Welcome to Casitas Tenorio B&B

Your home away from home in tropical paradise

Hurricane Otto was the strongest Atlantic hurricane on record this late in the year and the first Hurriane to ever make landfall in Costa Rica since records began in 1851. It created widespread damage across southern Nicaragua and Northern Costa Rica.

One of the hardest hit communities was our town of Bijagua in northern Costa Rica. Hurricane Otto smashed through the center of Bijagua creating absolute devastation and destruction. A month’s worth of rain was dumped in a few short hours. A head of water turned a small stream into a raging river and swept though the town taking everything in its path. Houses, roads and bridges were completely destroyed.  Five community members lost their lives and we are all in mourning.

We need your help. Please donate now.


We have formed a local committee of residents of Bijagua to seek donations for members of Bijagua.  The committee is working closely with the ‘Bijagua Development Association’.to manage and distribute the funds collected during this campaign. The Bijagua Development Association is a legally registered association

The committee will work with the Bijagua Development Association to effectively  manage and distribute monetary donations to those families in need .A census has started to record which families have been impacted and what their needs are. Funds will be used to assist these people to re-establish their lives. They need places to live, furniture, white goods, clothes and other supplies. All donations received will directly go to the community members who have been impacted.

Casitas Tenorio is our business and our home. We are Donald Varela Soto and Pip Kelly Varela and we are a Costa Rican/ Australian couple. Casitas Tenorio B&B is more than just a place to stay – it’s an invitation to experience Costa Rican life as part of our community. This is a working dairy farm, where we grow our own food and are working to regenerate the forest on areas of the farm. We combine our B&B with our farm in a sustainable way and share our love for the land and our community with our guests.

Casitas Tenorio B&B is a perfect destination for anyone who wants an insight into rural living in Costa Rica. Take the opportunity to see some truly spectacular birds, flora and fauna – on site, and in the surrounding area. Whether you’re travelling alone, with friends, or as a family, we can help make your Costa Rican escape a memorable and unique experience.

At Casitas Tenorio, you’re perfectly placed to visit Rio Celeste, located in the Volcano Tenorio National Park – one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful sites. There’s so much to see and do around the farm and village itself – hiking, bird watching and horse riding – you can have the full Costa Rican experience right here. Let the local people, geography and wildlife treat you to a truly incredible stay.

Enjoy spectacular views from your very own private casita

 Watch hummingbirds in the gardens, discover the secrets of Costa Rican farm life and explore the region beyond

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La Casita Mariposa

Casita Mariposa sleeps four people comfortably. It has a small kitchenette, garden views and a private bathroom.

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El Toucan Garden View Room

The Garden View room offers stunning views over the garden and is connected to the open air lounge and dining area.

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La Casita El Colibri

Casita Colibri sleeps three people comfortably. It’s light-filled and airy with a private bathroom.

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There are many activities on-site should you wish to immerse yourself in life at Casitas Tenorio, and in the local area should you wish to venture further afield. It is possible to hire a local guide.

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Rio Celeste

The Rio Celeste is aptly named after the distinctive turquoise colour of its water which is caused by a natural reaction at the confluence of the two smaller, colourless, rivers which form it.

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Bird watching

The many unique and rare bird species living in our gardens and the local area make Casitas Tenorio and BIjagua a paradise for bird watchers!

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You’re welcome to join us here

Casitas Tenorio B&B isn’t just a place to lay your head – it’s an invitation to see the harmony between authentic rural life in Northern Costa Rica and the natural resources that are so important to us

About us

Casitas Tenorio is owned and operated by Donald Varela Soto and Pip Kelly. We are a Costa Rican/ Australian couple.

Welcome to Casitas Tenorio

Bijagua is our home and we are committed to positively and sustainably developing our community. For us, this means preserving habitat for local wildlife and enabling sustainable tourism in the area.
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Rural community tourism

With rural community tourism you don’t have to be the only one who benefits from your trip – the whole community can!

About rural community tourism

As tourism develops in Costa Rica, both rural communities and tourists are choosing to engage in an exciting alternative type of tourism. It’s called rural community tourism.Read More

Our Values

Casitas Tenorio is dedicated to delivering authentic high quality travel experiences for all our guests.

Our Mission

We want to share with our guests aspects of rural Costa Rican life in a way that enhances their cultural curiosity which will lead to long lasting memories and relationships for both the visitor and the hosts at Casitas Tenorio.
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Bijagua is where we live

We are committed to positively and sustainably developing our community

We were totally charmed by the whole experience we had in Casitas Tenorio B&B and farm. The place in itself is totally magnificent. The casitas are simple, yet comfortable and elegant. The beds are very comfortable.
Sarah S, Canada
Do not miss the opportunity to stay in this wonderful place with great people. Rio Celeste is just a short, beautiful, ride away, and you will not be sorry you experienced a small utopia and met Pip and Donald.
Maureen, USA
Donald gave us the opportunity to observe a family of monkeys fed a few meters from our room. As well as a sloth a beautiful baby discovered by Donald. There is a variety of birds including and breakfast served with great dedication by Pipa with butter, jam, bread and all homemade, what a beautiful experience!
Alex D, Argentina
Far away from crowds, a beautiful farm with beautiful ‘casitas’, a super delicious breakfast every morning, the friendly and helpful Donald and Pip … toucans in the tree in front of our cottage, beautiful flowers, a sloth and monkeys nearby, butterflies and so many beautiful birds.
Henk D, Amsterdam
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