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Fortuna's Best - The Riverbank - Limited Holiday Dates Available

Bedrooms 4
Space 65 m²
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom

Another amazing CASA de COSTA RICA property! Also contact us for our free LA FORTUNA VACATION PLANNER!


This 'best of the best' rental is located on the second floor. NOTE: This can make pricing a bit complicated, please contact us for a quote.

The Riverbank is situated on what is absolutely one of the best locations in all of La Fortuna. It is less than 50 feet from the River and the beautiful back yard garden is full of gorgeous flowers, perfume trees, iguanas, hummingbirds and the occasional sloth in the trees as well as countless songbirds and even the legendary toucans... all accompanied by the peaceful sound of the little river laughing over it's bed of small rocks. And yet it is only 100 feet from the liquor store, 200 from grocery stores and the park in the center of town!

Here are other key points which make The Riverbank unique:

• Designed and equipped using our years of experience providing rentals to tens of thousands of intelligent and selective vacationers, people just like you!

• Large and spacious, cathedral ceilings, large bedrooms with new, posteurpedic, pillow-top mattresses.

• Queen-sized bed and Full-sized bed with unique custom designed single bunk

• Huge windows, amazing volcano views. (All the pictures in the listing were taken personally by me with nothing more than a cheap hand held camera.)

• Powerful air conditioners with remote controls and timers, fans too.

• High speed, secure, wireless internet access plus Cable TV including English channels.

• LITERALLY a one minute walk to all of the amenities that you could want including several supermarkets, the liquor store, two churches, the central square/park, countless souvenir shops and an impressively wide array of restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

• Lovely balcony, see pictures for examples of the views. Guests have spent hours there every day, staring at the impressive bulk of the volcano and watching the birds and the people go by.

• Custom cabinetry and Italian tile.

• Fully equipped kitchens for those who want to cook.

• Ready access to the Friday Farmer's Market and other fruit/vegetable stands for fresh farm produce.

• Tranquil setting with lovely yard and garden full of tropical flowers, hummingbirds, toucans, iguanas, flowering vines and trees.

• Ideally located for pickups by tour/activity companies. We can book all of your tours at a discount including; horseback riding, zip lining, canyoning, hot springs, ATV’s, caving, butterfly gardens, hanging bridges, kayaking/cruising/fishing on Lake Arenal, the area’s innumerable hikes and even early morning hot air ballooning over Arenal.

Our first priority in designing The Riverbank was to make you comfortable and give you great value at a great price; you get a LOT more here than you would at a hotel room and for a lower price. Your comfort and the value of your experience come first!

Our second priority was to do all of this in accordance with sustainable tourism principles that give back to the community. For instance:

• Giving back to the local community. 10% of every rental fee collected is donated to the Hogarcito, the local child rescue centre. Opportunities to visit the Hogarcito and play with the kids are easily arranged and very enjoyable. We can also provide you with assistance should you wish to make your own donations.

• Dedicated to reducing impact on environment via recycling, reusing products, and reducing consumption in ways such as purchasing more expensive air conditioners which run on less electricity and have timers so that one doesn't need to run them all day in order to return to a cool place etc.

• Supporting local economy by hiring local artists, carpenters, furniture makers and other artisans.

• Building to last using local materials; there are no cheap, throwaway goods or furniture at The Riverbank! Instead you will find furniture designed by us and built from local woods by local artisenal craftsmen.

• Unique, original paintings crafted by local artists commissioned by us for your enjoyment.

• Participating in efforts to preserve local culture by supporting and promoting the local Indian culture. Contact us for details.

• Investing ourselves into the project. For instance our two-month project of building hand-made furniture using rare, reclaimed Black Laurel.

Staying at The Riverbank is the smart decision for comfortable, convenient and conscientious travel! Come have the best vacation of your life at a great price in complete comfort, knowing that just by being here you are supporting excellent, worthwhile efforts in sustainable tourism too! Welcome to your home away from home.

More Details

Property Manager
William and Laura
Member since: 2014
Speaks english, spanish
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
7 December, 2017

About William and Laura

I, William, grew up in the Congo as a missionary kid. While I enjoyed my former careers as a Fortune 500 business consultant, inventor and part time musician and always wanted to move back to the tropics. While here for vacation 4 years ago, I used my 20 years of business development expertise to help a friend who had lost her job save her vacation home here by marketing it as a rental property. She was ecstatic, then my phone started to ring with others who also had one-of-a-kind properties and wanted my help too! I suddenly had a vacation company. I now have the honour of working with some of the nicest people and some of the most unique properties in the country. Life was perfect when my beautiful Laura purchased a one way ticket and joined me after years apart. Our company has grown so much in the last year that we have added our long time friend Nohelia to our team. I love meeting my many guests, plus living and working here in paradise beats corporate office life hands down! Ask for our free, new, comprehensive vacation planning guide! We can help with everything, hope to see you soon!

Guestbook comments from the manager

Posted on TripAdvisor for a stay in August 2014 by frugaltravelerDC

"Our family of eight recently spent a few days enjoying William and Laura's hospitality. I would echo what all the other guests have said - the condos are well-appointed and super-clean. William and Laura are such responsive and engaging hosts. One very important thing that I hadn't fully realized before getting there was the location - the condos are right in 'downtown' Fortuna - you could walk a couple blocks to restaurants, grocery stores, tour company pickups etc. If we had stayed in one of the hotels/resorts, it would have been a $9 cab ride everytime you wanted to get a bite. While it is in downtown, we still had a great view of the volcano from our balconies and plenty of birds/iguanas visiting the gardens. I can't say enough good things about William and Laura's hospitality - which honestly makes all the difference."
Aug 2014
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Car: not necessary

Transportation is easy. If you are on a short vacation, then look into flying to La Fortuna instead of driving; flight schedules are published by Sanza and Nature Air and a 20 minute flight is always better and easier than a drive after your international flight. If your international flight arrives too late for you to connect to a local one, then private vans with drivers are also available for almost the same price as a car rental by itself, so contact us for a quote. They make the start and finish of your trip much more relaxing and much SAFER with door to door service. Plus, cars are less expensive to rent here than they are in Liberia or San Jose.

If you do decide to drive here from San Jose or Liberia, then remember to review the traffic laws and signs before renting and to download updated Costa Rica maps for your GPS as there are few street signs here. In particular you need to know when to yield on one lane bridges.

Finally there are private shuttles such as Interbus and Grayline which offer air conditioned transfers in clean, modern vans for about $50/person or you can take the public bus for about $6. This is not reccommended as you will use up most of a day traveling and there is an increased risk of petty theft on the buses.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday condo rental in Barrio Pilo, Costa Rica

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 65 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • City Centre ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Riverbank 1: Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Riverbank 2: Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Riverbank 1: Master bedroom - 1 large double bed
    Riverbank 1: Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed , 1 single bed , Unique style with full size bed on bottom and single bunk
    Riverbank 2: Master bedroom - 1 large double bed
    Riverbank 2: Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed , 1 single bed , Unique style with full size bed on bottom and single bunk
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Private chef service, massages, housekeeping, laundry service and concierge service are available. Contact us for a quote. We provide our highly praised customer service at no extra charge :)


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Fortuna's Best - The Riverbank - Limited Holiday Dates Available
average rating of 4.814815 based on 29 reviews
Boise, Idaho U.S.

Highly recommended!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had a fantastic stay at The Riverbank! William and crew were very gracious, friendly, and knowledgeable hosts. The apartment was spacious and had all the necessities. Plus, the location couldn’t be better. A view of Arenal off our back porch and literally a 2-minute walk into the center of town. Iguanas in the trees in the mornings. We couldn’t have asked for more!

  • Review Submitted: 19/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice place, great location.

  • 5 of 5

My family of four stayed here, and this is an excellent, comfortable rental in a convenient location for walking into town. Also, there is a lot to do and see within a fairly short drive, and access in and out of the rental is easy. The unit is clean and well-maintained, and William, Nohelia and the other hosts are friendly and really helpful. They helped us book several activities in the area and had suggestions for a variety of things to do. We really enjoyed our stay here and definitely would do so again when visiting the La Fortuna area.

  • Review Submitted: 22/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It was convient to town and clean.

  • 4 of 5

It was convenient to town and very clean. The beds could have been a little more comfortable. The futon in the living room needs replace. William was more then helpful in arranging our transportation and activities. With the advise of a local, we found the best swimming hole within walking distance. La Fortuna is an amazing gem at the foot of Arenal. The iguanas in the trees were always fun to look at. We would recommend this place!

  • Review Submitted: 05/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful property!

  • 5 of 5

My husband, young daughter and I loved our stay at this property. It was very comfortable and walking distance from everything in town while still being quiet. The beautiful garden gives it a secluded feel and my daughter loved the birds and iguanas we were able to spot each day. Nohelia welcomed us and spent a great deal of time helping us to plan our itinerary, this was a HUGE perk as there is so much to choose from! William and Laura were wonderful hosts. We would absolutely return.

  • Review Submitted: 23/05/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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loved it

  • 4 of 5

Great place centrally located to town. William was always available for any of our needs

  • Review Submitted: 26/04/2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Stay!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I, there are four of us two adults and two children stayed two nights. The unit was a two-bedroom, one month with a dining area, kitchen, living room space and balcony which is the best part as it has a fantastic view of Arenal Volcano. The place was very clean and close to the main square in La Fortuna just a two-block walk and the grocery store is closer than that. Highly recommend and will stay there again if and when we return to La Fortuna. And William and Lauren are super friendly and accommodating. Thanks William and Lauren!

George P.

  • Review Submitted: 06/04/2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday condo in Barrio Pilo, Costa Rica

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season
1 Dec 2017 - 14 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$13 per night, per additional guest
Holiday Rate
15 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$26 per night, per additional guest
High Season
5 Jan 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$13 per night, per additional guest
Green Season
1 May 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$13 per night, per additional guest
Summer Rate
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$13 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$262.1
Tax Rate 13.0%

Prices apply to the first 2 guests. Each additional guest is $10/night/person, which increases to $20/night/person during the holidays.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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