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Ocean View, Private Pool And Sun Kissed Evenings, With Monkeys & Birds Galore

Ballena beachfront villa with private pool and kitchen

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Ballena, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
9.8.Exceptional.
  • This home was perfect for our family of 4. Our teenagers enjoyed having their own room…

    Aug 13, 2018

  • We enjoyed the villa especially the patio and plunge pool. Convenient location, close to…

    Jan 27, 2020

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Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Contactless check-in is available
  • Parking available
  • Pool
  • Bathtub
  • Kitchen
  • Non-smoking
  • Gym

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • WiFi
  • Onsite parking
  • On the beach
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
  • Towels provided

What’s around

  • On the beach
  • Playa Dominicalito - 5 min walk
  • Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary - 3 mi / 4.8 km
  • Playa Dominical - 2 mi / 3.1 km
  • Playa Barú - 3.2 mi / 5.2 km
  • PlayaGuápil - 4.9 mi / 7.9 km

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1

2 Twin Beds

Bedroom 2

1 King Bed

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Guests

About this villa

Slide into your private pool to cool off after your day lazing on the beach or exploring Dominical's many fun activities. Then grab a cool drink to sip under your palapa to watch the day sink into the ocean while you decide to eat in or venture out for dinner. Our two-level ocean view villa has two master bedrooms, each with their own bathroom and balcony on the downstairs level along with a TV area that can sleep one or two more, and adjacent laundry room. Upstairs you'll find a classic great room with a fully equipped kitchen, dining area/living room. The views of the beach, ocean, and wildlife are amazing from the living room and the palapa/pool deck just outside your doors.


We are located within Canto del Mar (Song of the Sea, a gated community of 34 mountainside villa’s located on a hillside just south of Dominical across from Dominicalito Beach. Parking is conveniently right outside your villa and round-the-clock security adds to the peaceful and relaxed experience. You’ll have an abundance of wildlife just outside your door or window including a variety of birds, monkeys, lizards, sloths, and more.



On a visit a few years ago we saw these two curious monkeys right out on our deck. https://youtu.be/aIn7NrrPW9c



During a previous we had both monkeys on the deck and sloths in the trees in front (one with a baby). You can see videos of these by clicking on the Youtube links at the end of this description.



You can walk to ocean and enjoy a day at the beach. Or take a drive to nearby restaurants, a grocery store, bank, and much more all within a couple of miles. You can surf, swim, or take any number of adventure tours. Our local host is David, a Costa Rica native and tour guide, and he will be glad to share his knowledge of the area ensuring you have a wonderful time, and get to do and see all the things that brought you here. He will also help you book your tours and excursions. Finally, in the evening, cool off with a drink and when it’s time to sleep, drift off with the sounds of gentle ocean waves.



Some of the benefits of our villa include the pool (not all units have them), the view (we don’t look out onto other units, or the highway), and location (being at one end of the complex provides more wildlife). Plus, while 4 wheel drive is useful depending if you will travel “off road”, you don’t need 4 wheel drive to get to our villa on the newly paved entrance road like you would many of the others. And the walk to the ocean and nearby waterfall is a little shorter and less steep.



Dave & Toni, the owners of Villa Sol Besó (Sun Kissed Villa), love Costa Rica and are committed to making your stay one you will always remember. After visiting many parts of Costa Rica, we chose the Dominical area as our favorite. It’s a unique part of the Central America coast where the jungle meets the ocean. Where else can you hear and see both the ocean as well as howler monkeys and six foot long iguanas? Add in world class surfing, fishing, and the world famous Marino Ballena National Park nearby. We suggest you fly into Quepos from San Jose (a short 20 minute flight instead of a 3+ hour drive) where they will bring your rental car right to where you pick up your luggage. You’ll be at your villa in an easy 45 minutes from when your plane lands!



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Two other videos of wildlife taken from our villa. First is a sloth in the trees outside. https://youtu.be/lF5ixja37uo



The second is a monkey on the deck. https://youtu.be/qZeXWifxqs0


Location

Ballena, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
  • On the beach
  • Playa Dominicalito - 5 min walk
  • Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary - 3 mi / 4.8 km

What’s around

Landmarks

  • On the beach
  • Playa Dominicalito - 5 min walk
  • Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary - 3 mi / 4.8 km
  • Playa Dominical - 2 mi / 3.1 km
  • Playa Barú - 3.2 mi / 5.2 km
  • PlayaGuápil - 4.9 mi / 7.9 km
  • Playa Hermosa - 5.8 mi / 9.3 km
  • Playa Hatillo - 6.5 mi / 10.5 km
  • Linda Beach - 8.4 mi / 13.5 km
  • Nauyaca Waterfalls - 8.6 mi / 13.9 km
  • Uvita Beach - 11 mi / 17.7 km

Getting around

  • Quepos (XQP) - 34 min drive

The villa

Key facts

  • Villa (1500 sq ft)
  • Onsite parking
  • WiFi
  • Car recommended
  • On the beach
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine

Bedrooms

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Bedroom one - 1 king bed
  • Bedroom two - 2 twin/single beds
  • Bed sheets provided

Bathrooms

  • 3 bathrooms
  • Full bathroom one - 1 shower and 1 toilet
  • Full bathroom two - 1 shower/tub combination and 1 toilet
  • Half bathroom - 1 toilet
  • Towels provided

Kitchen

  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Oven
  • Stovetop
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Toaster
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Spices

Entertainment and recreation

  • Cable/satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Books
  • Access to fitness center
  • Massages
  • Water sports equipment
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Health or beauty spa nearby
  • Zoo nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Powerboating nearby
  • Whale-watching nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Horse riding nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Rafting nearby
  • Parasailing nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Swimming nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Marina nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby

Pool/spa

  • Private pool

Outside

  • Barbecue grill
  • Patio

Other amenities

  • Iron/ironing board
  • Concierge services
  • Chef

Things to know

House rules

  • Pets not allowed
  • Events/parties not allowed
  • No smoking
  • Max. guests: 6
  • Minimum check-in age: 25

Check-in and check-out

  • Check-in after 2:00 PM
  • Check-out before 11:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

  • You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions. You will also receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account which will enable you to manage your booking.

Fees & policies

Arriving/leaving

  • You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions. You will also receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account which will enable you to manage your booking.
  • Check-in time starts at 2:00 PM
  • Check-out time is 11:00 AM

Required at check-in

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 25

Travelling with others

  • Pets not allowed

Policies

  • This property is managed by a private host, not a professional engaged in trade or business.

    Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited.

    Long-term renters welcome.

    Guests can rest easy knowing there's a deadbolt lock on site.

    This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

    Disinfectant is used to clean the property.

    Contactless check-in is available.

Also known as

  • Ocean View Sun Kissed Evenings Monkeys Birds Galore Villa
  • Ocean View Sun Kissed Evenings Monkeys Birds Galore
  • Ocean View Sun Kissed Evenings Monkeys Birds Galore Dominical
  • Ocean View Sun Kissed Evenings Monkeys Birds Galore
  • Ocean View Sun Kissed Evenings Monkeys Birds Galore Villa
  • Ocean View Sun Kissed Evenings Monkeys Birds Galore Dominical
  • Ocean View Sun Kissed Evenings Monkeys Birds Galore Villa

FAQs

  • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Yes, there's a private pool.
  • Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
  • You can check in starting at 2:00 PM. Check-out time is 11:00 AM. Contactless check-in is available.
  • Yes. Nearby restaurants include San Clemente Bar and Grill (2.1 mi), Café Delicias (2.7 mi), and Cafe Mono Congo (2.7 mi).
  • Have fun with activities like fishing, hiking, and horseback riding, and practice your swing at the nearby golf course. Additional recreation nearby includes wildlife walks, birdwatching, and ecotours. Enjoy amenities like private pools and a fitness center.
9.8.Exceptional.
  • 10.0.Exceptional

    A Slice of Paradise

    Having never been to Costa Rica before, we didn't really know what to expect. We were, without question, thrilled with our time there, and especially the villa. The home is split level, with the bedrooms downstairs, which helped at night keeping things cooler. Upstairs offers a large number of windows that facilitate views that are beyond belief. The kitchen is large enough to make a full meal, and offers a refrigerator with ice, dishwasher, toaster oven, stove, and blender so that smoothies may be made. Make sure to get up early and sit on the deck so that you can see toucans, a sloth or two, and, of course, various monkeys. There's also a pool, that whilst smallish, is large enough for a family of four. Late night swims under the stars as well as in early morning make for wonderful memories.

    Marie K., Other trip, Jun 19, 2021

    Verified Vrbo guest review

  • 10.0.Exceptional

    We loved it!

    Dave and Toni’s place was perfect for our family of 4. The location was ideal for getting to all the places we wanted to see, and we loved the town of Dominical and the beautiful beach within walking distance. After our active days we loved sitting on the deck and watching the wildlife and using the fabulous plunge pool. Dave and Toni were very responsive and helpful, and David was able to book a few excursions for us (ziplining, snorkeling cano island). Would definitely stay here again!

    Megan C., Other trip, Apr 22, 2019

    Verified Vrbo guest review

  • 8.0.Very good

    Canto del Mar

    The house and location were great. The owners provided great information on the house, restaurants and local attractions. We had a great time and would definitely stay there again. The downsides were the ac in the master bedroom was very loaded and did not condition the space very well. Seems like an easy fix. Also, something would beep 3 times a night starting at 3am every night as if the power was going off, but it wasn't. We went during an extreme drought and we were on the river water so we had a tough time with that, but that is not something anyone could predict or prevent. All in all, great plate to be.

    Frank H., Other trip, Mar 27, 2019

    Verified Vrbo guest review

  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Simply Devine

    We just returned from our 8 night stay. We arrived 12/6 and it was late and beginning to rain. We couldn't see the view. But, the next morning when we turned the corner.....breathtaking!!! The hill is, NO JOKE!! It is possible to rent here, without a rental car. But, be prepared to $$. Dave and Toni found a gem. The house is situated where, most times, you will hear vehicles (4x4, scooters and motorcycles) go by. To be expected. David, the local host, is a gem. He was extremely polite, courteous and professional. He invited us to Villas Alturas on Thursday. Don't miss it!!! There's a beautiful view and awesome sunsets!!! On, 12/10, we celebrated our 14th Wedding Anniversary. Again, David didn't disappoint! He arranged a couples massage and a private dinner. The private dinner was AMAZING! Our Chef is the owner of, El Patio in Play Linda. The plunge pool is a bonus. We walked to the beach, visited Uvita the National Park and even took the local bus back to Dominical. Don't be afraid to park your vehicle and hitch a ride. It cost us less than $10 USD from Uvita back to Dominical. It cost $25 USD taxi from Dominical to Uvita. We will return to the Pacific cost. We miss the heat and humidity already! Pura Vida! Thank you Dave/Toni & (David)

    Janet S., Other trip, Dec 18, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    A villa with a view!

    We had a wonderful stay at Dave and Toni’s place! We were a family of 4 with my 2 grown sons. We enjoyed the view and the pool, especially. The house was clean and just as the pictures showed. Communication with Dave was great. David, the on-site manager, arranged some great tours, and we saw monkeys and sloths on the kayak tour. The surfing lesson and zip lining were also really good. Thank you for helping make our trip to Costa Rica wonderful!

    Kimberly M., Other trip, Jan 7, 2019

    Verified Vrbo guest review

  • 10.0.Exceptional

    The property is beautiful. The construction is recent and the atention to detail is amazing.

    Finding supermarkets, places to eat, beaches to go and plans to do is super easy and everything is near. On the other hand, if you just want to stay home, enjoy the view and the mountains sounds, while making a bbq meal and let the kids play in the pool is also as easy to do. Overall, is a greta piece of Costa Rican paradise to enjoy.

    Tania B., Other trip, Jun 19, 2021

    Verified Vrbo guest review

  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Great house, great view

    This house was in terrific condition and we could tell the owners love this home. Great views, plus we saw monkeys, agauti and iguanas from the balcony. Terrific condition - much better than the other places we've stayed in CR. Very close to Dominicalito Beach. A short drive to Uvita and Dominical. Would recommend!

    Cara P., Other trip, Aug 16, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Amazing view!

    Great view! Pool was beautiful. Rental had everything we need and more. Very comfortable furniture and beds. Awesome water pressure! Dishwasher a plus! Great neighborhood with lots of wild life. Would rent again. W Ish we could have stayed longer.

    Amye s., Other trip, Jan 9, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Great location, wonderful owner, a great local contact

    We had a lovely stay at Canto del Mar. The owner was very helpful prior to and during our stay, giving lots of suggestions for things to do, places to eat, etc, as was the local contact, David. He stopped by and offered his help anytime we should need it. Great location to walk down to Playa Dominicalito and the Poza Azul waterfall. Short drive to Dominical and Uvita. Nice house with comfortable furnishings and a great deck with pool and spectacular view.

    Cynthia T., Other trip, Dec 24, 2018

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    FABULOUS property and location!!

    This was an awesome property and experience!!! Everything was wonderful. Thank you for the excellent vacation!!

    Kerry M., Other trip, Mar 9, 2020

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