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“A peaceful and beautiful setting.”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Cabinas Iguana

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Cabinas Iguana
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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“A peaceful and beautiful setting.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2012

We really enjoyed our one night at Cabinas Iguana. Most of the budget guest houses we stay at have concrete walls, so it was a real pleasure staying somewhere with fragrant dark wood paneling, built in shelves, and a mosquito net.

Our shared bathroom was reasonably clean, as was the shower. There is a BEAUTIFUL clean pool and an extensive book swap.

It is located about a 15 minute walk from the town center, so know ahead of time that you shouldn't walk after dark to town. There is a reggae bar/restaurant which is a little pricey very close by. (safe to walk to) (remember, pricey for us is $10 entrees--if you're "on vacation" and budgeting isn't an issue for you then it's not too bad.) The food is good though.

You can also rent a cabina with a kitchen and cook yourself.

Or you can just plan on getting a taxi back from town after dark.

Either way, the slight separation from town means a much quieter, peaceful, isolated experience. Fantastic for reading a book in a hammock, sitting by the pool, and enjoying Playa Negra, which is just moments away.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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raymore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2012

We did our yearly family trip and enjoyed this place. It was hard to find from the bus station since we did not know where we were going, lol. The owner was informed and came to our rescue! I went with my wife, 4 kids ages 15, 10, 9, 1 and my mom. We loved the cabina that we stayed in. I believe it was Cabina #1. It was a spacious 3 bed room cabina with a private bathroom and kitchen. There was 2 rooms with a full size bed, one room with two twin beds. It had fans, tv and mosquito netting. The location was only about 1km from bus station, but we took the 3km long way, lol. The reggae bar is around the corner and the stores, etc are about a 10 minute walk. The Cabinas are about 2 minutes away from an awesome beach in front of the reggae bar. The Cabinas have excellent free morning coffee and an awesome pool! There are also bread, pizza and various vendors that come and sell you food items which is nice. The owner and his wife were super cool and would even drive you to the store if you did not want to walk. The staff is also great. The maintenance guy, Fernando was super cool and offered help with anything you may need. I will definitely go back and highly recommend the place!!!

PS just FYI, the places in Cahuita are more relaxed and chill. Do not expect a lot of cars, or people, which is cool! If you are looking for a busier atmosphere you should go to Puerto Viejo. We went there and did not like it, it is dirty and wayyyy too busy! Cahuita is more of a jungle retreat where you are surrounded by nature and great people! Great getaway for a family!

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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oBston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2011

A quiet retreat for independent travelors, but only 3 blocks from the beach and a half a mile from the center of Cahuita. The owners were generous, friendly and excellent managers for this lovely group of cabins in a tropical garden.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2011

Nice, clean family-friendly place. Seems a lot of costa ricans stay there. We, however, were told by everyone after we arrived that it wasn't safe to walk to and from town (it was a 20 minute walk) in the dark and it was not easy to get a cab since cahuita is a pretty quiet place. (we are two women). With that in mind, if you are female and traveling to Cahuita, you might be better off staying closer to town. The other downside for us was that the owners were not very friendly or helpful.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Bradford-on-Avon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2009

We stayed 3 nights in a bungalow at Cabinas Iguana, and it was excelent. We stayed in the main bungalow there and we liked having our own facilities to use in the bungalows. The situation is perfect; right by the Carribean and only a 5 minute bike ride away from the town centre and the national park. They don't provide meals there but there are lots of places to eat nearby so you don't need to head into the Centre of Cahuita every night. We rented out bikes from a local restaurant which worked really well, as it sped up journeys around Cahuita. The swimming pool is surrounded by the rainforest so you really feel as if you're in the heart of the rainforest when you're in it. We even saw a sloth one day while we were swimming, and it walked right past us. To cap off this brilliant accomodation, there is a reggae bar just down the road, with a live band some nights. An excellent stay!

  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
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Leonia, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2008

We were referred here by another place that had failed to honor our reservationsand were very pleasantly surprised. Nice cabins with fans & netting. Nice pool. Short nature trail out back. 150 yards or so from the beach, which I did not find to be dirty at all. It was uncrowded at the beach and quite beautiful. This place is at least 1 kilometer from the main part of town (and the National Park) along a bumpy dirt road. There are a couple of place to eat and drink within walking distance or it is a long walk (or short drive) into Cahuita itself, where there is a large choice of good restaurants.

  • Liked — Large cabin; low price, pool
  • Disliked — far from main part of town
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2005

Just returned from another holiday in Cahuita. We have been travelling here for the last 6 years for a month each time and love it. Yes it can rain a lot, yes the beach (black) can be covered in debris but the mix of people, the surfing, the food and the unique experience more than make up for it.

This year stayed at the Cabinas Iguana and yes there was a real Iguana in the hedge by the wooden 2 bed house we rented. In the garden viewed from the luxury of the hammock I also saw a sloth with baby, hummingbirds, guisuti (something like that - little pig things) lizards, bats, numerous birds - amazing. Iguana has a small but very nice pool apparently an iguana has been known to jump in and there was a toad whilst we were there! Owners are Martin who is Swiss origin and Sofia who is Costa Rican they have 2 charming children and help from Martha and Ricardo.

If you are looking for somewhere to stay outside of the main town then stay here or at Cabinasa Mambo/Jardin Tropicale run by Arleen who will take you dancing if you're lucky!

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Property: Cabinas Iguana
Address: Apdo. 1049 | Playa Negra, Cahuita, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Cahuita
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Ranked #11 of 45 Speciality Lodging in Cahuita
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Number of rooms: 2
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