|Minimum Stay||2 - 4 nights|
TRANQUIL, COLORFUL AND SPACIOUS home on a private ONE ACRE lot in a GATED COMMUNITY. Only 750 meters to the beautiful beaches in the surfing/fishing village of Esterillos Oeste. A quick drive to the adventures and tourist attractions of both Jaco Beach (20 minutes north) and Quepos/Manuel Antonio (30-40min south). Just enough away to have peace and tranquility, and close enough for all the fun day adventures.
Casa TUCANA: features a LARGE GREAT ROOM with a SPACIOUS OPEN FLOOR PLAN and tall (30') Cathedral Teak ceilings, a COVERED PATIO complete with BBQ & TEAK PING PONG TABLE (also great for dinning outside). This home enjoys country views with COMPLETE PRIVACY and a lower garden with majestic King Palms and lots of Monkeys. Step right in to the large SALT WATER POOL or lounge on the TEAK DECK or on the Palapa day-bed. You'll also enjoy doing Yoga on the roof top terrace, or relaxing in a HAMMOCK under the Palapa. The interior is tastefully decorated in colorful CUSTOM DESIGNED FURNISHINGS by french designer. This home is ideal for families and has a very happy feeling.
RELAXING and FUN: SALT WATER POOL (15' x 40' x 3-6'deep) is surrounded by stone/grass and a teak deck for watching monkeys and Sloths. Relax in Lounge chairs as well as a Palapa covered Day Bed-- a great spot for reading in the shade!
ROOF-TOP TERRACE with PALAPA, HAMMOCKS and another Day Bed.... is perfect for Yoga, reading etc…
PING PONG - Teak Ping-Pong table (also doubles as outdoor dining table that sits 16!)) is a great hit (pun intended!) for kids of all ages!
AMMENITIES: This house is fully equipped with high quality appliances, Custom furnishings. CABLE TV and High Speed CABLE INTERNET
LAUNDRY (washer/dryer) - ALL BEDDING, LINENS & BEACH TOWELS and more... are provided
GATED SECURITY: Gated community with 24/7 security. Casa Toucana is on the largest1 acre corner lot' facing out to a beautiful green valley. A lush green vegetation 'curtain' also provides privacy.
STAY COOL NATURALLY: The GREEN DESIGN of Casa Tucana will keep you COOL NATURALLY! There is also AC just in case, but you'll find that the house stays naturally cool thanks to the HIGH CATHEDRAL CEILINGS, the tall TOWER (chimney effect) and the thick PALAPA ROOF (Great insulation) as well as the CEILING FANS in all the rooms. The beautiful River Blue cement floors also add freshness.
This is a charming home in a lovely location. We hope you will enjoy it as much as we and many others have.
Since our very first trip to Costa Rica, we fell in love with the scenic beauty and tranquility of Costa Rica. We loved our vacation so much, we decided to build our own vacation homes there. One home was just not enough, so we built two more! Now all of our family and friends can enjoy the beauties of all of our Costa Rica Vacation Homes. We extend that welcome to you, our new Costa Rica friends! Please contact us for information on all of our properties or visit our website: www.puravidacasas.com
Chloe Murdoch purchased this house in 2008
This home is located in a surfing/fishing town called Esterillos Oests and has a local vibe and beach culture. The home is CLOSE TO THE BEACH but tucked back a little, providing you the experience of both the beach and the rainforest. It’s about 750 meters to the beach, which is roughly a 10-15 minute walk and a few minute drive. Walking is possible and good excercise but we recommend renting a car or arranging transportation with a shuttle service for convenience to and from the beach. After several hours at the beach it’s nice to get back to the house with in a few minutes by car, hope in the outdoor shower and jump in the pool to refresh. Having a car, though not necessary to have a wonderful and comfortable vacation, opens up so many more opportunities to explore the surrounding area that offers so many possible activities and adventures. Depending on how adventurous you want, it gives you the freedom to fit more in and see as much as possible of the Pura Vida life. Having your own mode of transportation will also give you the freedom to go into town for an evening at one of the areas many nice restaurants or grab groceries at the local supermarket to have a peaceful meal in the comfort of the home. We recommend this property to those looking for a fun filled & relaxing vacation here in Costa Rica.
IN HOME CATERING (PARTIAL or FULL service):
We want to make your stay with us easy and relaxing no planning meals, doing dishes, or grocery shopping! We offer to you a range of services from food and beverage stocking, to self or full service breakfast, lunch, and Dinner!
RELAXING and FUN: SALT WATER POOL (15' x 40' x 3-6'deep) is surrounded by stone/grass and a teak deck for watching monkeys. Lounge chairs as well as a Palapa covered Day Bed-- a great spot for reading!
ROOF-TOP TERRACE with PALAPA, HAMMOCKS and another Day Bed.... is perfect for Yoga.
PING PONG - Teak Ping-Pong table (also doubles as outdoor dining table) is a great hit (punintended!) with all kids of all ages!
AMMENITIES: This house is fully equipped with high quality appliances and CUSTOM FURNITURE
SATELITE TV comes with iPod Dock to watch all you favorite shows and news and play your favorite music (bring your iPod) --
LAUNDRY (WASHER//DRYER) ALL BEDDING AND LINENS PROVIDED - BEACH TOWELS PROVIDED and more...
3-G INTERNET - Stay connected. Bring your Laptop. --
GATED SECURITY: Gated community with 24/7 security. Casa Toucana is on the largest 'Owner's lot', four times the size of regular lots. It is in a corner facing out to a beautiful green valley. A lush green vegetation 'curtain' also provides privacy.
House was perfect, clean, great location if you want the true Costa Rican feel. Daniel was more than happy to help us with excursions off the beaten path. Beach was a great walk, not crowded and safe. Local restaurants were very good. We had six adults who enjoyed morning animals, birds and lizards. Pool was cleaned twice during our stay and housekeeping came once. Toilets were not an
issue ( that's how it's done in Costa Rica, it's okay). We really enjoyed the pool. The house could use some up keep with the swing, two chairs outside and the stove which is a little temperamental. Otherwise great place, definitely need a car. Thank you Daniel and Chloe.
We had a great time at Casa Tucana. The house was lovely and well furnished. Very relaxing and private setting. The rooms were large with tall ceilings, the salt water pool…. Aaaah…. perfect! We played ping pong on the beautiful teak table and BBQ on the patio. There was monkeys in the trees and a sloth too. Kids were very excited….so were we!
Daniel (owners' son) was super helpful. He and his wife are from California, so it was easy to communicate. They arranged some fun things for us to do. It was really nice not to have to deal with the planning. We rented local cell phones from them so we could always be in touch, which was reassuring. Our favorites adventures were: surf lesson & jet ski with Daniel, Zip lines and the Crocodile River tour. We also spent a day in Manuel Antonio and an afternoon in Jaco which are only about a 20-35 minute drive each way. Its was fun but quite a bit more crowded than Esterillos.
THis was a super relaxing setting, the beach went for miles and was perfect for surfing and boogie boarding (rented boards from Daniel - very convenient). Kids had fun swimming in the calm water of the tide pools (water is about 85F). We were the only ones on the beach most of the time except for a few locals.
We stocked up on food in Jaco before getting to the house, as Chloe had suggested, and got pretty much everything else we needed at the local grocery store. There are 3 restaurants in the village, we tried them all, all fresh, tasty food.
Over all, we totally loved our stay at Casa Tucana and recommend it for families or groups who want to experience the real Costa Rica.
Thanks Dan and Chlo for a fantastic time.
Great vacation all around! Casa Tucana has every thing needed and is beautifully furnished and very spacious... and cool! We enjoyed the large salt water pool overlooking majestic palms. Lots of monkeys passing every morning.
The owners' son, Daniel, and his wife Chloe live next door and were most helpful. Daniel gave us surf lessons, took us out on the jet ski (so FUN!), Chloe arranged some meals for us, and massages, even car and cell phone rental. They made everything so easy and planned several excursions for us--snorkeling at Tortuga Island, horse rides, river rafting, crocodile river tour and zip lines. Every one has such a great time. It was a good thing we took their advice and got up very early (6am!...even the teenagers!) wouldn't miss those magical morning hours.
We loved the little village nearby. Not much there, but the grocery store has everything you need and there is a great carribean style restaurant. It's definitely local and we loved that. The beach was beautiful and totally empty!!! Great for learning to surf.
We wish we has stayed a couple extra days (or weeks!), it was hard to leave paradise. We plan on going back, hopefully next year, with friends (Daniel's parents own another couple large luxurious homes a few miles away). This was a great home and vacation, we recommend it whole heartedlly.
Thank you to Pura Vida Casas and the Murdochs for making our vacation outstanding! This is the kind of place you return to again and again. To start, everything was taken care of for us; from the rental car and driving from the airport to Casa Tucana to cell phones to planning our excursions to our first batch of groceries. Daniel and Chloe called or texted us daily to make sure our needs were met and accommodated us as our plans developed. We chose the more casual Casa Tucana, because of its location near the beach. With five of us ranging from ages 13 to 75 this was perfect. We could walk or ride bikes to the beach, swim in our pool and lounge on the roof-top deck while others drove off chasing surf if the local beach wasn't pumping. The house is surrounded on nearly 3 sides with undeveloped forest and jungle. Because of this we saw as much wildlife while sitting on our decks as we saw in the national parks. We even had a resident sloth living in our tree who we named Jerry. Fascinating and our new favorite animal! The house is located in a sleepy settlement on the usual Tico pot-holed side roads and yet still an easy and beautiful drive north to Jaco or south to Quepos. Perfect for us to slow down and shift into the local vibe. We have told many people about this rental and only wish we could communicate more fully the ease and pleasure we experienced. We haven't stopped planning our next trip back. Pura Vida all the way! Thank you:)
Casa Tucana is a gem of a house with an amazing backyard view. We stayed there for 9 nights and enjoyed most all of it. At night we enjoyed the nightly songs of the Tink Frogs and all the other insects that come out and sang for us. We also enjoyed the great number of butterflies in the backyard, as well as a family of monkeys that traversed thru the trees on our last day. The pool was truly a must after a long day out and about. The house is also close to a cozy little surfing village and far from the tourist billboards you get from planting yourself in Quepos or Jaco.
There are however a few points to consider before booking your stay at Casa Tucana. What I was initially attracted to was the centralized location between Quepos and Jaco. The owners described the location on HomeAway.com as 15 minutes from Jaco and 15 to 20 minutes from Quopos. The reality is that it's 15 to 20 minutes from Jaco and 45 to 50 minutes from Quepos.
The house was also to be cleaned mid-week. About mid-week, the owner showed up at 5:00pm to do some cleaning. This was a terrible time to clean as we just returned home from a long day and were all settling in, unpacking, and getting ready for dinner. He told us he was headed south to go surfing the next morning. We asked to have someone return the next day and got the ‘nod’ that someone would return. No one came to clean.
Another surprise was the toilets do not flush toilet paper. You must instead manage a small bucket of trash next to the bowl. After a few days of stinky bathrooms you get the hang of it. I can’t say that this isn’t common in most rental homes but if you’re considering other homes, it’s a good question to ask.
Due to the location, you’re definitely going to want a car. And if you’ve been able to manage finding this house, navigating to its location, and thinking through what you want to do, you certainly can book your own excursions. The owners will gladly book your excursions for you but in doing so, you’ll pay more. There are many options for all the zip lines, nature walks with or without guides, water falls tours, fishing, surfing lessons, etc. And working directly with the provider, you can negotiate the best price. This also holds true for stocking the house with food prior to your arrival. The first night you can simply dine out and pick up a few items for the morning within a 2 minute drive toward the beach.
All in all, I’d give our stay at this home 3 stars.
We stayed at this property after Christmas into the New Year. It was perfect for our family of 8--grandparents, adult children and 3 grandchildren. It is situated about a 15 minutes walk from the beach in a quiet little subdivision. The house itself is lovely with very usable spaces inside and out. The photos accurately portray the property. That said, there were definite problems with the management, which I concluded was poor communication between the owners, the local manager and the people who maintain the property. The local manager had obviously not been told that we would be arriving so early (even though I had told the owner this) so the house was not ready. The man who cleans the pool was never told we were coming so the pool was green with algae for about 2 days while we were there until he showed up for the regular weekly cleaning. He was very embarrassed about the pool.. The same can be said for the gardener, as he hadn't done any of the outside work. There was not enough toilet paper nor trash can liners. Our trash was overflowing as there was no outside container and we didn't want to put the trash out in just a liner due to the animals. We were told that the house would be cleaned halfway through our stay, which would have been at 4 days. When no one had shown up on the 6th day, we cleaned the house--inside and out--ourselves. Finally on the 7th day the housekeepers showed up unannounced. As we had already cleaned there wasn't much for them to do. We were told that there would be certain amenities (such as a DVD player and an Ipod dock). Neither were there, although when we pointed that out to the manager, he did buy some and bring them by within a few days. The inside cushions on the sofa were very dirty. Upon out return, I emailed the owner to let her know what had happened and was assured that this had never happened before.
Esterillos Oeste is a wonderful little town. We loved the beach there--very flat, wide and long. The ocean was perfect for our grandkids. There is also surfing. Our favorite restaurant was Los Almendros which is located right in town. Fresh, delicious food.
This home is located in a surfing/fishing town and has a local vibe and beach culture. The home is CLOSE TO THE BEACH but tucked back a little, providing you the experience of both the beach and the rainforest. It’s about 750 meters to the beach, which is roughly a 10-15 minute walk and a few minute drive. Walking is possible and good excercise but we recommend renting a car or arranging transportation with a shuttle service for convenience to and from the beach. After several hours at the beach it’s nice to get back to the house with in a few minutes by car, hope in the outdoor shower and jump in the pool to refresh. Having a car, though not necessary to have a wonderful and comfortable vacation, opens up so many more opportunities to explore the surrounding area that offers so many possible activities and adventures. Depending on how adventurous you want, it gives you the freedom to fit more in and see as much as possible of the Pura Vida life. Having your own mode of transportation will also give you the freedom to go into town for an evening at one of the areas many nice restaurants or grab groceries at the local supermarket to have a peaceful meal in the comfort of the home.
The home features 3 LARGE BEDROOMS/2 FULL BATHS, a SALT WATER POOL, PALAPA BED, TEAK DECK, COVERED PATIO with sitting area and TEAK PING PONG TABLE! You’ll also enjoy the TOP YOGA TERRACE with it’s own PALAPA and HAMMOCKs. The house has WIFI INTERNET and SATELLITE TV . It in a nice location, away from the crowds of Jaco or Manuel Antonio and yet close to both and to all the activities. Our manager is there to assist you both before and during your stay.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
WEEK RATE: BOOK 5 NIGHTS, GET 2 FREE!
We accept Visa/Mastercard
REFUNDABLE DAMAGE PROTECTON DEPOSTIT: $1,000
1 mid-week cleaning Service Included - Additional Service available
2 DAY Bookings only available if within one month of reservation date.
We do not post all our bookings on HomeAway. For up to date availability please see: http://www.puravidacasas.com
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.