Costa Rica was the first trip that my fiance and I had taken together and Cahuita was our first stop. After a wearily long day of traveling we arrived pretty late at the Playa Negra (after 9pm) and Greg was right there waiting outside to welcome us. When you walk through the front gate you are transported into this little tropical garden oasis. The landscaping is beautiful and the whole setting is so peaceful and relaxing! Our room was one of a few set up in the larger building just behind the building housing the front desk. Despite sharing walls we were never disturbed by any noisy neighbors (even with the german shepherds next door!). There was no AC in the room which at first we were concerned about with the humidity being so high (and we live in Houston) but we never had an uncomfortable night. Everything was clean and well maintained. They left us coffee on our patio to enjoy in the mornings and there were always drinks for purchase out at the pool house (very convenient to pick up before a daily hike!). There isn't any food offered in the Guesthouse but there are several restaurants within walking distance and we never had trouble finding something tasty to eat.
Just across the street is the beach which, during our visit was littered with debris from heavy rains (it was early December when we visited) but was still worth exploring. And by night we wandered down the street to a chill reggae bar that had live music. If you're ok with a little bit of walking (which we loved) you can walk to town which is equally laid back and full of life in the evenings. Greg provided us with a map to get to the major places in town - ATM, grocer, bus station - which made things even easier. He even provided us with tips as to better places to visit while on the East coast - which is what led us to take a bus to Manzanillo beach where my fiance proposed! It was a perfect introduction to Costa Rica. I can't say enough good things about this place. I would definitely come back and stay here!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Playa Negra Guesthouse is a small seaside hotel located at Playa Negra, on the southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, one kilometre north of the centre of the town of Cahuita. Opened in December 2008, the hotel offers upper scale accommodation consisting of two lovely, fully equipped Caribbean style cottages, three tastefully decorated guest rooms, swimming pool and pool house. The cottages and rooms overlook lush, carefully maintained gardens. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Playa Negra Guesthouse Hotel Cahuita