Banana Azul is a rustic little hotel on a beautiful black sand beach surrounded by jungle. a fellow guest in Manuel Antonio recommended this place last year and I'm so glad we took him up on it. on the first night, the owners Colin and Roberto introduced themselves and had dinner with us. They were so warm and welcoming. the rooms are simple and clean and very open-air. You sleep to the sounds of the ocean and jungle, it can't get any better. They have a restaurant/bar in the lobby and serve very good meals for very little money( ps the bartender makes an awesome mojito). If you're looking for American style luxury, you're in the wrong town. Puerto Viejo is a bohemian surfing village that requires ripped shorts and no shirt but is totally relaxing and laid back. you wouldn't want a Four Seasons there, it wouldn't make sense. the drive from SJO took about 5 hours because the roads are gravel and filled with pot holes, plus you get stuck behind the hundreds of truckers when going through Limon. I loved the drive though, very scenic. I cant wait to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Banana Azul hotel is a small and simple hotel north of town on Playa Negra. The small boutique hotel has been created with care using local products and a philosophy that emphasizes relaxation. We cater to adults, 16 years and over. Blooming gardens adorn the property, as does several freely-hanging hammocks, providing the perfect spot for afternoon napping or leisurely reading. A meandering pond inhabited by fish and turtles flows through portions of the property adding a lighter element to the ongoing natural soundtrack of waves crashing against the shoreline. The hotel consists of fourteen beautiful guest rooms with private baths, fans, and free wireless internet. Most rooms are on the second floor of the main building, and open onto a large veranda with sweeping ocean views and of the garden. Banana Azul offers its guests a quaint restaurant that serves a complimentary filling breakfast, variety of lunch options and refreshing drinks throughout the day and a relaxing three entre dinner option in a romantic atmosphere at night. Gecko Trail Adventures tour company is on site to assist with tours and transportation needs and can assist with a variety of package options including visits to the Arenal Volcano, canopy tours, snorkeling trips, and even rafting excursions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Banana Azul Hotel
- Banana Azul Puerto Viejo
- Hotel Banana Azul Costa Rica/Limon