Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula Hotels

Santa Elena Lodge

  • 10 km (6 miles) west of Pan-American Hwy., 8 km (5 miles) east of Junquillal Map It
  • Cuajiniquil


  • Friendly
  • Near beach and park
  • Lots of outdoor options


  • Little English spoken
  • Basic accommodations

Fodor's Review

This simple family-run lodge on the outskirts of Cuajiniquil provides the closest accommodations to both Playa Bahía Junquillal and Santa Rosa National Park, making it a good option for nature lovers and anyone who wants to stray from the vacationing crowds. The owner, Manuel Alán, is a former fisherman who switched to tourism, converting his family home into a bed-and-breakfast. The rooms have varnished hardwood walls and ceilings, plenty of windows, and small bathrooms—Rooms 5 and 6 are the nicest, since they overlook the garden. Breakfast is served in back, whereas lunch and dinner are available at the adjacent seafood restaurant. Manuel can arrange an array of tours with local guides that include a hike through the Murcielago sector of Santa Rosa National Park, a boat tour of a mangrove estuary, and whale-watching (August to February).

Hotel Information


10 km (6 miles) west of Pan-American Hwy., 8 km (5 miles) east of Junquillal, Playa Bahía Junquillal, 50306, Costa Rica

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Hotel Details:

  • 10 rooms
  • Rate includes: Breakfast

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