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Esquinas Rainforest Lodge

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4.75 of 54.75 of 54.75 of 54.75 of 54.75 of 5
Based on 4 reviews
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Prices
Starting at $310 (USD) / person
Suggested Nights Stay: 3 Nights

Get up close and personal with nature when you stay at the cabins, villa or beach cottage provided by Esquinas Rainforest Lodge. Surrounded by untouched jungle, the lodge provides the perfect accommodations for people who want to get up close and personal with monkeys, macaws and many other animals.

Overview

Aerial View of Esquinas Rainforest Lodge
Aerial View of Esquinas Rainforest Lodge

Esquinas Rainforest Lodge touts itself as a birdwatcher's paradise, and it's easy to see why. Situated in Piedras Blancas National Park, the lodge is surrounded by untouched rainforest that is home to monkeys, raccoons and more than 300 different bird species. The lodge, which sits on 37 acres of private reserve, has planted thousands of trees in the area, earning itself a 100 percent carbon-neutral certification as well as the Certificate of Sustainable Tourism from the Costa Rican Tourism Board.

As guests check in, they enter the main lodge. This spacious building provides plenty of spaces for guests to relax while they listen to the nearby stream of Quebrada Negra as it gurgles. During the day, guests can relax on the porch as they watch for birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. During the evening, birds, frogs and cicadas are the background music. Inside, guests can find interesting books about the flora and fauna surrounding the lodge, and a souvenir store sells locally made jewelry and masks created by the Boruca people.

Created from a natural jungle stream, the Esquinas Rainforest Lodge's pool has a year-round temperature of 75 degrees Fahrenheit and never uses chlorine, filters or pumps. Swim through the crystal-clear water, splash around with the kids or simply grab your favorite book and a drink and relax on a lounge chair. Other on-site activities include guided birdwatching hikes each morning, a fruit and vegetable garden, guided night hikes and much more.

Esquinas Rainforest Lodge provides a full restaurant and bar on the property. Based on Costa Rican gastronomy, the menu features organic, locally grown fruit and vegetables and locally sourced fish. Each meal is individually prepared and served at the table. Breakfast is free for guests each morning, and coffee and tea are always available in the common area. Start with an appetizer of spinach cream soup or gazpacho before moving to a fish, pork, beef or chicken entree. Dessert includes chocolate rolls, coconut ice cream, banana cake and much more. Of course, you can order your favorite cocktail from the bar to round off your meal.

Several other amenities are available as well. Esquinas Rainforest Lodge's front desk offers concierge services and dry cleaning and laundry services, or a laundry facility is available for those who prefer to do it themselves. Free internet is available in the lobby.

Key Features

Pool at Esquinas Rainforest Lodge
Pool at Esquinas Rainforest Lodge
  • Nature trails in Piedras Blancas National Park
  • Kayak and boat tours in Golfo Dulce
  • Full-day adventure tours
  • Surrounded by untouched jungle
  • Hidden in the jungle of remote
  • 3 miles from the Interamerican Highway
  • Accessible by road all year round
Prices
Starting at $310 (USD) / person
Suggested Nights Stay: 3 Nights

Amenities

Airport Transfers
Bar
Breakfast Included
Daily Maid Service
Family Friendly
Fan
Gift Shop
Hotel near Forest
Internet Available
Laundry Service
Packages Available
Pool
Restaurant On Site
Security Box
Wi-Fi Internet

Rooms

Jungle Villa at Esquinas Rainforest Lodge
Jungle Villa at Esquinas Rainforest Lodge

Esquinas Rainforest Lodge offers nine rustic cabins for its guests, as well as a villa and a beach house.

Cabins - Each cabin includes two rooms, and each of those rooms features a full screen and a private bathroom with a shower. Gorgeous, colorful materials woven by the Boruca and Guaymi Indians decorate each room and can be used to separate the sleeping spaces into more private areas. Ceiling fans are available in each room to provide additional comfort while sleeping. Individual furnishings and premium bedding add to the uniqueness and comfort of the cabins. Each room offers a covered porch that is perfect for reading a book or watching the various hummingbirds, toucans, parrots and more than 300 other species that call the Piedras Blancas National Park home.

Esquinas Rainforest Lodge - For those looking for more luxurious accommodations, Esquinas Rainforest Lodge offers a jungle villa. Located 200 meters from the main lodge, this villa offers two connecting bedrooms, each with their own bathroom. The spacious, open balcony is the perfect spot for birdwatching, and a fully equipped kitchen provides everything guests need to make a delicious meal after a day of adventuring.

Beach Cottage - The lodge provides a beach cottage for guests who want to wake up to the smell of the ocean every day. Surrounded by 25 acres of jungle, the simple wooden home features an open concept and a gorgeous garden full of palm trees, hibiscus, orchids and other flora and fauna that attract monkeys, parrots and many other animals. A full living space and full kitchen complete the inside space, which features sleeping for up to six people.

Prices
Starting at $310 (USD) / person
Suggested Nights Stay: 3 Nights

Activities

Guided Horseback Tour - Hop onto a gorgeous, friendly horse and travel through the town of La Gamba on your way to Chorro Waterfall. When you reach your destination, swim in the natural pond above the falls or relax in the spring beneath. If you prefer not to ride a horse, bicycles are also available.

La Gamba Tropical Research Station - See researchers at work when you visit the La Gamba Tropical Research Station. Internationally acclaimed, the station is just a short walk from the lodge. You can tour the station six days per week to learn about the students who do their bachelors and masters studies programs and what they've accomplished.

Dolphin and Wildlife Tour - Just a short drive through the rainforest, the Dolphin and Wildlife Tour in Golfo Dulce takes you on a motorboat to a fjord that separates the national park from Osa peninsula. Watch for bottlenose dolphins, porpoises and even humpback whales during certain months. On the way back, stop in Puerto Jimenez to look for crocodiles, monkeys and macaws.

Tours Offered

Bird Watching
Dolphin Watching Tours
Family Friendly Tours
Hiking
Horseback Riding
Kayaking
Mountain Biking
National Park / Reserve Tours
Night Hikes
Snorkeling
Swiming
Wildlife Viewing

Location & Map

Southern Costa Rica Map
Southern Costa Rica Map
Esquinas Rainforest Lodge is located in Piedras Blancas National Park, the lodge is surrounded by untouched rainforest that is home to many animals.

Rates

Prices Starting at $310 (USD) / person
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Customer Reviews for Esquinas Rainforest Lodge

Overall Rating
4.75 of 54.75 of 54.75 of 54.75 of 54.75 of 5
Based on 4 reviews

4 of 54 of 54 of 54 of 5
James
From: United States12/13/2011
 
"I spent a total of 9 months traveling and living in Costa Rica, 1/2 that time was in La Gamba.
A very unique experience, I'd highly recommend it.

To fully appreciate it, a guided tour into the rainforest is best. I especially enjoyed horseback and atv tours.

Lodges like Esquinas are doing a very good thing by providing jobs that help to preserve the environment.
"
 
Number of times you have visited this Hotel?
More than 5
How friendly were the employees?
4
Would you stay there again?
Yes
Languages spoken at Hotel?
English
How many times have you visited Costa Rica?
2
 

5 of 55 of 55 of 55 of 55 of 5
Anonymous
From: United States4/1/2007
 
"
We truly enjoyed our stay at the Esquinas Lodge. Service, accomodations, food - all excellent. The location, in the middle of the rainforest, puts you right up close to nature: trails, streams and waterfalls, and an amazing collection of birds and animals. There's plenty to do - or you can just sit and watch the rainforest and its inhabitants. Eco-tourism at its best.









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Number of times you have visited this Hotel?
1
How friendly were the employees?
5 (very nice)
Would you stay there again?
Yes
Languages spoken at Hotel?
English
How many times have you visited Costa Rica?
1
 

5 of 55 of 55 of 55 of 55 of 5
Anonymous
From: Austria3/7/2007
 
"Esquinas is the most beautiful lodge I have visited in Costa Rica. The location in the jungle is like paradise with parrots, hummingbirds and even monkeys and caimans. The food and service is excellent and the staff is very friendly. There are enough hikes and excursions to fill a whole week. And the best thing is that there are no crowds of tourists like in many other places in Costa Rica. You can hike for hours in the rainforest without meeting any other people. "
 
Number of times you have visited this Hotel?
3
How friendly were the employees?
5 (very nice)
Would you stay there again?
Yes
Languages spoken at Hotel?
German
How many times have you visited Costa Rica?
More than 5
 

5 of 55 of 55 of 55 of 55 of 5
Paul
From: Costa Rica4/14/2005
 
"The Esquinas Rainforest Lodge is a unique destination located in the Southern Pacific zone of Costa Rica. The lodge began as a project financed by the government of Austria in the interest of promoting conservation and eco-tourism income generating activity in this region of Costa Rica. Aside from being a quality hotel and restaurant, the Lodge is the only non-profit ecotourism project of its kind in Costa Rica.

The area around the Lodge is especially great for activities such as hiking, birdwatching, horseback and mountain bike tours, mangrove boat and kayak tours on the Golfo Dulce, trips to Corcovado Park on the Osa Peninsula, among others."
 
Number of times you have visited this Hotel?
1
How friendly were the employees?
5 (very nice)
Would you stay there again?
Yes
Languages spoken at Hotel?
Spanish, English, German
How many times have you visited Costa Rica?
Resident of Costa Rica
 

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