Cahuita itself is an interesting and relaxed sort of place, where north-american ex-hippies play cards with locals and there is a faint smell of cannabis every now and then. Locals are friendly and welcoming and there isn't the slight edge of menace you might find in Limon or Puerto Viejo. The Atlantida Lodge is about 400 meters from the town and is just the other side of the road from the beach. We stayed in a 'superior' room and were pretty happy with it, very spacious and clean, beds comfortable. No A/C but the nights were unseasonably cool, so not needed. If you are easily disturbed at night avoid rooms 13 & 14 as the howler monkeys drop half-eaten fruit on the tin rooves with a deafening crash. This happens during the night as well, not sure if this was monkeys or just falling fruit. May not happen all year round. The pool is large and clean, a few missing tiles but nothing drastic. It was a touch chilly while we were there due to the shade of the trees around. However there are howler monkeys in the trees and they are great fun to watch. There is a poolside bar and a restaurant area with tables although while we were there the food service was in another area nearer the reception. Breakfast was not included in our room rate but was about $6 per head which is about the same as any of the other places down town and was pretty good quality. Had an evening meal in the restaurant and plates seemed to be between $8-$16 dollars and the quality was good. There is ample parking and security at night. Reception staff are very laid back and friendly. The general atmosphere is Caribbean rustic, certainly not luxurious, but that was fine. Enjoyed our stay and felt it was good value for money, paid $70 per night for the 'superior' room. I would happily go again (but would pick rooms 11 & 12 if possible - less noisy at night!)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Location: Located right next to the soccer field, in front of Playa Negra Cahuita and a few steps from the beach, and only 20 miles km south from Puerto Limon. Description: Perfect place to capture the atmosphere of peaceful that exists in the Costa Rican Caribbean. The Reception, Swimming Pool, The Brown Pelican Restaurant and Gardens are a "Tropical Adventure Center" where the forest over 30 years around the hotel, will immediately captures you. It features Massage room, restaurant for 70 people, Pizza oven, Kukula Bar with musical activities all months, Private Parking lot, Bike rent, wide pool and Frogs observation center among other things. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Atlantida Hotel Cahuita