I am a single mom and was traveling through Costa Rica with my 5 year old in May this year. This place is a wonderful eco-lodge for singles, families and couples in the middle of a jungle. It is quiet and away in the jungle, and yet within the walking distance from the beach and a convenience store and several cafes and little restaurants. I was pleasantly surprised by the modern and sustainable design of the lodges. (The showers have big windows, you can see the trees, they have huge shower heads and real HOT WATER!) These bungalows have screened walls so you hear all the animals and frogs who are right there, around the house. This was the end of our 2 week trip, but I had not heard so many jungle creatures while staying anywhere else in Costa Rica. I had gotten used to howler monkeys by then, but there were a couple of other animals that were making scary sounds during the night. Pepo had explained it to me and my 5 year old that these were frogs and brought us to a night walk with flash-lights looking for different frogs by the swimming -pool. very sweet of him! Pepo, the owner, is a wonderfully cordial, sociable and polite gentleman from Europe. He would come out every morning for breakfast to greet us and introduce the menu. This was very sweet. Breakfasts were delicious, with lots of fruit and fresh juices but always with some variety of other foods. (We stayed for 4 nights and breakfasts were always different).
Back to the lodges. We stayed in a suit, where there were 3 adjacent suits. Each of them goes out to a terrace, where there is a little table and chairs and a hammock (your own for every suit). We had our meals out on a terrace and my son loved the hammock. It was nice to be there with a book during the tropical rain. The rooms were impeccably clean.
In short, if you want to be close to nature, to enjoy some quiet time with the sounds and colors of the jungle- this is the place! La Kukula has a family feel to it. The ocean is withing 10 minutes walking distance. There is a path through the forest, where you can see termites and lots of crabs and even snakes! The ocean shore is secluded, there aren't many people there, it's not a beach per se. But you can stroll there enjoying the views and there are some natural little bays and basins where you can let your kids swim safely and not worry about the current. Thank you, La Kukula!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Kukula Lodge is situated in Playa Chiquita/ Puerto Viejo, next to Refugio de Vida Silvestre de Gandoca-Manzanillo and Cahuita N.P.Built in 2008, La Kukula Lodge follows the principles of sustainable architecture and only plantation wood (teak) has been used in its construction. With its tropical-contemporary style, the bungalows blend naturally with the wooded surroundings: an ideal location to enjoy the flora and fauna the region has to offer. A simple path system running through the garden links each bungalow, the “rancho-bar” and the swimming pool. There are only 8 rooms available, all are very spacious and airy, with their own deck, fans, bathrooms and hot water from a hybrid solar/electric system. All rooms have fantastic views from private terraces onto the sylvan garden. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Kukula Hotel Puerto Viejo
- La Kukula Lodge Costa Rica/Limon