Leaves and Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat

500 meters sur de super kike, alto monterrey monterrey, san carlos, San Carlos de La Fortuna, 00000 Costa Rica (Show map)


Discover the real Costa Rica at Leaves and Lizards. 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. Private guided tours and on-site horseback riding offer guests a one-of-a-kind, customized vacation. Conveniently located to the La Fortuna area. Close to hot springs, ziplines and rain forest hiking. Here's what our guests have to say: "Guest Experiences" http://www.leavesandlizards.com/guest-comments/


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Innkeepers: Steve and Debbie Legg



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  • Guest room4.9
  • Service5
  • Value4.9
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.9

One of the BEST retreats in Costa Rica

5 on April 15, 2014

I have been to Leaves and Lizards dozen times and THEY are the best !

The real deal

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!

Didn't want to leave

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.

A week in paradise

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.

great experience

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.

A Week In Paradise

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!

Beauty by Arenal Volcano

5 on September 09, 2009

I stayed in the monkey cabin with my husband and 2 children ages 8 and 11. We loved the view of the volcano, it was out for most of the time we were there! Nothing can beat the sunset from the porch... hanging from the hammock swings and enjoying the sound of the hummingbirds! My kids had a lot of fun playing with their dogs, Sam and Clyde. We also all learned to horseback ride and went on our first adventure which was a horseback ride to a private waterfall!! We swam and cooled off in the refreshing water and we even got to go behind the waterfall! A trip to Costa Rica is not complete without staying at Leaves and Lizards!

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Rooms & Rates

Toucan Cabin

Enjoy our spacious Toucan Cabin, private bath, big porch with amazing views and outside shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 3 Twin

Nightly Rate: $200 - $240

Monkey Cabin

Spacious porches with amazing views! Inside and outside shower. Surrounded by nature and privately located within our 26 acres.

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 3 Twin

Nightly Rate: $200 - $240

Hobbit House

Unique partly underground cottage built into the hillside. It offers amazing views, terrace and has a fun inside – outside – underground shower. A work of art.

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 3 Twin

Nightly Rate: $220 - $250

Congo and Coco Cabins

Comfortable, well designed cabins with amazing views and porches. Indoor and outdoor showers

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

Nightly Rate: $200 - $240

Heliconia House

2 Bedroom 1 bathroom. Inside and outside shower. Near reception and the barn. Front and back porch. Kitchen area. Rate is based on quad occupancy.

  • Maximum Capacity: 6
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $190 - $200

Hummingbird Hacienda

Large 1800 square foot fully equipped house. Features 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, full kitchen, laundry room with washer and dryer, front and back porches. 3 Queen Beds and 1 pull out full sized bed. The Hummingbird is a 10 minute walk from the Restaurant up and down 2 steep hills on a gravel road. Sleeps up to 8. Minimum 3 night stay. Rate is based on quad occupancy.

  • Maximum Capacity: 8
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 3 Queen , 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $330 - $360

Villa Mariposa

Newly remodeled Villa Mariposa will reopen Nov. 1st, 2016. It offers a private gazebo with 2 person tub, private gated entrance, air conditioning and outdoor shower. Villa Mariposa offers the ultimate in privacy, views and romance! One queen bed and a pull out sofa bed. Photos coming soon...

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $230 - $280

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Location Type

Near the Arenal Volcano., Countryside, Mountains, Tropical


San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO-Juan Santamaria Intl.) 80 miles

Directions to property:

Please see our website for directions.

Area Attractions

Lake, National/State parks, Nature area, River, Rodeo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Cabin, Ranch

On-site amenities

Computer, Library, Telephone, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wi-Fi , On-site Horseback Riding, Private Guide Service, Tour assistance, Farm animals

Room amenities

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 activities

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

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  • Check In:: 1pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Additional cleaning fee may apply
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 3 nights is recommended to best enjoy our retreat.
  • Accepted payments Other, VISA, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% off season
100% high season
  • Cancellations: 13% tourist tax will be added to your nightly rate. Potential guests who cancel greater then 30 days before the scheduled date will receive a refund of their deposit less a 20% fee for processing. Potential guests who cancel less then 30 days before their stay will not receive a refund for lodging. If you have paid in advance for your tours, they will be refunded.
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Steve and Debbie Legg

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Resident Pets

Dogs , horses, cow, chickens

About the innkeepers

We opened Leaves and Lizards in 2007 and have been growing and loving life in Costa Rica ever since! We have an extensive horse back riding operations and equine facilitated learning program. See our website for more information about our program. Here is a link: http://www.leavesandlizards.com/eponicity/

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  • Time Served: 7 am to 9 am
  • Serving Location: On-site restaurant

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Farm to Table Fresh food! We grow our own chickens, eggs, some produce, pork and produce our own dairy products.

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