with tourists like you'd find in places like Jaco or Quepos. All the amenities (such as ATM's, groceries, pharmacy, etc) are located at a close distance (you need a car tho!). Uvita is also one of those places that has not been overtaken with tourism and gets you to truly experience the culture (an amazing culture too!) which is so rare to find these days. This was my 2nd time coming to Costa Rica and I will not hesitate to book Casa Tres Monos again for my 3rd trip. Pura Vida!

    January 2014
  • We stayed at Casa Tres Monos just before Christmas and just after the rainy season. We were collected from San Jose by Andres, the property manager, and taken to a fruit stall, supermarket, ATM, and car rental office (National) in Uvita. He also helped us buy a local sim card. When we arrived at the house (which definitely requires a 4x4 to reach) he helped us unload and showed us the security system.

    Casa Tres Monos is compact but well-designed to make the most of the site. There are great views of the ocean and the jungle from the top storey windows and the deck on the ground level. The fittings are modern, clean and work well. The house is decorated with local arts and crafts, and stocked with useful things that travellers might forget to bring, along with books, games and some DVDs.

    The main bedroom downstairs has a large, firm bed from which you can watch the sun come up over the jungle, and listen to the howler monkeys (if you open the window). It also has an en-suite bathroom with a strong, hot shower. There is a limited amount of space in a closet to put away clothes etc.

    The sofa beds in the living room and the single loft bed are OK if you need the extra accommodation, but intrude on the general living space and so the house is ideal for a couple and perhaps 1-2 children if you have to bring them along...

    The kitchen is very compact but has most things you'll need apart from space, properly sharp knives, and a kettle (for tea-drinkers).

    Milena the housekeeper left us a big bowl of fresh fruit which was very kind. As she lives close by, across a big field, she knows when you are leaving the house (the alarm set makes a loud squeal) and cleans up when you are out.

    The big assets of Casa Tres Monos are the solitude and peace, the comfort, the views, and the closeness to nature. All the tourist attractions are available down in Uvita and the beaches are great, but it is nice to escape from all that at the end of each day.

    You can also pay to have breakfast or lunch, and then use the big pool and sun loungers for the day at the Cristal Ballena hotel just down the hill, where the receptionist also happily booked a tour to Corcovado for us.

    There is a stand of trees just beyond the deck where parrots like to make a racket every morning and evening. We didn't see much other wildlife at the house, apart from bugs and bats (well-excluded by screens) but it is all out there somewhere.

    We had a great time and would be happy to return. Rob and his people were great, especially considering it was so close to Christmas. Thanks!

    December 2013
  • The ultimate in Jungalo accommodations. Rob was uber helpful and the spot was out of this world. 10 out of 10.

    August 2013
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Hi, we are Rob, Rick and Noah, owners of Casa Tres Monos (House of Three Monkeys) in Playa Ballena, Costa Rica. After nearly 6 years of land development and construction, we are pleased to present a 'tree house' concept dwelling in the rainforest of Costa Rica with many of the pleasures of home. The property caretaker and his wife live near by and provide constant care and oversight. Our property manager lives across the valley and provides our guests quick responses to your needs. Every detail has been addressed to make your stay comfortable. Pura Vida Rob & Rick
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