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Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge and Ecolodge

  • Off Costanera Hwy., 3 km (2 miles) north Dominical Map It
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  • Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge and Ecolodge, Dominical

    Courtesy Hacienda Baru, Costa Rica

  • Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge and Ecolodge, Dominical

    Courtesy Hacienda Baru, Costa Rica

  • Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge and Ecolodge, Dominical

    Courtesy Hacienda Baru, Costa Rica

  • Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge and Ecolodge, Dominical

    Courtesy Hacienda Baru, Costa Rica

  • Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge and Ecolodge, Dominical

    Courtesy Hacienda Baru, Costa Rica

  • Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge and Ecolodge, Dominical

    Courtesy Hacienda Baru, Costa Rica

  • Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge and Ecolodge, Dominical

    Courtesy Hacienda Baru, Costa Rica

  • Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge and Ecolodge, Dominical

    Courtesy Hacienda Baru, Costa Rica

  • Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge and Ecolodge, Dominical

    Courtesy Hacienda Baru, Costa Rica

  • Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge and Ecolodge, Dominical

    Courtesy Hacienda Baru, Costa Rica

  • Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge and Ecolodge, Dominical

    Courtesy Hacienda Baru, Costa Rica

Pros

  • Prime wildlife viewing
  • Excellent guides
  • Trails and outdoor activities
  • Great value

Cons

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

Updated 04/24/2014

Fodor's 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.

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Hotel Information

Address:

Off Costanera Hwy., 3 km (2 miles) north Dominical, Dominical, 11909, Costa Rica

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Phone:

/2787–0003

Hotel Details:

  • 6 cabins, 6 guest rooms
  • Breakfast

Updated 04/24/2014

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Jul 14, 2004

A great reserve!

We tried to get reservations to stay at Hacienda, but they had no space (not a lot of lodging here). But we did visit their reserve and hire one of their guides for a long hike and it was great. Included lunch. Saw lots of wildlife. Worth the bumpy drive from Dominical (down the unpaved and potholed road that stretches between Dominical and Manuel Antonio -- but perhaps no more than about a mile from the paved road of Dominical).

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