I was just looking through my TA reviews, and noticed that a review I thought I had posted for Korrigan Lodge was missing?! Not sure what happened -- so this is about 2.5 years late (we traveled in August 2011) -- but I remember the place well, and thankfully had made a blog posting, too . . . so here goes!
I stayed at the Korrigan Lodge with my two girls -- ages 7 and 9, at the time -- for 3 nights at the end of a 10 day trip to Costa Rica. We LOVED our stay here, and I sincerely hope we're able to visit again someday.
This lodge has four small self-standing rooms (like little cabins, but with sleeping area and bathroom only) with front porches with hammocks. It is set in an wooded area just steps from Punta Uva beach and it is BEAUTIFUL! There is great attention to detail in everything from the furnishings to the delicious breakfast that is served and included in the price, to all of the interactions with the owners.
The lodge is located just a 5 minute walk from the beach, and the owners' dog accompanies you, if desired! Both on the property as well as at the beach we saw numerous monkeys, sloths, insects, tarantulas . . .
There's also plenty to do in the area. We had an absolutely amazing dinner at Refugio Grill -- outdoor seating (only 4-5 tables, I think) by candlelight, steps from the beach. We also did a guided cacao plantation tour (I believe it was HERE, but I'm not sure!), visited the Jaguar Rescue Center (the kids LOVED this!), and had a private guided tour of the jungle down around Manzanillo -- a fantastic, interesting day with an amazing guide!
Puerto Viejo is worth a visit, of course, but it's very small and a little "rough around the edges". I took no photos while I was in town, mainly because I didn't feel comfortable carrying around an expensive camera. You're safe, but I'd say a little vigilance and common sense is in order...
I wish I had spent MORE time down in Manzanillo. Some of the remote beaches that can be reached from a short walk through the jungle are stunning . . . plan some time there, if you can, just do NOT bring anything of value with you that you'll need to leave on the beach if you go for a swim.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Korrigan Lodge is located in Punta Uva, just a few steps from a beautiful beach, nestled in the heart of the tropical forest. This is an ideal place to fully appreciate the richness of nature with its lush vegetation and its abundance of animal life.Ingrid and Erwan, your French hosts offer quality lodging in 4 comfortable and luxurious bungalows surrounded by a harmonious and enchanting environment designed to guarantee relaxation. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Korrigan Hotel Puerto Viejo
- Korrigan Lodge Costa Rica/Limon