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#1 of 4 in Cabuya
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4.6
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4.0
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4.4
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4.3
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The Howler Monkey Hotel is located in Cabuya, a few minutes from Montezuma. Each cabin is located around the refreshing pool, just a few metres from the beach. It is walking distance to Cabuya Island, a unique cemetary island. Cabuya has 2 grocery stores and a few restaurants within walking distance. We offer four cabinas with an ocean view, a private bathroom, a private kitchen, fans and nice outdoor dining patios with hammocks. Free wifi, laundry and parking are included. Guests can also use the hotel snorkel gear, kayaks, surfboards and bicycles. You can enjoy your day lounging in your hammock, around the pool or take a short walk through the plants and flowers on the hotel grounds to the beach and beyond.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Beach
Bicycles available
BBQ facilities
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24-hour front desk
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Snorkeling
Fishing
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
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Private beach
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Ocean view
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Quaint
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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lali wrote a review Apr 2022
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We were immersed in nature during our visit at the magical howlers monkey hotel - (HMH} The end place of 1 month vacation to CR. We planned to stay at HMH for 1 day and extended it to 4 days. Los monos auyadores and capuchins came to visit almost everyday along with iguanas , papagayos, frigates and thousand of pelicans. The host (jim) - a truly Irish man at heart , who fell in love with cabuya about 20 years ago- made his place our home. Nicko is a young Denmark handsome men who came as tourist and then decided to stay and help jim at the hotel for now. He cooked awesome pancakes for breakfast. Not sure about his recipe: a little bit of bananas, yogurt, maybe berries, cinnamon? vanilla? but them were excellent. By the way, I taught him to cook scrambled eggs (my humble contribution). Not to forget federico (el curandero or shaman) who is fixing the place and on his free time collects herbs and seeds from the jungle to make teas and lotions to drink and apply to the skin to cure different illnesses, rashes, and to make you a bit happier. In America is called alternative medicine. Too summarize we had such an amazing time there that we recommend 100 % this place to you only if you love respect nature and you want to share close encounters with animals (as this is their place not ours).
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Brigitte wrote a review Mar 2022
Karlsruhe, Germany188 contributions10 helpful votes
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SECRET TIP. This hotel was unique! The beach was like a beautiful private beach and in the trees you could watch monkeys and squirrels. In addition, you could visit a small island at low tide. In the morning we were offered avocado toast, we were also allowed to wash and got fresh coconuts. The bungalows were very cool and definitely something special. The owner was very nice and gave us as German directly a free beer. We can only recommend this hotel.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled
Room Tip: Visit the small island and watch the crabs at the beach
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horsethink wrote a review Feb 2022
Budapest, Hungary1 contribution
We spent 3 nights at howler monkey, which is such a special place and we will always remember and keep it in our hearts. The cabins are well equipped, clean and being tended to. We had a kitchen and bathroom as well, which were totally fine and easy to handle. The owner, Jim is a wonderful and warm hearted person, turning with care and kindess to others. He is such an interesting irish man, with vision to make change in the world. He was telling us about his ideas of recycling materials, i was fascinated about the chairs he made, using an old frame and wires and plastic. He cares deeply about nature and animals, also reuses an old fridge to grow plants in it and has more wonderful ideas to support humanity. We had a wonderful time there, spending time with his loving dogs and feeling great in this honest and friendly environment. We hope we can come back, because right now we are spending a night at a near hotel (because howler is full) which is not even close to the Inclusiveness and connection we have experienced at howler monkey :) Thank you for having us 🌿🙂🌼 Nora and Andre 21.02.2022
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Responded Feb 24, 2022
Hi Nora & Andre, Thank you so much for your kind review, you are the first people from Hungary I ever had, such nice people, come back again any time. Best regards Jim
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Andre V wrote a review Feb 2022
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We spent three lovely days at the Howler Monkey Hotel. I could write about all the positives, but I'd like to focus on Jim, the place's owner and operator. After quite a few challenges and difficulties in Costa Rica, we arrived to Cabuya tired and unsure of what to expect. The level of kindness and honesty that Jim welcomed us with made up for everything we had experienced so far. Him and his four dogs, as well as the supporting staff, made us feel calm, secure and welcome. Thank you for this much needed dose of real pure humanity, one that is becoming rare in today's world!
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Room Tip: All cabins are relatively the same
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Responded Feb 24, 2022
Thank you so much for your kind review, come back any time. Best regards Jim
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Balz W wrote a review Dec 2021
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We stayed 5 night‘s - the kids enjoyed the pool, the dogs & and the „cozy nest“ upstairs in the cabana. Jim is a nice person - he loves nature and is therefore always good for some stories about insects, local wildlife & geology (besides others). He brews coffee in the morning which is ready when you get up 😊. There were two cooks (temporary) during our stay who cooked lovely food which we could enjoy right at the beach. Thank‘s Jim & Crew & happy Trails
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled
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Response from James O'Callaghan, Owner at The Howler Monkey Hotel
Responded Feb 26, 2022
Thank you very much for the kind review, the cooks have left on their travels, but Dustin said he will come back again. Regards Jim
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Moriel C wrote a review Dec 2021
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I stayed here with my travel buddy for three nights. I'd love to stay for weeks! The cabins are a perfect size, there's so many animals to see and hear, and the best view of the sunrise over the ocean. This is the place to step into the world of nature and forget stress for a while. This isn't your best choice if you're a person that needs full amenities like tv, air conditioning, etc to be comfortable. Jim, the owner, is full of helpful tips and funny stories, and has bikes available to use. Easy bike ride to Montezuma! I can't wait to visit again.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled
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Response from James O'Callaghan, Owner at The Howler Monkey Hotel
Responded Dec 11, 2021
Hi Keegan, Thanks so much for your kind review,come back any time with your friends,i could see you all were having such a good time. Regards Jim
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Tucker wrote a review Oct 2021
Portsmouth, United Kingdom14 contributions6 helpful votes
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We stayed at the Howler Monkey Hotel as part of our honeymoon trip and to say we were ecstatic would be an understatement. This picturesque and unique hotel on the Nicoya Peninsula is the perfect place to spend some time in nature and appreciate the beautiful nature and wildlife Costa Rica has to offer. With the beautiful log cabins and a perfect sized pool (that is kept always in pristine condition and has a glorious orange tree hanging over to create a beautiful shade in of of the corners). The owner Jim is a very intelligent and heartwarming man who has turned this oasis of paradise into his personal paradise. The abundance of wildlife here is spectacular, from the daily visit of Howler Monkeys, Scarlet Mackaws and Iguanas of all shapes and sizes. With the added benefit of Jim, a retired scientist from Ireland who not only has an uncapped knowledge of every creature in the vicinity but is kind and willing to share his knowledge with all of his guests. If you are looking for a place to get away from the hustle and bustle and to enjoy a little slice of Paradise we would certainly recommend you spend some time in this beautiful part of Costa Rica. In our opinion this is the most endearing place to spend your honeymoon with your partner, you can spend time walking along the beautiful beaches and listening to the sounds of the jungle. Jim also has big plans for the coming year to add a wonderful beach front restaurant and bar, and with the effort that Jim has put into the hotel as of yet we will sure to come back in the future to see this come to fruition. Thanks you for a wonderful experience and a depth of knowledge we gained from staying here. We wish you all the best for the future and as promised when we have kids we will bringing them back to witness this truly wonderful hotel. With Love Tucker & Elisa PS. We expect a copy of your anticipated book in the post, and that you remember us when you get famous because of it.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled
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Responded Oct 5, 2021
Hi Tucker & Elisa, Thank you so much for your kind review,its so nice to meet and talk to real Irish people,come again and have a second Honeymoon with your kids in the future. Best regards Jim
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Maire W wrote a review Sep 2021
13 contributions14 helpful votes
We stayed with Jim and his four gorgeous dogs for two nights in July while we were on our honeymoon in Costa Rica. What an amazing time we had. The Howler Monkey hotel is a hidden gem full of authenticity and character. The location is just so idyllic and perfect and the sunrises there are incredible. It is such a soothing experience to fall asleep in the cabina to the sound of the waves outside and the peace of nature. It was exactly the type of natural experience we were looking for while we were in Costa Rica. Myself and my partner Martin are both animal and nature lovers so we loved watching the monkeys and learning about the flora and fauna and all the wildlife. Jim is an expert on the wildlife in the area and was so informative in showing us the world's tiniest bees that have a small nest there, the howler monkeys and telling us about the frogs and trees etc. He even has reintroduced a dwindling population of frog to the area. He's the frog God now haha! It's like staying with an Irish David Attenborough! And while we are on the subject of Jim..he is a rare gem and honestly we loved him. What an interesting, colourful, authentic, HILARIOUS person. Jim, we appreciate your kindness and fun stories so so much. It truly made our honeymoon so memorable and we would only love to come and stay with you again. You were the highlight of our two weeks in Costa Rica. We will look forward to reading your book(which the title of will be forever kept secret..you have our word!;-) The Howler Monkey hotel is not for people who want five star room service and swanky luxury hotels, but it is for people who want REAL natural beauty and the peace of nature. Added bonus if you are a dog lover as Jim's dogs are gorgeous and one of them just looks into your soul when you pet her. They are amazing. You won't be disappointed by the serenity of The Howler Monkey hotel. We definitely weren't. Take care Jim and keep in touch. Máire & Martin(Irish newlyweds)
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Responded Sep 19, 2021
Hi Maire & Martin, It takes a lot to make me cry, but on reading your beautiful review, .I cried like a baby. I have been in the jungle now for 19 years,I have tried to do my best for all the guests,but some people I find ,you cant please them,they come in a bad mood,and then they take it out on me,even though I give them all the help I can. Thank you so much for your so kind review,come back any time ,I will find you a bed ,even if I have to kick someone else out. Best regards Jim O Callaghan (OWNER)
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Ana María V wrote a review Sep 2021
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It was a fun place, the owner made an upgrade to us upon arrival. He was very friendly and on the last night there we had some fun chats with him. The personal beach is amazing, the dogs are absolutely adorable, the howler monkeys on the property are incredible! We will definitely will be coming back!
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled
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Responded Oct 5, 2021
Thank you so much for your kind review,please come again. Regards Jim
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BoardingPass352639 wrote a review Jun 2021
Denver, Colorado, USA3 contributions2 helpful votes
My wife and I spent 3 restful nights with the tree frog serenade putting us to sleep each night. What a great central location to explore the surrounding beaches, quaint pueblos, and attractions such as parks, waterfalls, etc. Within easy walking distance at low tide is Cemetery Island where graves are found from indigenous to foreigners. The 2 story " A " frame where we stayed was super clean with a convenient full kitchen and bath with hot water down and plenty of sleeping room upstairs. Jim , the on site owner was as gracious and casual as they come. Oh yeah, the pool is cleaned daily and always sparkling.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Responded Jun 27, 2021
Thank you so much for the kind review ,don't forget next night you come is free. Regards Jim O Callaghan (OWNER)
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PRICE RANGE
$28 - $118 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of PuntarenasMontezumaCabuya
NUMBER OF ROOMS
5
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Howler Monkey Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Howler Monkey Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Montezuma Falls (3.6 miles), Isla de Cabuya (0.5 miles), and Playa Carmen (4.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Howler Monkey Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at The Howler Monkey Hotel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a refrigerator, and a stovetop.
What food & drink options are available at The Howler Monkey Hotel?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at The Howler Monkey Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Howler Monkey Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include El Tercer Ojo, Ylang Ylang Restaurant, and Soda típica las palmeras.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Howler Monkey Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is The Howler Monkey Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.1 miles away from the center of Cabuya.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Howler Monkey Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does The Howler Monkey Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.