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3.0 of 5 Ranch   |   3km beyond El Castillo | La Fortuna de San Carlos, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stumbled upon this little magical ranch almost by accident. My aunt, Uncle, cousin and I were traveling from Quepos to Arenal and we decided to stop at a restaurant in Jaco, the name of which I don't remember. My aunt and uncle began to chat with the waitress(an American ex-patriate), who, when she she learned we were traveling to... More

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Austin, Texas
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16 hotel reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Rancho Margot is a special place in a unique area of the world. I visited upon recommendation of some ex-pat friends from Guancaste and was not disappointed. Our group was two kids (ages 6 and 8), me and my mother in law. All had a great time, even with the constant rains due to El Nino (I have taken to... More

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Travis D, Public Relations Manager at Rancho Margot, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to write such an extensive report of your experience at Rancho Margot. We so appreciate your kind words and thorough information about your experience here. We sincerely hope to see you again in the future, and wish you all the very best. ¡PURA VIDA! More

Houston
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I spent four days at Rancho Margot. We participated in a number of activities offered at the resort including kayaking the lake near the volcano and hiking to the waterfall. We were the only two on both excursions. Our guide was fantastic about stopping to show us wildlife such as glass wing butterflies, toucans, and monkeys. The... More

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Travis D, Public Relations Manager at Rancho Margot, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent visit to Rancho Margot and for taking the time to write about your experience. We are so glad to read that you enjoyed your time with us and saw such an abundant amount of wildlife with one of our guides! It is quiet and it is paradise, and we are so happy that we got... More

Sudbury, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unless you're part of a high school or college tour group or writing a term paper on sustainability, this is not the place to spend precious Costa Rica vacation time. As previous reviewers mentioned, the online photos paint a beautiful picture, but reality is completely different. We went expecting the experience to be rustic and authentic, but we didn't expect... More

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Travis D, Public Relations Manager at Rancho Margot, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience at Rancho Margot. As difficult as these sometimes are to read, we understand and appreciate your feedback and would like to take a moment to address a few aspects of your review. It is true that during your visit we were at the absolute height of student travel season.... More

Providence, Rhode Island
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My family travelled from July 16th-28th. We wanted places to stay that would capture the authentic costa rican experience and Eco-friendly lodges. I decided on RanchoMargot for a three night stay in the middle of our 13day trip. I knew it would be more rustic than our other more higher end Eco-lodges that we were staying in but I really... More

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Travis D, Public Relations Manager at Rancho Margot, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience at Rancho Margot. We empathize with your situation and experience, especially because we completely understand the conditions during the time that you were here, all of which were not outlined clearly in your extensive review. In explaining, we may shed some light on the situation for people unfamiliar with... More

Odense, Denmark
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We stayed four nights at the rancho, and it was one of the highlights of your 5 weeks in Costa Rica! The place is really special, and partly because of the wonderful friendly and helpful people there. The staff is so kind and makes you feel at home, and the volunteers working there are also friendly and full of tips... More

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Travis D, Public Relations Manager at Rancho Margot, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your experience at Rancho Margot, Daniel. It was an absolute pleasure to have you and your family here with us. We are so lucky to have such incredible staff, and it is with guests like your family that they truly get to excel. Thank you also, for your feedback... More

Milliken, Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I lead a yoga retreat to Rancho Margot. It was my first yoga retreat, first time to Costa Rica and first time to Rancho Margot and I couldn't have been more pleased on every level The staff was excellent and attentive in so many ways. The ranch was stunning. The transportation to and from the resort was seamless. Every student... More

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Travis D, Public Relations Manager at Rancho Margot, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your experience at Rancho Margot! It was an absolute pleasure to host your retreat and we are so grateful for the incredible energy that you and your group brought to the Ranch. We sincerely look forward to meeting your family one day, as well as future retreats with you.... More

Playas del Coco
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Second time I´m staying at Rancho Margot and still as fascinated about the concept that has inspired many changes at my own home with several projects still to be raliezed for me! Once you know how hard it is to convert the idea of self-sufficiency into a working process and maintain or even grow it, you´ll apreciate Rancho Margot even... More

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Travis D, Public Relations Manager at Rancho Margot, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful post and for once again returning to Rancho Margot! It means the world to us to hear that you have taken some of our practices into your own home, and we are so thankful to know you. ¡PURA VIDA! More

Seattle, WA
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110 reviews 110 reviews
25 hotel reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We pulled into Rancho Margot after doing a hike at the Hanging Bridges. Lunch was served at 12:30, and we arrived shortly before that, so we grabbed a beer in the bar. Lunch is always buffet style and is made from ingredients from their farm. There were a variety of salad makings, pizza, as well as a pork dish. The... More

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Travis D, Public Relations Manager at Rancho Margot, responded to this review

Hi Melissa & Dave! Thanks for your visit to Rancho Margot. So glad to read that you enjoyed your lunch with us and we hope that the remainder of your travels in Costa Rica were fantastic. ¡PURA VIDA! More

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We did not stay on the property . but we had lunch at this SELF SUFFICIENT ORGANIC RANCH. We were referred by the host @ our B&B. Nancy @MAJESTIC LODGE. We had lunch there it was amazing, everything that was served was either grown or raised there.. The salad bar had every green that they had in their garden, pizza... More

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Thank you for taking valuable time to write about your dining experience at Rancho Margot - we are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us! And thank you also to pointing out that our wonderful community and neighbors continue to point their guests in our direction to learn about sustainability and enjoy farm-to-table meals. We are... More

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Address: 3km beyond El Castillo | La Fortuna de San Carlos, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > El Castillo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Rancho Margot 3*
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ALL RESERVATIONS AT RANCHO MARGOT INCLUDE DAILY BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER FROM OUR CHEMICAL-FREE GARDENS. ADDITIONALLY, 2-HOUR GUIDED RANCH TOUR AND TWICE DAILY YOGA CLASSES ARE INCLUDED WITH EVERY OVERNIGHT STAY.On the hills of Rancho Margot, you will find our 17 deluxe bungalows. The Caño Negro river whisper will guide you to the most peaceful rest possible, only to wake up the next day with the loud call of the howler monkeys. Hidden in our botanical gardens are bungalows, equipped to house couples or families of up to 4 people. Each bungalow has its own terrace on which you may enjoy the incredible view while relaxing on your hammock with a great book. Bungalows feature Orthopedic mattresses and are available with two queen beds or one queen bed and two singles. Additional amenities include mosquito netting, rocking chair, table & chairs, and handmade soaps. Each bungalow is equipped with a private bathroom with shower.Our vision is to protect our sustainable rainforest facility but also to make it an educational playground for adults and children alike, where we can inspire a new generation of global citizens to continue ‘closing the circle.’Rancho Margot is a family enterprise where everyone is welcome. We’re living our dream, and we invite you to join us. ... more   less 
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