The Best Eco Lodges in Costa Rica That You Can Actually Afford

Immerse yourself in nature in Costa Rica
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5 November 2020

Costa Rica has a growing number of eco lodges where you can immerse yourself in nature with a clear conscience. These affordable eco lodges have action-driven responsibilities to the environment, with construction and operational methods that minimize any negative impacts and carbon footprint. One of the beauties of an eco lodge vacation is the setting. There are eco lodges located in the mountains, valleys and volcanic regions, alongside national parks, beach fronts, and even treetops in Costa Rica.

Finca Luna Nueva

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Finca Luna Nueva is an eco lodge that not only offers guests the opportunity to unwind and reconnect with nature, but the chance to participate and learn about sustainable and conservation practices and efforts. This rainforest eco lodge is made up of several family-sized and individual bungalows, a small one bedroom house that was constructed from red clay found on the farm, and two larger houses where individual rooms can be booked. Healthy, delicious, and organic meals are served three times a day directly from the Demeter-certified biodynamic farm. Yoga and incredible spa services are also offered here.
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Monteverde Lodge and Gardens

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Monteverde Lodge and Gardens has received multiple awards and recognitions, such as being featured as part of National Geographic’s Tours of a Lifetime and Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence. This cozy lodge is in the midst of one of Costa Rica’s famous cloud forests. While the food, accommodation, and service is impeccable, one of the highlights of staying here is taking a nature tour with one of two expert local naturalists, who have dedicated their lives to studying this particular area. This is a unique chance to see the hidden side of Monteverde.
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Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge

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Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge makes a relentless effort to uphold the highest standards and practices of running environmentally and sustainable eco lodges. There is an on-site organic herb garden and restaurant that has an extensive and quite delectable menu for all three meals. Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge does a great job of blending eco-friendly with luxury. Some bungalows and rooms even have a Jacuzzi and an ecological chimney. Guests can watch the clouds roll through from the comfort of their beds, patios, or Jacuzzis.
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Olas Verdes

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Looking for boutique eco lodges? Olas Verdes is mere steps away from Playa Guiones. Olas Verdes, along with the community, has worked tirelessly to completely restore this part of Costa Rica after it had been cut down for farming purposes. This is a place where guests can come and truly admire and enjoy the beach and forest surroundings. Olas Verdes is the perfect place to stay if you are interested in surfing, nature tours, yoga, horseback riding, or even volunteering.
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Lapa Rios

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Lapa Rios is a luxurious eco lodge that shares its space with macaws, sloths, toucans, and monkeys. There are 17 bungalows that inspire relaxation and rejuvenation. Lapa Rios is part of National Geographic’s list of Unique Lodges of the World. It has also received and maintained the certificate for sustainable tourism. Lapa Rios offers a great selection of tours and hikes with expert guides and naturalists so that you can really experience the vast wonders of the Osa Peninsula during your stay.
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Danta Corcovado Lodge

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Explorers with a passion for sustainability and tribal culture are in for a treat at Danta Corcovado Lodge, a family-run retreat in the rainforested thick of Corcovado National Park. Here, on the Pacific-whipped Osa Peninsula, the goal is to reboot fatigued urban souls with a gentle programme of mangrove kayaking, forest walks in the footsteps of jaguars, and encounters with the Ngäbe people, resplendent in rainbow-coloured attire. The rooms and bungalows mirror their jungly environs: teak floors, bamboo struts and furnishings of lashed-together branches – and the patter of squirrel monkeys on the roof for your wake-up call.
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La Leona Eco Lodge

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Thrashing surf, sun-silvered palms, sultry bottle-green foliage… Whichever room you take at La Leona Eco-Lodge, you are assured a mesmeric backdrop while slouching in your Adirondack porch chair, slurping another high-octane margarita. Caught between Costa Rica’s bio-diverse Corcovado National Park and the Pacific, this is a family-run place of meditative peace, with tent-like cabins of chunky timber furniture and only candles to read by. During the day, ride horseback along the dark sands; at night, watch turtles hatch on the shore or join a guided nature walk among trees screeching with macaws.
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Hotel Villas Gaia

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On the snaking Costanera Sur Highway a little south of Uvita, the 14 wooden casitas (cottages) of Hotel Villas Gaia make for easy living. Simplicity is the luxury here. The decor is pale and airy under angular ceilings; your fan-cooled balcony made for indolence. The temptation is to idle in its refreshingly cool pool shallows, moving only for generous meals of pork or curried fish. Yet there’s much to experience beyond, be it glimpsing dolphins in the waters off nearby Playa Tortuga, or rambling in rainforest. Just be back in time for the high point (both senses): a Mai Tai, perhaps, at the lofty Rancho bar, as the sun sinks red over the Pacific.
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Rancho Margot

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Part resort, part regenerative nature project, Rancho Margot cocoons its guests in an off-grid Eden of tranquil natural pools and rustic-luxe bungalows of high-raftered ceilings, along with a bunkhouse for bargain-seekers. The property is set discreetly beside a rushing river that pours into the mirror-still waters of Lake Arenal, in Costa Rica’s northern highlands. Best of all, it has an organic farm, which means homemade soaps, super-fresh veggies and meat with every meal, and the opportunity to muck in and milk the cows – should the joy of twice-daily yoga, forest ziplining and bathing in the spring-fed swimming pool grow too routine.
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Additional reporting by Nick Redman.

These recommendations were updated on November 5, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.