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The WHALE RESORT Puerto Jimenez Osa Peninsula

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4 bedrooms
4 bathrooms
14 guests
4 nights minimum
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Words are hard to describe this property. It's a 3.5 acre beachfront property with three homes. Each home is privately secluded from the others, with trails and pathways full of colorful vegetation, connecting each home through-out the 3.5 acres. Our entrance is gated, and when you go through the gates, it's like passing through to the other side into a wonderland of Mother Nature's tropical paradise! It offers the best of all worlds. It sits on the shore of Playa Juanito Mora, one of the most beautiful beaches on the Osa Peninsula, yet still sits in the middle of the most luscious tropical jungle flooded with several varieties of Heliconia, and colorful orchids through-out! Toucans, Scarlet Macaws, Titi Monkeys, Cappuccino Moneys, and Howler Monkeys are all there too! No matter what your...Words are hard to describe this property. It's a 3.5 acre beachfront property with three homes. Each home is privately secluded from the others, with trails and pathways full of colorful vegetation, connecting each home through-out the 3.5 acres. Our entrance is gated, and when you go through the gates, it's like passing through to the other side into a wonderland of Mother Nature's tropical paradise! It offers the best of all worlds. It sits on the shore of Playa Juanito Mora, one of the most beautiful beaches on the Osa Peninsula, yet still sits in the middle of the most luscious tropical jungle flooded with several varieties of Heliconia, and colorful orchids through-out! Toucans, Scarlet Macaws, Titi Monkeys, Cappuccino Moneys, and Howler Monkeys are all there too! No matter what your personal interests may be, whether it's bird watching, or hiking, or whale watching, or enjoying our botanical gardens, we have a little bit of everything for everyone to embrace and to see! The Whale Resort is a large beachfront property located on the edge of Canaza, a small town near Matapalo, and about 10 minutes from Puerto Jimenez, a much larger port town that offers all the amenities such as restaurants, bars, banks/ATMs, pharmacies, medical facilities, tour operators, a commercial airport, and plenty of shopping, but if you're in a big hurry, Canaza also has its own small grocery store about 5 minutes away. The resort is in the Osa Peninsula, and backs up to the Golfo Dulce Bay, where one of the mother nature's most interesting phenomenon's occur. The Humpback Whales take a three month journey from Alaska heading to the Golfo Dulce, where they seek refuge from the Orca Whale, which is the only natural predator to the baby Humpbacks. There are two places on the planet were this phenomenon occurs. One is near Hawaii; the other is right in our backyard in the Golfo Dulce! The Golfo Dulce which means “sweet water” has an unusually large amount of fresh water rivers flowing into it, making it too toxic for the Orca to swim in, but biologically ok for the Humpbacks. Between July and Oct. hundreds of the Humpbacks have been instinctively traveling to this bay for centuries to have their babies, so it's an amazing destination for whale watching enthusiasts from all over the world to come and witness this incredible experience. You have the amazing experience of being in your own private jungle, but with the pool and the beach in the backyard too! Most mornings the monkeys show up too, lounging in the trees waiting for breakfast, hoping for an occasional banana or two. Always have your camera ready because you never know what you might see next! Playa Juanito Mora is a quiet out of the way beach, quietly tucked away on the Golfo Dulce Bay, the water is always warm and calm. It's always a very relaxing beach and always safe for swimming for everyone young and old. You may see an occasional fisherman, or a local walking, but for the most part, if you want to bask in the sun, exercise, or practice yoga or meditation, you'll have the beach all to yourselves! There is also a lot of excellent sport fishing in the area, and Puerto Jimenez is a hub for some very successful boats and captains! The Whale Resort includes three homes located on the property. Each home has its own pool and private deck area. Two homes are available now, and the third will be ready in June. Our vision has quickly become a reality. Our goal is to provide a very unique experience for groups of 8 or more, when traveling to Costa Rica. Finding single accommodations for larger groups is difficult. Most are forced into booking a bunch of hotel rooms at $250-$300 per night, right? If hotels aren't the answer, and you want rent a vacation home, but need more than one, you are forced into renting a couple of homes within the same vicinity. Then your group is kind of together, but kind of not. The cost of each home is probably $800 - $1000 per night. Both options are expensive, and neither can truly offer oceanfront. If you want an ocean view or beach access, that's going to cost more! So what if there is an alternative and at an affordable price? What if you could rent your own private first class oceanfront mini resort? Rent it exclusively for your group only, where everyone would all be together, all in the same place, all at the same time, oceanfront, poolside, and um,,, on the beach! Accommodations on the resort currently include 2 homes, and will sleep 12 comfortably, and the third home will be available in June and will sleep 6 - 8 comfortably. Each home is situated through-out the 3.5 acre oceanfront jungle property! The cost? about $50 per person, per night! We have a friendly full time staff that you may see from time to time unless you request otherwise. They'll be taking care of the grounds, the pool, and house cleaning services. If you prefer to cook, great, we have a large fully equipped kitchen, as well as a large gas grill. Don't feel like cooking, no worries, let our private staff prepare one of our delicious meals for you. We can handle all of your needs including grocery shopping, arranging your tours, arranging your transportation services, and any other services you may require, day or night. Home #1 - Oceanfront Is a three bedroom/three bath, and sleeps 6 - 8 comfortably, A/C. It has one king, one queen, and two singles in our bedrooms, along with a pull out day bed in the family room. This house is fully equipped with a large kitchen, a wet bar, and a large entertainment room for social gatherings. It has its own private pool and deck area with large porch areas, and enough outdoor seating for 20 + people and a giant gas grill for a great pool party! It's also oceanfront so everyone has a great view. It has its own gated entrance and enough parking for 5 cars. Home #2 – Garden View This is a one bedroom/one bath with a King Bed, and a pull out day bed in the family room. It will sleep 4 comfortably. A/C This house is fully equipped with a small kitchen and bar area with a TV. It has a large front porch area, and has its own private pool and deck area. It has its own gated entrance and enough parking for 3 cars. SPECIAL THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE WHALE RESORT There are three species of monkeys in Costa Rica. We have all three – and they live on or near our property. You will find that they are all pretty social, and as curious about you as you are of them. If you're patient enough and have a large supply of banana's, you can get them to come up eat right out of your hands! Our property is full of Palma Real, which is a tree that grows a special nut preferred by Scarlet Macaws and Toucans. Have your camera ready. It's not uncommon to catch a monkey, a macaw, and a toucan, all at the same time! We also have small seating area's spread out through the trails to enjoy the nature, so you might find yourself wanting to sneak away to read a book, have a snack, or maybe to enjoy a bottle of wine, chilling out and fully enjoying all of the peaceful surroundings. Costa Rica has a high season and a green season. The green season is basically from Aug to early Dec. mainly because it rains more. I wouldn't let the rain deter you from coming to CR in any month though. It's always beautiful. It mostly rains in the afternoons in the green season. There is plenty to see and do all year around, rain or shine. The Osa is always a haven for a rich diversity of flora and fauna, and always an abundance of marine life including dolphins and huge Humpback whales, and the sport fishing is always good. Can you imagine what it must feel like, seeing a 60' Humpback whale surface or launch herself, with her baby close by her side! It's not uncommon for our guided boat to run around the bay with a mom and her baby for an hour at a time, or longer! We do offer wireless internet and we will keep you connected, but we ask you understand, “You are in the jungle, in the Osa Peninsula” not New York City, so you expectations should reflect the same! There is always service, but bandwidth is limited and the afternoons can be hit and miss. If you want to upload/download files, or use Skype etc. do it at night. If you really need massive data capacity, and want lightning speed, then the later the better. I can tell you there are many guests that run businesses “even when vacationing” and they do it successfully from the Whale Resort, but do their heavy work at night, or early in the mornings. The local service provider is Kolbi and they offer a data card (with prepaid minutes) It's a USB card that plugs into your laptop. It acts as a personal hotspot, and tethers your laptop on to the wireless provider. We keep a data card available on site, so it's easy and not an issue our guests need to worry about. We keep plenty of data $ on the card but please, do not plan on downloading movies. We won't pay for that. Another option is to purchase an international data package plan from your US provider. AT&T has an affordable plan and coverage is great. T-Mobile does not have good coverage at the resort. I don't have experience with the other US providers Your small pets are welcome if they travel with you! PLEASE NO SMOKERS We always strive to maintain our home and property, but should anything break or go wrong, please notify our concierge or any other staff member, so we can take care of it right away. We always strive to maintain our home and property, but should anything break or go wrong, please notify our concierge or any other staff member, so we can take care of it right away. WE ARE CURRENTLY OFFERING AN ALL-INCLUSIVE SEVEN DAY STAY AT THE WHALR RESORT DURING THE PRIME WEEKS OF THE WHALE SEASON FROM MID AUGUST THROUGH MID SEPTEMBER Enjoy a 7 day stay at the Whale Resort to explore the waters of the Golfo Dulce. Take advantage of the best 4 weeks out of the year to catch the Humpback Whales in action. Where? Right off of the shores of of the Whale Resort, in the Golfo Dulce. The Osa Peninsula has the longest whale season in the world. but if you really want to have the most optimal chance of truly seeing them up close and in the flesh, where you can almost be assured of seeing them in the Golfo Dulce, then you want to be here in the best four weeks of the year – mid-August to mid-September. The Whale Resort is offering a limited amount (seven) 4n/5d packages during these peak times. Included in this package is; 1. FULL PRIVATE ACCOMMODATIONS AT THE WHALE RESORT THIS LUXURY BEACHFRONT HOME IS 4000 SQ. FT. WITH A POOL AND LARGE PATIO DECK AREA. OUR GROUNDS ARE FULL OF WALKING TRAILS WHERE YOU WILL SEE HUNDREDS OF HELICONIA. WE HAVE 3 SPECIES ON MONKEYS THAT WILL ENTERTAIN YOU DAILY, ALONG WITH TOUCANS, AND BEAUTIFUL SCARLET MACAWS DAILY THAT ALSO LIVE ON OUR PROPERTY 2. ALL OF THE ROUND TRIP AIRFARE TO AND FROM PUERTO JIMENEZ FROM JUAN SANTA MARIA INTERNATIONAL 3. TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM THE PUERTO JIMENEZ AIRPORT 4. UNLIMITED DAILY TRANSPORTATION 5. TWO CHEF PREPARED MEALS EACH DAY 6. ENJOY A ONE HOUR DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE BY OUR IN-HOUSE MASSEUSE THAT WILL PROMISE TO MAKE YOU MELT 7. THREE DAYS OF THE BEST EXCURSION TOURS COSTA RICA HAS TO OFFER 8. TWO WHALE CHASING DAYS ON THE WATER Where you will whisked you away to a magical world full of more wildlife than any other place on earth. Be prepared to come face to face with Humpback whales, dolphins, turtles, manta rays, and if you are lucky, even the awe inspiring whale shark. The tour includes a cruise to the heart of the Gulf Dulce and through the mangrove river estuaries where we will do some extensive bird watching while on the look out for Crocodiles and Caimans. Eat your heart out Disneyland Jungle Cruise. All our tours reward our guests with nothing but the very best in comfort and safety while enjoying the most spectacular views Costa Rica has to offer. Our custom built 27 tour boat has a full sun top and contoured seating. We provide activities such as snorkeling coral reefs and beach combing on the shores of the only national park in Costa Rica that has no roads leading to it. We offer as shore lunch, light refreshments, and organic fresh fruits with an assortment of goodies for the kids as well. 9. ONE DAY MATAPALO HIKING TOUR You will take a 45 min car ride, exploring Matapalo along the way. Then we go in and out through the forest and to the beach on a leisurely hike that leads to a jungle waterfall. Along the way is an area that hold all 4 types of monkeys and countless birds. Lunch at the waterfall with a nice swim in the pools. Fresh fruit snacks and water provided. This hike is like a botanical garden tour in the oxygen factory. This tour is appropriate for all ages. This all-inclusive 7 day package is $1495 pp Our beachfront home will be yours exclusively. We require a minimum group size of 4 people - and a maximum group size of 8 people per stay to insure the most comfortable accommodations and personalized attention you deserve. Longer stays are possible based on availability Additional accommodations are available for larger group sizes upon requests. More
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Pets Allowed: Ask
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Porch
Washer
Outdoor Dining Area
Towels Provided
Air Conditioning
Ocean Views
Private Garden
Cycling Trips
A Winter Sun Getaway
Ceiling Fans
TV
Corporate Bookings
Rural/Countryside Retreats
City Getaway
Linens Provided
Secure Parking
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
Children's Pool
Toaster
Cooker
Grill
Local Guides/Maps
Fishing Nearby
Long Term Rentals (Over 1 Month)
Water Views
Blender
Dryer
Dishwasher
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
Waterfront
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Good Nightlife
Boat Available
Balcony
Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Watersports Nearby
Terrace
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Reviewed 19 January 2018

If you want a no-planning, no-hassle vacation in Costa Rica, this is for you. From the moment you arrive, EVERYTHING (food, laundry, planning the outings, transportation, etc.) is handled for you. The staff handled our large, multi-generational family (12 people) with ease. Special thanks to...More

Date of stay: January 2018
1  Thank Katherine M
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Our 12-year-old daughter was awarded a Make-a-Wish Foundation trip in late 2016, and spent the rest of the year trying to decide where to go. We were outwardly supportive of any choice she made, though we hoped to avoid the “busy spots” such as Disney...More

Date of stay: April 2017
2  Thank Anne W
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Reviewed 19 February 2016

The Whale Resort is a hidden treasure in the middle of the jungle and on the edge of the ocean. The views are the kind you dream of. The staff on top of being lovable was highly professional. Our dinners and breakfasts that were prepared...More

Date of stay: February 2016
1  Thank kimmilesphone
Michael F, VR Owner at The WHALE RESORT Puerto Jimenez Osa Peninsula, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2016

Thank you for the kind review and thank you for following my lead when guiding you throughout your stay, trusting my advice on how squeeze every drop of fun out of each day of your trip. There are so many things to do and see,...More

Reviewed 12 January 2016

We are certain that Paradise exists and we believe that we did get to see it on our recent family vacation at the Whale Resort near Puerto Jimenez on the Osa peninsula of Costa Rica. We are the seniors in a three generation family with...More

Date of stay: December 2015
1  Thank AmnonZohar
Reviewed 17 September 2015

Our stay at The Whale Resort exceeded expectations. Mike, the owner, was attentive to every detail of our trip. The staff members were gracious, polite and super diligent. We enjoyed both relaxing at the beautiful Resort and venturing out to explore the Peninsula. We hiked...More

Date of stay: September 2015
Thank Vincent M
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Listed Since:December 2014
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About the neighbourhood
La Resort Ballena 'The Whale Resort' is a large beachfront resort style home located on the edge of Canaza, a small town just near Puerto Jimenez. The home is in the Osa Peninsula, and backs up to the Golfo Dulce, where one of the natures most interesting phenomenon's occur, and literally right here in our own backyard. The Humpback Whales take a three month journey from Alaska heading to the Golfo Dulce as they seek refuge from their only natural predictor, The Orca, to safely bear their young.
How to get there
La Resort Ballena 'The Whale Resort' is easy to get to. If you prefer to drive from San Jose's International Airport, it's about a 5 hour drive, mostly on major and well maintained highways. If you prefer, there are also several daily flights to Puerto Jimenez. which is about 15 minutes from our brachfront property. There are several car rental companies at the local Jimenez airport. We provide a personal concierge to help decide and plan your travel arrangements, whatever you choose them to be.
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