Our Friends

Here are a few of our friends… both in Costa Rica and across the world (which seems to get a little smaller everyday). Please visit their websites and tell them we sent you!

Places We Recommend To Stay in Costa Rica 

Finca Bellavista is a proud member of Adventure Hotels of Costa Rica, a non-profit association of small, eco-friendly lodging options strategically located throughout Costa Rica. If you like staying in a more intimate & personalized place on your travels, visit the AHCR website and discover the perfect charming little owner-operated value-priced hotel wherever you are travelling in Costa Rica. You can request a 10% discount just for mentioning AHCR at your time of booking. Tell them we sent you!

Other places where we like to stop when we are out and about!

San Jose/Central Valley:

Terrazas de Golf is a boutique hotel situated on the Cariari Golf Course (You can play an 18-hold round for $60 as a Terraza guest) and only 5 minutes from the International Airport. Cecilia’s hospitality is top notch, breakfast and shuttle to/from the airport can be included, and it is walking distance to several restaurants and shopping.

Casa Bella Rita is a darling, quiet & classy B&B on the outskirts of the city near Santa Ana. Overlooking a dramatic river canyon, you won’t even know you are so close to the hustle and bustle of the airport, shopping, and city resources. Rita & Steve will take good care of you!

Costa Rica Marriott is everything you would expect of a Marriott in a beautiful open-air hacienda style setting. The international airport is a 5-minute taxi ride away.

Colours Oasis Resort is a gay friendly, cozy boutique hotel in the Rohrmohser area of San Jose. This hotel is close to the US Embassy and the Pavas/Nature Air regional airport, and has a festive yet relaxed atmosphere.

Other Central Valley locations:

Escazu area: Tierra Magica is a cozy bed and breakfast. Your host Barbara will take good care of you!

The Intercontinental in Escazu is a lively spot with several dining options and world-class spa.This is a great place to spoil yourself!

Ringle Resort is an oasis of tranquility overlooking the Central Valley.

Vista del Valle Plantation Inn is a quiet retreat & spa in Alajuela and is about 45 minutes from the international airport.

Central Coast:

Hotel Poseidon - is in central Jaco right by the beach! This is a fun place to hang out, and is a good option for those not wanting to stay in the city prior to flying in/out of the country.

Mango Moon Intimate Boutique Hotel is in a great area of Manuel Antonio with views, a trail to a quiet beach, and is within walking distance to lots of fun restaurants and bars.

Costa Ballena:

Villas Alturas has sprawling Pacific Ocean views, a sun-drenched pool, and is close to several amazing beaches. What more could you want in a beach vacation?

Cuna del Angel is a darling and well-serviced hotel in the Costa Ballena area, with an amazing on-site restaurant and spa.

Costa Paraiso is a wonderful spot to relax by the ocean, go in-shore or off-shore fishing, or walk down to Dominicalito for a surf session.

La Cusinga Rainforest Coast Lodge is an epic perch on the Pacific Ocean with a private trail to one of the prettiest beaches in all of Costa Rica.

The Flutterby House is a hostel in Uvita that is walking distance to the Marina Ballena National Park. This is a backpacker favorite!

Cristal Ballena is as close to full-service as one can get in the Southern Zone. Featuring beautiful vistas and a sprawling pool area to enjoy the sunshine.


Our friend’s private bungalow on the Sierpe River is en route to Isla del Cano and deep-sea fishing in Sierpe del Pacifico.

Osa Region:

Luna Lodge is an yoga retreat with epic views and wildlife located near Corcovado National Park.

Blue Osa is on a gorgeous stretch of beachfront property in Playa Tamales. This hideaway is 8 kilometers south of Matapalo, and offers a quiet and relaxing location to perfect your yoga.

Finca Exotica is a gem of an eco-lodge perched overlooking Playa Carate, right next to Corcovado National Park.

Piedras Blancas/Golfo Dulce:

Esquinas Rainforest Lodge is the closest lodge to Finca Bellavista, and is a world-renowned birdwatching and wildlife observation area. This lodge is the gateway to Piedras Blancas National Park!

Saladero Lodge is a mellow spot on the Golfo Dulce that is perfect for kayakers, birdwatchers, and wildlife enthusiasts looking to get away from it all.


Siempre Domingo Lodge & Retreat has an infinity pool, amazing views of the Golfo Dulce, and is close to the longest left in the hemisphere… what more could you want?

Pavones Best Rentals has villas and cozy houses to rent in the Zancudo/Pavones/Pilon area of Costa Rica.


Coloso Del Mar is the ultimate cozy spot to relax at the beach. These beachfront cabinas are right in front of the Zancudo surf break, and there’s a delicious on-site restaurant. John Charles and the crew will take good care of you.


Mar y Luna is a nice little hotel and full-service restaurant right on the water in Golfito. Soak in some local flavor while laying over in Golfito!

Caribbean side:

Banana Azul is the liveliest spot on the Caribbean side to soak in the ambiance of beach life! Gay friendly and gay owned.

Heading to Panama?

Boca Chica is where its at! Our favorite place to relax is Seagull Cove Lodge in Boca Chica. Great hospitality, food, and plenty of water activities to keep you busy!

Our favorite spot to relax in the mountains and cool breezes of Boquete is Valle Escondido.

Contributing Photographers

It’s always amazing to see differing perspectives on Finca Bellavista! Here are a few of the talented people that have shared their work on our website.

James Lozeau

Bryan Beasley

Tim Hussin

Anders Birch

Paul Abravaya

Allison Shelley

Silke Gondolf

Matt Rath

Lia Diaz

Our Other ‘Tree’ Friends Across the Globe

Most people are surprised to know that there is a global community of people that take trees and treetop living very seriously… but here are a few we know that we think you should know too!

EarthJOY is THE place to go for treeclimbing clinics and instruction! Learn to climb trees with Shelly and Bill in Kentucky. They are two of the nicest people you will ever meet!

Treehouse Workshop is where craftsmanship and artistry meet in the trees! We refer to them as treetop carpenter Jedi knights at FBV.

Treehouse Point is a great place to stay in Washington State and is home to the Annual Global Treehouse Symposium!

Forever Young builds universally accessible treehouses. How cool is that?

New Tribe makes tree climbing gear and zipline equipment that we use everyday at Finca Bellavista!

Out n’ About is a treehouse resort/B&B in Oregon.

Treetop Builders create beautiful custom-built treehouses.

Other Friends of Finca Bellavista in Costa Rica

Mar y Luna is a waterfront restaurant in Golfito that has great food and views of the Golfo Dulce.

Aventuras Tropicales offers kayak and adventure tours in the Golfo Dulce/Osa region.

Proyecto de Conservacion de Aguas y Tierras is a non-profit that is studying the flora and fauna of FBV and the surrounding region with conservation of species, ecosystems and culture in mind.

Pura-Verde is Costa Rica’s premier source for everything green, sustainable, and healthy.

Fundacion Santuario Silvestre de Osa is a wildlife sanctuary doing wonderful things on the Golfo Dulce.

Other Members of the Global Finca Bellavista Community

Our friends and family outside of Costa Rica…

Make Promises Happen is a program of Central Christian Camp in Guthrie, Oklahoma that provides outdoor recreational opportunities to individuals with special needs. We want them to bring a group of special needs kids to experience FBV in 2013, so if you need a tax deduction, donate to them and tell them we sent you!

American Eagle Outfitters shot their summer 2011 advertising campaign here at Finca Bellavista!

We love Patagonia clothing and technical gear!

Liquid Pix Photography is full of amazing surf and water wildlife photographs by Anthony Lombardi (formerly of Oklahoma and now of Carpenteria, California)

Crested Butte News is our favorite hometown newspaper in Crested Butte, Colorado.

Adaptive Action Sports is a non-profit dedicated to disabled action sport athletes, artists, and musicians that was founded by our friends Amy Purdy and Daniel Gale. Again, if you need a tax deduction, this a great place for your money to go!

Matchstick Productions makes the best ski and snow-based films on the planet.

The Earth Friends makes organic dolls for today’s earth-friendly kids. You can find them at Whole Foods too.

Twist Nutrition provides holistic nutrition and wellness education services.

Andi Frank is a great photographer and friend of ours in Germany.

Carina Carina is an independent, creative and inspiring jeweler in the San Diego area.

Robin Esrock is a TV personality, travel writer, and modern Gonzo kind of guy.

The Colorado Freeskier is an awesome spot in Crested Butte, Colorado to purchase the latest skier gear!

Ian Mackenzie is a new media producer based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Prana is a clothing company that makes comfortable, durable, and fashionable gear.

Majestic Theatre is a super-hip, locally owned and operated movie theatre in Crested Butte, Colorado.

Chicago Food Planet is a great way to explore Chicago’s culinary delights. Eat. Walk. Be Merry.

Global Humanitarian Adventures is a non-profit organization that has a goal of positively impacting the world and its people by engaging volunteers in international service work.

Our good friend Aaron Fanning is the handiest guy around and recently started Level Handyworks in the Denver metro area.


Real Estate At Home and Abroad

Costa Rica Surf Realty focuses on selling real estate within the Southern Zone of Costa Rica.

Sierpe del Pacifico is another ecologically-minded community in the Osa Region of Costa Rica on the mouth of the Sierpe River.

Green Leaf Costa Rica is a great group of people to work with when looking for properties in the Dominical/Costa Ballena area.

Jungle Brothers and Pura Suerte Real Estate are great resources for those interested in learning more about tropical lifestyle, architecture and sustainable resourcing.

The Costa Rica News is a resource to search for information on Costa Rican real estate.

Rainforest Properties is based in Golfito, Costa Rica.

The Hogan Group is a real estate and financial services firm in Annapolis Maryland.