This was one of several forest lodges visited during a two week group tour of Costa Rica and this review is in that context; you don't go to such places looking for 5* luxury. By definition this is a damp place so while rooms are comfortable and spacious if a bit dark, within a rustic setting, it's not easy to dry clothes and sleeping may be disturbed by passing nocturnal visitors eg bats dropping fruit etc on the roof. We occupied Room 1 with only a cold shower at the time. Meals and a self service honesty bar were hosted by very friendly and helpful volunteer staff and the grounds and surrounding country afforded a wealth of wildlife - notably birds, frogs and flora. We enjoyed an optional mangrove boat tour but the boats used were not identical and with a half roof and fibre glass bench seats ours was not the most comfortable - but I wouldn't have missed the experience which is of special interest to birders. The efforts being made for conservation here deserve the support of those genuinely interested in this country and it's environment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Esquinas Lodge in southern Costa Rica, only 3 miles off the Interamerican Highway and 30 minutes from Golfito airport, is part of a model project combining conservation, ecotourism, research, reforestation and community aid. The lodge is 100% carbon-neutral and has 16 rooms, a restaurant, a bar and a pool. The 35-acre private reserve, surrounded by 2500 acres of untouched rainforest, attracts many mammals and over 200 species of birds. Activities include hiking, horseback riding, birdwatching, and boat and kayak tours in nearby Golfo Dulce. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Esquinas Rainforest Hotel Golfito
- Esquinas Rainforest Lodge Costa Rica/Golfito