I stayed at Las Islas from June 1 through June 30, 2014. This was a surfing trip but I also was joined for a weekend by a friend from San Jose. She is a Tica and enjoys the area. Also a friend from Texas came for a week of free surfing lessons. As usual it was a wonderful experience. There seems to have been some improvements in the electrical infrastructure in the Pt Jimenez area. There were only 2 power outages that lasted more than an hour, despite several evening thunderstorms that caused outages on other trips. On this trip I finally saw the howler monkeys that I have heard on every other trip. Usually I hear them every morning and evening there. They were in the trees right in front of cabin 5.
The friend from Texas reported something that surprised me and needs explanation. She thought the AC was noisy! Actually they are very quiet by Costa Rica standards where the typical AC sounds like an 18 wheeler idling in your room. At Las Islas the AC compressor is located outside the bathroom window. That window is just screened not double pane glass. If you use the AC just close the bathroom door then you won't be cooling the jungle and noise will be reduced substantially.
There were several events in the area that I didn't expect. On this trip the restaurant next door had a Costa Rican rodeo in their corrida one night. This was different than a US rodeo. Young guys rode bulls while other people stood inside the corrida dodging the bull. Another day there was a Tope. I wasn't able to get an explanation of what that was celebrating, but it involved a large parade of hundreds on horseback. One weekend there was an open water swimming race (5K and 1.5K). This brought people from all over Costa Rica and filled up the hotels for one weekend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Note: Rates in Green Season do not includes Breakfast. Breakfast just includes in high season. Las Islas Lodge is a newly built and recently inaugurated full-service Hotel with top-shelf accommodations just two minutes from the entrance to Puerto Jimenez. Ten bungalows are distributed across manicured gardens and feature air-conditioning, private bathrooms, hot water, vaulted ceilings, tropical hardwood accents, queen-sized beds, and other amenities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Las Islas Lodge Costa Rica/Puerto Jimenez