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.
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!
The room opens to a beautiful, flower covered patio. The outdoor kitchen is just steps away. You feel close to nature when you are staying here. Helena is WONDERFUL! It was a true delight to meet her.
Helena's place is wonderful! The cabin had everything I needed, including a great private bathroom. The outdoor kitchen also had everything I needed, complete with a very peaceful garden view and the most comfortable hammocks. The whole place is peaceful, with a beautiful positive energy flowing through it.
This comes from Helena herself. I've met many people throughout my travels, and Helena is one of my favourites. She's full of helpful suggestions, but not in your face; whatever you're interested in, Helena can point you in the right direction.
When Helena suggests renting a car, take her advice! I would have been lost without a car.
I couldn't have picked a better place to stay, or a nicer person to meet.
Two thumbs up, two arms up!! Thanks again, Helena, for everything we shared!
Till the next time,
Great host, very good acommodation. We dont have enough words to thank Hellena and her daughter for all their hospitality and good advices about what to do in the area. Dont even think about coming without a car, only if you want complete peace. :) There is not much partying or night life in Sabalito, or anywhere in the walking distance from the house. If night life and partying is not your thing, youll adore this place. Thank you Hellena, and i hope we will see you again!
Thank you so much for your hospitality, Helena. We had a great time while staying with you in Sobalito. There's so much to see and do while there...or just kick back and do nothing! Thanks, again, Charlie & Sandee