Casa Toucan, Secluded Jungle Setting with Ocean View & Pool
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- Minimum stay:5 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Uvita house description
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.
Hike right from the front door down to a nearby river for a swim in a waterfall pool or go 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 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.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Pets Considered
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 5-7
- Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
- Ice Maker
- Coffee Maker
- Linens Provided
- Clothes Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Parking Off Street
- Washing Machine
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Wireless Internet
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Ocean View
- Mountain View
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Mountain Climbing
- Surf Fishing
- Deepsea Fishing
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Scenic Drives
- Horseback Riding
- Bird Watching
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Eco Tourism
- Wildlife Viewing
- Medical Services
- Whale Watching
- Waterfalls, Spanish School, Zip-line tours, Nature reserves
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My family and I were in casa toucan for a week during the month of July. It was an amazing experience. You MUST have a 4x4 to get up there. The way up is very steep but that is of course since the house has an amazing view and location in the rainforest overlooking the ocean. Even when it rains it is amazing to be there. You will be woken up by howler monkeys sometimes which is all part of the adventurous stay! I highly recommend this GORGEOUS home with many amenities. All you need is some food and yourself! Oh and yes there are many things to do at the bottom of the mountain! too many tours, it's impossible to do it all!
- Guest KC (New Jersey)
- Date of stay 07/08/13
- Review Submitted 07/27/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, adventure seekers, sightseeing, age 55+.
We knew this would be a great place based on the photo's and the reviews from recent renters. But anyway, we were surprised. This is such a perfect place - everything works and the quality is top notch (no Ikea here). We stayed five days over Christmas with three teenagers - the teenagers loved the place as much as we did. It takes twelve minutes to drive from the main road to the house. Pretty steep, but no problem with a 4WD. During our stay we visited Playa Hermose and Playa Ballena. We took a tour to Cano Island and Corcovado with Doplhin Tours. This is recommended - saw dolphins, whales, a crocodile, turtles, monkeys etc. Pedro was a great guide on sea and in the rainforest. Would love to go back!
- Guest Peter L.
- Date of stay 12/21/12
- Review Submitted 01/20/13
I'll be back !!!
I'll be back !!!
We spent three nights last July at Casa Toucan. We all enjoyed our stay and found it way too short. The house is located high in the mountain with some view to the ocean but this is not the main attraction. You really feel like living into the jungle. Each morning we were awake by howler monkeys and birds sometime located just beside the house. Having a morning coffee in this environment was for us one of the best part of our trip. Everyday we saw Toucans (...) flying around. You rapidly become familiar with their sound and enjoy trying to find them around. Please have the small hike to the fall and river close by. You have great chance to see the monkeys like we did. The house doesn't have windows except for the second bedroom. We never needed air conditionning even if it was above 24 deg. at night. There is a small breeze combined with the ceiling fan that make you sleep well. The pool was fantastic, always refreshing and made our two sons happy to go back home after our daily adventures in the region. The house was very well equiped and we had everything we needed in the kitchen to prepare our meals. The master bedroom is very nice specialy for the shower wich gives you the feeling of being outside. This area (Uvita, Dominical and surround), is gorgeous and not very well know by tourists. Marina Ballena park is a must if you want to go to the beach. There is some very nice restaurant. A stop to Citrus (Ojochal) is highly recommanded if you want a good food experience. We hignly recommend renting this villa. This is now the way we travel with our kids since it is much more adapted to our way of living than hotel and resorts. Also, Uvita has two very nice grocery store wich had all the product we wanted and more. I think it is due in part with the fact that many houses around are owned by North-American people. They also had a reasonable choice of wine... For those worried with the road to get there, If you have a 4x4 there is no problemo ! You should worry only , like our sons mentionned, when there is snow on the road... (darn Canadians) We found our trip too short (2 weeks) too see all the beauties of Costa-Rica. We will come back one day to complete our visit and Casa Toucan will certainly be on our list. Luc, Sophie and the Kids Montreal
- Guest Luc C.
- Date of stay 07/24/12
- Review Submitted 09/25/12
Privacy and Relaxation
Privacy and Relaxation
My wife and I just got back from two blissful weeks in Costa Rica, spent almost entirely at Casa Toucan, surrounded on all sides by lush greenery. This is the most secluded place we have ever rented. If you stand at the far end of the very nice pool, you _might_ see your closest neighbour, still quite a distance away. What you do see is jungle, everywhere jungle, with all the little pleasant surprises that accompany such a setting: toucans, monkeys (howler and capuchin), butterflies, hummingbirds, etc.. You get the picture. This is not to say that you are seeing all these animals non-stop, but you will see animals on a regular basis. And some may wake you up in the early morning hours too! The house itself is fantastic with all the amenities you would want or expect. Fridge, oven, washer, dryer, dishwasher, dishes, utensils, myriad kitchen gadgets, BBQ (though we didn't use it), tv, DVDs, cleaning agents: it's all there (with one odd exception, no corkscrew, which I'm sure will be rectified, given the attentive nature of the owners). Without a doubt the best stocked villa we have ever rented. The views from inside, from the excellent patio and from the pool level are all fantastic. The sunsets are amazing. I can truthfully say that the villa is actually better looking "live" than what you see in the pictures. The villa is located about 10-15 minutes from Uvita which has two supermarkets, a drugstore, liquor store, restaurants, etc. Also nearby is a national park with whale watching, snorkeling, or just hanging by the beach, though we mostly spent our days lounging by the villa's nice pool, catching up on some reading. All of this does however come at a price, and that's the steep drive from Uvita up the hill (and down the hill later), which can be a bit scary at first, but becomes much easier to navigate once you've done it once or twice. The owners pretty well tell you that you will need a 4x4 car, which we did. We never actually went into 4x4 mode, but we did go into low gear and were thankful for the clearance. This is the only downside, and its a small one, for staying at the villa. Bottom line is that we highly recommend Villa Toucan. I am still scratching my head as to how they ever got the internet in such a remote location!
- Guest Simon B.
- Date of stay 12/24/11
- Review Submitted 01/16/12
Wonderful House and Owners!
Wonderful House and Owners!
My friend and I had the pleasure of staying at Casa Toucan this past June. I have been to Costa Rica before, and I have rented houses there and other places internationally. First, the owners of Casa Toucan are very responsive and helpful - the best experience I have had renting a home! All of our questions were not only promptly answered, but the owners provided us with lots of additional information, which we very much appreciated. Second, the house is lovely! It's spacious, well-planned out, and very clean, and we were very comfortable during our stay. Yes, the hill is a bit daunting the first time, but after that, we got used to it and drove it daily, including at night...in the rain, etc. (We did have a 4WD). The house also well-stocked - more so than any other house I've rented. We didn't need to purchase anything extra aside from food - the owners provide plenty of everything, from dishwashing soap to laundry detergent to paper towels - thank you! Finally, the setting was gorgeous...the sunsets were incredible, and the jungle sounds - especially at night - were like listening to a nature CD! The house exceeded our expectations as far as view, layout, and comfort. It really is lovely. It's clear that the owners take pride in their home, and they go out of their way to make sure that travelers feel at home during their stay. The house is truly a "jungle retreat." We'd absolutely come back, and I'd recommend it to anyone traveling to the Uvita area.
- Guest Merryn (Seattle, Washington, USA)
- Date of stay 06/17/11
- Review Submitted 07/26/11
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers, people with disabilities, girls getaway, adventure seekers, sightseeing, age 55+.
Really enjoyed our stay
Really enjoyed our stay
We spent 4 nights at Casa Toucan in June, the early rainy season. We loved it. The property is clean and well equipped. The owners are very well-organized and have seen to most needs. The home is spacious and nicely laid out. The location is beautiful, though a four-wheel-drive is certainly essential to get there. The temperature and humidity were more comfortable at the higher elevation. We heard the howler monkeys nearby, but were not lucky enough to see them. There were plenty of birds. There are some beautiful beaches nearby.
- Guest J&P (Calgary, Alberta)
- Date of stay 06/06/11
- Review Submitted 07/03/11
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with young children, adventure seekers, sightseeing, age 55+.
Myself and my wife had a truly wonderful time at Casa Toucan, paradise really. The photos don't do it justice. Amazing view with stunning two-hour-long sunsets, loads of wildlife, with monkeys leaping from tree to tree right in front of the terrace and it felt very luxurious having our own totally private, secluded swimming pool. Everything was perfect with the house, couldn't fault it anywhere. The worst thing about it was leaving.
- Guest Ron (Dublin, Ireland)
- Date of stay 01/07/11
- Review Submitted 01/16/11
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers, adventure seekers, sightseeing, age 55+.
We had an unforgettable holiday in Casa Toucan! The place is just magical. It has a fantastic view. The house is very clean, organised and it has everything you need to have a very pleasant and wonderful stay. It's in the middle of the jungle so you can hear the monkeys and see the toucans and other lovely birds on a daily basis. Rob and Lynn are very nice and they make their home feel like yours. We definitely recommend Casa Toucan and we hope you have as much fun as we did!
- Guest Ana (San José)
- Date of stay 12/26/10
- Review Submitted 01/07/11
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, adventure seekers, sightseeing, age 55+.
Easter in Toucan House
Easter in Toucan House
I was pleasantly surprised by the architecture of Toucan House as well as its location. This house is unique. The rooms are designed to let you feel you are in the wild, day and night. The master bedroom is very spacious, with an open master bath. The views of the ocean and the mountain are spectacular. An important feature of this house is privacy. It is located up in the hills, wild tropical vegetation surrounding the house. Nevertheless it is only minutes away from the infrastructure of the town of Uvita and the beaches in the south Pacific coast of Costa Rica. All descriptions were detailed and accurate, the property was clean and well maintained. I would definitively recommend this property to a friend or relative.
- Guest JoseB (San Jose, Costa Rica)
- Date of stay 03/30/10
- Review Submitted 04/06/10
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, pet owners.
exotic Casa Toucan
exotic Casa Toucan
We really enjoyed our stay at Casa Toucan! The villa is nestled up on a mountain in the rain forest. Every morning two large toucans greeted us. We saw lots of exotic birds and one morning we saw a family of howler monkeys! Everyday we explored the many different beaches. Each one has its own charm. Costa Rica is known for its surfing and sport fishing. My husband and son took a charter and caught a large sailfish. Everyday was sunny and very warm. I hope we can come back.
- Guest upholsterypal (clinton, Ct. USA)
- Date of stay 03/01/10
- Review Submitted 03/24/10
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with teenagers, girls getaway, adventure seekers, sightseeing, age 55+.
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Jan 4 - Apr 30, 2014
5 night min stay
May 1 - Dec 18, 2014
5 night min stay
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$200 discount on stays 10 days or longer. $400 discount on stays 20 days or longer.
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- Nearest Beach: beach at 2 Miles
Year Purchased: 2005
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.
Why the Owner Chose Uvita:
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.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
We feel right in the jungle with peace and quiet, listening to howler monkeys and toucans instead of chickens and radios.
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Private 40 foot ocean view pool
River swimming pool a short walk away
patio with ocean view
Kitchen with ocean view
Master bedroom # 1
Master bedroom #2 with additional twin bed
Bedroom # 2's bathroom with walk in shower
ocean side of house
Front door of Casa Toucan
Road Sign for Howler Alley
Ocean view patio
View from pool
living room facing west
Kitchen with gas stove
Master bedroom #1
Master bedroom #2
Front of House
Trail to river swimming pool
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