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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Punta Uva, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Province of Limon

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joanne123...
Edmonton, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
1 review
“Perfect Jungle Vacation!”
Reviewed 1 May 2016 for a stay in March 2016

We spent 2 wonderful weeks at Villa Toucan, March/April 2016. It was everything we had hoped it would be! Right in the jungle, yet close to the beaches. The view from the deck is breathtaking, with so many birds visiting daily. We had hoped to see a toucan when visiting Costa Rica - well, we saw dozens at Villa Toucan! Keel-billed, chestnut manibled and aracaris. Great Green Macaws we also a thrill to see in the wild! This is THE place to see birds in Costa Rica, no guide required - they come right to the house!
The house itself was perfect for us, and had everything we needed. We loved the outdoor kitchen looking out onto the deck/jungle/Caribbean. The bathrooms are fantastic.. having no wall at the back and facing the jungle, you can watch hummingbirds and red frogs while in the bathroom! We were visited by many very cool bugs, including an awesome hooded mantis that "adopted" us and stayed with us (it's choice) for most of our stay.
Manuel (the property owner) lives nearby and was very helpful. Johanna at Casas del Caribe was wonderful, and arranged our private transport from San Jose, our car rental (recommend renting a 4X4), and ziplining tour as well!
We have compiled a list of birds that we saw right at Villa Toucan:
Gray-headed Chachalaca,Crested Guan,Semiplumbeous hawk,Common Blackhawk,Laughing falcon,Short-billed pigeon,Great Green Macaw,Brown-hooded parrot,Blue-headed parrot,,Red-lored parrot,Mealy parrot,Black and white Owl,Short-tailed Nighthawk,Great Potoo,Long-billed hermit,Violet-crowned Woodnymph,Slaty-tailed Trogan,
Collared Aracari,Keel-billed Toucan,Chestnut-manibled Toucan,Black-cheeked Woodpecker,Pale-billed Woodpecker,Plain-brown Woodcreeper,Great Kiskadee,Masked Tityra,Red-capped Manakin,Clay-coloured Thrush,Passerini's Tanager,Golden-hooded Tanager,Black-headed Saltator,Bananaquit,Variable Seedeater,Summer Tanager,Rose-breasted Grosbeak,Baltimore Oriole,Scarlet-rumped Cacique,Montezuma Oropendola,Great Tinamou (not seen but heard daily),
There were more that we saw but were not able to identify. We saw many other bird species nearby as well - this list is JUST at the house. We enjoyed seeing many types of lizards, geckos, frogs, monkeys and very cool bugs and butterflies.
Thanks Manuel for a great stay at Villa Toucan! We will be back for sure!

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Liked best: Birds and other wildlife
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Kevin J
Las Vegas, Nevada
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“The True Costa Rica Experience!”
Reviewed 25 December 2014 for a stay in December 2013

My family and I had such a great time and memorable experience. I was looking for something that would be different that your normal resort experience, and this is a homerun! First, you honestly feel that you are completely in the jungle. The monkeys, toucans, macaws are daily visitors. We had a couple of toucans in the trees just beyond the balcony (which by the way, offers a modest view of the Caribbean. We enjoyed being eyed by a large sloth... who was in the tree about 30 yards from our balcony for 9 hours. The restaurants in the area were all excellent and offered their own wonderful, unique dining experiences. The beach was very nice, although it's my first experience with a goat walking around the sand. Water was real warm. I can't rave enough... it's a different kind of vacation experience that we'll always treasure.

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Travelling group: Teenagers
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Roanoke, Indiana
Reviewed 5 October 2014 for a stay in September 2014

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Liked best: Outdoor showers and trails
Liked least: car needed
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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23 Dec 2014
Many thanks! We enjoyed meeting you and hope to see you again in the near future.
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AdinStree...
Hopedale, Massachusetts
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2 reviews
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“The Real Costa Rica -- not to be missed!”
Reviewed 30 September 2014 for a stay in August 2014

My wife and I arrived just before dusk after a day of traveling, and met Manuel. I had seen Villa Toucan online when I first started researching Costa Rica options, and then promptly lost the listing (I couldn't remember which zone it was in, but knew we wanted to stay there!). I finally found it after looking through just about every listing online, and was glad I did. We loved it. It was a long drive from the airport in San Jose, but it gave us the opportunity to see so much of the jungle and countryside. And once we got past Limon (which isn't a destination point for tourists!) the ocean views and little towns were great. Driving up to the Villa requires a good vehicle -- 4-wheel drive -- and we knew this, so were prepared. I love roller coasters, to the driveway was actually a blast! The villa itself was just what we'd envisioned from the photos online. It was our first stop on our first trip to Costa Rica, so we couldn't have found a better way to experience the jungle. The howler monkeys came to visit each day as did the rare white bat. I had a scorpion in my bathroom one night, and the little poison dart frog was a frequent visitor in the bathroom, too. It felt like real jungle living and I wouldn't trade those three nights for anything. The birds, the monkeys, the vegetation and beautiful landscaping, all with that little peek of the Caribbean in the distance made this place amazing. Manuel recommended we try the restaurant "next door" (to the foot of the driveway) and it was fantastic (El Refugio). The owner there went out of his way to make us feel very welcomed. The food was delicious. All in all, Villa Toucan was a fantastic way to experience Costa Rica and I hope we can get back there some day. Thanks Manuel!

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Liked best: The views, the wildlife, the authentic Costa Rican experience
Liked least: Beds were noisy and not all that comfortable
Your age range 50-64
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4 Oct 2014
Thank You SO much Alan. It was a sincere pleasure meeting the two of you!
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1 review
“Paradise in the Jungle”
Reviewed 23 March 2014 for a stay in March 2014

Stayed in Villa Toucan for three nights. This was my first time in Puerto Viejo, Limon me and my wife could not have picked a better place to stay. The villa had the perfect design to it. If you are looking to really get away and relax I would definitely recommend it. The beaches of cocles and punta uva are really close. There were great restaurants all around that let you taste that authentic Caribbean flavor. Manuel and Emanuelle the property owners are fantastic people who are really mindful and provided us with lots of tips on what to see and explore around town.

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LeahVO
Sacramento, California
1 review
“Lovely Private Home in the Jungle”
Reviewed 29 January 2014 for a stay in January 2014

I can't even explain in words how amazing this property was! I stayed here with my boyfriend for 6 nights during our 8 night stay in Costa Rica (this home was already booked the first 2 nights so we stayed at another home closer to town that was still nice, but not even comparable to this beauty). It was really nice to be able to watch wildlife (toucans, monkeys, sloths) while showering! This home is about a 10 minute drive from town and the driveway is about 1/2 mile long, so having a vehicle (4x4) is pretty much a must. Manuel and Emmanuel were the best hosts I've ever encountered. They helped us with everything from shortcut advise for driving to Panama (which ended up being a 45 min amazing drive), to best nearby restaurants, best excursions, etc. We loved just sitting on the patio watching wildlife and the jungle views. There is also a garden path that has everything from pipa trees to cinnamon trees! This was a wonderful experience and I can't wait to go back with my kids to experience it as well.

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Liked best: Privacy and Jungle Views
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
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RanManAla...
Alabama
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5 reviews
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“A Truly Wonderful Experience”
Reviewed 25 July 2013 for a stay in July 2013
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We stayed here for eight nights and thoroughly enjoyed our time here. We were captivated by the sights and sounds of the rain forest around us day and night. Each morning we were awakened to the sound of the birds and monkeys. At least four times the monkeys swung through the trees behind the villa. We not bothered very much by the insects or mosquitoes even though we did not always wear repellant. Even the rain showers we had were pleasant and did not disrupt our plans for sightseeing. Our hosts were very nice and helpful when we needed them, but we had plenty of privacy too. I would recommend this place to anyone who wants a memorable vacation.
Here are some tips to make your vacation to this part of Costa Rica more enjoyable:
1) If you fly into San Jose, Don't drive yourself to this part of Costa Rica - it's just too stressful. Hire a shuttle to bring you to Puerto Viejo and you can rent a car from POAS near the Hone Creek gas station.
2) Bring plenty of cash. A lot of stores and restaurants here do not accept credit cards or even if they do, the system may be down, etc. There are some excellent restaurants very close to Villa Toucan, but they are expensive, but so are groceries, and you will not find many good fresh vegetables or meats in the stores near here.

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Liked best: Being so close to nature and the variety of wildlife we saw here
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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