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“Feels like my second home”
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Lucky Bug B & B
Ranked #2 of 12 Nuevo Arenal B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Yreka, California
1 review
“Feels like my second home”
Reviewed April 7, 2014

Whenever I go to Costa Rica I like to travel around, and every time I go I return to the Lucky Bug In Nuevo Arenal. I make it a stop no matter where I'm going while on my vacation. It is on the main road so easy to find yet feels like you are in a tropical oasis. The grounds are beautiful and the bird watching spectacular. Touches of art everywhere. As I'm writing this I am wondering why I'm here in California and when can I go back! The very friendly hosts Monica and Rob have a nice restaurant and offer some good home cooking. There is an art gallery too at which I always find gifts and art to bring back to friends.Check out their website it gives you a great feel for the place.

Room Tip: two rooms face the lake and have small balconies, I like the Butterfly Room
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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LuckyBugCostaRica, Owner at Lucky Bug B & B, responded to this review, April 14, 2014
Thanks so much for your nice review. We enjoyed having you here also. We hope to see you again in the near future and hope the rest of your trip was good.

Pura Vida,

Monika and Rob
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Bayfield, Colorado
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Reviewed March 16, 2014

Over the years I have traveled all over Costa Rica and overall my favorite place to stay is at the Lucky Bug. True Costa Rica relaxation and hospitality in a setting that oozes of Pura Vida. It really is wonderful with a great restaurant on property and a fun gift shop with handmade quality souvenirs that backs to a view of a small lake and jungle trail that leads into the cloud forest. The rooms are very upscale and tastefully decorated. What a great place to visit!!

Room Tip: I would call for reservations. There are only a few rooms and they are sought after.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
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LuckyBugCostaRica, Owner at Lucky Bug B & B, responded to this review, March 18, 2014
Thanks so much for the nice review. It was nice seeing you and being able to have you at our B&B. Hope to see you again the next time you are in Costa Rica. Good luck this season in Colorado. Hope the Pura Vida Cafe has a great year.

Pura Vida,

Monika
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Katy, Texas, United States
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Reviewed March 15, 2014

My family of four (incl. 2 boys aged 12 & 15) stayed in the Sun Suite for 4 nights in March. This B&B is located on the north shore of Lake Arenal near the town of Nuevo Arenal. It's about 40 minutes to La Fortuna and the zip lining and hanging bridges attractions in the area. It's about 2-1/2 hours to Rio Celeste (horrible road on the last bit near the park) and about 2 hours to Cano Negro (mostly good roads). It took us over 4 hours to get to the area from San Jose.

The rooms are set back from the road sufficiently so that traffic noise is not a problem....it's very quiet except for the lovely sound of the birds (don't plan on sleeping late). The suite was very pleasant, and extremely clean. It had a double bed and two singles, one bathroom, and a kitchenette. There is 3G wi-Fi but no television. There is no Air Conditioning but we were pretty comfortable at night with the windows and door opened (screened). There were surprisingly few pesky bugs so we were quite comfortable both indoors and out during our stay in March. There is an on-property small lake with canoes for paddling around, and there are fish in the lake (bring your own pole).

Pros: The grounds of the B&B are absolutely beautiful and the Sun Suite is nicely decorated. The kitchenette was good for storing leftovers & making morning coffee. The main room was spacious & our family had sufficient room to spread out and relax. We had enough hot water for everyone to shower, and the bathroom was spotless (as was everything). We really enjoyed hanging out on the porch in the mornings and evenings and watching the birds, including toucans and many others. Breakfasts were terrific (especially the French Toast!) and the on site art gallery / shop had fantastic artisan offerings. Monika and Rob were great hosts and were helpful in suggesting and booking activities, including zip lining, hanging bridges, and a personal tour of Cano Negro (great wildlife viewing!). They also gave us good tips on restaurants in the area....our favorite was Delicia's in Nuevo Arenal, although you should also try Equus just for the experience.

Cons: The main con is that it is remote from pretty much everything except the small town of Nuevo Arenal, so you have to have a car. Distances in CR can be deceiving because of the winding two lane roads, (and even some single lane gravel "river bed"-type roads), so even a fairly short trip can require strong driving skills, good tires and shock absorbers, and good nerves. Also be prepared for hard beds (this was true for all of the places we stayed in CR)...this was my only minor complaint about the room itself, although the pretty good pillows helped to offset the hard beds somewhat.

Summary: I'd recommend this for people with cars that are looking for a clean and tranquil, well run B&B. It was a VERY nice place. If you want to be close to the action and are planning to do night time activities you should probably consider something in La Fortuna.

Room Tip: The Sun Suite fit our family of four pretty comfortably because two of us were willing to share the...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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LuckyBugCostaRica, Owner at Lucky Bug B & B, responded to this review, March 24, 2014
So glad you and your family had a good time. I remember watching the toucans, parrots, guans, and other birds from our restaurant with you while the rest of the family was in the room on the internet. We all got a kick out of that. We enjoyed meeting you and hope you will come back and see us again.
Yes, we always suggest that you have a car to go anyplace in CR. And a 4WD at that is always better. Hope the rest of your vacation was good and we are glad we could make your stay in Arenal good for you.

PUra Vida,

Monika and Rob
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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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Reviewed March 14, 2014 via mobile

It's bit only a lucky bug but also a lucky find. We were looking for a b&b for 1 night when in the area and there isn't a lot around and what there was, was fully booked. It got dark and we stumbled upon the Lucky Bug. That made us the lucky bugs: when it was light in the morning the magic of the place and the splendid wild tropic gardens became visible. The birds flying in and out were beyon our dreams we had in the luxurious rooms, the breakfast was beyond expectation, the owners and their pets became instant friends and the art gallery is gorgeous (the tiles make excellent coasters) and we therefore stayed another night. Hope to go back there... one day. For now it's good to see how well they still do!

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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LuckyBugCostaRica, Owner at Lucky Bug B & B, responded to this review, March 15, 2014
Thanks for the nice review. We hope you do come back and see us. It is thanks to people like yourselves that got us the 2014 Travelers Choice Award from TripAdvisor, so we value your responses. Thanks again.

Pura Vida,

Monika
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Frankfurt, Germany
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Reviewed March 12, 2014

Stayed there for 4 days in Jan 2014 with a baby. This is just a great place to stay! Calm, in a tropical forest with a little lagoon. Nicely designed rooms with lots of space and view, some with own terrace. Owners are lovely, very helpful and prepare the best breakfast we had during a 5 weeks stay in Costa Rica!!! Love their French toast :-).
Great common area where breakfast is served but free to stay all day long if you wish, seems to be a local known place for bird watching.
Nice art gallery and place to shop some local art or souvenirs you find no where else in the surroundings.
The guest were all very friendly too

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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LuckyBugCostaRica, Owner at Lucky Bug B & B, responded to this review, March 15, 2014
Thanks so much for your nice review. We remember you with your beautiful baby. Next time when you come you can reserve earlier and get one of our large rooms, but I remember you said the Flower room was perfect. Thanks again for coming to us and for the nice review. We hope the rest of your vacation was good.

Pura Vida,

Monika
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Quitman, Texas
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

The basic needs that one expects in a B&B are far surpassed by the loving attention to detail that has been bestowed on Lucky Bug by owners Monika and Rob - especially the beautifully appointed rooms in which art is evident everywhere - hanging on the walls, hand-painted bathroom tiles, bedside lamps, headboard, hand-painted bathroom sink, light fixtures, custom-made soap, etc., etc. Linens in the rooms are very nice also. The meticulously-groomed grounds also have subtle works of art interspersed with the flora - large hand-cast "mushrooms" that glow in gorgeous colors at night guide the way from the restaurant to the B&B and create a fairyland with their whimsy. The restaurant area overlooks a private lake where guests can watch birds, kayak, fish or just enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Colorful mosaic tile table tops complement the relaxing setting. Besides providing good food and tour guidance, Monika and Rob spend a lot of time chatting with their guests and making them feel at home. In addition to the B&B, there is an excellent store/gallery for purchasing Costa Rican jewelry, art, ceramics, etc. Bird watching is excellent.

Room Tip: The upstairs rooms facing the lake have balconies and a nice view.
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Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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LuckyBugCostaRica, Owner at Lucky Bug B & B, responded to this review, March 11, 2014
Hola,
We are so glad you had such a great experience at our B&B. We really enjoyed having you and glad to "order the toucan" so you could get a good picture...:)
I hope the rest of your trip was enjoyable also, and we loved meeting you guys. Come back and see us the next time you are in Costa Rica

Pura Vida,

Monika and Rob
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Dayton, Ohio
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Reviewed February 27, 2014

We did not stay at the Lucky Bug but rented a villa that was close by. The villa owner, Ian, recommended the Lucky Bug restaurant. We were in Costa Rica with friends and the 4 of us ate breakfast at the Lucky Bug twice and dinner once. Monika normally served just breakfast and lunch but invited us for a special German dinner which was wonderful! Monika was full of information about where to go and what to see in the area. We enjoyed her food, her gift shop and her company, a delighful lady!

Mike & Sherry

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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LuckyBugCostaRica, Owner at Lucky Bug B & B, responded to this review, March 1, 2014
Thanks so much for the nice review. We enjoyed preparing the meal for you, and so glad you enjoyed it as well. I was nice talking with you guys also. Please come again soon.

Pura Vida,
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Property: Lucky Bug B & B
Address: W of Rio dos Bocas 2 km, Nuevo Arenal 50807, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Nuevo Arenal
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Nuevo Arenal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Lucky Bug B & B 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lucky Bug B&B, art gallery and restaurant Caballo Negro is located 2 km from the town of Nuevo Arenal. The b&b has 5 great rooms with decorations with art from Costa Rica.The area around the B&B is all rain forest with a private lake, excellent for fishing. The restaurant, owned by a German chef, has an international menu. The art gallery is well known for fine Costa Rican art. ... more   less 
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