Up to 3 bed, 3 bath with lush garden, 300 footfalls to the sea, wildlife galore!
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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.
Each party/event must be pre-approved.
Smoking only in open areas.
Must be pre-approved with health certificate.
Children must wear life vests in pool.
Check-ins arriving after 9:00 PM will be assessed a $30 fee.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
The property was a unique jungle home. Very open all around to let nature be a part of staying here
Janet and Nick were super helpful. With everything from bus travel to tour and eating recommendations. They were great hosts and went out of their way to help during our stay since this was our first time here. I definitely recommend staying here and will again if we ever get back this way.
Shucks, you're making us blush! It's such a joy to host folks such as yourselves in our home. We really do hope you will return someday... and bring the whole crew! We'll have Chiquita Escondido up and hosting within 2 months!!
Just loved our family time in paradise. Our hosts Janet and Nick were awesome and gave us great insights on the region.
We will be back!!
We're holding you to coming back!! You are such a lovely family, and enjoyed yourselves so immensely, it was absolutely a treat to have you here.
Fine jungle living
First off, Janet’s home is amazing. It was more of an experience than just a place to sleep. My family included 3 adults and 3 children ages 5, 2, and 9 months.
Location felt secluded but not isolated, felt safe, short walk to beautiful, swimmable beach, no parking lot at the beach so only people living nearby use it.
Wildlife: we saw more wildlife sitting at the pool before breakfast than we did hiking all day at Cahuita National Park. On the property we saw: sloth, howler monkeys, macaws, toucans, poisonous dart frogs, lizards, iguana, agouti, and a small snake.
Amenities were great: nice gas stove, refrigerator, small cooking appliances and tons of cookware.
Water: they provide a large dispenser of purified drinking water and jars to fill and keep in the refrigerator so we always had ice cold water.
Pool: pool was amazing to have in the heat of the day. Kids and adults loved it. Great way to cool off.
This is jungle living and there are bugs that are in your living space daily. The mosquitos are not as bad as I imagined but we all had bug spray on at all times. If you wake to use the restroom in the middle of the night you will be greeted by a beetle or some other huge bug so we found it was best to not look - when you don’t notice them it’s easier to ignore and the bugs are not interested in you but it took a few nights to get use to.
Heat/humidity: because of the humidity everything feels damp including the bed sheets even though they never got wet.
Toddlers/babies: you have to watch your kids pretty close when on the second floor since the rail is wide enough for kids to fit through and it is nonexistent in one small area under one of the benches, which worries us. We ended up blocking that open portion with our empty luggage and we felt much safer.
Staying at Anglers Lair is an experience.
We rented 3 different homes during our stay in Costa Rica one that was just like our home in the US completely with AC, washer/ dryer and Netflix, the second a resort and the third Anglers Lair. Of the three we would all choose Anglers Lair to return to.
We love it when guests take the time to review us, and as you did, to provide specific information about what they liked and what we may need to pay attention to. Of course the wildlife, the pool, the beach and our cool little town are hard not to love, it's whether the other things can be tolerated that really matter, right?
Bugs are a part of my life like I never would have imagined coming from a sanitized civilization. And, as you comment, the mosquitos are far less a problem than I ever would've thought, there is just a constant presence of a beetle, a moth, a flying thing, or a seemingly endless colony of something sharing my space. It is important for guests to recognize this, certainly not just at our house, but in the tropics in general. There are some things that help mitigate it, but as you found, a good attitude is the most effective! Meanwhile we continue to provide the organic insect repellant, encourage guests to keep their spaces clean of food and any clutter that might provide a habitat. In the end, most people find themselves marveling at the amazing colors, size, designs of the bugs.
You also provided a very good description of the home's natural challenges for young children. We will tend to the space under the bench that you've pointed out--thanks!
And, lastly, the humidity and the constant battle with dampness. There's a reason the 90 year old men and women here look 40. The constant humidity prevents anything from ever truly drying out, and while most people are surprised how cool it gets at night (so they can sleep!) there is an atmospheric moisture that is almost always present. Maybe I forgot to explain, but there are blow dryers in the bathrooms which can be used prior to climbing into bed on the days with particularly high humidity. A few minutes of warming the sheets and it seems to do the trick. I will do a better job reminding people!
We really enjoyed meeting you all, your connectedness as a family, and your sheer joy for the adventure was a delight to share. We hope to see you back someday!
A truly tropical experience
The Angler's Lair is an amazing place to stay. The open air living and dining space allow the chance to experience a relaxing tropical experience. It gives you the opportunity to constantly be surrounded by the sights and sound of the jungle. The pool and hot tub are perfect for relaxing at night after the days adventures. Nick and Janet are very friendly host always willing to answer any questions and offer suggestions for things to do and see. We will definitely stay there again on any return trip.
Thanks Shawn, for the kind words. It was delightful for us to visit with you, your family and friends during your stay. Seeing the big smiles and hearing the excited retelling of their experiences with sloths in the garden, snorkeling and wildlife spotting continually reminds us of the fortune we have to live here and share our home with travelers from around the world.
We built our jungle home much like we built our Oregon home, a place where we'd want to be immersed in the beauty of the location and be as happy to stay home as go elsewhere--thing is, it's much more outdoor friendly year round here!
We do hope you'll visit again, and when you do, maybe it will be at our new property, Chiquita Escondido, beach front and designed for groups just like your's, it will feature 4 spacious bedroom suites in private casitas, indoor living areas, large gourmet kitchen and dining area just perfect for folks like you who enjoy entertaining in around the pool or on the beach. We will have it open by Fall 2019.
A jungle treehouse that’s is a treat for all your senses
We stayed as 3 adults and 2 children from 6/15-6-25/19 on the upper unit.
What did I love out of my stay at Angler’s Lair?
-Janet & Nick’s warm dispositions and funny stories
-the garden with its gorgeous flowers
-coffee in the morning on the rocking jar
-reading books in the hammock
-the singing of the frogs at night
-the rain on the roof and thunder
-the nice kitchen and appliances to cook!
-the puzzle we finished
-the proximity to a nice beach
-the geckos in my bathroom
-the tucan in the tree
-the sloth walking in the garden
-the massive iguana that fell out of the tree
-throwing organic waste into the jungle so the agouties could eat it!
-the fireflies! First time seeing those!
-the weird howler monkey noises
-the naughty raccoons that kept sneaking in
-Delgado the cat
-the pool to cool off in
-the frogs swimming in the jacuzzi
-the blue morpho butterflies and hummingbirds
-the cold beer and pineapple waiting for us when we arrived
-all the little extras at the house we used and appreciated! (umbrellas, bug spray, beach chairs, flashlight, books to read, Bose speaker)
-feeling like we were in a fancy tree house in the middle of paradise
What did I not like?
-sharing my bed with some harmless bugs (I know, it’s the jungle)
-towels that never dry in the humidity (I know, it’s the jungle)
-dang mosquito bites (I know, it’s the jungle)
Other than that, my family and I were happy to have found such a beautiful spot in the Caribbean to spend our vacation in! Thank you Janet & Nick for being such gracious hosts!
Kimberly, thank you for the review. I laughed at your memory of frogs in the hot tub, we used to have two that were there almost everynight, we called them Tub Collins and Harvey Wallhanger.
I get you, sometimes the jungle is a bit of a test of wills... like bugs that visit, towels that won't dry, and the mozzies. I'm glad you were able to shrug those inconveniences off and get yourself acclimated to the jungle life.
We try to add a few comforts because we know there will be those annoyances. The trick is balance I think--enough comfort and convenience to help you relax and keep the challenges at bay while you overcome them and earn that virtuous feeling that you experienced the jungle in all it's glory.
We thoroughly enjoyed your family, and hope to see you again... I kinda think we will!
Everything about this place is amazing. House is in the jungle/rainforest and across the street are some of the best beaches we have ever seen. Janet and Nick are the best. Always around to answer any questions and super helpful with transportation logistics, travel tips, etc. Our family of five loved absolutely everything about this property. Can’t wait to come back. Highly recommend this property.
Ross, we want you to come back! We enjoyed your family so much and look forward to seeing you all again. Thank you for the kind words, but really, you all were wonderful guests. Seeing your children (and you!) delight in the sightings of sloths and monkeys, and even ants and crazy bugs, brought both humor and satisfaction.
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.