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Great place to bird watch or just relax!

Overview
3 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
6 guests
1 night minimum 
Rental Home
Confortable place for a small group or large family. Situated between Volcan Poas and Braulio Carrillo National Park, just 40 miles north of San Jose and 20 miles before La Selva Biological Station, this elegant home is ideally located as a base camp for your Costa Rican birding tours. Our modern Eco friendly forest home is super clean, spacious and it comes equipped with washer and dryer. Located in a friendly small town. If you are interested in seclusion, relaxation, and natural beauty, then this spacious, unique house is for you! Come see where the comforts of a home meet unspoiled nature. From venturing out and being one with nature, to letting nature come to you while relaxing on the wraparound patio, this place has it all for the eco enthusiast. We hope you don't mind visitors; ...Confortable place for a small group or large family. Situated between Volcan Poas and Braulio Carrillo National Park, just 40 miles north of San Jose and 20 miles before La Selva Biological Station, this elegant home is ideally located as a base camp for your Costa Rican birding tours. Our modern Eco friendly forest home is super clean, spacious and it comes equipped with washer and dryer. Located in a friendly small town. If you are interested in seclusion, relaxation, and natural beauty, then this spacious, unique house is for you! Come see where the comforts of a home meet unspoiled nature. From venturing out and being one with nature, to letting nature come to you while relaxing on the wraparound patio, this place has it all for the eco enthusiast. We hope you don't mind visitors; Toucans, monkeys, and dozens of species of birds stop by here to enjoy this paradise. 2 night minimum *We can arrange, with our local neighbors, home cooked meals, local tours and relaxing professional massages at affordable prices. If you need help coordinating a taxi pick up from the SJO airport budget $90 each way. Local cab service from the house to San Miguel cost $3. . Local activities in the area are affordable and fun. From San Miguel you can go via public bus or taxi. The area is great for activities such as river rafting, coffee tour, hiking and bird watching.
House Rules
Pet-friendlyKid friendlyNo smoking
Bedrooms
1 King2 Queens
Bathrooms
1 Half bath2 Full baths

Meet the host
Gloria O
Hosting since July 2014
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
Response Time: Within a few hours

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Reviews (9)
Cole Grace
Cole Grace
1 contribution
Tucán House - Unique
The house is so cool. It’s in the jungle with fresh fruit trees, has all kinds of wildlife (many birds), local places to swim in a couple different rivers, Poas Volcano, and a ton of waterfalls in the area. It is a very local experience as Gloria can arrange home cooked meals by neighbors, get milk and cheese next door, and even moonshine down the street 😂
Visited October 2021
Written October 20, 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

bkichuck
bkichuck
Columbus, OH7 contributions
Perfect
We could not rate this place more highly. Gloria gave us so much information and responded quickly when we had questions. The house is peaceful and unique and has all the amenities necessary. The grounds surrounding the house are beautiful. There are books, games, and music available in your down time from visiting the many sites nearby. Do yourself a favor and book your stay soon.
Visited January 2019
Written February 3, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Casa Gloria
Casa Gloria
Chuck, and familia are a delight to host. We welcome them any time!! Friendly, respectful and very easy to communicate. Gracias for visiting our neck of the woods, we like to call the Real Costa Rica:)
Written February 16, 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

mel_T19
mel_T19
Toronto, Canada36 contributions
Unique home, beautiful property, great for nature lovers!
Our family of 5 (2 adults, 3 children) stayed in this home for 4 nights. It was easy to find with GPS coordinates provided by the owner, Gloria. Communications with Gloria were excellent - from the welcome emails prior to our arrival to checking in with us to ensure we'd settled in. The house is spacious and well-stocked with housewares and some basic cooking supplies (oils, herbs and spices,etc). The grounds are beautiful with all manner of plants, some fruit trees, and even pineapples growing in various spots on the grounds. Birders will love the wide variety of bird species that can be seen right from the patio - we also saw an agouti (large rodent) walk through the garden daily. La Paz Waterfall Gardens is a short drive away, and a couple of the waterfalls can be visited from the main road, without entering the gardens. The views from the road are spectacular as well. I would advise arriving during daylight hours as clouds/fog can take over the road at higher elevations making driving difficult. Highly recommend this home for a relaxing stay and a home base for day trips to the various local attractions/activities. We would definitely consider a repeat stay if we return to the area in the future.
Visited March 2018
Written April 10, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

fbubenzer
fbubenzer
Alexandria, LA1 contribution
Awesome!
This was a great place to stay. Plenty of room and comfortable. The house has a safe, secluded yet open feel. The owner gave us some pointers for shopping in town and the markets were very friendly. We prepared a great meal in the well equipped kitchen and had our pick of several covered outdoor settings to eat. The kids had plenty of room to explore and play. They were super excited when we spotted both Toucans and Howler Monkeys in the trees on the property. We hope to visit again.
Visited January 2018
Written February 20, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

GiPl
GiPl
Zeitlarn, Germany4 contributions
A perfect stay in a stunning house with a great host
Gloria´s house is just stunning. The bathrooms and the kitchen have a spectacular design AND are working as well :-) There are rocking chairs, a sofa and a bar which make it comfortable to sit, read, play or eat. Every room has a door that leads outside. I think the sitting area around the house is best of all. During breakfast you see several kinds of toucans and lots of other birds, sometimes we saw (and heard) howler monkeys in the trees. You can always find something to eat if you take a stroll through the garden. Although it´s pretty secluded there is a paved road leading to the house. In the house you´ve got a dishwasher, a washing machine and a dryer, which are always handy. And Gloria herself helped us a lot in making our stay ane even more pleasant one. She once even did a daytrip with us and took us swimming to a local waterfall with noone else there. A place we couldn´t have found without her. Thank you Gloria for everything, we very much enjoyed your company and being guests in your house! Gisela and Family
Visited August 2016 Traveled with family
Written September 14, 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Casa Gloria
Casa Gloria
Gisela and Family, you were a joy to host. My hats are off to you guys for your sense of adventure and respect for nature. Thank you for allowing me to spend a phenomenal day with you guys. The house was so clean when you left and everything in order. Thank you for spending your vacation off the beaten and really getting to know the real Pura Vida Costa Rica. Hope your travels bring you and your family back in some time in the future. If so, please visit even if it's just for a few hours. Saludos! Gloria
Written September 14, 2016. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

WendB
WendB
73 contributions
This place grew and grew on us
We stayed 4 nights and it was quite a wrench to leave. Great place, Really well-equipped with everything you could need. On the very (very) wet day we sat on the veranda and watched the huge array of birds who visited the 'feeding table'. Lots of different seating areas, including hammocks. We felt that a car was pretty essential here, but you may not. Village has bakery, butchers and supermarket. Lots of fab places to visit in the area. We loved it.
Visited February 2016 Traveled as a couple
Written February 24, 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Casa Gloria
Casa Gloria
Wendy, Thank you for venturing out into our area and small town. I appreciate the detailed description and directions you provided for future guests. Gracias, Gloria
Written February 26, 2016. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

explore71521
explore71521
Calabasas, CA42 contributions
great place
The house is located in great place without tourist around. Everything was nice and clean. The shower valves need to be replace as the amount of water is low.
Visited December 2015
Written January 2, 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Casa Gloria
Casa Gloria
Thank you for letting us know about the shower problem and for the open and honest feedback. Next week we will replace the valves to avoid future problems.
Written January 8, 2016. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Daniela C
Daniela C
Heidesheim, Germany5 contributions
Sleeping in Paradise
We stayed unfortunately only 2 nights in that wonderful house with a huge garden. We felt like being in paradise. Nobody wanted to leave. We saw more toucans and colourful birds in that very big areal than in our entire 3 weeks round trip of Costa Rica. The house is more than a Finca. The entire house and garden is very big and perfect for a family or a group. It is designed very originel, has a great architecture, colourful painted and superb design and interior. The house was very clean and well equiped. Next time we would stay more than 2 nights there. In that region there are a lot of thinks to do. We made Rafting at the Sarapiqui River and went to the La Paz Catarata-Waterfalls. Near to the house is a small river, where you can find waterholes for refreshing. It is near to the Vulvan Poas and the Parque Nacional Braulio Carillo. In the near are 2 good restaurants. We made our stopp there from the way to Lake Arenal and were coming from Tortuguero. Thanks Gloria, your house is great!
Visited April 2015 Traveled with family
Written April 14, 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Casa Gloria
Casa Gloria
Thank you so much for your wonderful review! It was easy communicating with you and I am so glad you took the less traveled path to discover the real Costa Rica. I hope we meet in person next time. Gracias!
Written April 16, 2015. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Christine F
Christine F
16 contributions
Superb place to stay in San Miguel area
We stayed for two days and then extended our stay an additional day as no one wanted to leave. The place was spacious, with its own wonderful funkiness (think one purple wall), lots of openness, light, an outstanding garden surrounding the house with bananas dangling from the trees, great walk in showers (and outdoor showers), plenty of space outdoors to hang (including two massive hammocks), and birds galore...more toucans than I could count as well as a cow next door. It was a superb way to start our vacation. Not far from San Jose, an hour from Poas, close to Arenal (about 1 hr and a half) with plenty to do in the area. A number of botanical gardens to visit, although truth be told, the backyard was enough for us. We even found a local "watering hole" to dip in just down the road, a mineral spring not far away to relax in one afternoon, and an outstanding coffee company not far. Gloria, our hostess, was the best ever. Her house has so much character. We loved it. Highly recommend. Trust your GPS and look for a gate on your right as the entrance.
Visited August 2014 Traveled as a couple
Written September 23, 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Casa Gloria
Casa Gloria
Thank you for a wonderful review. I just saw it, I hope it is not too late to share it. Gracias!
Written February 26, 2016. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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What this rental offers
  • Balcony
  • Grill
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Dishwasher
  • Dryer
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Internet access
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Mountain views
  • Private yard
  • Cable television
  • Secure parking available
  • Stove
  • Terrace
  • Towels provided
  • Washer
  • Wi-fi
  • Horse riding facilities
  • Watersports
  • Hiking areas
  • Countryside area

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About the neighborhood
San Miguel and the surrounding area is referred to as the kayak and rafter’s paradise with many rivers that snake through the region, it is a great place to hike and relax. Located in the heart of the rain forest San Miguel sees rain year round with a daily average temperature of high 80’s and nights low 60’s. This region is known for having over 500 species of birds, 100 species of mammals, and 2,000 species of plants have been identified in this biologically rich area.
Access
Car advised
How to get there
Use route 126A via Vara Blanca, down to the town of San Miguel. Just 1.30 hours from the sjo airport. If traveling by bus use the Caribenos via Vara Blanca Coming into San Miguel on Route 126 from the south, keep right and avoid left on Route 140. At a T-junction, with Soda San Miguel on the right and a petrol station on the left, turn left which takes you down the Main Street of San Miguel. You will pass Banco Nacional on your left then a Red Cross place also on the left. Just after that, on the right, you will see a right turn, just before the cemetery which has blue and white walls. This sign shows a right turn to La Isla and Sarapiqui. When you take this right turn you are now on Calle El Socorro. (You are going to follow this ro
Activities nearby
Horse riding facilitiesWatersports

Cancellation Policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • 25% refund* if you cancel at least 2 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available if you cancel thereafter

*Booking fee is excluded from refund amount


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