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CASA TUCANA is a colorful home on a PRIVATE ACRE LOT in a gated community, near the village of Esterillos Oeste and it's PRISTINE BEACH rated one of the TOP % BEACHES IN COSTA RICA! THis is a fabulous location, at the mid-point between Jaco and Manuel Antonio (15 & 25 Miles reps.). This is a TRANQUIL SETTING, not a crowded touristy place, yet very close to all the adventures tours.
Our EXCLUSIVE ON-SITE CONCIERGE SERVICE can set everything up for you so you can just relax (car & cell phone rental, tours, massage, cook services, surf lessons, jet ski experience etc…) .
The interior is tastefully decorated in colorful custom furnishings by french designer.
Casa Tucana features LARGE ROOMS with open floor plan. The house stays NATURALLY COOLER thanks to the high cathedral ceilings, the tall central tower, cool cement floors and the thick palapa roof. There are Ceiling fans in all rooms and AC in the bedrooms too (although hardly needed).
the KITCHEN is well equipped with quality appliances -- Gas Cooktop, ice maker fridge/freezer, MW, Toaster, coffee maker, blender, large sink..etc.
The COVERED PATIO DECK complete with sitting area, outdoor table, BBQ & largeTeak PING PONG table (also great for large group meals). is also a cool place to watch the RAINFOREST & VALLEY VIEWS with complete privacy. Monkeys and Sloths are common visitors at a safe distance.
The SALT WATER POOL is non chlorinated. It is surrounded by a Stone/Grass deck and also a Teak deck with lounge chairs and a Palapa day-bed for reading in the shade.
The ROOF TOP TERRACE is a great place for morning Yoga (2 mats at house), or for relaxing in a HAMMOCK under the palapa.
Cable TV also receives English movies & news and comes with DVD PLAYER and IPod dock to watch and play your favorites.
Cable Internet with WiFi delivers fast, reliable service. You can rent local cell phones from us (recommended to stay connected everywhere you go)
LAUNDRY ROOM: comes with Washer/Dryer, large Utiity sink and Ironing board. Laundry supplies provided. All WHITE BED LINENS are provided - TOWELS (Bath, Pool & Beach) are also provided for out-of-country guests (NOTE: local guests must bring their own towels)
Casa TUCANA is IDEAL FOR FAMILIES WHO WANT TO ENJOY THE REAL COSTA RICA in comfort and ease. and has a very cozy and happy feeling.
Enjoy Pura Vida!…. Approveche!
10 years ago, we FELL IN LOVE with Costa Rica's wonderfully relaxing and colorful setting. Katrina is from Paris, France and George is from Lathbridge, Alberta. We reside in Santa Barbara, California. George is a surfer, and so are our six grown children (California won over Paris!)
We live there 3-4 months out of the year and our oldest son Daniel and his Wife Chloe and their two kids now live full time in Costa RIca. They help take care of our homes and our guests.
We wanted a FAMILY VACATION PLACE even NICER THAN SANTA BARBARA, CLOSE TO THE SURF and AS BEAUTIFUL ON THE INSIDE, as its surroundings.
Esterillos Oeste is a charming village with strong local flavor, and very peaceful atmosphere, unlike the more crowded touristy towns of Jaco and Quepos. The house is close to the beach (3/4 mile) and is part of a gated community. We are on the largest corner lot, very private and facing a beautiful fields.
The close proximity to both Jaco and Manuel Antonio makes this location ideal for tourist who don't want to feel like they are tourists, but still want to experience all there is to do in the area.
The best feature of Esterillos Oeste is its beautiful beach, Playa Oeste. You'll hardly see a soul, expect for a few fishermen, on its miles and miles of endless shores. THe surf is great, for both novice and expert surfers (we can give surf lessons) and if you want calmer waters, you can swim in the warm (82-85F) natural pools near the Sirena (Mermaid) statue on the Oeste Jetty.
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.
This particular house is great because it is on a large lot (1 acre),, we built a Salt Water Pool to cool off, and landscaped the property all the way down to the majestic King Palms down below.
The best thing is the BEACH!
We particularly love Playa Oeste, it is great from all surfers, from beginners to experts, and fun for kids with it's natural pools with clean sand bottoms. (some as big as an olympic pool) Playa Oeste has been voted on of Costa Ricas TOP 5 Beaches!
THe next best thing is the SALT WATER POOL. The water feels soft, you can open your eyes and no need to rinse afterwards. We also love doing Yoga on the ROOF TOP terrace or reading under the PALAPA BED by the pool.... The teak PING-PONG table is fun and practical too (dinner outside).
The bottom of the property is a SECRET GARDEN, with magnificent mature King Palms. We see Monkeys there almost everyday. It is quiet and private and shady!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Great vacation all around! Casa Tucana has every thing needed and is beautifully furnished and very spacious... and cool! We enjoyed the large salt water pool overlooking majestic palms. Lots of monkeys passing every morning.
The owners' son, Daniel, and his wife Chloe live next door and were most helpful. Daniel gave us surf lessons, took us out on the jet ski (so FUN!), Chloe arranged some meals for us, and massages, even car and cell phone rental. They made everything so easy and planned several excursions for us--snorkeling at Tortuga Island, horse rides, river rafting, crocodile river tour and zip lines. Every one has such a great time. It was a good thing we took their advice and got up very early (6am!...even the teenagers!) wouldn't miss those magical morning hours.
We loved the little village nearby. Not much there, but the grocery store has everything you need and there is a great carribean style restaurant. It's definitely local and we loved that. The beach was beautiful and totally empty!!! Great for learning to surf.
We wish we has stayed a couple extra days (or weeks!), it was hard to leave paradise. We plan on going back, hopefully next year, with friends (Daniel's parents own another couple large luxurious homes a few miles away). This was a great home and vacation, we recommend it whole heartedlly.
Esterillos Oeste, on the central coast, is a CHARMING fishing village with a great beach for SURFING as well as swimming in the NATURAL POOLS. This UNCROWDED location is conveniently located midpoint between the area's two touristic towns of Jaco & Manuel Antonio and is close to all the TOURS AND ACTIVITIES. The beautiful black sand beach at Playa Oeste has been voted one of the top 5 beaches in Costa Rica with GREAT SURF REED, sand bottom tide pools and hardly a soul! You can even walk towards the TURTLE SANCTUARY. The beach is lined with almond trees which provide shade and attract majestic 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, monkeys…… The house is well equipped, its green design brings FRESHNESS throughout the day (AC available but hardly needed) and has a non chlorinated, SALT WATER POOL, a PING PONG TABLE (handmade Teak- also serves as outdoor dining table sits 14-16) , and a lovely LOWER GARDEN, with majestic King Palms.
The managers conveniently live next door and provide full concierge service. they can arrange for a COOK, MASSAGE SURF LESSONS, TOURS etc… and will also help you with CAR & CELL PHONE RENTAL.