I have been to Costa Rica many times and even stayed long term a few years ago...this was by far my favorite trip and location! The home is beautiful, well-kept and the perfect size for the 3 of us who traveled. The view was amazing, but I have to say my favorite part of the house was the kitchen that was fully stocked with all the things you need to cook. Because of the remote location, we had planned on cooking most meals so we were thrilled to have all the utensils, pots, pans, etc. to do so!! (if you've traveled and rented homes before, you know a fully stocked kitchen is hard to come by!)
You *definitely* need a car and be sure to pick up groceries and stock up on your favorite adult beverages in La Fortuna, as the smaller stores in the town are a little pricier. We had dinner & lunch a few times at the Soda at the bottom of the mountain as well as Pizza Johns. Both were delicious and the perfect Costa Rican cuisine to finish off a day of exploring.
Hannah and Thomas were amazing hosts and easily accessible. They own a small shop with handmade art, crafts, hot sauce and oils right down the road.. we brought some hot sauce home and I only wish we had more money on us because Hannah's art was very cool!!
We did the Sky Trek Zipline & Sky Walk (hanging bridges)... the Sky Walk was a little underwhelming but the ziplines are a MUST DO. There are also plenty of trails to waterfalls right outside the door. (Hannah & Thomas can give you good directions) My personal favorite hike was the grueling 5 hour climb up Cerro Chato. It was so hard and we were crawling on our hands up the stairs when we got back to the house.. but it was a great way to take in the fresh air and see the rainforest. Unfortunately, it rained on us the whole way up and we couldn't really see the emerald green lagoon because of the fog, but it was still pretty cool to say we "swam in a volcano". ;)
I would definitely recommend this home to anyone who is out to relax and take in the Pura Vida Costa Rican lifestyle. There are plenty of trails and activities in driving distance to keep you busy.. but it's such a great place to cook up a casado, whip up a good cocktail and enjoy the view! :) We will definitely be returning!!