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“The hosts made it a home.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Toucan Stay Inn

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The Toucan Stay Inn
Ranked #3 of 3 Punta Uva B&B and Inns
Minneapolis, Minnesota
1 review
“The hosts made it a home.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2011

My wife and I stayed here for our first trip to Costa Rica. The hosts, Terry and Terry, were what made the place home for us during our stay. They were extremely accommodating and knowledgeable about the area, and they were always open to chatting and having a good time when the occasion arose. The location is great for the secluded beach access and general store across the street. We made use of the bikes available at no cost which allowed us to make the most of our stay - traveling up to Puerto Viejo and down to Manzanillo. Plus they have boogie boards which we had never tried, but loved. The beach bar just a short walk South had AMAZING food. I can't say enough about how gracious and welcoming Terry and Terry were without being overbearing in the slightest. We'd love to return here for our next trip specifically because of them.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2011

For our honeymoon, my husband I wanted a tropical location where we could completely relax, but had the option to do activities if we chose. Toucan's Stay Inn was perfect! We stayed in one of the apartments which included a private porch with a hammock, a kitchenette, walk in shower and air conditioning. We were served an amazing breakfast by Terry & Terry, the hosts, every morning out on the garden patio and then were able to relax and read in the hammocks. A gorgeous beach is only a 3 minute walk from the Inn, and an awesome snorkeling beach is a 10 minute walk. You could easily not have a car and still be happy with staying there. The inn has bikes, beach chairs, hammocks and snorkeling equiptment that you can use. The Terry's know all of the best restaurants in the area and can set you up with lots of different activities. We definitely suggest going to El Refugio, an excellent restaurant about 5 mins from the Inn, their food was out of this world. Overall, we could not have been happier with our accomodations at Toucan's Stay in and thank Terry, Terry, and John (the owner) for making our honeymoon everything we wanted! Love, Amanda and Scott

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2011

We had an amazing time in Punta Uva. We spent the first week in Playa Chiquita. Punta Uva is a bit further down the main road towards Manzanillo and is a bit more rural. The beach in Punta Uva is great for swimming and there is a nice hiking trail that takes you over the point, with stunning views of the ocean. The beach is located about a 2 minute walk down the road from the house. We spent three nights at the Toucan Stay Inn. Our hosts, Terry and Terry were terrific! They helped us with rides around the area, prepared delicious breakfast every morning, and mixed a mean cocktail (or two or three). Basically, they were eager to do whatever they could to make our stay a great one.

Terry recommended dinner at a great Argentinian restaurant called el Refugio. We highly recommend grabbing a meal here during your stay. The meal was not inexpensive, but the quality of food, wine and service in the middle of the jungle, was very impressive.

The rooms at the Toucan Stay Inn are nice for the area. They have A/C, (not that you will need it), hot water and drinking water available. The one thing that would have been nice, was a safe in the room. However, we never felt unsafe. The property is gated and the Terrys are always around keeping an eye on things. We just always feel better knowing our valuables are secure when traveling. It rained most of the time we were there, so we spent quite a bit of time lounging in hammocks, reading and chatting with our hosts. Great people. Great time.

The closest town of any size to Punta Uva is Puerto Viejo. It is a 30-40 minute bike ride or a 10-15 minute cab ride that costs $10. The only bank or ATM is located in Puerto Viejo. There are quite a few Internet cafes, a large grocery store and quite a few restaurants. We booked a tour through Terraventuras, in Puerto Viejo. The tour was a hike to a really great waterfall, (The Carbon River Waterfall), a visit with a Bri Bri family and a tour of the native chocolate making process. The tour was amazing and our guide, Fernando, was the best. You must ask for him if you ever go.

If you are looking for a quiet, well kept place, close to the beach, this is the place for you.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about The Toucan Stay Inn

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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