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Leaves and Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat
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Reviewed January 29, 2009

This was by far the best place we stayed in Costa Rica. The hosts were helpful and gracious, the food was terrific and the views were amazing. We had a private driver pick us up at the airport (which L&L arranged) and take us to L&L. That night we had a wonderful meal with Debbie and Steve. The next day, after a filling breakfast, we spent the day on a Tico farm, milking cows, fishing, making cheese, riding horses and ATV's, eating and making friends. My kids (and the adults) really enjoyed the experience. The next day we went horseback riding and hiking in a private forest with 2 local guides (Carlos and Orlando). Just the right amount of activity for a family with kids (ages 6 and 8). Before leaving the area, we spent a few hours at the local swimming hole. Debbie arranged for all our tours.

The cabins were beatiful and spacious and you could see a lot of birds from the large window overlooking for forest.

I recommend that you have a car, which you can have delivered to you at L&L. The nearby town is small, but has enough places to eat that are quite good. It's also a reasonable drive to La Fortuna and Arenal.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 27, 2009

My wife and I stayed at Leaves and Lizards for 3 nights during our Honeymoon in Costa Rica. We loved every minute of our stay and would highly recommend staying there.
The owners are Steve and Debbie. They were very friendly and helpful. The cabin was very spacious and very clean. However, you may not spend much time in the cabin because the private porch is awesome. Perfect view of the Arenal!
It would probably be best that you rent a car while you are staying at Leaves and Lizards. We did and it worked out great.
We are very happy that we stayed there and it proved to be one of the highlights of our Honeymoon.

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 26, 2009

Leaves and Lizards totally exceeded our expectations! We booked the trip largely on the Trip Advisor recommendations, and we didn't know what to expect. We arrived at night (not recommended, as Debbie mentioned), and we were a little concerned about how far we were from things in Fortuna. However, all those concerns fell away once we awoke to hummingbirds and toucans flying above our very clean and modern cabin in the morning. The views from the porch were great, especially from the hammock. The food was exceptional, and the breakfasts kept you going all day. The best part was that all of the food was created from scratch -- the vegetables and fruit were fresh, and the eggs came right from the source on the farm. Great views, great food, and super nice hosts. If you like horses, be sure not to miss the fabulous ride to the waterfall - by far the best tour I've ever taken - our guides were very knowledgeable and helpful, plus the horses were super calm and fun to ride. Don't miss it!

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 26, 2009

Steve and Debbie are two of the most hospitable, helpful and knowledgeable hosts anyone could ever wish for. From the moment we were greeted checking in, to the bevy of information they offered us, the incredible cabin, and food, we were not disappointed. The guide they arranged for us for our tours, Enrique, was superb. He took us to places in the rainforest and gave us a wealth of information not only on the forest itself, but also on the numerous inhabitants we were able to see in their natural environment. He hiked us to the closest point to Arenal, where we were fortunate enough after waiting out the rain, to be able to see the magnificent lava flow! A once in a lifetime experience. The wildlife we also viewed from the porch on our cabin was also breathtaking. We will definately be returning to their nature paradise! Lennon and Polly Holmen, Boston, MA

  • Stayed: January 2009
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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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