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“A former botanical garden” 4 of 5 stars
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Heliconia Island Bed & Breakfast
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui 40101, Costa Rica   |  
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Weaverville, North Carolina
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166 reviews
88 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“A former botanical garden”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

The property was a botanical garden and the grounds are beautiful. The unit that we were in was very nice with both hotwater and a functional air conditioner. It borders the Sarapique River and during the green season can occassionally flood. All units are raised about 5 feet above the ground. Birds abound on the property and the owners have feeders set up in the morning so you can enjoy the sight of colorful birds while having breakfast. There is no bar per se, but they have a fridge stocked with beer and soft drinks. It works on the honor system. I would recommend it especially to anyone interested in bird watching.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Art H
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West Bloomfield, Michigan
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28 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

We did not stay here, as other reviewers have mentioned, so we cannot speak to the rooms/stay. The "island" is really a small plot of land surrounded by two rivers. The flowers and plants are beautiful, and we did spot a snake. We also heard monkeys, but we only managed to get one photo of them. Nice to walk around for about an hour, but we just looked and took pictures... we didn't really know what we were looking at... so maybe it would have been better with a tour?

I don't think that we would have wanted to stay here, as it was very isolated.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Southampton, Hampshire
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

We visited for a tour, not to stay, after, a strong recommendation in our guide book.
It was rather disappointing. Carolien was away so no tours were available. We were invited to look around by ourselves, but there really was nothing to explain what we were looking at, so was rather a waste of time. To charge $12 each was far too much.
I'm sure if Carolien had been there the review would be different, but without, a disappointment.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Coulsdon, Chipstead, Surrey, United Kingdom
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91 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

We did not actually stay at the bed and breakfast/hotel but visited the gardens and went on a tour of the island with the owner. A prodigious display of Heliconia well displayed and excellently described by Carolien. An added bonus was the excellent variety of fauna that we were able to see on out tour. A very worthwhile place to visit.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank John B
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De Bilt, Netherlands
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9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Disappointed, that's the word that first comes to mind - now somewhat more than a month after our stay at Heliconia Island. Difficult, difficult as good second one. Difficult to write a negative review, with Carolien working so hard to keep this place running! But OK, a review is just an opinion - below depicts mine, ours .... n=1
As the title suggests, the garden is beautifull - but, unfortunately, that's about it...
The rooms/appartments - at least the one we got, was definitely the worst, but strange enough also the most expensive one of our 4-weeks Costa Rica trip. Same for food and drinks. Beautifull trails? Yes, the whole 300 meters. Excursions offered here were seriously overpriced: after two negative experiences (due to the fact we speek some Spanish we learned that we payed about 25% more than the regular prices) we did some Googling for the address of an offered river tour - just drove their (without the Heliconia Island VOUCHER - still wonder how we dared) and payed even 35% less than the Hel. Island offer ...
Then finally, after already too many days at the place, we had the courage to cancel our final night (due to the negative experiences and fact that the Island was almost flooded): not possible. Oh yes it was possible ... but then we had to pay the full amount. Not a nice treatment after a 6 day stay ...

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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6 Thank Frank C
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Heredia, Costa Rica
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11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

My family and I just visited the wonderful gardens at Heliconia Island. Beautiful and colorful species & interesting trails together in a magnificent piece of land.

Henk and Caroline were super welcoming & friendly.

The guided tour with Caroline was great. She will not hesitate to answer your questions with a big smile.

Don't miss this little gem in the Sarapiquí area. Totally worth it!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Delft, The Netherlands
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2011

We stayed here during our round trip to Costa Rica. We really enjoyed our stay. Carolien seemed to know everything about nature and showed us owls, toucans and even a sloth, living in their garden. They have I think the largest collection heliconia's in Costa Rica. The houses are nice, modern but cosy. True: you don't have a small house of your own but the rooms are facing each other, but you have your own chairs on the varanda facing the garden with a great view. My husband saw toucans from the veranda. Also true: they have two nice dogs (as everyone in Costa Rica) but the breakfast is oke (toast, eggs, jam etc, as everywhere in Costa Rica) but the atmosphere is great and the surroundings are impressive. Tip: as an activity you can choose to kayak or raft from Heliconia Island on the Sarapiqui River to Sarapiqui. We really enjoyed this trip. You don't see other boats on the river and you see lots of nature (kaymans, monkeys, lots of birds and lizards).

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Address: Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui 40101, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Heredia > Sarapiqui > Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui
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Hotel Class:3 star — Heliconia Island Bed & Breakfast 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Heliconia Island a perfect place for nature lovers. The most beautiful botanical garden of Costa Rica. Feel like you are at home in a private atmosphere. Enjoy the birds, the river and walk around in the garden where you find a huge collection of heliconias.We have two rooms with air conditioning and two rooms with a fan. Also there is a family apartment. All the rooms have hot water and a good mattress, The furniture is made of bamboo. On the balcony you have a nice view over the garden. In the restaurant we serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.Sarapiqui is a green area in the lowlands in the north of Costa Rica. There are 3 national parks, Braulio Carillio, La Selva and Tirimbina. Many activities can be done like rafting, canopy tour, horseback ride and boat trips. You can visit a pinapple, bananas or coffee plantation. For birdwatchers it is a real paradise.There is a busstop only 500 mts from the hotel.Discover Heliconia island, a small bed and breakfast in a magical garden. Cross the bridge into a unique world of natural harmony surrounded by the sounds of birds, frogs, monkeys and the flowing river. Relax and enjoy: Pura Vida! ... more   less 
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