My wife and I decided on a trip to Costa Rica for our honeymoon, and we did exhaustive research before choosing Shawandha Lodge. At first, we thought we would spend a few nights here and there and try to see different regions while we were in CR, but in the end we chose to go to one peaceful place and just chill. We were soooooo glad to find that we made the right call in choosing Shawandha.
First of all, the region is exactly what we were looking for - an eclectic mix of people from every imaginable walk of life in an idyllic, unbelievably beautiful area. There are locals, expats from all over the world, surfers, travelers, ticos and ticas, bri bri, rastas ... you name it, and everyone's super friendly and the vibe is awesome. It feels very welcoming, but completely authentic, too, the antithesis of a packaged, resort-y type of place.
Secondly, Maho and her staff at Shawandha are as warm and hospitable as they could possibly be. I cannot say enough good things about them! Junior, Maria, Caleb, RJ ... everyone treated us like family and made sure we felt welcome the whole time we were there.
The food is also excellent. Beautiful, delicious fresh fruit for breakfast every day with coffee and eggs is a lovely way to start the day. The dinners were tremendous, too. The Bali-style open-air dining area is a real highlight of Shawandha. SUCH a cool place.
And that leads me to the cabins. If you are looking for comfort integrated with the natural surroundings, they've got it figured out. The only thing I can say is "just right." I wouldn't change a thing about the facilities.
Lastly, the beaches and rainforests in the area are unbelievable. You will see tons of wildlife including sloths, toucans, monkeys, and more. You will hear the frogs and ocean waves at night, and the birds and monkeys during the day. There is plenty to do in the area if you want to keep moving, but there are endless spots to chillax and do nothing, too.
Overall, we give Shawandha Lodge and the entire area between Cahuita and Manzanillo one very enthusiastic thumbs up. Can't wait to go back again some day!!
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Shawandha Puerto Viejo
- Hotel Shawandha Lodge Costa Rica/Limon