Here’s a list of friends we recommend:
Let our friend Rayna Levin help you plan your trip, she´s got great contacts and knowledge of Costa Rica.
The Tropical Adventures Foundation is a non-profit organization providing volunteer tour packages for individuals, families and groups interested in exploring the culture, language and natural beauty of Costa Rica.
Deb and Rob run this wonderful B and B where you can relax at the top of the hill in a hammock overlooking the Gulf of Nicoya, great base for trips to Tortuga Island and Nicoya peninsula, and off the tourist trail, great for relocation assistance and info.
CENTRAL PACIFIC (JACO, ESTERILLOS OESTE, CENTRO AND ESTE, HERMOSA, AND BEJUCO BEACHES)
All-in-one adventure location, with 850 acres of hiking and horseback riding trails, waterfall and wall rapelling, ATV tours, and canopy tour.
Diana and Mikey offer a home away from home, ocean front, with pool, hammocks, surf and boogie boards.
Blue Palm Hotel: Friendly, centrally located, well priced and very welcoming, what more would you want? Enjoy…
Villas Macondo is a peaceful place to relax with nature. Located on a quiet side street only a two minute walk to the wonderful beaches and the center of Tamarindo. A cordial and friendly atmosphere makes you feel at home…
Hotel Arco Iris: Another friendly spot in Tamarindo, great location, relaxing atmosphere, cool pool.
Annie and Dave will take good care of you, enjoy the surfing and the yoga at the Ripjack Inn.
Susan and Andrew welcome you to Cabinas Los Cocos:
“The Most Romantic Cabins on the Beach” – Tom Huth, Conde Nast Traveler
Listed by Frommer’s as one of ten “Best Bed and Breakfast and Small Inns of Costa Rica”
TREEHOUSE IN COSTA RICA
Stay in a real, honest-to-goodness multilevel treehouse with parrots and monkeys as your neighbors.
From the shores of Cape May, NJ. to the shores of the Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica, John Podson has transformed this once very simple hotel into 10 charming and well-appointed Cabinas.
StepOut is all about green and sustainable travel. They are dedicated to protecting the natural environments and respecting the culture of the places we visit. That means conserving the land, wildlife, and other natural resources, respecting local cultures and their way of life, and contributing positively to the socioeconomic growth of local communities.
Between Santa Elena and Monteverde, this lovely hotel welcomes you to the magical world of the Monteverde Reserve.
Boutique-style hotel and accessible prices, great choice in Monteverde.
Stay with Rita and Ed in this lovely site near Lake Arenal, wonderful breakfasts and comfortable rooms.
Near the Nicaraguan border and the Celestial River and waterfall, tinted by natural chemicals, delicious to swim in. Stay nearby, get away from the pack and enjoy this experience.
Gerard & Ingrid van Vuuren welcome you to El Sol Verde Lodge & Campground in Curubandé near National Park Rincon de la Vieja.
SAMARA AND CARRILLO BEACHES
SAMARA AND CARRILLO INFORMATION CENTER
Brenda is a know-it-all, and is ready to tell you. She´s a wealth of information on this area: where to stay, where to eat, what to do, and she´s got the best prices. If she doesn´t know it, it´s not worth knowing. While planning your trip to this fabulous area, include Brenda in your planning, you won´t be sorry!
Cinzia and Fiorenzo, a sweet Italian couple, run this two-room B&B. Each room has its own hot-water bathroom, porch and entrance, and there’s a small shaded yoga terrace in the garden.” Located just 7 kilometres south of Playa Samara in Playa Carrillo, it boasts beautiful white sand, crystaline blue water, surrounded by luscious coconut palms. …. and at only 350 meters from that heavenly beach, you will find Casa Buenavista!
EL SUEÑO TROPICAL
Located at the edge of the jungle, but easily accessed, with paved road to our door, El Sueño Tropical is an intimate 16 unit resort set in 3 acres of lush tropical gardens. There are 4 buildings that house 4 units per building. There are 8 large double rooms, 4 larger deluxe rooms that sleep 4 and have kitchenettes, and 4 two bedrooms apartments with full kitchens that sleep up to 5. All have coffeemaker, cold split system A/C and ceiling fans, brand new flat screen LED TVs with CableTica, private baths with unlimited hot water and wall safes. All have front porches with tables, chairs and a hammock. There is high-speed real 5 megs up and down WiFi with many routers for service throughout the property. There is a large free-form Italian-tiled pool for adults with a small wading pool for the small kids, lounge chairs and three gazebos with tables and chairs for relaxing and pool-side dining, and lots of inflatables, noodles, etc. It is open 24 hours, for your daytime tanning pleasure as well as your midnight dip.
We have the Fighting Gator Bar with lots of cold beer and Sangria, liquours and liqueurs, and Salsa Restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our menu includes typical Costa Rica cuisine, international classics and fusion dishes creatively prepared from fresh local ingredients — seasonal exotic fruits and farm-to-table vegetables, freshly caught seafood, grass-raised beef, and local pork, lamb and poultry. We have over 30 types of pizza from our brick-lined pizza oven which makes perfect crust. Create your own from our extensive list of ingredients, even get behind the counter and flip it yourself!
Stay at the Gilded Iguana and Butch will get you up on the board, guaranteed.
Tito welcomes you to his wonderful house in the country, near the beaches of Montezuma and Cabuya
WOW views from a hill above the lovely beach town of Montezuma.
Gwen and Edmund welcome you to one of the few unspoiled corners left in Costa Rica, the village of Bejuco, on the Northern Pacific Coast.
Hidden Jungle Beach House is a guest house. We have four private bedrooms for guests. You’ll have your own room and share the two bathrooms and large kitchen with myself, my husband and our other guests.
Casita Azul is a private, two bedroom house on the same property.
Both places share a lovely location, very private, situated in a hidden spot in the jungle, yet just a one minute walk to one of the Caribbean’s most breathtaking beaches, Playa Negra/Black Beach. You can walk right into the town of Puerto Viejo from here as well. It’s only five minutes away.
ADVENTURES WITH LISA VALENCIA
New Life Adventures!
Have you ever pondered on packing it all in and starting over in a foreign land? Here is a first hand, vibrant, personal account of an adventurous woman in pursuit of an extraordinary life in the tropics of Costa Rica.”