Villa Fauna is a vegan bed & breakfast located on a lush mountain above the town of San Mateo (1,500 ft up), in the Central Valley of Costa Rica. Our 2.75 acre land offers an incredible ocean view of the Gulf of Nicoya, lovely breezes, and lower temperatures and humidity than most places in Costa Rica. At mid day, temperatures are usually around 78-88 degrees, and at night, temperatures dip down into the mid 60s. We are just a few minutes from the fruit capital of Costa Rica, Orotina, and its restaurants, farmers’ markets, and stores, 20 minutes from Turu Ba Ri Eco-Adventure Park (fantastic zip lining, canopy tour, nature tours/hiking, hanging bridges, and skytram), 20 minutes from swimmable waterfalls, 30-45 minutes from several Pacific beaches (Punta Leona, Herradura, and Jaco), and 40 minutes from the SJO airport. We have created a tour guide to help you create an itinerary, choose tours, and know what to expect for each one, once you book with us. Villa Fauna has landscaped trails throughout the property, a pool, patio, roofed outdoor bar with fans, a fire pit for our cool nights and stargazing, a new lounge, multiple verandas, lots of new comfortable seating, and 2 newly constructed suites. We have fresh spring water (all water in Costa Rica is drinkable) and we are surrounded by gorgeous flora, animals, and breezy, expansive views. Our vegan menu caters to high-raw vegans, as well as open minded omnivores. Villa Fauna is owned and operated by us, 2 Baltimore natives. We appreciate a vegan lifestyle, healthy living (with a few splurges here and there), and animal and nature lovers (we are surrounded by nature and have 3 rescue dogs). We hope to have guests that are open to our plant based lifestyle and dishes (for ethical, environmental, and health reasons) even if they are not vegan. We feel confident that vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores will enjoy our food and the beauty and quiet of our mountain. We want our guests to fully experience and enjoy everything Villa Fauna has to offer, so if your party is the first to reserve 2 of our suites for at least 1 week, we will not book any other parties during those dates. If there is a party which has already reserved your desired dates, we will inform you that there will be other guests here during your stay. We also want to be honest with our guests. We do not recommend planning your vacation from September 15th – November 15th. During this time, there is strong rain or thunderstorms almost every afternoon, evening, and/or night. Please inquire if you have any questions about which time of the year is best suited for your party. Suites (see our Facebook page for pricing information) (3 night minimum please) *Breakfast and coffee each morning is included in prices* The Azul Suite: This is a brand new suite with a 1 queen bedroom (memory foam mattress), new furniture and decor, private bathroom, private living room with sofa and T.V., large sliding glass doors, recessed LED lighting, and private entrance with roofed veranda. Towels and paper products are provided. The Azul and the Violetta Suites are adjoined by a wooden locking door. This allows for an ideal situation if your party is larger. If your party is small and you do not need both suites, we will lock the door for total privacy and separation. The Violeta Suite: This is a newly constructed suite with a 2 queen bedroom (memory foam mattresses), new furniture and decor, private bathroom, private living room with 2 lay-down sofas and T.V., large sliding glass doors, recessed LED lighting, and private entrance with veranda. Towels and paper products are provided. The Verde Suite: This suite includes 1 queen bedroom with T.V., large window, bathroom, high ceilings, recessed LED lighting, and is just a few steps from the exit to the lower wrap around veranda of the main Villa. Towels and paper products are provided. At Villa Fauna, you will have access to… The pool and patio where you can enjoy drinks and food poolside or under the roofed bar, with seating, ceiling fans, and wifi. Sit back in the pool chairs or floats and savor the sun, hummingbirds, brightly colored plants, and privacy. Our large veranda with a spectacular ocean view, especially at sunset, with new, locally handmade Costa Rican outdoor seating and tables, an area for Yoga, and wifi. Various locations on the property to spot toucans, as well as other beautifully colored birds and iguanas, daily. Monkeys and other wildlife can also be seen. Our landscaped, hand-railed, and lighted trails throughout the property where fruit and flora grow. Our indoor lounge with large windows, plenty of new, comfortable seating, a bar, wifi, and music and games. Our fire pit for looking at the phenomenally bright stars and moon, and enjoying the cool night air. Our beach chairs and cooler (no cost). A small cellphone can be rented from us for local or long distance calls. We recommend calling your cell phone company so that you may use your own cell phone while staying in Costa Rica, and can take advantage of the WAZE app to help with your navigation. Information, details, and advice (from us, locals) on tours (what to expect, what to bring and wear, length of time, prices, reservations), restaurants, beaches (whether you want a white sand or dark sand beach, waves or calm water, isolated or with restaurants/bars/shops, instructions for free access), help with directions, explanation about U.S. dollar and colones exchange, and answering any questions that you may have throughout your vacation. Getting Here/Transportation… When you first arrive, we offer a meeting place in Orotina (about 10 minutes away) so that you can follow us to Villa Fauna (no cost). We strongly suggest renting a GPS along with your car rental, in order to locate points of interest, as Costa Rica’s locations usually do not have actual addresses. If you’d prefer for us to meet you at your car rental company by the airport, or you will be renting our guest vehicle (Suzuki Sidekick) and need a pickup from the airport, for a fee. Please inquire if you are interested in renting our guest vehicle on a daily basis to learn about availability and pricing. We also have a tour book and information for a Tour and Taxi Company that we have personally used. We also offer transportation and act as tour guides for some activities. Our Cabina The Villa Fauna Cabina is ideal for long term rental, as it is separate from the main Villa and suites, and includes 1 queen bedroom, bathroom, living room with pullout sofa and T.V., front porch, small kitchen with stove top, microwave, toaster, and small fridge. If our cabina is not in use for long term rental, and your party is larger than what the Azul, Violeta, and Verde suites can accommodate, the cabina may be available for short term rental (which would include breakfast, ordering from our menus, access to all of Villa Fauna).