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Cozy Casita In The Rain Forest

Bedrooms Studio
Space 540 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

We have more casitas, so please ask about availabilty for your time frame!

If you are looking for a romantic getaway or a place to replenish your soul then this is it. Overlooking Lake Arenal, this all glass and stone casita has a wraparound porch and is situated in a secure community Vistas deal Lago.The home has a full size kitchen with granite countertops, A queen size murphy bed opens up into the all glass living room providing an amazing morning view of the lake and volcano. The bathroom has a tile shower and plenty of cabinet storage with granite tops.

To the side of the house is a running creek with monkeys, birds, butterflies and humming birds that you can admire without even leaving the house. If you are worried about getting bored you can take a hike along the creek, practice your golf swing from your own driving mat or enjoy a massage on your private terrace in this beautiful tranquil setting.

If a more active vacation is what you are looking for the home is driving distance to the Arenal volcano, local waterfalls, zip lining, fishing, hiking, paddle boarding, kayaking, windsurfing, and the hot springs.

There's so much to explore in and around the community!

Come see for yourself, you won't be disappointed.

More Details

Property Manager
Bev Sheatz
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 15, 2017

About Bev Sheatz

I live in the United States but my heart is in Costa Rica. If this is your first time in this beautiful country I hope you find it as amazing a place as I do. The people are wonderful and the views are breathtaking. Enjoy.

Bev Sheatz purchased this house in 2010

Why Bev Sheatz chose Costa Rica

Everyone that stays here falls in love! come see for yourself. We also have additional homes to accommodate your needs, please ask for availability.

Vistas del Lago is a gated community offering you security and peace of mind. We have everything you need to enjoy your vacation, our clubhouse offers many things, delicious meals, a gym for a great morning workout to start your day, set aside time to be pampered in our spa we can schedule massages, facials, hair and nail services.

Please enjoy visiting a good book in our lending library, or relax and watch a movie or catch up on the news or just visit with locals in our piano bar & restaurant, Vistas clubhouse is also adding a pool and jacuzzi to be completed spring 2015.

Most of our vactioners return each year some have even decided to call Vistas del Lago their home as well, come see why your going to love this true piece of paradise!

What makes this house unique

Safe & secure lovely community surrounded by natural beauty, tucans, monkeys, parrots, sloths, tree frogs, butterflies.

Vistas del Lago is the only clubhouse in the area that has a piano bar restaurant, spa & gym and all the comforts of home with the friendliest neighbors you would ever want to meet! come see for your self.

Guestbook comments from the manager

What a relaxing incredible vacation, the views are breathtaking and your surrounded by nature. Everyone was so helpful and friendly.
Jan 2015
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Guanacaste House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 540 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , granite counters custom cabinets, tile through out
  • Gorgeous bathroom with granite counters, custom cabinets, tile floors and a great shower.
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Murphy bed
  • Queen size Murphy Bed in located in the living room & dinning area, with incredible views of the volcano and lake arenal.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
You must come and experience this amazing place in paradise. Visit the clubhouse to enjoy the pool, spa, gym , restaurant and piano bar.


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Cozy Casita In The Rain Forest
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 36 reviews

The casita we stayed at was ver private and clean.

  • 5 of 5

The owners, staff and residents of the development where we stayed were amazing. Extremely nice and friendly people. Definitely would stay there again. And we love the area and country and could see us moving there in the future.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was such a pleasure having you two here we can t wait to see you again!
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Vacation Dream

  • 4 of 5

Staying in this lovely Casita was just perfect for our quiet get-away to Costa Rica. We enjoyed the privacy, tranquility and the abundant wildlife--just a few steps from the wrap-around terrace. The casita was well stocked and very clean.

Visiting the clubhouse for sun and pool was very convenient and picture perfect. Honestly, everywhere you look, it's just gorgeous on the grounds! Melissa (Bev's assistant) arranged a horseback ride for us at the very end of our stay; it was the perfect way to end our time there. I was really sad to say goodbye.

Disadvantages would be how far this area is from other areas of interest. You do have to drive quite a ways to visit the La Fortuna area and the Monteverde Cloud Forest.

Thanks Bev and Melissa for such a fabulous stay. We hope so much to return to Vista del Laguna!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Were glad you enjoyed your stay at Vistas del Lago. Come again anytime.
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Lovely, clean, private studio casita overlooking Lake Arenal. Beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

We love everything about this place. Location, privacy, cleanliness, comfort, breathtaking view. All needed information is provided. We could have spent more than three days in this area of this beautiful country with Cozy Casita as our home base.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for visiting Visats del Lago, I'm so glad you two enjoyed your stay, please come again anytime!! Sincerely, Bev
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Complete Privacy in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for four days and loved the privacy of this unit. I was pleased to find the murphy bed to be very comfortable and the unit itself had a well provisioned kitchen. Our favorite surprise was the lightening bugs that lived in the jungle next to the casita. It was our nightly ritual to have a glass of wine and enjoy the light show. We slept with the doors open every night and enjoyed the sounds of the jungle and the light breeze that blew in to keep us cool. It was truly like being in paradise. Although it's a bit of a drive to the tourist attractions such as Monte Verde and the Venado Caves, we found driving to be part of the adventure of visiting Costa Rica and we truly enjoyed returning to our private paradise at the end of the day. Tronodora is a sleepy little village but the grocery store has enough to supply what you may need. For anyone looking to get away from the tourist scene and enjoy some quiet privacy for your vacation, this is the place! We loved it.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pembroke Pines Florida (Ft. Lauderdale)

Beautiful little house with great views

  • 5 of 5

I loved this little house. Everything is perfect, new and modern. Fully furnished and stocked with everything you need. The views down the hillside onto Lake Arenal make you not want to leave the house. There is a small grocery store in Tronadora about a 10-15 minute ride away where you can get food/supplies.

Bev is the best! You could not ask for a nicer host that is very fast communicating with you at any time. She really cares about ensuring that you arrive OK and that you are comfortable and happy throughout your stay.

I couldn't recommend this property enough. It's especially perfect for people who would like to get away and be a little secluded. You can drive to Nuevo Arenal, Monteverde, La Fortuna for the day. I know you will love this place. I hope to go back again soon.

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Evergreen, Co

Gorgeous Views!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed 3 nights at Vista del Lago. The very first impression is the incredible 360 degree view of the lake from inside the casita. It's absolutely breath taking, especially when you realize you'll be waking up to that view. Bev was incredibly welcoming, available and very nice.The casita is surrounded by lush greenery and is private and cozy. It is very new and was perfectly clean and well stocked with towels, linens and kitchen utensils. We didn't use the gorgeous infinity pool but if we had more time and if the weather was more on our side, we would have definitely taken advantage. The Murphy bed was comfortable and although there were no window treatments, there is a lot of space between houses and it feels very private. It's small but well laid out. We felt like we had plenty of room for 2 people without bumping into each other at every turn.

The location is a little far from the activities of Lake Arenal. The upside of the location is that it allowed us to take in both La Fortuna and Monteverde areas. But it was quite a drive to each (about 2 hours 1 way). La Fortuna is a much easier drive on paved roads. Monteverde included an hour of driving on the bumpy dirt roads of Costa Rica but if you're feeling adventurous it's worth it. Be sure to hit the supermarket in Tilaron before heading out. There isn't a lot in Tronadora but there are a few restaurants and sodas.

We had a couple of great experiences interacting with locals while in Tronadora. First we stopped into a little bar for a beer. It happened to be the night of a soccer match and shortly after we got there the bar started to fill up with fans. We got to experience game (match?) night in Costa Rica which a lot of fun. We felt very safe and welcome. Secondly, my husband is a volunteer firefighter in CO and as we were leaving we came across 3 local firemen and a brand new truck. He wanted to take a photo of the truck. They took the time to talk with him, show him the truck and take some photos. They even gave him a Costa Rica Bomberos shirt. It was definitely a highlight for him.

Costa Ricans are some of the greatest people you'll meet. If you want to become a little more immersed in Costa Rican culture, mingle with locals, test out your Spanish and experience real Costa Rica, this is a great place to do that as well.

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Liberia Airport - Daniel Oduber Internaional (LIR)
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Bar Texas in Tronadora
Nearest Ferry
35 Miles
Nearest Train
70 Miles
San Jose
Nearest Motorway
13 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Las Brisas, Gingerbread, Cevichititos, la Tanita
Nearest Ski
Nearest Beach
50 Miles
Guanacaste region, Coco, Pananma, Flamingo
Car: recommended

Vistas del Lago is a 78 acre, secure gated community, overlooking Lake Arenal. The property has it all a creek with a hiking trail that has abundant wildlife where you will often see monkeys, parrots, toucans, sloths and a wide variety of birds and butterflies. Vistas is a growing community it has a new clubhouse with all amenities you could ask for a restaurant and piano bar, gym, spa, pool and jacuzzi located in the lovely town of Tronadora, where you can find the basics you will need for grocery shopping, small hardware store, clothing and misc. items store, restaurant.

Also close to many attractions including Monte Verde cloud forest, Rio Celeste and Viento Fresca waterfalls. It is also close to butterfly gardens, ziplining, hanging bridges, windsurfing, fishing, swimming, kayaking, and boating. There are several great restaurants in the area such as the Gingerbread and Brisas del Lago. Tilaran is a 20 minute drive and has banks, gas stations, grocery stores, shops, government offices, and a post office.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

We do have more than 1 home, so please always ask about availability or any other questions let me know how we can help you.

To reserve please send half the reservation amount to our PayPal account upon receipt your reservation will be booked, Balance will be due upon arrival.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.