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3 Bedrooms and Private Pool in a Bird Watcher's Paradise! in Playa Azul

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  • bedrooms 3
  • baths
  • sleeps 6
  • pool yes
  • hot tub yes
  • pets considered no
  • type House

vacation rental description

ATTENTION BIRDERS, NATURE LOVERS AND HIKERS; Casa Maganda is surrounded by the rainforest and is a mere 3 minute drive to the entrance of Carara National Park!!!

Why stay in a crowded hotel or a condominium building, when for about the same price you can relax in the privacy of your own 2,700 square foot modern home with private pool?


Casa Maganda is located in the popular Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Casa Maganda is located only 33 miles from the international airport in the capital city of San Jose. The main entrance of the beautiful Carara National Park is less than 3 miles from Casa Maganda. Los Suenos Marriott Resort, Herradura Beach, and Jaco Beach are all within a short 15 to 20 minute drive. The city of Quepos and the Manuel Antonio National Park are only about an hour's drive down the scenic 'Costanera Highway.' Casa Maganda is located on the bank of the tranquil Tarcolitos River and has an amazing view of the adjoining tropical rainforest covered mountains.


The biggest challenge with renting a vacation home in a foreign country is that most of the time the guests are completely on their own. There is literally no one to call if there is a problem with a stopped up toilet, leaky faucet, etc. What truly sets Casa Maganda apart from the vast majority of vacation home rentals is our friendly and helpful on-site staff who make absolutely certain that your family’s vacation is comfortable, safe, and worry free. Buck Jackson is our property manager who lives a couple of hundred yards down the street. Buck will be there to check you in, show you around the property and take care of any issues that might come up. Buck will also help you with ideas and suggestions of things to see and do in Costa Rica. Buck’s assistant is Nelson, who lives about a mile away in Tarcoles. Nelson is Buck’s handyman and assists Buck with any maintenance or repair issues. Noilyn is our housekeeper and she will make sure that the house is clean and spotless when you return from your daily excursions.

They are all like family to us and they take pride in making sure that your stay at Casa Maganda is a memorable one.


Casa Maganda has a truly awesome master suite with a huge walk-in shower with rainforest views, a 'jacuzzi' tub big enough for two, a walk-in closet, king size bed, a 30' plasma HDTV, deiling fan, incredible views of the lush tropical rainforest, and its own access to the back yard and pool area. In addition, there are two large guest bedrooms with a large shared bathroom with dual sinks and a walk-in shower. Each bedroom has its own remote controlled a/c unit.


Casa Maganda has three living areas! One is a secluded seating area which is absolutely perfect for quiet reading or a peaceful afternoon nap. The second is an indoor garden atrium with dozens of tropical plants and a peaceful water fountain. The third doubles as the TV room and is combined with the kitchen to make it the perfect gathering place to watch the 42' plasma TV, listen to music, or play games. There is also an IPod Dock to connect your IPod to the TV speakers so that you can listen to your own music. Each living area has its own remote controlled a/c unit.


The modern kitchen has granite counter tops and is fully equipped with plates, glasses, utensils and modern stainless steel appliances, including a dishwasher, stove top, oven, microwave and refrigerator with ice maker, blender, coffee maker, toaster, etc. The adjoining semi-formal dining room has a table and chairs that comfortably seat six persons.


Just outside the kitchen door is the spacious deck and pool. The deck has a table with an umbrella and four chairs, and two chaise lounges. The deck is great place to enjoy breakfast and watch for Scarlett Macaws. We have seen as many as eight Scarlett Macaws in our backyard at the same time! In the afternoon it is the perfect place to relax in the warm sun while you enjoy an Imperial beer (the National Beer of Costa Rica!!) or a glass of wine and re-live the adventures of the day, or simply cool off in the pool.


Casa Maganda is the perfect location for your Costa Rican vacation. Casa Maganda's location on the Tarcolitos river in the rainforest provides you with the unique opportunity of watching for rare Scarlet Macaws, Toucans, humming birds, and 100's of other bird species from the privacy of your own pool and deck. Yet you are less than 20 minutes from the exciting nightlife and restaurants of the Los Suenos Resort and Jaco Beach, the most popular tourist, shopping, and surfing destination on the entire Central Pacific Coast. It is literally minutes away from dozens of attractions such as Carara National Park, Pura Vida Gardens, the village of Tarcoles and the Tarcoles River where you can book tours to view birds and crocodiles, as well as several near-by canopy tours with zip lines, hanging bridges, and rainforest trams, golf, horseback riding, world-class sport fishing, surfing, fine dining, and casinos.

SECURITY: Equipped with an modern ADT security system as well as motion-activated exterior lights.


For those with extra large families or groups, Casa Maganda is located next door to another home, Casa Tica Linda which may also be booked. Please see VRBO #265820 for a complete description of Casa Tica Linda. The two units together can accommodate up to twelve persons.

Keywords: beach, 3 bedroom, private pool, flat screen tv; Carara National Park, rainforest, Jaco, Manuel Antonio

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house rental amenities

  • Property Type
    • house
    • floor area 2700 sq. ft.
  • Meals
    • guests provide their own meals
  • Location Type
    • river
    • mountain
    • mountain view
      • On the opposite bank of the river is a mountain covered by a primary rainforest.
    • waterfront
      • Adjoins and overlooks the beautiful Tarcolitos River.
  • Theme
    • romantic
    • away from it all
  • General
    • internet
    • alarm clock
    • ceiling fans
    • water cooler
    • hair dryer
    • laundry soap
    • local activities guide
    • local maps
    • paper towels
    • local restaurant guide
    • security system
    • shampoo
    • basic soaps
    • toilet paper
    • covered parking
    • garage
    • towels provided
    • wireless internet
      • WiFi is available throughout the house and on the deck.
    • parking
    • parking off street
    • washing machine
      • In the unit.
    • clothes dryer
      • In the unit.
    • air conditioning
      • Each room has an individually remote controlled air conditioner. Master Suite is also equipped with a ceiling fan.
    • linens provided
  • Kitchen
    • grill
    • 4 ring stove
    • toaster
    • blender
    • stove
    • dishwasher
    • refrigerator
      • Includes ice maker. Dispenses cubed or crushed ice and cold water from the door.
    • stove
    • microwave
    • dishes & utensils
    • freezer
    • oven
    • coffee maker
    • kitchen
      • Granite counter tops. Modern stainless steel appliances. Refrigerator/freezer/icemaker; oven; microwave; stove top; dishwasher; coffee maker, blender, and more.
    • ice maker
    • cooking utensils
      • Fully equipped kitchens with virtually all cooking utensils provided.
  • Dining
    • dining
      • Dining room with large table is just off the kitchen area.
    • dining area
    • dining room
  • Pool / Spa
    • jacuzzi
    • jetted tub
      • Big enough for two!
    • private pool
      • Located just outside the kitchen door. Master Suite has its own private access to the pool. There is also an outdoor shower in the garden area.
    • outdoor pool
  • Bathrooms
    • 1 bathroom 1 half Bath
    • jack & jill suite: Has two sinks, a private shower room & private toilet room
    • half bath: located by the indoor atrium garden
    • master : shower, jetted tub, shower with views of the tropical garden
      • The Master Suite has a jetted tub, the glass shower has a tropical jungle view. A half bath with sink and toilet is located off the atrium hallway.
  • Bedrooms
    • 3 bedrooms, sleeps 6, beds for 6
    • bedroom 1:
    • bedroom 2:
    • bedroom 3:
      • Master Suite has a King size bed The Jack and Jill Suite has double beds in each bedroom
  • Entertainment
    • television
    • satellite / cable
      • 46' Plasma HD flat screen in the living area; 30' plazma HD flat screen in the master suite. An IPod dock is included to play your music through the TV speakers.
    • stereo
    • cd player
    • dvd player
    • video library
    • books
  • Outside
    • wood deck
    • gated community
    • outdoor grill gas
    • porch / veranda
    • deck / patio
      • Adjoins the pool. Umbrella table and four chairs. Two chaise lounges.
    • outdoor grill
    • lawn / garden
    • terrace
  • Suitability
    • children welcome
    • non smoking only
      • Smoking is only allowed outside. In fact you are encouraged to enjoy a hand rolled Cuban cigar while sitting on the deck!
    • pets not allowed
    • long-term renters welcome
  • Onsite Services
    • daily maid service
  • Notes
    • Equipped with an ADT home security system and exterior motion sensor security lighting. The exterior of the house is also monitored by a video camera security system.

activities and attractions in Playa Azul Costa Rica

  • Attractions
    • restaurants
    • botanical garden
    • marina
    • rain forests
    • volcano
    • waterfalls
  • Leisure Activities
    • bird watching
    • scenic drives
    • sight seeing
    • beachcombing
    • eco tourism
    • shopping
    • walking
    • whale watching
    • gambling casinos
    • shelling
    • horseback riding
    • wildlife viewing
  • Sports & Adventure Activities
    • rafting
    • golf
    • mountain biking
    • cycling
    • hot air ballooning
    • kayaking
    • swimming
    • fishing
    • snorkeling/diving
    • surfing
    • parasailing
    • wind-surfing
    • hiking
    • deepsea fishing
    • sound/bay fishing
    • equestrian events
    • sailing
    • paragliding
    • scuba diving or snorkeling
    • whitewater rafting
    • golf privileges optional
    • fly fishing
    • mountain climbing
    • snorkeling
    • surf fishing

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vacation rental rates


  • $270 - $305
  • US Dollars
  • Holiday Season (Dec. 15, 2012 to Jan 31, 2013) $305/night
  • Standard (non holiday season) $270/night
  • 3 nights minimum stay
  • $75 Cleaning fee;
  • $50 Property Damage Insurance
  • 50% deposit due at reservation with balance due 60 days prior to arrival

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Away from it all!

Review submitted: February 25, 2011   Date of arrival: February 5, 2011

We had a lovely time in Tarcoles. The house is absolutely beautiful, very comfortable, and spacious. It was just what we were looking for - a place "away from it all" where we could see and hear birds in the morning. Probably the most unique thing about the house is that we saw and heard scarlet macaws in the backyard! It was so nice, us being birders, to be near Carara National Park. We aren't "party" types and we like to just take it easy and cook at home, so the location of the house was perfect for us. We had a great time going to the locals beach just down the street every night to watch the sunset. .

Thank you for all your help and advice!!

Helpful votes: 1 / 2


It's A Jungle Out Here!

Review submitted: December 29, 2010   Date of arrival: December 18, 2010

Our family loved the serenity and privacy Casa Maganda offered. Early morning was enjoyed with a cup of coffee by the pool, listening to the sounds of birds. On several occasions Scarlet Macaws flew by, once roosting in the tree in the backyard. Each morning a pair of Toucans could be found eating papayas from a neighboring tree. The house is spectacular and very comfortable. We especially loved all the large windows throughout Casa Maganda. They offered beautiful views of the foliage in every direction. Though the house is secluded, there was a lot to do within a short car ride - Restaurants, Carara Park, Gringo Bridge, Grocery Store, Casino, and Tours.

Recommended for: age 55+, girls getaway, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 3 / 6


Fantastic Vacation

Review submitted: August 3, 2010   Date of arrival: July 26, 2010

Just returned from 5 days at Casa Maganda and loved every minute. The house is beautiful, very comfortable and centrally located near excellent restaurants. It is perfect for relaxing by the pool or hiking thru the jungle and seeing monkeys and scarlet macaws. We really enjoyed experiencing the local culture and the Ticos (local people) were friendly. Some of the highlights of our trip were Inka Grill, Pura Vida Gardens, Carara and the Crocodile Man Tour. We highly recommend Casa Maganda and can't wait to make a return visit.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 1 / 2


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This vacation rental has been listed since 02/16/2009.