Planning Pointers

from Mis Ojos

photo by James Lozeau

We are excited that you want to come stay with us at Finca Bellavista! There are a few things to know about our special home 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 yet in many homes here. (Please read the descriptions of each rental when making your reservation.) 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.

If you’d like to get a better idea of what a visit to Finca Bellavista is like, we suggest you watch this video, ‘The Ins and Outs of Finca Bellavista’.

INFORMATION FOR MAKING OVERNIGHT RENTALS AND RESERVING PARTIES

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.

Please be aware that all reservations are subject to our Reservations Policies. (Politicas de Reserva, Pago y Cancelación 2013)

DAY, DROP-IN AND UNSCHEDULED VISITORS

Property tours by Finca Bellavista and its employees are only available to overnight visitors only and by appointment only. WE CANNOT ACCOMMODATE DROP-IN OR UNSCHEDULED VISITORS AND GUESTS OR QUICK DAY TOURS. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause your party, but there are many reasons why we don’t have signage on the highways or directions on our website. When planning your visit to Finca Bellavista, please remember that the treehouses and the land they exist on are PRIVATE PROPERTY. In addition, all visitors and guests to Finca Bellavista must sign-in at our office and register their visit.

We prefer not to give direct directions to Finca Bellavista due to the unique nature of our project. Again, we DO NOT have the human resources to handle drop-in or unscheduled visitors, so we ask that your party please contact us prior to making plans to visit. GPS and navigation systems do not work in this area, and should not be used with confidence or reliability.

For all of our current travel tips, visit our LOCATION page. 

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 accommodate. Our check-in hours for rentals 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.

Remember, you will be walking to/from your rental and will be carrying your own luggage to and from your rental. Less is more, backpacks work best, and rolling luggage and suitcases are NOT recommended. Luggage porters can be hired for a per-bag fee.

WEATHER

Our high season (drier season) is roughly mid-December through May. Our low season (rainier season) is roughly 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! The temperatures year-round 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!

BUGS

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.

WHAT TO PACK

Though we are well equipped for simple living, we suggest bringing several items to make your stay here more enjoyable. Finding these items in the stores nearby is not only challenging, but could be impossible, so plan ahead and bring them with you from your point of origin.

 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 or medical clinics in need, 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

FOOD SERVICE

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are available in our Community Dining Hall. Breakfast is served from 7:30-8:30 Monday through Saturday, and from 8:30-9:30 on Sundays. Breakfast is $5. On Sunday Brunch days (special occasions) brunch is served from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and costs $15 per person. We do not have breakfast service on Second Sundays. Lunch is available from 12:30 -1:30 p.m. and must be ordered no later than breakfast. Sack lunches can be arranged at breakfast as well. Both lunch options are $10 per person. Dinner service includes nightly specials, and is served at 6:30 p.m. Dinner must be ordered no later than lunchtime in the Community Center. Dinner is $15 per person. 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

There is filtered drinking water in each rental and in community areas.

If you will not be taking advantage of community meals, please plan accordingly. Bring your own cooler if you need cold items and your rental does not have a refrigerator. 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!

COMMUNICATIONS 

We do not have a public telephone or a land telephone line, so plan accordingly. There is a faint 3G signal in some of the treehouses, however, and you are free to bring your own cell phone. We no longer have access to a WIFI signal at the community base camp or office.

HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

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

SKYTRAILS

We do not let visitors use the SkyTrails without guidance or assistance.

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.