The Tucano Casita Is a charming new cottage at our 35 acre Bio Thermales rainforest reserve with natural hot and cool springs pools in the north-central Costa Rican heartland. This is authentic Costa Rica: clean, comfortable and close to nature.
We are three hours north of San Jose (airport), 45 minutes east of Fortuna and Volcano Arenal.
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.
Guests enjoy 24 hour access to the hot springs.
Please note that we do not charge extra for children under 18 years old.
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 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.
One time $10 cleaning fee; thereafter housecleaning services every 3 days are (website hidden) 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
• 2 Cold Spring Water swimming pools (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 (website hidden) 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 (website hidden) Thermales is generally not crowded, however, except on major holidays and Sundays.
You may see our other listings on Airbnb at:
Tree House: "Rainforest Tree House with Hot Springs" airbnb.com/rooms/50435
Tucano Casita (Toucan Casita) is listed as "Rainforest Casita with Hot Springs": airbnb.com/rooms/30358
Mariposa Casita (Butterfly Casita) is listed as "Rainforest Casita2 with Hot Springs" airbnb.com/rooms/51518
Colibri Casita (Hummingbird Casita) is listed as "Rainforest Casita3 with Hot Springs"
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 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.
Please email us before booking if we are your first and/or last destination in Costa Rica.
Five of our 9 organic form hot springs pools and a natural cool spring pool are located in the rainforest, and 4 hot springs pools as well as 2 cool natural spring swimming pools, are located in a meadow, surrounded by rainforest. Casita guests enjoy 24 hour hot springs pools and 35 acres of rainforest access at no charge.
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.
We are out in a non-touristy rural area of family farms, orchards and rainforest, off the beaten tourist tract. Guests should expect a natural environment, integrated into the rainforest. We are a 45 minute drive from the many activities in Fortuna/Volcano Arenal, including volcano hikes, ziplines, swimming in the pristine waters below the La Fortuna Waterfall, white water rafting and slow "safari float" rafting to see monkeys, sloths and other animals. Closer to us is a slow river raft tour, rainforest hikes or horseback riding, and a visit to the Iguana Bridge with many large iguanas within a 15 minute drive.
Public bus transport is available to nearby locations but not directly to us (the remainder of the journey being easily arranged by taxi). Public bus transport should be undertaken only by those experienced in public transport in Central America, preferably with backpacks. Private shuttles and private drivers are available, in addition to private rental car delivery to the guest's lodging and a special package for our guests, which includes a free cell phone for use in Costa Rica, discounted rates and a 100% guarantee that the quote will be complete and honest (no hidden fees).
Other Things to Note
Please message us before booking if you wish to drive directly from the airport to us, so we can determine if this is feasible. Sunset is at 5:30 and night driving is highly discouraged until drivers have quite some experience on Costa Rican roads.
No smoking indoors. No glass bottles/dishes near the pools. Children must be supervised always. No diving or jumping in the pools (except the large cool spring water swimming pool).. Must be willing to open/close the gate if guest leaves the property at night. No loud music or noise after 8 pm.
Kathy & Bernie's place is a little slice of heaven. We were only able to enjoy it as a one night getaway from work in San Jose, but it was completely worth it!
The casita was clean, comfortable and well designed.
The pools (after hours all to yourself!) were well kept, clean, and felt oh so good!
Dinner and breakfast, ordered ahead of time, from a local to be delivered, arrived promptly was good and very reasonably priced.
The grounds lovely, falling asleep to rain in the jungle and waking to the sounds of a menagerie of birds!
My only 2 regrets are that we couldn't stay longer and that we didn't get to speak more with Kath and Bernie, both of whom seem like lovely and interesting people.
5 Sterne,Kathy hat uns sofort nach der Buchung hilfreich zur Seite gestanden. Dank ihrer Beschreibung haben wir die Unterkunft sofort gefunden. Auf ihre Empfehlung hatten wir Essen bei einem lokalen Catering bestellt. Die Thermalbäder haben wir ausgiebig genutzt. Wir haben in der Casita Tucan geschlafen und möchten es weiter empfehlen.
Danke für diesen tollen Aufenthalt. Katrin
Super endroit, a la fois la maison fort sympathique, et les bains chauds géniaux. Le plus sont que les bains et les piscines sont ouvert 24 h sur 24. être dans de l'eau chaude a 40 degrés et d'entendre les bruit de la foret la nuit, un délice.
Very nice coupled who hosted us for 3 nights!
Kathy is super duper accommodating and she gave us a very long orientation; it was awesome to found out from her things about animals, bugs, birds and etc. She has sent us long emails how to get there, what to brings and other useful info. Nobody else paid so much attention to us, w felt special :)
Their private hot springs are incredible! Once it becomes closed for public after 6pm, it was all to ourselves.
If you are looking to book a place with them, book a tree house, it is so worth it...
Kathy and Bernie and their team of staff are wonderful hosts and the property is gorgeous. Kathy ensured we had everything we needed before and during our stay which was much appreciated. Our casita was well appointed with everything we needed and the hot springs were amazing! This is a very family friendly place and our 7 month old loved to play in the warm springs with us. We really liked being amongst the locals who work and use the hot springs. This felt like an authentic Costa Rican experience; we would highly recommend!
Thanks to Kathy and Bernie. we enjoyed their place with the hot springs and the beautifull birds like tucans and other animals we only saw there.
A million thanks and gratitude for having us at Bio Thermales. That was the most enjoyable, refreshing and relaxing time I've had in a long time. What an inspiration!
Kathy is the most knowledgable and helpful person, she really cobtributes with putting our trip together, especially getting around the country. Muchos Thanks to Frank, as well for getting Jen and I there and awAy safe, and on time to catch that speed boat!
I felt Kathy bent over backwards for us so gracefully and with much hospitality and knowledge. It was an honor to stay, melt in the beautiful waters and get inspired.
Thank you so much !!
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Pura Vida! (“Pure life” is an all-purpose greeting in Costa Rica, as well as a way of life.)
Kathy and Bernie (American and German, respectively) 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.