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Posada De La Costa Eco-Lodge
Reviewed March 11, 2008

I went to the Ecolodge for 4 days in July 2007. This was my second visit. I went three years ago and enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and staff so much that decided to return. My nephew (from Nashville, TN) and a friend from Caracas went this time. Ecolodge is a nice little complex of several buildings on the small malecon, 2 blocks from the waterfront of Ocumare de la Costa. OC is a small town on the coast about 3 hours west of Caracas. Ecolodge is not fancy, but just what we wanted. There are tables and chairs as you enter the patio entry at the front of the main building and a small registration room. The main building has three floors, a second wing has two floors as do a couple small 4 unit buildings and there is one self service building which can be rented out for a family. The buildings are of a simple brick/stucco style and are brightly painted. A top floor in the main building (which is covered) has hammocks to enjoy the breezesm view the sea or the mountains of Henri Pittier National Park. Mainly you see the harbor with it’s jetty and down the blocks toward OC's main street. Along the malecon there are a couple restaurants and shops (plus kiosks selling jewelry, beach items, etc. at night) and around the block toward the square in town there are more posadas, restaurants and shops. If you are looking for a big night life and city this is not the place. There are probably just a couple thousand people in town. Anyway, past the main building is a pool area encircled by an L-shaped two story guest wing. Meals are served outside (there is no in door dining room); food is served in a garden setting. The rooms are basic with air conditioning, some shelves, double bed, a tv and bathroom. If I remember correctly only cold water in the shower. But that is ok because the weather is so nice, hot water wasn’t a necessity. There is a shower, toilet and sink in the bathroom. The doors and window to the rooms are one-ply thickness, but that adds to the rustic charm of the place ... not quiet roughing it but definitely not a normal city hotel. Never felt threatened with leaving items (money, jewelry, etc.) in the room.The meals we ate at the lodge were delicious ... breakfast of eggs, arepas, toast, beans, juice and coffee. For dinner we had pastas (seafood and verde), soups, etc. The restaurants down the street had burgers, seafood paella, pizza plus lots of beer and wine. The staff at the lodge were very nice and helpful and they make you feel like family. Guests were coming and going ... one group of 8 or 10 students, several families with children as well as middle aged and older adults. We swam in the pool each day, cooled off with domestic beer and just chilled. We never swam at the beach down the block from the lodge. It is an ok beach, but we wanted to got to Cata beach, a few miles from the lodge. We would walk toward the town square and catch a cab to take us over the ridge to Cata bay. It cost about $6 or $7 for the ride to Cata, a beautiful U-shaped, palm studded beach. My Venezuelan friend and I had been to Cata several times in the past few years (even when we did not stay overnight in Ocumare). Many people criticize the area because years back a developer built three condo towers and spoiled the isolation of the place. Anyway, we would head out to Cata at about 10 am and negotiate for the cab driver to pick us backcup at the beach at about 3 in the afternoon. We bought a styrofoam cooler at one of the small stores in Ocumare along with beer, ice and snacks. Cata has many beach small restaurants where one can order food and drinks (you have to dry off and change in pretty skanky bathrooms though). We mainly just had a midday meal (a seafood paella or parilla and fries for about $15-20) which fed the three of us and then drank what we took. Ecolodge has resources take you kayaking, hiking in the mountains (whihc we did the previous visit) and other stuff for a fee. You can get to the lodge by a bus, but I’ve never done it. On the Ecolodge website they list how to do it. There are nice executive buses (like in Europe and USA) from Caracas to Maracay (about 2 hours west of Caracas for $10). Then it would be a sorta ratty sub par local bus across the mountain range from Maracay to Ocumare (over an hour ride). You might get motion sickness due to the curves of the mountain roads. Ecolodge has a ride service that will pick you up at the Caracas airport and take you to the Ecolodge (for $125 each way). It is definitely worth it for the 3-4 hour ride.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 20, 2008

The basic nature of this ecolodge didn't bother us atlhough I was a bit surprised at the cold shower given the cost of the accommodation. It was clean, the staff were friendly and particularly patient given that we couldn't speak Spanish.

However, it was the noisiest place I have ever stayed in. Music (real loud thumping disco type music) would start up about 9.00 pm and continue until about 3.00 am. On the last night we were there (Saturday), the music went on until about 3.00 am, stopped for a short while and started up and went on until morning (about 7.00 am). As well as the music, cars (also with loud sterio type music) and motor bikes were travelling up and down the road for a good deal of the night. Fortunately we both had ear plugs with us but even then, the music could be 'felt' vibrating through the walls.

We didn't let the noise spoil our holiday though (we were there five nights) and took two boat trips down the coast to a quieter beach although the trip was expensive given the length of the boat ride and the meal ($60 pp each trip). We also took another trip to the rainforest ($60 pp each trip) and although it was enjoyable, didn't see very much as the time of the trip was arranged too late to see any self respecting monkey or bird (I'm sure they would have eaten long before we arrived).

I don't want to sound completely pessimistic about the place though as the coast is very beautiful and the people are very friendly - it's just not the quiet eco place that it sounds. It's also very sad that somehow people seem to think it's OK to drop litter all over the beach and waste collection is limited. However, the lodge is not at all untidy and they are very careful about litter etc.

Even though I sound as if I've moaned about the whole experience, we did enjoy it in a funny sort of way, even if we didn't get much sleep! Finally, check your final bill carefully though - mistakes with the bollivar/dollars can easily be made given the fluctuating exchange rate.

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 22, 2007

Don't be fooled with the presentation the Ecolodge show in his website.
Here are some pictures that will explain what it is for real.
El Playon is a place full of Venezulian people, gentle but dirty. Don't dream to find a lovely, clean and quiet beach. You'll never find a place like this at El Playon. Too many people, to much dirts everywhere.
The cost of the ecolodge : all inclusive at 120 US $ per day is simply unbelievable for what you get : smal rocky beach with 200 feet square of sand out the the see. People passing between the posada and the beach every 10 minutes, or even staying at "the beach of the ecolodge" : sure the beach is public property ! Every one can come and stay here. Anyway,
There is a house or a posada every 50 feet all along the laguna, so you won't be alone for sure. last thing for the "Eco" : the only ecological feature is that you wont have warm water for the shower. Electricity is here, and you wont forget it as long as you can enjoy the generator noise 24/24 !
This kind of place should cost 20$ a day and even so it wouldn't be thek ind of place you want to stay more than 3 hours.

Stayed: December 2006
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Reviewed July 26, 2007

Just returned from a trip to Venezuela earlier this month. I arranged a three-day stay at the Eco-Lodge for a group of five friends and myself.
We each booked the all-inclusive three-day package for USD 189 per person (sharing). This package is exceptionally good value, as it includes accommodation, all food and drink, and all excursions.
On arrival the first day, we had lunch in the hotel restaurant and were taken to Cata Beach nearby - a stunning private beach where we spent a couple of hours swimming and relaxing. The second day, we had a full-day excursion to La Cienaga, a coral lagoon which we reached by boat - one could snorkel, kayak, swim or just relax (the snorkelling there is outstanding), and we were served a very nice, sit-down fresh fish lunch, with wine. Our final day we had a 3.5 hour trek in the rainforest, which was very hot and sweaty going, but an excellent experience nonetheless. A bit of disorganization meant that we got started later than we should have, and in consequence started our morning walk too late to see monkeys or other animals. But it was still a worthwhile experience, following a man with a machete through the jungle!
I should add that the menu at the Eco-Lodge restaurant was rather limited (no appetizers or dessert on offer), and I think a few of the guys in our group went a bit hungry at times. However, this was made up for by the unlimited supplies of local rum, wine and beer. ;-)
The Lodge's accommodation is basic. Rooms are very small, but clean, with private bathrooms. There is air-conditioning, though it can be noisy.
The landscaping on the property is very beautiful, and there is a lovely pool. The Lodge is far and away the nicest building in all of Ocumare, which generally speaking is a pretty run-down village.
The vibe of the Eco-Lodge is very relaxed, and it attracts a younger clientele. I don't think this would necessarily be the best choice for older travellers, or for those seeking peace and quiet. Music plays all day and night at the restaurant downstairs - it doesn't get turned off until about midnight, and starts up again at 8 am. Which was fine for us, because by then everyone in our group was up and heading off for the day's excursion anyway.
Service was helpful, though our lack of Spanish language skills posed problems at times. Perhaps unusually in our case, we were assigned a 'minder' during the whole trip. We paid for private transportation to and from the Lodge, from Caracas (well worth it given the distance and security concerns, in our opinion), and the driver of our van stayed with us the whole week. He accompanied us everywhere - I think for security purposes, which was reassuring.
All in all, we were pleased with the Eco-Lodge, and had a fun stay there. It ain't the Hilton, but at $189 for three days, it exceeded my expectations!

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled with friends
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Address: Calle California # 21-23, El Playon 2112001, Venezuela
Location: Venezuela > Llanos Region > El Playon
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in El Playon
Number of rooms: 24
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Posada De La Costa Eco-Lodge Venezuela/El Playon

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