While the pictures on the website give a resort type feel to the place, this is not a resort, it's a lodge, but a fine one at that. We spent our last four nights here of our 11 day trip in Costa Rica and it was the highlight of our trip. We were met at Puerto Jiminez by Macho who drove us to the lodge in a Landrover, not the luxury kind but a real jeep; it was a 2 hour trip over rough roads, through creeks and we loved it. The lodge had 3 staff on hand during our stay who were very pleasant...they knew very little english and we know very little Spanish but we managed just fine and they accommodated all our needs.
There our several villas, ours was the one at the farthest west end with a plunge pool and large terrace that provided complete privacy and stunning views of the rainforest, the lagoon and the Pacific. The room was large, a little worn in places, but clean with simple furnishings and a bathroom that is open to the elements...don't be surprised if you are greeted by little creatures such as hummingbirds, crickets, and others, all harmless...you are after all in the middle of the rainforest. The dining room is on a large open veranda with stunning views all around. The meals were fresh, lots of fruit, and the last night they prepared a beautiful fresh fish for dinner.
The highlight...the wildlife...we watched families of white face and spider monkeys in the trees for hours on end right from our terrace. A group of them slept in the trees one night so we were able to have our morning coffee and watch them feeding the next morning..it was awesome. We also heard the howlers in the morning and at times during the day. Macaws were all around us and we saw a Toucan on our last morning. We will never forget it.
We also went on 20K hike through the park with Eric a local guide. He was excellent and I would highly recommend a guide since you will not see even a quarter of the wildlife out there without one. The hike is an early start and not strenuous...we just wore good sturdy walking sandals since you have to wade through a few shallow rivers at points.
So if you're looking for peace and quiet in a stunning setting surrounded by wildlife...this is your place...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our lodge comprises 8 Mediterranean style villas, a large swimming pool and restaurant. It sits on a small peninsula inside a fresh water lagoon bordering it on three sides and a Pacific Ocean beach 200m across the lagoon, accessible by our boats and kayaks. We run on solar power, our water is from a fresh mountain spring and we produce fresh food daily from our biological garden. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- LagunaVista Villas Costa Rica/Carate