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

Cantón Tilarán, Costa Rica
  • Cottage400 sqft
  • Bedrooms0
  • Sleeps2
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Mininum Stay2 nights

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).



Member Since 2015
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 18, 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.


    • Internet
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 0 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
      • Bedroom 1
        2 twin/ single, The 2 twins can be pushed together to make a king bed


        • 1 Bathroom
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, tub, shower, Two shower heads Plus separate full bathtub with jets.

          Location Type

            • Lake View
            • Lakefront
            • Mountain View
              Mountain and Volcano views
            • Water View
            • Waterfront


                • Adventure
                • Away From It All
                • Romantic


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Fitness Room / Equipment
                          universal machine in club house.
                        • Internet
                        • Linens Provided
                        • Parking
                          Secure parking next to casita on private street inside gated community
                        • Towels Provided
                        • Washing Machine
                        • Free Wifi


                            • Coffee Maker
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                            • Kitchen
                              Kitchenette, with small fridge, 4 burner gas stove, toaster oven, kitchen sink with granite counter tops and stainless steel pots and pans.
                            • Oven
                              toaster oven
                            • Pantry Items
                              Stainless Steel pots and pans.
                            • Refrigerator
                              Small apartment sized refrigerator
                            • Stove
                              4 burner, gas stove


                                • Dining
                                  Dinning table with 2 chairs can be used inside or on the deck.
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 2 people


                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                      Cable TV with many English channels.
                                    • Television
                                      32 inch flat screen


                                        • Boat
                                          possible rental of 18 foot Tracker I/O bow rider rental, with fishing poles, water skis and tube.
                                        • Deck / Patio
                                          Large deck with fantastic views of the lake, jungle and mountains (volcanoes).
                                        • Lawn / Garden
                                          see photo
                                        • Tennis
                                          private, indoor tennis court 2 KM away available for $5/day or $20/ month.


                                            • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                            • not suitable for children
                                            • wheelchair inaccessible

                                              Pool / Spa

                                                • Communal Pool
                                                  2 level infinity, community pool
                                                • Hot Tub
                                                  Jetted bath tub in bathroom

                                                  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 center
                                                                • groceries
                                                                • hospital
                                                                • laundromat
                                                                • massage therapist
                                                                • medical services

                                                                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                    • fishing
                                                                    • freshwater fishing
                                                                    • hiking
                                                                    • snorkeling
                                                                    • 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).

                                                                          House Rules

                                                                          Check-in: 2:30 PM

                                                                          Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                          Cancellation Policy

                                                                          100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                          17 Reviews


                                                                          Latest reviews

                                                                          Peacful with a beautiful view of Lake Arenal

                                                                          George D.

                                                                          Everything was as advertised and the host (Rand) was especially accommodating to anything we asked for. We enjoyed immensely.

                                                                          Calgary to Lake Arenal

                                                                          Garry S.Canada

                                                                          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.

                                                                          Great location.

                                                                          Linda W.

                                                                          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.

                                                                          Paradise Found!

                                                                          Cheryl F.Warren TX

                                                                          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!

                                                                          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.


                                                                          Good view, close to pool, knowledgeable owner.

                                                                          Randy N.

                                                                          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.

                                                                          lovely studio overlooking Lake Arenal.

                                                                          Barbara S.

                                                                          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.


                                                                          Cantón Tilarán, Costa Rica

                                                                          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.


                                                                          Additional information about rental rates

                                                                          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.

                                                                          17 Reviews
                                                                          Wonderful 4.8/5
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