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“Three Days at La Cusinga” 5 of 5 stars
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La Cusinga Eco Lodge
200 south of km mark 166, Uvita, Costa Rica   |  
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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“Three Days at La Cusinga”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Lodgings were arranged by Sierra Club as part of a Costa Rican nature tour. The buildings were individual works of art, the setting was perfect and staff was great and had a good sense of humor. The owner believes he could make more money by expanding, but prefers a more ecological approach with low impact. Lots of wildlife right in the place and close to nice beach and trails.

  • Stayed February 2013, 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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Geinier, General Manager at La Cusinga Eco Lodge, responded to this review, March 7, 2013
Our longest relationship is with Sierra Club, and we love having you visit us. As we know nature is what you look for. We have a good piece of land, and yes we can build hundreds of rooms. But 10 to 12 rooms will be our max (10 at this time) as we want to be part of nature and not just another typical hotel. Thank you for getting what we are about!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

We stayed at 3 eco lodges while in Costa Rica for 2 weeks and loved them all. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at La Cusinga. Love the quiet ambience, a little opportunity for hiking, Arco beach is stunning and safe for swimming. It's a bit of a hike up and down but we enjoy the hiking. The natural pool for swimming is so refreshing, there were monkeys with us there one afternoon. The yoga platform was a great place for morning stretching and bird watching.
Saw 2 species of monkeys on the beach trail. We were able to take a morning excursion to Manuel Antonio park. Just an hours drive. It's a beautiful national park but over run by tourists so by getting there shortly after 7 we were able to enjoy the beautiful beaches and trails before the big crowds arrived. The staff at La Cusinga were delightful and very helpful. The food in the restaurant is good. The views from the rooms and viewpoint are spectacular. If a quiet stay near the ocean in a sustainable environment is what you are looking for then La Cusinga will not disappoint. We would definitely stay there again.

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  • Stayed February 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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Geinier, General Manager at La Cusinga Eco Lodge, responded to this review, March 7, 2013
Thank you for your review, your time means a lot to us! We are a family that since 1972 are protecting our place. So that is why we have a very solid wildlife, as we have alway try to life with nature and not next to it. Our fauna are not pets, they respect our space as we do respect them too. So a hike in our trails are full of nature and as you said better than other places that over crowded and over explored. Thank you for beign part of our family for a three days! And look forward to your return! Pura Vida!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

La Cusinga is a wonderful place to stay. The setting is beautiful and the staff are all lovely. Their food is really nice also. They will happily make different food for your children if they are fussy eaters, as mine is. You can ask what the menu is for the days food and you can let them know a couple of hours before meal times whether you are having food at La Cusinga or eating out. There is free coffee all day and water and you can buy beer at meal times. I highly recommend La Cusinga to anyone wanting a beautiful place to stay. The view of the sea is wonderful.

  • Stayed February 2013, 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
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Geinier, General Manager at La Cusinga Eco Lodge, responded to this review, March 7, 2013
Thank you for your review! We are glad you had a good experience and that your kids liked our food. We are always open to cook what your children want to eat, as we know kids not always eat what the menu has. Hope to see you back soon!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

February 2013: Our tour group of 16 stayed at La Cusinga. Almost without exception, it was everyone's favorite lodging of the entire trip. There is something magical about the setting and the philosophy of this secluded lodge. The staff is outstanding in every way and the birds, wildlife, pacific coast and jungle scenery are constantly changing yet constantly beautiful. And the meals are delicious-- prepared carefully with the freshest ingredients. Thank you for the wonderful memories!

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  • Stayed February 2013, 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
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Geinier, General Manager at La Cusinga Eco Lodge, responded to this review, February 24, 2013
Glad that you liked our place, and that your group did too. Thank you so much for your review! We try always to be true to our way of living. We share the way we have lived for 40 plus years, where we are part of nature and because of that we respect and enjoy nature! Look forward to your next visit, and hope to get a review from the rest of your group :) Pura Vida!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

La Cusinga Eco Lodge is a unique place in the world. A very different experience were comfort, nature and service blend in perfect harmony. A true ecolodge, the toucans, the monkeys and all kind of exotic birds can be seen right on this unique property with its own private 250 acre reserve bordering a Marine National Park, trails that lead to secluded pristine tropical beaches with waterfalls leading to the ocean. The pool? is the best pool a natural pool, the fitness center...a great YOGA spa with ocean view and all the trails are enough fitness to keep you in shape during your stay. Plus all the additional activities as surfing, SUP, kayaking and more Just a great location, A MUST SEE PLACE

Room Tip: Chose the rooms below the restaurant for quiet and spectacular ocean views
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Geinier, General Manager at La Cusinga Eco Lodge, responded to this review, February 24, 2013
Thank you for taking your time and making down here, for all for help and your kind words! Hope to see you back here soon, or in florida or argentina. Pura Vida!
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

I stayed at La Cusinga for a 6-day yoga retreat and had a spectacular time. This hotel is divine! "Paradise" popped into my head every morning when I stepped out of my room. The property is nestled in a tropical paradise, the food is outstanding, and the people are kind. This is definitely a place you want to visit. I'm really missing the out door shower right now!!!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 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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Geinier, General Manager at La Cusinga Eco Lodge, responded to this review, February 24, 2013
Thank you for taking your time to give us this review! We hope more people do come and enjoy our hotel and our yoga studio! We are glad you and the groupd had a good time! Hope to see you bacj soon!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

La Cusinga is more than a hotel, it is a place where ecological responsibility is practiced. Its owners and managers are really model citizens of the planet, and if you get a chance to talk to them and meet them, it's a real treat. Get the owner's book, The Gringo's Hawk, and read it before you come - it will enrich the experience. There is a strip of beach like no other I've ever seen, and it's worth the long walk through a primary rainforest to get there - you might see species you haven't seen before every day and night you're there. Go out in a boat and you've got a good chance of seeing dolphins very close. Or just sit in the front lounge and enjoy one of the most breathtaking views you'll ever experience. Food is delicious, the rooms are simple luxury, there are howler monkeys just hanging out and you'll hear them in the morning. Just go, you will not regret it. I will come back here every chance I can for the rest of my life.

  • Stayed May 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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Geinier, General Manager at La Cusinga Eco Lodge, responded to this review, February 14, 2013
thank you for taking your time to review our hotel and for reading the book :) we are glad that you enjoyed both! hope you visit us again! and again thank you for review!!!
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Address: 200 south of km mark 166, Uvita, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Uvita
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Uvita
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Uvita
#4 Romantic Hotel in Uvita
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hidden in the hilltops overlooking the pristine beaches of Costa Rica's still-virgin south pacific, where the ocean crashes into the jungle sits La Cusinga. Tucked away in a private reserve of over 600 acres, this rainforest lodge provides guests with sweeping ocean views, sandy beaches, natural pools, and the chance to experience the burgeoning forests and astonishing wildlife of the country's most famous ecosystem - OSA. The hotel offers ten rooms designed with sustainably-harvested wood and local materials to maximize comfort while minimizing impact on the environment. The open-air restaurant creates an ideal setting for couples and families alike to enjoy delicious tropical dishes made with fresh produce grown on our farm. In addition to the hundreds of acres of privately-owned primary and secondary forest, the lodge borders the Ballena Marine National Park, one of only two nationally-protected marine zones in the whole country. The lodge's genuine commitment to sustainable practices along with our first-hand experience in local and national conservation efforts enrich our guests' appreciation of these ecosystems and the importance of their continued preservation. This unique insight enhances the exploration of the natural surroundings while the beautiful location offers the tranquility of fresh ocean breezes and breathtaking sunsets that make for the perfect tropical escape. ... more   less 
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