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Bedrooms Studio
Space 640 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Owner's Home...Modern A/C Cabin w/King Sized Bed

Our Cabin on the Property of our The Toucan Stay Inn (but 3 can't)...(a/k/a 'TSI')

The 'Owner's Cabin' is not always Rentable, but the owner lives in the USA and enjoys traveling. It is a separate building from the actual Toucan Stay Inn (TSI) Our "Petite To Be in a Garden by the Sea". It is Very Private, Gated and Surrounded with colorful 10 foot tall Hibiscus hedges and 8' Wooden Gates. Besides being on a gorgeous tropical setting, filled with flowers, bushes and Coconut Palms, the TSI is proud to be on the "BeachSide"…just 3 lots from the Caribbean Sea. Unlike most of our competition, we have Air Conditioning, Screened window and large Screened Patio,, WI-FI and Satellite TV. As of matter of fact, we have A/C in all the Inn's accommodations.

The Owner's Cabin has Cathedral Ceilings, a variety of Local Wood Accents and Furniture, a Custom Made California King Sized Bed, True Quality Bedding (real mattresses) and Linens, a Living Room area, Dining Table, Fully Equipped Kitchen, Private Bathroom, Satellite TV/Stereo DVD, Flat Screened TV, Screened in Patio with Table and Chairs, 2 hammocks and a massage table. (see photos)

The Toucan Stay Inn (TSI) is merely steps away from Playa Punta Uva... rated one of the 'Top 10 Natural Beaches in the World' (says Outsider Magazine). Punta means 'Point' there are two sides to it. Each side is completely different. Our side is called the 'family beach' has been awarded a BLUE FLAG for it's cleanliness and safety. The other side is completely different, and my wife and I love to hang hammocks among the palm trees, bring a cooler with lunch and drinks, books and snorkeling spend the day. Muy Tranquilo!!! (Very Tranquil!!!)

The Toucan Stay Inn is conveniently located within a 'stone's throw' of a grocery store, a beach bar/restaurant, and the Punta Uva Dive as a matter of fact, Punta Uva River...a very sleepy river that meets the Caribbean. Kayaks are rented nearby for your convenience.

FREE WiFi is available, along with Free use of Snorkeling equipment, Boogie Boards, Travel Beach Hammocks and Beach Towels, we are happy to offer concierge services for reservations and suggestions for adventures, tours and our list of 'preferred' dining experiences.

Here are some of the popular things our guests enjoy:

Horseback Riding on the Beach, Scuba Diving, Canopy Tours (zip line), White Water Rafting, Snorkeling, Kayaking, Hiking both the Gondoca-Manzanillo Refuge and the Cahuita National Park, Chocolate Tours, Bri Bri Indian Reservation, Waterfalls, the famous Jaguar Wildlife Rescue Center, etc. etc. Several of the tours will pick you up and drop you off right at our doorstep.

I'm not sure if the Garden of Eden was much better, but instead of apples and serpents, we have coconuts, papayas, bananas and an occasional sloth and toucan.

Although the 'Owner's Cabin' has a fully equipped kitchen, Breakfast can be purchased and served on the Inn's Garden Terrace (with advanced notice)

Garden Terrace and the Garden Pavilion are places where our guests can relax, play cards, board games, or just read or leisurely nap in one of our several terrace hammocks or Adirondack Chairs. We have a small book and DVD library for your use. Wi Fi is Free. And, we have a house computer for you to check you emails.

Caribe Sur (this Southern Caribbean area) is known for the best variety of International Cuisine in Costa Rica. Within a few miles (or less) in either direction, you can find authentic assortment of Caribbean, Argentinean, Middle Eastern, Italian, Thai, Sushi, Mexican and 'Tico' (Costa Rican) menus. We have our favorites that we will share with you.

Have you ever heard of Howler Monkeys? Well, they come around quite often, or you can hear them in the in our travel daily. The variety of colorful birds and wild flowers is you will, undoubtedly, see a Morpho Butterfly with turquoise wings and much more!!!

For convenience the bus stop is right on our taxi rides into Puerto Viejo (our hub) or Manzanillo are about $10. .

There are SPAS within a few miles. Many of our guests enjoy having us arrange Spa personnel come and offer massages on our own property!

Our Mission is to assist you in making your vacation a 'memorable one' (that's if you'll let us).

Keywords: Luxury Cottage Steps from Beach

More Details

Property Manager
Jon Stierwalt (owner)
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, italian, Our Manager, Canzio speaks the above 5 languages.
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 16, 2018

About Jon Stierwalt (owner)

Hello There! I'm Jon, and I retired from the 'fashion industry' in 2009. My wife, Mabel, pronounced MaBell, is a retired teacher from Bogota, Colombia. Although we enjoyed living and hosting on our property, we recently became grand we moved back to Florida to take on that new we are loving it. But, we do visit, as often as possible.

We have a management team, a chef named Canzio and his wife Barbara. They are from Italy, and he was trained in Switzerland, where he worked in a 5 star resort. They own Bamboocha, a great little "Caribbean Fusion" Restaurant less than one block away. Don't miss their TRUE ITALIAN best ever!!! In addition, great fish dishes and a variety of pasta specialities.

Canzio speaks 5 languages...Italian, French, German, Spanish and English. He and Barbara will be happy to give you a tour of our property, as well as be happy to make suggestions, arrangements or reservations for restaurants, tours, adventures etc.

We miss meeting our will meet.

We wish you safe travel, great weather and a fond memories.

Pura Vida!!!

Jon and Mabel

Jon Stierwalt (owner) purchased this cabin in 2006

Why Jon Stierwalt (owner) chose Punta Uva

In my eyes, The Garden of Eden couldn't have been much better. The natural beauty of not just my property, but the entire area is overwhelming to me. On the property we have limes, coconuts, pipas, guanabana, bananas and other fruits with some incredible flowering plants. The place is surrounded by hibiscus 3 sets of wooden entry gates. Two one bedroom air conditioned suites are also available.

The variety of SOME OF THE BEST FOOD I'VE EVER EATEN is incredible, with several of them within walking distance and others within a no further than 5 miles on the same main road. Sushi, Thai, Italian, French, Caribbean, Middle Eastern, Argentinian, and of course, Tico (local) food are all offered. I keep a book listing TSI's recommended restaurants, along with menus. A convenience store (PULPERIA) is located within 50 feet of our front door. Now that's convenient! The owners, Saskia and Connie speaks German, English and Spanish. They are both great people who will fix you up with beer, wine, booze and your grocery needs.

What makes this cabin unique

'If you are lucky enough to live near the beach, you are lucky enough'

'Location, location, location' is the most prominent phrase in real estate and that's what makes The Toucan Stay Inn (but 3 can't) special'

Location: 200 meters (3 lots away) from the actual Punta Uva Beach. 'One of the Top Ten Wild Beaches in the World'...Outsider Magazine 2001

Privacy: Property is surrounded with fencing covered by natures beauty (hibiscus hedges, vines, coconut and pipa trees etc.

Air Conditioning and Ceiling Fans... something hard to no need for mosquito nets. All windows are screened.

Hot Water: Something you might take for granted, but not offered everywhere

'Gringo' plumbing: Flush your toilet paper!(sounds wierd? see Hot Water above)

Great Mattress: King or Queen Top of the line mattresses ONLY!

All the comforts of home: Cabin has full COMPLETE kitchen (Gas oven w/ 4 burner stove, full sized refridge, microwave, toaster over))

Location, privacy, air conditioning, hot water, a great mattress, and the comforts of home in a local setting is what makes the TOUCAN STAY INN (but 3 can't) special'.


Punta Uva Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 640 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The 'Owner's Cabin' has a full bathroom...and if you desire to rent either of the apartments...they, too, have private bathrooms/shower (hot and cold water)
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • California King Sized Bed - 1 king
  • The 'Owner's Cabin' is my home...separate from the Actual Toucan Stay INN...which has two studio apartments with private bath and private entrance. These are rented separately.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Our Cottage/Cabin is located in a gated 1/2 acre+ tropical garden. You can enjoy the spacious terrace our new garden pavilion with hammocks galore. Between us and the beach is a beach restaurant/bar, a Dive Shop and a private home. We are close enough to hear the waves...yet far enough away from the 'no see-ums) (those tiny insects that bother the heck out of you) as the sun sets. In addition, a convenience store is very close. The bus stop...on our corner....and several EXCELLENT restaurants in the area. Convenient/snorkeling/kayaking//surfing/fishing are only steps away. We can arrange for Horseback riding on beach, and any adventures you care to partake in...Canopy Tours, White Water Rafting, Chocolate Tours, Bri Bri Indian Tours, Waterfall Tours . We can arrange Spa Service appts...or arrange to have a massage privately, here on our property. . Playa Punta Uva (our beach) has been rated ONE OF TOP BEACHES in the World By Travel and Leisure and Outside Magazine


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.75 based on 28 reviews

Close to it all!

  • 4 of 5

This cabin was close to it all. We walked to the beach in about 5 mins. There is a dive shop in between the cabin and the beach with a variety of activities. If you like to snorkel, John has plenty of gear for your use. There is a convenience store across the street. Bikes were available for getting to dinner in the town of Puerta Viejo. There are all kinds of little shops there as well. The Owners Cabin is an open concept, with a nice bathroom.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice location and comfortable house.

  • 3 of 5

Enjoyed the cabin and location! Caretakers were nice and helpful. Little things would have helped a lot. Dishcloth and dish soap, extra towels, trash bags, and pepper. Smell very strongly of big pesticides. Table leans so badly you couldn’t put food or coffee cup on it. Easy fixes, just details not attended to.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Lori, Thank you for your review. As you know, I am the owner, and live in Florida. There is nothing better than to read your review and know that you enjoyed my cabin, and appreciate our location being on beach side, just a short walk to the beach. It is also nice to read that you thought my managers were nice and helpful. I was a bit surprised to find out that you were missing things like dish soap, towels, trash bags and pepper. With this being High Season and approaching Easter Week, we have been full every single day since before Christmas. When there is only one day between guests for the accommodations to be cleaned, the bedding replaced, along with other essentials, sometimes the simplest things are forgotten. For that I apologize. The items you mentioned... dish soap, towels, trash bags and pepper were probably just that...forgotten. This surely could have been a "simple fix"... all you had to do is mention it to my managers. I am sure they will be embarrassed to find out that you never had these items during your stay. Getting a 3 star review for this reason is disappointing to say the least, but it will surely help us to make sure this never happens again. Wishing you a Happy Easter and a big Pura Vida! Jon Stierwalt (owner) Toucan Stay Inn
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Excellent Vacation at the Owner' Cabin at Toucan Inn Stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 2 weeks (March 2017) at the Owner’s Cabin at the Toucan Stay Inn. We found the place very relaxing and enjoyable. We spent every night falling asleep in the hammock on the screened porch listening to the rain and the howling monkeys. We would wake to the birds singing. The facilities and grounds were very clean and nicely decorated/landscaped. We spent time lounging in their outdoor hammocks enjoying the scenery. We were minutes to the beach where it was not heavily populated.

Our goal during our stay was to do as much and see as much as we possible could. The owners, Jon and Mabel, where there staying at the Inn during our vacation. They hooked us up with a local fisherman, where we caught Tuna, Red Snapper, and a third species. They set us up on a zip-line adventure. They picked us up, took us to the jungle where we zipped 24 platforms and returned us home. They hooked us up with Junior, a local guide, who took us for the day to see 2 waterfalls (fabulous!) and to the Reservation for a lesson in local fruits, trees, and nuts; each providing medicinal purposes. They gave us directions to some local hiking with an extremely beautiful view of the ocean. We did a hike through a National Park, way cool 8.5 kilometers of platforms through the jungle. They recommended a particular local Chocolate Farm, spectacular. They suggested several places to eat. We so enjoyed all but one place. The flavor, presentation, and atmosphere were incredible for being in such a remote area. Several equivalent to a 5 star restaurant here in the states, but less than half the cost. Mabel made us a delicious mango pancake breakfast. Next door, Bamboocha’ s which was not only delicious, but the back ground and hospitality of the owners was amazing.

We found the locals to be friendly and helpful especially with the language barrier. We speak very little to no Spanish, but were able to find someone that spoke English or be able to find a way to communicate what it is that we wanted or needed.

Jon and Mabel took us to a local friend’s house where we spent several hours visiting. It was a pleasure to meet them and they were so hospitable serving us with a fresh blended fruit drink and scrumptious brownies with coconut toppings fresh from a local chocolate farm.

We truly enjoyed our stay, as well as the pleasure of meeting Jon and Mabel. They made sure our vacation was exactly what we were hoping for. We look forward to returning again.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You So Much for this lovely review. As I expressed to you in an early correspondence, our goal is to wish all of our guests safe travel, decent weather and fond memories. I don't want to interfere with people who "Vant to be alone"...but if they are open for recommendations of places to go, things to see and our list of favorite restaurants...consider me that "friend or uncle you have in Costa Rica" who knows a bit more than a guide book writer who spent a few days in the area. Sorry about that one restaurant that I recommended that didn't cook your steak the way you like it. But, I'm happy to know that your husband enjoyed his shrimp dish., I only batted 500 on that one. It is such a pleasure to have guests who want to know more about the culture, visit unique places that might not be in the guide books, do some adventures, and tours. Mabel and I were thrilled that you relaxed in our Cabin's screened in patio, slept in our garden pavilion's hammocks, but took advantage of the weather, and kept experiencing so much of what our property and area has to offer. Come to think of even used the BBQ grill to cook that fish you caught. By the way, as soon as you left, the sea turn flat as Mabel's pancakes, and the snorkeling was great. Oh, and I will send you a photo of the 6 foot Iguana that visited our property, within an hour of your departure. Please do return again, and I promise that the acquaintances you made on this trip will remember you when you return. That's just the way it is here. Punta Uva is a special place, as you found out. Pura Vida!!! Jon and Mabel
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Most Enjoyable. Thank you.

  • 4 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our two weeks at the Toucan Inn. Mike was there to meet us and go over all of the details about our accommodations and gave us all the information about our immediate area. Beach. Store. Restaurant. Ect. The cabin was big and bright. The bed very comfortable. It was clean. The property was lovely, gated and private even though we were near the beach road. The beach was a two minute walk. The location to surrounding villages was central to all. We had the pleasure of meeting Jon, the owner of Toucan Inn. He shared with us many stories about the history of this beautiful area of Punta Uva. We would certainly return to Toucan Inn without hesitation. Thank you Mike and Jon for making our first trip to Costa Rica a most memorable adventure. Pura Vida. Deb and Lew.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hola Deb and Lew!!! Thank you so much for your lovely review. We hope you made it home, safe and sound. Prior to my arrival in CR, when I spoke to Mike, he told me that you guys were "GREAT!" and now that we have spent some time together, I totally agree with him. I'd give you both 4 STARS (lol). I so enjoyed the time we spent together, and do hope you return soon. Pura Vida, Jon
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Akron, NY, USA

Five nights was not enough!!!

  • 5 of 5

This is what vacations are supposed to be like. After a superb time hiking around volcanos and kayaking down gorgeous rivers through the rainforest my wife and I spent five glorious nights at Toucan Stay Inn in the Owner's Cabin. It was like having our own little home away from home. The grounds consist of beautiful tropical gardens hiding behind a secure fence and gates, and it's just a very short walk down the road to the beach. The Owner's Cabin is a large one room, combo kitchen, living room, bedroom, with a full bathroom and a large screened porch. There is plenty of hot water. After a great night's sleep in the king size bed (some nights with the A/C, some nights listening to the rain) we'd have coffee, take a long walk on the beach, come back and make breakfast, then grab the beach towels, books, etc. and head back to the beach. We picked up a couple inexpensive low to the ground beach chairs at Walmart in San Jose earlier in out trip and they were perfect for the beach. There are hammocks to use to sling between trees if you prefer. If you want a beer or a cocktail, burger, or pizza, there is a beach bar right there. Better yet wait for one of the local women to come along with hot homemade chicken or veggie empanadas. After a day of total relaxation we'd venture out to one of the many many local restaurants nearby for dinner and then back to our cabin. Night life is available if that's your scene but we prefer our solitude. After seeing many of the other accommodations in the area we could not have been happier with our choice. Mike the grounds manager will soon become a welcome friend and give good advice on local attractions and activities. A couple things we did not know but were not a problem. You have to buy your own drinking/cooking water but there is a little grocery store across the road. $5 for 5 gallons almost got us through our five nights. Also, there is no housekeeping so you can leave your bed unmade just like at home. There is not a house safe but one didn't seem necessary. The wifi worked great, there is no house computer, if you want to ride a bike you'll need to rent one nearby, and breakfast is not included. Some travel sites have not been updated with that current information. Mike informs us we would not have enjoyed his cooking anyway! Oh, the owner Jon, is always reachable by phone and is also a trove of helpful information. Although not entirely necessary since there are taxis, I would recommend a car for greatest convenien

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you John and Kathy for your wonderful words. Responding to the few negatives is something we hate to do, but must be stated. When I live there, I was known for my breakfasts...and we were called a B&B...since Mike took over the cooking...we had to change our name to just an INN. (lol) As for the bikes...well living so close to the ocean destroys metal BIG TIME...and we were spending more time repairing and we left that to the folks who Just Rent Bikes for a living...several blocks away. I must say, that it is wonderful to read how open you both were to adventure (white water rafting), and yet, enjoying the nature within our property, the beach surroundings...and truly appreciating our "little slice of paradise" is all we can ask for. The very few guests that expect to be able to "hail a cab" in Punta Uva are the types that you can't please no matter what. Thank you for being you. Might I suggest, that the next time...bring two other couples and have the entire property to yourselves. What Fun!!! PURA VIDA...and thank you again for choosing the Toucan Stay Inn's Owner's Cabin
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mexico beach florida

our 2016 vacation

  • 3 of 5

This was a nice place it was clean and had lots of hot water. That being said this was said to be a bed and breakfast we never saw the breakfast the whole two weeks we were there. The roof leaked on our bed but not to much. We told Mike about it and he said that he knew about that. The beach was really nice and the people as always were great. Mike the manager was nice and told us about all the things to do and where to eat. Jon the owner was very helpful in getting us to the place and answered all the questions I had which were a lot.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi There! Beach Girl, Thank you for your review. I am so sorry to hear that there was a leak over your bed...but that it didn't interfere with you stay. Thank Goodness! As you can see by our other reviews, this is something that has never happened, and surely was been taken care of immediately. We are happy that you mentioned that you enjoyed our location, our comfortable bed and clean room. Being close to the beach for a "Beach Girl", I'm sure, is important. I am delighted to hear that Mike's (our manager) recommendation were helpful. And, it was nice of you mention that our communications prior to your arrival were appreciated. Of course, we do hope you return, and I promise that I will make a special effort to make up for the unfortunate "leak" that you had to deal with. We realize that vacations are too infrequent for most folks. So, we strive to help assist in making them unforgettable...but not with a leak. lol Pura Vida, Beach Girl...Pura Vida! Jon (owner)
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Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
2 beach bars. 1 is 600 feet away, 2 blocks away
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
"Ranchito" on beach
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Playa Punta Uva

Play Punta Uva (our beach) is just a short walk away (actually only 3 lots away). Within 3 miles of us is the Famous Jaguar Rescue Center, Canopy tours(zip line tours), horse back riding, Iguana Sanctuary, Yoga, Surf Lessons etc. I REPEAT...we are only 600 feet way from swimming, kayaking and snorkeling, which are all available at our Beach..."rated in TOP TEN NATURAL BEACHES IN THE WORLD" by Outside Magazine and Travel and Leisure. Our 'Owners Cabin" sits is next to our Toucan Stay Inn. Our manager at the Inn will be happy to assist you with recommendations for restaurants, private beaches, tours, etc.

Our little "paradise" sits between Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo. Both are places that you should visit. Each with their own Caribbean "vibe".


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500


"THE "Owner's Cabin" at the Toucan Stay Inn is my home. It is available throughout the different times.
The rates mentioned are strictly for my home, the "Owner's Cabin". These rates ARE NOT the rates for either of the 2 private accommodations available at the Toucan Stay Inn.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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