My husband and I spent our first three nights of honeymoon at Shawandha Lodge, and it couldn't have been a better introduction to the country.
The bungalows are fairly primitive (with only mosquito netting for windows and warmish water in the shower), but if you want a real rainforest experience without actually camping outdoors, they're absolutely perfect. Word of warning though, don't expect to get any sleep. From the torrential rain to the howling monkeys, it's far from quiet. Nothing a pair of earplugs can't handle :)
The French owner lives on site, and goes out of her way to get to know all her guests. This made the whole experience feel a lot more personal.
The restaurant serves a delicious complimentary breakfast of fresh fruit, juice, toast and eggs, and for dinner, they offer a traditional French menu.
It's a short walk to the beach, which is one of the main highlights of the area, and a much longer walk to the main town. In our opinion, it wasn't worth the trek. If you want to learn a thing or two during your stay, we really enjoyed visiting the Jaguar Reserve Centre and Caribbeans coffee shop (which offers daily cocoa plantation tours).
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Shawandha Puerto Viejo
- Hotel Shawandha Lodge Costa Rica/Limon