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Villa Decary, Nuevo Arenal, Northern Lowlands

$199 or less
Editor's Pick
Costa Rica, Central + South America: on idyllic Lake Arenal near the Tilaran Mountains, cozy rainforest retreat Villa Decary has hiking
Nuevo Arenal , Alajuela
Costa Rica
Tel: 506 2694 4330's insider take:

Bird watching doesn't get any easier than this. Early each morning, owners Jeff Crandall and Bill Hemmer put out pieces of fresh fruit in the garden, prompting a flurry of activity as rainbow-billed toucans and all manner of other tropical birds arrive for the feast. Your breakfast arrives after theirs—a different offering every day, ranging from crepes filled with fresh herbs to pancakes topped with homemade papaya-ginger compote. The five simply furnished yet colorful rooms in this former coffee farm have huge picture windows to maximize the view out over silvery Lake Arenal. Three villas on the hillside are a good choice if you want more privacy. They don't serve dinner here, but there are several places to eat within walking distance.

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