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Jungle living at it's finest! Sleeps 2-9 persons in Caribe's most desired area.

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Up to 3 bed, 3 bath with lush garden, 300 footfalls to the sea, wildlife galore!

The house is rentable as either a garden level apartment (maximum 2 persons/$90 night standard), a tree-level 2 bedroom home (up to 7/$140 night standard) or the full house (up to 9/$220 night standard). Regardless of the size of your group, each rental is to one party only at a time. Owners maintain the right to occupy the level which is not rented.

The fully furnished 100 m2 ground floor apartment sleeps two; choose to have the bedroom arranged with a pair of single beds or an enormous King, all properly outfitted with high quality mattresses, plump pillows and imported linens. Furnishings crafted of reclaimed lumber include a dry-box closet, nightstands, and overhead fans. Security screens afford plenty of airflow or may be shuttered to assure absolute privacy. We've done everything we can to guarantee a good night's sleep, but the Howler Monkey “alarm clock” is beyond our control… take it up with them over your first cup of fine Costa Rican coffee enjoyed in the garden ranchita.

The downstairs kitchen includes range, toaster oven, refrigerator, blender, coffee maker, cookware and table settings allowing you to prepare your own meals. We'll stock some basic for your arrival then guide you in harvesting many of your ingredients from the gardens, shopping the weekly farmer's markets or haggling with the mobile vendors over local fruits and vegetable, fish, eggs and meat. Belly up to the breakfast bar for casual seating, dine at the hardwood table under ceiling fans, or head out to the pool deck or ranchita for a gourmet picnic in the garden.

The ample seating area is furnished with artisan bamboo furniture. The sofa and two oversized chairs provide cushioned seating in the wall-less room where the outside blends to inside. Under the wide eaves and overhead fans, this area is cool on even the warmest of days. Hammocks along the perimeter put you under-cover but virtually in the garden, a decadent way to spend the afternoon.

One of a kind bathroom features a sink carved from a tree trunk, evolving mosaic mural and a garden shower, all faucets deliver plumbed hot water. An assortment of bathroom essentials and quality towels are for home use and we provide sarongs for the beach. A jacuzzi sits undercover of a traditional thatch roof allowing you a soak among the beautiful gardens regardless of weather. The pool features a sandy pebble zero-entry, wet deck for sunning, and plunge depth. This has become a favorite place to watch the monkeys overhead.

The tree-level upstairs is an open floor plan, where you are at times eye-level to the howlers and sloths that frequent the property. The kitchen, dining and living area are surrounded by bannisters and open walls, like living on a big covered deck. The effect is amazing. Overhead fans throughout the space supplement the natural breezes.

Equipped with a full kitchen, oversized refrigerator/freezer, 6 burner stove, oven, double sink, prep island, microwave, toaster oven, blender and an abundance of quality cookware, the kitchen draws in helpers for the family style feast. A gas BBQ is situated around the corner to allow easy access, but assure safety.

With a huge table hand constructed from a single tree, the dining area will seat up to 10 comfortably. An ample quantity of dinnerware, in delightful bright fiesta colors set a table that makes any meal a party. Or gather the crew and play cards, board games or build a puzzle when you just want to sit up high and watch what might climb, crawl, creep, flitter, or buzz by as you gaze out through the trees to the garden below.

The living area features a large cushioned sofa and two oversized cushioned chairs, two rocking chairs and a hammock. A handprinted game table features backgammon, checker/chessboard, and cribbage. Wifi throughout the house keeps you connected and able to post those selfies to jealous friends back home.

The Master bedroom features a king-sized bed and headboard crafted from reclaimed lumber designed to celebrate the Caribbean colors and philosophy of up-cycling. Overhead fan and secure screens create a restful night sleep. The ensuite bath includes a sink and toilet with the shower perched on a ledge extending off the back of the house. Generous plantings and screen afford modesty while providing a unique experience. An artistic mural depicting a beach scene created by a local artist covers the interior bath area, while a mosaic installation designed/installed by the owner covers the shower area.

The second Family bedroom suite is two distinct rooms. The bedroom includes a king-sized bed with a handcrafted headboard of live-edge wood designed by the homeowners. Utilizing the often-discarded pieces of fallen trees, the headboard stirs the imagination similar to seeing pictures in clouds. The family room also features a bunk bed with a double on the bottom and a twin on the top. The bunk, too, is crafted from reclaimed lumber and live-edge wood. Sleep well knowing you saved a tree!! The adjoining bathroom also features a sink and toilet within the house and a shower perched off the back. Here the theme is jungle with a waterfall scene depicting local Volio Falls, a favorite day trip for locals.

Extensive plantings and a frog pond provide habitat for many species of wildlife; keep tabs on Max the sloth and her expanding family who now occupy several trees on the property, catch the routine visits of the agoutis, and try your luck at nabbing the perfect photo of the magnificent blue morpho butterfly as it regularly weaves through the garden. Outdoor seating areas, swimming pool, hot tub, hammocks, and covered picnic tables immerse you in the tropical setting with hundreds of species of bromeliads, tillandsias and orchids. Heliconias, gingers and other flowering plants attract an endless rainbow of birds and butterflies. We take pride in the design of our home and garden spaces maximizing nature's paradise.

Owners, Janet & Nick, share the home with their overgrown Rhodesian Ridgeback pup, Zuri, and an elusive cat, Delgado; they're available to you when you need, absent when you don't. Well, really, the cat does what he wants and Zuri will surely show up anytime she thinks you're willing to throw a stick. UPDATE: Janet, Nick and Zuri are overseeing a new project on the beach, so, beginning March 2018, we will offer the entire house (!!) for vacation rental on a limited basis. The upstairs and downstairs will be rented only as one unit, and will be “first come, first served”. We will honor all current bookings through February 2019 in the downstairs apartment. The garden-level space has been so popular for couples and BFF’s traveling together, and believe it will continue to provide an on-site get-away for larger groups or families that need a larger space.

More Details

Janet Jones
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About Janet Jones

I enjoyed a career in social services working primarily with adolescents, or perhaps being worked over by them. Nick, a geologist, was involved in environmental cleanups since T-rex littered. We raised a quartet of kids between us, and when it seemed that they wouldn't notice us missing from the supper table, we fled to Costa Rica to contemplate the social and environmental quandries with a beer in our hand and our feet in the sand.

We soon discovered we really stink at relaxing, got involved with the local fishing community by buying a fishing boat and adopting Captain Pino. Then we needed a place to sleep all the friends and family that noticed us missing from Oregon, so we built the rental apartment. Finally, with friends showing up, guests needing a place to eat their fresh caught fish, we decided owning a Bar/Restaurant would be a good idea. Really, I always dreamed of a full-time cook who understood bacon, chocolate and chile are essential to a flavorful life!

In 2018, we broke ground on a new home that promises to knock your socks off, so stay tuned for news on Chiquita Escondido. Meanwhile, we are making the whole house available, while we live on site at the beach... ahh, the sacrifices!!

Janet Jones purchased this house in 2006

Why Janet Jones chose Cantón Talamanca

We fell in love with the area on a family vacation in 2004. By 2006, having made 6 trips, we were planning on the 'someday' move to paradise. We relocated in 2010 and have enjoyed 'pre-tirement' in a tropical paradise!

What makes this house unique

You have it all! The beach, the village, equi-distant to Puerto Viejo or Manzanillo. It's a quiet neighborhood away from the hustle-bustle of the party in Puerto Viejo but close enough to enjoy the truly unique culture that exists and thrives.


Cantón Talamanca House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Check-ins arriving after 9:00 PM will be assessed a $30 fee.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bath - toilet , outdoor shower , This is ensuite to the Master Bedroom
    Family/Shared Bath - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
    Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
  • All bathrooms contain extensive mosaic art. Hot water at sink and shower. The toilets and sinks are interior, while the showers are right outside in a privately landscaped oasis, hot water is plumbed.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Upstairs Master Bedroom/Bath - 1 king
    Upstairs Family Bedroom Suite - 1 king , 1 double , 1 twin/ single , The double and twin is positioned as a bunk bed unit.
    Downstairs Apartment/Rentable alone or with upstairs - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , King OR 2 Twins, please select which arrangement you desire.
  • Books
  • Game Room ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • forests
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting


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Jungle living at it's finest! Sleeps 2-9 persons in Caribe's most desired area.
average rating of 4.894737 based on 19 reviews

Everything you need for a great week in the Caribe

  • 5 of 5

We really loved our stay at Anglers Lair. Our hosts Janet & Nick were very friendly and welcoming. We enjoyed our daily talks from the balcony and the presence of their awesome pets too! We felt safe & secure at the property and it is walking distance from one of the nicest beaches in the area. They've thought of all the right amenities to make a traveler's stay more enjoyable.

Little extra's like basic groceries at the beginning of our stay and sarongs to wear to the beach & pool, were top notch! Janet and Nick can also recommend lots of local activities and restaurants if you get tired of relaxing around the lovely pool & gardens. We'll definitely return for a future visit!

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words, we really enjoyed having you as guests, too!
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A wonderful relaxing time in the most awesome and lush garden setting.

  • 5 of 5

This place is amazing and the hosts are equally great. As available as you could need and elusive as is appropriate. All in all a real journey into a neat town in the rainforest. The only downside to the entire trip was the trip from San Jose airport to Puerto Viejo (5 hours). There are other ways to get there that may be better. Check this place out. It is without fault as a place to spend a week and find a “zen”centre in a truly magical spot. Do yourself a favor and check it out. Shout out to Janet, Omar and Blah.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

A friend and I rented the lower half of the house and it was beautiful. I was a little nervous at first to the open concept but that was short lived as we felt totally safe and had no issues with bugs. The ceiling fans did a great job to create a gentle breeze to deter anything flying and keep us cool. We never needed to use the big netting at all and we spent a lot of time lounging in the hammocks. Mechanical Air conditioning was not missed. The pool was a nice way to cool off, and we did also enjoy the hot tub even without jets in it. It was great to have some staples provided. There are some basic spices and sauces provided and between the cooktop, toaster oven and microwave, we had everything we needed to fix meals. But, even in a small place like Playa Chiquita, there are many restaurant options within walking distance. Our holiday focussed more on rest and relaxation rather these adventure and this place was glorious for it. We watched monkeys pass overhead from our lounging seats and viewed beautiful birds and butterflies and frogs! There is a regular bus that passes by on a schedule you can find online. Also, cycling is easy and the taxis are affordable. The beaches in the area are gorgeous although it was too rough for any true swimming there when we were there. But we did get to enjoy the surf a couple of times. This was not an issue for us bc we had the pool back at home to cool off in. I counted 700 paces from the gate to beach sand. This is a short and easy walk and the path to the beach offers its own beauty enroute. I am already trying to figure out how I can bring my husband back here to see this peaceful place for himself.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxation in the jungle

  • 5 of 5

It was everything we’d hoped for.

Perfect location - short walk to the beach, multiple restaurants, and a grocery store.

Janet & Nick are fabulous hosts; attentive to your needs and helpful recommendations. (Janet the rafting trip on the way back to San Jose was excellent! - thanks for the suggestion)

Having a private pool area was wonderful, particularly as the weather and surf was not so cooperative.

We definitely recommend this rental and would return.

Mucho gracious!

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing hosts. Beautiful place!

  • 5 of 5

Janet and Nick were amazing hosts and very helpful. Their place is beautiful and we had a wonderful stay. Saw and did lots in Puerto Viejo- hiked in Manzanillo and Cahuita, went to the JRC and the ARA Macaw center. Walked from Manzanillo to Anglers Lair (about 2hrs/6km along the beach) and to Puerto Viejo (about 2hrs/6km along the beach). Sea was a bit rough for snorkeling at this time so did body boarding instead. This seems to be the rainy season and we witnessed some big downpours, but as quickly as they came they went and the sun would shine again so did not limit us from what we wanted to do.

Used the bikes a few of the days to cycle to Manzanillo and to Puerto Viejo town.

Closest supermarket is 5 min walk and had wonderful seafood at DIWO restaurant about 5 min walk and downtown at 'Catch of the Day'.

Enjoyed being out of town but still having access to everything we needed.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excelente lugar!

  • 5 of 5

La casa es ideal para parejas y está ubicada en un lugar tranquilo y seguro! Janet y su esposo son personas increíbles!

Puerto Viejo es un lugar demasiado bonito y su cultura y gente es lo mejor.

Recomiendo este lugar a todos los viajeros!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Muchas gracias Fabian por las amables palabras. Nick y yo estábamos felices de tenerte en nuestra casa. Esperamos sinceramente que se quede a menudo cuando regrese a surfear Salsa Brava, y recuerde, estamos felices de cambiar el gran colchón extra grande a los dos gemelos si eso funciona mejor para usted.
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
350 Metres
Playa Chiquita
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Pura Gula
Nearest Beach
350 Metres
Playa Chiquita
Car: not necessary

The caribe sur is known for it's rasta vibe and pura vida. While there is plenty to do, you just might find the hammock, beach and gentle Caribbean take all you time (and cares) away.

But when you want to explore, there are numerous options. My personal favorites? Chocolate lounge, Jaguar Rescue Center, Chocolate Farm, Wahoo Fishing, Chocolate Bean to Bar Tour, Concert at HOT ROCKS Bar/Restaurant, Chocolate Tasting, Kayaking Punta Uva, More Chocolate Tasting, Snorkeling in Manzanillo/Gandoca, Still More Chocolate Tasting, Birdwatching, Chocolate Festival during late October.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $40
Pet Fee $25

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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