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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, ecology-minded staff
  • Plenty of wildlife


  • Bunk beds
  • Cabins are rustic
  • No a/c
  • Sometimes difficult to procure overnight space

Updated 04/09/2014

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 accommodation is in dorm-style rooms with large bunk beds and lots of screened windows or family-style cabins that sleep up to four. The restaurant, something like a school cafeteria, serves decent food but has 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 with your room rate, since there's nowhere else to eat. Priority is given to researchers, so advance reservations are essential.

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Hotel Information


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

Map It


/2766–6565; /2524–0607-in San José

Hotel Details:

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

Updated 04/09/2014

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Dec 14, 2008

The roaches drove me away

I was in Costa Rica for wildlife, but not this kind. I stayed one night and left the next day.

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