Laguna del Lagarto Lodge

7 km (4 miles) north of Boca Tapada, 135 km (78 miles) northeast of Ciudad Quesada, Ciudad Quesada, Alajuela, 21006, Costa Rica

At one of Costa Rica's smaller and more remote eco-lodges, rustic cabins with single beds are surrounded by a 1,250-acre rain forest near the Nicaraguan border that gives shelter to 390 bird species and counting. Prix-fixe meals are served in an open-air restaurant with lagoon and forest views. Rates include one guided walk on the 10 km (6 miles) of forest trails, a tour of the butterfly garden, and use of canoes. Recommended extras include horseback riding, bird-watching tours, and a boat trip up to the border on the San Carlos River. (Bring your passport, since the river is officially Nicaraguan territory.) Ask about transfers available (at extra cost) from various points, including San José. The knowledgeable personnel here speak German, in addition to the requisite English and Spanish.

PROS

  • birders' paradise
  • attentive service
  • great excursions
  • photography platforms

CONS

  • last 35 km (20 miles) very rough road
  • rooms lack a/c
  • Wi-Fi in common areas only
  • difficult to communicate with property via phone

Location

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Green
Quiet
Remote
Local Flavor

HOTEL INFO

Phones: -2289–8163-in San José

HOTEL DETAILS

20 rooms, 18 with bath
Rate Includes: No meals

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