Double room with king size bedCasita
Cabin by a Magical River & Jungle
Hosted by Johanna
Johanna is the host.Johanna is a superhost.
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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Ages 2 - 12
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Under 2
2 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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Welcome to newly built lodge &retreat center Living Forest, where you wake up to the sound of a river and jungle with tropical birds and monkeys often in sight. The location is secluded, yet you can easily drive to amazing sights by Lake Arenal.

The space

Living Forest is perfect for a romantic get-away, gathering of family and friends. It is for nature lovers and sports enthusiasts (cycling, wind surfing and other water sports). Or just come and relax amid the magical nature!

The River View Casita has two beautiful double rooms with private bathrooms. The Living Forest lodge has a big deck area and three rooms (Main lodge rooms have lower rates and they have two shared bathrooms).

Guest access

We have a brand new addition: A communal kitchen for all our guests in the newly built Casa de la Luna Nueva. You are welcome enjoy the grounds, relax in the hammocks and benches, have a dip in the river, lounge at our deck and use our beautiful wooden yoga deck. We have a weekly yoga class for visitors and locals Wednesday mornings sometimes more often.

Interaction with guests

As your host I am happy to help you with any questions you might have. We can book tours for you and recommend restaurants and activities to make your vacation run smooth and easy. There are so many adventures to be had in this area! You can experience zip lining, hot springs, hanging bridges, sailing, kite surfing and other water sports, horse back riding, visiting coffee farms etc etc.

We have two labradors living at the property. These dogs are playful and loving. Please let us know if they bother you, as they can be enthusiastic at times. They love having guests over and have made many new friends here.

I am aware of the magical quality of the nature here and like to invite you to have some time to relax and enjoy it all. If you like some quiet time for yourself or like to be more social, i respect your wishes.
I welcome you to stay for couple of days or weeks to experience the PURA VIDA of Costa Rica and have a wonderful experience in this magical country.
Please note for longer stays the rates are negotiable.

Free parking on premises
Wireless Internet
Family/kid friendly

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
Check in time is 12PM (noon) - 7PM
Check out by 11AM

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Dog(s) live in the house


8 Reviews

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Gray User Profile
May 2017
We enjoyed our stay at Living Forest. For the budget minded traveler this is a laid back spot away from traffic and tourism. The land is beautiful and the rooms are charming. It has the feel of staying with family... so be ready to accept dogs and cats and lots of bugs. I recommend checking yourself closely for ticks after waking the land. The birds are epic and we loved the area.

Marc & Tonny User Profile
February 2017
What an amazing place to stay. Waking up with te smell, the sounds and colours of 'the living forest we'll never forget. The beds, shower, kitchen it's perfect!! In the area there is so much to see and do. If you want peace and quietness in nature and don't mind it's 20 min from the nearest city.... The best place to stay.

Linda User Profile
January 2017
Beautiful setting right on the river. Saw howler monkeys and lots of birds. Very quiet and peaceful. Lovely yoga area. Johanna was prompt will all communication. Our visit was unfortunately only 2 nights. Would stay here again.
Johanna User ProfileJohanna is a superhost.
Response from Johanna:
Thanks so much Linda we absolutely loved having you. Best of wishes on your travels :)
January 2017

Libby User Profile
December 2016
Johanna's place is amazing! The river running through the property is just spectacular. She gave us lots of tips and directions. We felt right at home. The outdoor bathroom is a treat and yoga space is perfect. We highly recommend having a car as the location is a bit remote but easy to find. We used this as a home base for day trips to La Fortuna, Nuevo Arenal, and Monte Verde. It was perfect. We miss Nela and Blue (the sweet dogs) and the monkeys already!
Johanna User ProfileJohanna is a superhost.
Response from Johanna:
Thanks so much Libby & Brad! It was such a pleasure having you and you are welcome back anytime. Johanna & Bree
December 2016

Emily User Profile
December 2016
Living forest is peaceful and beautiful. The room was clean and as described. The garden is incredible and my stay was so relaxing. I would definitely return if in the area again!

Ashley User Profile
March 2016
Johanna was very accommodating and hospitable. She was kindly willing to help me out when we had some problems. The place is idyllic and peaceful, and the breakfast she made us was delicious!

Nury User Profile
February 2016
Mike and I stayed at living forest for 6 nights. Accommodations were great, loved the outdoor shower and watching the wild life from the deck. Johanna, Blue and Nella are very friendly. Johanna was very helpful from start to finish, she recommended great places to visit. We loved our stay at the living forest !!!!!!!

Costa RicaJoined in November 2013
Johanna User ProfileJohanna is a superhost.
Hi, I am Johanna, the owner of Living Forest.I love nature and animals. I adore living in Costa Rica in this magical piece of land. Yoga, dance and movement, transformation and creativity are close to my heart. I love adventures and enjoy life. I have traveled extensively and …
Languages: English, Español, Français, Suomi
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Response time: within a few hours

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