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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Province of Alajuela

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Triberndt
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Majestic view”
Reviewed January 25, 2016 for a stay in January 2016

If you are looking for a majestic view and to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and be surrounded by tranquility look no further. Estaban and Monica have thought of everything down to the smallest detail and that is why this our second stay at their villa. Small details like stocking the kitchen with oil, salt, pepper, wine bottle opener, wine glasses etc. made our stay more enjoyable. Estaban will help you with car rental and excursions. He is knowledgable, honest, and reliable and knows CR like the back of his hand. Side note: we love the family dog, who will visit at times.

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mteska
Chicago
2 reviews
“Great Experience!”
Reviewed December 31, 2015 for a stay in December 2015

This is a fantastic experience relative to a hotel experience. Esteban and Monica were very welcoming and made us feel like we were invited into their home. The villa was wonderful, with a connection to the ranch and it surroundings. The décor was great and perfect. And to top it all off, the ATV and horseback rides were superb and private, providing an experience that was very personal and high end for the price of every other mass tour. Overall, a great experience and, together, the highlight of our trip to CR!

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Liked best: Both the villa, and being able to access the trips with a 2 minute walk!
Liked least: It was a bit of a drvie from La Fortuna, but was worth it overall to feel more connected to the country.
Traveling group: Teenagers
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Natasha F
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Gougeous place to stay that is not in a touristy area”
Reviewed November 30, 2015 for a stay in November 2015

You will not find a better, reasonably priced place than this one! We stayed for 5 nights in both of the two bedroom houses they had there and they were gorgeous. We did the horseback riding and the ATV ride at the ranch. Danny was our tour guide for both and we couldn't be happier. The pool and jacuzzi were clean and refreshing. The drive to Arenal is easy and quick for any other activities that you want to do. The only thing you will regret is leaving this wonderful place to go home!

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Liked best: The area and the people who work there
Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
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Cynthia B
League City
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Spectacular”
Reviewed July 7, 2015 for a stay in June 2015
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Spectacular is the best word I can think of to describe Finca Centaura. Esteban, family, and all of his staff are incredible and so trustworthy. We had a group of 12 ranging from 2 yrs. old to 58 yrs. old and occupied all of his rental homes. They are all beautiful and immaculate. You can truly experience Costa Rica away from all the tourist or within a 30 min. drive be in La Fortuna. Definitely take a horse back ride and ATV ride on his property. You will see some breath taking views. We have taken many other horse back rides in other places and this tops them all. You will never get an experience like this anywhere else. Take the ATV's to the hot springs. They were fun and relaxing. There is a grocery store in town that is great. There is an ATM just past the grocery store on the right. You can only get Colones so just do the math and you will be fine. We ate several times at La Hacienda on the main road in Platanar. It was really good! Loved the Tres Leche cake. Yummy!! Esteban even ordered pizza delivery for us one night. I didn't expect that in such a small town. It was delicious. The pool and hot tub were fantastic to relax in on our down time. The cleaning staff did an excellent job everyday and they will wash your clothes for a small fee. We stayed for 5 nights but my husband and I have already contacted Esteban for a return trip next year. He will help you get a great deal on a rental car and help you plan your entire stay in Costa Rica. He knows the best of everything in his country. I hope you enjoy Finca Centaura as much as we did. I have to give a shout out to Dani, our tour guide, who was so knowledgeable and lots of fun!! I can't wait to return.

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Liked best: The views
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Large Group
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TraveleRR...
Spokane, Washington
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Amazing Experience”
Reviewed July 5, 2015 for a stay in May 2015

My family and I stayed 5 days at this location. It was an amazing experience. The place was very well maintained and beautiful. Esteban did an amazing job coordinating tours for us. I usually don't do the whole tour guide thing, but Danny was AMAZING and we hired him for multiple tours! I would definitely stay here again on future travels to the area!

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Liked best: The set up of the rental buildings and the location
Liked least: the dirt road that led there
Traveling group: Extended Family
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pedernale...
Austin, Texas
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Highlight of our stay in Costa Rica, great location for Arenal activities”
Reviewed June 4, 2015 for a stay in May 2015

Our family for four (including teen & tween) plus grandparents (active 70s) enjoyed our stay in Villa Heliconias and Villa Ilian on the grounds of this horse farm. The place is beautiful, clean, safe and ideally situated. Bedrooms have AC, kitchen & dining are on covered, mostly enclosed patio with ceiling fan, store all snacks, chips, etc. in fridge, no worries, very comfortable. We enjoyed relaxing here, sipping coffee, spotting toucans and watching horses play from the patio of our villa Heliconias. Take advantage of activities offered right on the ranch. The guide, Danny is fantastic. He arranged an ATV ride for all of us through the country to a beautiful local hot spring in a rainforest. The views were gorgeous and the ATV ride was fun for all (our first time on ATVs). Danny also took my daughter and I on a trail ride the next morning. Horse lovers will really appreciate these well trained, gaited-horses. Danny pointed out some sloths and other wildlife as we trotted and galloped through the beautiful country side. We hope to return to do this again!

We stayed four nights and could have easily stayed longer because the farm is so enjoyable and there’s so much to do in the Arenal area. Nice kitchen for cooking meals, grocery stores less than 10 minutes away, a few restaurants & sodas nearby. La Fortuna is only 30 minutes away, many activities within 30-40 minutes. Centaura will arrange activities to cater to your needs from extreme adventure, to family fun or you can explore on your own. Fantastic place!

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veags
west palm beach
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“spectacular and a must see !!”
Reviewed April 26, 2015 for a stay in April 2015

from arrival everything was taken care of ,The hosts went out of their way to accommodate any requests or information that we needed for our visit. The Villas 'are just beautiful , very romantic and peaceful , if your looking for activities with adrenaline that can be found easily. I would love to return !!

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