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Lake Arenal, Lake Front Studio, in Gated Community, Puerto San Luis

Bedrooms Studio
Space 400 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

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

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, club house 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.

Perfect for 1 or 2 people.

bathroom has separate dual shower head shower and bathtub.

granite counter tops.

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:
November 3, 2017

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, 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 and within an hour or two, you can be at 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.


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 nice grassy park right up to the water. Tilaran (5 miles away) is the major town, with Restaurants, Banks, Supermarkets, 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 $30 an hour.


Cantón Tilarán Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • 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
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Two shower heads Plus separate full bathtub with jets.
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , The 2 twins can be pushed together to make a king bed
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • 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 center
  • groceries
  • 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


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Lake Arenal, Lake Front Studio, in Gated Community, Puerto San Luis
average rating of 4.733333 based on 15 reviews

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.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: 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.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Stayed: 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.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2017
  • Stayed: 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

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peace and Serenity

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay. The location has a beautiful view of the lake. We saw many types of birds and some howler monkeys with babies. Rand was very helpful and accomodating and very pleasant to visit with. The casita was newer, and very clean. The bathroom was huge and there were large windows for ventilation and views. The area had a couple of nice restaurants and we felt very safe in the area. We would definately stay there again. Thanks Rand for being an excellent host!

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100

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 if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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