For those of you that like to get native when you travel.... I wish there was a hotel like this in more than just the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica. The Howler Monker Hotel in Cabuya is a dream come true. Jim the owner lives on the premises and you're damned lucky when he's around. He makes everything on his property available to you, snorkeling gear, surfboard, spearguns, bicycles, four-wheelers, etc, but he is a world of knowledge on the entire peninsula, offering a full education on trees, plants, fruits, insects, wildlife, and just how to live in the jungle. NO charge!
Each cabina is like a mini apartment. Your bedroom is a spacious a-frame above your open kitchen, dining area, and bathroom. The bedroom has a little dresser for your things and a fantastic overhead fan that surprisingly makes it chilly throughout the night, which always makes me sleep better. There are monkeys, iguanas, hundreds of parrots, ducks, chickens, and one chick I might add, as well as his dog Roxanna that frequently pass you by as you lay out on the hammock, or sit poolside. It's never too hot around the room as there are beautiful trees shading your spot, and just beyond them, about twenty paces, is your very own beach. Here the sun rises just for you and you'll hear the entire jungle around you wake up together as it lights up the day.
The pool was immaculate and did not feel like there was a drop of chlorine in it. We were able to walk easily to either the Super David or Super Chico (Two grocery stores) both of which we wouldn't have known about without Jim. He also took us to a farmer's market on Friday in Cobano so that we were able to cook locally the whole time we were there. It was really satisfying to open all of the shutters and just cook some vegetables in an open kitchen while listening to the birds and monkeys hang right outside above you. Also with the four-wheelers you can take the main road just about four miles to Montezuma for a good time, some yoga, and some overpriced trinkets for those that you left in your hometown.
The Cabo Blanco Reserve might be the closest main attraction to the Howler Monkey hotel and so worth it. After you enter the reserve, it's about an hour to get all the way down the sueco trail to the private white sand beach but absolutely breath-taking. You can reward yourself with a delicious smoothie and or dessert from a wonderful bakery called La Panaderia just down from the hotel and on the way to Cabo Blaco. They might have made the best smoothies I've ever had.
There's a local fisherman named Tito, who comes by the hotel selling a fresh catch just when you're thinking about what to do for dinner. Jim will set you up with a nice fire and foil to put on top of the grill and it's almost as if you caught the fish yourself and are prepared to live like this for a good long time. Jim may ask for a piece but he'll hook you up with a cold beer or even better a howler monkey cocktail, but he'll keep you laughing and remembering why you came to paradise in the first place. He's never forgotten.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Howler Monkey Hotel is located in Cabuya, a few minutes from Montezuma. Each cabin is located around the refreshing pool, just a few metres from the beach. It is walking distance to Cabuya Island, a unique cemetary island. Cabuya has 2 grocery stores and a few restaurants within walking distance. We offer four cabinas with an ocean view, a private bathroom, a private kitchen, fans and nice outdoor dining patios with hammocks. Free wifi, laundry and parking are included. Guests can also use the hotel snorkel gear, kayaks, surfboards and bicycles. You can enjoy your day lounging in your hammock, around the pool or take a short walk through the plants and flowers on the hotel grounds to the beach and beyond. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Howler Monkey Hotel Costa Rica/Cabuya