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.
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.
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.
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Casa Libelula. The pictures do not do the apartment justice, it is beautifully crafted and immaculately clean. The smell when you walk into the cabin is incredible, even without Beth's welcoming banana bread.
Beth and Manolo are both very welcoming and knowledgeable of the area. They also really leave it up to you as to what level of interaction you want to have with them.
We went on the night hike with Manolo and he was a great guide. We saw a few animals and two tarantulas!
We would highly recommend staying here to anyone. Even if there weren't so many great things to do in the area you will enjoy the hammock and rocking chairs on the veranda.
Thanks Beth and Manolo!
Beth was a great host, coming out to help us find the place after we got a little lost on our way from San Jose in the dark!
The place itself is perfect, peaceful location and everything worked - from hot water to wifi.
Unfortunately we were only able to spend 1 night in this adorable place but Beth was amazingly helpful and understanding about all the complications we had during our travel. We arrived hurried and had to dash off to make it zip lining (which Beth had already reserved for us) but we got there to the delicious smell of banana bread which was a life saver on the flights home the next day. Manolo came out and looked for the sloth that is occasionally found in the trees and we were able to get a glance of him. Its a perfect space, everything you could need in a kitchen and the bathroom had warm water! Would definitely return if we went back to Monteverde!
A very relaxing stay! The hideaway was extremely clean and well kitted out, with lots of homely touches including chocolates on the pillow, freshly baked cake and coffee. Beth was incredibly useful with recommendations in the area and Manolo took us on a fantastic night tour and also spotted their resident sloth in the tree for us! We would highly recommend a visit Curi Cancha while you are here. A wonderful, wonderful stay - Thank you Beth and Manolo.
Of all the places we stayed while touring Costa Rica, the Monteverde Hideaway was by far our favorite. We arrived to find delicious pumpkin bread (still warm), freshly made passion fruit juice, coffee and a bowl of fruit. Beth is wonderful and we enjoyed talking with her. She provided us with information on local tours, as well as restaurants and allowed us to hike on their property. We took her advice on both the tours and restaurants and were thrilled with our experiences. Beth took the time to show us a sloth whom was napping in the tree right outside and she also showed us a really cool "clicking" beetle that at night, has headlights like a car. The villa/apartment was perfect and we wished we were able stay longer. We will definitely come back and stay for another visit!
Nice. Clean, quiet, and as expected. This really is a cozy and relaxing place to stay. Don't forget a horseback ride with Sabine down the street while you are here. A real highlight!
Staying with Beth and Manolo was a wonderful experience. We had a short time in the cloud forest and Beth was really helpful in offering to help us make reservations. Highly recommended.
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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.