Lake Arenal Fun Guest House also called Casa de Helena is an enchanting , private, Mediterranean style guest house just ten minutes drive from the lake shore in the hills over looking Lake Arenal in Guanacaste Costa Rica. Casa de Helena is immaculately clean, classy, comfortable and relaxing. See (website: hidden) for details and more photos.
It is a very romantic space for two and many people have taken their honeymoon here. We can also accommodate a group of up to 6 people such as a family or close friends. With two double queen beds, two couch beds. Each person over 2 is an additional 10 USD per night. There are two additional cabins on the private lower garden area to accommodate larger groups.
We are only about 5 minutes drive from three very good restaurants.
The roads to reach here are all paved and the route is easy to find. The area is clean, safe and breathtakingly beautiful.
Water is clean and pure, some of the best on earth fresh and sweet for drinking.
US. dollars can be used in Costa Rica. And there are local bank tellers machines which give either dollars or Colonies. Exchange rate is better at the banks than at the airport.
The central house is surrounded by covered porches and garden area, with comfortable seating for watching birds and other wild life in the jungle below. The house is also fully screened. There are two orthopedic queen size beds one, two orthopedic foam couch beds built in beside fire place . There is a full kitchen a covered porch, breakfast nook with comfortable rocking chairs for watching birds and other wild life in the jungle below the house.There is Private bathroom and also out door shower in a patio area of the house.
We also have laundry service and you may order delicious home made tamales from our neighborhood school support projects.
I recommend that you shop for groceries on the way to the house. There is a small grocery store in the village.
The nearest airport is Liberia International LIR But you may also fly in to San Jose International airport.
I recommend renting a car because there is so much to see and do in this amazingly fun and beautiful area of Costa Rica. I also have two really great professional drivers who pick up my guests from either airport. They even wait while you go shopping for groceries on the way up to the Lake. They can take you on private tours which is great for small groups. You have only to relax and really enjoy the enchanting beauty and majesty of the live erupting volcano, hot springs, jungle and waterfall hikes on well groomed easy trails.
The drives around the lake are absolutely beautiful. And even walking down the street in my village there are a breathtaking views of the volcano and lake.
Local activities include, beautiful hikes just out the front door, hanging bridges tour, an easy hike over huge bridges suspended over the rainforest canopy, zip line tours, kayaking, horseback riding, and lessons, windsurfing and kiting and lessons, hot springs, Maleku Rainforest Indian adventure, a short jungle walk to their native house where they dance, sing and explain their traditions. They sell beautiful hand carved masks and painted gords there also. There is also one of the best gift shops in the province just 20 minutes away. Monica the owner has unusual and high quality pottery, and unique hand made crafts and other treasures.
We welcome you to join us in Beautiful Costa Rica.
Tico Wind Surf and Kite Center:
At Tico Wind you will find the latest and best in Wind Surf and Kite gear. Your hosts Peter and Christl also provide world class lessons in Wind Surfing and Kite. Lunches are served daily and the chocolate bars are to die for. Tico Wind is only about 10 minutes by car from Casa De Helena. (website: hidden)
Eco Thermales Hot Springs:
Lush garden jungle setting, four pools cascading down from a hot water fall. Large and spacious enough for swimming and floating without cares.
Tabacon Hot Springs:
Acres of wandering pathways through hot pools, waterfalls and river. Swim up bar, water slide, and private hide away pools. World Class restaurant and spa.
Hanging Bridges :
Imagine yourself walking on strong safe suspended bridges high above the jungle in the canopy with birds and monkeys. An easy and comfortable walk, along well kept pathways when meandering slowly and enjoying the breath taking views it takes about 2 hours. The best view of Arenal Volcano on the lake is from the parking lot of Hanging Bridges. You feel you could almost reach out and touch it through the mist.
Horse Back Riding:
Local tour just 15 minutes from Casa de Helena. Gordo will take you on a magical ride up the hill side to view two volcanoes and two lakes. Breathtaking and unforgettable.
Kayak Lake Arenal: with local tour guides Jeff and Beth
Daily private tours of Lake Arenal. Experience tropical birds and amazing views while getting a gentle work out.
Tonorio National Park is a two hour drive from Casa de Helena. In the park you will follow well kept trails to a magical saffire blue river and water fall. Usually the hike is about 2Â˝ hours. With time to swim and play in the warm waters.
Located just out side of Tilaran about 45 minutes from Casa de Helena. Vientos Frescos is a playful river with natural rock slide and huge water fall with luxurious pool for swimming. A wonderful day trip often repeated more than once by guests at Casa de Helena.
Mountain and road biking:
Lake Arenal area offers world class mountain and road biking. You may take a guided tour or enjoy the back gravel roads which wind through hills, and along the shores of the lake.
River Rafting the Rio Corribici
Rio Corobici is a gentle river ride through lush jungle where you will see Boat Billed Herrings, Rosacia Spoon Billed Herrings and a wide variety of other rare and fabulous birds along with gigantic orange Iguanas and lizards that run on water. The trip is about one hour and includes good for the entire family and older couples as well. Begins in Canas about 30 minutes from Casa de Helena. Best to go in early morning.
Las Pumas Wild Life Rescue Center:
My favorite is the jaguar but none less spectacular are the spotted Margay, Jagarundi, Mountain Lions and various other birds and animals which have been rescued and are being cared for. The walk is about 45 minutes with time to quietly watch the animals. Las Pumas is located in Canas about 30 minutes from Casa de Helena
Lake Arenal Fun Guest House also called Casa de Helena is an enchanting , private, Mediterranean style guest house just ten minutes drive from the lake shore in the hills over looking Lake Arenal in Guanacaste Costa Rica. Casa de Helena is immaculately clean, classy, co