Fodor's Expert Review Banana Azul
1½ km (1 mile) north of Puerto Viejo at end of Playa Negra, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Limón, 70403, Costa Rica
Hardwood furnishings are abundant at this gay-friendly (but by no means exclusive) hotel at the secluded far end of Playa Negra. Even though all beaches in Costa Rica are public, here you'll feel like it's your own private strand of sand. Rooms on the second floor of the main building are breezy and comfortable with minimal furnishings. The larger garden bath suites, with open-air bathtubs set in a private garden—the name is self-explanatory—are a bit more of a splurge. The owners offer frequent Web-only packages.
- friendly management and staff
- seclusion, set away from hubbub of town
- great ocean views
- no kids allowed, so not an option for families
Rate Includes: Free breakfast