The Tucano Casita Is one of two charming new cottages and a Tree House on the grounds of the 35 acre Bio Thermales rainforest reserve with natural hot springs in the north-central Costa Rican heartland of rural farms and orchards near Aguas Zarcas and San Carlos (Quesada). This is authentic Costa Rica: clean, comfortable and close to nature. Three hours north of San Jose (airport), 45 minutes east of Fortuna and Volcano Arenal.
Guests enjoy 24 hour access to the hot springs.
Please note that we do NOT charge extra for children 17 years old or younger.
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.
Four of our 8 organic form hot springs pools are located in the rainforest, and 4 hot springs pools as well as a large cool spring swimming pool are located in a meadow, surrounded by rainforest (see below for more information). Casita guests enjoy 24 hour hot springs access at no charge.
Note on wifi -- we are currently working on a system to establish wifi connection with the casita, but at this time wifi is available only to the Tree House or at our reception area. If internet access is very important to your work, the best option is to bring a laptop/device with a USB port and purchase a 3G stick at SJO airport for about $50, no contract required. Remote locations in Costa Rica usually have spotty or no wifi and weather dependent.
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, 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
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° - 105°F (31° - 40°C)
• Grotto Pools in meadow flow from the 112°F/45°C source pool onward into two larger and progressively cooler pools which are handicap-accessible and suitable for small children.
• Cool Thermal Pool in meadow is 90°F/31°C mineral water flowing from the thermal creek
• Cold Spring Water swimming pool (all natural, continuous water flow) from forest spring
• Bathhouse in meadow with handicap accessible 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 jaguarondi 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 an hour drive from the less trodden cloud forest of Juan Castro Blanco National Park, with wonderful bird watching, including the Resplendent Quetzal. To see Quetzals, the best season is Feb to early May.
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.
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 synchronize a food shopping trip when we go to town for errands.
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.
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.
Please email us before booking if we are your first and/or last destination in Costa Rica.
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||$12 / night after 2 guests|
|Weekly Price:||$390 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$1000 /month|
|Check Out:||12:00 PM (noon)|
Our experience at Biothemales was simply wonderful. Kathy and Bernie are extraordinary people and their place reflects this. It is a small piece of paradise with simple, beautiful casitas and delicious, clean hot and cool pools, as well as swimming pools dotted through their forested area. The road in is rough but drivable. They open Biothermales to locals on the weekends and it becomes noisier and filled with families having great times. I probably would avoid the weekend on a return trip, although it was sweet and special to watch.
The hot springs were a perfect start to our holiday. Kathy and Bernie are wonderful hosts and have great recommendations. I would insist on adding this to your itinerary while in Costa Rica.
Our Stay at the Rainforest Casitas was great. Kathy and Bernie were so helpful and so kind and made our stay so comfortable. We could tell they take pride in their casitas and hot springs and it reflects with their service. We would definitely stay here again and maybe splurge and go for the tree house:) If you are looking for something private and tranquil this is the place.
Getting to the rainforest casita is not for the faint of heart. If you have a 4X4 or are used to driving on Costa Rica's back roads the road really is fine. If you're used to paved roads you may have a hard time with it. Be aware that this is a "rainforest" casita - which means it rains a lot. It's a major undertaking to go out for meals - I'd suggest either bringing your own food (no nearby supermarkets) or buying the catered meals (which we didn't try but sounded good). There are snack type items you can buy on site. I had the impression the kitchen in the casita was not too well equipped, but we had a hotplate, electric frying pan, and plenty of utensils. There's really no space inside to eat or sit, but the porch is under cover and has a small table and chairs. Be aware that the Toucan casita is right next to the workshop. At 7 AM they were using power tools and hard at work, and the work continued much of the day. Not exactly peaceful. The Monday we arrived the pools were full of screaming kids and local visitors. The second day there were only a couple (quieter) families who left early and it was great having the pools to ourselves (also early morning was great). Cathy and Bernie have amazing experiences and are great hosts. Wifi does not reach the casitas, but you can connect right by the office. Trails were too wet and muddy to walk, but you can walk along the road.
I am sorry for the power tools being used so early -- Bernie normally asks guests if or when some construction noise will bother guests, but he was gone that day on a tour with his neice visiting from Germany. And also It was unseasonably rainy so the construction crews could not do their usual early morning work away from the casitas, so without Bernie to advise them otherwise, they worked in the workshop. We will try our very best to make sure this never happens again. Also rain in January is highly unusual in Costa Rica; we usually have brilliant sunshine, as we do today, with an occasional light rain -- as you say, you don't get rainforest without rain. Thank you for the feedback.
Our stay at the rainforest casita was absolutely wonderful. Kathy & Bernie were such wonderful hosts. The location was pretty easy to get to with Kathy's specific directions. The place gets pretty busy on weekends (so plan to go into town on those days) but having the hot springs to ourselves at night was the best. If you're planing on being on your computer the entire time, the wifi only worked for us by the reception area, but other than that, the entire staff were so friendly and helpful, so was their dog Pepe! We will definitely miss our casita.
Todo muy lindo...
This masterfully engineered with nature as number one priority was the best stay on our trip to Costa Rica. The cabins were clean and spacious with hand carved doors, trim and furniture. Bernie and Kathy has created a magical place in the middle of the cloud forest. All I the hotsprings come from their property and are clean. Around every bend in the trail there are more options to explore, some or warmer than others I recommend exploring them all. Their dog Pepe comes around every evening for a visit. We did not leave he property the entire duration of out stay. We recommend bringing some food to cook as there is a small kitchen or order from the caterer. One afternoon we booked a massage which is well worth the humble price. If you're looking for a place to decompress, this is the place!
Kathy was extremely helpful in helping us organizing our trip, going as far as setting up transport from the airport and arranging for a car rental. The thermal springs are incredibly relaxing, the place was spotless and the location is wonderful: highly recommended!
The casita with hot springs is a really nice place and all the best you can hope to have for relax. The hot springs are just a marvellous thing (I'm still dreaming about) and kathy and bernie are very kind and helpful hosts. Kathy would prepare your trip in all the details, if you would allow her to do so (;-), her advices are useful and she will take motherly care of you in order to be shure that you will have no troubles.
Thank's a lot for everything, we really enjoyed our staying.
You just have to know that we took the way through Zarcero and that we liked it enormously (the town of course, but also the way to go there and the sourroundings!)
Kind regards Marina and Alain
Wonderful place in a beautiful setting! We stayed in the casita for 2 weeks and had a great relaxing time. The property and pools are beautiful, and Kathy & Bernie are very nice and friendly hosts. Meals were easy with delivery options and a small kitchen to cook yourself. The hammock and swinging chair on the porch were perfect for relaxing. Internet (via a Kolbi data stick purchased at the airport) worked fairly consistently but was slow in the area, something we were told about in advance. A great place for a relaxing stay. Highly recommend!