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La Gavilana Herbs and Art
La Gavilana Herbs and Art
Owner description: La Gavilana is a one of a kind shop where you can relax with a freshly brewed cup of quality Costa Rican coffee accompanied by a snack made with our home made bread and homegrown... more Owner description: La Gavilana is a one of a kind shop where you can relax with a freshly brewed cup of quality Costa Rican coffee accompanied by a snack made with our home made bread and homegrown greens or a tasty cookie. You can also order treats to go. We named our shop after a native plant locally called Gavilana, famous for its abilities to cure the upset stomach and more, which we make tinctures from. You will also find here homemade hot sauces, relishes, vinegars and hot oils, as well as colorful paintings and a wonderful space to create and share music. We operate as a tour office as well, and are excited to introduce our newest most adventurous tour: The Big Forest Hike, a two day hike through the mountain forests of the continental divide, dinner and an overnight stay in a farmhouse followed by breakfast and the hike back. Check it out on airbnb by searching for El Castillo, Alajuela, Costa Rica and clicking the 'shared room' box at the top of the page. Also come visit us to find out more! less
Attraction type: Art Galleries; Coffeehouses; Hiking & Camping Tours; Private Tours; Horseback Riding Tours
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Butterfly Conservatory
Butterfly Conservatory
Owner description: The Butterfly Conservatory is a Nature Regeneration Project dedicated to the preservation, growth, and study of the rainforest; with focus on butterflies and other tropical... more Owner description: The Butterfly Conservatory is a Nature Regeneration Project dedicated to the preservation, growth, and study of the rainforest; with focus on butterflies and other tropical rainforest species, such as insects, frogs, lizards, fish, and plants of the Arenal region of Costa Rica. The project has now grown to contain the largest exhibition of butterflies in Costa Rica, and is a learning center for understanding the butterfly life-cycle and incredible metamorphosis experience. less
Attraction type: Nature & Wildlife Areas
Arenal Eco Zoo
Arenal Eco Zoo
Attraction type: Zoos; Science Museums
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Proyecto Asis
Proyecto Asis(La Fortuna de San Carlos)
Owner description: Previous Reservation is required. Proyecto Asis is a Wildlife Shelter and Environmental Education Center located very close to La Fortuna. Wild animals which have been found... more Owner description: Previous Reservation is required. Proyecto Asis is a Wildlife Shelter and Environmental Education Center located very close to La Fortuna. Wild animals which have been found wounded, forsaken or are rescued from the black market by the local forest rangers are brought here. Those that cannot be released are used within our educational programs. In order to finance our shelter, we offer daily tours and volunteer activities. Schedules: Monday to Saturday at 8:30 am or at 1:00 pm. Sundays Closed. Easy access facilities and trails for all ages. less
Attraction type: Nature & Wildlife Areas
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Proyecto Asis
Proyecto Asis(La Fortuna de San Carlos)
Owner description: Previous Reservation is required. Proyecto Asis is a Wildlife Shelter and Environmental Education Center located very close to La Fortuna. Wild animals which have been found... more Owner description: Previous Reservation is required. Proyecto Asis is a Wildlife Shelter and Environmental Education Center located very close to La Fortuna. Wild animals which have been found wounded, forsaken or are rescued from the black market by the local forest rangers are brought here. Those that cannot be released are used within our educational programs. In order to finance our shelter, we offer daily tours and volunteer activities. Schedules: Monday to Saturday at 8:30 am or at 1:00 pm. Sundays Closed. Easy access facilities and trails for all ages. less
Attraction type: Nature & Wildlife Areas
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All places to eat » Places to eat

La Ventanita
La Ventanita
Ranked #1 of 10 Restaurants in El Castillo
Price: $2 - $5
Good for: Scenic view, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch
Pizza John's Jardin Escondido
Pizza John's Jardin Escondido
Ranked #2 of 10 Restaurants in El Castillo
Price: $10 - $18
Cuisines: Pizza
Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Romantic, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Cash Only, Seating, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff
Rancho Margot
Rancho Margot
Ranked #3 of 10 Restaurants in El Castillo
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Agustino's Restaurante at Nepenthe
Ranked #4 of 10 Restaurants in El Castillo
Price: $6 - $18
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Cash Only, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Howlers Bar & Grill
Howlers Bar & Grill
Ranked #5 of 10 Restaurants in El Castillo
Price: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Bar
Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel
Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel
$30 - $54
Ranked #2 of 5 El Castillo B&B and Inns
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Cabinas Los Tucanes
Cabinas Los Tucanes
$54 - $56
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Hostel El Castillo
Hostel El Castillo
$29 - $31
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Nepenthe B&B
2.5 of 5
Nepenthe B&B
$84 - $129
Ranked #1 of 5 El Castillo B&B and Inns
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Majestic Lodge
Majestic Lodge
$65 - $125
Encantada Guest House
Encantada Guest House
$68 - $183
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Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens
5.0 of 5
Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens
$283 - $709
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Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens
5.0 of 5
Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens
$283 - $709
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The Springs Resort and Spa
5.0 of 5
The Springs Resort and Spa
$280 - $779
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