Fodor's Expert Review Cañas Castilla

Approx. 5 km (3 miles) north from La Cruz, La Cruz, Guanacaste, Costa Rica Fodor's Choice

Swiss expats Guido and Agi spent their first years in Costa Rica living off the land without running water or electricity, but today their little paradise is a full-fledged farm with cows, horses, chickens, and rustic cabins for overnight guests. Handcrafted by the owners, cozy cabins are extremely tidy with high-beamed ceilings and patios overlooking the Sapoa River, where you can spend a lazy day in a hammock. Screened windows keep the bugs away, and ceramic-tile floors keep temperatures cool. Each room has a safe, mini-refrigerator, and a/c which can be used for an additional $12 charge. Wildlife is abundant here so expect to see monkeys, birds, sloths, bats, and the occasional crocodile. Agi is an exceptional cook, whipping up Swiss-Tico fusion favorites with homemade breads and organic produce from the farm. They have their own moringa plantation, a medicinal plant known to prevent some 300 diseases. There is a small library providing a book exchange and board games, making those rainy days a bit more inviting. Sunny days are perfect for rowing down the river, hiking the well-marked network of trails, or horseback riding on the 160-acre property. The owners can also arrange private tours across the border to Nicaragua.


  • friendly owners
  • nature abounds
  • all rooms are wheelchair accessible
  • delicious food


  • patchy Wi-Fi in common areas only
  • no phones
  • muddy in rainy season
  • extra charge for a/c


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Phones: -8381–4030-cell


6 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals

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