Villa, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, Office,(Sleeps 7), stunning views
- English, French
About Jane Harris
Having been a film producer and well travelled, from the Magnetic North Pole to safaris in Kenya, we searched the world looking for a place that had the most spectacular view, teeming with wildlife, flora and fauna but was also warm with gentle breezes and had an indiginous people who were friendly. We found it a few miles from the village of Ojochal,in SW Costa Rica,a politically stable country. We then set about designing a house that was full of curves and arches, cubby holes in the wall for artwork and of course creating a garden of paradise with all types of fruits and flowers. We named it Tucan Tango because in our first dawn, waking up in the house , we saw these two toucans come to a tree ten feet from our balcony and then they started to dance together . Not just a mating dance, but, honestly, it was a Tango! Jane and I have video to prove it!
Jane Harris purchased this Villa in 2006
Why Jane Harris chose Ciudad Cortes
Stunning views. Abundant wildlife and birds. Fresh fruit from the garden. Largest infinity pool in the area. The people. Warm oceans, political stability and excellent health care, with a major hospital only 20 minutes away. And complete privacy as we have leased the land each side of us too.
What makes this Villa unique
Space, freedom from man made noise, inspiring architecture. Where else can you be ten feet from wild Toucans,wild parrots, wild Macaws; or 50 feet from white face and howler monkeys! Or a ten minute drive to swimming in a river with a waterfall, or surfing in the ocean, or exploring caves in an unspoilt paradise shaped coconut kissed beach that is only 20 minutes away! Or live in an unpaved community that still has the three best restaurants, French, Italian and Thai,in the country!
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
My wife and I stayed at Toucan Tango for two weeks in late December 2014. We had a better than excellent time, due in no small part to the total environment of Toucan Tango. The attributes are evident from the photos: exquisite view over the rainforest canopy to the ocean, fantastic pool, a lovely home that is fully appointed and furnished. The details: if the elements of nature are not your thing.....then Toucan Tango is not for you. The howler monkeys, giant toads, and plethora of tropical birds are a symphonic backdrop for the entire evening and nighttime. Poolside kitchen is great. Even though there are a number of remarkable restaurants about 10 minutes away in Ojochal, we chose to spend most evenings cooking and dining on the patio. While I would characterize ourselves as adventurers, many days we never even got in our car, opting instead to hang out on the poolside patio and walking in the jungle surrounding the home. The patio is totally private. We were gracioiusly greeted by a neighborhood friend of the owners, who provided us with a thorough orientation. A very useful notebook for the house and region is provided by the owners. Their restaurant recommendations are spot on. The road accessing the house is a fairly rough gravel track which is steep in spots. Accordingly, the owners recommend a 4 wheel drive vehicle. Our experience was that even when we forgot to switch our car into 4 wheel drive mode, there was no problem navigating the track. The house is very spacious. Kitchen is well appointed, and we love to cook. This place reflects great attention to aesthetic details. Great art throughout. Excellent ventilation. The BR's are all air conditioned, but we never once turned any of them on, preferring the gentle breeze provided by nature and about a dozen ceiling fans........even on the patio. The pool is one of the nicest I've experienced at a vrbo rental. Obviously, we are considering a return trip
Bob -we are so glad you enjoyed our villa and thank you for the glowing review. It's nice when someone appreciates the extras - like the artwork.
Your comment on 4xwheel drive is valid - our road has improved over the last year. We do however recommend 4xwheel drive especially in the rainy season.
We hope we will have the pleasure of meeting you one day when you return
Spectacular view, very peaceful
We stayed in the spectacular home for one week over Easter break. The owners gave us an extensive orientation to this very spacious and beautiful home and it's amenities, and were very gracious. The caretaker, who lives in the guesthouse above the rental home was exceptionally helpful and pleasant. The infinity pool was incredible and offered the perfect place to enjoy spectacular views of the pacific ocean. The kitchen was well equipped and all necessities were provided. The location was quite remote but we were given excellent driving directions and we became accustomed to it quite quickly. There are many fantastic restaurants, a bakery, and a supermarket within 15 to 20 min. drive of the home. We would not hesitate to recommend this rental property to anyone looking to enjoy a peaceful getaway with spectacular views.
Thank you for your kind review of Tucan Tango and also for leaving the house in such good condition. Brandy was happy to see us back but sure misses you all and sends a big wag of his tail!
Memorable Hillside Family Getaway
Stayed a month over the Christmas Season. Saw the end of the rain and the beginning of the heat. We were 3 couples and an infant so appreciated the separate rooms and 3 bathrooms & ample living space indoors and out. Good for 2 couples or large family. Pool is as described and we enjoyed using it at the beginning and end of our days. Les & Jane were extremely attentive before, during and after our visit and dealt quickly with any issue that arose. The couple who met us and gave us the intro to the house were wonderful too. The spectacular view was even better than described and we much enjoyed the sunsets and sunrises, listening to the monkeys, watching the tucans and green parrots. We also enjoyed all manner of insects and flowers which many don't see when they stay in the tourist zones. Ojochal [Ohoshall] is a treasure as are many of the mostly deserted beaches nearby. Great little coffee place across from the police station and the farmers markets were good too. The gravel and dirt road to the house is 20-30 mins each way which adds time onto each outing. The house is showing signs of wear and is not as luxurious as we expected from reading the posting. For those who care, the TV is tiny with limited English or sports channels. Several things in disrepair such as BBQ, and some issues with cleaning and maintenance services, especially over the holidays. It is also not as private as we'd expected but still a vacation that was quieter and more peaceful than a resort. And our family had a wonderful time together over the holidays.
Thank you for your review. Glad you enjoyed the view, Ojochal, beaches and the view! We have listened to you and have replaced the one faulty burner on the BBQ and now have a larger HD LCD TV. We apoligise about the maid service over Christmas - we will in future let guests know that over holiday periods the maid service will be adjusted to accommodate her holidays. And thankfully the municipality worked on the roads in Ojochal since your visit and the trip to town has been reduced.
family vacation in Ojochal
Our family of 7(son, wife and grandson, daughter and boyfriend, of course us) enjoyed a wonderful week at this lovely home. The accommodations fit perfectly for us. We enjoy cooking and spending time together and the outside grill, table and seating worked well for us. There were several good resturants close by when we didn't feel like cooking. Although, I would recommend making reservations ahead at Citrus and Exotica. The home is conveniently located to many beaches, activities and grocery stores which we took advantage of. Rafting, zip-line, scuba, river trips, horse back riding to waterfalls. Uvita Information center was a great help with all the necessary details. Most of all we loved sitting pool side and watching the tides change- the view is awesome. Waking up to parakeets, parrots, tucans and howler monkeys in the distance. It has been a long time since we have all been able to vacation together. I couldn't have picked a more spectacular place. Thanks for sharing your home. We hope to return.
Simply spectacular antidote to a Canadian winter
Now that we have returned to a black and white Saskatchewan winter we love to remember the brilliant colours, new sounds, and first time experiences we had at Toucan Tango in South Western Costa Rica, in late January of 2011. We wonder if it might have been a dream.
Each day began by sipping coffee on the patio as monkeys, toucans, and parrots played nearby. The view beyond was of lush forests leading the eye to the ocean. Once breakfast was over, the exploring began. We were delighted to visit beaches located within a short drive, each offering some unique and memorable feature. We swam in a waterfall, free from other tourists, and then caught fish at a Tilapia farm, and sat sipping ice cold local beer while the kitchen transformed our catch into a beautiful lunch! One day, we visited a reserve where we bought beautiful art, and learned about the culture. Driving along the top edge of a mountain to the reserve we captured breathtaking views on camera. Even buying groceries, was fun. We soon learned that you don’t need to buy lemons because you just pick them off the trees in the garden. Also, glorious fresh flowers grow wild everywhere.
The late afternoon swims in the infinity pool became a routine. This was the perfect start to our fabulous evenings. We often watched the sun go down from the pool, had a luxurious shower, and then using either the outdoor kitchen, or the well thought out indoor kitchen, prepared a feast to consume on the softly lit patio. I can still taste the bananas, picked earlier in the garden, then baked to perfection in rum and butter. Imagine having dessert after eating the whole chicken slow roasted on the outdoor rotisserie. Some evenings we ate delicious meals at exceptional restaurants. There is an amazing selection of places to dine out.
For us, Toucan Tango is a bright and colourful memory, which will warm us until spring arrives. During our stay, we were surprised to meet several people from our part of Canada. Clearly, this is the perfect antidote to a Canadian winter.
Thank you Gord and Maureen for your lovely review. People find it difficult to believe that you can see more wildlife here than at Manuel Antonio park! And now we are even seeing scarlet macaws flying in pairs looking down from the pool's infinity edge. Plus if you return, the pineapples and oranges in the garden should be ready for eating too!
R & C's Winter Vacation
Our stay at Tucan Tango was indeed memorable. The villa itself blends beautifully with the landscape and the landscape itself is glorious. Who could ask for a more pleasant setting?
The proximaty to beaches and local sites was definitely a plus and rest assured, there's lots to see and do.
The entire scene made us feel as though we had died and gone to heaven. We look forward to our next visit.
Thank you Ron & Carol for your kind review and for sending us some great photos. We look forward to seeing you both again. With best wishes, Les and Jane
4 star restaurants, spas, hiking, riverbed hiking, waterfall swimming, catch your own fish restaurant, visit Boruca ethnic tribal artisan village, ziplining, kyaking, ultralight flights, hang gliding and ATV tours through rain forest.