If you are a nature lover who is also interested in a cultural experience, this is for you!
We offer our cabina and new studio apartment, both hand-crafted with care and creativity, nestled against the forest above the creek. We hope that you enjoy the tranquility of our tiny neighborhood just outside of town and revel in its rich natural and cultural diversity. Your closest neighbors will include mostly the furred and feathered type. Right from bed, you can be dazzled by the presence of frequent visitors at your window--our resident sloth, long-tailed manakin, squirrel cuckoo, blue-crowned motmot and more! If you forget your alarm clock, don't fret! Our resident rooster will give you a wake-up call at the perfect moment for a birding walk in our back forest.
If you are interested in human interaction, you could also learn about traditional Costa Rican agriculture from our neighbor Rodolfo,or visit with any or all of the members of our bilingual family across the yard. We are passionate about sharing our love for our community and the magic of our natural setting. Beth can provide a special perspective as a Canadian teacher who found her true home here, and Manolo offers the life-long connection as well as guided naturalist tours of the surrounding areas. Nati and Amaro, at 14 and 10, round out the picture as they gracefully dance between worlds.
Both homes are completely furnished with the major appliances, hot water, internet access and the extra bonus of artistic features like hand-painted tiles, hardwood floors, and local artwork.
Santa Elena/Monteverde includes a wide range of smaller communites that lie along the border between the provinces of Puntarenas and Guanacaste. We are situated on the top of a mountain in the Tilaran mountain range with views of Arenal Volcano from afar. It is about a 3 hour drive as you wind your way up from the international highway, with spectacular views of the San Luis valley below along the route. You can travel here through Las Juntas or Sardinal. Escape the heat of the lowlands as you climb into our green mountain home!
Monteverde is most famous for its cloud forest, left as a watershed by the original Costa Rican and Quaker residents. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of attractions, including much for the ecologically minded tourist with options for both education and adventure. Enjoy a guided day or night tour of many trail systems with a local naturalist, visit the Butterfly Garden, Bat Museum, or Frog Pond, whiz through a zipline canopy tour, or search out local artists at their galleries. . Music lovers can choose from the weekly concerts of the Monteverde Music Festival that enhance the ambiance for a 2 month period starting in January with professional Costa Rican musicians, or the Saturday night square dance at the Friends school and latin dancing in Santa Elena which are year-round events. . Monteverde is the perfect site both for nature lovers and those interested in rich cultural diversity.
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Interaction with Guests
We leave this up to our guests--some people like to weave themselves right into our family rhythms and others prefer more privacy and independence. We have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know everyone who has stayed with us, no matter their style of being.
We live in a rural neighborhood--Costa Rican neighbors on one side and forest/creek on the other. We offer an off the beaten track feel, but not too far out of town and access to tourist attractions. Great birding right outside your door!
Public bus from San Jose to Santa Elena 6:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. or shuttle services (eg. Interbus) with varied schedules. In Santa Elena/Monteverde, there is good taxi infrastructure ($5 from our house to town) and public bus goes from Santa Elena to the Monteverde Reserve several times daily ($2.) Parking for cars right beside our rentals.
Other Things to Note
To confirm, the cabina can fit up to 6 people, but for extra space and comfort, we recommend combining the apartment and the cabina for large groups! For a couple, check out our listing for the apartment alone--Monteverde Forest Hideaway--Casa Libelula.
No smoking, no inside pets, no parties. We offer and appreciate a family atmosphere
Our hosts both made us feel incredibly welcome, from the warm bread in the oven, to the warm hugs from Beth. They were so helpful with answering our questions to Manolo's guides through the Cloud Forest and a lovely night tour where we saw birds, tarantula tucked in his nest, and an armadillo! We loved our stay and the welcoming sloth in the tree out our window!
My girlfriend and I had an absolutely superb time at Beth and Manolo's Monteverde Forest Hideaway. It is the perfect combination of retreating to nature, "getting away from it all," yet still having all of the basic necessities of practical and comfortable living right at your fingertips (and for an astonishingly good price!). The beds are comfy, the kitchen, dining area, and bathrooms, are perfect sized and very charming (with all the necessary appliances), and the view from our room was spectacular. Nature lovers especially will enjoy this wonderful opportunity. To put the fantastic wildlife and nature aspects into perspective, we didn't have to walk more than 10 feet out of our door to see emerald toucanets, magneta-throated woodstar hummingbirds, numerous species of butterfly, great-tailed grackles, great kiskadees, white-fronted parrots, orioles, and even a mother two-toed sloth and her still-nursing baby right in our front yard! Beth is friendly, helpful, and is there for you if you want guidance and also knows how to give you your independence so that you can carve out your own adventure. By the way, DEFINITELY take Manolo up on his offers for his guided tours of the marvelous Cloud Forest Reserve and the equally thrilling nocturnal hikes in the montane transitional forest nearby. Staying at this location made us want to return to Costa Rica, but it's hard to imagine a better place to stay than Beth's Monteverde Forest Hideaway. If you're after excellent accommodations, seclusion, adventure, comfort, helpfulness, value, and nature, this place is a must. Five stars all around. It's the best AirBnB option in the entire country.
Beth and Manolo were exceptional hosts. We were welcomed with homemade pumpkin bread, a bowl of fruit and juice. They were generous with their time: in helping us plan our itinerary, arranging tours, including a private tour of the CiriCancha Reserve where we had a rare sighting of the resplendent queztal. They gave us lifts to town and even managed to have the artist drop off signed original works before we left at 7 in the morning! We loved every magical moment in Monteverde.
Nous avons été très bien accueillis par Manolo et Beth. Ils sont des hôtes remarquables. Nous y avons dormis trois nuits avec nos deux enfants. La maisons étaient parfaites pour eux, il y avait même des livres et des jouets pour eux. Une collation nous attendait à notre arrivée ce qui a fait le plus grand bonheur des enfants et des parents après la longue route. Beth répondait toujours rapidement à mes courriels et elle a même pris la peine de m'informer concernant l'horaire des travaux routiers en cour dans le secteur pour nous éviter d'attendre. La maison est située derrière la maison de Beth et Manolo qui sont très disponibles, mais elle offre tout de même beaucoup d'intimité. Située légèrement en retrait du village, la localisation est excellente (nous avions cependant un véhicule).
Nous avons fait une randonnée de nuit dans la réserve Curicancha avec Manolo et ce fut une expérience exceptionnelle, il a su adapter l'excursion pour nos enfants ( 2 et 4 ans). La randonnée est l'une de leurs plus belles aventures au Costa Rica.
Il y a une machine à laver dans la maison, ce qui a été très utile pour nous et une corde à linge. La cuisine possède tout ce dont nous avions besoin pour manger à la maison.
À notre départ Manolo nous a même accompagné jusqu'à la sortie du village pour nous faire passer par un raccourci.
Merci à vous deux vous êtes super!
My husband and I stayed at Beth's beautiful peaceful cabina for 3 nights during our first trip to Costa Rica. What a wonderful place! Charming, quiet, comfortable, and romantic. We especially loved the view of the rainforest through the large octogonal window in our bedroom.
We were welcomed by Beth, who provided useful information about places to explore and eat. Her fresh-baked pumpkin bread was scrumptious, and provided great fuel during our many excursions. She also connected us with some great activities. A highlight of our visit to Monteverde was the trip she set up for us with Sandro, a quiet horseback ride with expansive views to relaxing picturesque hot springs/warm springs at the edge of a raging river. We also enjoyed the hikes in the various reserves nearby, the hummingbird garden at Monteverde, zip-lining, and just relaxing in the cabina and watching the wind and the bird life outside (saw a toucon and other birds right outside our window). This would also be a great place to come back with friends, as there were multiple bedrooms. It has a remote feeling to it, and yet is still just a few minutes drive from town (Santa Elena).
Beth and Manolo are the best hosts ever ! They were always helpful and available for us. We have three young kids and because the house is childproof, we could really enjoy our stay (no need to worry for their safety). It's a casa in the forest so the wild is all around : We saw two types of toucan just looking out the window and had the chance to see a mother sloth and her baby at a 100 meters from the house. Thanks to Manolo who informed us that the sloth was there. By the way, no need to hire a guide : Manolo is an experienced one and so generous of his time ! The house is clean, cozy and the kitchen is well equipped. We didn't have to go to the restaurant all the time. The beds are super comfortable as well
From the very beginning Beth was amazing. She responded promptly to all of my emails (even though our trip was months away at that point) and her warmth, enthusiasm, and general willingness to help never ceased. She picked us up from our drop-off point, took us to the local grocer, and had bread and fruit waiting for us in the cabinas. The cabinas itself was clean, inviting, and secluded enough where we felt a sense of privacy but close enough that we could still be social when we chose. Manolo gave us a fantastic night tour the night we arrived. Beth was helpful with suggestions for what to do locally, but never pushy with her opinions, choosing to let us find our own way. We didn't have a car, which suited us just fine, we were able to walk everywhere we needed, but it is quite a decent walk to town and some attractions. Overall, I wish every host was like Beth and Manolo. They set quite the high standard and their cabinas is a wonderful stop to add to your itinerary in Costa Rica.
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We are a bi-cultural family who is passionate about sharing the magic of the place we call home. We strive to live as naturally and locally based as possible. Nati and Beth love music and Amaro and Manolo live for soccer. We all love to eat, though we don't always agree on what should be on the menu.