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Arenal, Monteverde, and the Northern Lowlands Hotels

La Selva Biological Station Lodge

  • 6 km (4 miles) south of Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí Map It
  • Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí


  • Many activities included in lodging rate
  • Plenty of wildlife
  • Ecology-minded staff


  • Bunk beds
  • Cabins are rustic
  • No air-conditioning
  • Sometimes difficult to procure overnight space

Fodor's Review

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 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.

Hotel Information


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

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/2766–6565; /2524–0607-in San José

Hotel Details:

  • 60 bunk beds in dorms, 18 cabins, 1 house
  • Rate includes All meals

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