Fodor's Expert Review Wilson Botanical Garden

Las Cruces Biological Station, road to Ciudad Neily, 6 km (4 miles) south of San Vito, San Vito, Puntarenas, 60801, Costa Rica Fodor's Choice

The best features of the dozen comfortable rooms here, in three modern buildings built of glass, steel, and wood, are the private balconies cantilevered over a forested ravine, perfect for bird-watching. Each room is named after the exotic plant growing at the doorway. The smaller rooms have two single beds, and larger ones have three singles. New crafted-wood furniture and botanical prints keep the rooms light and fresh. All have beautiful refinished wood floors and freshened bathrooms. Rates include three hearty, home-style meals, a guided tour of the grounds, and 24-hour access to the garden. Staying overnight is the only way to see the garden at dusk and dawn, and you can walk the Sendero Río Java, a trail that follows a stream through a forest with birds and monkeys. The staff here is cheerful and professional, and the youthful enthusiasm of visiting research students is contagious.


  • unparalleled setting with 24-hour access to botanical garden and nature trails
  • excellent birding and wildlife viewing


  • family-style meals are served strictly on schedule so be ready to sit at the table when the dinner bell rings


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Phones: -2524–0607-Organization for Tropical Studies office in San José | -2773–4004-Wilson Botanical Garden reception


12 rooms
Rate Includes: All meals

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