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“This place is the real deal! Incredible and Ingenious” 5 of 5 stars
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Finca Bellavista
#1 Treehouse Lane | La Florida de Piedras Blancas, Piedras Blancas, Costa Rica   |  
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Toronto, Canada
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“This place is the real deal! Incredible and Ingenious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

On our most recent trip to Costa Rica, my girlfriend demanded that we stay in a tree house. Don't get fooled by the myriad of links to shacks on stilts - Finca Bellavista is the real deal. I couldn't have been more skeptical prior to arrival but WOW this place is incredible. We stayed in the gorgeous Mis Ojos tree house and fell asleep to the sound of a nearby waterfall and spent our days hiking the property, swimming in river pools and just feeling relaxed in the jungle. I'm sure the tree houses are not everybody's idea of holiday accommodation, but not having electricity or internet - while still being in a stunning, comfortable environment- was the perfect escape from the "real world". The staff and volunteers couldn't be more helpful and the food was great.

-adam

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

We spent four nights in the Mis Ojos treehouse in February. What a grand experience! The treehouse itself is the best (in my opinion) because it is situated away from the other treehouses and has a view of the Rio Bellavista and a waterfall. We felt truly away from it all. No electricity, but the kitchen was equipped with a two burner propane cooktop and water. A nice touch was the coffee sock and coffee. The bedroom is on the second level and includes an open air shower (that we shared with a bat), and toilet and sink. The only thing that could make this treehouse perfect would be some sort of pulley that you could bring small things up to the second floor with. The ladder is steep and if you are like me you don't want to use one hand while climbing the ladder. There is also a separate "room" to the treehouse that has a table, chairs and hammock. A perfect place to relax. The walk to Base Camp is 1/2 mile along a sometimes steep trail, so this place is not for people who are not in decent shape or who do not appreciate being one with raw nature. The meals were fabulous! All fresh and local and a lot is grown right on the property in their amazing garden. And, ask for a tour of their chicken coop! We were treated to a private River hike by Josh, the amazing volunteer. Two waterfalls and two swimming holes. We also did the Zip Line tour and the Night Hike. Both highly recommended. Also, the hike to La Punta was magical. We fell in love with the people and the place. It is amazing that all this has come from nothing. The owners Matt and Erica have worked hard and it shows. We also appreciated how they are working with community with their foundation and by employing local Ticos.

Room Tip: Choose the Mis Ojos treehouse for a secluded experience.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

My wife, two teenage daughters and I decided that we wanted to see Costa Rica after hearing many amazing stories from friends, so we headed there for 10 days over Christmas vacation.We landed in Liberia, and traveled through Guanacaste, into the interior to La Fortuna, down south to Manuel Antonio, and then spent the last 4 days of our trip at the Finca Bellavista. I can honestly say that it was the highlight of the trip, and one of the most amazing places I have ever visited. We stayed in El Castillo Mastate, which was spectacular; very comfortable, had all the amenities we needed, and the experience of staying high up in the jungle canopy was awe-inspiring. Being big nature lovers, we were hoping to see some wildlife, and we were lucky enough to see tree sloths, toucans, monkeys, basilisk lizards, huge butterflies, and more. Matt And Erica are wonderful people, very kind and welcoming, and helped to make the visit even better. We found the Finca to be a peaceful, relaxing, rejuvenating and magical place. Walking down to the swimming holes at the river, my wife discovered what she described as the most perfect place she has ever been. My family has traveled to many places together over the last 15 years, and this ranked as our favorite.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

If i could give 10 stars i would. This place is just incredible. Out of this world. The tree house we stayed in Mis Ojas, was just break taking. I can not say enough about the vision and effort that the owners have made in making finca bella vista the amazing place that it is.

If you are not fit, don't like being "out there" with the wildlife then this is not the place for you. If you want to get off the grid and really out with nature, this place will change your life!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

We visited Finca Bellavista, and stayed at Fila Tortuga, this beautiful treehouse with an amazing view! The treehouse is so unique, with all wooden features and furniture to create that real rainforest feel. From the treehouse we saw amazing things such as toucans, tarantulas, blue morpho butterflies, and firefly shows at night. There was incredible swimming holes and waterfalls which made for awesome photo ops. The entire place was well maintained, and the staff and volunteers were so friendly! The whole family had an amazing time at Fila Tortuga at Finca Bellavista!

Room Tip: Check out the Fila Tortuga!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Staff (Erica, Matt, rob) are absolutely amazing! The treehouses are so unique and well designed. Staying there was a little piece of heaven. So serene and quiet! Amazing waterfalls and swimming holes! Try the zip lining too! The food was the best we had had in all of Costa Rica! Two thumbs up for Finca! Can't wait to return!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Casa Persoza and it was perfect! The Mis Ojo looked beautiful as well!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

We are a family of 5 (teens and adults) who spent time at Casa Mariposa in Finca Bellavista in January of 2013. The whole complex is amazing and the team at FB have done an amazing job of living by their values. The scenery is spectacular and it really is so removed from roads and hectic life. Swimming in the jungle pools and realizing just how far out in the wild you are is a pretty surreal experience!

We stayed at Casa Mariposa which was perfect for our family. It is so wild to be cooking by headlamp but still have a functioning stove to create great meals. Doesnt everything taste better when cooked in nature? There is a lot of room in this tree house. There were comfy beds for everyone and the kitchen is a great place to gather...well when you are not out on the deck watching for the spectacular butterflies! The hike out is gorgeous and the house is really accessible (if you are nervous about getting up to a tree house or at all scared of heights...this place is perfect because you have an almost level entry on one side and still have all the great views on the other side!)

Our family loved connecting with nature and great friends out here...highly recommend it!

Room Tip: Casa Mariposa...see write up above!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: #1 Treehouse Lane | La Florida de Piedras Blancas, Piedras Blancas, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Piedras Blancas
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty lodging in Piedras Blancas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Finca Bellavista is a treehouse community in the Southern Zone of Costa Rica! We are a rustic, yet comfortable, private retreat off the beaten path where owners and guests can explore the natural wonders of the rainforest canopy and enjoy what we like to call ‘treetop Pura Vida’. You definitely won’t find flashy billboards or roadside signs that lead you to Finca Bellavista… Finca Bellavista is not a full-service spa, a fancy hotel, or a canopy tour. We are located in an amazing and relatively untouched portion of Costa Rica that is removed from many of the influences of the outside world. The nearest town (1.5 miles away) contains a school, a church, a pulperia, a bus stop, a handful of houses, and of course, a soccer field. That’s it. No souvenir shops, no mini-malls, and no rowdy bars. Finca Bellavista is for the true traveller who wants to experience something truly different and special. We have acres of forest and gardens to explore, refreshing rivers, birdwatching, a botanical trail, and much more. We look forward to hosting you in our home! ... more   less 
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