El Castillo village is very unique place even by Costa Rica standards. It offers delicious mountain spring water and successfully caters to tourists on both accommodation and activities. Yet as a hidden gem, and largely thanks to its surroundings, it manages not to be the beaten path, getting you the experience of an uncrowded destination.
El Castillo area, consisting of three loosely separate settlements and its adjacent farms, is considered a land lock, nested in between the Lake Arenal and the forests of the government protected mountains of the continental divide. The massive volcano Arenal completes the lock as it is necessary to drive around it to get here.
This El Castillo vacation rental property is located in the settlement found directly on the main road (the amount of traffic is ridiculously low) known by locals as El Fosforo, consisting of handful of houses.
This house is recommended for large families or groups of up to ten people. It has very spacy living/dining room and the feel of perfect summer house with large pool, patio and BBQ area and four bedrooms. For the rainy days there is a entertainment center with cable TV, wireless internet, and billiard table. There are both fans and AC units. Fully equipped kitchen, wash machine and dryer.
We recommend to come in 4x4 vehicle(s) if you do the driving.
The apartment is exactly as advertised on the website and in photos, and my boyfriend and I loved staying there! It's situated right in a forest with an AMAZING view.
The apartment is located in a quieter area with some pretty rough gravel roads and steep hills, and it's not an area with lots of cabs driving around so you should definitely be prepared to get some good walks in.
Emilse and Luis (the owners) were such lovely people and great hosts! Communicating was tough because I struggled with my Spanish and they did not understand English, but they still tried their best to be accommodating. I also met Tomas and his wife at their studio up the hill and they were both very genuine, warm and welcoming and took care of all of our needs!
I will definitely be back when I return!
Had a great stay at Muca's place. Tomas and Hannah were fantastic. We even saw monkeys from the deck on Christmas day. Highly recommended!