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“By Surfers, For Surfers” 5 of 5 stars
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Playa Guiones, Nosara, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #17 of 20 Hotels in Nosara
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“By Surfers, For Surfers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2007

Casa Tucan is 3km outside of Nosara. This hotel is very small. It has clean rooms with great AC and the basic necessities. The area is rustic, basic and real. This place is of, for and by surfers.

Tyler is one of the two owners of the hotel and is the owner as well as one of the instructors of Safari Surf School. Rusty is also part owner of Casa Tucan. When he is in town, his band (The Killer Penguins) will rock the bar. I was told he was the pianist for Three Dog Night.

There is live music at the bar every Friday and Saturday night and while it is in season, American Football plays on the big plasma over the bar every Sunday.

It is said that Costa Rica has some of the most beautiful women in the world and the girls working behind this bar are living proof.

The food in the restaurant at Casa Tucan is fantastic. The seafood tastes recently caught and the vegetables are as fresh as I have come to expect in this country.

The bars closes at 10pm and there is a quiet policy in place from then on. Surfers are early risers. Here you will wake to fresh hot Costa Rican coffee at the bar each morning.

The hotel will wash your clothes for $5 US per load. There is a laundromat within walking distance.

Casa Tucan is a 5 minute walk to the beach. This is the closest hotel to the ocean.

This hotel is also home to the Safari Surf School. That is what brought me here and I was not disappointed. Kimbo had me surfing (actually standing on the board!) 10 minutes after we entered the water.

This place is a bargain. I never did figure out exactly how much the rooms were but my 3 night stay, all my meals, wine and beer came to $270 US. I couldn't believe it.

Tica Massage is across the side street from the hotel. They have several 50 minute massages for $50. They are a big help thy day after you over do it.

The only pharmacy/store within walking distance was closed. So pack your sunscreen.

AT&T roamed in Nosara but only on the beach and in town. Hotel De Cafe Paris has internet access equivalent to DSL for $6US per hour.

  • Liked — Friendly people in a beautiful setting.
  • Disliked — Hard to get to.
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2006

I have actually stayed at this property twice - first time was in March of 2005 and second time was in May of 2006. It has only gotten better - they are doing wonderful things here. Its very close to a lovely beach, and there are so things to do and see nearby. Every member of the staff is incredibly helpful and friendly. I think that the restaurant here has the best pizza in Nosara, but the other offerings are delicious as well - especially for post surfing grub! It is dark and difficult to get around at night if you do not know the area, but if you need to leave the property (and why would you? the food is great, the bar is well stocked and there is entertainment a couple of nights a week!) the hotel is happy to arrange transportation for you. The rooms are spacious and air-conditioned and the pool is clean and refreshing. The hammocks are perfect for laying around and reading or dozing off. Planning another trip soon and won't consider another hotel in the area. Not only is the staff phenomenal, but every other guest I've encounted here is cool as well. I travel by myself alot and this is a great place to meet people.

  • Liked — The people - staff and guests.
  • Tips/Secrets — the pizza......and enjoy the appetisers.
  • Stayed May 2006, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2005

My friends and I stayed here for four days this past August. The room that I stayed in was spacious and had two double beds with AC. I also never had a problem with hot showers. The hotel is located a very short walk to the beach (less than 5 minutes). Once the sun goes down in Nosara, if you don't have a car, it is difficult to walk somewhere to grab some dinner because there are very few street lights. We tried venturing out one night for dinner by foot because the restaurant was closed for the evening and it was like the blind leading the blind and we were only going up the street. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and six nights a week for dinner. On some nights, there is local entertainment. The food is good and reasonably priced. We enjoyed the free breakfast that came with the room. The fruit was always fresh and the portions were generous. Also, the hotel has a small swimming pool with lounge chairs.

Dino, the hotel manager, and Mario, the restaurant manager were extremely friendly and helpful. They went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable.

My only complaint was that there were tons of ants crawling around the room and at times in the bed.

  • Stayed August 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Casa Tucan

Address: Playa Guiones, Nosara, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Nosara
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #17 of 20 Hotels in Nosara
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Casa Tucan Hotel Nosara
Casa Tucan Nicoya

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