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Leaves and Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat

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Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Strongly recommend leavesandlizards if you are looking for somewhere relaxing and you like nature and the great outdoors. The lodges are great and there is a little infinity pool. Fantastic views of the volcano in August/September. Debbie, Steve, Sally and Enrique wonderful, they are incredibly helpful and friendly. Horse riding definitely worth doing, even if (like me) you had never...

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Reviewed 25 August 2016

Our family (3 kids) have been traveling / working in Costa Rica for over a decade. We are always on the look out for unique, small, gems that allow our family to truly relax and at the same time have an adventure of a life-time. Leaves and Lizards is this place. We love it because it is a small establishment...

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2Thank Leslie F
Huntington, New York
Reviewed 22 August 2016

Staying at Leaves and Lizards is an experience. They strive for a natural setting. There is no AC, TV or Wi-Fi in the rooms. But that being said, the rooms do have a lot of amenities including a fridge, microwave, coffee machines, and outlets all over the room. We stayed at the Hobbit House and loved it. I would have...

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Berkeley, CA
Reviewed 13 August 2016

I agree with all the reviews that just an hour or two at Leaves and Lizards drains any stress or anxiety out of your system and transports you into the moment at the foot of the Arenal volcano. We stayed in the Toucan Cabin (Sleeps 5), which was lovely and has the most incredible view of the volcano. What is...

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CostaRicaSteveandDeb, Owner at Leaves and Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words! One of the great things about a small place like Leaves and Lizards is how we attract liked minded people, looking for a place to disconnect! Pura Vida... Debbie and Steve

Cambridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed 8 August 2016

A life changing 10 days in the beautiful Costa Rican rainforest finding out about horses and ourselves. As a family of four (children aged 14 and 17) with almost no experience with horses, we felt immediately welcomed and supported by Debbie and Steve and Enrique and the entire staff at Leaves and Lizards. The cabin was comfortable and private with...

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CostaRicaSteveandDeb, Owner at Leaves and Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat, responded to this review

Zach and family, Muchas Gracias for taking time to share your experience with the www! Enrique and I had a wonderful week of horses, sharing and connecting with you! Sometimes a vacation is much more then just a holiday! JR, Dorado, Beauty and Negro send their regards! Bye...for now. Debbie, Enrique, Steve...and all the staff.

Aliso Viejo, California
Reviewed 7 August 2016

Coming from the hustle and bustle of Southern California, it took only moments at the Leaves and Lizards resort to drain away the stress, anxiety and uncertainty that frequently infest ones mind during travel. HOBBIT HOUSE: We are a family of four with kids ages 11 and 12. We stayed at the Hobbit House (designed by the resort co-founder Steve)....

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CostaRicaSteveandDeb, Owner at Leaves and Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat, responded to this review

Derek, WOW!!! Thank you for you wonderful, thoughtful and well written review! It means more to us then you know when people take in the essence of what 'Pura Vida' means in Costa Rica. It is not just a slogan for marketing, it is a way of life here, pure life...found in the simple things that connect us back to...

Dallas, Texas
Reviewed 31 July 2016

We had a family of 5 and stayed at Heliconia. The cabin was very cute! We arrived late but staff was able to show us our cabin quickly. We loved the front and back porch and kitchenette area. Views of Arenal from our front porch were breathtaking. Morning coffee viewing volcano before clouds rolled in. The outdoor shower was fantastic!...

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San Diego, California
Reviewed 29 July 2016

Imagine traveling to one of the most exotic special places in the world, and when you arrive, you are greeted by your special Aunt and Uncle who welcome you on their magnificent property. They have the most delicious home cooked meals for you, the very best accommodations with the very best views, a private pool (oasis) with one of the...

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CostaRicaSteveandDeb, Owner at Leaves and Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat, responded to this review

JZ and family, Thank you so much for your fun, heartfelt review! It was a pleasure to have you stay with us. I enjoyed working with your kids and the horses, what great little people! We hope to see you come back again in the future! Pura Vida, Debbie and Steve and Staff

Reviewed 23 July 2016

It was nice to get away from typical tourist sites, and get "off the grid" a bit. Food was delicious and seemed more like "home cooked meals" versus restaurant food. Good variety and very prompt service. We opted to eat every dinner on site during our 7 night stay. Breakfasts were made fresh, and provided a hearty start to the...

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CostaRicaSteveandDeb, Owner at Leaves and Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat, responded to this review

Hello Birders, Thanks for choosing us as a base for your birding vacation. Passion and fortitude...well that is what birding is about! It was fun to visit with you each night as you recounted the days events and new species count. Birda Vida! Debbie and Steve and Staff

Reviewed 17 July 2016

Our group of 11 stayed here for 3 nights, and it couldn't have been better. Steve and Debbie are wonderful hosts. The property is gorgeous. The kids loved swimming in the infinity pool, while the adults had cocktails at the bar just steps away. Rocky road up to property but worth the adventure. It was really cloudy when we visited,...

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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 

Additional Information about Leaves and Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat

Address: Meters South Of Super Kiki 500, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 21012, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range: $181 - $453 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
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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/La Fortuna De San Carlos
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#1 Top resorts 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
#5 Green Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#8 Business Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
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“We stayed in the Toucan Cabin and although it is a bit of a rocky walk to and from the main common area, the view is definitely worth it.”
 of 5 bubbles TheNern, 10 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Hobbit House has a great view of the volcano and is very private”
 of 5 bubbles nezd2016, 21 Aug 2016 | Read review
“I think three of the cabins have outdoor showers--a really really nice amenity!”
 of 5 bubbles burkburk, 12 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Only one lodging at L&L as A/C. Book the Hobbit House for it's convenient location and unique construction.”
  • Private waterfall accessible by horseback and small hike
  • Arenal volcano from the Hobbit House
 of 5 bubbles BarbaricDerek, 7 Aug 2016 | Read review
“All the rooms seem great- book based on the # in your party”
 of 5 bubbles KrazyKarla, 30 Jul 2016 | Read review
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