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Leaves and Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat
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Reviewed January 26, 2009

During our 10 day honeymoon in Costa Rica, Leaves and Lizards was both my husband's and my favorite place to stay on the trip. Leaves and Lizards is just wonderful- from the wonderful guided tours on horseback, the intimate cabin we stayed in, all the friendly animals and people, and the amazing view of the volcanoe and the sunset from our porch each night, I'm so glad that we chose to stay here. The one thing that was disappointing had nothing to do with Leaves and Lizards, but rather the cloudy weather that kept us from seeing the lava.
Speaking of lava, for those that are intent on seeing lava from your room, this location is currently not on the side of the lava flow, however, I still think it is the better place to stay. The volcanoe peak much more than not has a cloud on it, prohibiting a view of the lava, but, because of the direction the cabin is facing, you get a full view of the volcanoe itself as well as the sunsets, which are just amazing... I'd bank on the sunsets, not the lava. (:
One more quick note, definately rent a 4x4 if you stay here! It's part of the fun.

  • Stayed: January 2009
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Reviewed January 25, 2009

Our stay at Leaves & Lizards was great. Steve and Debbie were the consummate hosts, friendly without being pushy. They shared their ideas on what would make our stay a memorable one; a highlight was going on a wildlife expedition with a guide, Giovanni (hope I got that right!). Overall our visit to L&L was well worth the bumpy ride!

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 25, 2009

Leaves and Lizards provided entertainment and relaxation at the same time. We stayed 3 nights and wished we could stay longer. While we were there we went zip lining at the Mundo Adventuro, the place Steve and Deb recommended. The staff makes the adventure a lot of fun. We also wanted to see the plants and animals of Costa Rica. Be sure to hire Enrique for the day for only $130. He took us to 2 national parks where we saw 2 kinds of monkeys, a sloth and a coati along with insects as well. We saw many different birds and plants including a rubber tree. He also took us to see the volcano at dusk (must do). When our day ended, 10 hours later, we were well educated and exhausted. Enrique is a gem, a definite must.

Be sure to start and end your days on the deck outside your room. There is a million stars out a night along with the animals sounds that you won't want to miss. In the morning there are hummingbirds, toucans and parrots all around you. The posted pictures are just what it looks like.

Steve and Deb are marvelous hosts. They know how to find the balance between being helpful and allowing you to have your space. The Polleria in the town of Monterey isn't your best bet for dinner though. Try the other restaurant across the street and down a ways toward the entrance into town. You must speak a little spanish though. Be sure to have a "typical plate" of your choice.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 25, 2009

We planned our trip directly with Debbie after reading the posts here. And I have to say they did not disappoint! We had the most excellent time and family trip! I had given Debbie a list of the activities that we wanted to do and she was able to put it all together for us-all we had to do was show up! It was incredible to have our own guide, Enrique, to see the volcano and to the private waterfall! He was so knowledgable and answered any questions that we had and took wonderful pictures for us as well. Thank you so much for the wonderful memories!

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 22, 2009

We spent four days at Leaves and Lizards in December, 2008, including Christmas. The amazingly beautiful setting, our Monkey cabin with incredible views, delicious local food, friendly dogs and parrot combined to make my family feel welcomed and comfortable. Enrique, a very knowledgeable naturalist guide took us on a bird hike right after we arrived. My husband and I were thrilled to see how engaged they were, doing something I am sure neither would have picked on their own. This was true during our entire stay, my family was open to trying new things and enjoying the differences. The tours that the owners, Debbie and Steve arranged for us were wonderful, the tour companies they work with are definitely a cut above the ones we found on our own in other parts of the country. On Christmas they hosted all their guests for a very festive meal. We all enjoyed meeting the other travelers, learning about other places. Everyone wants to go back!

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 15, 2009

A country retreat not too far from the Volcano Arenal where one is treated as a family member. Rooms are spacious, clean and with views of the less active side of Arenal. The breakfasts are abundant and well prepared. Driving to and from might bother some due to it being away from both towns and the volcano on a rough gravel road. We enjoyed and would consider visiting again

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 13, 2009

Leaves & Lizards lived up to all our expectations. We so enjoyed our cabin which had stunning views of the impressively explosive volcano.
Sitting on the spacious veranda at sundown with a glass of wine and watching nature's pyrotechnics was mind-blowing.
Debbie & Steve were warm and friendly hosts and when our car broke down they went out of their way to assist us in every way possible.
Leaves & Lizards is also making a significant contribution to the local community and their re-forestation project shows their commitment to the area.
We would highly recommend Leaves & Lizards not only for great hospitality and wonderful volcano views, but also to enjoy the beauty of the area away from the hustle and bustle.
If you're going to Arenal, don't miss Leaves & Lizards!

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Leaves and Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat

Address: Meters South Of Super Kiki 500, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 21012, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#5 Green Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#5 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#5 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#8 Business Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range: $150 - $170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This secluded resort is located on 26 acres with spectacular viewing of the Arenal Volcano near La Fortuna. Enjoy the panoramic vista of Arenal and Cerro Chato from a hammock on your porch or from your comfortable, orthopedic, queen sized beds with Egyptian cotton sheets. Meals prepared using locally grown ingredients at the Lava Lizard on-site dining facility. Guests are invited to help with daily 'chores' on this working farm. Milk a cow, collect eggs for breakfast or groom a horse. Enjoy private horseback riding, professional guide service, on site spa and 2 km of on site nature trails. The vision at Leaves and Lizards is to create the perfect blend of adventure, discovery and tranquility for each guest. ... more   less 
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Leaves And Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
Leaves And Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park

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