New baby in the neighbourhood!  Discovered on Christmas Eve 2014Relax on the balcony and snooze with the sloths!

Entire home/apt

2 guests


1 bed

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The space

If you are a nature lover who is also interested in a cultural experience, this is for you!

Casa Libelula is our studio apartment, 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, though we do have a family who live on the other side of the entry lane. 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 neighbour's 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 are welcome to visit with any or all of the members of the family across the yard. Our friends Olman, and Marcela, with their 5 year old son, Nicolas, will be caretaking our property starting in June 2017. This will be a sabattical year for us while we go to accompany our daughter for her first year of college on Vancouver Island.

Like us, they are passionate about sharing our love for our community and the magic of our natural setting as well as making sure you feel at home in our home! Olman is a Costa Rican from the Sarapiqui area who was enticed to the zone by the magic of the cloud forest 15 years ago, and became an excellent naturalist guide. You can check out his website at (URL HIDDEN) He is fully bilingual, having lived in the U.S. in the past, and Marcela and Nicolas have learned a lot of English along with him. They are excited to practice as they talk to you! If you would like to know how our guests have felt about their way of being and hospitality, you can check the evaluations from December 2015 and January 2016 when they also took care of our property.

The apartment offers hot water, internet access, kitchen area equipped with the basics and the extra bonus of artistic features like hardwood floors, stained glass, and local artwork. Our favorite feature is the extra wide balcony from which you can gaze upon the tops of the trees or be lulled to sleep by the sound of the creek below!

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 occasional concerts associated with the Monteverde Music Festival of the past with professional Costa Rican musicians, or the Saturday night square dance at the Friends school and latin dancing in Santa Elena. Monteverde is the perfect site both for nature lovers and those interested in rich cultural diversity.

Guest access

clothes line, yard area, forest

Interaction with guests

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.

Other things to note

If you are looking for a place that accomodates more than 2 people, check out our other Monteverde Forest Hideaway to see our cabina, Posada del Perezoso.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: Studio
Beds: 1
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: No Charge
Security Deposit: 100
Weekly Discount: 17%
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Sleeping arrangements
Common spaces
1 queen bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)

No smoking, no pets and no parties please! We offer and appreciate a family atmosphere.



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2 nights minimum stay

217 Reviews

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Kristi User Profile
July 2017
We hadawonderful time at this beauriful cabin hideaway. Our hostwas very helpful and knowledgeable. We would love to stay again.

Armin User Profile
July 2017
We spent three wonderful days in Beth's lovely little hut. The place is beautiful and equipped with everything. We were warmly welcomed and provided with local guidance by Olman. Definitely a strong recommendation especially for the rainy season when you are happy to have a nice and comfortable place to stay when it is raining cats and dogs. Armin

Stanley User Profile
July 2017
My girlfriend and I can't say enough good things about this home. The location is 5 mins from Santa Elena with a very welcoming vibe. Marcela, Olman and Nicholas( who is one of the cutest kids ever) made us feel very welcomed with fresh baked zucchini bread and juice. Olman was kind enough to help us book a zipline adventure and took us on a fabulous night tour at Santa Maria were we spotted lots of fauna including a sloth and its baby. The only we could have wished for was to stay longer! We didnt want to leave :)

Ben User Profile
July 2017
Beautiful place to stay, very restful and with lots of butterflies and hummingbirds passing by. Well looked after with organising tours and taxis. Would definitely stay again.

Christopher User Profile
July 2017
This place was absolutely perfect! We loved staying here, when we had some free time we had no problem hanging out in the house. Olman was our host and he was fantastic, he took us on the night tour and helped with everything. It's easy to get into town but not exactly walkable, as there are lots of hills. Beth was amazing about communicating with us and both her and Olman always got back to us very quickly. Incredibly happy, if I ever come to Monteverde again I will definitely stay here again!

Tarah User Profile
June 2017
Casa Libuela is amazing. You should consider yourself very lucky to book here as it is a magical experience! The little apartment is very clean, and Beth, Manolo and Olman are very friendly and welcoming. Highly recommend the day hike cloud forest tour with Manolo. It's interesting, informative and Manolo is very pleasant to talk with.

Savannah User Profile
June 2017
Beth and Manolo take care of you from the moment you arrive. They both make you feel comfortable and welcome. The fresh baked banana bread, fresh squeezed and fruit basket awaiting your arrival is a true cherry on top of this magical experience. From being the best host you can imagine, to accommodating any tours or activities around Monteverde, Beth and Manolo truly know how to make this experience worth while. I cannot wait to return to this beautiful get away in Monteverde :)

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Monteverde, Costa RicaJoined in May 2013
Beth User ProfileBeth is a superhost.

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.

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

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