Fodor's Expert Review Finca Exotica

Main road, east of Carate airstrip, Carate, Puntarenas, 60702, Costa Rica Fodor's Choice

A garden paradise that lives up to its name, this combination organic farm, botanical garden, and sophisticated eco-lodge is an otherworldly experience, meant to be slowly and thoughtfully absorbed over a three-night minimum stay. Beautifully designed, thatch-roof tiki cabins have private bathrooms and outdoor showers in cane-and-bamboo enclosures. There's a gorgeous, contemporary house with a spectacular ocean view for families or couples. Adventurous, budget-minded travelers can play castaways in seven airy, comfortable platform tents with garden showers and communal restrooms. Meals here are truly exotic, using organic produce from the garden and local fish and meat, prepared with spicy Asian accents and served in a stunning restaurant overlooking the sea. There are fresh juices and coffee and tea available all day. Two daily yoga classes are held on a serene yoga deck, and a masseuse is on call. One of the best activities is a tour of the garden with owner Markus Wehrmeister, a German architect and caterer turned impassioned sustainable-living advocate. Carate Beach is steps away, and La Leona entrance to Corcovado National Park is a 40-minute walk along the beach.

PROS

  • gorgeous gardens
  • exotically delicious food
  • charming hosts
  • affordably priced for this area

CONS

  • no air-conditioning
  • must enjoy being in a totally natural setting
  • no a/c
  • communal dining

QUICK FACTS

Green, Romantic, Views
Quiet
Beachfront
Local Flavor
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: -4070–0054 | -8359–8408-WhatsApp

HOTEL DETAILS

14 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Oct., Free Breakfast