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Guacamaya Lodge
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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86 reviews
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“Wonderful place!”
Reviewed April 7, 2006

Our family stayed at Guacamaya for six nights while we were on a riding vacation. The lodge is very comfortable and accomodating with lots of beautiful trees and flowers and a view of the Pacific Ocean. The restaurant and bar are open air and view the water. You will be joined at dinner by the resident cat or Anna Tres (the name is a long story, but ask) the resident dog or an assortment of toads. It is friendly, relaxed, and fun. The area is very remote, you will find only a small store, and a couple of restaurants down a dirt road, but forget about an ATM or a New York Times. It won't happen. The lodge is also a two hour ride to Liberia Airport over VERY bumpy dirt roads. But it's part of the adventure. Alice and Berni are wonderful hosts and the staff is very friendly and helpful. The howler monkeys made such a racket all night long I missed them terribly when I got home. The food is excellent, the eggs and chicken and seafood were so fresh. The pool is small but very clean and refreshing. The rooms are a nice size for two people. They are simple but clean. Each room has its own tiled porch with chairs and a rope swing. It is hot in Costa Rica and they do have air conditioning but they only give you a sheet to sleep under and I am not used to that. I wished for the weight of a blanket. The hotel also does not supply any beach supplies (chairs or towels) so I would bring my own next time. The lodge is a very close walk to the most beautiful empty black sand beach I have ever seen. The water at times can be very rough with very big waves.
When we left Gaucamaya (my kids call it Guacamole) we were so sad to leave it and our new friends. We would definatley go back.

  • Stayed March 2006
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El Cajon, California
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Reviewed July 27, 2005

These are captions from a letter that I had written to the organization that had put together our equestrian vacation and Guacamaya Lodge being our accommodation:

"The hospitality I experienced at the Guacamaya Lodge were beyond my expectations. Bernie and Alice have successfully provided a relaxed and fun atmosphere, excellent cuisine, and wonderful accommodations. Every morning we woke up to the sounds of the howler monkeys. I missed those this morning. Hah!

The beaches were unbelievable! Our first evening at Guacamaya, we had walked down to Playa Junquillal and no one (!!!) was on the beach. We weren't sure if there was something wrong (maybe a shark alert - I know, silly to contemplate) or another reason that folks weren't swimming. We are so used to the busy and crowded beaches of Southern California. We finally saw other people swimming and playing, then decided to go for a swim. Wonderful! The tidepools were excellent and there is a great selection of beached shells to choose from and collect."

I would recommend Guacamaya Lodge to anyone visiting the Coastal Guanecaste area.

  • Stayed July 2005
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Additional Information about Guacamaya Lodge

Property: Guacamaya Lodge
Address: Playa Junquillal, Playa Junquillal, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Junquillal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Playa Junquillal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Guacamaya Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Guacamaya is a friendly, feel-at-home haven of peaceful cabinas around a large pool overlooking the magic blue of the Pacific. The Bar and Restaurant also offer a luscious view of the beautiful manicured garden. Your peaceful relaxation will be ever so slightly "disturbed" only by a wonderful variety of tropical birds, our local group of monkeys from the mangroves or the pounding surf of Playa Junquillal.Your Swiss hosts, Bernie and Alice, welcome you in their native Swiss or fluent Spanish, English or German, or acceptable French, Italian or Portuguese. The brother and sister duo have designed an intimate atmosphere at the Guacamaya Lodge that allows their guests to get to know each other and the staff. The international clientele creates a unique opportunity to strike up new friendships in this tropical paradise, with guests from all over the world. Come join us for a taste of international cuisine, the magic of any kind of beach you desire, exploring an exotic wonderland of birds, animals, exotic tropical plants, or adventuring beneath the sea Enjoy international gourmet cuisine with a specialty in Swiss culinary delights, or bring home your own catch of the day and have it prepared a variety of wonderful ways. In the Rancho Bar, you can enjoy your favorite cocktail or cool "cerveza" while you brag about the day's activities.STANDARD CABINASGuacamaya Lodge has six well-kept cabinas with individual bathrooms surrounding a large pool (AC) STUDIO APARTMENTS Guacamaya Lodge offers four studio apartments including a full stove and refrigerator kitchenette with a wonderful ocean view from the kitchen, living room and deck. (AC)VILLA ESTHERTwo-bedroom villa with living room, full stove andrefrigerator, kitchen and covered patio. (AC)CASA MARGARITATwo-bedroom villa with living room, full stove andrefrigerator, kitchen and covered patio. (AC) ... more   less 
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Guacamaya Hotel Playa Junquillal
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