Aguas Claras

Writen by Milagro Guerrero

Aguas Claras is a Victorian style property located in Puerto Viejo Limon. The boutique hotel is settled surrounded by beautiful lush tropical gardens and at only three minutes walking distance from Chiquita Beach. The property offers twelve uniquely decorated Caribbean style guest rooms divided into different categories.

Each guest room is a unique piece of art, furnished with air conditioner and ceiling fans, complimentary wireless high-speed internet, spacious bathrooms, locally produced amenities, hair dryer, in-room coffee & fully stocked mini bar, safety deposit box, private patios and outdoor showers.

Additionally, clients can relax in the outdoor swimming pool, taste tropical meals in their bar and restaurant, practice some yoga or enjoy the complimentary beach cruisers and snorkeling equipment.

Writen by Milagro Guerrero

In Bribri, a regional indigenous language, Namuwoki means “the jaguar’s house”. The hotel is located in Playa Chiquita, at the entrance of the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, surrounded by a unique biodiversity. It is a comfortable and friendly base to explore the area, located between the jungle and the tropical Caribbean beaches.

It offers nine spacious rooms with a cozy colonial style and Caribbean colors. All of them have a terrace with a porch and hammocks, complete bathroom, fridge, hair dryer, ceiling fan and energy 110v and 220v. One of the rooms is adapted for handicapped travelers.

There is a common area for rest and relax where guests can taste a good coffee, take a dip in the swimming pool or just relax in the Jacuzzi or on a hammock. The lodge offers an open air restaurant, a little shop with handcraft and manufactured products exclusive of the region, bikes for rent and private parking lot.

Writen by Milagro Guerrero

Between Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo, on the Southern Caribbean coast, Shawandha Lodge is connected to the nearby white sand Chiquita Beach by a short private path. The hotel features 13 spacious wooden bungalows, constructed with an artistic mixture of wood and ceramics, with palm roofs and terrace; each one with its own individual character and atmosphere.

All rooms have ceiling fan, hair dryer, safe deposit box and hammocks. The restaurant offers a combination of topical and French flavors. Besides relaxing on the swimming pool, guests can also visit Cahuita National Park or Gandoca Manzanillo National Park, glide over the coral reffs in a glass bottom boat, do horseback riding, snorkeling, kayaking, visit an indigenous community, a butterfly farm or a botanical garden, just to mention a few of the many possible activities in the area.

Writen by Milagro Guerrero

This small, friendly hotel is located in Punta Cocles, very near Puerto Viejo de Limon. It has 23 comfortable rooms and bungalows of different categories: 7 Standard rooms, 8 Superior rooms, one Junior Suites and a two-bedrooms Cottage with and full kitchen that can accommodate 7 persons.

All rooms feature fan, TV, safe and terrace with hammocks. In addition, Superior rooms, Junior Suites and Bungalows also have air conditioning.

Other facilities and services offered by the hotel include a restaurant with a varied and delicious menu proposed by the Italian chef, bar, complimentary coffee during the day, nice pool with wet bar and jacuzzi, TV and DVD; free Internet access, fax and local calls at the reception, souvenir shop, game room with pool table and ping pong, bicycle rental, laundry service and private parking.

Writen by Milagro Guerrero

Azania Bungalows are located in front of Cocles Beach, 1.5 km South of Puerto Viejo on the road to Manzanillo, on the Southern Caribbean coast. The distance from San José to Puerto Viejo is 210 km or approximately 3:30 hrs. Just a few steps from the beach, the tropical rainforest in the background, the 10 spacious bungalows are privately set apart amidst lush gardens full of color and natural beauty.

Designed and crafted in a unique style that blends traditional materials, exotic woods and thatched-palm roofs, all bungalows are decorated with bamboo lamps and furniture, while ceiling fans, large windows with mosquito nets and high peaked roofs allow a refreshing natural air circulation. Each bungalow comfortably lodge up to four people, with one Queen size bed and two twin size beds, one of them placed in a mezzanine to provide privacy. They all come equipped with a refrigerator, a safe deposit box, hair dryer and a private deck with hammocks.

The Club House is the perfect place for enjoying a delightful tropical breakfast and fresh drinks, watching television, listening to some music or just relating to other guests. In addition, Azania Bungalows’s restaurant offers the possibility of discovering the local culinary culture combined with dishes from the South of the continent. Other facilities and services provided include a refreshing free-form swimming pool, a jacuzzi, laundry service, free wireless internet access, bicycle rental and private parking.

Writen by Milagro Guerrero

Le Caméléon Boutique Hotel is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels (SLH). It is located within walking distance from the beautiful golden sands of Cocles beach, between the Reggae town of Puerto Viejo and the fishermen town of Manzanillo. The elegant and contemporary decor cleverly melds with the rustic ambience of the Caribbean coast.

The mantra at Le Caméléon is “Everyday is a new day”. The decorative elements and lighting within the rooms are changed every day, just like a chameleon, adding a sophisticated warmth and sense of fun. This is a contemporary hotel with rustic elements and a minimalist decor, that creates a relaxing and elegant atmosphere, specially designed for the upscale traveler.

Le Caméléon features 23 guest rooms and Suites of different categories: 10 Superior rooms, six Deluxe rooms, six Junior Suites and one Suite. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, cable television, safety deposit box, mini bar, telephone, hair dryer, wireless internet connection and iPod docking station. The hotel offers its guests an international first-class cuisine restaurant, a nice, cozzy lounge bar, a Spa, a swimming pool and sun deck, outdoor Jacuzzi, gift shop and parking area.

Writen by Milagro Guerrero

Selva Bananito Lodge is built on a family farm, of which only one third of the property is actually used for farming.

In 1994 the family decided to declare the untouched two thirds of the farm (850 hectares or 2,000 acres) a private, biological reserve and built the lodge as an alternative source of income. Selva Bananito Ecolodge has been built with recycled waste wood from logging activity that took place several decades ago.

One important thing to know… there is no electricity in the lodge which creates a quiet and relaxing environment, very much in tune with the surroundings. However, if guests need to recharge any batteries, the lodge will arrange it through the farm management.

The lodge has five spacious standard rooms and six even more spacious superior rooms, with ample decks with spectacular views and comfortable hammocks. Each room has solar heated warm water and an ample restroom and shower area. LED reading lamps powered by solar energy are provided.

The main office is located in the building opposite the entrance to the rooms. Here guests may leave valuables for safekeeping. Following the main road downhill, you will find the Rancho, which has a dining area, bar, and small library upstairs, and kitchen and personnel facilities downstairs. Meals are served here and can be a nice opportunity to meet and socialized with other guests.

The guests can choose among several activities such as bird watching, guided walks through the rain forest, horseback riding, rappelling or tree climbing. Selva Bananito Lodge and Reserve offers tranquility, beauty, close contact with nature, and the opportunity to experience the rain forest first hand.

It also offers an insight into agriculture in the humid tropics. Moreover, Selva Bananito takes an active stand in environmental protection and by choosing to visit Selva Bananito Lodge, guests become an integral and active part of this conservation process.

Writen by Milagro Guerrero

Pachira Lodge is part of a hotel group including also Evergreen and Aninga Lodges. This lodge is located only five minutes away from the entrance to Tortuguero National Park. This wild and remote area is only accessible by plane or boat (5 to 6 hours from San Jose).

Pachira Lodge offers 88 comfortable rooms with bamboo furniture and ceiling fans. The lodge has a nicely decorated restaurant, a bar, a refreshing turtle-shaped swimming pool, free Wi-Fi access near the reception, beautiful gardens, hammocks to enjoy the jungle and canal views and a modern fleet of boats and buses. Packages include shared ground and boat transfers, three meals a day, lodging and tours.

Writen by Milagro Guerrero

Mawamba lodge is located on a strip of land between the canals and the Caribbean Sea. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens, with direct access to the beach and only a few minutes walking distance from the town. Tortuguero is an evergreen and lush sanctuary for more than 300 different species of birds and a natural habitat for an amazing array of wildlife, including 3 out of 4 species of monkeys found in Costa Rica, crocodiles, caimans, basilisks and iguanas.

The lodge has 54 Standard rooms featuring one double and one single bed or three single beds, garden views, a ceiling fan and a safety box. In addition, there are 4 independent Superior Bungalows with ample room space, featuring one king size bed, a ceiling fan, views of the canals, a safety box and a larger bathroom with separate tub and shower.

These rooms are a wonderful option for Honeymooners. Services and facilities include a restaurant, a bar and game room, cafeteria with free WI-FI connection access, swimming pool, souvenir shop and free access to the private trails, the butterfly gardens and the frog farm in Mawamba Park (guided visit included in the two- night package). All tour packages are led by a bilingual naturalist guide (English/Spanish) and include land and boat round trip transportation from San José, all meals and activities according to the number of nights at the Lodge. Guests can also take optional tours such as night hikes in a private trail, sunset trips in the new floating Katonga restaurant, fishing, kayaking and canopy tour.

Writen by Milagro Guerrero

One of the many reasons thousands of tourists visit Costa Rica each year is the wide variety of sights and experiences that are difficult to find anywhere else in the world. One of the areas in which this is most apparent is Tortuguero.


This hotel is located along the Northeastern side of the country, in the coastal village of Tortuguero, and it is accessible only by plane or boat. With bodies of water on both sides, the narrow strip of land that houses the tiny town is located on the beaches of the lush Tortuguero National Park.

The property can be found at 2.5 Km from Tortuguero town center, and at 4 Km from the main entrance of the National Park. Travelers will enjoy seeing a variety of sights as they make their way to the heart of this secluded paradise where the journey to get there is part of the fun.

Visitors can choose their method of transportation to this coastal village. For those wanting to take the quickest route possible, a short airplane ride can take around only 30 minutes; this is a great option for arriving to Manatus due to the closeness with the airstrip: the hotel is located at just 100 meters from it.

Driving takes longer, around 4-5 hours depending on the method chosen (private shuttle, public transportation or rental car), but allows visitors to view rainforest canyons along the way. If you choose not to fly, you’ll enjoy a 2- to 3-hour boat ride along a winding river on the final leg of your journey.

Manatus Hotel

Manatus is one of the few properties that sit directly on a strip of land separating the Caribbean Sea from several canals. The exclusive dwelling is home to only 12 bungalows with 2 Queen beds each, making it as a unique place to stay as the scenery that surrounds it.

The privacy here is felt not only in the small size of the hotel and the personal feel, but also in the care shown in providing comfortable amenities to make each visit as enjoyable as possible.

All bungalows blend privacy with luxury, starting with a private patio with an outdoor shower. The creature comforts from home are included, such as:

  • Cable TV,
  • Air conditioning,
  • Full bathroom,
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the property and in the spacious accommodations.
  • High-end features like mini bars allow guests to enjoy a snack or drink without having to leave their room.

Beyond the bungalow lies the perks of the main building. Visitors can access a Spa, gym and swimming pool while taking advantage of laundry service and the sumptuous restaurant with a la carte international menu combined with the exquisite traditional Costa Rica food.

There is also a bar where guests can enjoy delicious drinks after a morning full of discovering and learning, while relaxing with a book, a great conversation or simply by enjoying the landscape.

The Manatus hotel also features some private trails to enjoy the natural surroundings and the possibilities to observe the characteristic wildlife of the region, as well as a panoramic dock where you can relax and enjoy the views of the calm waters of the lagoon. A refreshing pool can be found in the property too.

Besides, those interested can also view a small, on-site gallery of local art. A sample of the local creations and culture that will offer you a good opportunity to know more about the inhabitants and their traditions.

If you want to experience another kind of adventure, kayaks can be rented to cruise the canals while different tours are available to see birds and other creatures of the canopy.

One of the many benefits of Manatus Hotel in Costa Rica is what the hotel includes in the rate. Transportation and tours can be easily arranged in the package.

Guests can experience sightseeing tours and hikes to view the flora and fauna. Besides, well as the full board dining experience is already included so you won’t have to worry about what to eat and where, when staying at Manatus.

As the food is served on site, this make it possible to schedule everything within the hotel.

What to do?

One of the biggest attractions of the region are the nesting of the sea turtles. The name Tortuguero can be translated to mean “Land of the Turtles.” The slim canals are the primary egg-laying grounds on the Atlantic Ocean side for green sea turtles. Leatherback turtles also frequent the area, but are more elusive.

From April to October, sightseers can catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures laying their eggs. It is illegal to visit the beach alone after dark, so you will need a tour guide to help you find the nesting sites with the right equipment for watching.

Once this season ends, baby sea turtles begin to hatch from November to January. Beach walks during the late evening and early morning are likely to reveal tiny baby turtles making their first journey back to the ocean. These sightings don’t require to book specific tours, but guides are available to help you see the new hatchlings.

While several visitors come to see the sea turtles, there are many other attractions. A conservancy museum in Tortuguero village educates tourists and a hike up Costa Rica. A visit to the local village showcases native Caribbean architecture and tour guides can Tortuguero Hill offers incredible views from the highest point this side of enlighten tourists on the area’s history.

Adventurous visitors can also explore jungle hikes to get a closer look at life in the rainforest or float along the canal to catch a glimpse of monkeys, sloths, birds, iguanas, river turtles and caimans. Manatus can arrange a schedule of extra tours or hikes, and boat rides to help you make the most of your visit.

Whether you’re coming to Costa Rica to relax on a sandy beach, take a dip in the salty ocean, explore the rainforest or see the unique wildlife, you’ll find it all in Tortuguero. Staying in your own private bungalow will keep you close to everything and make memories to last a lifetime on your own jungle adventure.

Writen by Jefferson Garro

Laguna Lodge is located in Tortuguero, one of the most important nesting site for the green sea turtle in the Caribbean coast, on a narrow strip of land, between the ocean and the Tortuguero Lagoon. Its 80 comfortable rooms have ceiling fans, reading lamps, a safety deposit box and large walkways.

The hotel offers an open-air restaurant by the lagoon, a bar near the swimming pool area, a small conference room, a souvenir shop, a pool with hydro-massage waterfalls, huts with hammocks, a botanical garden, a butterfly garden, private trails and direct access to the beach. Laguna Lodge offers two or three day packages including transportation from San Jose, all meals, naturalist guides, tours to the Tortuguero National Park canals, visit to the village of Tortuguero and to the information center of the Caribbean Conservation Corporation.

Writen by Jefferson Garro

Evergreen Lodge is located only five minutes by boat from the entrance to Tortuguero National Park. This wild and remote area is only accessible by plane or boat (5 to 6 hours from San Jose). The 55 spacious and nicely decorated rooms all have comfortable beds and ceiling fans.

This jungle lodge offers a nice restaurant, a bar in front of the lagoon, a nice and refreshing turtle-shaped swimming pool, free Wi-Fi access near the reception, tropical gardens and hammocks to enjoy the jungle and canal views. There are also Spa services available under request. This lodge is part of a hotel group including Pachira and Aninga Lodge.

Writen by Jefferson Garro

This lodge is part of a hotel group including Pachira and Evergreen Lodge and it is located only five minutes away from the entrance to Tortuguero National Park. This wild and remote area is only accessible by plane or boat (5 to 6 hours from San Jose). Aninga Lodge offers 32 comfortable rooms with bamboo furniture and ceiling fan.

The lodge has a nicely decorated restaurant, a bar, a refreshing turtle-shaped swimming pool, free Wi-Fi access near the reception tropical gardens, hammocks to enjoy the jungle and canal views and an excellent Spa. Packages include shared ground and boat transfers, three meals a day, lodging and activities. There are other optional tours available such as fishing, kayaking and canopy tour.

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