Best Views in Costa Rica! INTRODUCING rental car with free airport pickup! We now have a special arrangement with a local car rental business to offer you amazing service. You can rent a 4-wd SUV for only $40/d, insurance included. You will be picked up at the airport and delivered to our Casa, leaving you with the rental car. No hassles, drop you back at the airport, and never get lost. Can't beat it! This ultra-modern home features 180 degree sweeping views of the entire valley, including the gulf of Nicoya - views that will take your breath away. Half the house facing the valley is glass, so you can see the world from any room. There are two bedrooms (1 king, 1 queen), a gourmet kitchen, plus a universal style gym. We are located in the town of Berlin, approx 15 minutes up the mountain from San Ramon. A perfect place to escape the heat -- sit back and relax and enjoy the view. Casa Paraiso is the perfect balance of the laid back Costa Rica lifestyle, yet within driving distance of many top attractions. We have been coming to Costa Rica for a while, renting various homes and resorts. What we tend to find is that the country is gorgeous, but the Tico style accommodations often leave my butt and my back wanting to head back to the states. Tico furniture is hard, showers don't drain and are either cold or burning hot, toilets don't accept paper, etc. When I built Casa Paraiso, I decided it would be a luxury home built to US standards. Here you can get a flavor of Costa Rican Pura Vida with the utmost in comfort. You won't find anything like it in the Central Valley. Come and enjoy this unique opportunity. So, what is there to do in the area? Here are some places we have visited and enjoyed: La Paz Waterfall. They have gardens, animal exhibits, restaurants, and the wonderful waterfalls. We spent an entire day here. Get your photo holding a Toucan or Tree Frog. Poas Volcano. A very cool place, but often cloudy. Best to go in the morning. If cloudy you can’t see the volcano. Nice place for maybe 2 hours. It's also close to La Paz, so I suggest visiting Poas in the morning, and then heading over to La Paz. Playa Dona Ana. A nice quiet beach where you can swim, picnic, and feed the monkeys. Watch out that they don’t run away with your car keys. There is a nice restaurant right there on the beach. Zoo Ave. This is an animal rehab zoo where you can spend a couple hours. San Ramon. The town itself is a perfect introduction to life in Costa Rica. Lots of stores, restaurants, a park. If you are at all interested in seeing how Costa Ricans live, you might want to spend a day walking around the town and checking things out. The kids may not like it, however. But don’t miss the farmer’s market Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano. A tourist favorite. About 2-2.5 hrs. You can do it in a day if you get an early start. Leave around 6am, head back home around 3. Or, you could make this an overnighter. Lots to do here, including horseback riding, zip lining, volcano tour, cloud forest tour, or visit the natural hot springs at Baldi. There is an Arenal day tour out of San Jose that could pick you up in San Ramon. If interested, I can provide you with the contact info. Here are some places we haven’t seen, but others recommend: Playa Jaco. Another nice beach with more action, and on the way you can stop at the bridge and see all the alligators. Lighthouse Point has a butterfly garden and lagoons with alligators. Nearby, the Pacific Rainforest Aerial Tram takes you on a 90-minute guided ride through the treetops. If you go, stop at Carara National Park to see various wildlife. Monteverde Cloud Forest. This is a tourist favorite, with a town with lots to do. Zip line, horseback riding, forest tours, etc. Los Angeles Cloud Forest. Similar to Monteverde, but closer and not as much tourism. Some gorgeous scenery on the way, plus one of the more famous restaurants serving fabulous food. San Jose. A tour of the city might appeal to the adults, not sure about the kids. Same company that does the Arenal tour. Tortuga Island. Here you can take a tour to the island for snorkeling and other activities. Near Playa Jaco. You can Google any of these, or ask and I can help with links. I have a guide book i the house with lots of other options as well. If you hit the beach, I do have beach towels, plus a couple beach toys and folding chairs. Costa Rica is a small country, and things are not far apart. However, the road system here is extensive but poorly developed. Most roads are well paved, but narrow and winding, and often cluttered with farm vehicles, trucks, buses, and pedestrians.