About this listing
Private room in comfortable home in quiet Costa Rican neighborhood. Beautiful garden in back, complete with fruit trees. Easy walk to town for access to shopping, banking and restaurants and not far from the entrance to the Tenorio National Park.
Close to town, not far from the Tenorio Volcano National Park for the hike to the Rio Celeste - but - the garden in back of the house makes it seem like a jungle setting.
Free WiFi, access to laundry facilities, free breakfast included in price - with fresh, homemade bread! Free pickup at bus stop, can arrange tours or activities. Off-street parking available.
Interaction with Guests
I interact with guests as much or as little as needed/wanted.
I love my neighborhood! A "working class" neighborhood with a variety of houses and friendly Costa Ricans. Very safe -- no problem walking around anytime, even after dark. It's a great "cultural immersion" and a chance to practice your Spanish.
There is convenient public transit with 10 buses a day that go through town to/from other parts of Costa Rica. Local taxis are also available.
Other Things to Note
Not far from the 18,000 hectare rainforest of the Tenorio National Park and the hike to the beautiful Rio Celeste.
No smoking, no drugs, no "parties" - I would not want to offend my quiet neighbors! It's a simple and quiet life and beautiful for those who are looking for that.
My boyfriend and I had an incredible stay with Harriet and Alice (her friendly pup)! From the get go, she was very helpful in arranging directions to her lovely home. It was easy to find and she even pointed out some scenic views along the road into Bijagua.
The house itself is not air conditioned, but it's well ventilated with windows and doors open until night time. There was a fan in the room as well. The walls don't reach the top of the ceiling so sound travels in the home. However, the openings help with air flow throughout the house so we didn't mind it one. It is exceptionally clean and well kept. There was hott water and good internet throughout the house. The backyard has lovely banana trees and on more than one occasion, I saw spectacular species of birds land on a perch she has set up. Harriet is an outstanding host with great stories of her adventures from America to Costa Rica. She made us breakfast on the morning we left and it was wonderful!
The town itself is lovely. We did the hike to rio Celeste around 1 in the afternoon and didn't feel pressed for time before the park closed. We walked to the pizzeria at night and didn't feel unsafe. The people seemed nice in the town and Harriet knows a good bit of them- adding to the small town feel.
We highly recommend Harriet's home to Costa Rica travelers interested in relaxation and a feeling much like home.
Harriet was a really great host! She gave great directions to her place and was readily available to help us however we needed it. Her house was as listed, very charming inside, very sweet dog, and she made us a great breakfast with local foods. The neighborhood was pleasant with a fun ice cream shop, supermarkets, and places to eat close by. Harriet was knowledgable about the area and Costa Rica in general, we highly enjoyed our stay in Bijagua with Harriet.
Très bon accueil. notre chambre était prête, Harriet nous attendait.
What an incredible experience! Harriet is just wonderful and caring. The house is extremely clean and she gave us advices for our travel. She booked us a night tour with her friend and it was awsome! I strongly recommend and would defenitely come back!
Harriet is a friendly, helpful, thoughtful host. We truly enjoyed our stay in her home. Each morning she made us breakfast that was delicious. Harriet took us to a farm just after our arrival and we saw a baby calf hours old being cared for, took a walk on the trails and saw their gardens. Close to so many activities and parks, yet you can enjoy the local flavor of a small community. One of Harriet's first question was what do you want to do while you are here? Then she would help us with arrangements, directions, and offer more suggestions. Just up the road is Talapias Angel, they grow their own fish, and you get to pick your dinner and walk their grounds while your dinner is being prepaired. Like staying at Harriets they are gems not to be missed!
Un séjour agréable et reposant auprès d'Harriet qui met tout en œuvre pour nous faire plaisir. Un bon rapport qualité prix.
It was wonderful staying at Harriet's house! She is super nice and very knowledgable about Costa Rica. Her house is in a great location and you can easily walk to great restaurants. She made us an awesome breakfast in the morning and her dog is super sweet. I would definitely stay with her again.