Fodor's Expert Review La Cusinga

Between Km 166 and 167 on the Costanera Hwy., south of Dominical, Bahía Ballena, Puntarenas, 60504, Costa Rica

Along with one of the best sunset views along the coast, this comfortable eco-lodge on a high cliff bordering Ballena National Marine Park has spacious, airy cabins and a forest trail to a pristine beach. Wood-and-stone cabins are spaced out along a garden path that descends from the open-air main lodge. Huge bathrooms feature spacious showers and linens are exceptionally soft and luxurious. Trails wend through dense primary forest down to the wide sweep of almost-deserted Playa Arco and to a private, natural swimming pond. The lodge's sustainability record has earned it five leaves, the highest status in the government's ecotourism program. Breakfasts are hearty and delicious, served in the hotel's small, wooden-balcony restaurant. At dinner, there are dishes to accommodate all tastes—vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free—and light choices for small appetites. Along with contemplating nature, you can nurture your inner self at the huge, otherworldly yoga platform or pamper your outer self with a massage. There is Wi-Fi in the main lodge building.


  • comfortable cabins
  • forest and beach access
  • magnificent views


  • steep path between cabins and lodge
  • Wi-Fi only in main lodge


Green, Views, Family
Near the beach
Local Flavor


Phones: -2770–2549-Reservation office | -8318–8598-Lodge


5 cabins, 1 honeymoon cabin, 1 single room, 2 group cabins
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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