Fodor's Expert Review Santa Elena Lodge

10 km (6 miles) west of Pan-American Hwy., 4 km (2.5 miles) east of Junquillal, Cuajiniquil, Guanacaste, 50306, Costa Rica

This simple family-run lodge with cozy rooms on the outskirts of Cuajiniquil provides the closest accommodations to both Playa Bahía Junquillal and Santa Rosa National Park, making it a good option for nature lovers and anyone who wants to stray from the vacationing crowds. The owner is a former fisherman who switched to tourism, converting his family home into a bed-and-breakfast. The rooms have varnished hardwood walls and ceilings, plenty of windows, and small bathrooms—Rooms 5 and 6 are the nicest, since they overlook the garden. The lodge is reminiscent of a mountain cabin with spotless rooms, each with a/c and Wi-Fi but void of phones and TVs. A typical Costa Rican breakfast is served in back, and lunch and dinner are available at the adjacent seafood restaurant. Manuel can arrange an array of tours with local guides that include a hike through the Murcielago sector of Santa Rosa National Park, a boat tour of a mangrove estuary, and whale-watching (August to February). The area's closest grocery store is conveniently next door to the lodge.


  • friendly owners
  • near beach and park
  • clean and comfortable rooms


  • little English spoken
  • basic accommodations


Local Flavor


Phones: -2679–1038


8 rooms
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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