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“A Tropical Paradise! Thank you Yvonne & Thomas!”
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Alby Lodge
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

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!

Room Tip: All of the cabins are alike and well placed.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

We spent 3 nights in ALBY lodge whilst visiting Cahuita National Park Splendid location.We found the lodge ideal for what we wanted, clean we kept with the added bonus of a full equiped kitchen & dining area at your disposal.The Lodges are all situated in beautiful gardens full of lovely flowers & wildlife.Its very close to town but very quiet.We felt very safe & secure there.There are only 4 lodges so suggest you book early.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Thank laddio
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

My stay at the lodge was peacefull, while I explored the sorrounding sightseeing areas.
There has been mention of theft and and unlawfull characters in the surronding area.
Not so to my experiences.
This can be said to be the fact in any parts of the world, including vacation resorts.
Travelers have to carefull.
To put everyone at ease, I had a once in a lifetime experience.
I inadvertently left my wallet while travelling on a local bus.
Containing my Visa and ~~ 300CND$ PANICK!!!!!! 10:30PM
Speaking no Spanish, Yvonne made a call to the bus depot of the bus next destination.
Was told to be at Cahuita bus terminal at 6:00AM, who sleep soundly .......
Went there the next morning, to the bus ID # Yvonne had given me and asked for the bus driver name which Yvonne furnished.
He handed me the wallet, and never opened, too embarrassed of my mistake.
He proded me to check it's contents, to my amazement, all intact Visa and ~~ 300CND$ RELIEF!!!! he was the bus driver the night before and had found it.
I offered him a reward, but he refused it, I'm sure his heart was FULL as was mine.

Moral of the Review is Abbey Lodge is a great vacation, protect your valuable, the proprietors are your best friend in time of need, Costa Ricans value honesty.
Thank the LORD!!

Thank You, Yvonne and Thomas
Ciao'

I am recommending this lodge to my Chatham-Kent Ontario Canada friends

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled solo
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Thank Zandonal
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

We stayed 6 nights at Alby Lodge. The two owners were very nice and helpful, always around when needing something. The maid was coming every day to tidy up. There is a really well equipped Rancho, there is always beer, soft-drinks and water in the fridge, that you can buy for a reasonable price (approx. same as in the markets in town), free fruits (bananas and limes) up for grab. The owner was really helpful and was taking us to the bus-terminal when leaving. There is a safe where you can lock you stuff (we did not feel unsecure, but as there was the option to lock things, we took it).
Several times hawler- and capuccino-monkeys were passing the property, letting you keep in touch with them (feeding them a banana, etc.)

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Maria0901
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

We spent two nights in this lovely place just next to the national park. Different to most other places, the Lodge is not fully enclosed with fences, but has three guarding dogs and on top a human guard as well.
The cabins are spread across the spacious park like garden with a variety of different trees. The central rancho is a fully equipped kitchen that can be used by the guests (incl. an italian espresso machine).
The fruits growing on the property are free for the guests.
Both Yvonne and Thomas were very nice and helpful.
WiFi is available, but the cabins furtherst away from the main building wont be covered (we were in cabin 2 and had only coverage on the porch).

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Reto_72
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Reviewed June 23, 2012

Wonderful property with beautiful gardens and the largest tree I have ever seen. We could not even see the top of the tree and the base of the tree is about the size of my bedroom. There were only 2 of us so we just rented the one cabina but I think this would be a great spot to host a family reunion. There are 4 cabinas in total and the central kitchen would make a great spot to host communal dinners for a family reunion. We would definitely come back and rent from Thomas and Yvonne again.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 1, 2012

My girlfriend and I were excited about this "hotel" because it was located close to the national park, restaurants, and bus station. The location was perfect there's no doubt about that! We were removed from the noise of the bars in the evening but just a short five minute walk away if we wanted to head in. In the morning a troop of about twenty monkeys passed right over our cabina and in to the national park! We saw both howler and capuchin monkeys! It was very exciting to be so close to nature but well protected in our cabina. We enjoyed sitting in the hammock and rocking chair on our porch and watching the animals play high in the trees beside us. The grounds are absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful foliage and flowers all around!

Having the rancho available to cook on our own was extremely convenient! It was clean and well stocked with supplies. We felt very comfortable using it whenever we felt the need. There was a good wifi connection from there as well. Beverages available for the same prices as the bars from there too!

We really enjoyed that the hotel had a very nice jungle feel as the cabinas were relatively well separated and integrated well with nature. I would be very surprised if any guests did not see monkeys in the trees on the property while staying here. The only downsides of staying here were that we found animal droppings on one of the beds in our cabina upon arrival (not a big issue, there were two beds so we just stayed in the other one and it's the jungle so expect animals to be all around!) and the pillows on the beds were absolutely awful. Despite those two problems we still very much enjoyed our stay and would absolutely recommend the hotel for its affordable price, jungle vibe, and proximity to the village and park!

Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Cahuita Centro | 200m From The National Park Entrance, Cahuita, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Cahuita
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 42 Specialty Lodging in Cahuita
Price Range: $50 - $60 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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 
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Alby Hotel Cahuita
Alby Lodge Costa Rica/Cahuita

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