Located 5 minutes by car from the lake and Tico Wind Kite and Windsurf Center. Comfortable, clean, artistic, classy, 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. Near by 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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Peaceful friendly beautiful.
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!
Beautiful and very peaceful. My girlfriend and I really enjoyed it.
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!
I stayed at La Casa de Helena last week and everything far exceeded my expectations. If you're looking an off the beaten path trip and trying to stay away from touristy Arenal, this is the place for you. Helena was so, so kind and helpful and picked up the phone anytime I called for directions to places in the area or for anything at all. Right outside your doorstep is a beautiful rainforest-like garden and an outdoor (covered) kitchen/sitting area with hammocks. You will see and hear birds, monkey, and nonstop wind (wind surfer heaven). Eat at Ekoos and try to go to the Fiesta de La Luna Llena if you can (an awesome dance party that happens only 4 times a year, tucked behind Ekoos in a multi-tiered, outdoor, stone structure in the middle of the woods. Go to Rio Celeste using Helena's shortcut (don't go the boring highway route) - it is the most beautiful drive I've ever been on with tons of ultra rural mountain and lake views. I would definitely recommend renting a pickup truck - we wouldn't have made it on some of the roads near Rio Celeste without one. I wish I could have stayed another week! I can't recommend Helena and her place enough.
We had a great stay Helena place. Slept very sound and waking up to the sound of the howler monkeys each morning was very cool.
She gave us very good Ideas on things to see and do in the aera.
just wished we had more time.
Helena place was amazing!!! We had a blast hanging out in the back yard at night hearing all the howler monkeys and seeing all the lizards on the wall. Great spot if you want to get away from all the tourism and your only an hour away from visiting La Fortuna and the Volcano easy and great drive. We hope to visit again.
Helena is great! Her house rules are only to relax and enjoy. Even though her property was full during our stay there was no crowding at all. The space is set up beautifully to provide the right amount of both private and communal space.
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our visits with Helena and her guests. They were all so nice and had some great stories.
We would definitely recommend them to anyone traveling in the area.
Wonderful spot! We were only there for 2 nights, but it was quiet, charming and an overall great place to set up for the night. The only small negative was that the maid threw out our food while we were hiking one day...but really, all we had was a subway sub and chocolate bar. Nothing to prevent us from ever coming back here. Thank you Helena!
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