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“Green and Gorgeous” 5 of 5 stars
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Hacienda Baru
Dominical, Costa Rica   |  
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Miami, FL
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Green and Gorgeous”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

This was my second visit (first in 2006) and was even more enjoyable. Well-signed off the Costanera Sur, personable staff beginning with the owner, Jack Ewing, who remembered me because of photos I gave him for the website. Spacious cabin with kitchen/fridge. Fans circulated the air nicely at night despite the heat/humidity. The pool is delightful and perfect for lowering body temps after long days on the beach/in the forest. We stayed two full days for forest and beachcombing photography. The beach at low tide is dramatic; bring lots of memory cards for the flotsam and waves. Didn't swim bc of 10' surf but admired it mightily. Tons of birds everywhere so keep your camera with you. Food was good, some meals more flavorful than others. B'fast was excellent and the staff were all very friendly.
I hope you'll get to see the gray-necked wood rail whose twilight call sounds like a flock of drunken chickens - seriously crazy. We just heard but could not find it/them?
A great place to break up a trip from North-South or vice versa and see lots of wildlife in a spectacular setting. They are a truly green lodge and are on my highly-recommended list.

Room Tip: I like a cabin near the Dining chickee & butterfly garden. I suspect the rooms by the pool might...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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San Diego, California
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

This accomodation, run by Jack & Diane (oh yes, from the heartland), is a rustic retreat of cabins on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, just north of Dominical. Each cabin has a kitchenette, living room, clean linens, screened-in porch and umbrellas for the wet season - very useful. Hacienda Baru offers guided walks on their trails at dawn, dusk or late night which is wonderful because the wildlife changes depending on the time of day you explore. There is a Tucan Tour - zip line a little over a miles hike from the cabins, guided by Hacienda Baru staff. The beach is secluded and runs HUGELY AWESOME waves, but also great for a morning run where you will not see anyone else out. The pool is lovely. Common area under cover with hammocks. The restaurant on-site serves delicious fresh fish and many good veggie options. The fruit at breakfast is ridiculously fresh. Jack & Diane will help to set up tours and adventures off site - they helped us organize a mangrove tour at night, white water rafting on the rio savegre, and could arrange for surfing in Dominical just 1-2 miles down the road.

No frills, great for families or large groups.

YES - internet
YES - alcohol
NO - AC
NO room service, but if you will be out later than dinner is served at the restaurant, they will make you a plate to put in your fridge for later

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Easton, PA
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

The restaurant was great and offered a lot of vegetarian options. We went on two of the tours and enjoyed both. I would definitely recommend the zip-line and canopy climbing tour. The lowland birding tour was OK. We are avid birders and did not feel that our guide for that tour was as knowledgeable although he was very kind and good generalist guide. Pedro, one of the other guides, is excellent and it would be worth requesting him for any bird tours.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

We stayed here as part of a wedding party and had about 5 full cabins. The pool was great, the trails were nice and the breakfast was also great. It's a ways to walk into Dominical, but a short taxi ride away. the staff was friendly and the whole place was very relaxing. We also did a canopy tour/zip lining with them which was great!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

My boyfriend and I loved our stay here. We had the economy cabin, which had more than enough room for us - 2 bedrooms and one master bedroom, a kitchenette, fridge, and living room area - felt like a little temporary home. We didn't need all the room, but that was the least expensive room available and we wanted to stay at this hotel to take advantage of the trails. We hiked both trails on the premises and had such a great time! We loved being able to rest in our room between both of the trails. The pool is also lovely, surrounded by the colorful and well-kept gardens. To top it off, our continental breakfast the next morning filled us up for the rest of the day. All in all a great hotel that I would stay at again and recommend to friends!

  • Stayed April 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sheridan, Wyoming
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

Hacienda Baru is a great place to zipline and learn about wildlife, but if you are looking for comfort, I would advise against staying in the economy cabins. The bathrooms were, quite honestly, not clean, the rooms barely adequate. Overall, we enjoyed our stay, and Jack and the staff of Hacienda Baru are doing wonderful work. We just wish we'd had more comfort. On a last note, the night in the jungle was truly amazing, an absolute must for the nature lover.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

We really love Hacienda Baru! The cabins are simple and adequate. The restaurant is reasonably priced and we still talk about the fresh fruit juices and how good they tasted after hiking.

We did the "night in the jungle" stay. Wow. What a fantastic memory. Be warned, it's a LONG hot hike but so worth it. My only complaint is that you leave later in the afternoon, hike for a couple of hours and get there when it's getting dark. We ate a terrific tipico dinner by candle light and then half of us went on a night hike and the other half went to sleep. Waking up with a stunning view of the jungle was AMAZING! We had breakfast and trekked back down. I think these trips should be at least two nights in length to explore and to really feel what it is like to be in the middle of nowhere.

The beach is beyond anything we have ever experienced. Gorgeous, warm water and not another soul as far as the eyes could see in either direction.

We'd go back to Hacienda Baru in a heart beat!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hacienda Baru

Address: Dominical, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Dominical
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 19 Specialty lodging in Dominical
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Hacienda Baru Hotel Quepos
Hacienda Baru Costa Rica/Dominical

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