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Bed & Breakfast - Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui
Top bed & breakfasts in Costa Rica
Zoover Award 2013
Size: 5 acres
just over one hour from San Jose
Experience this magical island secluded in a tropical rain forest in the heart of Costa Rica. Feel the enchantment of varieties of towering heliconias and tropical plants. Cross the bridge into a unique world of natural harmony surrounded by the sounds and songs of birds, howler monkeys, and the flowing river.
Isla Las Heliconias, created by a split in the Puerto Viejo River, is accessible only by a rustic bridge. The five-acre garden is home to 80 varieties of heliconias, gingers & other tropical plants.
C A B I N S A N D L O D G E
In our new cabins we have place for 12 persons.
4 bungalows; fully furnished and all with own bathroom and terrace, 2 with air-conditioning 1 family apartment with separate bedroom and bathroom
The furniture in the cabins are made of bamboo.
On our island we have two cabins with a ventilator and a queensizebed, one cabin with airco and a kingsizebed and one cabin with airco and two singlebeds.
The cabins have hot showers.
There is also a 4 person family lodge available, consisting of livingroom/kitchen with refrigerator and bunk, separate bedroom with queen size bed, bathroom and veranda.
R E S T A U R A N T A N D H O U S E
The new restaurant is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the nature on Heliconia Island.
Includes 2 guest bathrooms, kitchen, bar and breakfast / dining area and bar with views in the garden and river.
O W N E R' S H O M E
One bedroom, one bathroom, living room and balconies.
B O T A N I C A L G A R D E N
A tiny island just outside Costa Rica's Northern zone town of Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui is home to a little-known but magnificent botanical garden that awaits visitors in search of beauty and serenity.
P R O P E R T Y D E S C R I P T I O N
The Botanical Garden features over 70 different species and varieties of Heliconias which are flowering throughout the year. In addition to the Heliconia species native to C.R., the garden has an unusual variety of species native to other tropical zone countries around the world that are rarely seen even in Costa Rica. The garden also features a large number of botanical relatives of the Heliconias. Among those families represented are the gingers,
Lowiaceae (no common name), costus, cannas, prayer plants, and musae (bananas). Several varieties of bananas are grown. There are also distinct species cultivated as ornamentals. Surrounding the cultivated areas of the garden are fruit trees, bamboo groves, ferns, bromeliads, philodendrons, orchids and other plant forms are growing in abundance. The most unusual palms represented in the garden are the triangular palm and the traveller's palm. The traveller's palm is native to the Island of Madagascar and is not commonly seen in Costa Rica. Both of these palms are highly prized as ornamentals because of their distinctive form and elegant beauty. Native trees, which include Sota-Caballo, Laurel, Chilamate, Ceiba, Hule, Cocora, etc, complete the foliage of the tropical setting.
We have made two trails through the pieces of jungle that exist at the points of the island. Next to enjoying the garden, visitors can walk through a piece of jungle that leads them to big trees with huge roots, banana-, rubber- and cacao trees, wild heliconia's, brohmelias and philodendrons until they reach the river where people can swim or enjoy the birds and the view.
You can visit the garden daily form 08:00 till 17:00 hour.
On the edge of the beautiful garden there is a restaurant where around 20 people can easily be seated with views in the gardens and river. Above the restaurant is the owners living space, which has also beautiful views on the river. Nice living area, 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom. A little behind the restaurant and owners house there are two buildings with a total 4 rooms, all with their own terrace and bathrooms. 2 of the rooms also have air conditioning ...
I S L A N D J U N G L E W I T H B I R D S & B U T T E R F L I E S
Besides the beautiful garden still 40% of the island is jungle (each end of the island) with a path through it, to get a real feeling of the jungle live. On one end there is a secluded little “beach” which can is ideal to have a swim in the river.
A real delight is the large number of colorful, exotic tropical bird species. There are more than 400 species of birds in the tropical lowland forest of the Sarapiquí region. One of the most visually appealing butterflies to catch sight of on the island is the brilliant Blue Morpho. A small in sectarian is in the planning stager and will feature a larger select collection of butterflies.
Besides birds, butterflies and other small jungle inhabitants, there is a family of monkeys living ON the island, which have actually never left this surrounding. Right now it is a family of 5 howler monkey. Also slots, owls and other bigger animals can be found on a daily base on the island as well as toucans and other bigger bird species.
A JUNGLE HOME AT A JUNGLE SETTING, YET VERY ACCESIBLE AND CLOSE TO SAN JOSE.
Lonely Planet review
This self-proclaimed ‘oasis of serenity’ is arguably the most beautiful garden in all of Costa Rica. This Island is a masterpiece of landscape architecture that was started in 1992 by New York City native Tim Ryan, a former professor of art and design.... Today, this 2.3-hectare island is home to more than 80 varieties of heliconias, tropical flowers, plants and trees. The grounds are a refuge for 228 species of birds (humming birds are the sole pollinators of heliconias). There are also resident howler monkeys, river otters and a few friendly dogs that will greet you upon arrival.FF
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