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Lake Front Studio in Gated, Guarded, Community, Free WiFi, Puerto San Luis

Bedrooms Studio
Space 400 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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

If you are planning on staying 17 to 28 days, please send me a message before doing an "instant booking" and I will adjust the price to $695 (HomeAway recently changed their rate schedule, I am honoring my old rates, including 6 days is $300 not $360).

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 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 and large deck.

Perfect for 1 or 2 people.

Free WiFi, cable T.V. and flat screen T.V.

Bathroom has separate dual shower head shower and a jetted bathtub.

Granite counter tops in kitchenette and bathroom.

Washing machine.

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
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 March, 2018

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 Cantón Tilarán

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, often, 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, 7 KM (3.6 miles) away is the largest town around the lake, Tilaran, and within an hour or two, you can be at Monteverde, 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. The view is breathtaking and the stillness is rejuvenating. Many people tell us it is the best sleep they have ever had.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Cantón Tilarán in Guanacaste

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 29
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • NO Smoking within 50 feet of the cottage or house.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • 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 ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • 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
  • hospital
  • 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. Airport pick up available for $60 from Liberia or $100 from San Jose (shuttles and taxis are $100-$120 and $200-$250).


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Lake Front Studio in Gated, Guarded, Community, Free WiFi, Puerto San Luis
average rating of 4.75 based on 16 reviews

Calgary to Lake Arenal

  • 5 of 5

This was our 8th trip to Costa Rica and our stay with Rand and Barbara was certainly one, if not, the best. The view of Lake Arenal from our casita is awesome with the added benefit that it is right next door to Rand and Barbara's home. What more could you ask for then a great view of water, forest, wildlife ( song birds, armadillos ) and hosts who are so accommodating, knowledgeable, and just plain friendly, It was so great to be invited to sit with them in traditional Tico rocking chairs ( on their deck ) and just visit like friends. Thank you Rand and Barbara and we wish our stay could have been longer. Based on all you told us about your history and the history of the development of your community, you will surely see us back again.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location.

  • 4 of 5

Very nice location with a good view of Lake Arenal. Nice, secure place to stay with great swimming pool on the property. There was some construction work being done around the property at the time that made it a bit noisy. But if that is completed, it should be quite peaceful.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Warren TX

Paradise Found!

  • 5 of 5

Our lakefront cottage was perfect! The views were absolutely spectacular EVERYDAY! The tranquility was beyond anything we could have imagined, and seeing all the wildlife was most amazing ... parrots, toucans, monkies to name a few - all seen from our deck! Again, a most beautiful place! As beautiful a place as it is, our host, Rand, really made our stay the best! So knowledgeable and helpful in every way ... will really miss our visits and most interesting conversations! We will most definately look forward to returning!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, and it was great hosting you two. It is always a pleasure when people express their appreciation for the magnificence and uniqueness of our cottage and its' location. Enjoyed meeting you and our conversations. Looking forward to your return. Rand
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Good view, close to pool, knowledgeable owner.

  • 4 of 5

North American like accommodation, cozy, fully stocked for cooking but a couple good restaurants maybe a half mile away. Rand was very knowledgeable and available

Would go back.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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lovely studio overlooking Lake Arenal.

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed a short stay here , drove around Lake Arenal to the volcanoe. Took a bus one day to Monteverde which took 2 hr. on a very rough road _ the suggestion for this would be to take the 4am bus versus the 0830 bus because the birds were quiet mid day when we arrived. THe studio had everything we needed and Rand was very helpful. Saw our first toucan here as we sat on deck.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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3 days at Lake Arenal

  • 5 of 5

My wife Martina and I visited Costa Rica for the first time from 20th February to 3rd March. We stayed at Rand's place from 21st to 23rd February. The studio was located in a gated community with an incredible view of Lake Arenal. Facilities for cooking were provided however we ate out at nearby restaurants on two of the nights and picked up a take out from a local pizzeria on the third night. Rand was always available to answer any questions regarding the studio or where to go in the area. We drove around Lake Arenal to the Arenal volcano and in general had a good time exploring the area in our 4X4 SUV ( essential for the area South of the Lake and for a lot of the roads which are in very poor shape once you get of the main paved roads) We were very pleased with the studio accommodation provided which was spacious and had an incredible bathroom with two showers. Everything was clean and had all we required. We even saw toucans flying at the bottom of the garden in the early morning. It can be a bit difficult finding the place but we received help from a local man as we had driven past the entrance. The drive into the estate is on an unpaved road. We had a wonderful time and would not hesitate to recommend Rand's place if you are visiting the Arenal area.

Bill Duncan and Martina Power

  • Review Submitted: 07-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • 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 grassy park right up to the water. Tilaran (5 miles away) is the major town, with Restaurants, Banks, Supermarkets, Hospital, 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 $35 an hour.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £72.21

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.