Make your Finca Bellavista booking here! Discover paradise via off grid living in the rainforests of Costa Rica.
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ROAM
THE FINCA BELLAVISTA COMMUNITY
The community is comprised of private owners, work exchange applicants, former Finca Bellavista employees and guests from all over the world with one common interest - living in harmony with nature and ourselves peacefully.
We (Matt and Amy) have lived within the Finca Bellavista community for nearly a decade, we live and rent our home, commonly known as The Fusion home. We have come to know some wonderful people from all over the world and not just owners or onsite staff, we have met amazing volunteers and guests who have become life time friends and in some cases, more than friends.
During our time here, we have personally discovered just what community means to us, it doesn't mean we are living with each other on a daily basis or singing kumbaya around the fire pit every night (although once a week is fun). It's about being there for each other when it counts and respecting that we are all unique in our own way.
At any given time, one of our neighbors could be touring on the Amazon, Solimoes, Negro and Branco rivers, taking a famous Nat Geo photo or discovering a new species halfway around the world, sometimes even on our own doorstep. When traveling, we often see a book on display at the airport or a photo in a magazine, even a video on the news taken by one of our neighbors from the UK, Slovakia, Poland, South Africa, Canada, America, Holland to name a few and we've met volunteers and guests from every corner of the earth. Not once has the issue of politics, religion or something just 'different' ever been an issue, when you enter the gates of Finca Bellavista you are at peace with nature, you are home for as long as you need and when you travel, you have a home to visit in every country. This community is not just a network of friends and family, it's a way of life.
what to expect when visiting
The once thriving off-grid community commonly known as 'Finca Bellavista' sadly ceased operations in 2020. Traditionally, guests from all over the world would visit and explore the world's first established fully livable treehouse community.
Fortunately, the homes within the community are privately owned by some amazing individuals who are offering private rentals in these incredible tree homes. The Fusion Home is happy to assist with creating opportunities for those locals who still need work and providing a platform for other Finca Bellavista owners and residents to rent their houses (these homes are amazing!).
Think Airbnb, only in the Jungle. This venture is for explorers who love nature and appreciate privacy. With only a handful of rentals available, any guest will have almost the whole property to explore by themselves.
Wake up to the sounds of the jungle, let the sun shine through and tease you as the light reflects off the captivating setting you find yourself in.
Choose your own adventure or don't. Read a book, paint a picture, connect with a loved one or family. Shut out the outside world and rediscover yourself.
Our community extends further than the Finca Bellavista grounds and incorporates the surrounding areas such as La Florida and Piedras Blancas. You can find all sorts of recommendations for meals, tours and services through The Fusion Forum.
About your booking
The Fusion Home is not a property management company and takes no responsibility for your stay at Finca Bellavista. We are assisting our fellow neighbours by providing a booking platform - it is your responsibility to make sure you have read and understood all the information found through 'The Fusion Forum' as well as reviewing all information once the booking is made. If you have questions, please ask them in the forum. Once you have confirmed and submitted your dates, you will have 24 hours to review all the information / cancelation policy / liability waivers etc before payment is required. If payment is not received within 24 hours, your selected dates will automatically be released. Read and discover more about the booking process here.
If you would like to leave a review, comment or suggestion then please do so within the owners personal profile or the community's tripadvisor account. Your experience is not associated in anyway with 'The Fusion Home' and we respectively ask you to keep it seperate. Payments made for homes other than 'The Fusion Home' go directly to the owner of the home you are renting and you will be put in direct contact with the owner once the booking is confirmed.
Finca Bellavista is situated in the mountainous south Pacific coastal region of Costa Rica, called the Southern Zone. Markedly rustic and rural, this area is renowned as one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth. At an elevation of 650 to 1400 feet, the finca lies within the AMISTOSA wildlife migration corridor that connects the Talamanca mountains and the Osa Peninsula.
The 500-plus acres that comprise the finca contains secondary growth rainforest, and has become an interface zone between heavily cultivated lowlands and wilder forested highlands. Many portions of Finca Bellavista have been cleared at some point in history – whether for lumber, to create pasture for animals, or to grow crops – and is in various stages of regrowth.
Finca Bellavista’s ‘red trail’ was historically used as a logging road. When the lands comprising Finca Bellavista were purchased, a muddy, eroded, canyon-like trail cut through the center of the property. Homogenous forests exist where trees were planted to harvest – species like gmelina, teak and amarillon. On the northwestern edges of the finca, there are some primary trees – several were in various stages of being cut down and were abandoned during the milling process.
Finca Bellavista’s Community Guidelines and reforesting activities promote the regeneration of these lands, and improve the connectivity of the AMISTOSA.
Finca Bellavista’s ‘base camp’ is a reclaimed gravel pit (hence its flatness). After its life as a gravel pit, the indigenous community of Bellavista relocated on site, complete with a school, a soccer field, and a handful of families living and working the land. Bellavista’s school burned down, and the families relocated to surrounding pueblos. Signs of the past are everywhere – from old cacao and gmelina plantations to remains of old houses. Since the closer of the Property management company in early 2020, the area commonly known as 'base camp' is now shut and considered private property.
meet the crew
Southern Costa Rica is incredibly diverse with undisturbed rainforests, loads of wildlife, dramatic landscapes, beautiful beaches, and significantly fewer tourists. This makes it an ideal spot to unwind but for the former employees of Finca Bellavista, this sadly makes employment hard to find.
Without these amazing individuals Finca Bellavista would not exist. They are one of the big factors in why we both ended up making Finca Bellavista our home and they are our family.
Jesus Amado and Francis Zúñiga | Maintenance | Cleaning
Jesus and Francis were some of the earliest employees of Finca Bellavista, they have been married for 14 years, nearly as long as they had worked for the company.
Jesus is somewhat of a legend in these parts, he has been involved in almost every tree home built here within the community, often taking the lead as supervisor and head carpenter. He is incredibly talented and hardworking, a reputation that extends to his wife Francis, together they are a power couple and well loved by residents, owners and guests alike.
When Finca Bellavista ceased operations, Jesus and Francis formed a new company - 'Multiservicios J&F y Más'. There combined experience and years of Finca Bellavista service make then a very valuable asset to the community and the best people for the job.
Jesus and Francis provide maintenance, construction and cleaning services for residents and owners.
Bryan Chacón | Tour organizer | Guest greeter | Local taxi
Bryan worked for Finca Bellavista for over 12 years and has been involved with all aspects of the community. In more recent years he has been more famously known amongst guests as the night hike guide - a service he is still offering, you can book a night hike with Bryan when making your reservation.
Bryan has also been heavily involved with construction and maintenance over the years and like Jesus and Francis, he has started his own company to provide services to residents and owners.
Bryan's interactions with guests over the years has improved his English skills dramatically and given his location to Finca Bellavista and knowledge of the area, he is the perfect person to meet and greet guests for their stay within the community. Bryan lives at the base of the hill with his wife Jess (former owner of Casa Tamandua) alongside the main road and can meet guests prior to driving up the hill.
Felo Zuniga | Professional Gardener | Water Maintenance
Like so many of his co-workers, Felo is also a legend! He is the man that makes the magic happen in the gardens.
Sadly, when Finca Bellavista ceased operations, the gardens became private property and are not utilized anymore. The good news is Felo is still providing garden services for the residents and has even bigger gardens at his home than Finca Bellavista ever had. We couldn't believe our eyes when visiting Felo's home and seeing all the amazing produce he was growing.
Felo also set up all the water infrastructure for the community (almost 15 years of service) and knows exactly how all the systems and tanks operate, he is extremely valued and loved within the community.
Felo's gardens are so popular that the fruit and veg trucks and supermarkets such as 'BM' source their produce from him. Felo is offering 'Finca Fresh' bags which can be ordered when making your reservation.
Tony Gonzalez | Water Maintenance | Local Handyman
Tony has been Felo's right hand man since first starting work at Finca Bellavista back in 2015. He has proved himself to be equally as valuable to the community and is one of the hardest workers we know - always eager to impress.
Tony's sister started working at Finca Bellavista a few years before him and now lives above Finca Bellavista in a town called 'Los Angeles' with her new born baby and partner. Tony and the rest of the family live in the town of 'La Florida' below Finca Bellavista.
Tony mainly worked with Felo in the gardens and on the water systems but was no stranger to all other behind the scenes duties within the community.
Given Tony's experience and proximity to 'The Finca Bellavista Community', he is the perfect Handyman for any unexpected maintenance.
About the services
The Fusion Home is not a property management company and takes no responsibility for your stay at Finca Bellavista. As with the owners of the homes, we would also like to assist the former employees of Finca Bellavista with work opportunities. Any money received when making the reservation goes straight to the owner of the home and any services that may be included (night hike, Finca Fresh bag, massages, meet and greet, cleaning) will be paid directly to the former employee by the owner. The former employees are independent consultants responsible for their own taxes and polices. The Fusion Home makes no commission nor receives anything in return for their services other than the pleasure of seeing them keep some of their previous work within the community. We hope to provide as many opportunities as possible for all former employees.
The Fusion Home and other homeowners within the community hope that one day the former property management company can return to its former glory and bring the once thriving community back to life - until then, please come and enjoy a private tour of Finca Bellavista. A rental in the private community can provide work for some of the locals in the form of cleans, massages, night hikes, shuttle service, food delivery and more...