About this listing
Located 10 minutes by car from the lake and Tico Wind Kite and Windsurf Center. Comfortable, clean, artistic, fun, garden room with private bath and personal patio. Great orthopedic mattress's, 1 full bed, 1 twin bed. Also separate, central garden patio with guest kitchen, full frig, toaster, coffee maker, double gas burner, and sitting area with jungle views of monkeys and birds, and 2 hammocks. Walls are soothing almond colored adobe stucco with classical pillars and arched windows. There is also free wireless internet.
Located in the village of Sabalito in Guanacaste Costa Rica. Scenic drive to Hot Springs, Canopy Tours, Windsurf, Kite Board, Mountain Bike, Horse Back Riding, Hanging Bridges Walks, Viento Fresco water falls, Rio Celeste the Cobalt Blue River. April through August amazing time for Bird Watching right in the garden and perfect weather for hiking. Dec through March best for windsurfing, kiting and always good for any of the formal tours. April, May June the most birds.
You may fly in to either San Jose airport or in to Liberia airport . Liberia is the closest airport. I recommend renting a car because there is so much to do and to see in this area. I also have to excellent drivers who pick up guests at either airport and will also take you on tours around the lake area.
There are great restaurants very near by within 5 minutes to 25 minutes away. Giving you a choice of local typical Costa Rican food and really well done international and gourmet haute cuisine at several different places.
There are also local classes in Yoga, chi gong, horseback riding, windsurfing and kiting.
We welcome you to join us here at amazing Lake Arenal.
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Spacious , room with Queen and Single beds. Private Patio and guest Patio sitting area with hammocks , kitchen and jungle view of birds and animals. Have breakfast and birdwatch right there!
Interaction with Guests
I tend to leave my guests their privacy after introducing them to how everything and the internet work.
I also help guests plan their adventures and arrange guides and transportation to tours when desired.
Very scenic neighborhood with views of lake Arenal , Arenal Volcano to the East and Tonorio, Miravias and Rincon de la Vieja Volcanoes to the North West. Great Hike from the front door to see all these Volcanoes. Stunning views. Very Warm friendly people.
Best to rent a car to come to this area. But there are very good taxi services and tour drivers as well.
Relax and enjoy your stay,
All smoking on out door covered patios please.
There are other things to know about the house but they are not really rules.
We recycle and the kitchen care guide is posted in the kitchen.
Casa Helena was a wonderful place to relax and get away. Located away from the tourist centers, but within close proximity to a number of hiking, sport, sights, and restaurants- particularly the amazing Eqqus BBQ down the road. The rooms were very well kept up and had a nice open shared space for cooking and relaxing in the jungle. Helena's tips and suggestions for activities to do in the area made thee get away even better. Would definitely stay hear again on my next trip to Costa Rica.
Casa Helena is in an ideal location with views of Lago Arenal and close to both Monteverde and Volcano Arenal. Helena was a fantastic hostess! We really enjoyed her beautiful outdoor kitchen, terrace and living space. Her place is located on the edge of the jungle and the sights and sounds of various wildlilfe i.e. howler monkeys, etc....just amazing. In addition, she has a travel binder that we relied on heavily for recommendations for local restaurants, tour guides, etc. and found them to be very dependable.
We loved staying here. A place of peace and tranquility. Helena was away the first two days we were here - so we pretty much had the place to ourselves. I believe there is another apartment there - so it might not be as private when there are other guests there. This is on the windy corner of the lake which resulted in loud winds/chilly at night - we thought this was refreshing after spending a hot day kayaking the lake. Helena has a wonderful place - great attention to detail! We enjoyed cooking in the outdoor kitchen and then eating our meals swinging in the hammock. We awoke every morning to wildlife right outside the door! You definitely need a car if staying in this area - we rented a small two wheel drive and that got us around the country fine. Helena then helped us by setting up private driver/tour guide for the Rio Celeste which we would highly recommend. So, if you are looking for peace and a true Costa Rican experience - I would highly recommend Helena's. She is a very nice and thoughtful host!!!
Helena made us feel welcome as soon as we arrived. The casita was wonderful. The beds were very comfortable and it was a welcomed relief to be up in the rolling hills around Lake Arenal where the temps were way cooler than the beach. We had the outside kitchen to ourselves and were happy to store our perishables in a good refrigerator. We were also happy to see that Helena recycles plastic, aluminum and paper - the proceeds from which support local schools. A true treasure. We'll be back!
We had a wonderful time at Casa Helena. It is a beautiful spot, easy to locate and close to many tourist attractions (but remote enough to enjoy a genuine experience!). Helena was communicative prior to arrival and very helpful in providing us with site seeing recommendations. The room had everything we needed to enjoy our 6 day/7night stay, and the shared kitchen was fully equip.
We loved the Lake Arenal area, and when we come back we definitely would stay at Casa Helena!
Thanks providing us with a home-base during this fantastic experience!!
Emily and Matt
PS - If you decide to stay here, make sure you go to Equus - its a really cool BBQ, amazing food and a really cool set-up!
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About the Host, Helena
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.