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3 Bedrooms and Private Pool in a Bird Watcher's Paradise!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,700 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


VRBO Bear stayed here

We found this property to be beary special

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

ATTENTION BIRDERS, NATURE LOVERS AND HIKERS; Casa Maganda is surrounded by the rainforest and is a mere 3 minute drive to the entrance of Carara National Park!!!

Why stay in a crowded hotel or a condominium building, when for about the same price you can relax in the privacy of your own 2,700 square foot modern home with private pool?


Casa Maganda is located in the popular Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Casa Maganda is located only 33 miles from the international airport in the capital city of San Jose. The main entrance of the beautiful Carara National Park is less than 3 miles from Casa Maganda. Los Suenos Marriott Resort, Herradura Beach, and Jaco Beach are all within a short 15 to 20 minute drive. The city of Quepos and the Manuel Antonio National Park are only about an hour's drive down the scenic 'Costanera Highway.' Casa Maganda is located on the bank of the tranquil Tarcolitos River and has an amazing view of the adjoining tropical rainforest covered mountains.


The biggest challenge with renting a vacation home in a foreign country is that most of the time the guests are completely on their own. There is literally no one to call if there is a problem with a stopped up toilet, leaky faucet, etc. What truly sets Casa Maganda apart from the vast majority of vacation home rentals is our friendly and helpful on-site staff who make absolutely certain that your family’s vacation is comfortable, safe, and worry free. Buck Jackson is our property manager who lives a couple of hundred yards down the street. Buck will be there to check you in, show you around the property and take care of any issues that might come up. Buck will also help you with ideas and suggestions of things to see and do in Costa Rica. Buck’s assistant is Nelson, who lives about a mile away in Tarcoles. Nelson is Buck’s handyman and assists Buck with any maintenance or repair issues. Noilyn is our housekeeper and she will make sure that the house is clean and spotless when you return from your daily excursions.

They are all like family to us and they take pride in making sure that your stay at Casa Maganda is a memorable one.


Casa Maganda has a truly awesome master suite with a huge walk-in shower with rainforest views, a 'jacuzzi' tub big enough for two, a walk-in closet, king size bed, a 30' plasma HDTV, deiling fan, incredible views of the lush tropical rainforest, and its own access to the back yard and pool area. In addition, there are two large guest bedrooms with a large shared bathroom with dual sinks and a walk-in shower. Each bedroom has its own remote controlled a/c unit.


Casa Maganda has three living areas! One is a secluded seating area which is absolutely perfect for quiet reading or a peaceful afternoon nap. The second is an indoor garden atrium with dozens of tropical plants and a peaceful water fountain. The third doubles as the TV room and is combined with the kitchen to make it the perfect gathering place to watch the 42' plasma TV, listen to music, or play games. There is also an IPod Dock to connect your IPod to the TV speakers so that you can listen to your own music. Each living area has its own remote controlled a/c unit.


The modern kitchen has granite counter tops and is fully equipped with plates, glasses, utensils and modern stainless steel appliances, including a dishwasher, stove top, oven, microwave and refrigerator with ice maker, blender, coffee maker, toaster, etc. The adjoining semi-formal dining room has a table and chairs that comfortably seat six persons.


Just outside the kitchen door is the spacious deck and pool. The deck has a table with an umbrella and four chairs, and two chaise lounges. The deck is great place to enjoy breakfast and watch for Scarlett Macaws. We have seen as many as eight Scarlett Macaws in our backyard at the same time! In the afternoon it is the perfect place to relax in the warm sun while you enjoy an Imperial beer (the National Beer of Costa Rica!!) or a glass of wine and re-live the adventures of the day, or simply cool off in the pool.


Casa Maganda is the perfect location for your Costa Rican vacation. Casa Maganda's location on the Tarcolitos river in the rainforest provides you with the unique opportunity of watching for rare Scarlet Macaws, Toucans, humming birds, and 100's of other bird species from the privacy of your own pool and deck. Yet you are less than 20 minutes from the exciting nightlife and restaurants of the Los Suenos Resort and Jaco Beach, the most popular tourist, shopping, and surfing destination on the entire Central Pacific Coast. It is literally minutes away from dozens of attractions such as Carara National Park, Pura Vida Gardens, the village of Tarcoles and the Tarcoles River where you can book tours to view birds and crocodiles, as well as several near-by canopy tours with zip lines, hanging bridges, and rainforest trams, golf, horseback riding, world-class sport fishing, surfing, fine dining, and casinos.

SECURITY: Equipped with an modern ADT security system as well as motion-activated exterior lights.


For those with extra large families or groups, Casa Maganda is located next door to our other home, Casa Tica Linda which may also be booked. Please see VRBO #265820 for a complete description of Casa Tica Linda. The two units together can accommodate up to twelve persons.

More Details

Steve Sheets or Misty Gray
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 27, 2018

About Steve Sheets or Misty Gray

Our names are Steve and Bobbie Sheets. We live in Round Rock, Texas, which is just 20 miles north of Austin. I am an attorney and Bobbie is retired after over 20 years of teaching eighth grade English. We have one son, Travis. The bird's name is Blue Boy and he leads a pampered life at Pura Vida Gardens, which is just 10 minutes up the mountain from our house in Costa Rica.

Steve Sheets or Misty Gray purchased this house in 2007

Why Steve Sheets or Misty Gray chose Costa Montana

We first visited Costa Rica in January of '07 and it was literally love at first sight. Five months later we returned to Costa Rica in search of a vacant lot to purchase as an investment. To make a long story short, we ended up purchasing Casa Maganda. Costa Rica has since become our second home. We spend as much time there as we can. We still can't believe that we actually own a little piece of paradise!

What makes this house unique

Because Casa Maganda is on the edge of the rainforest, it is tempting to relax and to just soak in and enjoy the nature that is all around you. And yet, within a 30 minute drive, there are literally dozens of exciting things to see and do. It is great to relax when you want to, but there is no reason for anyone to ever get bored. We try to spend 5 to 6 weeks a year in our Costa Rican home, but we still have not seen and done everything in our immediate area, much less in Costa Rica.

Our on-site staff is one major benefit that you will not find in many vacation rental homes.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a lovely time in Tarcoles. The house is absolutely beautiful, very comfortable, and spacious. It was just what we were looking for - a place "away from it all" where we could see and hear birds in the morning. Probably the most unique thing about the house is that we saw and heard scarlet macaws in the backyard! It was so nice, us being birders, to be near Carara National Park. We aren't "party" types and we like to just take it easy and cook at home, so the location of the house was perfect for us. We had a great time going to the locals beach just down the street every night to watch the sunset. .

Thank you for all your help and advice!!
Feb 2011
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Costa Montana House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • River
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Jack & Jill Suite - Has two sinks, a private shower room & private toilet room
    Half bath - located by the indoor atrium garden
    Master - shower , jetted tub , shower with views of the tropical garden
  • The Master Suite has a jetted tub, the glass shower has a tropical jungle view. A half bath with sink and toilet is located off the atrium hallway.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Suite has a King size bed The Jack and Jill Suite has double beds in each bedroom
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • botanical garden
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Equipped with an ADT home security system and exterior motion sensor security lighting. The exterior of the house is also monitored by a video camera security system.


The Gorgeous Indoor Atrium

VRBO Bear stayed here

Nov 2, 2012

The moment we drove up to Casa Maganda we were amazed at how meticulously maintained and beautiful the area was, especially since it was right in the middle of a rainforest! As soon as we drove up to the house and pulled into the gate we saw a protected port that was perfect for our rental car. We were greeted shortly after our arrival by Buck who made sure fresh, local fruit was there for us and even brought a pound cake that his wife had made. Buck answered all of our questions about the property and Tarcoles and made sure to let us know about all the wonderful things we should do. Everyone in Tarcoles knows Buck and will sometimes offer you a discount on a tour if you mention his name. He was kind enough to book a fishing, hiking and snorkeling adventure for us! As soon as you walk into the house you’ll see a gorgeous atrium with a huge sky-lit roof and calming fountain. The whole house is built around this beautiful room. Behind the atrium is a cozy TV room and media center that is attached to the kitchen. The TV was big enough for all of us to watch and the media center had a monitor for the security cameras around the property. The kitchen had everything we needed and even included a really neat pineapple slicer that made coring and slicing pineapples a snap. We were able to keep the outside of our pineapples and use them as cups! The granite countertops, modern appliances and beautiful wooden cabinets allowed us to prepare all sorts of wonderful meals. We also used the outdoor grill to prepare fresh fish and chicken tacos. There are plenty of seating areas around the house where we could relax with our laptops and Kindles using the WiFi connection. We were even able to stream music outside from our favorite internet stations while lounging by the pool. If you continue walking down the backyard you can see a river behind the property called the “Tarcolitos”. There are steps that lead down from the backyard and you can stick your feet in if you’d like. We were able to hike to the waterfall that feeds this river by driving up the road a few kilometers. The bedrooms in the house were super comfy. There’s a maid that comes every day to tidy up and make the beds, plus she can do special chores such as laundry if you leave a nice tip. Each room had its own AC unit which made sure everyone was comfortable. The two double bedrooms were perfect for my friends and were connected by a large bathroom with its own shower and double sinks. There was enough privacy and space for everyone. I chose the master bedroom with a King Size bed, Jacuzzi tub, huge shower and double sinks. This bed was so comfortable and luxurious, only the smell of amazing Costa Rican coffee could get me out! I also really enjoyed the Jacuzzi tub, especially after the 4 hour hike we took to see the waterfalls. There’s a shorter way to view the waterfalls through the entrance of Pura Vida gardens without going on the big hike we did. This was the perfect place to experience Pura Vida and indulge in everything Costa Rica has to offer.

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3 Bedrooms and Private Pool in a Bird Watcher's Paradise!
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Nice place and great staff!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the freedom of not being stuck on a resort. The housekeeper kept the place spotless and did our laundry! Buck the on site manager stopped in to tell us the best zip line place to go, how to get to grocery store etc. It was perfect!! Secluded enough to be private but close enough to a ton of places to eat.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great alternative to the resort or hotel option

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our 8-night stay at Casa Maganda - the property is incredible, but even more importantly, the people who support the property are what really sets this apart. The home itself has a wonderful layout. The master bedroom and bath is what you read about in architectural magazines. The extra large master shower is surrounded by windows - the lower half of which are frosted - that give an amazing view to the surrounding rain forest. It's a surreal experience showering, during a rain shower, or at night when the grounds are nicely lit. My kids loved the inner atrium. Very relaxing to read in the internal garden while the rain comes down above your head. The home has every convenience you could want. The wifi needed to be reset a few times, but in general, speed matched what I get at home. The modern kitchen was a plus, as we cooked about half our meals at home. The outdoor space is even better. Scarlet macaws were a constant presence, their call an easily recognizable signal to get the camera ready. And the pool and grill were used frequently (it was a nice touch that the staff put out pool toys for the kids on the first day).

As great as the property is, the people is why you rent this place. Costa Rica is a beautiful country, and the people friendly (pura vida!), but its still a poor country (by American standards) and security may be a concern for some. The home is equipped with a security system, and there is a security guard who monitors the property from dusk until dawn. Even with a 5-hour power outage our last night, we felt safe and secure. Plus, Buck, your point of contact when on site, is very responsive to phone and text. He checked in with us several times the week we were there, and responded promptly to every text (for example, the gas grill did not have a propane tank, and Buck had one delivered within a few hours). He organized our zip lining excursion, and even brought us tangerines from his garden. He's a reassuring presence for anyone who's not rented a home in foreign country before.

All in all, we had an incredible stay at Casa Maganda! It's conveniently located, right down the road from Carara and the Tarcoles River, and a short day trip away from popular excursions like Manuel Antonio and Tortuga Island. The owners take care of the property, and between Buck, Nelson, and Noylin (daily cleaning service was a HUGE plus - she even did our laundry without us even asking), you are never without the help you need.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hekl Family, We are glad you enjoyed your stay at Casa Maganda. We too enjoy the macaw family that make their home in our back yard. Buck, Noilin and Nelson have worked with us for over 10 years, and they are a great team. Anytime you want to return let us know. Steve, Bobbie and Diane
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One of a kind!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful!! I stayed here with a group of friends and we had an incredible time. The home itself is one of a kind! The staff on hand were great and very helpful. There are lots of activities located around the home from zip lining, hiking, atv tours, and lots of beaches. We rented a car and the beaches and activities were short drives away. I would recommend this listing to anyone who is looking for a private and relaxing stay in Costa Rica!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sydney and friends, We appreciate your review. We are glad you liked the villa and enjoyed your holiday in Costa Rica. Our team/staff have worked with us for many years. You are right, lots of activities in the area and the villa is a great way to relax at the end of a busy day. Come back anytime. Wishing you the best for 2017. Steve & Bobbie
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Our Stay In Casa Maganda Was Incredible!!!!

  • 5 of 5

I really wanted to share our deepest thanks to guys for letting us stay in such a beautiful home. Our jaw dropped as we walked through the door. Our week in Costa Rica was absolutely phenomenal and would make a strong recommendation to anyone planning a trip to this beautiful country, treat you and your family to a stay here in the beautiful Casa Maganda. There were so many highlights from bird watching, to river rafting, four wheeling. There is so many to name and all of the tour companies picked us up right from the front door here!!! Such a great experience, thanks again.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It's A Jungle Out Here!

  • 5 of 5

Our family loved the serenity and privacy Casa Maganda offered. Early morning was enjoyed with a cup of coffee by the pool, listening to the sounds of birds. On several occasions Scarlet Macaws flew by, once roosting in the tree in the backyard. Each morning a pair of Toucans could be found eating papayas from a neighboring tree. The house is spectacular and very comfortable. We especially loved all the large windows throughout Casa Maganda. They offered beautiful views of the foliage in every direction. Though the house is secluded, there was a lot to do within a short car ride - Restaurants, Carara Park, Gringo Bridge, Grocery Store, Casino, and Tours.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2010
  • Stayed: December 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from 5 days at Casa Maganda and loved every minute. The house is beautiful, very comfortable and centrally located near excellent restaurants. It is perfect for relaxing by the pool or hiking thru the jungle and seeing monkeys and scarlet macaws. We really enjoyed experiencing the local culture and the Ticos (local people) were friendly. Some of the highlights of our trip were Inka Grill, Pura Vida Gardens, Carara and the Crocodile Man Tour. We highly recommend Casa Maganda and can't wait to make a return visit.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2010
  • Stayed: July 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
San Jose
Nearest Barpub
400 Metres
Villa Lapas deck overlooking the Tarcolitas River
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Puntarenas ferry to the Nicoya Peninsula
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Los Suenos - Marriott
Nearest Motorway
400 Metres
Costanera Highway (Hwy 34)
Nearest Restaurant
400 Metres
Villa Lapas restaurant
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
La Pita and Herradura Beaches
Nearest Point of Interest
Hotel Villa Lapas
Nearest Point of Interest
Pura Vida Gardens & Waterfalls
Nearest Point of Interest
Carara National Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Crocodile Bridge
Nearest Point of Interest
Crocodile Man Tour
Nearest Point of Interest
Turu Bari Tropical Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Hotel Villa Caletas
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Calypso Cruise to Tortuga Island
Nearest Point of Interest
Herradura Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Rain Forest Aerial Tram:
Nearest Point of Interest
Waterfalls Canopy Tour:
Nearest Point of Interest
Vista Los Suenos Canopy Tour:
Car: recommended

bird watching, crocodile tour, hanging bridges tour, ATV tour, canopy tour, zip lines, tropical gardens, horse back riding


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $75
Property Damage Protection $59

If you are booking 45 days prior to arrival 100% of rental fees are due upon confirmation to rent.

In addition you will be sent a rental agreement that will need to be signed and returned to owner.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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