A few years ago I went to Costa Rica to visit a friend, and we spent 5 days on the Caribbean side, almost down at the border with Panama, in a sweet little cabin tucked into the rainforest. Korrigan Lodge is located near Punta Uva, just 20 minutes south of the hippy tourist town of Puerto Viejo.
The feel: This collection of a half dozen cabins, connected by pathways that weave throughout the forest and gardens, is a sweet, quiet get-away just across the street from the path to a lovely, quiet beach. Run by a French couple, it includes a pretty delightful breakfast with fresh fruits, eggs, pancakes, etc. The cabins are very nicely done inside, and each has it’s own private bathroom, as well as mosquito nets over the bed just in case.
The deal: For around $80/night (in the low season), the Korrigan Lodge is an affordable and comfortable accommodation in a beautiful location where you get both the rainforest feel and an easily accessible beach. Plus, delicious breakfast is included!
The less-than-ideal: Punta Uva is 17 miles south of Puerto Viejo, and only had one or two restaurants that were pretty pricey and limited. We did not have a car, but luckily we managed just fine thanks to the local bus and the bikes available at the lodge, so we could go eat dinner in Puerto Viejo where there are plenty of restaurant options.
The surprise: The rain and the bugs. So it rained every day we were there, which meant we were extra happy to have our delightful cabin with a covered porch to hang out on. The bugs, however, were something else entirely. Calling them “bugs” doesn’t even really do them justice. I’ve never seen such GIANT bugs, so that was fun! Needless to say, I was delighted with the mosquito nets…