You can't get any closer to nature than this off-the-grid lodge, famous for its excellent birding and hiking trails, wedged between forest and the banks of the Río Tigre. Birding just doesn't get any better: more than 390 bird species have been spotted on the property, including more than 255 species from the lodge porch. Four second-story rooms have chest-high walls, and above that they are open to nature (no screens, just mosquito nets over the beds), the better to
spot visiting birds. You're at eye level with the trees and, despite the almost-alfresco rooms, you'll sleep comfortably with linens and pillows that always feel fresh and the rushing river nearby providing natural air conditioning. Electricity is solar generated, but there's enough power to recharge batteries. On-demand gas heaters provide plenty of hot water in the garden showers. The gourmet fare here rivals that of the best luxury-lodge kitchens. At dinner, guests gather around a communal table with owners Liz Jones and Abraham Gallo and their resident bird guide to plan the next day's birding. Abraham, a lifelong local, can show you hidden mountain trails into Corcovado National Park, less than a mile away. Pros: a birder's paradise; great hiking trails; fabulous food. Cons: shared bathroom and outdoor showers; limited electricity; must love living very close to nature.
12 km (7½ miles) northwest of Puerto Jiménez, Dos Brazos del Tigre, 60702, Costa Rica
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