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Casa Toucan, Secluded Jungle Setting with Ocean View & 40 foot Pool

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5-7)

Conveniently located 1000 feet above the village of Uvita, where the mountains go right down to the coast, this private 2000 square foot villa is nestled in a secluded jungle setting. There are ocean views across the entire west side of the house: kitchen, dining area, living room and veranda. One of the two bedrooms is set behind the veranda and can open up on it, allowing for an ocean view from bed. You do not need to bring much clothing because we have a dedicated laundry room and even provide the detergent. Due to the rapid rise in elevation, a 4x4 SUV will be needed and we can help you rent one at a very reasonable price. If you want to stay connected in the wilds, bring your laptop. The villa has WiFi. And if it rains, we have a flat screen TV, DVD player and extensive film collection. Or play a CD from our collection.

Our property manager, Rolando Fallas, will meet you on your arrival, orient you to the area, and escort you up to the house. He will be available to you throughout your stay for questions and issues that may arise.

Hike right from the front door down to a nearby river 10 minute walk away for a swim in a waterfall pool. Or make the 10 minute drive down to the village. Uvita is a multi-cultured community which serves as the shopping hub for the area. There are restaurants, supermarkets, a tourist information center, cafes, boutiques and shops. There is a beautiful farmer's market every Saturday morning where many local artisans sell their wares. Uvita connects to Bahia, the entrance to Marino Ballena National Park which has the Whale's Tail, a nearly 700 meter long and 250 meters wide sandbank, the third largest in the world.

Tour operators here (we recommend Uvita Information Center) will bring you snorkeling right off the coast at Ballena Isla or to the famous Cano Island for scuba or snorkeling. They also offer tours to Corcovado National Park across the bay for a day of hiking in one of the few primal forests left in the world. Or choose a day of deep sea fishing or tour Uvita's 1000 acre wildlife preserve. There are zip line tours and ATV tours. Go 5 miles down the Costanera to kayak on the Terraba River in the largest mangrove in all of Central America. We also have several wonderful waterfalls which you can walk to or rent a horse and ride there. The Whale's Tail divides the endless coastline of beaches into two distinct kinds. On one side, enjoy vigorous surf for both swimming and surfing. And on the other side, enjoy the calm water ideal for snorkeling.

With ocean breezes all day and cool mountain air at night, there is no need for air conditioning (although one bedroom has an in-wall unit). The two large bedrooms have queen sized beds (one bedroom has an additional single bed), private baths, and are separated by a spacious living room with dining area. All closets are dehumidified. Fully equipped kitchen and vaulted ceilings with palm frond ceiling fans give this home both comfort and beauty. Incredible wildlife and spectacular sunsets make Casa Toucan unforgettable. Wake up to the calls of howler monkeys and have sunset cocktails with resident toucans by your 40 foot ocean-view, very private swimming pool.

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Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2017

About The Owner

We are Rob and Lynn Clark and we built Casa Toucan as our dream vacation home where we hope one day to retire. It was built to feel like a tree house perched over the Pacific ocean but to have all the comfort and luxuries of home.

The Owner purchased this house in 2005

Why The Owner chose Puntarenas

Uvita is right in the middle of the Southern Pacific Zone and therefore makes it much easier to see everything that this part of Costa Rica offers.

What makes this house unique

We feel right in the jungle with peace and quiet, listening to howler monkeys and toucans instead of chickens and radios.


Bahía Ballena House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Ceiling Fans, Coffee Maker and grinder, Toaster, In Sink Garbage Disposal, de-humidified closets, iron and board, 30 minutes from regional airport and 3 hours from San Jose international airport; 4x4 SUV necessary


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(31 traveler reviews)

Casa Toucan, Secluded Jungle Setting with Ocean View & 40 foot Pool
average rating of 4.83871 based on 31 reviews

Amazing home in the jungle.

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time at Casa Toucan. The house was perfect for our family and we really enjoyed being able to relax in the pool and cook dinner on the grill after spending the day exploring all of the fun things to do in the area.

You absolutely do need a 4WD to get up the Casa Toucan, but we thought that it was a fun part of the adventure.

We also appreciated your recommendations for places to eat and book activities, and made sure to check out the little waterfall at the end of the road.

Our only regret is that we weren't able to stay longer.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Neola, IA

Jungle Retreat in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Casa Toucan is the perfect place for two couples or a family. The home is well-appointed in every aspect – kitchen items, rainy day movies, a wide variety of music cd’s, towels, beach chairs, and more. The patio and pool are wonderful with a fabulous far off ocean view. Surrounded by thick jungle teaming with wildlife, you may be treated to sightings of birds, butterflies, coatimundi, and howler and white-faced monkeys. You truly have a feeling of being the only humans in this secluded setting even though there are other homes nearby.

The amount of space in this home is incredible. The furnishings are comfortable and tasteful. Having laundry facilities on site is a huge rental draw for us. Water pressure is great and there is even a dishwasher.

Don’t forget to take a hike down to the waterfall. It’s not large during the dry season, but the water is refreshing and it’s a great work-out getting down and back on the trail.

We’ve been coming to the Uvita area for the past few years and have fallen in love with the community and its people. We have also witnessed an explosion of construction and we are hopeful that Uvita will be able to maintain is authentic Costa Rican feel.

Thank you, Lynn & Rob, for sharing your beautiful home. A special thank you to Rolando for being a great property manager and answering whatever questions we had.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Portland, OR

A great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Toucan was an excellent home for our stay in Uvita. We have rented a half dozen on the Pacific side of Costa Rica and this is easily one of the best. Other reviews are very accurate regarding the home as well. Be ready for an adventure (as Costa Rica is) and you will greatly enjoy the accommodations. Be prepared for a bumpy driveway and wildlife as the house is up a hill and in the jungle. Food in the area is excellent and the owners recommendations are very good. Sabor Espanol and Citrus were both top notch. The pool and the view is so excellent. It is a very private home away from it all but has great access to as much Jungle and/or beach as you want. Stay as long as you can !

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Costa Rican Paradise

  • 5 of 5

This is our second stay at Casa Toucan and it won't be our last. ALthough the road up the mountain is a bit challenging (you MUST have a 4x4), Casa Toucan is well worth it. The view and the sounds of the jungle are amazing! We were awakened at daybreak every morning to the growls of the howler monkeys, watched toucans fly from tree to tree and were visited by a group of white faced monkeys our last morning. Casa Toucan is a lovely villa which is in top not condition, has a fully equipped kitchen and a great lap pool which overlooks the ocean.

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle, WA

A great Costa Rican experience!

  • 5 of 5

We loved Casa Toucan! As another reviewer said, pictures don’t do it justice. The house is huge – we were a family of 4 with 2 teen daughters with more than enough space. House was really clean and comfortable. The pool was fantastic! We had howler monkeys hanging out in the trees just next to the pool. Saw toucans fly by daily. Really felt like we were living in a treehouse in the jungle. I do want to emphasize you really need a strong 4x4 to get up the steep road. The road is well maintained. The house is about a 10 -15 minute drive from town. This was an adventure for us and we had fun with it. We had rented a Hyundai Santa Fe and it did the job (do not rent from Economy rent a car though – service is terrible!) Another great feature is the beautiful waterfall about a 10 min. hike from the house. So fun to hike down there and have it all to ourselves. Playa Arco was the best beach. We had also visited Manuel Antonio and Arenal which are much more touristy. Uvita was our favorite place to stay - off the beaten path. Would definitely stay here again. The property managers were also prompt about meeting us in town and leading us up to the house. Thank you Andre!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This property is lovely, well maintained and has all the amenities that you would need. The views are fantastic and we woke early every morning to the sounds and in some cases the sights of monkeys. The home is indeed in the rainforest--so there are lizards, spiders and bats close to the home, so as long as you don't mind some indoor guests --this is the place for you. We personally loved adventure of the 4X4 drive up and down the mountain every day. The first few times were a bit unsettling , but we got used to it and it became a ton of fun for us and the kids. The pool was well maintained and clean. It is larger than it appears in the picture. It was also great that the home provides linens, beach towels and bath towels-- and has a washer/dryer to keep these things fresh. It was great that they had several beach chairs and two boogie boards, that were great for the kids. The kitchen was well stocked with great cooking utensils, pots and pans, glassware and dishes. It has a grill-- so we cooked in a few days after buying the groceries down the mountain at the BM. We took advantage of some close by adventures. We recommend spending time at the waterfall at the bottom of the mountain, visiting Playa Ventanas, and eating at the Jolly Roger, Bamboo Room and the The Baker Bean. We used the recommendations that are provided in the house binder to go zip lining (so fun, but not for the faint of heart), and snorkeling. We also visited and LOVED the Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary in Dominical. We cannot say enough about the beauty of the home and the surroundings. Uvita and Casa Toucan are an excellent choice if you are looking for an affordable and family friendly stay in Costa Rica. Here we had both relaxation and adventure. LOVED IT!!!!!!!!! PURA VIDA!!!!!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Quepos Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Marina Ballena
Car: necessary

Waterfalls, Spanish School, Zip-line tours, Nature reserves


Rates & Availability

Bahía Ballena House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season
Jan 3 2017 - Apr 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
Green Season
May 1 2017 - Dec 21 2017
4 night minimum stay
Holiday Season
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 2 2018
7 night minimum stay
High Season
Jan 3 2018 - Apr 30 2018
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

$200 discount on stays 10 days or longer. $400 discount on stays 20 days or longer.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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