Puerto Limon primarily offers budget accommodations, many of a questionable standard. Many such hotels are not the cleanest, and security may be an issue. Rooms of different quality may be offered at the same price. Before checking in, ask to see the room (some of the cheaper places can get pretty bad) and don't be shy about asking for a better one. Playa Bonita and Cahuita have a better selection of accommodations and are close enough for quick trips to Puerto Limon by bus or car.
Many of the accommodations outside of the cities are geared to the ecotourist, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're rustic. Accommodations range from safari-style tent camps to nature lodges in the forest to tropical beach resorts that provide sportfishing and other marine activities.
Many are small-scale operations with fewer than 40 units, concentrated around Tortuguero National Park. They're more compatible with the local environment than large-scale resorts and provide a more intimate and meaningful experience for travelers.
We recommend using tour operators and hotels that actively support conservation efforts: Look for the CST icon, which indicates the Certificate of Sustainable Tourism. This will help protect the local ecology and promote sensible development.
The Barra del Colorado area has dedicated sportfishing lodges. Cahuita and Puerto Viejo also offer a spa and yoga retreat, plus a few charming upscale boutique hotels for the connoisseur of fine decor and dining.
Accommodations can be difficult to get December-March, especially at Christmas and Easter, so book well in advance.
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