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La Cusinga Lodge

3-star lodge with outdoor pool, near Marino Ballena National Park

  • Free full breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking
From
S$299

Restrictions related to your trip

  • This property can only accept bookings for essential travel or stays. You may be asked to provide evidence of this on arrival. For more information, check local advisories before you book.

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Km166 Costarena Sur, Ballena, 60504, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
9.2.Superb.
  • The location is fantastic. The room we stayed in needs some TLC - the bathroom sink…

    Dec 31, 2019

  • Great property. Loved the hikes to the beach. The view is awesome.

    Aug 30, 2019

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Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
  • Free WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Non-smoking

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • 10 smoke-free guestrooms
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Near the beach
  • Restaurant
  • Outdoor pool
  • Terrace

Feel at home

  • Private bathroom
  • Free toiletries
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Free self parking

What’s around

  • Marino Ballena National Park - 6 min walk
  • Uvita Beach - 15 min walk
  • Playa Ballena - 1 min walk
  • Arco Beach - 3 min walk
  • Playa Colonia - 15 min walk
  • Pinuela Beach - 2.8 mi / 4.5 km

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Enter dates for 2 guests

Guests
  • ILAN Superior Room, 2 Double Beds, Ocean View
  • PALOMA Superior Room, 2 Double Beds, Ocean View
  • GEMELA 1 Superior Double Room, 2 Double Beds, Ocean View
  • GEMELA 2 Superior Double Room, 2 Double Beds, Ocean View
  • Tinamu Deluxe Room
  • Manu Deluxe Room Ocean View
  • Trogon Deluxe Room Ensuite Ocean View

Location

Km166 Costarena Sur, Ballena, 60504, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
  • Marino Ballena National Park - 6 min walk
  • Uvita Beach - 15 min walk
  • Playa Ballena - 1 min walk

What’s around

Landmarks

  • Marino Ballena National Park - 6 min walk
  • Uvita Beach - 15 min walk
  • Playa Ballena - 1 min walk
  • Arco Beach - 3 min walk
  • Playa Colonia - 15 min walk
  • Pinuela Beach - 2.8 mi / 4.5 km
  • Tortuga Beach - 5.8 mi / 9.3 km
  • Punta Uvita - 3.5 mi / 5.6 km
  • Catarata uvita - 4.1 mi / 6.6 km
  • Playa Hermosa - 4.5 mi / 7.3 km
  • Ventanas Beach - 4.7 mi / 7.6 km

Getting around

  • Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport (SJO) - 68.2 miles/109.7 km
  • Drake Bay (DRK) - 29.2 miles/47 km

At a glance

Size

  • 10 cabins

Arriving/leaving

  • Check-in time 2 PM-6 PM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.
  • This property can only accept bookings for essential travel or stays. You may be asked to provide evidence of this on arrival. For more information, check local advisories before you book.

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 6 AM - 6 PM. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. This property can only accept bookings for essential travel or stays. You may be asked to provide evidence of this on arrival. For more information, check local advisories before you book.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Children

  • No cribs (infant beds)

Pets

  • No pets or service animals allowed

Internet

  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms

Parking

  • Free onsite self parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
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The manager

Speaks: English, Spanish

At the property

Food and drink

  • Free full breakfast daily
  • Restaurant

Things to do

  • Outdoor pool
  • Horse riding/rental on site
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby

Services

  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Wedding services

Facilities

  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

In the cabin

Home comforts

  • Ceiling fan

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi

More

  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features

Dining

The Gecko - This restaurant specializes in regional cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Small print

Also known as

  • Cusinga Lodge Ballena
  • Cusinga Lodge
  • Cusinga Ballena
  • La Cusinga Lodge Lodge
  • La Cusinga Lodge Ballena
  • La Cusinga Lodge Lodge Ballena

Policies

This property does not have elevators.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit on site.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F; the property is cleaned and disinfected with electrostatic spray.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; masks are required in public areas; reservations are required for some onsite facilities.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

This property accepts credit cards and cash.

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs

  • This property can only accept bookings for essential travel or stays. You may be asked to provide evidence of this on arrival. For more information, check local advisories before you book.
  • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and gives staff personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Yes, there's free self parking.
  • Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
  • Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
  • You can check in from 2 PM - 6 PM. Check-out time is 11 AM.
  • Yes, The Gecko offers regional cuisine. Nearby restaurants include The Aracari Restaurant (6-min walk), Marino Ballena Bar and Restaurant (2.6 mi), and The Dome Drive Thru (2.8 mi).
  • Have fun during the warmer months with activities such as horseback riding. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool or use the lodge's other amenities, which include a picnic area and a garden.
9.2.Superb.
  • 4.0.Fair

    The room was not what was advertised (poor setup, thin walls, poor light, roof fan barely pushed air). The breakfast is served at 7 although it is posted that it is at 6 and when I called previous to my stay they told me the same.

    1 night trip with friends, Aug 3, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    The beach was amazing! The cabins are very private and comfortable. There are monkeys and toucans on site. The staff was fantastic. So friendly! We got a flat tire and they pointed it out to us and immediately changed it for us...in the dark! Exceptional service! Highly recommended! We will be back!

    2 night trip with friends, Apr 5, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    La Cusinga offers beautiful hikes through the rain forest, spectacular Arco Beach, howler monkeys and other wildlife, good and reasonably priced food, and spectacular ocean and sunset views. The only negatives I can think of for guests would be there is no pool, and staying here requires being able to walk reasonable distances over occasionally bumpy trails. For us, this made it more interesting. Overall a beautiful property and wonderful experience.

    1 night romance trip, Mar 19, 2019

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Lovely stay at La Cusinga Lodge

    The hotel and lodges were beautiful and we very much enjoyed the “private pool” and beach as well as the great surroundings. The service was great and we were always received with smiles and good service for all inquiries. The only small comments we could have for improvement would be; - Complimentary tea and coffee would be great - The coffee at the morning breakfast table was cold - More tanning-areas for enjoying the sun would be great Thanks for a super stay!

    1 night romance trip, Nov 14, 2018

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Nice feel of nature and solitude. Unique experience.

    4 night trip, Oct 6, 2018

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Trip of a lifetime!

    Just returned from a 9 day family trip to Costa Rica, 7 nights of which we stayed at La Cusinga Lodge in Uvita. Can't begin to describe how perfect our experience was. The grounds are absolutely breathtaking, and you really never need to leave property to experience an authentic Costa Rican rainforest. The cabinas have amazing views, and are kept immaculate. The natural swimming pool (La Poza) is so unique, and beats a traditional resort pool any day. The food at Aracari Restaurant (on site) is exquisite. The most memorable part of our stay, though, was the people... the staff is exceptional and really goes above and beyond to make sure each guest's stay is top-notch. The office staff were a huge help (from check in to helping us book multiple excursions throughout our stay), the servers at Aracari were as friendly as possible (our son quickly made friends with our main server for the week), and everyone you encounter from security to maintenance all have a smile on their face and are ready to offer assistance in any way they can. Thank you, La Cusinga, for making our 20-year-in-the-making trip everything we hoped it would be!

    Ariel, 7 night family trip, Jul 4, 2018

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Uvita with a view

    Fantastic location (on the right side of the road): incredible view of the ocean, in the middle of the rainforest with a 20 minute walk to the beach and a ten minute walk to a fresh water “pool”. Very friendly and a good restaurant as well. Only negative: the bed a bit small for two. But highly recommended

    Bengt, 1 night trip, Feb 7, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Fantastisk utsikt och vacker natur

    Fantastisk natur och utsikt. Ett par trevliga vandringsleder som utgår från hotellet där man kan se en del olika djurarter som apor, olika sorters fåglar m.m. Fantastisk strand som nås genom 15 min promenad genom djungeln. Negativt är att det är mycket småkryp på rummet och det saknas myggnät.

    Helen, 4 night romance trip, May 4, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Alles war absolut toll und stimmig, man kann viele Tiere sehen!

    Tina, 4 night family trip, Apr 24, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Un must durant nos vacances au Costa Rica

    Playa magnifico Service impeccable Mirador génial Piscine dans la cascada...besoin d’enlever feuilles plus souvent ou y laisser une puise pour qu’on le fasse. Moi j’ai adoré et mon mari n’a pas voulu y mettre le gros orteil!!! Pourtant il s’est baigné à la cascada El pavon. Petit frigo aurait été apprécié... Restaurant délicieux Prix assez élevé Centre de yoga fabuleux!

    Nancy, 2 night romance trip, Mar 6, 2019

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