Leaves and Lizards Retreat

/lēvz and lizərds rəˈtrēt/


1. a quiet or secluded place in which one can rest and relax.
2. a unique cabin resort in Costa Rica with rustic charm and breathtaking views of the Arenal Volcano.
synonyms: refuge, haven, sanctuary, hideaway, home away from home

Lodging & Rates

We offer 10 unique private deluxe cabins  spread out on 30 acres of rolling hills ALL OPTIONS offer amazing views of the Arenal Volcano.

Vacation Packages

We can streamline your vacation planning by creating customized experiences for individuals, couples, groups or families.

Tours & Activities

There’s so much to do in Costa Rica! At Leaves and Lizards, your activities and tours are personalized and can be customized to meet your needs.

Escape from the ordinary at Leaves and Lizards…

We’re not just another Costa Rica rain forest hotel. Choose one of our unique cabins and immerse yourself in the local Tico culture. Take in breathtaking views of the Arenal Volcano as you watch toucans from your private porch. Collect eggs, milk a cow, or brush a horse on our working farm. Enjoy fresh farm to table food and delicious Costa Rican coffee. Experience the best horseback riding in Costa Rica, let us plan a zip-line or rafting adventure for you, or simply relax by the pool and enjoy a signature cocktail.

“Left a piece of my heart there…”

Like all the best things in life, it takes some effort to get to L&L. The road there is a trip in and of itself but if you let a little gravel stand in the way of you getting there, this place probably isn’t for you anyway. Eventually, you make you way through the village that time forgot and end up in the retreat.

“Gratitude for Horses!”

I’m so grateful for the experience I had at Leaves and Lizards. It was truly a life changing experience that I couldn’t have anticipated. Being surrounded by such love from all the horses and animals on the farm, waking up to a stunning view of the volcano, eating delicious organic meals, being in the middle of the  jungle and working with such amazing facilitators was healing on so many levels.

“Paradise Found!”

Leaves and Lizards is a beautiful and relaxing paradise set in the rainforest of Northern Costa Rica. It’s a rough track as you near this paradise but, without doubt, worth it. The views from every cabin and the open air restaurant are spectacular, vistas of luscious green rainforest and the famous volcano Arenal

“Simply the best”

L&L is an excellent example of a successful business run by resident owners who have put so much love and attention into every inch of the property. It is evident from your arrival to departure that it is important that you enjoy your stay and gain a full and varied experience of the local area. It is well managed and impeccably presented.

“Even more than we hoped for"

We had such a wonderful time in Costa Rica at Leaves and Lizards! We loved loved, loved the Hummingbird house and were SO glad that we upgraded to it. The bird watching was just incredible – far more than we even hoped for. We had toucans in the trees right outside the house singing to each other, a flock of green parrots, saw a white hawk, and of course saw gorgeous hummingbirds all around.

Come visit us and find out for yourself why Leaves and Lizards Retreat in Costa Rica is ranked in the top 1% of resort hotels in the world!

Contact Us

Toll free from the US or Canada: 1-888-828-9245 or 1-866-860-7613.

Locally in Costa Rica: 2478-0023 or 8333-6863.

Email: leavesandlizardsretreat@gmail.com

Our address is: 500 meters Sur de Super Kike, Alto Monterrey, Monterrey, San Carlos, Alajeula, Costa Rica

Leaves and Lizards Retreat

Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica CLICK HERE, for directions
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Resort Amenities

  • Infinity Pool
  • Poolside Tiki Bar
  • Lava Lizard Restaurant
  • Vegetarian and vegan offerings
  • Gluten free options
  • Concierge service
  • Laundry service
  • Naturalist guide service
  • Covered Yoga Deck
  • Yoga classes
  • Massage therapy
  • Horseback riding
  • Our own private waterfall
  • Arenal River access
  • Rain forest hiking trails
  • Working farm with cows, chickens, and pigs
  • Farm fresh eggs and milk
  • On-site photography services
  • Photography classes
  • Personal coaching

10 Valorado por los clientes
Recommended by The Romantic Tourist

Things to Note about our Cabin Retreat

  • Our delicious Breakfast is included in the nightly rate.
  • Leaves and Lizards Rates do not include the 13% Costa Rica tourist tax, it is added to your food and lodging total.
  • In accordance with local tourism law, an additional 10% service charge is added to your food bill.
  • Cash, PayPal, VISA and MasterCard are accepted on site.
  • We are not a typical hotel/resort. We have a welcoming retreat like atmosphere.
  • In keeping with our retreat atmosphere, we ask for a minimum stay of 3 nights. Please don’t ask for shorter stays. Our average length of stay is 4-5 nights.
  • Leaves and Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat is suitable for older children. We may not be the best choice for kids under the age of 5.
  • We can provide transportation, please inquire about rates.
  • We are located in a rural area. Expect a bumpy ride on the Yellow or Red Route, take the Green route if you want to stay on the paved road.
  • Check-in is at 1:00 pm and Check-out at 11:00 am. This can be flexible, just ask.
  • FREE local calls and FREE high speed wireless internet in the Lava Lizard only, no WiFi in the rooms.
  • Daily yoga $15/person during most peak times.
  • Lunch – $12, Dinner – $16-$25. Served at the Lava Lizard restaurant. Children’s menu $8. Reservations are necessary.
  • Farm to Table Fresh is our motto! Foods grown at Leaves and Lizards: Milk, cream, sour cream, cheese, butter, ice cream, chicken, beef, pork, eggs and a variety of fruits and vegetables.
  • Please plan to pay tips in cash.
  • For ideas of other great places to stay, our friends Berni and Nhi, owners of Pura Vida Hotel near SJO,  have excellent recommendations.  ‘Places you will want to stay (longer)’.