Fodor's Expert Review Casa Botania B&B

Road to Wilson Botanical Garden, 5 km (3 miles) south of San Vito, San Vito, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Comfortable rooms with sweeping views of forest and mountains, birding trails, and bountiful buffet breakfasts are the highlights at this delightful, small hilltop B&B. Rooms are furnished with attractive furniture made by local artisans and have satellite TV. Two bungalows have queen beds and modern bathrooms. Two superior cabins, one with a queen and two single beds and the other a large studio with kitchen and king-size bed, share the spectacular valley view with a spacious two-bedroom, fully equipped house. Start the morning early with a guided birding walk ($15) along trails through the garden, or farther afield near Wilson Botanical Garden. Then enjoy breakfast on the spacious deck framed by entwined tree branches, and keep your binoculars close at hand. Pepe, a professional bird guide, will help you identify visiting birds, as well as organize birding and hiking excursions (tours starting from $20 per person). Kathleen, a tour guide who speaks five languages, prepares elaborate three-course, gourmet fish and plant-based dinners ($22) for guests by reservation.

PROS

  • amiable hosts
  • scenic garden setting
  • birding and photography tours

CONS

  • close to road and traffic noise (but not much at night)
  • big but friendly dog
  • slightly cramped dining terrace

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
FamilyViews
Intimate
Countryside
Local Flavor
$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 2773–4217 | 8711–3008

HOTEL DETAILS

5 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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