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La Selva Biological Station

Highway 4, 41001 Costa Rica
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#3 of 23 Specialty lodging in Sarapiqui
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Marie607 wrote a review Feb 2020
Fair Oaks, California61 contributions33 helpful votes
We have visited La Selva as a day trip in previous trips to Costa Rica, but we wanted to have more access to the area by staying there. First of all, it is a research station so room facilities are very basic and spartan (heavy metal doors feel a bit cell-like). If you need luxury linens and a pool, this is not the place for you. But if you love birds and other wildlife, are ok with simple facilities and want unrestricted access to La Selva’s many trails, this is a great option. Rooms are a bit of a walk back to the cafeteria/eating area, but we liked that as we had all kinds of birds and wildlife each time we walked it. We loved exploring the trails and saw lots of great wildlife... a 2-toed sloth, owls, puffbirds, motmots, great green macaws, curassows, lots of tanagers, honeycreepers, etc. Food in the dining area was very tasty as well, and we met lots of interesting people at the family-style tables. A great experience!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
CJ B wrote a review Feb 2020
Wayland, Massachusetts505 contributions112 helpful votes
This is a working research station but they welcome visitors. The lodging is reserved only for researchers and is not available to the public. Following the trails can lead to finding many interesting birds and wildlife. With patience on can find 50 species of birds. There are also resident peccaries wandering around. Volunteers lead walks around the grounds. There is a large area for picnics, restrooms, and a gift shop.
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Date of stay: January 2020
Room Tip: This is a research station, not a public hotel.
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Bruce wrote a review Feb 2020
6 contributions4 helpful votes
The highlight of the tour was our guide Luis, a local resident and very knowledgeable about birds and other wildlife. His English was wonderful. He didn't let the rain stop us from having a fascinating walk through La Selva.
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Date of stay: February 2020
TLPaul wrote a review Feb 2020
Dorchester, United Kingdom317 contributions114 helpful votes
We enjoyed the guided walk seeing a wide range of birds including toucans and macaws, howler monkeys, bats, wild pigs and numerous insects and fauna all part of the eco system. The guide certainly added to our experience and helped with his telescope to take pictures through his lens. A really good experience
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
NicoleAJM wrote a review Jan 2020
Nanaimo, Canada146 contributions19 helpful votes
We loved it here! I can't say enough good things about the trails and wildlife here. Cement walkways. Old growth rainforest. Simple accomodations but comfortable. Great food and all you can eat. No need to eat elsewhere if you are staying here. We stayed with our 10 month old son. They brought a crib to our room and moved us closer to the dining hall. We saw so much wildlife, especially dart frogs, and birds, even just outside our room. Gets cold at night. Bring a light blanket if that bothers you.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
$107 - $188 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Costa RicaProvince of HerediaSarapiqui
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Frequently Asked Questions about La Selva Biological Station
Which popular attractions are close to La Selva Biological Station?
Nearby attractions include Finca Sura (2.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at La Selva Biological Station?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, free parking, and free internet access.
What food & drink options are available at La Selva Biological Station?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at La Selva Biological Station?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to La Selva Biological Station?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Cueva del Marisco, Hotel El Bambu, and La Casona.