La Selva Biological Station Lodge

6 km (4 miles) south of Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí, Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, Heredia, 41001, Costa Rica

Other lodges provide more luxury for the money, but none can match the tropical nature experience at this working biological-research station where accommodations are in dorm-style rooms with large bunk beds and lots of screened windows. A house and a smattering of family-style cabins, which sleep up to four, provide much more comfort and privacy. The restaurant, something like a school cafeteria, serves decent food but keeps a very limited schedule (reserve ahead). Rates for dorms or cabins are full-board, which includes a guided nature walk and three meals a day, since there's nowhere else to eat. Priority is given to researchers, so reservations are essential.

PROS

  • many activities included in lodging rate
  • plenty of wildlife
  • ecology-minded staff

CONS

  • bunk beds
  • cabins are rustic
  • no air-conditioning
  • sometimes difficult to procure overnight space

Location

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
Green
Casual
Remote
Local Flavor

HOTEL INFO

Phones: -2766–6565 | -2524–0607-in San José | 919-684–5774-in North America

HOTEL DETAILS

60 bunk beds in dorms, 18 cabins, 1 house
Rate Includes: All meals

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