Discover the real Costa Rica at Leaves and Lizards. Our rural/community tourism program offers guests a truly cultural experience. Private guided tours and on-site horseback riding offer guests a one-of-a-kind, customized vacation. Set within 26 acres, our lodging provides privacy and tranquility. Spacious porches are the perfect spot to enjoy incredible views of the active Arenal Volcano and the surrounding mountain range. Our lodging options are surrounded by tropical plants teaming with hummingbirds, butterflies and are outfitted with comfortable orthopedic mattresses and fine linens.
4.8 on September 14, 2009
Staying at Leaves and Lizards was a great experience for my family. Steve, Debbie and their staff treated us like family and made our stay so carefree and enjoyable. The Monkey cabin was clean and had a great view of the volcano. Unwinding on the balcony at the end of each day was fantastic. The sounds of countess birds, the howling of monkeys and the breathtaking sunsets where incredible. The horseback ride through the forest and to the waterfall was like a mini expidition. My kids loved the swim in the waterfall and our guides Enrique and Chito where very knowledgable and friendly. Dinner with Steve and Debbie and the other guests was like being at a family get together. The food and conversation was great. The zip line and tico farm tours where a blast and an unforgetable experience for my family. The kids got a chance to milk the cow and also played with Miss Piggy's baby pigglets. I couldnt have asked for better vacation with my family. Learning about the environment, wildlife, and the Costa Rican culture was unlike any other vacation experience myself and my family have had in the past. I know my kids will never forget our trip to Costa Rica and all the great experiences we shared together. Thanks Steve and Debbie!
5 on September 12, 2009
My husband and I were overwhelmed by the scenery. Birds, flowers and so much wildlife. We loved rafting down the river and the view of the sunset and the volcano from our cabin was the best.
5 on September 10, 2009
I have stayed at Leaves & Lizards twice and plan to return in a few months. Stayed in a cabin once and Heliconia House once. Will stay in Heliconia House again when I return. This place is incredible! The hosts treat you like family. They are dedicated to eco tourism, and returning the land to nature. Both Deb and Steve are very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna, and are dedicated birders as well. They will arrange activities for you that suit your needs, abilities and interests (kids included). All their guides are superb. They are all trained in eco tourism and provide a wealth of knowledge about Costa Rica. Mireya, the chef, provides wonderful meals. If you want to be pampered and coddled this isn't the place for you. But if you want to experience Costa Rica and nature at its best, and learn a great deal in the process, try Leaves and Lizards. If you're not adventurous you can just sit on the covered porches and admire the incredible view of an active volcano while watching for toucans, parrots, and other exotics. It's addictive. You can't just go once.
4.4 on September 10, 2009
This bed and breakfast offers authentic Costa Rican food and culture. The views of the volcano are second to none. Steve, Debbie and their staff provide their guests with outstanding personal service. I highly recommend Leaves and Lizards.
5 on September 10, 2009
Staying at Leaves and Lizards on our first visit to Costa Rica was like escaping to paradise. Debbie and Steve have created a wonderful haven where you can get away from your hectic routine and either just relax on your porch that offers a fantastic view of Volcan Arenal or experience adventures that range from horseback rides to a private waterfall/swimming area to an all-day pontoon boat birding trip on the Rio Frio in the Cano Negro preserve. Leaves and Lizards is a great destination for people of all ages and ranges of physical ability. For those interested in birds, one need go no further than the patio of the main house. From there we saw everything from Chestnut Mandibled Toucans to Passerini's Tanagers, to Yellow-crowned Euphonia. From our front porch, we saw Crested Guan, Crimson-collared Tanager, and Montezuma Oropendola. Debbie and Steve are gracious hosts who want each visitor to have the best experience possible. Their staff is friendly and helpful. The food is excellent. And Enrique, our guide while we were there, is not only extremely knowledgable about the flora and fauna of Costa Rica but also easy-going, funny, and a great person to spend time with. We enjoyed our time at Leaves and Lizards so much that we can't wait to go back for a longer visit!
Near Active Volcano, Countryside, Mountains, Ranch, Tropical, Village
San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO-Juan Santamaria Intl.) 80 miles
Please see our website for directions.
Lake, National/State parks, Nature area, River, Rodeo, Bicycle rental, Bird watching, Boating, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Zip Lines, Rainforest Tours, Caves, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Water sports, Whitewater Rafting
Bed and Breakfast, Working Ranch, Country Inn
Computer, Internet Service, Library, Telephone, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wi-Fi
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Wet bar
On-site Horseback Riding, Farm animals, Tour assistance, Private Guide Service
Steve and Debbie Legg
2 Dogs , numerous farm animals Others
$10/pp for guests staying in houses.
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian