Fodor's Expert Review La Cusinga Eco-Lodge

Bahía Ballena, Puntarenas, 60504, Costa Rica

Along with one of the best sunset views along the coast, this comfortable ecolodge on a high cliff bordering Ballena Marine National Park has spacious, airy cabins and a forest trail to a pristine beach. Wood-and-stone cabins, spaced out along a garden path that descends from the open-air main lodge, have huge bathrooms with spacious showers and exceptionally soft and luxurious linens. Trails wend through dense primary forest down to the wide sweep of almost-deserted Playa Arco and to a private, natural swimming pond. Electric car owners can charge up for the night at the hotel's electric charging stations. Breakfasts are hearty and delicious, served in the hotel's contemporary restaurant Aracari, which is also open to nonguests. 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. For more space with a view, request a suite or deluxe room.


  • magnificent views
  • forest and beach access
  • pleasant restaurant


  • steep path between cabins and lodge
  • two rooms lack ocean views
  • remote


Views, Family, Green
Near the beach
Local Flavor


Phones: 2770–2549-reservation office | 8318--8598-lodge


18 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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