15 Magical Treehouses You Won't Believe Exist in Central America

Tree house vacation | © Courtesy of Aqua Wellness Resort
Tree house vacation | © Courtesy of Aqua Wellness Resort
Photo of Jenn Parker
10 July 2017

We probably all had the fantasy of living in a treehouse during our childhood years. Some of us might have been lucky enough to have had a treehouse, or a friend with one, when we were younger. The imagination can run free in a forest, and fantasies can turn into reality. Treehouses aren’t just for children, either. There are incredible treehouse vacation rentals, lodges, and hotels in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, and Belize that will excite your childhood self, while also satiating your adult needs.

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  • The Tree House Lodge is situated on a 10-acre (40,500-square meter) piece of property close to the breathtakingly beautiful Playa Uva on the Caribbean coast. The Tree House Lodge is highly dedicated to the environment and to its guests. It is one of the few hotels that has a certificate for sustainable tourism (CST). Each treehouse has its own theme and has been built using recycled and sustainable materials and reclaimed wood from the surrounding jungle. These treehouses are exquisite and quite luxurious, while keeping an authentic rustic jungle feel. The lodge also has its own foundation, the Igunaverde Foundation, committed to protecting and restoring green iguana populations.

    Escape to the tree tops | © Courtesy of Tree House Lodge

    Finca Bellavista

    Finca Bellavista is a treehouse community with both permanent and temporary residents. There are 13 completely unique treehouses available for rent. They range from studio layout with no electricity to multiple bedrooms with electricity. There is a main base camp where wifi, yoga classes, and tours can be organized. Most treehouses are between a 10- and 45-minute hike from the base camp. This sustainable forest community is an idyllic and magical place to disconnect with the outside world and reconnect with nature.

    Cabina Colibri | © Matt Berglung

    Rancho Delicioso

    If your childhood treehouse fantasy somewhat resembled the Swiss Family Robinson house, Rancho Delicioso’s newest structure, The River Palace, will make your dream come true. This three-level home was built using locally sourced and natural materials. This treehouse has immense open spaces, seven bridges that connect different areas of the house, two bathrooms, a kitchen, a huge dining room table made from a single branch of a Cabuya tree, and six hanging beds. This is a beautiful space to come and be creative, join a retreat (yoga or permaculture), or just enjoy the peacefulness of the Montezuma area.

    Rancho Pacifico

    Rancho Pacifico is an eco-luxury boutique hotel with treehouse villas that has won a truly impressive amount of prestigious awards. There are 10 villas, suites, and treehouses that all have specular views of the vast Pacific Ocean from the hotel’s elevated jungle viewpoint. There are private hiking trails that lead to beautiful waterfalls, multiple outrageously beautiful beaches, heavenly spa treatments, organic and healthy dining options, and unmatched hospitality. This is the perfect treehouse option for honeymooners and those seeking a romantic or zenful getaway!

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    Nature Observatorio

    The Nature Observatorio is a one-of-a-kind two-story, two-bedroom treehouse in the middle of the Gondoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge on the Caribbean coast. The house is suspended in a giant tree. What makes this treehouse truly unique is that not a single nail or screw was used to secure the house to the tree. The tree is completely unharmed. The philosophy behind this treehouse is that a living tree is far more valuable than a dead one, and that we must stop harming the environment, but rather co-exist and live harmoniously and consciously within it. A maximum of four people can share the house. Breakfast, lunch, drinks, and snacks are included in the price. Spending time in this treehouse will be unmatched by any other experience. Nature lovers and adventurers will be in paradise.

    At one with the tree | © Courtesy of Nature Observatorio

    Jicaro Island Lodge, Granada

    Boutique Hotel, Lodge
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    By the lake and in the trees
    By the lake and in the trees | © James Anderson/Tartar Group

    Jicaro Eco Lodge is located on its very own island, a short boat ride away from the colonial town of Granada in Nicaragua. The beautiful casitas are all lake-front and tucked up into the trees. Jicaro is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway or a personal wellness retreat. The food, service, spa, yoga, and other amenities are top-notch and will help you to achieve total relaxation and bliss.


    Lucero (a private community in Panama) just opened a magnificent luxury treehouse boutique hotel up in the highlands of Boquete. Each treehouse has a 360° wraparound deck, high thread count sheets, a daybed on the balcony and a queen bed inside, a rain shower, coffee maker, kitchenette, wifi, and a la carte room service. You will receive high-end personalized service for the duration of your stay. There is a clubhouse, clay tennis courts, an 18-hole golf course, and a restaurant on the premises. This is the adult version of your childhood dream treehouse!

    Caves Branch Jungle Lodge

    Caves Branch Jungle Lodge offers adventurers amazing treehouse accommodation options in Belize. The treehouses are situated next to the Caves Branch River and are designed in such a way as to keep you in touch and connected with the surrounding nature. There are several treehouse options, but all have comfortable beds, beautiful wood and marble interiors, hot water, screens to keep the bugs and little creatures out, and stunning views. If you want to be immersed in nature, but also want a touch of luxurious comfort, this is your type of treehouse. There are all sorts of exciting adventure tours that can be organized from the Caves Branch Jungle Lodge too.

    Not a bad place to take a bath | © Courtesy of Caves Branch Jungle Lodge

    Aqua Wellness Resort, Playa Gigante

    Boutique Hotel, Resort
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    Adult version of tree house dream
    Adult version of tree house dream | © Courtesy of Aqua Wellness Resort

    Aqua Wellness Resort is located on Nicaragua’s emerald coast just north of Costa Rica on the Pacific Ocean. There are three different types of treehouse to choice from: studio, luxury suite, or luxury villa. All three are beautifully designed with the environment and your comfort in mind. The resort is situated on its own private bay and is surrounded by the jungle and the sea. You can join a wellness program or yoga retreat, or just come to unwind and rejuvenate on your own. Aqua Wellness Resort offers spa treatments, yoga classes, day trips, fishing excursions, and surfing tours and transportation.

    About this place:

    Boutique, Eco friendly, Outdoors, Beach, Romantic

    Tree House Hotel

    The Tree House Hotel is located in the rainforest near La Fortuna, close enough to enjoy the adventure activities of Arenal and La Fortuna, but far enough away that you feel removed from the touristy area. There are seven unique treehouses that are built around the trees. Surrounding the property is a wildlife refuge, a waterfall, and springs to swim in. There is so much wildlife up in the area, including monkeys, sloths, toucans, and hummingbirds. A delicious typical Costa Rican breakfast is served every morning in the rancho. You can even arrange to have a private massage.

    Hidden Canopy Tree Houses Boutique Hotel

    What better place to stay in a treehouse than in Monteverde? Hidden Canopy has six treehouse chalets up in the mountains of Monteverde. These intricately constructed luxury treehouses are surrounded by beautiful gardens, waterfalls, vast and panoramic views, and wildlife. You will truly be pampered when you stay at Hidden Canopy. There are spa treatments, afternoon teatime, fresh baked goods made every day for your enjoyment, and lovely treetop walkways. You will receive personalized concierge service so that you can truly enjoy all that this stunning area of Costa Rica has to offer.

    Home away from home © Courtesy of Hidden Canopy | Courtesy of Hidden Canopy

    Jungla Vista

    Jungla Vista is a enchanting house that is elevated high up at treetop level. It has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a mediation and yoga deck, and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, so that you feel truly immersed in your beautiful surroundings. This stunning and secure tree home is part of a nature reserve and is located only 10 minutes away from a variety of international restaurants. Jungla Vista is between Playa Negra and Junquillal in the Guanacaste province on the Pacific coast. There are multiple uncrowded and picturesque beaches nearby that are excellent for swimming, sunbathing, and surfing.

    Jungla Vista | Courtesy of Jungla Vista

    Lapa’s Nest Tree House

    If you want to create your own Swiss Family Robinson experience, this is the house to do it in! Lapa’s Nest Tree House is a six-story treehouse in the Osa Peninsula just north of Puerto Jimenez and a short hike from the magnificent Corcovado National Park. Lapa’s Nest Tree House is all open-air, which allows all the beautiful sounds and scents of the jungle to intoxicate your senses. This is the ideal location for a group that wants to spend all of their time outdoors and surrounded by nature. It’s exquisite here!

    Into the wild | © Courtesy of Lapa's Nest Tree House

    Tree House Restaurant and Cafe

    If you aren’t particularly interested in staying in a treehouse, but would like to spend a little time in one, this is your ideal situation. The Tree House Restaurant and Cafe is located in Monteverde and is an exceptional place to dine amongst the trees. The menu is typical Costa Rican and Latin fusion. The restaurant is built around a huge ficus tree and makes you feel as if you are dining in the forest. Tree House Restaurant and Cafe is also well known for its perfectly crafted coffees.

    Save the trees | © Courtesy of Tree House Restaurant and Cafe

    Playa Selva Tree House Lodge

    Playa Selva Tree House Lodge is an adorable and rustic one-bedroom treehouse nestled into a giant banyan tree in Mal Pais. This treehouse is not part of a luxury boutique hotel or resort, but part of a beautiful private property a few minutes’ walk from the beach. The owners also live on the property. Staying in this treehouse will be a truly authentic treehouse experience. There’s a kitchenette, hot water, and a lovely balcony where you can watch the monkeys play. If you are seeking solitude and serenity, this treehouse is waiting for you to climb on up.

    A true treehouse experience | © Courtesy of Playa Selva Tree House Lodge