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Chill out áreaEnjoy the wildlife right from your veranda in the River View Casita
Cabins by a magical river & jungle
Cabins by a magical river & jungle
2 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 private bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 private bath
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Welcome to newly built lodge &retreat center Living Forest, where you wake up to the sound of a river and jungle with tropical birds and monkeys often in sight. The location is secluded, yet you can easily drive to amazing sights by Lake Arenal.

The space

Living Forest is perfect for a romantic get-away, gathering of family and friends. It is for nature lovers and sports enthusiasts (cycling, wind surfing and other water sports). Or just come and relax amid the magical nature!

The River View Casita has two beautiful double rooms with private bathrooms. The Living Forest lodge has a big deck area, office, kitchen and three shared but comfortable rooms, each sleep max four people (shared rooms at lower rates).

Guest access

We have a brand new addition: A communal kitchen for all our guests in the newly built Casa de la Luna Nueva. You are welcome enjoy the grounds, relax in the hammocks and benches, have a dip in the river, lounge at our deck and use our beautiful wooden yoga deck. We have a weekly yoga class for visitors and locals Wednesday mornings sometimes more often.

Interaction with guests

As your host I am happy to help you with any questions you might have. We can book tours for you and recommend restaurants and activities to make your vacation run smooth and easy. There are so many adventures to be had in this area! You can experience zip lining, hot springs, hanging bridges, sailing, kite surfing and other water sports, horse back riding etc etc.

We have two labradors living at the property. These dogs are playful and loving. Please let us know if they bother you, as they can be enthusiastic at times. They love having guests over and have made many new friends here. We also have a new kid in town: Tigre, the cat.

I am aware of the magical quality of the nature here and like to invite you to have some time to relax and enjoy it all. If you like some quiet time for yourself or like to be more social, I respect your wishes.
I welcome you to stay for couple of days or weeks to experience the PURA VIDA of Costa Rica and have a wonderful experience in this magical country.
Please note for longer stays the rates are negotiable.

Other things to note

PS. We are happy to host retreats. Let us know if you have a group you would like to bring over. (Photography, spiritual/healing, yoga, creative writing...)

Welcome to this laid back, exciting and stunningly beautiful part of the world!

Free parking on premises
Weekly Discount: 12%
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House Rules
Check-in time is 2PM - 6PM
Check out by 11PM
Safety features
Lock on bedroom door
2 nights minimum stay

37 Reviews

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Shawnasia User Profile
March 2017
This was the first stop on the my Costa Rican adventure. It was exactly was I was looking for. I needed a difference of scenery from the hustle and bustle of New York City. Johanna was amazing with helping us find the location and offering suggestions for places to visit. And the outdoor yoga class was a great way to exercise and connect to nature. Would definitely go back again as this beautiful retreat is among the many hidden gems of Coasta Rica.

Seth User Profile
March 2017
Secluded, serene, peaceful.

Monica User Profile
January 2017
Living Forest is a wonderful place to stay. It's tucked away in a lush, green setting. The sounds of a rushing river and wildlife lulled me to sleep every night. The occasional rainstorms were amazing to watch and listen to from the comfort of my room. In the morning, I walked up the hill for a panoramic view of Lake Arenal and the Arenal volcano. At night, I was so exicited to look up at a sky full of stars. The accommodations comfortable and quite lovely. It's clear that Johanna put a lot of care into creating this retreat. I always looked forward to returning to Living Forest after my day trips around the Arenal region. Johanna and Bree are great hostesses; they were helpful and available whenever I had questions or needed travel tips. It was nice to have a kitchen available that had all the appliances and cookware I might need. I chose to eat my meals at local restaurants to try out what the area had to offer. There are numerous tasty options within striking distance - especially if you've got a vehicle of some sort (which I would highly recommend).

Meghan User Profile
December 2016
STAY HERE! If you are looking at this then book it! It was our favorite place we stayed in all of Costa Rica. Johanna and Brea are incredibly kind, welcoming, knowledgeable hosts. And the location=MAJESTIC! So good for the soul. We sat in hammocks and watched monkeys fly through the trees. Loved it here. Can't recommend it enough!

Irma User Profile
December 2016
Johanna was so welcoming we felt right at home. The place was nice and affordable for anyone wanting to stay in the Lake Arenal region. The cabins are secluded and down a road into the jungle! A beautiful river wraps around the yoga and dinner areas. If you want to find a quiet relaxing getaway look no further!
Johanna User Profile
Response from Johanna:
Hi Irma, thank you so much for your wonderful feedback and we would love to have you back anytime. Best of wishes on your travels and Happy New Year!! Warm Regards, Johanna & Bree
December 2016

Erica User Profile
December 2016
Very quiet and peaceful

Joe User Profile
December 2016
Very welcoming and helpful in making arrangements for local trips.

Costa RicaJoined in November 2013
Johanna User Profile

Hi, I am Johanna, the owner of Living Forest.I love nature and animals. I adore living in Costa Rica in this magical piece of land. Yoga, dance and movement, transformation and creativity are close to my heart. I love adventures and enjoy life.

I have traveled extensively and welcome people from all backgrounds and cultures.

My motto is not to take life too seriously, to be grateful and enjoy the precious moments we have.

Languages: English, Español, Français, Suomi
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

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