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Casa Toucan, Secluded Jungle Setting with Ocean View & 40 foot Pool

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights

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1 - 4 nights

About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5-7)

Conveniently located 1000 feet above the village of Uvita, where the mountains go right down to the coast, this private 2000 square foot villa is nestled in a secluded jungle setting. There are ocean views across the entire west side of the house: kitchen, dining area, living room and veranda. One of the two bedrooms is set behind the veranda and can open up on it, allowing for an ocean view from bed. You do not need to bring much clothing because we have a dedicated laundry room and even provide the detergent. Due to the rapid rise in elevation, a 4x4 SUV will be needed and we can help you rent one at a very reasonable price. If you want to stay connected in the wilds, bring your laptop. The villa has WiFi. And if it rains, we have a flat screen TV, DVD player and extensive film collection. Or play a CD from our collection.

Our property manager, Rolando Fallas, will meet you on your arrival, orient you to the area, and escort you up to the house. He will be available to you throughout your stay for questions and issues that may arise.

Hike right from the front door down to a nearby river 10 minute walk away for a swim in a waterfall pool. Or make the 10 minute drive down to the village. Uvita is a multi-cultured community which serves as the shopping hub for the area. There are restaurants, supermarkets, a tourist information center, cafes, boutiques and shops. There is a beautiful farmer's market every Saturday morning where many local artisans sell their wares. Uvita connects to Bahia, the entrance to Marino Ballena National Park which has the Whale's Tail, a nearly 700 meter long and 250 meters wide sandbank, the third largest in the world.

Tour operators here (we recommend Uvita Information Center) will bring you snorkeling right off the coast at Ballena Isla or to the famous Cano Island for scuba or snorkeling. They also offer tours to Corcovado National Park across the bay for a day of hiking in one of the few primal forests left in the world. Or choose a day of deep sea fishing or tour Uvita's 1000 acre wildlife preserve. There are zip line tours and ATV tours. Go 5 miles down the Costanera to kayak on the Terraba River in the largest mangrove in all of Central America. We also have several wonderful waterfalls which you can walk to or rent a horse and ride there. The Whale's Tail divides the endless coastline of beaches into two distinct kinds. On one side, enjoy vigorous surf for both swimming and surfing. And on the other side, enjoy the calm water ideal for snorkeling.

With ocean breezes all day and cool mountain air at night, there is no need for air conditioning (although one bedroom has an in-wall unit). The two large bedrooms have queen sized beds (one bedroom has an additional single bed), private baths, and are separated by a spacious living room with dining area. All closets are dehumidified. Fully equipped kitchen and vaulted ceilings with palm frond ceiling fans give this home both comfort and beauty. Incredible wildlife and spectacular sunsets make Casa Toucan unforgettable. Wake up to the calls of howler monkeys and have sunset cocktails with resident toucans by your 40 foot ocean-view, very private swimming pool.

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Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
January 24, 2017

About The Owner

We are Rob and Lynn Clark and we built Casa Toucan as our dream vacation home where we hope one day to retire. It was built to feel like a tree house perched over the Pacific ocean but to have all the comfort and luxuries of home.

The Owner purchased this house in 2005

Why The Owner chose Puntarenas

Uvita is right in the middle of the Southern Pacific Zone and therefore makes it much easier to see everything that this part of Costa Rica offers.

What makes this house unique

We feel right in the jungle with peace and quiet, listening to howler monkeys and toucans instead of chickens and radios.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)

Casa Toucan, Secluded Jungle Setting with Ocean View & 40 foot Pool
average rating of 4.814815 based on 27 reviews
Seattle, WA

A great Costa Rican experience!

  • 5 of 5

We loved Casa Toucan! As another reviewer said, pictures don’t do it justice. The house is huge – we were a family of 4 with 2 teen daughters with more than enough space. House was really clean and comfortable. The pool was fantastic! We had howler monkeys hanging out in the trees just next to the pool. Saw toucans fly by daily. Really felt like we were living in a treehouse in the jungle. I do want to emphasize you really need a strong 4x4 to get up the steep road. The road is well maintained. The house is about a 10 -15 minute drive from town. This was an adventure for us and we had fun with it. We had rented a Hyundai Santa Fe and it did the job (do not rent from Economy rent a car though – service is terrible!) Another great feature is the beautiful waterfall about a 10 min. hike from the house. So fun to hike down there and have it all to ourselves. Playa Arco was the best beach. We had also visited Manuel Antonio and Arenal which are much more touristy. Uvita was our favorite place to stay - off the beaten path. Would definitely stay here again. The property managers were also prompt about meeting us in town and leading us up to the house. Thank you Andre!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Baltimore, Maryland


  • 5 of 5

This property is lovely, well maintained and has all the amenities that you would need. The views are fantastic and we woke early every morning to the sounds and in some cases the sights of monkeys. The home is indeed in the rainforest--so there are lizards, spiders and bats close to the home, so as long as you don't mind some indoor guests --this is the place for you. We personally loved adventure of the 4X4 drive up and down the mountain every day. The first few times were a bit unsettling , but we got used to it and it became a ton of fun for us and the kids. The pool was well maintained and clean. It is larger than it appears in the picture. It was also great that the home provides linens, beach towels and bath towels-- and has a washer/dryer to keep these things fresh. It was great that they had several beach chairs and two boogie boards, that were great for the kids. The kitchen was well stocked with great cooking utensils, pots and pans, glassware and dishes. It has a grill-- so we cooked in a few days after buying the groceries down the mountain at the BM. We took advantage of some close by adventures. We recommend spending time at the waterfall at the bottom of the mountain, visiting Playa Ventanas, and eating at the Jolly Roger, Bamboo Room and the The Baker Bean. We used the recommendations that are provided in the house binder to go zip lining (so fun, but not for the faint of heart), and snorkeling. We also visited and LOVED the Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary in Dominical. We cannot say enough about the beauty of the home and the surroundings. Uvita and Casa Toucan are an excellent choice if you are looking for an affordable and family friendly stay in Costa Rica. Here we had both relaxation and adventure. LOVED IT!!!!!!!!! PURA VIDA!!!!!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Uvita, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

4 Months in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in Casa Toucan for four months. We loved the privacy and jungle feel with a gorgeous ocean view. Nature lovers paradise - monkeys swinging from nearby trees, birds and butterflies everywhere. It was important for us to have a house well appointed - and Casa Toucan is! We grilled or cooked dinner almost every night and the kitchen is well stocked for cooking and eating. Everything is well stocked - sheets, towels, beach towels, beach chairs, boogie boards - just bring your bathing suit and you are set! The elevation of Casa Toucan keeps the house nice and cool even when it is hot in Uvita. We had 6 different sets of guests come and visit during our stay - and they all loved the house as well. The bedrooms/bathrooms are separated by a huge family room giving everyone plenty of space and privacy. You will need a 4x4 to get up here - but the roads are well maintained and views coming up and down are spectacular (you can check the tide by looking at the whales tail on your way down the hill). The caretaker Rolando was very helpful and his English is good, plus he is super nice and responsive. We are sorry to be leaving Casa Toucan, our stay was wonderful.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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The Secret Gem of Costa Rica

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd time staying at Casa Toucan and having rented a few other houses now in Costa Rica, I can honestly say this is our favorite. It provides you with the realest feeling of Costa Rica while still providing all of the creature comforts you come to expect. I love how you can open up the whole house and let your sights spill down onto the back deck, down onto the HUGE pool and even further down onto the untouched jungle. Casa Toucan is also the best place to watch the Sunset! Finding the waterfall on the property is an adventure and if you think you've reached the end of the trail, push a little further and the waterfall will surprise you on the other side. Our house managers Tom and Christine were as accommodating and friendly as ever and are always open to helping you discover new things to do and places to eat around Uvita. We suggest taking the ATV Tour starting from Uvita, the Horseback tour to the Nuayaca Falls, and definitely eating at The Jolly Roger (try the Troubadour Wings). Pura Vida until next time!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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A great non-boring jungle adventure!!!

  • 5 of 5

This home was like living in a tree house. Modest furnishings, good layout, and happy it was only one floor. Everything you need in the kitchen. There are steps down to the pool. We were awakened each morning by howler monkeys off in the distance, and greeted by the whiteface monkeys in the mornings. The toucans were plentiful! We were frequently visited by a coatimundi, a raccoon-like critter. We had to rent a 4x4 to get up to the house. Which was no problem for my husband to drive. The ocean view was little further away than I wanted, but we were 1000 feet up a jungle mountain and the area itself made up for it. It was still a spectacular view! The house was all screens so it felt like you were living outside. Never a dull moment when you hear the leaves rustle! The pool was very clean and totally refreshing. This was an adventure we will be talking about for a long time. Pura Vida!!!

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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Valley, NS Canada

A slice of heaven right on earth!

  • 5 of 5

Our words will never do justice to the beauty of Uvita, Casa Toucan, and most importantly the Clarks. We had planned our trip to Costa Rica for months and watched them disappear due to a bad experience with our original rental. They say things happen for a reason and we knew we found it the minute we walked in the door of Casa Toucan. The layout of the house is perfect as well as the openness to the lush outside. The wildlife around the house was a constant amazement for us, sloths, monkeys, toucans, etc. We loved the area beaches, shops (great little bakery close by), and even found myself loving the drive up and down the hill. ( 4x4 a must especially when it rains ) Everything you need or think you need is there. The master bedroom is spacious and open. We loved the shower and so did a gecko one night! We can't say enough, not only about the house, but for the Clarks! Our thanks for the best vacation of our lives! We were ready to pack it in until we found you and your beautiful property. See you in 2015!

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Quepos Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Marina Ballena
Car: necessary

Waterfalls, Spanish School, Zip-line tours, Nature reserves


Rates & Availability

Bahía Ballena House Rental Rates

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High Season
Jan 3 2017 - Apr 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
Green Season
May 1 2017 - Dec 21 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

$200 discount on stays 10 days or longer. $400 discount on stays 20 days or longer.

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Bahía Ballena House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Ceiling Fans, Coffee Maker and grinder, Toaster, In Sink Garbage Disposal, de-humidified closets, iron and board, 30 minutes from regional airport and 3 hours from San Jose international airport; 4x4 SUV necessary

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