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Quiet And Relaxing Home With Spectacular Views

33 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Quiet And Relaxing Home With Spectacular Views

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***Our private yoga shala is completed! For those of you looking to practice yoga, surf, and stay somewhere with outstanding views in one of the The Top 10 Beaches in the World (Santa Teresa/Mal Pais, Forbes Magazine, 2010) this is the place for YOU!!**

Casa Toucanet gets it's name from the colorful toucanet birds that frequent the fruit trees on this beautiful property. The house sits atop a small hill approximately 215 ft. above sea level and a 10 minute walk from Playa Mal Pais and a 20 minute walk to Santa Teresa and Playa Santa Teresa. This vacation home has the view, location, jungle scenery, and privacy we love. We selected this home for this very reason. The home was completely remodeled in 2013 and it has a bright and airy feel. The bedrooms are air conditioned but sleeping with the doors and windows open is an option that allows you to hear the gentle roar of the ocean and the early morning sounds of the howler monkeys and parakeets.

The home has a small living room (sala) and the sofa is a twin bed that will accommodate an additional person, a full kitchen, dining area, an outside patio downstairs, 2 1/2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and a scenic veranda upstairs. All of the doors and windows in the house are custom made from teak. The upstairs floor is also teak and the downstairs floor is finished with a custom made mosaic tile.

The property also has a separate two story casita where our on-site caretaker lives. We will be happy to assist your during your stay and coordinate any tours or activities you desire.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Peter Vigliano
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2016
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Why Peter Vigliano chose Puntarenas

We purchased this property because it was away, but not too far away, from the center of activity in Santa Teresa. It's on a small hill at the end of a short and very private road and the views are exceptional. The house needed remodeling so we were able to make the modifications to make it 'ours'. It's not fancy but it is bright, clean and has everything you would need to enjoy your time away from home.


based on 33 traveler reviews

Quiet And Relaxing Home With Spectacular Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 33 reviews

An Enchanting Vacation Spot!

  • 5 of 5

The house was beautiful, private and serene and open to perfect views of the setting sun - ideal for good conversation on either the lower patio or upper deck. Didn't need the air conditioning in the bedroom - just drifted to sleep on the super comfortable mattress listening to the sounds of the ocean. Had the best ceviche ever prepared by a local who lives in Mal Pais. Cheryl, the property manager, was always available to answer any questions and offer suggestions for activities. A Captivating Getaway!!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco

The view alone is worth it.

  • 5 of 5

Every morning I sat with my cafe con leche on the back deck as flocks of toucans, flittering hummingbirds, howling monkeys, cicadas and more made a cacophony of sounds while I stared out on the Southerly swells hitting the break I would eventually would make my way too - never hurried because the scene from the back deck in the mornings was too good and so was the coffee. The place is set back far enough to avoid the chaos and dust from the main road, but walking is still an option (albeit a steep hill back). Minutes to all good surf breaks and a short journey to the gulf side where the Southern swells wrap in nicely too. A resort place a few doors down gives you access to a sweet infinity pool (two drink minimum) if you are so inclined, but be forewarned, you may have to deal with some moronic tourists there (like any resort I guess). You'll be happy though that you're walking home to a sweet pad. Yoga deck proved to be amazing. We used it every day. You're going to love this place.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The most tranquil and relaxing spot in Mal Pais!

  • 5 of 5

Arrived on a Saturday night overlooking the Pacific and a full moon. Straight out of a movie. First trip away with my girlfriend and the environment, setting, area and beaches were amazing. The house is quiet and has lots to offer. We splurged and did couples yoga on the outdoor deck followed by massages. The personal chef in the evening was hilarious and cooked up some amazing stripped bass (the kitchen is a fully utilized space where you can prep and cook pretty much everyday, make sure there is enough gas in the tank). Few things to definitely take note of because of the dry season etc: get a proper 4x4 to get up the hill because of all the dust on the uphill portion, grab toiletries for use as there are none, know to get the 5 gallon water jug swapped in any town supermarket although using the well water from the tap was fine as well. The town has lots to offer from surfing, horseback riding, eating amazing food and immersing into the beach life with great outdoor activities and nightlife. Mikey will help guide you throughout via WhatsApp and arrange things for you without fail, as was the activities we had planned on the property as well. Some great spots to east for breakfast were the Bakery and smoothie spots although you can crank those out with the blender at the house! We highly recommend horse back riding at Star Mountain with Osvaldo, great guide, and Miguel who has horses near Manzanillo beach just north of Playa Hermosa. We cannot wait to go back in the wetter seasons and explore some more jungle and trek around to discover some waterfalls and zip lining!

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Calgary, Alberta

Great spot in Mal Pais

  • 5 of 5

Casa Toucanet was perfectly situated to enjoy the terrific surf beaches of Playa Carmen and Playa Santa Teresa while still being far enough away to have privacy from the bustle of the town.

Michael and Jess who host you while you stay were fantastic. We would highly recommend surf lessons from Michael if you are thinking about taking them. He was fantastic.

The house was as advertised, unbelievable views and great places to take advantage of those views. It is also situated a few doors down from a great boutique hotel that has a terrific pool to watch the sunset from.

We found this area to have some of the best food that we had in Costa Rica with some of our favourite places being Nativo Sports Bar (Amazing spot for a drink and great food) and Zula (Israeli food and the best food we had in all of Costa Rica).

We fell in love with Mal Pais and would recommend staying at Casa Toucanet

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing, Beautiful and Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

My family of 5 had a wonderful time at Casa Toucanet and the Mal Pais/Santa Teresa area. The house itself was clean and updated. The views from the deck and patio were beautiful! It was nice having both a deck and patio so that my young adult children had a place to hang out together. The kitchen had all of the amenities that we needed. There was even a blender to make fresh fruit smoothies in the morning. My family had a yoga class with Jess and surf lessons from Mike. They loved doing both of them. The beaches in the area are wonderful and not too crowded. Mike even gave us directions to an even more secluded beach down the road. The restaurants in town were awesome. Make sure you check out The Bakery and Mary's restaurant. We took a day trip to Montezuma and it wasn't a bad drive at all. There is a nice beach and waterfall there to see. The best thing about this property though is all the help we got from the Mike, the local property manager. I was able to text him questions and ask for referrals and he was always prompt in texting me back. He really helped make things smooth and enjoyable for us. You don't get this type of service or attention staying in other properties. Please take everyone's advice and rent a 4x4 to get up the hill to the house. There are some tough hills getting to the house, but you will enjoy the privacy when you get there.

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you and I will certainly make sure Mikey sees this! As far as the road is concerned, I thought by now it would have been regraded. It takes a beating during the rainy season and normally it's repaired by the end of December. However, we still do recommend a 4x4 for adventurous drives.
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Albuquerque, NM, USA

The Best of Everything

  • 5 of 5

Casa Toucanet is well located just out of town so you can enjoy the beach scene and/or night life when you like and still having complete privacy while at the casa. It is situated on the top of a ridge with fantastic views of the countryside. There is only one other home on the road, so the only visitors are those we invited. It is close to the market, beach and the "farm" roads that go to other villages and the nature preserve. The home has been finished to exacting standards with local materials such as teak floors and furniture, local tile, etc., making the environment warm and comfortable. The bedrooms are spacious and have air conditioning although we never used it because the night breezes and the ceiling fans were perfect for a good night's sleep, and we could hear the ocean and the wildlife. We spent lots of time on the decks visiting, eating, playing cards; all with the incredible views and ocean breezes. It was wonderful, to say the least, a four star vacation without the crowds. P.S., We did a little dancing in the yoga chalet in the evenings...

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Richie. I heard you and your group had a fun time. When are you coming back?
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Playa Mal Pais
Car: necessary

Casa Toucanet is walking distance from Hotel Vista de Olas, which has an onsite infinity pool bar open to the public daily after 4pm.


Rates & Availability

Malpais House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Dec 6 2016 - Jan 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Malpais House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs bathroom - toilet , shower
    Downstairs bathroom - toilet , shower
  • Both bathrooms are new construction
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Guest - 1 double
    Master - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Twin is in a small room attached to the Master
  • The downstairs has a twin day bed suitable for sleeping, however this area is not air conditioned.
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
One of the most unique features of Casa Toucanet are the services that are available from our property manager. She is a massage therapist and can provide deep tissue and relaxing massages in the yoga shala. She can also organize fishing trips, quad adventures, waterfall excursions, surfing trips, and much more for you and your group. If you have any further questions regarding the accommodations, services, or local area in general, feel free to call me at 512-680-9903.

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