This is a great place to stay if you are looking for charming, affordable accommodations right by the beach. Cabinas Makanas is located a bit outside the village of Santa Teresa, which makes it secluded and more tranquil. The ocean is only 300 feet away and that stretch of beach is among the most beautiful in the area. It's also not far from the top surfing spots. There are only three bungalows in a nicely landscaped garden so it feels very private. Each spacious bungalow has teak-wood ceilings with fans and is equipped with fridge and coffee maker. All are very clean and functional and have nice verandas overlooking the garden. I enjoyed spending time in the hammock, watching the iguanas and howler monkeys who love to visit the neighboring trees. This is a great place to hang out and feel the peaceful, jungle vibes. But what makes Cabinas Makanas truly special is the TLC you get from Kari who runs this small hotel and its incredibly delicious restaurant Ambrosia with friendly efficiency. Her passion for creative, flavorful food translates into simple yet superb specialties such as the mango coconut encrusted catch of the day, which is pure delight, or the rich chicken or fish pesto wrap. The burger options are amazing...I loved the exotic taste of the chicken burger served with a slice of grilled pineapple and a feta dressing. All burgers and entrees are available with a choice of French fries or sweet potato fries--both excellent. There are also tasty salads. Everything is made fresh and reasonably priced.
Kari goes out of her way to make everyone feel welcome and she is more than happy to share tips about the area. I highly recommend this place and if you happen to be staying somewhere else in Santa Teresa, make sure to at least try the Ambrosia restaurant. You'll be glad you did!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Makanas offers three discreet and quaint cabins by the ocean. Step out of your room and watch the monkeys swing by in the canopy above or listen to the tropical birds in the morning as you enjoy a cup of delicious Costa Rican coffee. We are located well away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Santa Teresa, yet steps away from the prized beaches Santa Teresa is known for. Come experience Santa Teresa at its best, with world class surfing, fishing, excellent cuisine and some of the best sunsets the world has to offer. Whether you are a couple looking for something more private or a larger group looking to all stay together, we can accommodate your needs. We look forward to seeing you at Makanas! Pura vida! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Makanas Costa Rica/Santa Teresa