Lake Arenal Fun Guest House is an enchanting , private, Mediterranean style guest house just ten minutes drive from the lake shore in the hills over looking Lake Arenal in Guanacaste Costa Rica. Casa Helena is clean, classy, comfortable and relaxing.
There is a full kitchen,two main bedrooms each with a queen size orthopedic beds one is pillow top and the other adjustable to be more firm when needed, and built in beds around the fire place for kids or extra guests. There is upon request use of additional small bedroom with twin bed.
Casa Helena is great for groups of friends or family on sports adventures and it is also a very romantic space for two. Each person over 2 in the house is an additional 12 USD per night. There are two additional cabins on the private lower garden area to accommodate larger groups.
We are only about 5 minutes drive from three very good restaurants. And several other great restaurants around the lake from 20 minutes to one hour away. And we are located just a 10 minute drive to Tico Wind Kite and Surf center which is open from 1 December until 1 May each year.
The roads to reach here are all paved and the route is easy to find. The area is clean, safe and breathtakingly beautiful.
Water is clean and pure, completely drinkable and usable from the tap.
US. dollars can be used in Costa Rica. And there are local bank machines which give either dollars or Colonies. Exchange rate is better at the banks than at the airport.
The central house is surrounded by covered porches and garden area, with comfortable seating for watching birds and other wild life in the jungle below. There is a full kitchen, breakfast nook with comfortable rocking chairs for watching birds and other wild life in the jungle below the house.There is Private bathroom and also out door shower in the back patio area of the house.
We have laundry service at an additional fee .
I recommend that you shop for groceries on the way to the house. There is a small grocery store in the village.
The nearest airport is Liberia International LIR But you may also fly in to San Jose International airport.
.I recommend renting a car because there is so much to see and do in this area of Costa Rica. I also have two really great professional drivers who pick up my guests from either airport.. They even wait while you go shopping for groceries on the way up to the Lake. They can take you on private tours which is great for small groups. You have only to relax and really enjoy the enchanting beauty and majesty of the live volcano, hot springs, jungle and waterfall hikes on well groomed easy trails.
The drives around the lake are absolutely beautiful. And even walking down the street in my village there are a breathtaking views of the volcano and lake.
Local activities include, beautiful hikes just out the front door, hanging bridges tour, an easy hike over huge bridges suspended over the rainforest canopy, zip line tours, kayaking, horseback riding, and lessons, windsurfing and kiting and lessons, hot springs.. There is also one of the best gift shops in the province just 20 minutes away.
We welcome you to join us in Beautiful Costa Rica
Relax and enjoy your stay.
Smoking is permitted on out door patio areas where comfortable seating is provided.
Séjour très agréable ,confortable et tranquille. Route magnifique pour se rendre à Tenorio et visiter le Rio Céleste...Comme si nous étions au chalet! Helena est très sympa.
Helena was a very helpful and attentive host. Her house was just as described and had all the amenities we needed. Although the area is known for winds (and great windsurfing), we were there during unusually strong winds and therefore didn't get to use the outdoor area but it looked lovely. Helena had many good tips on our outings and we loved everything we did. The curvy 1-hour trip to La Fortuna around the lake is very beautiful (bring your Dramamine if you get motion sick). We did Ecoglide zip tour and the hot springs in the volcano area and loved them both. We also loved the Corobici river tour and saw so much wildlife. The barbecue restaurant down the hill was a favorite with my parents and I loved visiting the windmill farm.
Great stay - house is pretty and cosy. Perfect for a retreat. Thanks to Helena for the good advices and her kindness.
We absolutely loved our stay at Casa Helena! Helena is wonderful and welcoming and also prompt with getting back to you and answering any questions. Her home was so comfortable, clean, and full of happy energy. She left lots of information on activities and nearby restaurants which we found so helpful! Make sure you take her suggestions! The surrounding area is quiet and the backyard is a peaceful place to sit and relax to enjoy the nature sounds. She also has hot showers! We would definitely stay here again!
We loved staying at Casa Helena! The area is gorgeous, the village is quaint, the house is comfy and the back patio/yard (complete with jungle backdrop) are a wonderful place to eat/hang out. Helena herself was welcoming and helpful. The written info she provided and the conversations we had about area restaurants and attractions were all trip enhancements. She gave us info on securing home made tamales from a neighbor and that was a favorite meal for us all!
Helena's house was lovely, clean and had everything our group of five friends needed.
Helena takes great care after her guests - we saw her almost every day. She made sure we had everything we needed, gave advise, etc.
We were on kiteboarding vacation - house was perfect for our needs. The location is 10 min drive to the launch spot, the patio and garden have enough space for keeping/cleaning/drying the gear, area is safe and neighbors are kind (we never left anything outside the house during the night still, but it felt very secure).
We would love to be back to Helena's and recommend it to everyone.
Three friends and I stayed at Casa Helena while traveling around Costa Rica. Helena was at the house when we arrived that night to welcome us and show us around. The home is lovely and clean, and there were enough kitchen items for us to cook breakfast there each morning, which was nice. Plus, she provided coffee!
The front bedroom gets LOTS of sunlight very early in the morning, but the back bedroom is much darker. The back patio was great for enjoying coffee and breakfast in the morning, and there was another outdoor lounge area that we had access too, but only because we happened to be the only renters that weekend.
The surrounding area was beautiful, and we were close to Lake Arenal, but the house is over an hour away from La Fortuna where many popular attractions are. Not a bad thing, but just something to be aware of as the drive to and from there is through windy and narrow roads.
Overall, we had a great stay!
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Casa de Helena is a private guest house which welcomes people from around the world. The closest airport is Liberia International 1 1/2 hour drive on good paved road.