My wife, teen-aged daughter, and I stayed for ten days at the lovely Buena Vista "resort". I put quotes around it because there are amenities that look like they used to be more in use, but when we were there were locked up. Probably could have had the managers open the place up, but we were just having too much fun doing lots of other stuff around the area. The place is a little remote, which is exactly what were looking for. The property is on the northwest side of Lake Arenal and not on the beaten tourist path. But the house we rented was a delight. Two bedrooms and cupola/loft. By the way, we are not wind surfers, but this side of the lake on the north end is positioned just right so that there is almost always a steady breeze that makes this a premier wind surfing spot.
This property would have gotten an excellent rating except that there were a few issues we discovered when we arrived. The dishwasher was inoperative as was the DVD player. The listing also said there was a washer and dryer, but none was to be found. That turned out not to be a problem because the manager actually took our laundry over to her place and did it for us. Very nice of her.
We arrived on Christmas Eve and thought for sure we were going to be eating crackers for dinner as we did not expect to find a grocery store or a restaurant open. Au contraire! The little market about 4 miles away in the little village was open and we were able to stock up. We didn't feel like cooking that night anyway, so we went next door to the marina restaurant and had very nice dinner. There are actually a lot of nice restaurants strung along the lakeside road heading around the op and back over towards Nuevo Arenal and beyond to La Fortuna. I've written other reviews of some of those places.
All in all, the price was right, the managers were truly friendly and attentive, and the people in the area were very open and friendly. This was a great home base from which we could venture out to do lots of activities, or just hang out and read a book.
- Also Known As:
- Buena Vista Lake Arenal Resort Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park