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TUCANA colorful home, Near Beach, Salt Pool, Pingpong, large rooms

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,925 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Fun home, Local Vibe, SaltPool, PingPong, large rooms, acre lot, gated community

CHARM & LOCAL VIBE - Casa TUCANA is a fun home for families and friends who want to enjoy THE REAL COSTA RICA in privacy and comfort. Some of the best features of this home are the large Salt Water Pool, the colorful Great Room and the fun Ping Pong Table that also doubles up as a great dining table that sits up to 16! You'll see lots of monkeys in the back yard, jumping from tree to tree, and perhaps even our friendly resident sloth!

This COLORFUL home is on a FULL ACRE LOT in a gated community, near the village of Esterillos Oeste and its TOP RATED BEACH!

This is a CONVENIENT location, only 75 miles from the airport (SJO) and halfway between Jaco and Manuel Antonio (15-25 Miles each). The setting is TRANQUIL, away from tourist crowds, and CLOSE TO ALL THE FUN adventures, shopping, restaurants and tours.

Inside, the GREAT ROOM (Kitchen/Dining & living) goes right out to the covered patio where the beautiful teak ping pong table is not only fun to play on, but also great to gather around for dinner.

The roof top terrace, is great for alone time, yoga and reading under the shade of the Palapa.....


. large GREAT ROOM (Kitchen + Dining + Living)

. Master Suite (King bed)

. Guest Bedroom #2 (2 QUEEN BEDS)

. Guest Bedroom #3 (2 Queen Beds)

. Shared Bathroom for Guest bedrooms

. Covered Terrace w/ PingPong/Dining table

You will love the TASTEFUL interior and COLORFUL FURNISHINGS. The cool cement floors, large open rooms and tall ceilings help keep the house cooler. There are Ceiling fans in all rooms and AC in the bedrooms too.

The KITCHEN is well equipped with Gas Cooktop, ice maker fridge/freezer, Microwave, Toaster, coffee maker, blender, large sink..etc.


. Outside Covered Patio

. Ping Pong Table (Teak - Doubles as dining table)

. BBQ Grill

. Outside Dining area

. Roof top "Yoga" Terrace with Palapa & Hammock

. Large Pool and deck lounge chairs

. Palapa Covered Day Bed

. Full acre Jungle Garden

. Car Port


Cable Internet/WiFi delivers fast, reliable service.Cable TV (English movies & news) , DVD and IPod dock.


. Washer/Dryer

. Utiity sink

. Ironing board.

. Laundry supplies provided.

. All WHITE BED LINENS are provided -

. TOWELS (Bath, Pool & Beach) are also provided for out-of-country guests*

(* local guests must bring their own towels)

Our managers, Daniel and Chloe, live next door, so they can be there quickly if you need anything. They speak English and Spanish (and a little french) They can help you with tours and activities, massage, cook, and even with transportation.

We would love to have you stay in this cozy and Happy home.

Pura Vida!….

George and Katrina


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Hills of Esterillos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2925 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , 2 sinks large triple closet
    Shared Bath - toilet , shower , 1 sink
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 queen , Tall ceiling, Fan -AC-Desk-2 closets-Shared Bath
    Bedroom 3 - 2 queen , Tall ceiling, Fan -AC-Desk-2 closets-Shared Bath
    Master Suite - 1 king , Master Ste: Desk-Fan/AC-Dresser-Closet-2sinks-Shower/Tub
  • 1 King size beds, 2 Queen size Beds in each of the two additional bedrooms
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Senior Adults Only Community
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting


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TUCANA colorful home, Near Beach, Salt Pool, Pingpong, large rooms
average rating of 4.5454545 based on 11 reviews

Terrific house and property.

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 adults spent Christmas in Costa Rica. The house was perfect for our trip. The house is very comfortable and and had all of the things we needed for our stay. The pool and outdoor areas were great. The jungle is in your back yard and the monkeys came through each morning and evening. The location is excellent for seeing the area and the local beach and water were excellent. The managers Chloe and Dan were terrific and Dan is an excellent surfing instructor if you want to give that a go. The area is very secure and we felt very safe. This is a terrific choice if you want a place to yourself with lots of room.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
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  • 5 of 5

My family of 4 stayed at Casa Tucana for 3 weeks. It is a great house with plenty of room. Everything we needed was provided. The kitchen is well equipped and the outdoor space is amazing. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
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Amazing Amazing

  • 4 of 5

This review comes a bit after the fact, but suffice to say: This place was incredible! The saltwater pool and ping pong table created the perfect mix of becoming tropically overheated and delightfully refreshed! The house itself is great and spacious, we were there with 9 people and it never felt crowded.

Also, it is surrounded on most sides by jungle-y gardens, so there are mornings were you have monkeys right next to you, and afternoons were lazy cows clang their cowbells on the other side of a hill

The property was clean and the laundry was great.

The only snags we encountered were a pretty serious roof leak (onto one of the beds) over the first two nights. However Chloe and her husband were able to fix it, and were very helpful. They even helped those who were crazy enough try surfing.

Location wise, the house is great, it is about a ten minute walk from a very nice beach, as part of a sort of spread out town; there is a restaurant near the beach that we did not find out about until near our last night (it is owned by a Canadian, Chloe will be able to tell you the name) - it was awesome.

Getting groceries was a bit of a hassle, as we only had a shuttle service; the cost of that was a bit extreme for days where we did not have substantial ambitions, and there was some confusion regarding the extra cost of airport transfers which left a sour taste in a few of my companions' mouths on the last day; I would simply say make sure to figure all of that stuff out ahead of time!

This place is surrounded by great beaches and parks, the owners are teriffic, the house is a lot of fun, and airy and peaceful, and it was definitely better than we could have imagined. As a result, the same group of people are seemingly forever committed to taking holidays together to beautiful houses in warm places every winter from now on!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2014
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Magical spot for a family retreat.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Casa Tucana. We were a group of 5 adults and two toddlers. Arriving past midnight, we were greeted by a cheery Chloe who gave us a quick welcome and house set-up. The house is clean, comfortable and breezy, bright, beautifully furnished with spacious, private rooms and all the ammneties you need.

Beautiful salt water pool which the kids enjoyed for endless hours. There were 3 separate socializing areas – the outdoor lounge, which is shaded and private with a well -kept garden of palms and other local fauna. A small deck: perfect for evening drinks and an outdoor area on the roof with a nice view over the surrounding jungle/fields.

We saw monkeys and geckos and frogs and the odd cow in a nearby paddock. Were pleasantly surprised by how bug free the property was. The proximity to the beach was just right– a 15 minute walk or 2 min drive. In the rustic village of Esterillos Oeste there was a grocery store with everything. The village is a true local spot, not at all touristy. Though you definitely need a car to fully enjoy the area between Jaco and Manuel Antonio.

The house was the perfect respite for naps and quiet relaxing during the midday heat and we organized our activities for the mornings and late afternoons. We found Bejuco a magic spot – nice wide beach and lots of local families.

Chloe and Dan were very helpful – arranging car rental through Zuma (who conveniently included a driver to and from the airport) organized local catering for a birthday meal for one in our party, setting us up with the best guide for our tour of Manuel Antonio and zip-lining at the excellent nearby Ocean Ranch.

I might add that they accommodated us within a week of having their 3rd child – and made themselves available for whatever we needed, which was an impressive feat in itself.

Overall, we adored Costa Rica and were very comfortable at Casa Tucana where thoughts of our stressful loves back home melted away. Would highly recommend it for a relaxed family retreat. Thank You so much Chloe and Dan!

  • Submitted: May 13, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
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This location was perfect

  • 5 of 5

House was perfect, clean, great location if you want the true Costa Rican feel. Daniel was more than happy to help us with excursions off the beaten path. Beach was a great walk, not crowded and safe. Local restaurants were very good. We had six adults who enjoyed morning animals, birds and lizards. Pool was cleaned twice during our stay and housekeeping came once. Toilets were not an

issue ( that's how it's done in Costa Rica, it's okay). We really enjoyed the pool. The house could use some up keep with the swing, two chairs outside and the stove which is a little temperamental. Otherwise great place, definitely need a car. Thank you Daniel and Chloe.

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2014
  • Stayed: January 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Glenn and Family, thanks so much for taking the time to review your stay with us at Casa Tucana. We are so glad you had a wonderful vacation with us. We are also glad to hear that you felt the property was very clean and maintained to your expectations throughout your trip. I wanted to comment on the up keep items mentioned as it is always our desire to always keep on top of everything with the home and make sure it is up to date, very comfortable and relaxing for all that stay with us! Since your review, we have updated the swing rope as it is a constant project due to the rope nature of the swings use etc. and we have also replaced the 2 deck chairs as they were wood and with the harsh sun and weather here they wore down very quickly. As for the stove top it is a really nice Gas Range but it does need to be lit by hand using a long lighter which we provide for our guests. I am sorry it was a bit tricky for you as it does have a specific touch for lighting. :) Thanks for your comments as we are always looking to provide personalized and excellent services to our guests. Blessings and we look forward to your next stay with us here in Costa Rica. Pura Vida! Pura Vida Casas Management Team Daniel & Chloe Murdoch
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A gem of a house, Great location and service

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at Casa Tucana. The house was lovely and well furnished. Very relaxing and private setting. The rooms were large with tall ceilings, the salt water pool…. Aaaah…. perfect! We played ping pong on the beautiful teak table and BBQ on the patio. There was monkeys in the trees and a sloth too. Kids were very excited….so were we!

Daniel (owners' son) was super helpful. He and his wife are from California, so it was easy to communicate. They arranged some fun things for us to do. It was really nice not to have to deal with the planning. We rented local cell phones from them so we could always be in touch, which was reassuring. Our favorites adventures were: surf lesson & jet ski with Daniel, Zip lines and the Crocodile River tour. We also spent a day in Manuel Antonio and an afternoon in Jaco which are only about a 20-35 minute drive each way. Its was fun but quite a bit more crowded than Esterillos.

THis was a super relaxing setting, the beach went for miles and was perfect for surfing and boogie boarding (rented boards from Daniel - very convenient). Kids had fun swimming in the calm water of the tide pools (water is about 85F). We were the only ones on the beach most of the time except for a few locals.

We stocked up on food in Jaco before getting to the house, as Chloe had suggested, and got pretty much everything else we needed at the local grocery store. There are 3 restaurants in the village, we tried them all, all fresh, tasty food.

Over all, we totally loved our stay at Casa Tucana and recommend it for families or groups who want to experience the real Costa Rica.

Thanks Dan and Chlo for a fantastic time.

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2014
  • Stayed: January 2014
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About Chloe

Katrina is a ballerina from Paris, France, and George is a surfer from Canada. They live in Santa Barbara, California where they raised six children, all Surfers...California won!

They FELL IN LOVE with the relaxing, colorful ambiance and awesome surf in COSTA RICA. They go there 3 months out of the year (not enough) and their oldest son, Daniel, and his Wife, Chloe now live there full time with their three young kids. They take care of the home and our guests.

Surfing may have won the location contest, but Paris won the style contest! Katrina designed all the furnishings. This is a happy and simple elegance home

We love sharing our FAMILY VACATION HOME and hope you will enjoy it too!

Why Chloe chose Hills of Esterillos

We wanted to experience Costa Rica in comfort and privacy, and not find ourselves in the highly touristy crowds of nearby towns like Jaco and Quepos. Still he close proximity (only 15-25 Miles) to both Jaco and Manuel Antonio makes Esterillos Oeste ideal for tourists who want to experience all there is to do in the area, but who don't want to feel like complete tourists.

Unlike the crowded towns of Jaco and Manuel Antonio, Esterillos Oeste offers a more peaceful atmosphere with a strong LOCAL VIBE.

The house is in a gated community, close to the beach (3/4 mile). We are on the largest corner lot (FULL ACRE), very private and facing the Jungle.

The Beach, Playa Oeste, is beautiful, with miles of pristine shores. There's hardly a soul, expect for a few fishermen and surfers. The surf is great, for both novice and expert surfers (Daniel offers surf lessons) . If you want calmer waters, you can swim in the warm (80+F) natural pools near the Sirena (Mermaid) statue.

Morning walks on the beach will take you to the TURTLE SANCTUARY, and warm evening breezes will envelope you as you watch the sunset's mirrored reflection in the wet sand.

Pura Vida!

What makes this house unique





The best SECRET about this property is the KING PALM FOREST at the bottom of the property. There, you'll be up close with Monkeys. It is quiet and private and shady!


Playa Oeste is great for all surfers, from beginners to experts. It's also fun for kids with it's natural low tide pools.

Pura Vida!


Nearest Airport
75 Miles
San Jose
Nearest Motorway
0.3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.6 Miles
Los Almendros, El Tropo
Nearest Beach
0.7 Miles
Playa Esterillos Oeste
Car: recommended

The little fishing village of Esterillos Oeste is on the central coast, and is conveniently located halfway between the touristy towns of Jaco and Quepos. This is a TYPICAL Costa Rican Village with also a great beach for SURFING or swimming in the NATURAL POOLS. This UNCROWDED location is minutes away from all the TOURS AND ACTIVITIES. From the beach at Playa Oeste, you can go for a beautiful walk towards the TURTLE SANCTUARY. The beach is lined with almond trees which provide shade and attract McCaws. Esterillos Oeste is also famous for its mermaid statue bravely facing the surf. The village offers a quaint setting with local flavor, a couple RESTAURANTS, a GROCERY STORE.... Casa Tucana is in a GATED COMMUNITY on a large 1 ACRE CORNER LOT with privacy and valley views. Lots of monkeys…… The house is well equipped, its green design brings FRESHNESS throughout the day (AC available but hardly needed) One of the guests favorite things about the house is the non chlorinated, SALT WATER POOL, and also the fun PING PONG TABLE (handmade Teak) which also serves as outdoor dining table (sits16) . Guests also love visiting the lush LOWER GARDEN, with its majestic King Palms and lots of Monkeys, and sometime even our friendly neighborhood sloth!

The managers, Daniel and Chloe, live next to Casa Tucana and will provide you with full concierge service. They can arrange for a COOK, MASSAGE SURF LESSONS, and set up all your TOURS at a discouneted rate. They can also help you with CAR RENTAL. They speak English and Spanish and look forward to meeting you.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $800
Cleaning Fee $75

Please READ ALL OUR RULES carefully.

1. POOL SAFETY: By making a reservation, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU ARE AWARE that THE POOL AREA IS NOT FENCED UP and YOU ASSUME ALL RESPONSIBILITY for any accident even resulting from loss of life, AND DO NOT HOLD OWNER AND/OR ITS AGENTS RESPONSIBLE wether by negligence or not.
2. QUIET HOURS: 10pm-6am. Please, show respect to potential neighbors by observing our quiet hours, meaning no loud music or noises outside the home and/or in covered terraces and ranchos. If we receive a complaint, you may lose all your security deposit.
3. SMOKING: Guests MAY SMOKE OUTSIDE the home as long as smoke does not enter inside. However, SMOKING INSIDE THE HOME IS PROHIBITED and may result in a $300 charge against the security deposit.
4. ELECTRIC ALLOWANCE: Our guests’ confort is important to us. We also all need to be conscious of electricity usage as Costa Rican rates are very high. Our guests are encouraged to be reasonable in their electricity usage in order to avoid additional charges for usage over the electrical DAILY ALLOTMENT OF 50 KW per home. Any OVERUSAGE WILL BE CHARGED a due payable at checkout at the rate of .60 US Cents/KW.
5. EVENTS: Event are not allowed.
6. PETS: Pets are allowed but MUST BE APPROVED PRIOR TO BOOKING. Only well behaved, house trained and non-threatening pets are allowed. The property is not fenced up and has access to neighbor homes. Guests must be able to maintain their pet on the property and are encouraged to bring a harness and lead.
7. WEEKENDS & SHORT STAYS (2-3 Nights): Bookings for short stays can only be approved within less than 30 days prior to arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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