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Casitas Tenorio has been recognised as a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner. The Certificate of Excellence award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. The ‘Hall of Fame’ was created to honour those businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years. Winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.

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“Wonderful and Unique”
Our stay at Casitas Tenorio was truly wonderful and unique to Costa Rica with its beauty and hospitality. Pip and Donald made us feel at home from the moment we arrived and helped us with all that we needed while we were there. Our casita was clean, beautiful, roomy, and quiet. We had rocking chairs just outside our door with a covered area to sit. A refrigerator, microwave, and some dishes in the room made making simple meals easy. The breakfast provided was wonderful with a taste of traditional Costa Rican food!

Two primary things contribute to the uniqueness of Casitas.
1. Hospitality: Pip is a native English speaker, so for those who do not speak much Spanish, there is no problem! Donald grew up in the area, so he offers an experience of the culture and beauty of Costa Rica and its people. Together they are committed to making their community stronger. Pip and Donald are a kind and generous presence and extend hospitality that allows guests to relax and enjoy the very best of Costa Rica!
2. Donald has an incredible wealth of knowledge about the diversity of wildlife, birds, plants, and the environment. Donald was so generous with his time. He helped us to see sloths, coati, kinkajou, and over 25 species of birds while sitting in the breakfast area that overlooks the forest. The most wonderful part is that you do not even need to leave the property!

We cannot say enough good things about our stay! We would highly recommend a stay at Casitas, and next time we will stay longer than three nights! It would also be a lovely place for families! Thank you, Pip and Donald!

John G. Saint Paul, Minnesota
“Highly recommended!”
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. The bathroom is classy. In front of the casita, there is a little terrace with a breathtaking view on the unbelievable tropical gardens around and on the surrounding mountains (the Miravalles Volcano area). The breakfast is an unforgettable moment: homemade bread, homemade cheese, “homelaid” eggs, fresh juice… and a lively wildlife all around, including a banana loving toucan not 8m away. So both Bs of the B&B advertised deal are accounted for in a highly mastered way.
But… over that, we were mostly seduced by the whole philosophy underlying the enterprise. We can feel the bond Pip and her husband share with their land, and their commitment to smart-sustainable farming, and this really moved us!
The whole Tenorio-Miravalles region, moreover, is truly beautiful. The Tenorio National Park, and the trail to the Rio Celeste, is a must.
Bijagua is a very easy going Tico Town.
I cannot recommend Casistas Tenorio warmly enough!
Sarah, S
Quebec City, Canada
Sarah, S. Quebec City, Canada
“Wonderful experience”
A place we totally recommend, the casitas are beautiful and allow you to disconnect from the city, rest and live an experience with connection to nature; and experience the whole family friendliness and who provide excellent service. We were given a tour of the trail and we saw many animals such as sloths and different birds. The breakfast we had was delicious with products produced from the farm. They also provide plenty of information on the activities done in the Tenorio Volcano, costs, maps, etc. l would definitely go back there!
Karen, T. Mexico City, Mexico
“Wonderful Comfortable Accommodation near Rio Celeste”
This boutique accommodation with two casitas and one Garden Room was simply lovely! Pip and Donald deserve all their rave reviews for providing comfortable accommodation with spacious bathrooms, personal service, big breakfasts and lots of little extras.

I can appreciate all the attention to detail that has gone into providing the level of accommodation at Casitas Tenorio, such as good mattresses and pillows, nice bed linen, spotless and plentiful towels just for starters. The Garden Room was very comfortable and the bathroom was spacious and luxurious.

Pip and Donald go the extra mile for their guests and offer a degree of personal service which is impressive. Nothing was too much trouble and all executed with big smiles. Casitas Tenorio is a great base for visiting Tenorio National Park where of course the star is the beautiful Rio Celeste. But that’s not the only reason to visit the area — we had great fun at the hanging bridges and indeed on Pip & Donald’s finca! Plan to spend 3 or 4 nights in the area to really enjoy rural Costa Rica at its best and book well ahead to stay at Casitas Tenorio: I’m so glad we managed to!

P. CR. Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
“Pip and Donald will customize your rainforest experience”
Casitas Tenorio sits up a winding, flowery lane from an enchanting town at the base of a volcano. There is some agriculture onsite — a group of charming cows that graze the hillside overlooking the volcano — and Pip and Donald have done a majestic job of replanting the rainforest. They have cultivated a fanciful hiking trail filled with pineapple spears, human-dwarfing birds of paradise, and gnarly, giant trees.

The cabins are perfect: bathrooms with colorful murals and large skylights. There’s plenty of hot water; towels folded into cute animals on each bed; and fresh flowers everywhere. It felt like we were living in the Avatar forest.

The breakfast nook has a large feeder with fruits to attract birds and animals, and in the morning Pip and her mother-in-law will make you a delicious locally-sourced breakfast while, if you wish, telling you about how a young Australian from a small village visited Costa Rica and five years later returned to be with the love of her life and start this beautiful bed and breakfast.

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 F. Ohio, USA
“Rainforest Dreaming”
The entire region where Casitas Tenorio lies is like something out of “Lord of the Rings” with majestic volcanos, wondrous forests, extraordinary brilliantly coloured birds, reptiles and amphibians. Monkeys and sloths hang out in the tree tops and cute marsupials will pass you by with a wink! There are beautiful farmlands with the famous Guancaste trees that shelter the cattle and horses under their “umbrella” canopy.
In this magical land Casitas Tenorio is a great place to come to rest for a while; friendly and caring hosts Pip and Donald made us feel at home, the room was comfortable and cosy with plenty of hot water (rare in central America) and hearty food. Experiencing the flora and fauna present, combined with the “working farm” environment was very unique and enjoyable and Donald’s wide knowledge of the region’s nature made it more fascinating.
We’ll definitely go back there if we can some time.
Ian F. Melbourne, Australia
“A beautiful experience”
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 among the branches (if it was not for him we’d never seen it!) Theres is a variety of birds including toucans, orioles, etc. Breakfast served with great dedication by Pipa with butter, jam, bread and all homemade, what a beautiful experience! This place is highly recommended and has unique personalized service
Alex D, Buenos Aires, Argentina
“Costa Rica on your own terms”
Casitas Tenorio, a family-owned farm just outside Bijagua de Upala in northern Costa Rica is the ultimate destination if you want to explore the best of Costa Rica on your own terms. Here the friendly hosts offer you a great opportunity to do exactly what you want to do with your stay in Costa Rica. Spend the day hiking to a mystic waterfall in the rainforest and see some of its interesting animals and impressive plants with the very experienced Donald, raised in the area, guiding you to the beauties of the rainforest. Live the life at the farm with Donald and Pip and learn about traditional farming and local culture. A horseback riding tour to Rio Celeste makes the visit to the spectacular waterfall and national park even more amazing.

Maybe you just want to spend some time in your private cottage watching the stunning view of Miravalles volcano, the Howler monkey families in the trees at the farm and the hummingbirds visiting the flowers just outside your window.

The choice is yours! Pip and Donald, the hosts of Casitas Tenorio, offer the flexibility to experience some of the beauty of Costa Rica on your own terms. Casitas Tenorio is an awesome place and will be my first choice when I come back to Costa Rica!

Anna E. Malmo, Sweden
“Full of charm”
Pip and Donald were great hosts! They have a beautiful property full of diverse plants and wildlife. We saw a sloth and her baby, their new pony that was born the night we got in, tons of birds, and lizards!
The lodging was so adorable, clean, and comfortable. Our bathroom had a gorgeous mural on the wall and huge window overlooking luscious plants, giving you that outdoor shower feel. Pip prepared us a delicious breakfast with fresh milk and butter from their property and homemade pineapple jam and bread. Their story is quiet beautiful and environmentally responsible. We are really glad we could stay and support their community.
Catherine N. USA
“Fantastic B and B that went above and beyond anything we could have expected!”
Absolutely brilliant, we loved our time at Casitas Tenorio. The Casitas are beautiful and well maintained. The home cooked breakfasts were delicious. There are some lovely trials you can take around the farm and grounds, which are inhabited by family’s of Monkeys, Sloths and various wild birds. But the best feature about Casitas Tenorio was the owners Pip and Donald, I don’t think a nicer pair of people exist in the whole of Central America. We were instantly made to feel welcome, they were constantly willing to give their time and advice to make our stay the best it could be. Overall Casitas Tenorio wasn’t just a great place to stay but a fantastic and memorable overall experience and somewhere we would recommend to anyone visiting Costa Rica.
Mathew B. Birmingham, England
There is no words to explain the wonderful experience we had staying in Casitas Tenorio. As you step out of your Casita in the morning, all the magnificence of nature smiles at you. Anthony took precious time to walk us around and show us the wonderful property stopping at all times to answer all our questions. The property is amazing and a nature experience but the warmth of the Tenorio family was what took out hearts. I strongly recommend this place. Give it a try with open hearts and open minds….you will leave renewed.
Gisabrille R, Miami, Florida
“Off the beaten path, on the amazing path!!”
Loved, loved, loved this place!! We stayed three nights, what a great place! We had toucans right outside our window and monkeys in the trees. Donald is such a nice guy and Pip and the kids are so fun and friendly!! Stay here for more than a night you won’t regret it. It may change the way you travel:)
Joe S. Colorado, USA
“Really good place with children”
This was one of the best places we visited in our six week trip in Costa Rica. Not only were the staff great, helpful and attentive, but they also really took very good care of our two year old. She got special meals prepared, she got to help fetch the eggs from the hens (she still talk about that) and she helped to milk the cows one morning and make her own hot choclate! She never wanted to leave…. Also they have a small trail around the property, which you can also walk at night and admiring the changes. The Casita we rented was spacious, clean, comfortable, with a fridge, a water heater and a nice porch. I will definitely recommend this place and would love to go back.
Maria R. Oslo, Norway
“A small piece of paradise”
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. Near the Rio Celeste, not too far from Caño Negro (a must for bird lovers !!), nice restaurants and do not forget to go to the tilapia restaurant on the main road. In short, we have enjoyed a midweek at Casitas Tenorio.
Henk V. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
In the shadow of Tenorio Volcano, the immediate area is much more lush and feels like rainforest, compared to the dry forest on the south slopes of Miravalles Volcano or Rincon de la Vieja. The road to Bijagua from the Pan American Hwy is one of the best roads we’ve encountered. If you want a real feel for Costa Rica with comfortable lodging in a beautiful setting check out this prize.
C. Fan. Chicago, USA
“A wonderful place to relax”
Pippa and Donald took us on a tour of their farm We saw our first sloth. The bungalows are very clean and cozy. But the best was the breakfast on the terrace! One enjoys the super delicious food and watches up close the most amazing birds. We experienced great happiness in these two days three different types of toucan and also hummingbirds and many other beautiful birds. The hospitality and helpfulness was really very positive. Pippa learnt that it was my husband’s birthday and baked a delicious birthday cake. Highly recommended accommodation and for us personally one of the best stays in Costa Rica!
Petra Z. Bavaria, Germany
“Just like I remembered it to be”
I returned to Casitas Tenorio with my husband and 6 month old twin girls for a family vacation. Like always, we were greeted by the Casitas Tenorio family so warmly. Breakfast was delicious and filling! The upgrades to the covered dining area are impressive. Walking the trails on the farm was peaceful and gorgeous as always. This is a special place and my family and I will keep coming back.
Anna M. California, USA