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.
We had a great 3 days at Helena's house. Monkeys were in the backyard to greet us when we arrived and toucans were there to see us leave. The house is cosy and has everything needed for self catering. Helena was very helpful and friendly.
The area is a little far from most amenities. There are a couple of restaurants within 5min, we really enjoyed the Lake Arenal Brewery! Great beer and great people. Otherwise, the closest grocery store, restaurants, and gas station are in Nuevo Arenal or Tilaran, either one about 20min drive. The house is about 1hr20min to Arenal National park, La Fortuna is another 15min past that. We did the drive twice in three days, that was a lot of driving. The other day we did the Viento Fresca Waterfalls and Las Puma Wildlife Refuge, both were excellent!
Helena was a great host. She welcomed us the evening we arrived to make sure we had everything we needed to be comfortable. She made herself available by phone or e-mail any time. She has a guest book with information for all the local sites with directions. We enjoyed them all. Her guest house was very comfortable and is great place for a getaway. The back porch is especially nice in the mornings when the howler monkeys and toucans are active. We spent most of our free time there enjoying the cool breezes and the wildlife. I would recommend this to my family and friends.
Helena was excellent and took great lengths to make sure our safety was first. Lovely little house that we are still talking about! If only we didn't have to leave so quickly.
Helena was a wonderful host and gave great tips for things to do in the area!
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.
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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.