I think I’ve told you approximately thirty-two times that one of our favorite things to do when we travel is to just get in the car and drive. We like to explore and get away from the tourist destinations and find things that are off of the beaten path. So, on one fine day while in Arenal that is exactly what we decided to do—drive. As we were driving through the winding, mountainous roads of Arenal we started seeing signs for Toad Hall.
They were all handmade: some were drawn on gas cans that were hung from the trees, others from random scraps of metal, and they got us curious. When we saw it come into view we had to stop, curiosity had gotten the better of us.
Albeit, it is a bit touristy, we were glad we stopped. Toad Hall is a bed and breakfast with a restaurant and gift shop that are open to everyone.
The view from the open-air restaurant is gorgeous. The jungle slopes downward until it reaches the edge of Lake Arenal. It’s the perfect place to spot birds, monkeys, and all sorts of jungle life.
The owners of Toad Hall also have a bit of a bird rescue going on themselves. Inside the restaurant they had a cage with two baby toucans. We had perfect timing and the owner was just getting ready to feed them and she let me help. Feeding a toucan—even a baby toucan is intimidating. Their beaks are kind of gimungous.
A little ways down the hill they had some parrots that were also being rehabilitated. They talked, and I’m pretty sure they were cussing at us. However, it is super cute to hear a parrot say “Hola”. They also had a little aquarium that was full of frogs.
In general, I prefer to see my animals not in cages but it was kind of fun to stop into a restaurant and get more than you bargained for. I do hope once the animals are rehabilitated that they will be released back into the wild though.
The tienda was full of souvenirs, but classy souvenirs. Not the normals t-shirts and postcards but antiques and local art. Overall, I would recommend swinging into Toad Hall even if for nothing more than to grab a beer, sign your name somewhere, and to get shamed in your spanish skills by a parrot.