The owner of Toucan Stay 3 Cannot, Jon, is truly one of a kind. Although we did not have the pleasure of meeting his wife, Mabel, we were treated as part of the family during our 9 night stay. Jon went out of his way to make excellent restaurant and tour recommendations to ensure we enjoyed our stay. That is if we were even hungry for dinner after his amazing homemade breakfast and Costa Rican coffee every morning.
The Toucan Inn provides a warm sense of homeliness combined with privacy and the feeling of being in the jungle. The room was neat and tidy when we arrived complete with fresh linens. I also like that Jon has a/c units in each apartment, although we never had the need to use it, we were quite comfortable with just the ceiling fan every night. We slept soundly almost every night with the sounds of birds and howler monkeys waking us up early in morning so we could enjoy the day. Please be aware that if you are looking for “night life” this place provides just the opposite of the bars and crowded streets of Puerto Viejo. You will experience a peaceful gem of a place located just a block away from the beautiful Punta Uva beach. The beach is best visited during the week and early morning to avoid the crowds, although, the crowds consist of only a handful of people.
Toucan Inn even has it’s own resident sloth as of the time I am writing this review. I took pictures of her every morning, what a special treat!
Besides the sloth, you will see wild chickens that I think live on the property, many other birds and several neat hummingbirds while you enjoy breakfast in common area. During a rain storm, it was so relaxing to read in a hammock in the open air common area.
On beach days, we were directed, by Jon of course, to the best spots to relax in the water, enjoy some spectacular snorkeling (toucan has snorkel gear for guest use) or just lie on a towel and soak up the sun.
The rooms also have a fridge, and a microwave! Perfect for our leftovers from the many delicious places we ate. If we did not go out for dinner, we were using the grill. We grilled some delicious steaks and fresh caught lobsters during our stay. It all added to the feeling of being at home while on vacation. Jon was always willing to share a funny story during our time together, and his charm made the stay unforgettable.
Please visit this place before it becomes overrun with tourists! What a gem!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- The Toucan Stay Inn Costa Rica/Punta Uva