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“True Living.....Southwestern Costa Rica...Uvita....Bahia Ballena..” 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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Ranked #4 of 12 Hotels in Uvita
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“True Living.....Southwestern Costa Rica...Uvita....Bahia Ballena..”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2007

Our stay at La Cusigna was amazing. It provided a relaxing family retreat for us. Geinier Guzman was a gracious, wonderful, friendly host. The chef provided a variety of fresh-cooked home-made meals that I truly miss! They were amazing….and food is an important part of any vacation.

The property offered us a true look of the beauty Costa Rica offers. With perfect sunny day-time weather, and a few exciting late afternoon lightning storms, our large cozy, comfortable cabin, provided us with the kind of atmosphere unique to Costa Rica. Imagine lying in a giant hammock with a gorgeous view of the ocean, rainforest, animals, birds, and flora all at your fingertips. What more could you ask for.

Fresh flowers, soap dishes made of conch shells and wooden furniture made by hand on the property add the true Costa Rican flair. Think of this place as a gigantic treasure chest that you just found and you will be the happiest person on earth!

We hope to return year after year to this area where you can find beautiful beaches, hiking, horseback-riding, boat trips, and any activity you want. And the best thing about it....sustainable development, life without over-development. It is truly a hidden tranquil piece of Costa Rica that one should not miss seeing. Hopefully it never changes!

The nearby town of BAHIA BALLENA DE OSA is another must see. There is an amazing butterfly colony. Check out their web-site: www.butterflycolony.org. The artwork and butterfly garden are prime examples of how ecology can combine with business to promote conservation by providing a rationale for local people to protect local habitats and the rainforest. You must see it.

Bahia Ballena is amazing. You travel through it when visiting an awesome park called Ballena National Marine Park. It protects the largest coral reef on the Pacific coast and is home to a wide range of animal and plant species, among them oysters, shells and many types of tropical fish. We took an amazing boat ride from this town, Pelican Tours, snorkeled and saw many dolphins!

When visiting Costa Rica be sure to visit these places....and by the way, I'm not fond of bad roads and was concerned when reading how bad Costa Rican roads are. They are NOT nearly as bad as everyone makes them out to be. Just rent a 4X4 and you'll be fine. The sites and beautiful scenery you will see on the way to these two magnificient places is stunning! You've gotta go and get there quick!!!

And last but not least....the people of Costa Rica are the most friendly, giving people I've ever met. The majority speak English and are helpful, kind and caring. Amazing, simply amazing.

Pura Vida!!

  • Liked — The beautiful, natural, surroundings, the owner, chef, staff.
  • Disliked — There wasn't anything not to like.
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2007

If you are in love with the natural world, you'll be in your glory at La Cusinga. There are tropical birds galore, and the forest is full of coatis, pacas and howler monkeys. If you are spectacularly lucky (as we were), you might even see a tamandua, or anteater, high up in a tree or get a close-up look at humpback whales migrating along the coast. The beach is blissful, the hand-crafted cabins are delightful, and the food is excellent. Could anyone ask for more?

  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2007

Of the two-weeks in Costa Rica, our stay at La Cusinga was by far the most enjoyable & relaxing. I would give a "6-star" rating to the accomodations, the food & ambience, and overal customer service. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff. I had the sense that the staff respect each other and enjoy working together - - this truly came across in all interactions and observations. I hated to leave. I would love to go back .

Stayed April 2007
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Tacoma, WA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2007

This is a beautiful place. As I understand it, this is one of the few places with ocean views owned by Costan Ricans. The setting is magnificent. The walk to the beach from the lodge takes a few minutes, but so worth it. We were the only people on this gorgeous beach. It looked just like you would expect a beach in Costa Rica to look, and it was all ours! Much of the food served in the restaurant is grown on the premises and is fresh and delicious. We stayed in a clean, luxurious cabin, which was made and furnished with wood from the property. It was beautiful and comfortable. We had a porch that looked out at the ocean. One of my favorite things to do there was sit on a rocking chair in the reception area and look at the birds and the water. It really is a special place. The staff was friendly as well. Leaving there was hard, and returning there would be wonderful.

  • Liked — the setting
  • Disliked — food more gourmet than Costa Rican
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2007

This is a very lovely lodge. There are wonderful views of the Pacific Ocean. The meals are wonderful and the staff is courteous. The hike to the beach is a bit long for elderly persons or people that are not able to walk for moderately long distances, approximately 1/4 mile down hill and don't forget the return trip. There is horseback ridding a short distance away and Dominical is nearby to get all the surfing and touristy stuff you may want. If you want Eco tourism, this is a great place to go. I had a nice visit and would go back again.
Jim Atwell
Slippery Rock Pa.

  • Liked — It was nice and quiet
  • Disliked — The distance to the ocean
  • Stayed June 2006, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2007

We stayed at La Cusinga with three other friends last March and found it very enjoyable in every respect except that they were lacking staff to provide some of the listed activities (particularly snorkeling) supposedly included in the rates.

The accommodations (mostly two-unit cottages) were attractively finished in natural wood and stone, with shuttered windows that let in the breezes but allowed for privacy, and covered patios with rocking chairs to relax in while soaking up the gorgeous views of the ocean below. To get to the beach required a fairly strenuous hike down (and back up) a steep, bumpy forest trail, but the reward was well worth it: the pristine beach of Playa del Arco, with only a few other bathers in sight.

The food was ample, tasty and organic (some of it grown on the grounds). The fruits/juices were exceptional; it was not haute cuisine, but we weren't expecting that. The open air, covered dining area was delightful, offering views of many forms of wildlife, especially birds, while we ate. Service was informal and friendly.

The grounds were well-tended, and housekeeping services very good (including flowers on the pillows every night). Custodial staff were unobtrusive but attentive if needed.

We were a group of seniors, and enjoyed the peaceful, quiet surroundings, but this would also be a good place for a solo traveler, for younger people, and for families; we saw some children exploring the grounds with their parents. There are several trails on the property for easy walks; adequate staff for other activities would increase the lodge's attraction even more.

We would definitely consider going back to La Cusinga if we were to return to Costa Rica. Eco-tourism in this form is highly enjoyable!

  • Liked — The tropical atmosphere
  • Disliked — The roads en route to the lodge
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Uvita
#4 Romantic Hotel in Uvita
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 10
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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