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“Good Value” 4 of 5 stars
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Playa Negra, Cahuita, Costa Rica   |  
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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014 via mobile

We (couple, 41 & 50) stayed at Piscina Natural in March 2014. We paid $45 a night for a room with bathroom, floor fan and one comfortable double bed. The bathroom was small and simple; the shower had an electric shower head for hot water. BUT there was no bathroom door! And the windows were not screened. We slept with the windows closed and under a mosquito net and were not bothered by mosquitos. The room is simple but clean and nicely decorated. The beautifully landscaped property is one of the nicest in over 50 hotels we've stayed at the past five months. The natural pool, a big tide pool, is amazing to look at and great for wading. The property is right on a rocky portion of the coast with lots of chairs and hammocks to enjoy the view. There is no restaurant but a kitchen for use 6:00 AM to 11:00AM. There are a few restaurants within five minutes walking but the town, shops and ATMs are 20 minutes away. Playa Negra is three minutes walking away. We rented bikes which made the town much more accessible. The owners, Patty and Walter, were friendly and the atmosphere is relaxed (there are only five rooms). The wi-fi was available only near the kitchen and was very weak. There are no taxis in Cahuita, so we had to walk 2 Km with our packs. Piscina Natural is a good value. Put in bathroom doors, screen the windows and allow kitchen use all day and it would be an excellent value. We will stay at Piscina Natural if we return to Cahuita.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Artfully conceived and beautifully maintained gardens, and paths that wind to the yard's edge of coral reef and breaking surf. Little tables situated for taking in the land and the sea. Hammocks awaiting your nap. The peacocks and the flowers. The colors. The big open-air bar and dining area, the meals being prepared by you in the big kitchen behind. The first pot of coffee in the morning already made by Walter. The black sand beach inviting you to swim in it's turquoise and green waters. I think I'll go back.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We started at another place in town, but quickly wanted to leave and find something a little better. After checking out almost every place around, we stumbled upon Piscina Natural and were instantly hooked. As you enter the gates, you are met with a garden that just draws you in. As you wander through, you pass the big open air fully stocked kitchen eating area. This can really help cut down on costs and time wasted hunting for all you meals. The trail continues on to a natural lagoon and onto the lava water front with several hammocks hung under a huge tree. The rooms were clean and comfortable with fans, mozzy nets and are shaded by all the trees. The owners are very friendly and the lady is from north America and can help with all your needs. The black sand beach is only 5 min away, but the town is 30 min walk. They don't rent bikes, but you can get them in town if you don't have a car

An exceptional deal for $45

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Asheville, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

I was here with friends but I would love to come here for a romantic getaway. The room was simple and clean but the real charm is the grounds, gardens, and natural pools. Lots of sweet places to sit in the gardens or hanging in a hammock. The coral reef forms natural calm jungle pools to cool off in safely away from the pushy tide. Dreamy!
Patty was a very sweet and helpful host. We were able to use the kitchen to cook our own meals and the open air dining room is lovely.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

We enjoyed our stay at La Piscina Natural in Cahuita, CR, and wish we could have stayed longer.
The ancient coral reef has been eroded into fascinating fissures with a tidepool boasting a tiny secluded beach. We loved walking into the pulsing surf from the seclusion of the hideaway pools -- then floating out near (and with) the breakers in a completely safe piscina. Patty and Walter have dedicated their lives to their sweet garden -- with thrilling cacti and palms and succulents, tropical flowers, tiny frogs, even fluffy little chicks and some peacocks! Clearly, they
love the land! Our quarters were delightfully airy and clean, with access to an open-air kitchen.
La Piscina Natural is a tropical paradise!

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

My wife and I stayed here for six nights. Patty and Walter were wonderful hosts. They ensured we were comfortable and knew where to eat and what to see. The room had everything we needed The kitchen was well stocked and large. The eating area was very comfortable. Of course we loved having our morning coffee by the ocean. A great way to start and end the day! Swimming in the natural pool was relaxing.

We did not have a car and walked everywhere. We like to walk so the 15 minute walk to town was not a problem. A good portion of the walk to town is on playa negra.

We had a great stay and hope to come again!

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Sherwood Park, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

On my month tour all around Costa Rica this place way my favorite stop.

Thank you so much Patty and Walter for having us in your own private paradise.
My party of four came here to relax and enjoy the beach in Cahuita in August. The tide pool really gives you a chance to enjoy the water without any worry of being sucked away by strong waves (like all the other beaches in Cahuita). Patty has a beautiful garden which peacocks room around and a couple of friendly dogs too. The hammocks under the trees near the ocean leave you to rock yourself to sleep listening to the waves.
The rooms were clean, and had bug nets (not that we needed them), and we had our own private bathroom with hot water.
Patty and Walter were extremely helpful and very knowledgeable about the area.
Thank you so much, we really appreciated everything.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Playa Negra, Cahuita, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Cahuita
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 39 Specialty Lodging in Cahuita
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
La Piscina Natural Hotel Cahuita
La Piscina Natural Costa Rica/Cahuita

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