Hotel Lagarta Lodge

Top of hill at north end of Nosara, Nosara, Guanacaste, 50206, Costa Rica

A birders' and nature lovers' Valhalla, this magnificent nature lodge on a promontory has amazing views of the forest, river, and coast north of Nosara. The lodge's private nature reserve is directly below, down a steep path that takes you through a forest and an eerily beautiful mangrove swamp, with fantastical stilt roots and snap-crackling sound effects from respiring mollusks. More than 270 bird species have been spotted here, including long-tailed manakins. The trail ends at the river and out to Playa Pelada and surfing waves. The hotel was built with a focus on sustainability, with 20 spacious suites with garden showers and sliding-glass doors leading out to large terraces with either forest, ocean, or river views. The eagle's-nest lobby restaurant offers a Swiss-inspired menu, focused on fresh fish and seafood, such as skewered prawns with bacon, and poached fish with a lemon sauce. There is also a romantic cocktails-and-canapés Sunset Bar with occasional marimba music or folk dancing. The Swiss-style breakfast buffet is delicious, with fresh breads and homemade jams and espresso. Both the garden and reserve are maintained without any chemical fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides, or the use of electric machinery, earning the lodge a high sustainability rating of four leaves.

PROS

  • amazing views and grounds
  • close to nature
  • sustainable
  • all-new suites

CONS

  • not on the beach
  • some steps to rooms
  • steep, rough road to get here

Location

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
Green, Romantic, Views
Quiet
Near the beach
Luxurious Retreat

HOTEL INFO

Phones: -2682–0035

HOTEL DETAILS

8 jungle rooms; 12 larger suites
Rate Includes: No meals

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