This Couple Built a Real-Life Ewok Village in Costa Rica
Finca Bellavista (FBV) is a sustainable treehouse community situated on 600 acres of land in the mountainous South Pacific coastal region of Costa Rica. FBV is the brainchild of Mateo and Erica Hogan, a married couple from Colorado who fell in love with Costa Rica.
Today, the property boasts seven treehouses and cabins available for rent. The place now encompasses an entire peninsula of rainforest mountain, frontage on two whitewater rivers and countless big trees. There are even parcels of land now available for sale on the property.
Visitors can expect to find waterfalls, natural pools, hiking trails, wildlife and even a zip line course. The accommodations and activities cater to more adventurous travelers. If you’re looking for spa and hotel like amenities this is probably not the place for you.
Since 2007, the couple has sold 51 parcels of land and built 25 structures, including a community center, base camp, and five true treehouses.
High season (drier season) is roughly mid-December through May. Low season (rainier season) is roughly June through November. It is the rainforest though, so rain is possible at any time. FBV closes for the month of October due to the rains and the impact it has on visitor expectations and experience. Room rates vary from $100-$275 per night depending on which residence you select.
Base camp is a sprawling community complex complete with a dining hall, an open-air lounge, a rancho, bath house, campfire ring and wedding garden. It is one of the only buildings with power using a 1200-watt photovoltaic DC power system.
The town closest to Finca Bellavista is La Florida, which is about a mile-and-a-half away. A town in Costa Rica consists of a soccer field, a schoolhouse, several houses, a bus stop, and couple of pulperias (small stores with staples like rice, beans, milk, etc.). In La Florida’s case, there is even a restaurant and two churches. Ten minutes away is Piedras Blancas, which is a little larger than La Florida and boasts a high school and nice medical clinic. Rio Claro is about 20-25 minutes to the south, and has a bank and multiple options for grocery and hardware stores, pharmacies, restaurants, etc. Golfito is about fifteen minutes from Rio Claro and is a great port of call for sailors and fishermen. There is also a duty-free zone here, where appliances and home furnishings can be bought. There is also a regional airport in Golfito serviced by both Nature Air and Sansa Airlines. Palmar is to the north of Finca Bellavista, about a half an hour’s drive, and has all the basics and a regional airport as well. A new, large, state-of-the-art hospital was recently built right outside of Palmar.
The majority of parcels have 3G cell service (the tower is in Piedras Blancas). For base camp they have installed a system that amplifies the existing 3G signal into a designated area. All communications equipment, including Internet and telephone, run through this amplified 3G signal.