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PLAYA ESCONDIDA LODGE - ECO REFUGE Dominical, Province of Puntarenas, Costa Rica

USD 86

PROPERTY Description

Amazing views and privacy in a rustic bungalow surrounded by jungle and wildlife only a flight of steps to a hidden cove beach.

Come and experience the Magic at our small Ecological refuge, where the jungle meets the ocean.

The Space
The Lodge is 1 comfortable Oceanfront Rustic Bungalow that can accommodate a max of 4 guests. It's all about blending with nature, built with native woods in a tropical minimalistic style and with an outdoor shower. The parking area is in the open too and a natural path of bamboo steps leads to the bungalow's entrance. Another flight of steps takes you to the beach in front. It includes a fully equipped kitchenette and fridge. 3G wi-fi internet.

Guest Access:
the Lodge property spread over 2 acres beachfront surrounded by jungle and 2 small creeks.
the parking is in the open air and entrance has a locked gate.

The Neighborhood (The Costa Ballena, Uvita and Dominical):

Located just an hour south of the popular beach town of Manuel Antonio, the Costa Ballena, or Whale Coast, is slowly becoming famous for its pristine beaches and rolling green mountains that teem with wildlife.

A surfer’s escape, Dominical is a laid-back beach town where you can roll out of bed, walk to the beach, and not return until well into the night. With a number of affordable accommodations, eclectic eats, and a busy night life, Dominical attracts backpackers, surfers, and yogis alike. But no matter what you fancy, during the day everyone ends up at the beach. Along a sandy palm-tree lined avenue, dozens of merchants sell souvenirs, and restaurants serve up quick bites alongside cold drinks. Stay for the sunset and you too will fall in love with this small town’s charm.

Marked by a small hub of banks, restaurants, grocery stores, and offices near the main highway, Uvita is a town that offers much more than convenient commerce. Take one of the many dirt roads into the mountains and you will discover hidden homes and neighborhoods neatly tucked into the rainforest. From here, you will have breathtaking views of the famous whale tail, a giant sandbar shaped just like that of a whale fin. On the coastal side, a charming Tico neighborhood named Bahía Ballena abuts some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, and one of the only marine national parks in Costa Rica, Marino Ballena. A stop here will surely give a glimpse into real Tico life and show you why Costa Ricans are some of the happiest people on earth.

Getting Around:
Local bus runs by 4 times a day each directions to/from Uvita. Parking is included onsite. Shuttle bus available from San Jose' Airport if needed at additional charge.

National Whale Marine Park:
One of the only marine parks in the country, Marino Ballena National Park, offers plenty to do for beachgoers. There are several beautiful beaches where you can find your own piece of paradise, all backed by tall palm trees or shrubby beach almonds. Picnicking is commonplace here and you’ll see plenty of families set up with hammocks and grills. The real draw at Marino Ballena though is Punta Uvita, commonly called the whale tail. This naturally occurring sandbar is shaped just like a whale’s tail. At low tide, you can walk its length and explore the rocks and tide pools near the tip. The uneven rocks can be tricky, but the view of the majestic cloud-encased mountains makes it all worthwhile.

Whale Watching:
The Costa Ballena is named for whales and it’s not just because of the tail-shaped sandbar. Several different whale species can be spotted off the coast during certain times of the year, including false killer, Bryde’s, pilot, and humpback whales. Humpbacks are especially common since they use the area’s temperate waters as a seasonal breeding ground and to rear young. There are two separate humpback migrations, each over several months, which ensures that it is whale season almost year-round. Boat tours will get you up close and personal with these gentle giants and usually leave from the beaches of Uvita.

With the biggest waves in the area, Dominical naturally draws the most surfers. But there are some lesser known beaches along the Costa Ballena worth noting as well. Playa Hermosa, just north of Uvita, offers consistent waves for the beginner to intermediate surfer, especially when high swells at Dominical are a little too intimidating. Look for the best break right in front of the new lifeguard stand. For beginners, Uvita’s Playa Colonia is a perfect place to start. Since offshore rock formations tend to ease the swell, this beach inside Marino Ballena National Park offers much more manageable waves for the novice. There are plenty of surf schools in the area if you’re looking to pick up a board.

The Waterfalls: 
The lush hills of the Costa Ballena are home to many stunning waterfalls but probably the most famous lies just a half hour into the mountains. The Nauyaca waterfalls is one of Costa Rica’s most impressive cascades with two sets of falls measuring a combined 200 feet tall. The lower falls have a large pool where you can swim and jump into the cool water from the rocks. The upper falls have an impressive 140 foot cliff and are the perfect place to picnic. Most people access the Nauyaca by horseback on a tour, but you can also hike to the falls on your own.



ID Season Daily Weekly Monthly
1 Mid Season (Jun -Sept) USD 100 USD 550 USD 1300
2 High Season (Dec-April) USD 115 USD 595 USD 1550
3 Low Season (Oct-Nov) + May USD 86 USD 485 USD 1100

PROPERTY Amenities

  • Pets
  • Internet
  • Freezer
  • Toaster
  • Gas Stove
  • Pots & Pans
  • Refrigerator
  • RingStoves
  • Transportation
  • Outdoor Shower


  • Location Type : Beach, Fishing, Mountain,
  • Bed Rooms : 1 Bedroom
  • Bathrooms : 1 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom Description : Bath With Shower,Toilet
  • Suitability : Child Friendly, Not Suitable, Parking Available
  • Attribute : Waterfront, Beachfront, Near Beach, Swimming Beach, Shopping Center, National Park, Boating Area, Biking, Famous Place, Forests, Bird Watching
  • Decoration : Very Well Decorated Property
  • Disable Facilities : Not Suitable
  • Transportation : Local City Transportation
  • Beddings : 1 Double Bed, 1 Queen Bed, 2 Single Bed
  • Nearby Attraction / Facility : AirPort : Near By, Beach : Near By, Bus : Local City Transportation, Restaurant : Near By
  • Outside Attributes : Garden, Parking On Street, Veranda, Walkway To Water
  • Child Friendly : Yes
  • Child Friendly Description : Child Friendly


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Located "where the Jungle meets the Ocean" Playa Escondida Lodge is part of a 60 Acres Reserve and wildlife Sanctuary on one of the most beautiful spots of Costa Rica.


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