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Reviewed 11 June 2013

Cabinas Iguana are situated a 15 minutes walk away from Cahuitas "center" in a very quiet (except for some howler monkeys...) neighbourhood. The cabinas and the centrally placed pool look as if they were built into the jungle. From the doorstep of your cabina you can see (if you keep your eyes open and are a bit lucky) poison-dart frogs, agoutis, iguanas, striped basiliscs, sloths, howler monkeys, just to name a few. Staff and owners are very helpful and easy-going. We stayed two times already (2010 and 2012) and will be happy if ever we'll be able to stay at Cabinas Iguana a third time. A good place for nature lovers who still want to relax a bit during their vacation, not exactly a place for people who get the shudders with every toad or lizard they see ;-)

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 April 2013 via mobile

Agoutis and turquoise dart frogs in the garden. A very clean and nice pool. Lovely staff. Shared bathroom are worth the value. Also a bit calmer than staying in town but just a 15 min walk in to the restaurants. A great place to stay while in cauhita!

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Reviewed 23 March 2013

Very nice and clean cabinas surrounded by palmtrees. The pool is great. We saw there a lot of animals, monkeys crossing the garden, really great. It is just a few minutes from the nice beach. Restaurants and Bars are nearby. The owner is very helpful and friendly. We surly will come back.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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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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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!

Room Tip: Large families, or groups need the Cabina #1
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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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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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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Address: Apdo. 1049 | Playa Negra, Cahuita, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Cahuita
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Ranked #12 of 42 Speciality Lodging in Cahuita
Price Range: £45 - £68 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
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