Alby Lodge was perfect for our 2-1/2 week stay in Cahuita in Oct./Nov. It just doesn’t get any easier, more fun, or a better value. Yvonne and Thomas were the perfect hosts – never intrusive, but there when needed to keep us comfortable and happy. We arrived as guests, but left (with much sadness) as friends. If you truly want to experience Costa Rica, you’ll love Alby Lodge and Cahuita!
Our cabin was charming, clean, comfortable, and exactly right for the setting. The shared kitchen, refrigerator, drinks, fruits, hot showers, in-room safe, mosquito nets, room fans, hammock, wi-fi, and drinkable tap water were all used and greatly appreciated. We found the fan just right. We quickly adjusted to the sounds of the waves, geckos, frogs, crickets, and other critters at night. Noise from traffic, neighbors, and dogs was rare and never lasted long. Sometimes we’d use a bit of deet when sitting around early or late to keep mosquitoes off us, but that was it.
Alby Lodge is a leisurely 5-10 minute walk from a clean and beautiful beach (the water is wonderful, but be careful of rip currents), the park, restaurants, grocery store, the bus station, the bank with ATM, drug store, laundry service, tour services, and tourist shops with a good choice of tropical clothing (a $25 rayon dress became my favorite; cotton doesn’t dry), swim suits, guide books, souvenirs, hand-made jewelry and most essentials. We felt safe, welcomed, and were treated fairly by everyone we met.
The monkeys, birds, wildlife, and grounds at Alby Lodge are amazing. Every day the howler and capuchin monkeys came through, sometimes letting us watch them for hours. Howler monkeys calling at day break are the experience of a lifetime. Especially when they’re in the tree next to your cabin – absolutely amazing! In the early evening we watched hundreds of parrots noisily fly from their daytime feeding grounds to their night roosts, the bats emerge, and the nighthawks come out to feed. Right from Alby we saw sloths, vine snakes, tamandua (an anteater), crabs, basilisk lizards, geckos, anoles, frogs, and lots of birds, like: oropendolas, gorgeous tanagers, warblers, cuckoos, anis, parrots, vultures, rails, hummingbirds, and hermits. Everything about Alby Lodge & Cahuita let us watch, play, swim, hike, explore, and relax without driving anywhere.
Here’s what we learned about Cahuita. First thing, spend the $25 each and take a guided walk into the park (Yvonne recommended Peck, and he was perfect). Guides know what’s there and where to find it – like bright yellow eyelash vipers, tons of sloths, caimen, and iguana! Second, take binoculars and always carry them with you. You never know what you’ll see just going to town. Third, take or buy an umbrella. It’s great for a sun shade (the locals taught me that) and great when it rains (which can happen suddenly). If an umbrella’s not your style, light-weight ponchos are available in town.
We took a snorkeling boat trip, but waters were murky, so not ideal. I like to snorkel on my own, but didn’t find a safe, easy place close-by. In hindsight, I would have asked around more. The local bus is convenient and cheap (under $3.00 to Puerto Viejo and back), so getting other places is pretty easy. Ask for tips. Knowing some Spanish is helpful in Cahuita, but not essential. The local foods you should try are: patacones (fried plantains), jugos naturales (fresh fruit blended with ice or milk), and hial (a ginger and lemon drink) and homemade ice cream at the Crepe Café. Enjoy the local fruit, too. It's all wonderful.
So thank you to Yvonne & Thomas for sharing your little piece of paradise and for the many adventures, many laughs, and the birthday of a lifetime! We love and miss you. Hasta luego!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Return to nature? At last we have fulfilled a lifetime dream and built our lodge right here on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast close to the National Park. The center of the town and the beautiful white sandy beach are only 200 meters away. lf you are looking for a nice cute place or if you just want to see and listen to Kongos and other animals, You'll love our big Tropical gardens which are surrounded by giant trees. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Alby Hotel Cahuita
- Alby Lodge Costa Rica/Cahuita