Finca Cañas Castilla | Established Campground

Costa Rica


Last Visited: about 1 year ago
GPS: 11.121470, -85.594040
Altitude: 110.0 masl
Place Website:


Electricity: Yes - At Sites
Wifi: Yes - Average
Kitchen: Yes
Restaurant: Yes
Showers: Cold
Water: Potable
Toilets: Running Water
Big Rig Friendly: Yes
Tent Friendly: Yes
Pet Friendly: Yes
Sanitation Dump Station: Unknown

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Fantastic Finca with camping possibility: wildlife, swimming at the bridge, boat and peddles available, horseriding, 3 marked walking trails, play room for the kids. Good chance you met other overlanders here. Must stop here when coming from or going at Nicaragua. Potable water, wifi, clean toilets, cold shower and a library.
Dog friendliness: the owners have two dogs, German Shepards. You should still ask upfront if it’s ok to bring your dog. Just send them an email.

Prices as of June 2019:
Camping: $5 pppn
Electricity $5 per day
Breakfast: $7 pp
Dinner: $12 pp
1 load (15kg) laundry: $5


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We stay during Corona Pandemie for about 4 month. Agi and Guido the owner of the place are very, very friendly and helpful. We stay with group here celebrating birthday and somithong else with great Pizza and grill events. If you have technical problems they help to find a solution.

Gerät pläne to stay !!!
We are here in our 7th week
as border are closed.
Great people, great location, great food, great nature experience and great campground with ev.thg.

Very nice Find a to stay. Clean cold shower and restroom, WiFi, good laundry machine, electricity, very friendly owners, several hiking trails and delicious food. It is in a beautiful garden with lots of animals. Very quiet when the monkeys are asleep

All was said, place magnificent we there have past 3 days very pleasant, the owners are very sympathetic and professionals. Has not miss especially if you arrives of nicaragua, change guarantee.

Such a beautiful place. A lot of wild animals around. Very quiet and safe. Still $5 pp per night. You can’t beat that price in CR. Owners are very friendly and their daughter too. Their two dogs are so sweet but the Great Danes is getting old and she is not friendly with other dogs. Some trails you can hike and watch the wild animals. Enjoy !

We enjoyed our stay here for 5 days very much. Very family friendly. The kids were fishing on the river. Nice trails. Many animals.
Electricity, fast wifi, good and clean bathrooms.

As described, very friendly owners and super place to stay
Wildlife everywhere
We paid 5 US dollars per person with 2 bikes and a tent.
2 US Dollars per child ( 6 - 12 years )
Connection to power: 5 US dollars per camper
- Use of washing machine : 5 US dollars
- Meals :
• Dinner ( 7 pm ) : 16 dollars/ person
• Breakfast ( 7 - 9:30 am ) : 7 dollars/ person
- Horseback riding your :
Short tour : 20 dollars/ person
Long tour: 30 dollars per person

-we have a medium sized female dog and she was attacked, the attack required a vet visit, stitches and antibiotics.
-we were permitted to camp and all was fine where we were where the owner let us camp.
-The male Shepard is sweet and playful and was great with our dog.
-the female Great Dane attacked our dog when we were out walking the trails, about 25 min walk away from the business.

Non dog people, the place is nice and the owner is sweet. The dogs shouldn’t bother anyone without a dog.

$5.00USD per person each night. Quiet and peaceful. Hiking trails you can go on and enjoy. Friendly owners! Clean bathroom and toilets. Weak WiFi but at least it was something. A small kitchen you can use. You will not find better for this price! Recommended!

Perfect place to regain your sanity after crossing the border. Very quiet and peaceful. No size restrictions at the entry gate or the 2 large parking spots. Only 2 larger spots for over 30 ft rigs. Prices have not changed since last post. Good food. They have 2 large dogs but they can be tied up for when you want to walk your dog, no problem. I will be staying here again when I head back north. Parked here with a 25' Class C towing a car.

Nice place, when you want meet monkeys and farm animals. Internet was very slowly, shower and toilet clean.

Loved camping here! Only place in CR we could hike with our dogs! Great stop before the border- they can process your CR exit fee!

Très bel endroit pour se poser avant ou après le passage de frontière. L’accueil est très sympathique et Guido, le propriétaire est très aidant. Les douches et toilettes sont très propres. Cuisine extérieure pratique. Grand espace pour les camions de toutes les tailles. Restaurant sur place avec menu unique que nous n’avons pas testé. Wifi capricieux. Plusieurs balades possibles au départ de la Finca, très jolies et on voit plein d’animaux comme des singes et des paresseux. Vraiment un bel endroit!

We stayed here for a whole week because it is such a nice place. The owners Agi and Guido are very welcoming and showed as everything on to Finca. They have three beautiful hiking trails where you will see heaps of animales (Spider and howler monkeys, sloth, agoutis, crocodiles, scorpions, countless coulorful birds like the Aracari, snakes, horses, cows, toads, butterflies, many different insects,..). The river that flows through the Finca is beautiful! The amenities are in perfect shape. You will have nice showers and a bathroom, tables to sit, a big gas powered oven and stove (we cooked nice pizza), additional lights for the camping area, electricity if you need it, a big washing machine and a place to dry the clothes (even with a roof). They offer Wifi and the resraurant is very nice (beer for just 2$). Agi even makes very good goat milk and cheese as well as very good bread. They price (5$/p.&n) is very reasonable for the offer. You can even use the kajak or borrow the fishing rod to pick out a nice river fish. Monkeys and sloth come very close to the campspot, you will see them all the time. Highly recommended!

must visit! its a bit like you visit a cool national park but only pay for a great campground. highly recommended. stayed 4 nights.

The Finca is a nice place to spend the night or even a longer time. Price for camping is still 5$ pP, and we did laundry for 5$ a load. Beware of scorpions in the cooking area. We encountered two big ones!

All the positive stuff said before is true, very recommended! Perfect spot for before or after the border.

Good place as described. Dinner is set with no other choice but the taste was really good. The owner also borrowed us boots for hiking as there is one trail with river crossing.

All positive comments are accurate, we enjoyed the hiking in the trails and our dog loved them. Facilities are very clean, camping spots could be better as the grass was a little grown up. We definitely recommend this place before or after crossing into Nicaragua. Lots of vegetation and animals around. Very nice and helpful owners.

5$ par personne et par nuit en véhicule (électricité comprise). Douche, toilettes, eau potable et wifi (capricieux) disponibles. Bon spot en pleine jungle, ombre, sol plat. Chiens bienvenus. Vous pouvez laver votre linge en machine 5$ les 15kg. Plusieurs randonnées autour de la propriété, certaines sont accidentées prévoyez de bonnes chaussures et attention aux crocodiles au bord de la rivière.
Le repas à 16$ par personne ne vaut pas le prix malgré qu’il soit bien cuisiné, une toute petite assiette de salade vinaigrette en entrée et ensuite une cuisse de poulet grillée avec quelques légumes.
Les hôtes sont sympathiques est disponibles, beaucoup d’animaux sauvages visibles, paresseux, singes hurleurs, crocodiles, iguanes, oiseaux de toutes sortes etc...
Parfait pour une ou plusieurs nuits avant ou après le passage frontière.

Beautiful property as described. Regarding dog friendliness: the owners have two dogs, one old very sweet Great Dane and one German Shepard puppy. They got along well with our dog. However you should still ask upfront if it’s ok to bring your dog. Just send them an email.

Nice people, good place to camp. Toiletts, cold shower, tables and a surprisingly good washing maschine next to the camp area. Yes, WIFI is slow but works okay for Whatsapp and this is in the hand of the phone company.
When you ask you will get eveything. There are a lot of wildlife. They still lost 2 dogs to the Crocodile. The sapos are poison, too. So, no free running for guest dogs.

Facing an endless list of good reviews we did not even hesitate to consider this as our stop after a tiring crossing at the border. From the first moment we arrived we sincerely tried to figure out (understand) the reason of (why) so many good reviews... The male owner is not at all a kind and helpful person. The parking lot is on the grass and away from the facilities. The internet signal is very very weak, sometimes even no signal at all, and definitively do not reach the parking lot where the parking is allowed for overlanders. If you have a 4-legged friend traveling with you, do not even consider leaving him free on this property. The food is very expensive, as will be a constant throughout all Costa Rica. If your stay there would coincide with an excursion, all the care and attention will completely be focus on them, we - two of us, overlanders’ Vans, arrived at the same time with a Swiss excursion and we were completely ignored. This place definitively would not be a place of our election, or a place that we would recommend when compared to all the other beautiful places we have been fortunate to experience...

Lovely, reasonable priced, place to hang out for a couple of days, wash clothes 5$ a load, hang to dry in area provided. We were able to park in a sunny spot to charge our solar panel. Great chatting with the friendly owners and watching the local wildlife. We cooked dinner in the fabulously clean stove and oven and filled up our potable water tank from the tap. Wifi is almost non existent .Too bad the wifi is sooooo crappy.

Really nice place to camp. Very tranquilo. We enjoyed it very much. However WiFi is terrible and there really isn’t a kitchen to use, just a gas stove, but the hosts were nice and let us put something in their fridge.

Great stop. Didn't see anywhere between the border and here to stop for groceries so we went to La Cruz first and came back up here. Nice stove top range we could use along with potable and non potable water sinks. Rather large amount of ants in bathroom/shower area but I guess it's the outdoors. Took the white/red hike in the morning - lots of monkeys, a lizard or two , birds. Wifi super slow. Friendly owners.

It was exactly what we needed after a frustrating border crossing with Nicaragua. Nice camping in the jungle next to a river where you can observe crocodiles, lovely hosts, amazing breakfast, quiet and clean.
We relaxed here for few days. Really recommend.

Really highly recommended! So quiet and peaceful (just be prepared to be woke up by hawler monkeys and others ;)), we could have stayed here for days if we had time! The facilities and the hikes are really great, and the bread was the best for months !

Very beautiful, clean , nice trails to go around an explore, lots of wildlife. Washing machine for 5$, not the best wifi

Fantastic camping spot shortly after the ordeal that is the Nica/ Costa border crossing. $5 per person. Beautiful place with hiking trails and wildlife. On our first day in the country we saw a crocodile, spider monkeys, howler monkeys and a sloth! The restaurant is a bit expensive but the camping area has a stove, dishwashing station and even potable water! Showers and bathrooms are also close to where you camp.

The owners even offered to bake us a fresh loaf of bread in the morning for $2.

They will allow dogs but you MUST keep them on a short leash by your vehicle. And be prepared, their massive dog will come around....

Make sure to walk the trails and keep an eye out for all sorts of birds and monkeys :)

Great place. The hikes are wonderful to see wildlife. Infrastructures are perfect for overlanders. It's the best place we had since pasaj cap and maybe better even though it has no lake to swim. But don't rely on wifi, it's only working sometimes.

It's a wonderful place, we really love it! The street to it is in a bad condition but don't let you stop!

Beautiful finca close to the Nicaraguan border. Prices are 5$ per person + 5$ for electricity. Nice toilets and showers. Easy to spot monkeys.

Very nice property with wildlife everywhere. We woke up each morning to howler monkeys and the rooster. Excellent potable water with great pressure. Very shaded, so solar did not charge. Ran off batteries at first, but plugged into electric the last night to charge up. $5/per person, per night. Electricity is now $5/night additional. Great border stop. Terrible wifi, and no cell data. Very nice hiking, saw lots of spider monkeys. Watch out for the mean turkey. He will chase you

Great location as described. We are a little over 11 ft tall and had no problem getting in. There are 2 dogs on site that are very territorial with other dogs, but sweet as can be with human visitors. Hiking trails and overall atmosphere was very pleasant.

Plan on at least a couple days here. Super convenient to the border but too much to do for just one night. Lovely property. Good food in resto.

Great great place! Now has a cooking stove but no cooking gear.

Many locations on ioverlander are enough to spend a night cheaply and give you some facilities. Rarely we stay at one that is an amazing destination in its own right. This Finca is beautiful, the hiking is great, owners friendly and facilities waaaay above what we have all become used to. It's so close to the border so we weren't going to bother staying but are so glad we did. Recommend!!

$5 per person, $5 to use washing machine and ample lines for drying, $7 per person for breakfast, and $16 per person for dinner. 3 onsite trails with good vistas of the surrounding area. Friendly livestock, dogs, chickens onsite and on the trails. We also saw a sloth, spider and howler monkeys, toucans, and a crocodile. All meals are homemade and delicious. Very friendly owners and international guests.

Beautiful established campground. 5USD per person to camp with our tents, they even helped us get a head start on our border crossing and they are able to accept Costa Rican exit fees. Excellent breakfast for only 7 USD. Wildlife everywhere.

We were charged $5pp and $3 for power to run AC. $5 to use washing machine. Nice bathrooms and chill area right beside site. We walked the trails but other than howlers and parakeets, saw little. Wi-Fi slow when it worked and it was best in reception/eating area. No Claro reception.

Nice place bud the internet is verry slow till nothing

perfect place to stay! After here you don't need to go to an other Nationalpark. we saw more animales then before. the food absolutly delicious - specialy the bread... owners more then friendly and helpful.

we went to this place twice as its so nice. camping right next to the bathrooms with big clean cold water showers and toilets. washing up area and potable water- highly reccomend filling up with drinking water for your time in costa as its crazy expensive. the washing machine is $5 per load and they also have a dryer for $5. great spot to stop and relax and even do some hiking. as others said there is lots of monkeys in the trees and crocodiles in the river.

Really a nice place and very nice people. 🙌

Perfekt place to relax, see animals and eat gerat food with nice swiss host.the are happy if you see animals and help to find them.the have a book exchange.

Superbe campement, un des plus beaux depuis 14 mois de voyage, dommage mauvais temps, mais on peut aller marcher sur la piste et visiter les villages voisins attention ca monte et ca descend , les gérants tres gentils, ici la 1° làngue c'est l'allemand .Madame parle anglais et francais. Tout est nickel chrome

Very nice place as said before if you are crossing the boarder. The people are very nice and welcoming. You can see sloths hanging in the trees if you are lucky. They have a small kitchen area with a sink only and also clean bathrooms with showers and toilets. The Wi-Fi is only available at the reception area but worked fine when we were there. It is also possible to wash your clothes here, a machine (15kg) is 5$. They also have a tumble dryer. Electricity hook up was also no problem. It is also very convenient that you can already pay the tax for leaving CR at the camp and get your receipt. They can also provide you with the form for entering/leaving Nicaragua. We payed 5$ per person per night.

Tout est dit ou presque, stop parfait pour passer la frontière, la propriétaire est assermentée pour préparer les documents douaniers. Attention toutefois, si il pleut abondamment, il est possible que vous restiez coincé plus longtemps que prévu ! ( ça a failli nous arriver)

Agree with all the other comments, it's a great place! Very nice owners, beautiful compound, lots of wildlife around (monkey watching while having breakfast). We did one of the hiking trails which was nice but now in the rainy season parts were so heavily vegetated we got lost at one point.

A lovely spot to stay a night or two after crossing into Costa Rica. Very friendly owners. $5 per person/night with very slow wifi, clean bathroom with a shower, and 3 super well-marked hiking trails on their property! Tent friendly and quiet at night.

Nice place to relax after (or before) the border crossing. Beautiful grounds, 3 hiking trails. We did the red trail, muddy but lovely. Saw monkeys. Just before we left Agi pointed out the tree with a sloth mother and baby. So cute! Camping US$ 10 (slow hardly exciting wifi, wonderful clean and spacious toilet/shower combinations with TP), DIY washing 1 load US$ 5, meal at night US$ 15 per person (steep, but with Bratkartoffeln and eaten together with owners Agi and Guido). Two dogs, 1 huge (might be a horse ...).

Nice place to relax after (or before) the border crossing. Beautiful grounds, 3 hiking trails. We did the red trail, muddy but lovely. Saw monkeys. Just before we left Agi pointed out the tree with a sloth mother and baby. So cute! Camping US$ 10 (slow hardly existing wifi, wonderful clean and spacious toilet/shower combinations with TP), DIY washing 1 load US$ 5, meal at night US$ 15 per person (steep, but with Bratkartoffeln and eaten together with owners Agi and Guido). Two dogs, 1 huge (might be a horse ...).

Perfect place. Kids played with the Legos in the beautiful library all evening. Could stay longer. Highly recommend !

A really nice farm not far from the main road. $10 a night including wifi (slow), water, showers, bathrooms, and electricity. ($5/day for use of air condition in your rig) Very green and quiet. Right next to a river with monkeys and other furry creatures hopping around the property. Showers and bathrooms were very clean. There was also a washer machine for clothes in the camping area but didn't ask about the price. They have 2 dogs that are nice but the dogs are very territorial about their house . We kept our dogs away from the house and only kept them in the "camp area." We had no problems at all.

What a beautiful place! If you want to eat Dinner, you have to tell this Agi,so she can buy enouth Food. Sunday is Pizzaday,so delicious, baked in a woodoven! It's definitely worth a visit,see other descriptions. We've been there 4 times

good place! quite, nice. slow wifi, laundry if you want. can see animals: monkeys, perezoso, farm animals. 10$ night motorhome and 2 adults and 3 children

Highly recommended! We had a wonderful time there!

great finca, good food, quiet

Amazing place, favorite in our trip!
5$ pp. You also get access to a huge area (68ha) where you can see all kind of animals (we saw more than in the national parks in CR).
A dream for everyone who loves nature.
There is a washing machine, one load 15kg=5$

Incredible oasis! Amazing animals (sloths, crocodiles, monkeys!), people, and hiking trails. Camping awesome.

Such a have so close to the boarder. Would definitely return if in area. Great food and people.

Good place for overnight, very calm. Clean bathrooms. A must do when leaving or entering CR. Price still USD 5 pp. a lots of animals in the property. Wifi not so good.

Shortly after arriving our small dog which was on a leash standing beside my husband was attacked. The owners Great Dane came from behind attacked our dog without warning or provocation causing multiple wounds. My husband was also bit in the face. The veterinarian spent almost three hours cleaning and stitching our dogs wounds. After the attack the owner told us there had been previous incidents with their dog.

Very nice campground of a Swiss couple! Clean showers, great breakfast, WiFi, washing machine. A perfect place to relax. They have several short hiking trails where you can learn about the local vegetation. c5300

The only campground we chose to repeat on our trip so far! $5 USD/pp/night. Swiss family: Agi (speaks English) and her husband, Guido run a beautiful finca with all amenities. One downside: WiFi has never worked well for us there.

Great spot right after the border crossing. No restaurant when we were there so bring your own food. Good fast free WIfi. Clean bathroom but cold shower. Owner very nice but no English. Only German and Spanish. Lots of animals (even a rescued baby sloth) and beautiful hiking right on sight. We saw at least 25 spider monkeys on our hike. Two large dogs on site but didn't seem aggressive to other dogs. Electric extension cord available too for power from bathroom building.

Just excellent! Not to be missed! We ended up staying for 5 nights.

Great!. One of those place you do not want to miss. Beautiful Finca, friendly Swiss owners, spacious campsite, clean toilets and showers, they are building a communal kitchen, walking trails on their property, lots of birds around, a crocodile in the river, a baby sloth they rescued and wild sloths as well. And a very good price. We recommend going here (for more than one night)

All other comments are pretty spot on. Bring your own food as the "family dinners" only happen if there are others staying when you are. Even then prices were high $14 for dinner $7 for breakfast, not sure what they include. Was able to fish the tilapia pond but having only ocean tackle I didn't have any luck. Beautiful farm great walks and friendly owners. Perfect place to stay before or after border with Nica

Excellent stay, highly recommended! The swiss owners have thought of everything. Electrical hookup, clean bath & showers, wonderful hikes on their property. No kitchen, but they will cook meals for you, if requested for $ (details on their website). Tilapia farm on-site, we bought a big one and fried it up at our site. Yumm. A must-stay in the area. $10 per night for 2 people.

Our second day here, and we've already seen countless Howler and Spider Monkeys, crocodiles, adult and baby Sloths, and several toads the size of a Catcher's mit. Super friendly, wifi, electricity, and clean bathroom/showers. Great way to spend a day or week upon entering Costa Rica. I doubt it was 30 minutes from the border. There are 2 dogs on the property, but they're very friendly. We paid $10 per night for 2 adults and a pup.

For us the best place during the last six months: beautiful surrounding and wild life on and around the Finca, very clean facilities, WiFi, electricity, laundry service, great food, unbelievable friendly owners! We saw a sloth with its baby, monkeys, the crocodile, ...

Very nice place. Their two big friendly dogs are females. We kept our dog well away from them at our camper and had no problems.

(Admin note: Coordinates have been corrected and old place deleted.) Actual co-ord for this Finca are N 11.12147 W 85.59414. The correct location is shown as a question mark on the map only about 12 k from the border. This is around 50k away from the correct location down a very rough road. Note to self read other peoples notes before driving miles in the wrong direction!

Fantastic hosts, great evening family style dinner. Walking trails were a nice way to while away an afternoon. Well worth a couple of nights. $10 Usd per night for two people.

Great hike around the property. Friendly owners. Very clean bathroom & shower. Meals are expensive, at set times & family style. Ask to see & feed the baby sloth they rescued, and look for the crocodile in the river!

Fantastic Finca with camping possibility: wildlife, swimming at the bridge, boat and peddles available, horseriding, 3 marked walking trails, play room for the kids. Good chance you met other overlanders here. Must stop here when comming from or going at Nicaragua. Potable water, wifi, clean toilets and shower. House made wine. Recomanded! We paid 10 USD (2 adults, kids doesn't pay).

Wrong position in the map. (Admin note: Coordinates have been corrected.)

Wonderful surrounding, clean bathroom , friendly owner, indoor playroom for Kids , Library , horse riding possible, nice walking Tours, little boat to use, definitely a place to stay longer than one night.

Beautiful finca with clean facilities. We enjoyed the walking paths. Warning: very loud rooster in the morning!

Best place with lots of animals! Friendly owners, perfect place!!

Charged us $5 just to park, not using their electric or bathrooms. They have wifi now (it's slow) AND you can pay the $7 exit tax here if you are going to Nicaragua after your stay. FYI, they have 2 huge dogs that may not get along with other dogs. We kept our dogs away because theirs were aggressive and know their Great Dane has attacked another traveler's dog.

Paying $10 for two people with electricity... Nice little compound with friendly Swiss owners with lots of wildlife.

Cabañas and campground at La Cruz held by the swiss Agi and Guido. Cabaña 50 USD per night, camping 5 USD per person. Nice finca at the River with hiking trails, lots of animals and horse rides. Excellent stop after boarder crossing from Nicaragua.

Beautiful working farm, nice hikes on property, monkeys play all day in the trees above you, clean bathrooms and showers, kitchen sink area for washing dishes, great family-style dinners available every night. This was one of our favorite camping spots of the entire Adventure. – CONS: No internet – 5 USD/person/night

Paid $10 for 2 people, which was refunded after their Great Dane attacked our dog and I broke my wrist during the attack. If you have a dog, make sure they tie theirs up when yours is outside, even while next to your camper.

Warning: if you have a dog, check with the owners that they will keep their two dogs secured when yours is out. They have a Great Dane and a German Sheperd. The Great Dane attacked our dog, even though we didn't take her near their house--we had her on a leash by our camper getting ready to go for a walk. I broke my wrist getting their dog off her.

The house belongs to the Swiss Agi and Guido. Very many wild animals. Monkeys, sloths, fat toads, tarantulas, etc. crocodile. Private bathroom, electricity

Price: $ 10.00

Wohlfühlplatz Fam at Sutter from CH. Clean toilets and showers, electricity can be obtained from the cabanas, water, laundry, library. Very quiet. U $ 10./Night

Turn of the Pan American Highway (10 km from the border with Nicaragua) turn left into gravel road through the village then take the wooden signs about 2km on the slopes of Finca follow.

No trip through Costa Rica would be complete without a stop at Agi and Guido's place - the Swiss emigrants. Conveniently located close to the border. Huge farm with beautiful hiking trails. Howler and spider monkeys in the trees. Bathroom with hotel standard, cold shower. Superb dining at the restaurant (12$ / person including drinks). We camped along to the road which leads to the cabanas.

(US $ 5 / day without electricity, $ 10 / day with electricity. We have paid in US $.)