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Two Beautiful guesthouses on 1acre by La Fortuna & the Arenal Volcano-Costa Rica

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Rent one or both villas: 2 separate living spaces, 2 bedrooms, 3 bath, sleeps 7

We are located off the main highway that runs from La Fortuna to the Arenal Volcano. You will have the private guesthouse, pool & patio all to yourself on one acre in the beautiful countryside. The owners are on-site if you need anything at all to make your stay here in Costa Rica as wonderful as possible. The Villa Hermosa is located far enough for privacy & but close-enough to the attractions when you're ready to see the sights! The view of Volcano Arenal from the pool & patio is awesome and the amount of birds we get here is impressive.

The activities here are endless here...just about anything you want to do, you can find it here in the 'adventure capital of Costa Rica'!

Attention couples!: Whether you just got married, are celebrating a special occasion or are just looking for some privacy, this is the perfect place for you! You get all of the benefits of having a private guesthouse but have the owners close by if you need anything at all. We realize everybody is different so we ask you upon check-in what it is that you want from us so we can make sure you get it! If you don't want to see us for the entire visit, we'll do our best to make ourselves 'scarce'. If you enjoy having another couple around to chat with, we'll be there...whatever style works for you we'll do our best to make your stay here outstanding!

Attention families!: If you are looking for a place that it is safe for your kids to run around without worrying about them than Villa Hermosa is a good choice. We are a private property with a gated entrance and a fully-enclosed 1 acre property. We have native plants, trees, flowers, birds, butterflies and some frogs and other things that come to visit so your kids will have plenty to see. We have a view of the volcano from our private patio & pool and it's all need to share with 100's of other people like at large hotels!!! We have many games on-site that are good for both adults and children to play which include horseshoes, badminton, soft-tip lawn darts, soccer ball, frisbees and many more!

About the area...: We are just 15 minutes from the main road that runs from downtown La Fortuna up to the National Park & Lake. We are located in a beautiful area just outside the city where you can come home to a relaxing place after spending your day hiking or repelling down waterfalls! If you want an experience that is far different than that of staying at a hotel, than Villa Hermosa is for you.

More Details

Property Manager
Judah Ritterman
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 23, 2017

About Judah Ritterman

We are originally from Northern California. We left the California coastline for the rainforest and jungles of beautiful Costa Rica. Every day we still can't believe we get to call this gorgeous place home! We have created a very fulfilling life here. Every day is an adventure with all of the different surrounding acitivites from hiking around the volcano to kayaking on the lake to tubing down the rivers.

Judah Ritterman purchased this villa in 2009

Why Judah Ritterman chose Alajuela

I looked at many properties all over the country and they were too hot, too many bugs, this or that. This was the second to last property looked at before driving to the airport in San Jose. I heard nothing but the MOO of a cow, there was a cool breeze and I couldn't see any neighbors...SOLD! Today we've re-planted the one acre property with tropical plants and have many local animals come to visit and even chose to live here. We also recently remodeled the pool for your enjoyment. The more I travel around Costa Rica the more I realize I chose the perfect place to live.

What makes this villa unique

This is in a quiet neighborhood just 5 minutes from a true 'Tico' town...what La Fortuna center was probably like about 50 years ago. People wanting to experience the real Costa Rica and aren't afraid of a dirt road (smile), this is the place for you! We are also just 4km (2.5 miles) from The Springs Resort & of my favorite places to go: food, hot springs, wildlife rescue, Club Rio and rock climbing. Pura Vida indeed!

Guestbook comments from the manager

The Villa Hermosa guesthouse is a relaxing and well appointed retreat near La Fortuna. My family and I stayed at the guesthouse for 5 nights in early august. The accommodations were perfect for my family of four. We spent our days exploring all that La Fortuna/Arenal has to offer and then we would return to the guesthouse for fun and relaxing afternoons and evenings. We enjoyed swimming in the pool and some fierce games of horseshoes, darts, and pool. Wendy served delicious breakfasts and booked our activities. We especially liked Danny Vega, the guide she reserved for our Hanging Bridges tour. The Villa Hermosa gardens are lovely and the outdoor living space is really inviting. The ten minute drive from the main road offers some truly spectacular views of the volcano on one side and the gorgeous valley on the other side. We loved our stay at Villa Hermosa guesthouse!
Jul 2013
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San Carlos Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • ISDN Access
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Inside the suite
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , This second bathroom is located by the pool table.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Located by the Game Room (Pool Table, Darts, Bar, ...)
  • Bathroom #1 is in the Main Guesthouse and is spacious with a hot shower, toiletries, sink, toilet, towels and hairdryer. Bathroom #2 is in the Toucan Villa and has a hot shower, sink, toiletries, sink, toilet, towels & hairdryer. Bathroom #3 is by the Game Room and has a shower & toilet in the bathroom. By the bar/just outside is a sink to wash your hands.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Villa Toucan: Located in the gardens for privacy
  • Bedroom #1 is in the Main Guesthouse and sleeps four people in one spacious suite. Bedroom #2 is located a short walk from the Main Guesthouse for maximum privacy.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Toys ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Raft
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
The guesthouse includes a spacious master suite bedroom and bathroom with Air Conditioning. In the wardrobe in your room we provide you with towels, toiletries, and a safe for your valuables. The bar, kitchen, living room and dining room are all in an open air covered patio just outside of the bedroom. Everything you need to keep your beers cold or to cook yourself a meal is included (BBQ, 2 burner stove top, pots & pans, plates, glasses, etc.) Villa Toucan is a new room added in the gardens for some privacy. It sleeps 3 people in a Queen & twin bed. This is only rented out to the same people with the Main Guesthouse so it's very private and perfect for people looking for some privacy from the rest of the group. The pool, patio or game room are our guests favorite places to relax. We have many tropical birds that call this home and many visit us daily. We have several games are on-site for both inside and outside such as a pool table, darts, horseshoes and more.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)

Two Beautiful guesthouses on 1acre by La Fortuna & the Arenal Volcano-Costa Rica
average rating of 4.9259257 based on 86 reviews

So Unique!!!

  • 5 of 5

We love our stay at Villa Hermosa! The property was gorgeous and well-cared for. The maid and caretaker kept the property looking clean and beautiful. My husband and I (and 4 kids) rented the guest house and toucan house. We loved the pool and exploring the beautiful property. The kids had fun looking for frogs and other wildlife. La Fortuna is about 15 minutes away, but we especially loved the little town of Monterey which is very close to the property. Be sure to stop by Kike's market (2 minutes away) for food and supplies. Having an SUV is helpful if you choose to stay at Villa Hermosa. We were able to visit the hanging bridges and ziplines near Arenal volcano (Sky Adventures). We also went white water rafting on Rio Balsa (Wave Expeditions). We especially loved our horse back riding tour at Leaves and Lizards very nearby. After we finished our daily adventures, we loved coming home to Villa Hermosa to cool off in the pool. My son calls it "the house with no walls" and we enjoyed having the living and kitchen areas open to nature. At night, the enclosed, air-conditioned bedroom made for a peaceful night's sleep. Judah and Michelle were amazing hosts and really care that you have a wonderful stay. We were honored to be their first guests as the new owners at Villa Hermosa.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Nathan & Laurel and family, It was our pleasure to host you here at Villa Hermosa. It was so special and memorable having your wonderful family as our first guests, as the new owners. We enjoyed every moment of hosting you, getting to know you and watching you explore and adventure in this amazing area. It was wonderful to watch you all take full advantage, both of Villa Hermosa, including the swimming pool, and the outdoor adventure tours (white water rafting, ziplining, hanging bridges etc.). We would love to host you and any of your family and friends again in the near future. Best regards, Judah & Michele
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Great Jungle property

  • 4 of 5

Great location - so much to do! - and the property feels right in the heart of the jungle - a true Costa Rican experience!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect for our family!

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful property located just far away from the crowds and noise of La Fortuna to feel like we were in the rain forest and close enough to all of the activities we wanted to do near Arenal. It was extra nice to have our dishes done and house cleaned every day when we returned from our daily adventures. The pool on the property was especially nice for our kids to use in the evenings when it got dark. Our family used the pool, pool table and darts every night we were there. Wendy was especially helpful and knowledgeable and helped us plan our activities every day, and made reservations for us when needed. Wendy made some excellent recommendations for our family. Great experience!!!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, clean, centrall located

  • 5 of 5

This house was centrally located, well equipped and very clean. Wendy was excellent very helpful and welcoming!

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! :-) So happy you enjoyed your time here...come back soon! Wendy
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Idalou, texas

A little slice of Costa RIcan Heaven!! Perfectly private in a tropical paradise. The owner is super!

  • 5 of 5

We have been to Costa Rica many times and this is a very favorite place to stay! The pristine fountain pool and gardens are truly lovely and lush. The linens and beds are soft and comfy with everything you need in the kitchen ready to go... great coffee, sugar, and cold drinking water. The charming and helpful owner, Wendy, is their when needed with advice and help for planning excursions, dining, sight-seeing, etc.... a true delight. The rainforest is so green and fresh with so many amazing things to see and do so close by. We will be back for sure!! Pure Vida!

Ken and Julie from Texas ;)

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

This was our first time travelling internationally and travelling with a toddler in tow. Wendy eased so many of my anxieties and made us feel right at home. We felt like herpersonal guests and loved the daily check-ins and sharing of stories. The property itself is indescribable. I loved being outside but inside at the same time (open air living areas and kitchen!), and our son insisted on eating breakfast by the pool and walking the nature trails every single morning. We saw toucans, parrots, and a sloth - all within our first day! The minus one star is simply because there were some hot water issues in the main guesthouse. We were able to take warm showers in the second bathroom, so it really wasn't a big deal. I wouldn't hesitate to come back here or recommend here to family and friends.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for trusting us for your FIRST trip with the toddler! :-) We are so happy that you enjoyed it and could relax and have fun in our little piece of paradise. Our "neighborhood sloth" was also a big hit! We strive to fix everything immediately and we were happy you could use the 2nd room to take nice hot showers while the other water heater was replaced. :-) Thank you and come back anytime!!!
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Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
La Fortuna/El Tanque/Arenal
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
La Pollera or Safiro...local Tico!
Nearest Ferry
111 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
120 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
141, 142 & 4
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
La Pollera, Monterrey (Bajo Monterrey)
Nearest Beach
168 Kilometres
Playa Panama
Car: necessary

We are located 7 km off the main road that runs from downtown La Fortuna to the Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal. The activities here are endless but some of the most popular are: hiking at Volcano Arenal National Park, canyoning, white water river rafting, canopy tours, ziplines, hot springs, horseback riding, animal watching, bird watching, fishing, rappelling, kayaking, wind surfing, atv/quad tours, spas, biking...and the list goes on! We are closer to Rio Celeste than staying right in town-the same goes for visiting the Maleku Indians & Venado Caves.

Other Activities: Rapelling, white water river rafting, canyoning, hiking, bird watching, jungle treks.

We just finished a gorgeous pool re-model in May 2017 for your enjoyment.


Rates & Availability

San Carlos Villa Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $17 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Rates are subject to change until confirmation has been received.
$169/night is based on double occupancy for a minimum of 3 nights and includes the local taxes.

Villa Toucan:
If you'd like to book the Villa Toucan but have less than 7 people, it is an additional $45/per night.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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