Planning Pointers

from Mis Ojos

photo by James Lozeau

We are excited to host you at Finca Bellavista! There are a few things to know about  before you begin making plans to visit.

Firstly, this is a private community, and all rentals are individually owned and managed as vacation rental homes. Finca Bellavista is not for everyone and is not a ‘typical’ tourist destination.

We are NOT a full-service spa or a fancy hotel. You won’t find TVs in our cabinas, or electricity in many homes here. What you will find is a rustic, yet comfortable retreat from the outside world to explore and enjoy. We have limited human resources to show every visitor personally to features, hikes, gardens, trees and animals. This is a great place for independent travelers and nature-lovers to get back to the earth and explore. We welcome you to our home, and hope you like visiting as much as we love living here.

For visitor reviews of their visits to Finca Bellavista, please visit our Trip Advisor page.


Additional information, like exact directions and current food services will be sent to visitors upon making overnight reservations ONLY. For your planning purposes, we are in the Southern Zone of Costa, in between Rio Claro and Palmar Norte. Please see OUR LOCATION for a map of the general vicinity and our travel tips. If you make a reservation, it is implied that you understand where we are located and can accommodate the travel itinerary necessary to arrive on the date of your reservation. All reservations are bound to our RESERVATIONS POLICIES.

Though we are a short 3-kilometer drive off the paved PanAmerican Highway, 4-wheel drive is REQUIRED on the road to the finca. Nighttime arrivals CANNOT be accommodated. Our check-in hours are noon to 5 p.m. Arriving to the finca after dark can be problematic depending on where you are staying. The hike to a treehouse, for example, can be slippery, and is best negotiated during daytime hours.

You will be walking to/from your rental and will be carrying your own luggage to and from your rental. Less is more and backpacks work best. Do NOT bring a rolling luggage (we do have a storage space at base camp if you must). Luggage porters can be hired for a per-bag fee, when available.


Our high season (drier season) is mid-December through May. Our low season (rainier season) is June through November. It is the rainforest and it will rain whenever it feels like raining, and there is no such thing as a weather forecast here. Year-round temperatures are in the 80’s during the day, and in the 60’s at night. The biggest variance in our seasons is the amount of rainfall we receive. It’s usually cool underneath the canopy in the shade, and extremely hot in the direct sun. On occasion, there are rainy days, but even in the rainiest parts of rainy season, the mornings are usually clear. Don’t let the prospect of rain ruin your vacation – it’s warm rain and is very pleasant!


Those of us that live here don’t wear bug spray, but newcomers might feel they need to. Though the bugs are not inherently bad (they are actually quite minimal compared to the coastal areas) there are stinging insects on occasion due to the moon cycles. This is nothing to cancel your vacation over or fret about, just come prepared with lightweight pants or bug spray.


-Bring a BACKPACK, do NOT bring a rolling suitcase.

-BOOTS!!! There are a variety of reasons why you should wear boots while exploring the jungle. Though the likelihood of getting bitten by a venomous snake is highly unlikely, wearing boots takes out most of your risk. Please bring your own boots  or borrow some from our communal boot wall.

-FLASHLIGHT or HEADLAMP and batteries to power it!

-Quick-dry clothing and a variety of clothing. Our temperatures year-round are in the 60’s at night and in the 80’s during the day. You’ll want shorts and tanks during the day and long pants and possibly even a sweatshirt at night.


-bathing suit

-waterproof sunblock

-bugspray (the bugs are not inherently bad, but some people are just prone to getting bitten. Lightweight long sleeves and pants will help too.)

-raingear (it’s warm rain, but if you don’t like being wet, bring raingear)


-wildlife, flower or plant guides

-a book to relax with (we have book swap shelves too)

-A sense of adventure! (an absolute must!)

-a computer or device if you are planning on doing any communicating, work, or wifing while you are at FBV. We cannot loan out our computers due to security purposes and our work schedules.

We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and bring supplies for area schools, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families.

Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our project/projects.

Pack for a Purpose


Meals are available for purchase in our Community Dining Hall. Our meals are served in a buffet-style, community atmosphere. We will need advanced notice if you are planning on joining us for meals. Please give your notification upon check-in, or, at the meal before.

We cook enough food for the number of reservations we have for a meal. If you do not have a reservation, we might not have enough to feed you if you show up unannounced. Meal delivery is available upon request and when staffing allows. Children ages 5-12 are charged half-price for meals. If your party has any dietary needs or restrictions, please notify us at check-in.

Our property is fed with potable spring water. There are several filtered water stations throughout the Finca (the bath house, the kitchen house, and any rental treehouse or cabina with a kitchen). You will not need to bring bottled water with you.

If you will not be taking advantage of community meals, please bring your own food. Our gardeners can harvest and deliver farm-fresh goods to your rental. We offer garden tours and cooking classes as well for those that want to learn about our *Finca Fresh*  lifestyle!

Children under 5 eat for free with a paying adult. Children ages 5-12 enjoy 1/2 price meals.

Center night

Dinnertime at the Community Dining Hall by James Lozeau

Effective November 7, 2014

BREAKFAST is $8 per person and is served daily from 7:30 until 9:30 a.m. Breakfast is put away and is no longer available after 9:30 a.m. On Sundays, our Breakfast hours are 8:30-10:30 a.m. On occasion, we host a ‘Second Sunday’ brunch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday Brunch (when available) is $15 per person, or $7 for children under 12.

SACK LUNCHES are available for $10 each. Orders for to-go lunches must be submitted to the Finca Bellavista kitchen by 9 a.m.

Our DINNER sitting is at 6:30 p.m. and is available for $15 per person. Dinner is our busiest meal of the day, and we advise a prompt arrival at 6:30 p.m. for best selection. Dinner is put away and is no longer available after 7:30 p.m.

A daily HAPPY 2 HOURS is available for Finca Bellavista guests from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. in El Rancho.


Regional 3G cellular telephone service is available in sporadic locations around Finca Bellavista, however it is spotty and undependable. There is a pay telephone available in La Florida, though international calling cards are best purchased in Palmar Norte or Rio Claro. A WIFI internet zone near the FBV office that is available during office hours. Connection charges apply, bring your own device to connect.


We have a First Aid Station in the community center and First Aid Kits in each rental unit.


We do not allow unaccompanied use of the SkyTrails.

Introduction to and use of the community’s private SKYTrail network of ziplines and platforms is contingent on employee and equipment availability. The SKYTrails are not operated as a commercial canopy tour, nor are they inclusive of an overnight stay at Finca Bellavista. We must charge an equipment rental fee to either loan equipment OR to provide guidance on the SkyTrails. We reserve the right to refuse access to the SKYTrails to any guest that is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or guests that are unable to accurately perform basic necessary activities to be on the SKYTrails. Children under the age of 12 or people under 48 inches are prohibited from using the SkyTrails at this time due to the need for specialized equipment. Please inquire at check-in for availability.

If you’d like to get a better idea of what a visit to Finca Bellavista is like, we suggest you watch this video: