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“A Jungle Paradise”
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Our view of Lake Arenal and the hills of Monteverde beyond Open the doors to the living room onto the beauty of the best of Costa Rica
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Rainbow over Casa Gavilan!
Our view of Lake Arenal and the hills of Monteverde beyond
Open the doors to the living room onto the beauty of the best of Costa Rica
Relax in our beautiful pool
Our pool is right next to the house so you can keep an eye on family
Enjoy the view as you refresh yourself in the pool!
Casa Gavilan is a large villa bungalow
View from our west terrace along the shores of Lake Arenal
Enjoy the views from our outdoor dining area
Another view of our living room and entertainment center
Our spacious living room has huge windows to our front garden and terraced gardens
Enjoy our fully equipped kitchen!
Our Master Bedroom has an en suite bathroom, King Sized Bed and views of Lake Arenal and Rainforest
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This mot-mot feeds at our feeder regularly
This lovely photograph was taken by a recent guest - a hummingbird at one of three of our feeders
We have two covered decks - recline and read as you enjoy the views of our rainforest
Enjoy a meal outside on our adjoining covered deck, birdwatching is right there next to you.
Our poolside deck has a barbeque and firepit
Another view of our poolside deck, lounge chairs and firepit
Casa Gavilan's poolside deck:  Watch the kids play in the pool while enjoying the rainforest & view
Watch the sun go down in comfort!
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3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Nuevo Arenal, Province of Guanacaste

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BobZoom
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“A Jungle Paradise”
Reviewed November 3, 2011 for a stay in September 2011

For a long time I've wanted to visit Costa Rica. After searching through a multitude of VRBO accommodations I came across Casa Gavilan de Arenal and felt good about the place. There was enough room for a party of four with everyone having their own bathroom. There was an eat-in kitchen, a pool, and the jungle all around while situated in a gated community. We couldn't wait to get there.

My fiance and I love photography, especially wildlife. This location does not disappoint as we took many more keeper photos here than anywhere else we visited in Costa Rica. The place is teeming with wildlife. You just have to be quiet and roam and look. Our close encounter with a howler monkey family was the highlight of the trip, never to be forgotten.

The caretakers of the house, Ed and Leslie, are congenial and helpful far beyond expectation. There are plenty of supplies, so there's no need to pick up spices or paper towels or TP at the store. There's plenty of food available nearby in Nuevo Arenal. The people are friendly and helpful even though few speak any English. You can also pick up food supplies, snacks, drinks etc. in Liberia or Tilaran.

We landed at Liberia airport, about 90 minutes drive from Casa Gavilan. If you arrive in the evening I strongly suggest you stay your first night at the Hilton near the airport. The first part of the trip is straight road, but the drivers are reckless and if you drive on a weekend night you will encounter drivers who are extremely reckless. The last half of the drive is through hilly, twisty roads and the locals consider the yellow line as optional. Expect to see vehicles straddling it while speeding around a curve. If your flight is in the early morning, as ours was, I also suggest staying at the Hilton the night before your departure as well. If you book ahead of time the hotel is a little cheaper and it is very reasonable in cost, anyway. The food there is good and the hosts are very cordial.

There are many activities near Casa Gavilan...horseback riding, hot springs, zip lining, hiking trails, tours, etc. You may have a difficult time tearing yourself away from the property, though. If you enjoy photography you will find plenty to photograph.

Ian and Lynn, the owners, purchased Casa Gavilan as a retirement home and they have furnished it accordingly. It is beautifully and cleverly decorated. The patio is a great place to enjoy meals or snacks, even if it's raining.

If you don't feel like cooking in the morning head on over to The Lucky Bug for breakfast. You will enjoy beautiful scenery, friendly service, and the most wonderful food...5 stars all the way. There is also a pizza place on the corner in Nueva Arenal that makes wonderful pizza. People have recommended Gingerbread but our party of four cannot. The entire experience there was unpleasant...our worst in Costa Rica...and I'll post a separate review of that.

As for Casa Gavilan I cannot say enough good things. The owners, the caretakers, the house itself are all top notch and I cannot recommend it highly enough. I should bite my tongue and keep it a secret but some things are just too good to not be shared.

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Liked least: the local drivers...keep your eyes on the road!
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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Reviewed June 7, 2010 for a stay in April 2010

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Traveling group: Family (extended)
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Reviewed April 6, 2010 for a stay in January 2010

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Traveling group: Family (extended)
Your age range 45-54
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Reviewed April 6, 2010 for a stay in December 2009

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Liked best: Setting
Liked least: Pirated DVDs
Traveling group: Family with young children
Your age range 25-34
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