|Minimum Stay||1 - 3 nights|
House with a pool on a very private spot. The large deck in upper floor with ocean view is a perfect place to watch monkeys, sloths, toucans and other wildlife. The open space living room makes you feel part of jungle and gets pleasant breeze from the ocean.
There are two bedrooms, two bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen and beautiful hammock room set up in the jungle above the pool.
Large swimming pool (9m x 4,5 m) in the middle of jungle is a special experience. You can watch toucans and monkeys just from the water. Connected with house by huge teak deck. The pool could be lightened at night
The house offers lot of privacy and jungle experience just 15 minutes drive to Puerto Viejo village . It is close to Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge and very close to best beaches in Costa Rica ( Punta Uva, Manzanillo, Playa Chiquita ) . Or it is couple minutes drive from world class surfing beaches like Playa Cocles and Playa Negra.
Keywords: House with private pool and decks on the jungle. Special for enjoy wild life.
House with a pool on a very private spot
The house offers lot of privacy and jungle experience.
Large deck in upper floor with ocean view is a perfect place to watch monkeys, sloths, toucans and other wildlife. The open space living room makes you feel part of jungle and gets pleasant breeze from the ocean.
The driveway into the jungle lets you know right away that this house is far from ordinary! If you're looking for luxury, this is not the place for you. The only living rm is upper level deck, & there's no AC, no screens, no tv, & the kitchen is pretty Spartan (no microwave or oven, very few dishes & cooking utensils). But if you want a neat jungle experience, with parrots, toucans, and a sloth in the tree -- TONS of birds, plus a private pool, great wi-fi, a good location and a very reasonable price, then this place will suit you fine. We were concerned there would be mosquitos since the bedroom had no AC and no screens, but we just closed the BR doors before dusk and kept them closed at night & we were never bothered. And yes, we WERE cool enough. The vegetation surrounding the house is lush and beautiful, and you can't see any other houses -- just the jungle. You won't be sleeping in, though, because the howlers and the birds will wake you every day around 6 - 6:30 AM. Then around sunset the bird sounds get quite intense again. We saw small green parrots every night, and saw toucans several evenings too, but sadly no monkeys. We had a sweet little hummingbird sitting on her tiny nest in the arecas by the pool, and twice we saw (and heard) the resident sloth climbing the big tree closest to the house. Sure did hear the howler monkeys though, every morning and sporadically throughout the day and evening, but never got a glimpse of them. Unfortunately we also heard some neighbors' barking dogs quite a few times at night. The upstairs bedroom (1 double bed, 1 single bed) is the better of the 2 bedrooms. The downstairs bedroom is smaller and has no view at all. Both bedrooms - and the upstairs lanai -- have ceiling fans. The bathrooms are about equal and very adequate, with nice showers. Note: This home is NOT for people with disabilities, as the walkway from car to house involves a series of 5 or 6 really tall (10" ??) steps. You could get by here with just bicycles, but if you have a car you may need 4 wheel drive to get up the very last part of the driveway. (Not sure, as ours was a 4x4, so we had no problem.) There is a big sliding gate, which you can lock if you wish. There's also a safe in the bedroom. As the house is at a dead-end maybe 1/3 mile off the road, it's VERY private; you'll find no one is ever walking or driving by. The driveway is located right next to the Duende Gourmet Market in the center of Playa Chiquita - great little store!
This place is amazing! The house is beautiful and the wildlife spectacular!. They dont show that many pictures of the house but you won't be disappointed. The upper level is wide open except for the bedroom which can be completely closed and locked from the inside. The upstairs bedroom also has a private bathroom. During the day it can be opened up to enjoy the weather. There is also a large seating area and a fully screened cabana on the opposite end of the large deck. Downstairs there is another bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and dining room. The kitchen and dining room close and open similarly to the bedroom so you can feel completely secure at night and feel like you're in the middle of the jungle during the day. Everyday I sat at the table and marveled while eating breakfast overlooking a beautiful pool and magnificent scenery.
You're not really going to see the ocean much from here but you get so much more. Tons of White faced and Howler monkeys as well as Toucans and other birds living with you right there. We also saw a monster iguana in the Tree of Life (that's what we came to call it and you will know exactly which one I'm talking about if you stay here). The Howlers got a little wild one morning and had a little poop fight and our SUV got caught in the crossfire but it just makes the experience that much more memorable.
Speaking of SUV, you can get almost the entire way to the property without 4 wheel drive but there is a quite the hill at the very end that you may or may not be able to make up in a regular car. Be warned.
As far as bugs, well, yes there are bugs. You just have to be smart about it. When it gets to be dusk if you leave everything open and have lights on the bugs are going to come in. If you leave the lights off or close it up you can pretty much control it.
You can walk to the store or several restuarants and bars no problem (just remember the hill on the way back). Between Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo there are all kinds of restaurants, bars and shops so you really dont have to be in any one area in particular. That whole stretch of coast is really the draw.
You won't regret it.
If you are expecting perfection and fruity drink service with umbrellas, then this place is not for you. If you want a beautiful, private retreat in the middle of the jungle, this is the place to go. Expect lots of interesting bugs in the evening, but most of them wont bother you. The internet was very slow, but we managed just fine. It was nice to have our 16 year old all to ourselves. The kitchen left a little to be desired but has everything you need. We really enjoyed making our coffee in the morning, and then going to see if we could spot the monkeys or sloths in the trees. No AC wasn't a problem and most nights I thought it got chilly, although my wife would disagree with me. I loved how the whole house opened up to the outside, and the very large pool was amazing! Mary the housekeeper came twice and week, kept the place spotless, and was a very pleasant person. I would love to stay here again.
My family of 5 just returned from back-to-back visits to Puerto Viejo in 2012 and 2013. In addition, Casita Tucan did not disappoint with its idyllic salt water pool and amazing wildlife. After long days at the beach and in town shopping, the cool waters of the pool and surrounding views were phenomenal. IMPORTANT NOTE- 4x4 REQUIRED.
The house itself is much more luxurious/finished than others we have stayed at. It includes dry wall and paint in the living areas/bedrooms which provides a nice homey feel. As with most homes in the area, it did not have AC, but ocean breezes and ceiling fans kept the place comfortable on all but the warmest days/nights. If there was one area that the owner could make improvements, it would be installing a ceiling fan in the main floor bedroom and having either box or pedestal fans available for more air circulation on those 38 degree/100% humidity days.
Casita Tucan is THE PLACE for those that want to experience the jungle without having to drive to it or go on an excursion. My family observed and successfully identified far more creatures just hanging out around the pool than the most expensive rain forest or canopy tour. The centuries-old "mother" trees in the front and back yard were full of wildlife daily including 3 species of toucans (Keel-billed, Aricari, and Chestnut), Green Parrots, hummingbirds, Tanagers, Green Iguanas, squirrels, white-face capuchin and howler monkeys, and most impressively a giant 3-toed sloth that my daughter named Chewbaca. In addition, several species of lizards and geckos were quite common and often nearly underfoot or overhead.
Those that are freaked out by insects and spiders may want to consider another home. Being situated far from town and literally in the jungle, the size and abundance of our 6 and 8 legged neighbors was impressive. However, mosquitoes were actually quite rare surprisingly. In 12 days at the home I estimate that we observed and dispatched less than 2 dozen of the flying menace. The sand fleas at some of the beaches were actually much more annoying and irritating.
The caretaker, Guillermo, was a gentleman and professional. He was always quick to respond to both texts and phone calls, and even brought us organic coffee and produce from a trip to San Jose. Guillermo's employee Mary came to the home twice weekly to do laundry, wash dishes, and tidy up, and she too did a phenomenal job.
My family loved this place and hope to return in the future.
We have spent one beautiful week in the Casita Tucan. It is located in the hills above the Caribbean only about half a mile from the nearest beach. It is a two-story house with observation deck and master bedroom on the second floor. Kitchen, dining room and second bedroom are on the first floor. The house is well equipped. It has 2 bathrooms, washing machine and dishwasher. Supplies can be replenished in a few small stores (including a French bakery) en route to the beach.
While the ocean is visible from the deck on the second floor, the house is surrounded by a sliver of jungle with some impressively large trees. The deck is perfect place for observing wild life in the mornings and late afternoon. With the location up on a hill we have received a nice breeze most of the day keeping the house comfortable. Even though the nearest beach is in walking distance it is worthwhile to explore other beautiful places located within 8 mile radius where we found some great spots for swimming and snorkeling. The Cahuita National Park and The Manzanillo National Refuge are highly recommended. Both are close by and have opportunities for trekking in the jungle.
The nearby towns offer a balanced mix of local and international activities including a decent nightlife. We would definitely stay here again and we highly recommend experiencing this unforgettable getaway!
The place is very well kept and very spacious. The description and the photos are accurate.
The ocean is visible from the house; however the view of the ocean is restricted due to trees. This did not spoil our experience. The communication with the owner was excellent; additionally there is a local manager, in case of any issues. He was very professional/friendly and looked after property at owner’s absence very well.
The swimming pool is fabulous, perfect to relax in evening and definite must if you have children.
I have stayed for two weeks with no issues whatsoever (family of five). There is a shop, five minutes walk away, that is reasonably stocked up. Or alternatively you can find many shops and restaurants in a nearby village of Puerto Viejo, 10 minutes drive away. There are several choices of beaches. To relax Playa Chiquita or Manzanillo, if you prefer bit of surfing than I recommend Playa Cockles.
I would recommend going to Manzanillo, once you get there carry on as far as you can keeping to the sea. Right in the end you will be able to park your car. If you walk further 2/3 minutes you find perfect place for diving (without needing to go out in the boat).
If you fancy walking through jungle Cahuita is worth considering, it is about 3 hours pleasant walk through jungle with sea constantly beside. You can also arrange many different trips at Puerto Viejo.
If you fancy overnight trips you can go to Panama City. Tortugero National Park is also worth considering. You’ll jump on the boat at Limon, which will take you to the park. The same boat will take you back to Limon next day.
Overall, it was a fantastic experience, I will definitely recommend visit.
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HS 1-2 people
Feb 2 2015 - Apr 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum 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.