Villa La Fiaca Blog


Monkeys at Manuel Antonio National Park

posted Mar 8, 2014, 5:33 PM by Laura Shifflette   [ updated Mar 8, 2014, 5:42 PM ]

We visited Manuel Antonio the other day, and were rewarded with some amazing animal sightings. It pays to use a guide at Manuel Antonio. You will never see most of these animals by yourself. The guides have to pass rigorous coursework for their certification, and really know their stuff, including the latin name of every plant and animal. They are trained to spot the animals and birds, and seem to have x-ray vision. They can spot animals sleeping in the treetops where all normal mortals would see is leaves. They will train their spotting scope on the animal, and very often, you'll get to see it quite clearly. Amazing. You can take a group tour or a private tour. See our Resources section for further information.

On this visit, we had sightings of howler monkeys, capucin monkeys, two-toed and three-toed sloths, raccoons, spiders, frogs, and bats. 

In these photos, clockwise starting at top left are capucin monkeys, a howler monkey, long nose bats and a three toed sloth.

Visit to Rainmaker Park

posted Mar 8, 2014, 4:25 PM by Laura Shifflette   [ updated Mar 8, 2014, 5:50 PM ]

We recently made our first visit to Rainmaker Conservation Park. There we enjoyed the 4 km loop trail through the rainforest. There was some altitude gain, but the view at the top was well worth it! We loved all the suspension bridges, as well as the waterfalls and pools. Just the thing after a hot hike. Of course, we had to jump in the pools and stand under the waterfalls to cool off. Brrrrr! This time, we chose to hike without a guide, but next time we think we'll try one. We could hear all sorts of birds throughout the hike - they are really amazingly LOUD, and were rewarded near the end of the hike with a view of a toucan. 

This private park is located a short drive from the house. Take Highway 34 towards Quepos. Shortly before Pocares, watch for a sign for Rainmaker Park, turn left and follow the road toward the mountains for 7 kms. The road is well marked. It is well worth the entry fee to have the trail maintained so well. I can only imagine how challenging it must be to keep it up.

Hiking attire is encouraged, though not entirely essential. One of us was not well prepared, and did the hike in flip flops. It worked fine, though we got some evil stares from some of the other ultra geared-up visitors. Think of how much more difficult it would be to hop in those pools and stand under those waterfalls if we had worn hiking boots! Pura vida!

For more details, check the Resources page on our website.

New Video Tour of Villa La Fiaca

posted Mar 8, 2014, 4:12 PM by Laura Shifflette

We have just completed work on our new video tour of the property. Take a tour of Villa La Fiaca with us! 
You can also check out the video on the Video page of our website.

Villa La Fiaca Video Tour

Yes, we have (no) bananas!

posted Feb 18, 2013, 2:42 PM by Laura Shifflette   [ updated Mar 8, 2014, 5:13 PM ]

We are excited that the banana tree we planted is finally producing bananas. We have quite a few fruit trees on the grounds of La Fiaca, and they bear wonderful fruit. We have citrus trees, papaya, banana, mango, guanabana, and of course, the omnipresent coconut. It is the most wonderful thing to go out into your back yard and pick ripe fruit to enjoy. Wonderful!

Ultralight Flight

posted Dec 23, 2012, 4:14 PM by Laura Shifflette   [ updated Mar 8, 2014, 5:49 PM ]

Our recent guests took a ride with Eduardo in his Ultra Light along the beach and over our house, and they pronounced it the highlight of their visit to Costa Rica. Here's a shot of the flight over the beach. Eduardo is based in the palms and does flights on the late afternoons and weekends. Check the Resources section for his contact information if you are interested.

Happy Holidays!

posted Dec 23, 2012, 4:09 PM by Laura Shifflette   [ updated Dec 23, 2012, 4:12 PM ]

All our best to you and yours for this holiday season. The tree is up and decorated at Villa La Fiaca! 
If you've had it with grey skies and frozen toes, come walk the beach with us at Playa Bandera.   

posted Apr 8, 2012, 9:11 AM by Laura Shifflette   [ updated Feb 18, 2013, 1:03 PM ]

New Video showcasing Villa La Fiaca!

posted Jan 14, 2012, 10:13 AM by Laura Shifflette   [ updated Jan 14, 2012, 10:14 AM ]

We've just finished our new YouTube video and have posted it on this website as well as on our VRBO vacation rental site, our Facebook Fan Page, Villa La Fiaca, and I will also post a link here so you won't miss it! We are pleased with how it came out and hope you will be too! It should give you a really good feel for the place!

YouTube Video

Happy New Year from the Beach!

posted Jan 2, 2012, 3:27 PM by Laura Shifflette   [ updated Jan 2, 2012, 3:27 PM ]

We had a joyful New Year's at La Fiaca. We celebrate the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display on the beach which lights up the night sky, and often a big bonfire as well. the neighbors all get together and celebrate. What a great way to ring in 2012!  Warmest wishes from our house to yours!

Happy Holidays!

posted Dec 14, 2011, 5:39 PM by Laura Shifflette   [ updated Dec 14, 2011, 5:39 PM ]

Happy Holidays from all of us at La Fiaca! We love celebrating the holidays on a tropical beach in Costa Rica! What better way to enjoy this special season than walking on the beach or sipping a pina colada while lounging in a hammock underneath palm trees? Who needs snow?? Not us! Cold winters are highly overrated!
The tree is all decorated and we're ready!!

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