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Playa Carbonera, Cabo Matapalo 60702 Costa Rica
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#4 of 5 hotels in Cabo Matapalo
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Ojo del Mar ("eye of the sea"), is an elemental style Boutique Hotel and Retreat nestled between the pristine beaches and the tropical rainforest in the wilds of Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula. Ojo del Mar has capacious spaces in its main Casa Grande (restaurant) with hardwood floors and a thatched roof bamboo construction, solar powered, all built by hand without power tools. We have 5 cabins and 2 deluxe tent cabins. Ojo del Mar's building concept follows a calling that is environmentally and socially responsible.
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Playa Carbonera, Cabo Matapalo 60702 Costa Rica
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Juan Santamaria Intl Airport127 miSee all flights
Puerto Jimenez Airport12 miSee all flights
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Tina_hang_loose wrote a review Jun 2020
Dudingen, Switzerland3 contributions
When we arrived at Ojo del Mar and saw the open bungalow we were somehow surprised. We had seen the pictures, but being in the completely open bungalow feels strange at the beginning. But it is exactly the way it has to be! You really live in the middle of the jungle. We could watch small monkies having breakfast in the palmtree just in front of our bungalow. Once I woke up in the night and heard a sound. Went to see and it was an armadillo. The nature is absolutely wonderfull. I would definitely come back to Oje del Mar not only because of the nature but because of the food! The home cooked dinners were the best we had in Costa Rica. I even copied some recipies to cook the meals back home. Thank you Nico for the wonderful stay!
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Date of stay: February 2020
eleslade wrote a review May 2020
Singapore, Singapore2 contributions
Nico's lodge is beautiful, simple and surrounded by nature. Open cabanas and bathrooms take you out of your busy urban life and back to the rainforest, especially when the troops of monkeys pass overhead! Delicious home cooked food. Banana pancakes are amazing!
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
Mike G wrote a review Mar 2020
Ottawa, Canada18 contributions1 helpful vote
My wife and I stayed here 4 nights as part of a lovely tour with RR Escapes. The setting is very natural, with the sounds of the rain forest all around. Rooms are open (no walls or windows) so no A/C but we were comfortable. Expect to enjoy the sounds of howler monkeys in the early morning. The food was certainly a highlight. Our meals were included in the package and it was plentiful and delicious. My wife has a very bad milk allergy. The owner, Nico is a fantastic chef and served up a great variety of healthy and delicious meals - all milk free for my wife!
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Date of stay: March 2020
Room Tip: beach huts were small, rest are better for a family
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OwlMel wrote a review Feb 2020
Portland, Oregon19 contributions7 helpful votes
Ojo del Mar is a stunning lodge right on the beach. We adored our cabina with howler monkeys right overhead (do bring excellent earplugs!), and we were fine with the 15 minute hike along the beach or jungle path to get to lovely Pan Dulce beach for swimming. You'll see an incredible number of animals at this location, from scarlet macaws and morpho butterflies to howlers and white-faced capuchin monkeys, plus coatis and snakes and very large spiders . . . it's truly the jungle. A shout-out to the wonderful short-order breakfast cooks at Ojo del Mar--they're kind and flexible and altogether delightful. Breakfast is plentiful. After that, food choices are very limited, especially if one is vegetarian or lactose intolerant. I paid $22 for a plate of vegetables one night, and went to bed hungry and resentful. Find out what, specifically, the lodge chef plans to serve for dinner that night, and note that you can opt instead to go to the expensive and excellent Martina's Restaurant within a short walking distance from the lodge. (The Friday night scene at Martina's is a hoot and a half--expats, locals, kids, dogs--don't miss it!) The lodge's little pool is perfect for children, and for cooling off . . . like the rest of the Osa Peninsula, this area gets hot, and stays hot. If you're looking for a vacation that gives you up-close encounters with animals, birds and insects in a breathtaking jungle setting, this is the place for you. One more note--learn a little Spanish, so you can converse with the Costa Rican employees at the lodge. You'll be glad you did!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Room Tip: Bring excellent earplugs and a headlamp. The tent cabins on the beach are thrilling, and...
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Becky A wrote a review Feb 2020
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We had an amazing trip to a gorgeous Eco Lodge, Ojo Del Mar. This lodge is an off the grid, sustainable and luxurious ocean front property with delightful open air bamboo cabins. The owner, Nico is warm and welcoming and a fantastic chef serving up healthy and delicious meals! Our hiking tours with Mickol were fantastic and we enjoyed his knowledge of the jungle and the animals immensely! I am so happy that we were able to stay in this spectacular place! #ojodelmar
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
$181 - $185 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Costa RicaProvince of PuntarenasOsa PeninsulaCabo Matapalo
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ojo del Mar
What are some of the property amenities at Ojo del Mar?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Ojo del Mar?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Ojo del Mar?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Ojo del Mar?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Ojo del Mar have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Ojo del Mar offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Ojo del Mar have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.