Fodor's Expert Review Iguana Lodge

Playa Platanares, 5 km (3 miles) south of airport, Puerto Jiménez, Puntarenas, 60702, Costa Rica Fodor's Choice

If a long stretch of deserted beach is your idea of heaven, check out this idyllic lodge with two-story cabins set in an exquisite botanical garden. The gentle Golfo Dulce waters are perfect for swimming, sea kayaking, and boogie boarding, and there's a 20-meter lap pool surrounded by gardens and forest. Cabins are elegantly furnished in bamboo, with thoughtful touches like Egyptian-cotton sheets and a raft of candles for romantic evenings. The upper-level cabins have the nicest views and catch the best breezes. Pebble-lined showers have plenty of hot water and excellent water pressure. Eight modern but smallish rooms above the lodge's separate restaurant have upscale detailing and are considerably cheaper than the casitas. Extravagant buffet-style dinners, with exotic foods reflecting the owners' worldwide travels, are served in a thatch-roof dining room with a huge table that can accommodate up to 32 diners. The lavish breakfasts, including, say, mango scones and homemade granola chock-full of walnuts and cranberries, are worth getting up for. You can opt for lunch or dinner in the Pearl of the Osa restaurant, facing the beach. Two yoga platforms and a hot tub add a contemplative touch, and the massages at the spa will take care of any residual stress. Thatch-roof cabanas are scattered along the beach with lounge chairs. Birds are plentiful in the Playa Preciosa Platanares Mixed Refuge, which borders the lodge, and scarlet macaws are daily visitors. Every morning there is a guided morning walk for guests along the new Native Species Jungle Trail. Children under 12 are half price.


  • top-of-the-line accommodation and food in tranquil tropical setting
  • complimentary kayaks
  • breakfast and dinner included in casita rooms


  • no air-conditioning
  • club rooms are small and can be noisy
  • be prepared to get friendly with an insect or two




Phones: -8848–0752


8 rooms, 2 duplex casitas with upper and lower separate rooms;, 2 family casitas, 1 beach house
Rate Includes: Some meals

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