We were a group of 3 families that vacationed at Bungalows Malu in Cahuita during fourth week of June in 2011. We stayed there for 5 nights and were occupying 3 different bungalows.
Each bungalow were self contained units. Some were bigger with more additional amenities than the other. All of them had a separate bath with shower. There was a locker for safe deposit too. One of the families had a unit with two rooms. Since the place was sparsely occupied we got an opportunity to see the other units. One of the units even had a kitchen with a stove and refrigerator and all.
For us the location was the best attraction here. We were just by the beach side. There was just a small unpaved stone road between us and the beach and we heard the crashing of the waves all the while which was very nice.
The beach which was called Playa Negra was not the cleanest beaches :) But it was okay to get into the water. The best beach however playa blanca was along the coast line to the south about 2 kms away. The down town was also about 1.5 km away. We enjoyed dining out trying out the different Caribbean styled hotels and cooking.
Bungalows Malu also had a basic restaurant cabana where we used to get breakfast everyday. We could get eggs or bread butter and jam. We could also get a sandwich any part of the day. The people who run the place are very friendly accommodating and nice.
The vegetation like the plants and trees inside the hotel compound is awesome too. One night we saw huge crab walking along, one of us almost stepped on it! There were lots of lizards all around not to mention mosquitos and other flies! Bungalows Malu also has a pool but the water color was not at all inviting. They need to work on maintaining the water there I guess, and none of us (save for one adventurous one) dared to dive into that pool!
There are lots of stray dogs along the unpaved stone road. If you decide to walk along, just be warned that these dogs come pretty close to smell you and can make one quite uncomfortable!
Cauhita itself a very nice small caribbean town that has not been spoiled by tourists a whole lot. Most of the people who come there are the unpretentious tourists who come to enjoy the beaches and the caribbean lifestyle without all the luxuries.
Just a few kilometers south maybe 15-20 I think there is a bigger town called Puerto Viejo. This is a typical beach town. We used to go hear almost daily for dinner and spending the time on the beaches there as well. The waves on these beaches are just out of this world!
In all I would not mind going and staying back at Bungalows Malu the next time I'm there!
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- Boutique Hotel with bungalows surrounded by tropical gardens in front of the beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bungalows Malu Hotel Cahuita
- Malu Hotel Cahuita