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Leaves and Lizards

La Fortuna, Costa Rica


  • Dining: Meals are served in the Lava Lizard restaurant, a 5-8 minute walk from the cabins and houses. A late breakfast can be requested if you want to sleep in
  • Internet Access: WiFi available - the best signal is on the porches
  • Spa Treatments: Hojas Spa (open 9am-7pm) offers a range of treatments including hot-rock massages, body wraps and numerous beauty treatments
  • Recreational: Excellent resident guides for hikes, bird watching and horse treks. Board games available in each cabin or house. Plus Debbie and Steve will organise canopy zip-lining, canyoning, white-water rafting, caving, and hot-air ballooning and trips to the hot springs
  • Disabled Access: Volcano Cabin has wheelchair access though getting up and down the steep path can be tricky
  • Pets: Welcome by prior arrangement
  • Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Social Responsibility

Community-based venture: tours promote rural tourism, encouraging farmers and other locals to show off farms, waterfalls and forests; Monterrey neighbours helped plant native trees and plants to attract and sustain wildlife around the 26 acre farm; only local guides are employed and proceeds from community based tours go to them

When to go?

It's beautiful all year round. November to April are the best for sunshine, though December to March is high season, and Arenal gets very busy and everywhere books up fast, though Leaves and Lizards remains tranquil. The ‘Green’ season, from May to September is a great time to visit: it’s sunny in the mornings - and this is when you should get out and make the most of the surrounding area - and rainy in the afternoons. For a couple of weeks in late June, early July, there’s often a veranillo - 'little summer' - when there's a spell of hot, dry days. The rain can be strong in September and October.

Author's tips

Come for at least 3 nights, 4 if you're planning to spend a day exploring Arenal. Families should consider staying for a week as children will love it here.

Features include:

  • Organic produce
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Garden
  • WIFI internet
  • Spa treatment rooms
  • Horse treks
  • Hiking
  • Disabled access
  • Pets welcome by arrangement
  • Airport Transfers
Save to favouritesPrintMailLeaves and LizardsItís quite something to wake up and see Arenal Volcano out of your window, spurting its plume of smoke against a clear blue sky. Each of the [r:CO008:cabins and houses] have this tremendous view, inspiring you to sit down on the balcony and paint, or lie back in a hammock and marvel. Beautifully situated on a hilltop, each comfortable cabin - with its hand-painted mural - has a large bedroom and everything you need, from a wildlife guidebook to drinks in the fridge. Then itís a short walk up the steep lane to the main house, where owners Steve and Debbie will make you feel immediately at home. Explore their farm, ride horses into the rainforest, hike into Arenal Volcano National Park, or go birdwatching with their resident expert guide. This is a rare chance to explore real Costa Rican country life. Thereís lots to keep you entertained for a few days here, and your hosts couldnít do more to make you feel welcome. Bliss for families, or for independent travellers wanting to escape.

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