May 05 2012

Lush, Relaxing, & Beautiful – Chalet Nicholas

After many visits to Costa Rica, John and Cathy Nicholas moved from New York to Costa Rica in 1991.  They chose Arenal for it’s sacred, majestic beauty, its lush wildlife, its relaxing lifestyle, and its proximity to activities and sites such as the volcano arenal and the beaches!  Chalet Nicholas has been in operation since 1992.

As you enter the private road to this charming Costa Rica Bed and Breakfast, you’ll drive under a flowering bougainvillea, and the magic begins. Suddenly, you are in a clearing, and Chalet Nicholas appears on the hilltop. You will be enchanted by the views you’ll see of Lake Arenal and Volcano Arenal.

Chalet Nicholas Costa Rica bed and breakfast borders a protected, old growth rainforest. From the backyard, guests have access to many acres of natural hiking trails, exceptional bird watching, wildlife and monkeys. Over seventy varieties of birds can be seen in the early morning or late afternoon. You can also enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Arenal and the rainforest. In the evening, you can watch the dramatic lavender sunsets and star studded skies, from a rocking chair on the front porch, read books from John and Cathy’s library, or watch a DVD about Costa Rica.








Read what others have said about this beautiful B&B:

John and Cathy Nicholas (and their resident Great Danes) have converted their hillside home into a charming bed-and-breakfast with stunning views of the lake and volcano…Birds abound: 100 species have been catalogued on the grounds.” – Fodor’s

“Cathy’s macadamia nut pancakes & fresh fruit were the most delicious breakfast of our vacation…The rooms were clean, comfortable and decorated with fresh flowers. The front porch has comfortable rocking chairs with a commanding view of Lake Arenal…Sorry to leave, it felt like we had made new friends.” – Boca Raton, FL

“John and Cathy were friendly and knowledgeable about local attractions and helped us make reservations for several activities.  If you want to be off the beaten path in a relaxed and inviting setting, this is the place for you!” – Kamille, CA









It is very beautiful here. You will “come as a stranger and leave as a friend.” – Catherine and John Nicholas

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You can rest assured that anything we recommend falls within our “retire for less philosophy” – less than $100 per night, generally closer to $50 (less is more). We only recommend accommodations that adhere to our standards of cleanliness and budget, further proof that “less is more.”

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