About Shelter from the Storm

Aerial view of Shelter from the Storm

Shelter from the Storm is a group of four vacation villas on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica perched above the Pacific Ocean on a five acre mountainside point approximately 80 meters (200 feet) above the Pacific Ocean. Positioned so no villa can be seen from the others, these luxurious Costa Rican villas are available for vacation short and, in some cases, long term stays. Cozy and private, Shelter From The Storm villas are perfectly located high enough above the ocean coastline to offer dramatic views across the Bay of Coronado to the beautiful Osa Peninsula yet low enough to hear the sound of waves breaking on the rocks below. In fact, as the lowest property in San Martin, just 2 minutes off the beautiful paved coastal highway, Shelter From The Storm also enjoys 600 feet of oceanfront on the opposite side of the coastal highway.

Pool Area

Shelter from the Storm is located in beautiful San Martin Sur, (often called the "Beverly Hills of the Ballena Coast") with Manuel Antonio just 30 minutes to the north and Ballena (meaning "whale" in Spanish) National Park just 15 minutes to the south. And, less than 10 minutes from the population centers of Uvita and Dominical, Shelter From The Storm offers the peace and privacy you expect on your tropical vacation but near enough to the nightlife, abundant restaurants, shopping and recreation facilities to satisfy even the most active traveler.

We would be happy to assist in booking horseback rides along the beach or to beautiful waterfalls, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, fishing trips, zip-line rides, rain forest canopy tours, bird-watching tours, ATV tours, canyoning, or hiking at Hacienda Baru Wildlife Refuge. A relaxing massage or gourmet dinner can also be booked in the privacy of your villa. Rental car pick-up at the airport can also be done if so desired..

The Rancho & 'Honor Bar'

All of the residences enjoy fresh ocean breezes during the day and even cooler mountain breezes every night. In addition, ceiling fans and air conditioning are available in every room.

Each villa includes full kitchen facilities and appliances, wireless internet, Egyptian cotton sheets and towels, a CD player with a library of hundreds of discs available or docking stations for your personal MP3 players.

Why travel all over the country to search for wildlife when, from your living room at Shelter From the Storm, you can see not only monkeys (both howlers and white face), but also sloths, coati, beautiful butterflies, and dozen of species of birds, including hummingbirds, toucans, fiery billed Aracari , parrots, soaring falcons, and of course pelicans. Recently, with the regeneration of their wooded habitat, the Scarlet Macaws have returned to the Ballena Coast as well.

Cast your gaze to the ocean to see passing dolphins, and during migrating season (August to October), it is not unusual to see whales breaching in Coronado Bay.

We are located within 20 minutes of at least twelve pristine beaches from the world class surf breaks of Playa Dominical to virtually deserted stretches of Playa Hermosa or Playa Linda, to the protected waters of Playa Ballena, probably the most perfect swimming beach on the Pacific coast. Or if you prefer, enjoy relaxing around the ocean.

Take advantage of our spacious bamboo covered bar/barbeque rancho area with huge stainless steel gas grill, stereo, honor bar, refrigerator, bathroom, full dining facilities, reading library, hammocks, wireless internet, Internet television and vast digital movie library.