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Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge and Ecolodge

At a Glance


  • prime wildlife viewing
  • excellent guides
  • trails and outdoor activities
  • great value


  • older cabins are not fancy
  • no a/c but cabins are well ventilated with ceiling and wall fans

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Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge and Ecolodge Review

Base yourself in this wildly family-friendly, comfortable eco-lodge and you can explore vast tracts of surrounding forest, both primary and secondary, plus mangroves, and a Blue Flag beach with nesting turtles. The original cabins have sitting rooms with wood furniture, kitchenettes, screened-in porches, and lush flower borders. Four of them have recently been remodeled, and sleep three or four people, in combinations of single and double and king-size beds. Two economy cabins have three bedrooms each. Six handsome guest rooms built with plantation teak have high ceilings, tiled showers, and small porches looking onto a swimming pool. A solar-heated system provides plenty of hot water for showers. Linger for an hour or two atop a lofty bird-observation platform in the hotel's rain-forest canopy, zip along the canopy tour, climb a 114-foot-high tree with ropes, or stay overnight at a shelter in the heart of the forest or in a platform tent in the jungle. A netted-in butterfly garden and a charming orchid garden are ideal for children to explore. Excellent, bilingual guides interpret the miles of trails, or you can follow the self-guided trail. The open-air restaurant has excellent fruit smoothies and flavorful local food. There's also a great gift shop here with lots of local crafts and nature books, including a book of wildlife stories written by owner Jack Ewing, a great storyteller and local historian.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Off Costanera Hwy., 3 km (2 miles) north Dominical, Dominical, 11909
  • Phone: /2787–0003
  • Website:
  • Location: Dominical

    Hotel Details

  • 6 cabins, 6 guest rooms
  • Rate includes breakfast.
Updated: 04-24-2014

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