A Bed and Breakfast Tour of Costa Rica
4 great bed and breakfasts in Costa Rica
In October of 2009 my wife and I went to Costa Rica. It was our first time and we had so much fun that we quickly began planning for our return when we got home. Costa Rica has a budding tourism industry. It is rumored that for the first time ever tourism has surpassed pineapples as the top moneymaker in Costa Rica. When we planned our trip we wanted to stay in small, bed and breakfast type places and see as much of the country as we could. Here are four great bed and breakfasts in four very different regions in Costa Rica that we stayed in.
1. Casa Bella Rita
Located just out of San Jose, Casa Bella Rita is a great place to begin and end your trip because if you are flying you will probably enter and leave Costa Rica at San Jose. Steve and Rita own and operate this beautiful escape. Rita, the namesake of this great bed and breakfast, is a wonderful resource. If possible get in contact with Rita via email before you arrive and she can give you some great suggestions to consider when planning your trip. The rooms are spacious and elegant and the amenities great. Steve made some mean banana pancakes accompanied by some famous Costa Rican coffee. The rear of Casa Bella Rita feels like it hangs over a vast and deep canyon making the view spectacular.
We wanted to have a bit of an adventure trip in Costa Rica so it was time for us to move deeper into the country. We decided to river raft to a small town located at the base of an active volcano.
2. Hotel El Silencio del Campo
Hotel El Silencio del Campo is located in La Fortuna, Costa Rica. The town of La Fortuna sits in at the base of the recently active Arenal Volcano. The Arenal Volcano sat dormant for hundreds of years until Arenal erupted in 1968 destroying the nearby town of Tabacon. Today many of the hotels take advantage of the hundreds of hot springs created by the volcano. There are also various tours and hikes around and near the volcano that highlight the eruption and the surrounding rainforest. The Hotel El Silencio del Campo has its own hot spring surrounded by 20 private cottages. The food and service was great as was the close-up view of the Arenal Volcano.
We caught the van/boat/van (formerly the Jeep/boat/Jeep transfer but Jeep availability can no longer be guaranteed) transfer to Monteverde, a small mountain town. The boat ride provides great views of the Arenal volcano and the surrounding countryside. Jeeps then carried us up and through the mountains as we passed more lush countryside covered in coffee plants.
3. Cabanas Valle Campanas
Cabanas Valle Campanas is run by a Tico family (Tico means someone who is from Costa Rica). This family was the sixth family in this town and their beautiful Hotel sits on land once used to farm coffee. Each cottage sits nestled among trees in a lush landscape. Many of the cottages have their own kitchens. The accommodations are somewhat modest however the price is more than reasonable. The real value of Cabanas Valle Campanas is your hostess Reina.
Reina can help you line up any activities like the popular zip lines over the rain forests, hikes, and canopy tours. I had my reservations with the zip line but we did it anyway and it was a blast. We also did a night hike and saw a tarantula and some racoon size brown rodents. No big cats. Afterwards we went to Sophias for a dinner that not only was delicious but also lived up to its many recommendations.
4. The Hideaway Hotel
The Hideaway Hotel is located at Playa Samara, Costa Rica. Just off the beach, this newly constructed hotel has the most modern feel of all the bed and breakfasts covered. My wife and I both agreed that the bathroom was the best we had seen while in Costa Rica. We heard Howler monkeys one morning outside our window and we enjoyed watching them hangout in the trees all round us. Playa Samara is one of the quieter beach locations which is what gives it much of its charm. Restaurants and beachside bars are great on the pocketbook and Samara is a great beach to surf and learn how to surf. If you are into horses you can also take a
Costa Rica is a great country that has all sorts of fun to offer. Whether you want to lay around on the beach or travel the country and participate in some outdoor adventure, Costa Rica has it all. There is no better way to enjoy a countries culture and people than by staying at great bed and breakfasts.