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Lake Arenal, Lake Front Studio, in Gated Community, Puerto San Luis

Bedrooms Studio
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 4 nights

About the property

400 sq ft Lake Front, Octagon with great views of Lake, Volcanos and Mountains

When was the last time you heard complete stillness? No sirens, no cars, just peaceful quiet! Soak in the sounds of nature and bask in the Costa Rican Sun. Some mornings you wake up to wild parrots and howler monkeys. See monkeys in trees and a multitude of tropical birds from your front deck.

For your tropical getaway with spectacular views, you will really enjoy lake front Casita 11. An upper scale, 400 sq ft octagon cottage. Sit on your front deck and enjoy the view of the lake and mountains. 200 feet away the jungle meets the lake. Often, you can see toucans, parrots, and a multitude of other tropical birds fly across your front yard. Sometimes a family of monkeys entertain in the treetops less than 200 feet away.


Lake Arenal is the largest lake in Costa Rica, 22 miles long, 200 feet deep. Great fishing.

15 home, Buena Vista 1, an upper scale, gated community with guards, club house and dual level infinity pool.

Directly across the street is Puerto San Luis with a beach front park and Marina.

There are wakeboard rentals and lessons and powered catamaran tours of the lake.

1 KM from the town of San Luis (Many Restaurants and 2 mini marts),

7 KM from Tilaran, largest city near Lake Arenal (supermarkets, banks, medical and dental clinics, pharmacies, main bus station, etc).

400 sq ft octagon studio casita with great lake view and large patio.

Teak floors.

Perfect for 1 or 2 people.

bathroom has separate dual shower head shower and bathtub.

granite counter tops.

Ideal temperature, 75 to 85 F year round.

Sunny side of the lake (half the yearly rainfall as Nuevo Arenal side).

More Details

Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
18 February, 2017

About Rand

After 40 years in Hawaii, we decided we wanted a little (not a lot) change, so we found a peaceful property on a big lake, with temperatures even better than Hawaii, the living a little slower, and the people a little more open.

Rand purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Rand chose Costa Rica

If you are looking for a place to relax and really get into nature, you will be very happy here. Toucans, parrots, etc fly across the back yard, monkeys are in the trees, 75 yards from the porch. If you are looking for a place to relax, it does not get any better than this.

Yet, if you want to turn it up, across the street is the marina and within an hour or two, you can be at Arenal Volcano, mineral hot spas, zip lining through tree tops, white water rafting, be at Coco Beach, the tourist and nightlife center, etc.

What makes this cottage unique

You can be as quiet and isolated or active as you choose to be. The octagon houses and cottages are unique and beautiful, the community is quiet and peaceful.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(8 traveller reviews)

Lake Arenal, Lake Front Studio, in Gated Community, Puerto San Luis
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews

Amazing Scenery, Friendly People, Wonderful Host. Must be seen to be appreciated!!

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I visited Costa Rica for three weeks arriving January 10. When we entered our Casita we were absolutely blown away! Very clean well kept, huge shower with dual shower heads and a large jacuzzi tub. The little kitchen area had everything we needed to cook our meals including a small toaster oven with a rotisserie. The gated community definitely gave us a safe feeling and when we did some travelling outside the gated community everyone was just simply nice, friendly and most accommodating. We visited the Brewery at Lake Arenal, the two restaurants in the village of San Luis nearby Towns of Tronadora and Tilaran. The Equus Bar BBQ Restaurant and the Macadamia Restaurant are also a must see. We even had a pizza delivered one evening on a motorcycle from a local pizza restaurant it was scrumptious.

We simply cannot say enough kind things about our host Rand he went out of his way to help us on more than one occasion and had a lot of information and knowledge to share with us. His insight and views on many things were just part of our Costa Rica experience. Everything that we experienced in Costa Rica played a huge part in making a great vacation, one that we will remember for a long time and definitely one we want to experience again and again. We highly recommend travelling here and we will certainly be returning.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful little place!!

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend as I stayed in this cozy little house, the space was perfect for just us two. The view is incredible, the pictures don't do it justice. There's a town close by, lots of yummy food and if you drive around you'll see a lot of horses, cows, chickens, dogs & people selling fruits in the back of their trucks straight from the farms (so delicious)! It's a really beautiful location and very safe. Arenal and all the activities La Fortuna has to offer are just 1 1/2 away. I wouldn't hesitate to go back it was a great experience and I'll miss it, I highly suggest staying here.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beauty and quality of the casita is exceptional. The view is breathtaking. The hosts were amazing!

  • 5 of 5

We arrived as guests...departed as friends. The directions we received were clear and very easy to follow...always a plus when you are traveling in an unfamiliar country! We arrived two hours earlier than our scheduled check-in time, but were warmly greeted and welcomed by our host, Rand. The casita far exceeded our expectations in quality of craftsmanship and appointments. The room and spa-like bath were well cared for and meticulously clean. Sipping a fresh-brewed cup of Costa Rican coffee (our hosts thought of everything!) from our private deck overlooking the lush surroundings of the lake & volcano provided a peaceful start to the day. In the afternoon, we listened to the howler monkeys, played music on the deck, and watched the resident toucans fly across the water. Rand & Barbara are the ultimate hosts. Because we are intrigued about living in this area, they graciously spent a large portion of the day sharing stories and information with us. There are a variety of activities within walking and driving distance of the property. We enjoyed a great dinner at nearby Macadamias. For breakfast, there were pastries from the German Bakery discovered on our excursion to Arenal. We had to return home long before we were ready, but the drive to the airport in Liberia was effortless on the new freeway out of Canas. When you visit, plan to stay and extra day...you'll be glad you did!

  • Review Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pictures don't do it justice!

  • 5 of 5

Everything was wonderful here! We just got back and can't wait to visit Costa Rica again. We will definitely consider staying at Rand's place again. The drive to Arenal is only an hour and a half away and a short 40 minute drive to Viento Fresco. Also, it is about an hour and a half from Rio Celeste, but we did not get the chance to visit that park.

Our home was well taken care of and had everything we needed. The view from this place is remarkable and the pictures don't do it justice. Although we didn't spend a lot of time in our room, it was exactly what we needed. We wanted to hit the road and explore as much as possible and this place gave us the opportunity to see Costa Rica for what this beautiful country really is, and also not be too far away from the adventurous excursions. If you're looking to see the real Costa Rica and stay at an affordable rate, then you can't go wrong with this place. The pool is awesome and the gated community really makes you feel privileged as well! Everyone is friendly and if you stay here check out this little restaurant called "Las Brisas" it was extremely delicious. We got the steak and shrimp and also the mozzarella chicken and mashed potatoes and rice. Also, don't forget about Macadamia Cafe! Amazing breakfast! And the Arenal Brewery is a really cool place that is only 10 minutes away.

All in all, definitely worth the stay, and when we visited another home on the 2nd half of our trip my fiance greatly missed this place compared to our second home that was more expensive than Rand's!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Shawn and Nicole. It was a pleasure having you stay we us.. We are delighted to hear our casita exceeded you expectations. Looking forward to seeing your again on your next visit.
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Great view, good location

  • 4 of 5

The property was clean and relaxing. Upon arrival we met the owner Rand. Rand gave us the grand tour and we talked for a few minutes about the area. This home is luxurious with the dual showerhead and jacuzzi tub. There was also a tv with some english channels. The best part of this location is the view. It was a little rainy during our stay, which created a breathtaking view of a magnificent rainbow over the lake. My girlfriend and I also loved talking with Rand, he gave us a lot of advice and inspiration for our return home. This location is located within 5 minutes of the brewery and 10 seconds from a hotel with delicious food. Overall we enjoyed our stay and would recommend it to anyone looking for a low priced, comfortable, and safe rental.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful view, lovely stay.

  • 5 of 5

There aren't many places on Lake Arenal that have lake access. This is one of the few. It's a short walk down a quiet road to the lake front. Because of the rainy weather, we did not take advantage of the pool next door or swim in the lake. But the view from our room and the deck were great. Great place to view birds and howler monkeys.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
56 Miles
Liberia (Daniel Oduber Quiros) International
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Mi Rancho
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Pan American Hwy
Nearest Restaurant
0.6 Miles
Las Brisas
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Puerto San Luis Marina
Car: recommended

San Luis is a small, quiet town with many restaurants and 2 mini marts. Puerto (port) San Luis (about 150 yards away) has a nice grassy park right up to the water. Tilaran (5 miles away) is the major town, with Restaurants, Banks, Supermarkets, Medical and Dental clinics, Pharmacies, etc. Monteverde Cloudforest preserve (approx 30 miles) has Canopy tours, zip lines, tours, etc. Arenal Volcano and hot springs are about 1 1/2 hours away. White water rafting and a big cat zoo/shelter is about 45 minutes away. After a hard day, a professional masseuse can come to the casita and give you a massage for only $30 an hour.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Guanacaste, Arenal Volcano - Lake Arenal

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
15 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £80

This is a gated community. Please call me an hour or more before arriving. Let me know if you want me to email you directions.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Guanacaste in Central & South America

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Two shower heads Plus separate full bathtub with jets.
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed , The 2 twins can be pushed together to make a king bed
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • volcano
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Luxury cottage at a affordable price

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