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This Mexican Inspired Casa Will Be Your Home Away From Home. 5 * visitor reviews

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 14 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 - 14 nights

About the property

A 4 Bedroom Retreat with spectacular Ocean and Mountain view and cool breezes

Family adventure awaits at Casa Mañana. Whether you’re staying in for a day at the poolside or exploring the Uvita area, there is no shortage of things to do and see.

Awaken to the ever-changing sounds of the rain forest; enjoy coffee on the balcony while taking in the panoramic view of the Pacific. Our home is located in one of the most biodiversity-rich areas in the world; you never know what you are going to see or hear making every day a new adventure.

Casa Mañana is uniquely designed to provide 4 couples with the convenience of maximum privacy in your bedroom area, coupled with a central common area to enjoy group interaction.

Each of the four bedrooms comes with a queen size bed, a private bathroom, fold-down laptop computer desk, overhead fan and windows all around – immerse yourself in nature, or pull down the shades for a peaceful afternoon nap.

A 10 minute drive allows you to spend your day at Uvita waterfall at the base of Bejuco road. The mountain water is always cool and refreshing. Let the kids splash in the water, while you enjoy a cold beer or a delicious fresh fruit smoothie at the restaurant.

Venture a little further and explore the world famous Whales Tail in Ballena Marine National Park. This unique natural phenomenon which can be viewed from your balcony back at Casa Mañana, provides the perfect back-drop for a day of exploration when the tide is out and the Whale’s Tail becomes accessible for beach combing. The sparkling sandy white beach is breath taking and appears endless. Be sure to bring a pail for collecting beach-side treasures and enjoy a relaxing swim in the calm waters of the cove created by the peninsula.

Retire to Casa Mañana to plan tomorrow’s adventure and experience the sensational Costa Rican sunset. Each one is truly a memorable experience from this spectacular mountainside vantage point.

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dianne machel
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
February 12, 2017

About dianne machel

After twenty three years of dreaming about it - we finally took the plunge and bought a lot in Uvita, Costa Rica. We have had our ups and downs on this journey – but mostly ups. The name Casa Mañana evolved as we quickly had to learn to adapt to Costa Rica timing. Mañana (tomorrow - or not today) was the theme of our entire building experience, it was indeed an adventure.

Our 3 years spent on this labour of love has allowed us to make our dream home a reality. Retirement has allowed us to stay at Casa Mañana 6 months of the year. For us, escaping the snowy Canadian winters has made it all worthwhile. In 2012 we had opportunity to visit Casa Mañana in the summer with our grandchildren, and it was truly a completely different, but wonderful experience.

Starting in the summer of 2013, we have decided to share our dream home Casa Mañana, as well as our Casita Lo Hicimos ( in English -We did it!) with others wishing to explore Costa Rica while enjoying the comforts of a home away from home.

We hope your stay will bring you the same joy we experience each and every day when we wake up to a new Costa Rican day. Pura Vida Costa Rica!

dianne machel purchased this house in 2010

Why dianne machel chose Puntarenas

It is close enough to everything we need as seniors - yet far enough away from the bussle and noise of town to allow us to experience cool ocean breezes, phenominal views, greenery everywhere, peace and tranquility and wildlife

What makes this house unique

Each bedroom offers complete privacy and a multitude of windows to view the ocean from every room. Glass doors off each bedroom offer a large balcony upstairs and amazing ocean and whales tail views - and the walkouts from downstairs bedrooms offer an overhead or open patio and the pool just feet away for that early morning refreshing dip



Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)


freddy solorzano alvarado.

  • 5 of 5

estuvo excelente es hospedaje en este lugar, tiene unas vistas espectaculares, todo muy ordenado y limpio

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Freddy for your review. Although I cant understand it, 5 stars tells me you are happy with your visit. We hope to welcome you and your fmaily back again some day all the best from Dianne and Rudi
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A Beach a Day and Sunsets Galore

  • 5 of 5

We arrived in Costa Rica on New Year's Day and leaving the airport in San Jose, we found out that the highway to the coast was closed southbound to allow the thousands of families spending the holiday at the shore to get home to the city. The traffic heading away from the Pacific coast was amazing, but other than having to take secondary roads to get to Uvita, there was little traffic heading toward Uvita. We arrived a bit after dark, but our host's neighbors, Sander, Hans and Monique met us in town and guided us up the road to Casa Manana. The road is steep and rocky, but we had a Toyota Rav 4 (4x4) and it was no problem to negotiate. The house is worth the trip up and down the mountain once a day. We were two couples and a single adult and had lots of room and privacy when we needed it. The pool and deck have an incredible view of the Pacific and Marino Ballena National Park (the Whale's Tail) below. The sunsets over the ocean were breathtaking whether viewed from the upper deck, your bedroom or the pool deck. At the base of the road is the village of Uvita with everything you might need in the way of supplies, a bank, liquor stores, roadside fruit and vegetable vendors and a short distance down the road a great fish market with that day's catch of yellowfin tuna, Mahi-mahi (dorado), shrimp and a nice variety of other seafood. Nearby were so many different beaches and parks to visit that I lost count how many we visited. A few days after we arrived, Rudi (one of the owners) arrived and like his neighbors that we met the first day was as nice as can be. He shared some info about places to visit and things to do. We were amazed at the local wildlife, including howler monkeys that visited in the morning and toucans and hummingbirds that visited all day long. We swam in the waterfalls at the bottom of the road, visited four national parks on out daily excursions and took hundreds of photos of the local flora and fauna. Whether you want to use the house as a jumping off point to trip around southern Costa Rica like us, or just want a nice getaway place this place is for you. The pool was so refreshing,and the four master suites provided privacy and quiet when needed. We are very pleased that our hosts (Dianne and Rudi) were willing to share their beautiful home with us.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the kind review Ray. I am so disappointed that I didnt get to meet you. You have so many wonderful stories I was anxious to hear about with your volunteer eye clinics. Perhaps you will return another time? It is very important to us the our visitors leave happy and with no regrets. It sounds like you had a wonderful trip and could probably now share information about sights to see with us. we hope to welcome you back again some day
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Lille, France

House for rent

  • 5 of 5

From abroad (France) it is not always easy to chose a house for rent, so I was a little scary. Well, I can say that we ended up in one of the most beautiful houses ! Very practical with its four bedrooms with each a private bathroom, but also very cosy ! Eating outside was one of my favourites.

The view on the ocean and the whale's-tail is impressive and the swimming pool very useful after a walk or a trip in the neighbourhood.

Personally I liked the early mornings most, so calm and peaceful, just beautiful.

The beaches near Uvita are clean and the water of the ocean is warm !

Simply I loved the place, I was only sorry I couldn’t stay a bit longer ! But I’ll be back !!

Bravo and thanks to the owners !!

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Antwerp (Belgium)

Holiday home in "heaven"

  • 5 of 5

We were quite impressed with the splendid views from the balcony, overlooking the Pacific Coastline and more in particular the Whale's Tail", a promontory, jutting out into the ocean and accessible at low tide. The accommodation is splendid, cosy, very clean and the house oozes warmth and hospitality. The outdoor kitchen is a definite asset ! The pool offers ample relaxation. The cool mountain air guarantees, that an airconditioner is not required. All amenities, kitchen , laundry etc are well up to the expected standard. Beds and adjoining en-suites, are modern and nicely decorated. I would highly recommend this property. The access road is at times a bit steep, but offers splendid view and forms part of the "hide-away-feeling". The area and immediate surrounding is stunning, to say the least. Plenty of resto's nearby, as well as supermarkets. The local population is extremely friendly. Beaches are fabulous and even for a Scuba diver like myself, there is ample opportunity. We enjoyed nearby horse riding, spectacular waterfalls and even visiting an indigenous village.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We were very fortunate that this property was available for our return visit to Costa Rica. It is a 5 km drive up the mountain where the air is cooler and crisper and divine for sunsets with a view of the "Whale's Tail". The on-suite baths for each bedroom are a definite plus. Since our first visit, the owners have added an outdoor kitchen - thumbs up! The owners pass on so much info and ideas for sightseeing. Would stay again!

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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a truly tropical paradise

  • 5 of 5

This property is absolutely stunning. Very clean and well maintained. The first thing to catch my eye was the overall design/layout and decor which makes sense because it was all designed and built by the owner herself! 4 bedrooms each with their own toilet/shower gave everyone more than enough space and personal privacy. Large sliding doors in front of each bedroom, the kitchen, upstairs balcony, and pool left the space feeling very open with incredible views to wake up to from bed! The pool was essential for the peak heat of the day and left us feeling so refreshed! Huge balcony upstairs and downstairs with a dozen pairs of chairs and tables set up all over so you could pick a new spot to relax every day! The swinging chair on 2nd floor and the outdoor kitchen may have been my favorite as it was a blessing to cook and eat next to the pool in the gorgeous weather. There is a beautiful waterfall less than 10 min down the road and an amazing variety of insects and animals to serenade you at sunset every evening. Just be prepared for an aggressive off-road journey to get to this lovely residence. They are NOT kidding when they say you need 4 wheel drive! Dianne the property owner was a Saint and had large soft pool towels laid out in each room and even bought us a massive fresh fruit basket upon arrival! I cannot recommend this place enough, it is impossible to be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow Jared. Thank you so much for a great review. We are very pleased that your stay meant so much to you. It is great to get such positive feedback, and to hear what was special for you and your group. I hope everyone visiting here have such positive appreciation it means a lot to us to have happy satisfied renters Thank you also for leaving the place so spotless. I had no trouble getting ready for the renters immediately following you, which is not always the case!
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Rates & Availability

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 9 2017 - Apr 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
mid season
May 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
14 night minimum stay
Dec 21 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250

included with rental free of charge.

2 cooler size bottles of drinking water which can be replaced by you at the local grocery store. simply take the empty bottle and they will give you a full one for approximately 6$

gas for propane bbq tank and gas for outdoor kitchen stove top cooker

beach towels included in rental

some beach chairs and a cooler available to borrow during your stay

loan of books and dvds. PLEASE be sure to replace dvds in original containers.

tap water is fine for cooking and even usually for drinking but we prefer to drink only cooler water
we ask that you respect that most houses around us are all rental properties and everyone appreciates quiet time from 10 pm till 8am


full refund less booking fee cancellation 60 days before arrival. no refund 30 days cancellation unless we can rent again. then full refund applies

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Bahía Ballena House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , TILED VANITY WITH HAND PAINTED SINK AND TILES
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , TILED VANITY WITH HAND PAINTED TILES AND SINK
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , TILED VANITY WITH HAND PAINTED TILES AND SINK
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , TILED VANITY WITH HAND PAINTED SINK AND TILES
  • 4 full bathrooms within each bedroom which includes 4 unique hand painted sinks in a tiled vanity One 2 piece bathroom off kitchen for guest usage
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
  • 4 bedrooms - full cupboards with storage area above for suitcases Queen size beds small flip down computer desks in each room- laundry baskets, each room has blinds plus blackout curtain on do0r - security decorative metal bars on all lower doors and windows Ensuite with sink, toilet and large shower
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
We built with casual living (vacation) in mind - clay tiles allow walking in from pool - the water disappears - easy to maintain - non slip pool deck - lots of windows but blinds and blackout curtains for privacy provided - security bars on all lower windows and doors for optimum safety and peace of mind Please note: renters use property at their own risk - we assume no liability - renters insurance is recommended

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