Nicoya Peninsula
Hotel Lagarta Lodge

Embrace nature at this wonderful boutique lodge, which boasts magnificent views of the forest, river and Pacific Ocean.

The hotel was built with its environment in mind, and has a strong sustainability focus, including solar panels and a water recycling system. Stroll through the on-site private nature reserve to catch sight of wildlife from iguanas to insects, or venture outside the hotel for activities such as surfing and kayaking.

Facilities & Activities

The hotel’s setting is ideal for exploring Costa Rican wildlife. It is set beside two rivers – Rio Nosara and Rio Montaña – and features a 90-acre nature reserve, the Reserva Biológica filled with wildlife including howler monkeys, anteaters, raccoons, iguanas, birds and butterflies. Grab a map and explore on your own or join a guided tour.

Four beaches are within walking distance, including surfing hotspot Playa Guiones and Playa Ostional, a nesting ground for sea turtles. A wide range of activities are available in the area, including boat and kayak tours, hiking, surfing and horse riding on the beach. Tours to see the nesting turtles arrive en masse at Playa Ostional can also be arranged (from July to December).

Rather than one large pool, there are two smaller infinity pools and a Jacuzzi cascading down the sloping gardens, ideal for enjoying a cocktail. There is also a small spa, yoga sessions and the hotel also has an art gallery housing artefacts of the indigenous Maleku tribe.

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Dining

Breakfast is buffet-style and served with a magnificent ocean view in the Restaurant Chirriboca. Choose from fresh eggs, organic Costa Rican coffee and fruits from local farms, such as pineapple and mango. Service is friendly and professional. There is also a Sunset Bar in the restaurant, ideal for an evening cocktail with a panoramic view to boot. For laid-back vibes, try the Gecko Lounge with its soft sofas and partially open-air roof, allowing you to sit beneath starry skies with a drink in hand after night falls.

Rooms

There are 3 room types to choose from, comprising 11 Jungle Suites, 8 Panorama Suites and 7 Flor Blanca Suites. All feature modern, neutral interiors with natural wood furnishings and balconies. The best views are from the Panorama and Flor Blanca suites, which overlook both jungle and ocean.

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Family

There is no dedicated kids’ club, but children aged 12 and under stay for free.

Families with younger children can have 2 queen beds or 1 king and 1 queen bed in a Jungle or Panorama Suite (there are no connecting rooms).

Sustainability

Sustainability and social responsibility are core values at Lagarta Lodge, along with art and culture, and as a result the hotel has been awarded Costa Rica’s highest certification for sustainability. A percentage of the room revenue is put towards projects that promote education and conservation. The Lodge’s owners foster the arts and preserve the culture of the indigenous people such as the Chorotega and the Maleku. The hotel has its own art gallery that houses artefacts of the Maleku tribe. Marimba rhythms and traditional dances are part of everyday culture on the Nicoya peninsula – you will be captivated by the performances held by local music and dance groups.

Location

Lagarta Lodge is located near Nosara, a small village on the Nicoya Peninsula, on Costa Rica’s North-West Pacific Coast.

The hotel runs a free shuttle bus service to the airport in Nosara, which is connected to the International Airport in San José via regional airlines (flight time of approximately 30 minutes). Alternatively, the drive from the capital takes approx. 4 hours 30 mins (four-wheel drive is recommended in rainy season) and the International Airport in Liberia is under 3 hours away by car.

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