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“Highlight of our nine-day honeymoon”

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The Toucan Stay Inn
Ranked #3 of 3 Punta Uva B&B and Inns
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
1 review
“Highlight of our nine-day honeymoon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2011

We started our honeymoon in Punta Uva at the Toucanstay. Our only regret is that we didn't spend more time there, as the beaches, jungle, cuisine, and hospitality that we experienced in Punta Uva and the Inn were unmatched for the remainder of the trip. Thanks Jon, Wendy, and Cristobal!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2011

This place is great! Convenient to the beach and great privacy. Close to awesome restaurants as well. Caretakers are helpful and really fun to chat with. Highly suggest it!!

Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Myakka City FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2011

A few days ago we had stayed 3 nights at the Toucan Stay Inn. My wife and I really enjoyed our stay there. The hosts Wendy and Cristobal catered to our every needs and made our stay most comfortable. We are vegan and Wendy made us vegan meals for breakfast and baked vegan banana bread for us. They had everything you needed to enjoy the area including free internet on their laptop. Beach towels, float, snorkel gear, coolers, boogie boards, and bicycles all for the guests to use. It is a small and intimate place great for couples. There was only one other couple staying there at the same time and we enjoyed there company as well as our hosts. The air conditioning was refreshing and they had a number of DVD's to watch on a rainy day. The property is all fenced in and there is parking for your car behind the locked gate. The beach which is quite nice and clear and great for swimming is a three minute walk from behind the Inn. Most beaches in Costa Rica are rough and therefore not great for visability for snorkeling. However here in Punta Uva the visability on the day I snorkeled was about 50 feet. There were some nice coral and quite the number of fish to see. Nothing like the Florida Keys but but very good for Costa Rica. Lots of wildlife in the area, especially the howler monkeys. Overall a great value and a pleasurable experience.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Monument, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2011

As you read the many great reviews of ToucanStayInn, believe them all. While it takes a bit to get to Punta Uva, it is truly the perfect place for nature’s beauty and serenity. We stayed in the owners cabin (name only BTW) but visited the other two suites and would be happy to stay in any of them. We had the pleasure of meeting some incredible hosts (Wendy and Cristoobal) that have recently joined ToucanStayInn. For those reading many of the posts, Terry and Terry were past hosts for Jon but now live right next door and are very friendly and sweet as well. This was a surprise 40th Birthday for my wife and Jon (remotely), Wendy, and Cristoobal made the week and the day very special. We asked Wendy to host and join our dinner party along with Cristoobal, Terry, and Terry and had a wonderful evening that lasted to nearly 1200 am. Wendy is so helpful and truly spent days getting our dinner party prepared and pulled together. Note for those driving: It isn’t as hard as people say as long as you follow the signs to the little towns along the way. Trusting highway numbers is sometimes confusing as some are marked and others are not. We reviewed Google Maps and found key landmarks (shell station, pizza hut, Mega Shopping Center, etc…) that made it much easier as we made our way to and from Punta Uva. Regardless, do not stress about driving in Costa Rica. Most of the roads are great and the drivers are typically polite. Summary: It is worth the trip, the drive, and we will remember this vacation as one of our best and plan to return! Big thanks to Jon, Wendy, and Cristoobal! What a wonderful place.

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2011

From the moment you enter the gates of The Toucan Stay Inn you're in a tropical paradise! The ambiance is incredible from the moment you arise to the sounds of nature,until the delightful evenings where you relax on a hammock with your favorite cocktail.The location is prime being just a short ride or a nice leisurely walk to fine restaurants,canopy tours & anything else your heart desires. The owners Jon & Mabel are two of the loveliest people I've ever met! They made us feel so comfortable & special from day one. Our accomodations were fantastic! We slept like babies and truly enjoyed just hanging out on the lovely patio with our host & hostess.They even named a cocktail after me The Ready Freddie Rockin Steady! I never looked at my watch the entire week that we were there as I wanted to take it all in & enjoy each & eveery moment.Puerto Viejo is just a short cab ride away where you can catch some great Classic Rock & Reggae bands at the local bars,have an incredible breakfast at Bread & Chocolate & have THe BEST bruchetta & thin crust pizza at Mauricio"s restaurant.I can't wait to return in the near future for another incredible stay at The Toucan Stay inn. Pura vida!!!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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weatherford tx
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2011

This tropical B&B is a true GEM. It is really only steps away from one of the most beautiful and cleanest beaches in the area. The accomodations are so very comfortable and they are only made better by the genuine graciousness of the hosts/owners Jon & MaBell. They not only made sure our every desire was taken care of but also know of all the 'Must Do Things' that may not be covered in the travel guides. Our breakfasts, personally prepared by Jon & MaBell, were out of this world. I would not hesitate to stay here again, and so, recommend The Toucan Stay Inn without hesitation!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Hutchinson Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2011

We recently spent a week at the Toucan Stay Inn. As soon as you enter the property you step into a BEAUTIFUL, TROPICAL, lush, well maintained Garden of Eden. As though one takes all your problems and slips them out the back door. RELAXATION takes over and it is a wonderful thing. Jon and Mabel, (the owners) are the most fantastic people to spend a week with. They make you feel like family as soon as you arrive. In fact when we departed there were a few tears. Costa Rica is a beautiful place with so much to offer. This property however, is one of the GEMS. It is clean, quiet, gated, A/C, and many nights we just enjoyed sitting in the gorgeous back garden with a cool tropical drink, swinging in our hammocks. One day we went to the beautiful waterfalls and Jon and Mabel provided a cooler with lunch and drinks to enjoy while we were there. Also there is snorkeling at the beach which is in walking distance. Jon even found a local friend to take my husband out searching for lobster and they got some. So finding things to do isn't a problem and if you stay at the TOUCAN STAY INN COMFORT is NOT A PROBLEM either. We will be back and already are checking dates. Many thanks Jon and Mabel!

Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Toucan Stay Inn
Address: in front of the Punta Uva pulperia, Punta Uva, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 70304, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca > Punta Uva
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Punta Uva
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The "Petite B&B" in a Garden by the Sea All Accommodations have: Air Conditioning Ceiling Fans Screened Windows (NO MOSQUITO NETTING NEEDED!!!) Quality Beds and Linens Private Entrances Private Bathrooms Tables/ Chairs (Seating Area) Refrigerators Coffee Makers Private, Gated, 1/2 acre+ just 200 meters from the Beach!!! Come...Relax & Enjoy!!! (Free use of Boogie Boards, Snorkel Gear, Beach Towels, Hammocks) ... more   less 

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