This will be both a review and a sort of elegy.
I had always wanted to stay in an ecolodge in the middle of a rainforest, but it was outside my means. La Choza really filled that need. Reasonably priced, and backing on the mangroves so that the birding is excellent--I saw scarlet macaws, red lored parrots, hummingbirds, flycatchers, cranes, toucans, and many more, as well as many white-faced monkeys--La Choza is also just a 10 or 15 minute walk from town. The rooms are just okay, but that's not what I went there for, and the air conditioning was welcome! Although I did go on some outings, I could have happily spent my whole week strolling the grounds observing the birds and animals. The town is quite small, with mostly unpaved roads; if you're looking for a place with great nightlife or many restaurants to choose from, this isn't the place--but for closeness to nature, birds, and other wildlife, it can't be beat. It was really one of the best vacations of my life.
Now for the elegy part. The owner says that he is planning to develop the property into something much more upscale, with time-shares, hotel, etc., and, depending on various contingencies, construction could start as soon as this June. He also said that currently the website is programmed to state that the place is booked through the end of the season in April, but you might have better luck if you call the hotel directly. If it takes longer to get development started, it's possible there may be one more season left next year (the owner promises updates on the website as the plans progress), but otherwise this is the last of La Choza's current incarnation. If this is the kind of vacation you've wanted, get it while you can!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At "La Chosa del Manglar" (or "The Mangrove Hut" if you prefer the English version) you are GUARANTEED to see WILDLIFE. How certain are we? Well, have you ever sat in a Tropical Lounge and seen a Scarlet Macaw, a Monkey or a Kinkajou? You will at "La Chosa". Many guests have said they see more wildlife at "La Chosa del Manglar" than at any other location during their Costa Rica vacation. We just reopened in February of 2014 after being closed for the best part of the last five years. We built some new rooms during that time which we are sure will now offer our guests greater variety and comfort while visiting La Chosa. Come and stay with us, whether for just a few days or a few weeks. We are only a five minute walk to downtown Puerto Jimenez and only 300 meters from one of the nicest beaches here. Gentle waves will lull you on our beautiful chocolate sand beaches, cavorting Scarlet Macaws (Lapas) will fly and play throughout the gardens of "La Chosa". This is truly a birders paradise. You don't even have to leave your room or cabin to see these impressive Macaws and the many other varieties of exotic birds that visit here. Don't forget to spend some time in the lounge, decorated with beautiful hand painted murals that showcase the "Intimate & World Famous" Monkey Bar. The bar is yours to work as you please during your visit. It has been converted to a communal bar. We offer WIFI so bring your laptops, smartphones or tablets if you want or need to hook up. La Chosa now offers a funky beach hut on 13 acres with 150 meters of beach frontage with secluded sun bathing areas; a beautiful 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom tropical home in Puerto Jimenez & finally a secluded "Mountain Cabin" in the interior of the OSA overlooking Corcovado National Park for the truly adventurous. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Chosa Del Manglar Costa Rica/Puerto Jimenez