If you stay at Toucan Shelter Inn (TSI) and the owner Jon is in residence, you get a free and inclusive cabaret. Jon has an inexhaustible store of anecdotes and stories which will keep you amused. If you decide to break away, both he and Mike the Manager can advise about places to visit and about the local restaurants.
TSI is located at the end of Puerto Viejo with the best and quietest beaches. It is around 50 metres from the beach located in its own grounds. We went to Costa Rica for its wildlife and were not disappointed. There was a sloth in the tree next to the gate when we arrived. Lying in a hammock in the garden we saw birds continuously and Mike was excellent at identifying them for us.
The Owners Cabin met all our needs. It is worth knowing that they - in common with most of the region - do suffer from water storage issues. If you need a deep bath each day you might choose somewhere else; but then you probably should not go to Puerto Viejo.
We visited one of the Indigenous Indian villages called Yorking during our stay. It was one of our highlights despite ending with a sore bum - consider sitting on your life vest in the canoe! The visit was interesting and informative. The Indians were very friendly as are all the Costa Ricans we met.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The "A Place To Flee, 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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