Privacy and Relaxation
Submitted: January 16, 2012
Stayed: December 2011
My wife and I just got back from two blissful weeks in Costa Rica, spent almost entirely at Casa Toucan, surrounded on all sides by lush greenery.
This is the most secluded place we have ever rented. If you stand at the far end of the very nice pool, you _might_ see your closest neighbour, still quite a distance away. What you do see is jungle, everywhere jungle, with all the little pleasant surprises that accompany such a setting: toucans, monkeys (howler and capuchin), butterflies, hummingbirds, etc.. You get the picture. This is not to say that you are seeing all these animals non-stop, but you will see animals on a regular basis. And some may wake you up in the early morning hours too!
The house itself is fantastic with all the amenities you would want or expect. Fridge, oven, washer, dryer, dishwasher, dishes, utensils, myriad kitchen gadgets, BBQ (though we didn't use it), tv, DVDs, cleaning agents: it's all there (with one odd exception, no corkscrew, which I'm sure will be rectified, given the attentive nature of the owners). Without a doubt the best stocked villa we have ever rented.
The views from inside, from the excellent patio and from the pool level are all fantastic. The sunsets are amazing. I can truthfully say that the villa is actually better looking "live" than what you see in the pictures.
The villa is located about 10-15 minutes from Uvita which has two supermarkets, a drugstore, liquor store, restaurants, etc. Also nearby is a national park with whale watching, snorkeling, or just hanging by the beach, though we mostly spent our days lounging by the villa's nice pool, catching up on some reading.
All of this does however come at a price, and that's the steep drive from Uvita up the hill (and down the hill later), which can be a bit scary at first, but becomes much easier to navigate once you've done it once or twice. The owners pretty well tell you that you will need a 4x4 car, which we did. We never actually went into 4x4 mode, but we did go into low gear and were thankful for the clearance. This is the only downside, and its a small one, for staying at the villa.
Bottom line is that we highly recommend Villa Toucan.
I am still scratching my head as to how they ever got the internet in such a remote location!
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