About this listing
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. 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.
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 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
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 a somewhat off the beaten track feel, but not too far out of town and access to tourist attractions. Great birding right outside your door!
There is a 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.) There is adequate space for parking for cars right beside our rentals.
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.
No smoking, no pets and no parties please! We offer and appreciate a family atmosphere.
Beth's guest house was our favorite place we stayed while in Costa Rica. She was an excellent host. She was there when we arrived with banana bread, coffee, juice, and fruit. It was very clean and homey. The neighborhood was very safe and welcoming. We are so happy we chose to stay with her!
Beth was a wonderful host! She made every effort to make our stay in Monteverde enjoyable and hassle free. She was extremely knowledgeable about what to do, what to see, and where to eat. It was very easy to remain in constant communication and she helped us plan every bit of our stay. The Casita was perfect. It was immaculately cleaned and furnished. We spent each morning sitting in the hammock or rocking chair on the porch and taking in the variety of wildlife. We saw things on her porch that we didn't see on the hikes that we paid a guide for. We arrived to a warm welcome and hot, fresh, delicious, zucchini bread. Not only would we recommend the hideaway to others, we will be returning.
Beth and her family were more than accommodating for our trip! We were greeted with baking banana bread in our toaster oven and fresh fruit in the fruit bowl! This was by far our favorite place to stay in all of Costa Rica. We would recommend it to anyone. We loved watching the birds from the porch, hearing the rain in the evening, and walking the property and nearby reserve. Beth is super friendly and insightful and will answer any of your questions. Do not hesitate to stay here. It is even nice by Western standards.
We loved staying with Beth. She is very welcoming with warm bread and recommendations on activities upon arrival. The accommodations were clean and inviting. I loved the balcony where we were able to catch sight of the resident sloth. The many hummingbirds were a thrill for me. Highly recommend this place.
Beth and her house was amazing. Beth prepared us a very nice banane cake with fruits of the garden. She was very kind with us and gave us many tips for Monteverde.
We saw on her garden a sloth, colibris and tarantula.
The house was very nice for 2 people many staff there to cook.
We passed a very good moment in Monteverde. I recommand you this place.
We highly recommend staying in this lovely studio. Private, beautiful, and relaxing. Beth is a lovely person full of information, and left us fruit, coffee, and fresh bread. Her advice was on point, and she helped us find the resident sloth! I only wish we would have had more time here. A small trek to the downtown area, but it was nice to be removed. Thanks Beth! We hope to come back, and we'll send our friends your way!
The stay at casa libelula was amazing! Because we had a really long journey and arrived late in Monteverde, Beth and her family welcomed us heartly at the bus stop. At the beatuiful little house, we could eat a delicious bananacake and get comfortable.
If you like to enjoy the extraordinary hospitality of wonderful people, see sloths up in the trees, enjoy an interesting walk throgh the curicancha reserve and be a little bit off the beaten track, we can highly recommend you this stay!
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About the Host, Beth
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.