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Costa Azul Lodge
Hawkestone, Ontario, Canada
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“A great place for budget travellers”
Reviewed 7 October 2013

My family and I stayed here in Oct 2011 for more than a week while on a year long sabbatical travelling the world. We stumbled into this place purely by luck as Franco mostly caters to local business people. Franco and his family are Italian immigrants to Costa Rica and it's clear he loves the country and its wildlife as much as any Tico with the meticulous care he has taken of the grounds around the property. We stayed in a little casita (bungalow) and had a family of howler monkeys living within a stone's throw that we could watch for hours right from our front porch. There were sloths in his forest and he's created nice walking trails where you can see lots of the local flora and fauna. When we were there Franco's english was pretty rudimentary (only a bit better than my spanish) but they were very anxious to please and gave us all kinds of local insights with out ever any pressure to upsell.

If you are looking for a typical "resort" pass this one by. The pool is really just a great spot to cool off (it's only about 12' round and maybe 4' deep), the rooms are pretty basic (but very clean) and the cooking facilities are under an awning (outside) beside or behind the casita. But if you are adventurous and are looking to actually experience Costa Rica, how better to get close to nature than have birds and monkeys come up to you while your are cooking dinner outside and listen to howler monkeys hoot everytime a truck came within 2 miles of the place. (It's on the main road and not terribly close to any beach but if you had bikes or a car (like we did), it's just about perfect on the budget. The beaches that you can get to with a short 5 minute drive are some of the best we've ever seen and I'm looking at TripAdvisor because we all want to go back! (And that's after visiting 24 countries all over the world).

We were well spoiled coming here having spent a week at Bio Thermales up close to Arenal (which is another fantastic spot) but these beaches and just the "mojo" of this neck of Costa Rica sealed it for us. If you go, say hi to Franco and his lovely family for us!

P.S. I put the sleep quality at a 3 not because of the place but because of those crazy howlers! The first time you hear them, it freaks you out. They are pretty noisy but we came to love them.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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Franco C, Proprietario at Costa Azul Lodge, responded to this review, 17 February 2016
Thanks for your feedback.
We are glad to give our best for guests.
Franco.
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Munich
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

This family owned and run lodge is a perfect place to stay on the Caribbean Coast.
Lush gardens with the most beautiful tropical plants, pool, hammocks and a tropical forest just behind the lodge, where one can meet all kind of wildlife animals. Family- and pet friendly. The bungalows are nice and clean and offer everything one needs. Beautiful little restaurant with delicious dishes prepared fresh by the Italian owners. Their wonderful kids help out in the restaurant and make you feel like a part of this great family.
I am sure I will go back to this great and value priced place.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Franco C, Proprietario at Costa Azul Lodge, responded to this review, 22 February 2016
Tank you Katrin!
We hope to see you again soon at Costa Azul ;Lodge!
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Reviewed 17 June 2013 via mobile

This place has been my favorite place to stay in all of Costa Rica, and didn't torture my budget! Franco is the owner and completely made my friends and I feel at home.

With each cabana there is a tv with free DVDs that you can rent, a kitchen that can cook in, free wifi, a beautiful bathroom with hot water, and tile floors. The rooms are very well kept and are very clean. There is an air conditioner in the room to keep it nice and cool.

On the Costa Azul Lodge property, there is a swimming pool, hammocks, and the most beautiful landscape. There is also a forest owned by Franco where you can see tropical animals and species. It is truly amazing!!!!

Franco and his wife have built an amazing kitchen where you can dine. All of the food has been grown on the property so it is all organic and very fresh. I was so lucky to have an Italian meal fresh for lunch.

Franco speaks many languages which was helpful for my European friends and nice for practicing my Spanish. Overall, this is a beautiful place to stay and I highly recommend it!!! I hope to be back soon!

  • Stayed June 2013
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Franco C, Proprietario at Costa Azul Lodge, responded to this review, 22 February 2016
Thank you Keristie!
Was a great pleasure for us have you at Costa Azul Lodge.
I hope to see u again!
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Reviewed 4 March 2013

This is a great family friendly place to stay on the Caribbean coast! Not on the beach but very close to all the best places and value priced! The grounds are landscaped with some of the most beautiful tropical plants and they attract all kinds of wild life. May of the things you would have to visit the national parks to see are right at your door! Orchids on the trees and butterflies every where you look.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Franco C, Proprietario at Costa Azul Lodge, responded to this review, 22 February 2016
Tank you for your review.
We hope to meet you again son at Costa Azul Lodge.
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Property: Costa Azul Lodge
Address: Puerto Vargas | one km away from the entrance of Puerto Vargas of Cahuita's National Park, Cahuita, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Cahuita
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 46 Speciality Lodging in Cahuita
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Costa Azul Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 9
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