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San Gerardo Biological Station

3.5 km from the Santa Elena Reserve, Santa Elena, Costa Rica
San Gerardo Biological Station
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This place is amazing, the place is very nice, you will spend great time here. It has an spectacular view to the Arenal Volcano and one of the waterfalls near to the volcano. You will see different kind of birds, mammals in the best cases and of course nature. Mountains, rivers, a waterfall, trails, rain and much more. This is... More 

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Monteverde, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

i losted the count how many times i went back since my 1st visit.... a birdwatching Paradise. I started to bring groups with me and all they really enjoyed the place and the hospitality. The food is very good. Now i will be back for 3 nights at the end of july...and doesn't matter if it will rain most of... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

We went to San Gerardo Station last weekend and had an amazing time despite the inclement weather. Our boys are eleven and sixteen. If you are to go there with young kids, give yourself more than the 90 minutes it took us to hike in. Giovany and Yvonia were such amazing hosts. Although we were the only guests, Yvonia made... More 

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Monteverde, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

ok, don't expect to sleep in a 3 or 4 stars hotel....expect only to enjoy the beautiful surround, the sounds of the birds and animals anytime. i didn't sleep all night....my 2 kids and my wife yes. For me was imposible , it was so beautiful and amazing the sound of the nature all night long that i went crazy.... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

I want to preface that this is not a five star hotel, but it delivers a five star experience. The lodging is simple. We (2) got a room with 2 sets of bunk beds and a private bath. The layout of the room and the bathroom is very nice. If you have t share a room with another party, there... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

The view on the Arenal volcano is outstanding! The one hour hike to the lodge is worth the atmosphere of this biological station, off the touristic trails. We enjoyed the great food (full board). You can even hire a guide for a tour (we went on a night tour), who will come to the station.

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Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

We came back to this beautiful rustic place in the rain forest. The view of Arenal Volcano - just prop your pillow and you can see it! The sounds of the howler monkeys, sunset, sunrise, birding, hiking the trails, etc.. The food tastes better there - as does the piping hot coffee! Good to know staying there supports the Monteverde... More 

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St. Peters, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

A clean and comfortable "cabin" atmosphere. The married couple that host you are wonderful and the food is great. We went closer to the rainy season (August) and unfortunately did not see as much wildlife as we would have liked, but the view from the station of the volcano and the overall atmosphere is great. A group of college kids... More 

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Evergreen, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

Really nice way to stay deep in the forest without needing to worry about logistics. The views are outrageous... the night we were there we saw a sunset with a double rainbow, amazing colors reflecting in lake arenal, lightening lighting up the volcano from behind, fireflies, bats, owls, and great stars. Lots of birds and wildlife during our stay. The... More 

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Virtnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2012

We had a fantastic time at San Gerardo Station. The walk in is an adventure in itself, the views are spectacular. The family who look after you, Giovanni and Ivana are very friendly, and even though our spanish is not great, Giovanni still gave us lots of info about the station and the animals that inhabit the rainforest. Ivana is... More 

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