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.
- Also Known As:
- Posada De La Costa Eco-Lodge Venezuela/El Playon