Tucano Casita with handcrafted door and rockersCasita bedroom with handmade Queen bed
Tucano Rainforest Casita with Hot Springs
Tucano Rainforest Casita with Hot Springs

Entire home/apt

4 guests

1 bedroom

2 beds

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The Tucano Casita is one of 3 charming cottages at our Bio Thermales Hot Springs natural resort organically integrated into our 35 acre rainforest preserve with 12 natural hot and cool springs pools in the north-central Costa Rican heartland. Guests enjoy free 24 hour access to the hot and cool springs pools and rainforest trails. 45 minute drive from Fortuna/Volcano Arenal; 3 hour drive from SJO airport, 4 hour drive from Liberia airport. For more tranquility, please book on weekdays.

The space

The Tucano (Toucan) casita is a masonry block cottage with many artistically handcrafted wood work and furniture and hand carved exterior and interior doors. The kitchen is small but well equipped for cooking. The bathroom is tiled, some tiles are hand carved with local animals, and it has a flash on-demand water heater for the shower.

Please message us before booking if we will be either your first or last destination in Costa Rica to before booking if you wish to drive directly from the airport to us, so we can determine if this is safe and feasible. All roads from the SJO airport pass through cloud forests, which can be foggy even in the day, causing poor visibility on narrow, curving mountain roads, especially after sunset 5:30 and night driving is highly discouraged until drivers have quite some experience on Costa Rican roads.

We highly recommend booking on weekdays for more privacy and tranquility, as we have more day visitors from 9 am to 6 pm to our hot springs on the weekends, especially Sundays. If your reservation includes a Sunday, we highly recommend planning a day outing to the many wonderful nearby activities. We cannot guarantee our usual tranquil conditions on Sundays from 9 am to 6 pm.

Our hot springs are ancient “deep Earth” sources that bubble up through the rainforest floor, bringing mineral-rich waters that have been in the Earth for at least 10,000 years. Our waters are rich in bicarbonates, calcium and magnesium, low in sulfur, and slightly acidic, qualities shared by many of the world's best hot springs.

Tucano Casita features (see floor-plan for all details):
• Air-conditioning (but you probably won't need it)
• All onsite hot springs and recreation activities included
• Queen sized bed with orthopedic mattress and hypoallergenic bedding
• Twin-sized bed/settee with thick foam mattress and hypoallergenic bedding
• Hand-crafted rustic furniture from naturally harvested trees on the land
• Kitchen with refrigerator, micro-wave, coffee maker, electric skillet and basic kitchenware
• Tiled bathroom with real hot-water heater
• Porch with handmade rocking chair, swing, hammock
• Maid service every 3 days included
• Laundry service at extra charge per load
• Short walk to rainforest and hot springs pools
• No telephone or television
• Hosts Kathy and Bernie live onsite
• Languages: English, Spanish, German, limited French

Note on wifi -- we have a fiber optic cable to the main office that is about 98% reliable, but had to install repeaters to bring wifi signal to the casitas and tree houses. The repeaters are not as reliable, especially in bad weather. However, we can help you send or receive email one way or another via the fiber optic cable.

One time $10 cleaning fee; thereafter housecleaning services every 3 days are free.

Bio Thermales Hot Springs features:
• Our hot springs pools are all-natural mineral water just as it flows from the Earth
• Rainforest Pools from 90° - 102°F (31° - 40°C)
• Grotto Pools in meadow flow from the 104°F/42°C source pool onward into two larger and progressively cooler pools which are handicap-accessible and suitable for small children. The smallest has a small water slide for young children.
• Two cool Thermal Pools in meadow is 90°F/31°C mineral water flowing from the thermal creek
• 2 Fresh Spring Water swimming pools (all natural, continuous water flow) from a forest spring. Both cool spring pools have water slides.
• Two Bathhouses in meadow (one of which is wheel chair accessible) and one in the rain forest with changing rooms, bathrooms and showers
• “Ranchos” – roofed tables with concrete floors and grills for picnics

Other Activities on our 35 acre rainforest reserve:
• Bird-watching: many types of toucans, oropendulas, parrots, hummingbirds, and the rare green macaw
• Rainforest: enjoy it from the casita porch or hot springs pools, take easy walks on paths or more adventurous hikes
• Fossils – enjoy our collection or hunt (gently) for your own
• Wildlife: two-toed sloths, iguanas, capuchin and mantled howler monkeys, tree frogs, birds, butterflies, even a jaguarundi if you are lucky and quiet.

We are a 45 minute drive from the many activities in Fortuna and Volcano Arenal -- such as ziplines, hanging bridges, white water rafting, slow river floats or kayaking through wildlife sanctuaries -- or a 1.5 hour drive from La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Catarata del Toro or Volcano Poas National Park.

We are happy to help guests arrange activities through trustworthy tour guides and companies.

Bio Thermales Hot Springs is open to the public for day use of the hot springs, and most of our day visitors are Costa Ricans, so you may also meet new Tico friends. Bio Thermales is generally not crowded, however, except on major holidays and Sundays.

To see all our listings, please go to https://www.airbnb.com/users/show/54000 and on the left side of the page three listings will show. At the bottom of them, click on “View all listings” to see all 5 listings.

Food/Meals: The casita has a kitchen. There are many restaurants and a good supermarket within a 15 minute drive. Traditional Costa Rican meals can be delivered from a local caterer for very reasonable prices (Costa Rican food is tasty but not spicy). Otherwise, we can call a taxi or driver.

Driving from SJO airport:

We highly recommend at least a small 4 wheel drive car. The last 3 kilometers are country roads.

Three hours of daylight are needed to safely drive here from the SJO airport before sunset at 5:30 pm. The drive through mountainous cloud forests is splendid in daylight, but prone to fog and rain, especially at night, creating hazardous visibility conditions after dark. Finding our countryside location will also be far easier if you arrive the first time before sunset. If your plane lands in the morning or mid-day, you can drive here directly from the airport. Otherwise, it is safer to book a room near the airport on your first night or we can help you arrange a private professional driver.

Last night in Costa Rica:
To drive directly to the SjO airport on the same day as your departing flight, you will need an afternoon or evening departing flight. For early morning departing flights, it is necessary to stay your last night near the airport.

Guest access

Guests enjoy 24 hour access to the hot springs, swimming pools and rainforest trails (except when the hot springs pools are being cleaned early in the morning). We do not recommend entering the rainforest after dark, but the meadow hot and cool springs (including water slides) may be used day or night because there are lights and wildlife normally do not enter this area because of the cut grass.

Laundry: we have a full laundry facility and we will do laundry for $5 per load (wash, dry and fold).

Interaction with guests

We enjoy interacting with our guests and making suggestions for and even help book activities in the area, as well as options for transportation. For personal interaction, we take our cues from our guests -- if they prefer privacy, we respect that; if they enjoy interaction, we are open to interaction and have met many delightful new friends in this way.

Other things to note

Day visitors and groups are permitted entrance to use the hot springs and cool springs pools from 9 am to 6 pm. There are usually more day visitors on weekends, especially Sundays, and we recommend booking week days for more tranquility and privacy. If guests book a longer reservation that includes a Sunday, we recommend planning a day tour in the many nearby activities on Sundays. Day visitors must leave by 6 pm, and only casita and Tree House guests may use the pools after 6 pm and enjoy unlimited access to the pools, with the exception of no nighttime use of the forest pools, and cleaning schedule as noted above.

We recommend either ordering a catered dinner for your first evening and/or next morning breakfast, or buying and bringing groceries to cook because we are 4 km from the main paved road and driving after dark is highly discouraged until drivers have quite some experience on Costa Rican roads. Also, most guests prefer to settle in upon arrival and not to have to get back in the car and drive out to dinner. We provide a Catering Menu to each guest once reserved, but the caterer requires advance notice of selected meals and TIMES guests would like meals delivered. We do not have a liquor license and guests must bring their own beer/wine/rum etc. The tap water is safe to drink, and we sell soft drinks, fruit juices, and other non-alcohol beverages, snacks and ice cream.

The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Check In: 2PM - 6PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: 16 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: 10
Weekly Discount: 14%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed, 1 single bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in time is 2PM - 6PM

No smoking inside the casita. Costa Rica has just passed a law forbidding smoking in any public location, which includes the pools and and anywhere on the grounds where other people go. It would not include the rainforest or pasture outside our gate. No glass bottles or dishes at the pools. Children must be supervised at all times in the pools or rainforest, and parents must prevent children from diving or jumping into the pools to avoid injury. Guests must be willing to open/shut the gate if they leave the property after 6pm. No loud music or noise after 8 pm.



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Safety features
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

228 Reviews

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Blanca User Profile
July 2017
It is a beautiful place. The casita had AC and hot water. There was no TV, but we found ourselves spending so much time outside that there was no need for a TV. The pools were cleaned daily and the staff was super friendly. We absolutely loved it!

Jennifer User Profile
June 2017
Everything about Kathy and Bernies Place was wonderful! We had some trouble getting Airbnb to verify my identification when I got there but Kathy was very patient and let me use her laptop so that we could work it all out. They absolutely loved the private Hot Springs and a little Casita which had a little swing and hammock out front. I loved being able to cook for my family dinner and breakfast after picking up some groceries from town. My daughter's absolutely loved the pool with a big slides and I like the trails where we saw some toucans and other types of animals. Felt like family with how concerned Kathy was for us. And when she warns u about not leaving around food and the tiny ants, she MEANS it, SWARMS of the TINIEST ants u ever seen will arrive if u dont heed the warning. ;) We all LOVED the pools and especially the giant slides they were super fast but be careful. This place is super rural but super classy! We loved it! Thank you for everything!

William User Profile
May 2017
The place is beautiful and relaxing. The host and hostess were friendly and helpful as well as the rest of the staff.

Melissa User Profile
May 2017
Kathy & Bernie were very helpful prior to our trip to Costa Rica, providing thorough driving directions and information about renting a car. We enjoyed the property and use of the hot springs, and accommodations were comfortable. Would definitely recommend!

Steven User Profile
May 2017
A magical place, excellent in every way. Check out nearby Crazy Iguana, also excellent.

Sara User Profile
March 2017
Kathy & Bernie have created a beautiful oasis of hot, warm and cool pools tucked into the forest, others more "swimming pool-like" out in the open. The cottages also are tucked here and there, each unique. Along with the beautiful gardens, and toucans and parrots in the trees, it is a magic wonderland. Kathy's advice, even before we arrived in Costa Rica,was helpful- which map to order from Amazon, which car company would not have lots of hidden charges when we picked up the car, etc. Great people, great place. Plan to stay for a few days!

Leo User Profile
March 2017
Very relaxing. I recommend getting the massage from the local misuse they have available upon request. I'm definitely glad we changed our plans and decided to make this our last destination for our Costa Rica trip. Pepe was a great host! (The community dog). He kept us company for most of our trip. The AC was definitely a plus. I think it was the only place we stayed with and AC, although it was cool enough to leave it off at night.

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Tucson, Arizona, United StatesJoined in November 2009
Kathy & Bernie User ProfileKathy & Bernie is a superhost.

Pura Vida! (“Pure life” is an all-purpose greeting in Costa Rica, as well as a way of life.)

Kathy and Bernie have designed Bio Thermales so guests may enjoy the beneficent hot springs and rainforest while making only positive impacts on the rainforest in our care. This is a very healing and lovely place and we look forward to sharing it with you. We have worked on many environmental endeavors, professionally and as volunteers. Bernie is an engineer, organic gardener, woodworker, artist and great cook. Kathy is a nutritionist, writer, graphic designer, and community and events organizer. We have also been active in many human rights efforts.

We have a friendly dog, tilapia pond and free-ranging chickens.

Languages: Deutsch, English, Español
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