Vista Ballena

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Outdoor pool
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Deluxe Room | Terrace/patio

Overview of Vista Ballena

Vista Ballena

3.5-star property
3.5-star inn in Ballena with outdoor pool and restaurant

8,2/10 Very good

68 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking
17 KM al sur de Playa Dominical, sobre la Costanera, Jardines del Morete, Ballena, Puntarenas, 60504
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Outdoor pool
  • Children's pool
  • Room service
  • Airport shuttle
  • Terrace
  • Air conditioning
  • Garden
  • Front desk safe
  • Self-serve laundry
  • Multilingual staff
Feel at home
  • Children's pool
  • Private bathroom
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping

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About this area

Getting around

  • Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport (SJO) - 64.3 miles/103.5 km
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

About this property

Vista Ballena

3.5-star inn
You can look forward to free cooked-to-order breakfast, a roundtrip airport shuttle, and a terrace at Vista Ballena. Treat yourself to a massage or other spa services. Be sure to enjoy a meal at the onsite Mediterranean cuisine restaurant. Stay connected with free in-room WiFi, and guests can find other amenities such as a garden and laundry facilities.
You'll also enjoy perks such as:
  • An outdoor pool and a children's pool
  • Free self parking and valet parking
  • Multilingual staff, wedding services, and a front desk safe
  • Tour/ticket assistance, concierge services, and smoke-free premises
  • Guest reviews speak highly of the pool
Room features
All guestrooms at Vista Ballena have comforts such as premium bedding and air conditioning, as well as amenities like free WiFi and minibars.
More amenities include:
  • Bathrooms with showers and free toiletries
  • Flat-screen TVs with cable channels
  • Balconies, coffee/tea makers, and ceiling fans


English, Spanish

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global)

Social distancing

Contactless check-in and check-out
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Hand sanitizer provided
Individually-wrapped food options available for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and through room service
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 20 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age - 18
  • Check-out time is 11:00 AM
  • Late check-out subject to availability

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • The front desk is open daily from 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free onsite self parking
  • Free onsite valet parking


  • Airport shuttle on request (available 24 hours)*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free cooked-to-order breakfast each morning 7 AM–10 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service (limited hours)

Traveling with children

  • Children's pool

What to do

  • Ecotours


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff


  • 2 buildings/towers
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • An outdoor pool


  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower


  • English
  • Spanish

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable TV channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Minibar
  • Coffee/tea maker

Sleep well

  • Premium bedding

What to enjoy

  • Balcony

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi


  • Daily housekeeping

Special features


Onsite venue - This restaurant specializes in Mediterranean cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of USD 70 per person
  • Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge of USD 20 (subject to availability)

Children & extra beds

  • Airport shuttle service for children costs USD 70

Hygiene & cleanliness

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

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and also through room service.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global).


This property does not have elevators.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, and a first aid kit on site.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

Whales Dolphins Hotel Dominical
Vista Ballena Inn Dominical
Whales Dolphins Dominical
Vista Ballena Inn Uvita
Vista Ballena Inn
Vista Ballena Uvita
Whales & Dolphins Ecolodge Hotel Uvita
Vista Ballena Costa Rica/Uvita
Vista Ballena Inn
Vista Ballena Ballena
Vista Ballena Inn Ballena

Frequently asked questions

Does Vista Ballena offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Vista Ballena does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at Vista Ballena?
As of 06 October 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Vista Ballena on 20 October 2022 start from R1 630, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Vista Ballena?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Vista Ballena?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool and a children's pool.
Are pets allowed at Vista Ballena?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
Is parking offered on site at Vista Ballena?
Yes, there's free self and valet parking.
Is airport shuttle service offered by Vista Ballena?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is USD 70 per person.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Vista Ballena?
You can check in from 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Check-out time is 11:00 AM. Late check-out is available for a charge of USD 20 (subject to availability). Contactless check-in and check-out are available.
What is there to do at Vista Ballena and nearby?
Onsite recreation at Vista Ballena includes ecotours. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool or use the inn's other amenities, which include a picnic area and a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Vista Ballena?
Yes, there's an onsite restaurant that offers Mediterranean cuisine. Nearby restaurants include Al Chile Que Sí (2 mi), Carlito's (2.3 mi), and Ranchos Remo (2.9 mi).
Does Vista Ballena have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, every room features a balcony.

Overall score and ratings


Very good




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



10/10 Exceptional

Everyone at Vista Ballena was welcoming and friendly the pool area/restaurant bar area was so relaxing. Definitely a must go to place!
Davina, 2-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Amazing food, views and service. Nice clean rooms with a great view from the balconies. Will go back next time.
Boris, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

What a beautiful place and such a find! We absolutely loved this place. The common pool/dining/bar area was the highlight and is as gorgeous as all the photos. It has a two-level infinity pool that overlooks the Pacific Ocean, Uvita townsite below, the national marine park and is the best view of the Whale Tail Sandbar. The adjacent bar places great ambient grooves perfect for the place, has a great selection of drinks and same games to borrow if desired. Plenty of lounge chairs as well as tables/chairs if you want to eat, play games, etc. Restaurant offers a great mix of all sorts of dishes, and BIG portions. The rooms all offer the same beautiful view of the ocean and each has its own patio with table and chairs. Rooms are of a good size and the bathroom too. Mini fridge available. The only drawback to the rooms is no in-room safe. The road to get up to the property is STEEP and very narrow, and there are many, many stairs within the property, between the main restaurant/pool/reception area building and the two room buildings. We didn't even make it down to the lowest one to check out the yoga platform. There is some handicap parking available but I imagine that driving between main building and rooms would be the only way to get around.
Connie, 4-night family trip
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4/10 Fair

1-night trip
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6/10 Good

I’ve stayed at Vista Ballena several times and always had a wonderful room and experience. This last time was not so good. All I can say is, do not accept a room on the bottom floor. Not only are they an extremely long hike up the stairs to the restaurant area, but the rooms are just not nice. Just a plain ugly room with 2 very uncomfortable double beds. I only had a sheet on my bed when I arrived - no bed cover. Just a blanket in the closet. Not good for the price you pay for a room there.
Linda, 1-night trip with friends
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8/10 Very good

Donna, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The views are absolutely amazing here and the staff are so friendly and hospitable. The hotel, pool, and grounds are well kept. Would definitely return!
Sara, 4-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The ocean view was excellent.
2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The pool is amazing and the views!!! I enjoyed the staff as well, they were very helpful and kind!
3-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

Brian, 2-night trip
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