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La Ensenada Lodge

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Gulf of Nicoya, Manzanillo, Costa Rica
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

Reading all the positive reviews we were looking forward to that stay. However, we were very disappointed. In short: 1) We were the only guests 2) There was basically no activity offered, it seems like boats, horses etc. were put away until more people arrive 3) Service at the restaurant was very poor, not even being asked what we would... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

Ensenada is a working ranch. Meals are served family style in a covered outdoor dining room, accompanied by several large jays, so watch your plate! Food was very good. Rooms are basic cabins made of lovely wood. No AC, but lots of fans. There are trails for walking and a nice pool. You can easily walk down to the gulf... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

The rooms, as noted, are basic but comfortable. Great pool, which was needed on a hot day. Very good food, served family style. The wifi is located at the restaurant and there are very comfortable seating there. We were interested in the birding and may have been a little late in the season. Some very nice trails to follow but... More 

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San Geronimo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2016

This incredible spot is like heaven. I stayed two nights at the end of a 10 day vacation. They were lovely and serene, surrounded by nature and quiet. The food (family still) was delicious and a great deal of the funds. The family running the place is friendly and helpful. The cabins are rustic but very comfortable (my best shower... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2016

This place is a birdwatchers paradise. An excellent lodge for wildlife. The rooms are basic but very comfortable and perfectly situated to hear and see the birds at dawn. The food is also amazing and gives you a real taster of local Costa Rican cuisine. The sunset daily is out of this world, I will post a picture

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

I really liked staying here (just two nights sadly). It's a great location on the Pacific shore and has a very relaxing and homely atmosphere. Early in the morning the long wooden jetty is teaming with terns, waders and herons and there are brown pelicans drifting by of-shore - a great way to start the day. The rooms are wooden... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

La Ensenada Lodge, Manzanillo, 9th March 2015; length of stay, 2 nights Lodge and log cabin guest accommodation set around a low ridge beside the Gulf of Nicoya. A working cattle ranch (definitely Spanish-speaking; well signposted from highway) with walking/driving trails leading from the centre, swimming pool water as warm as a bath. Cabins simply furnished (no air-con just ceiling... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

If you want lots of busy things to do, go on a cruise. If you're looking for a simply beautiful, serene place, look no further. A family run, working ranch, La Ensenada is located on a hill overlooking the Gulf of Nicoya and on a clear day you will see the most beautiful sunset ever. That said, there is plenty... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

The cottages were OK and better than we expected in such a remote place. Dinner was included, to avoid driving too far. Quality of the food was average and served in a buffet. Choice was limited. It was recommended as a birding place, but that was not the case. It was more a horse riding camp. Most people come here... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Lovely setting a stone's throw from the Pacific Coast, and fabulous selection of wildlife. The rooms are a little spartan though not much worse than other lodges in Costa Rica except for the varied assortment of ants in the room (plus gecko on the roof!) which did not make for a restful night. Also the hosts were not particularly welcoming.... More 

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  • Free Parking
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Additional Information about La Ensenada Lodge

Address: Gulf of Nicoya, Manzanillo, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manzanillo
Price Range: $38 - $65 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 25
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