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Puerto Viejo is not ‘just’ Puerto Viejo. The region commonly known as Puerto Viejo is actually made up of 6 different neighbourhoods, set along a 16 kilometre (10 mile) stretch of coast. Each neighbourhood has its own character but all have beautiful rainforest backed beaches, so the question could be Puerto Viejo: Where to Stay? Which neighbourhood will suit you?

Well, in general, the further away from Puerto Viejo town you are, the more wildlife you will see and the quieter your surroundings will be. That doesn’t mean though that all restaurants are in Puerto Viejo town: far from it. Some wonderful restaurants are scattered along the entire coast.

So, here’s a brief description of each neighbourhood to help you find just which one suits you.

Playa Negra: 1-2 kilometres (0.6 – 1.25 miles)

The Old Barge at Playa Negra

The Old Barge at Playa Negra

Playa Negra is North of Puerto Viejo and famous for its Black Beach. The distance from town will depend where in Playa Negra you choose to stay. Accommodation options include a couple of beach hotels and various vacation rentals, so if you would like to be out of town and enjoy black sand this may be your spot. With only one bar and one restaurant in Playa Negra, be aware that you’ll probably want to go to town some evenings. Taxis are easily arranged. The photos of it on enjoymexico.net/rentals/cabo-san-lucas/villa-turquesa/ are really something to look at, just don’t do that to your self in the middle of your work year.

Puerto Viejo town:

Shop and Dive Operator in Puerto Viejo

Shop and Dive Operator in Puerto Viejo

If you like plenty of nightlife then choose Puerto Viejo town. Most of the bars, music venues and parties happen here. So, with plenty of cheap accommodation options you can easily walk or bike between ‘happenings’ and use your budget to party! Accommodations can be noisy but this won’t matter if you’re out most nights. Of course most of the shops are also in Puerto Viejo town and there’s a large selection of restaurants. The ATM’s and pharmacies are also only in town plus the majority of tour operators .

Cocles: 2 – 4 kilometres from town. (1.25 – 2.5 miles)

Beach Break & The Island at Cocles Beach

Beach Break & The Island at Cocles Beach

If you’re looking for tranquillity but want to be near Puerto Viejo town, Cocles is the place for you.  The distance again depends on where you choose to stay as Cocles stretches along the coast. Playa Cocles is a long beach and Beach Break is a popular surfing spot, whilst the other end of Playa Cocles has pretty natural tide pools to laze in. There are plenty of accommodation options from hotels to lodges to vacation rentals and some seriously good restaurants. The supermarket in Cocles has all the basics, plus imported goods and an extensive selection of wine and spirits so you can stock up without going to town.

Playa Chiquita: 4 – 6 kilometres from town. (2.5 – 3.75 miles)

 

Late afternoon at Playa Chiquita

Late afternoon at Playa Chiquita

Playa Chiquita is like a little world of its own. Full of expats from every corner of the world, if you need your palm reading, want to know what your tarot cards say, do some reiki or take a yoga retreat, this is your place. Accommodation options are various ranging from small hotels to cabinas to vacation rentals. The supermarket El Duende Gourmet has lots of interesting speciality items and there are a few cute cafes and places to eat.

Punta Uva: 6 – 10 kilometres from town. (3.75 – 6.25 miles)

Arrecife Beach at Punta Uva

Arrecife Beach at Punta Uva

The beaches of Punta Uva are famous and justly so — some would even say that they are amongst the most beautiful in Costa Rica. Swimming and snorkelling are sublime here so if you don’t mind being further from town and want to spend most of your time on the beach, this could be your neighbourhood. It is a quiet jungle neighbourhood with few amenities. Accommodations are mainly vacation rentals and Bed & Breakfasts. With only one or two restaurants or cafes, you may need some transport to visit Playa Chiquita and/or Cocles.

Manzanillo: 16 kilometres from town. (10 miles)

Beach to escape to at Manzanillo

Beach to escape to at Manzanillo

If you want to get way off the beaten track Manzanillo is the place for you. It’s a quiet village although at weekends it becomes full of local families enjoying beach barbecues. The beaches at Manzanillo become prettier and wilder the further you go into the wildlife refuge. Accommodation options are mostly vacation rentals or a few cabinas and there’s a couple of simple places to eat.

So there you have it: Puerto Viejo: Where to Stay. You’ll know by now which neighbourhood appeals to you and they all have their charms. See you soon!

Barefoot Luxury Arrecife beach, Geckoes Lodge, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

 

It’s Pejivalles season and all over Costa Rica the air is scented with them as people boil these palm fruits. Whether you know them as Pejivalles or Pejibayes or Peach Palm Fruit, these fruits can be found all over Central and South America and the palm is also famous for the popular heart of palm (delicious in salads).

Pejibayes or Pejivalles or Peach Palm Fruit. Geckoes Lodge, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Pejibayes with skin after harvesting

The fruit hangs in large clusters around the top of a particular palm tree. Read more about it here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bactris_gasipaes

Pejibayes or Pejivalles or Peach Palm Fruit Clusters on Palm tree. Geckoes Lodge, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Pejibayes hanging from a palm

Pejibayes or Pejivalles or Peach Palm Fruit Tree. Geckoes Lodge, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

The tall spiny palms mean that harvesting requires some skill!

Pejibaye skin ranges from yellow through to red and the fruit needs considerable boiling before eating. People usually boil them in their skins for a few hours, peel them, remove the stone and then eat them with mayonnaise or salt and lemon.

Pejibayes or Pejivalles or Peach Palm Fruit with mayonnaise. Geckoes Lodge, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Cooked Pejibayes are often eaten with mayonnaise or sour cream

So what do they taste like? Well, imagine a cross between a chestnut, a cashew nut and a buttery potato and you’re coming close. You can find them on market stalls, supermarkets and the local farmers market and per kilo they cost about 2 US$.

Even though they’re not the most attractive fruit in the world they have their fans and in Costa Rica they even have their own festival, near Cartago. And if you become a fan of pejibaye / pejivalle / peach palm fruits, there are plenty of recipes to experiment with: how about a pejibaye cake, biscuits, tacos, stew, salad, soup or even liqueur for starters?

Pejibaye cake

Pejibaye cake

 

Pejibaye Soup

Pejibaye Soup

People are not the only fans of pejibayes… a highly nutritious source of food for many rainforest animals, Agnes the Agouti at Geckoes Lodge seriously enjoys Palm fruit season and can be seen nibbling on pejibayes all around the garden.

Agnes the Agouti eating Pejibayes or Pejivalles or Peach Palm Fruit at Geckoes Lodge.

Agnes the Agouti eating Pejibayes or Pejivalles or Peach Palm Fruit at Geckoes Lodge.

So give your taste buds a sensation in Pejibaye season and taste these buttery, nutty numbers, although remember you need to cook them well, unlike Agnes the Agouti.

 

 

 

If you love fruit, this is the country for you! Fruit in Costa Rica is everywhere… walk down a street and there will be someone selling piles of sweet smelling pineapples, bananas hanging from trees and mangoes dripping from a branch.

Just a few of the fruits available in Costa Rica

Just a few of the fruits available in Costa Rica

Fruit in Costa Rica is not an addition to the everyday diet but an integral part of it. People grow it in their gardens, pick it from trees on the roadsides, knock coconuts from palms on the beach and eat fruit on a daily basis.

Banana stall on the way to Puerto Viejo

Banana stall on the way to Puerto Viejo

The differing climates of Costa Rica are perfect for growing a huge variety of fruit. The more temperate regions are bursting with apples, strawberries, oranges, plums and peaches. The tropical regions are full of mangoes, guavas, water-apples, water melon, limes, pineapples, star fruit, lychees, papayas, mangosteens and of course the famous banana.

Fruit stall

Fruit stall

Since there are more than 200 varieties of Banana they constitute some of the most common fruit in Costa Rica and along with pineapples are extensively farmed and exported.

Bananas being transported for washing and sorting

Bananas being transported for washing and sorting

Here on the Caribbean coast bananas are not only eaten raw but certain varieties are fried and eaten as plantains alongside rice and beans or added to fish or meat casseroles. But let’s not forget the banana crisps (chips) that are sold everywhere, sometimes seasoned with lime and salt but always a super accompaniment to a cold beer — or a fruity batido.

Fried plantains or 'Patacones'

Fried plantains or ‘Patacones’

Plantain crisps

Plantain crisps

Yes, let’s talk about Batidos, which are fruit shakes made of fresh fruit liquidised with either milk or water. One of my absolute favourites is a lime and ginger batido: fantastically fragrant and refreshing. The variety of batidos available is impressive and can be made from any fruit you can name. And there is so much fruit in Costa Rica that the fruits named here are just the tip of a big fruit-berg!

Fresh lime and ginger batido at the beach

Fresh lime and ginger batido at the beach

With such profusion it is no wonder that fruit in Costa Rica is such an important element in the country’s economy and indeed in the national diet.

Papaya Batido -- delicious with a squeeze of lime

Papaya Batido — delicious with a squeeze of lime

So take a look at the next pineapple or bunch of bananas you buy — it’s pretty likely you’ll be holding fruit from Costa Rica. But to taste it at its absolute best you’ll just have to come here, pick some yourself and sample the cornucopia of fruit in Costa Rica. Pura Vida indeed!

Fruit at the Saturday market in Puerto Viejo

Fruit at the Saturday market in Puerto Viejo

 

Arrecife Beach -- spot Tom and our dogs, Fred & Charlie.

Arrecife Beach — spot Tom and our dogs, Fred & Charlie.

In the Top 10 Beaches of Costa Rica, Arrecife Beach is well up the list. Arrecife beach has it all: soft golden sand, leaning palm trees to drink your mojito under, crystal clear water, an incredible view of the bay, safe swimming and last, but by no means least, a pretty reef offshore to snorkel.

How about a lunch of Fish Tacos under this palm?

How about a lunch of Fish Tacos under this palm?

It is one of my favourites and it has some really stiff competition in this area as there are more than a handful of stunningly beautiful beaches. After all, Punta Uva, the beach on the other side of the point has been named as one of the top 10 beaches in the world! Although internationally Arrecife and Punta Uva beaches are put together and named simply Punta Uva, locally they are known by their individual names. That’s because they are very different. Both are drop dead gorgeous but with their own characteristics and atmosphere.

Gorgeous Arrecife beach.

Gorgeous Arrecife beach.

Arrecife is the beach we all dream off when sitting behind the computer on a rainy day. It is  the picture postcard beach — you know what I mean — one of those beaches that when you see a photo of it you are almost convinced that it’s been photo-shopped.

A mojito delivered to your hammock: Barefoot Luxury!

A mojito delivered
to your hammock: Barefoot Luxury!

But Arrecife doesn’t need any enhancement at all… this is a photo I took and it looks exactly like this, although when you’re sitting there or lying in the warm ocean, it feels a lot better!

So tomorrow I’m off to Arrecife, to drink a mojito or a beer underneath one of those palms, lie back in the sea and stay there until the ocean turns silver.

Family fishing at Arrecife beach

Family fishing at Arrecife beach

September is almost here and September weather on this coast is Beach Time! It doesn’t get any better. So if you’re around in September (or October for that matter) head to Arrecife beach and put yourself on one of the Top 10 beaches of Costa Rica … and maybe one of the Top 10 beaches of the world: Pura Vida!

Saturday afternoon at Arrecife beach

Saturday afternoon at Arrecife beach

Chocolate…. Food of the Gods…. and me 🙂
One of the many fun Things to Do in Puerto Viejo is a Chocolate Tour and Caribeans or Chocorart Chocolate tours are not only fascinating but delicious!

The Cacao forest on Chocorart Chocolate Tour

The Cacao forest on Chocorart Chocolate Tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This area was previously well known as a cacao growing region, but after a blight wiped out many plantations the making of chocolate went into decline. But happily, (for all us chocoholics) in recent years there has been a resurgence of cacao farmers in the Puerto Viejo area. So now there are now several highly skilled chocolate makers and chocolatiers.

Chocorart Chocolates

Chocorart Chocolates

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both Caribeans and Chocorart are chocolate makers which means that they grow their own cacao, harvest, ferment and dry it to ultimately turn it into some of the most wonderful chocolate you’ve ever had. It’s so pure that it doesn’t melt even in the heat and humidity of the Caribbean — pretty handy when you want to carry some with you to the beach right?

Caribeans Chocolate. Geckoes Lodge, Cocles, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Chocolate tour begins with a walk through the cacao forest as you learn about the history of cacao and where your chocolate bar starts. On your way through the forest you’re bound to see Dart Frogs and maybe monkeys, a sloth or a toucan or two.

Cacao pods waiting for the harvest

Cacao pods waiting for the harvest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You’ll get to taste every stage of the chocolate making process from cacao pod to the finished product which is sold all over the world.

Caribeans Chocolate tour: see each stage of the process

Caribeans Chocolate tour: see each stage of the process

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of my favourite moments is watching the final stages of the chocolate making — but actually what I really enjoyed was the SMELL — simply divine.

One of the most heavenly smells on earth!

One of the most heavenly smells on earth!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m not going to spoil the surprise element of these tours, but the tasting part is something you will remember.

Tasting tray on Caribeans Chocolate tour

Tasting tray on Caribeans Chocolate tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re talking gourmet chocolate here, made in small batches with locally grown organic and innovative flavourings. Basically this is heaven for chocolate lovers!

Just keep on sniffing!

Just keep on sniffing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re lucky enough to be in Puerto Viejo at the end of October, don’t miss the Chocolate Festival which include a Chocolate Crawl — like a pub crawl but with a different focus! The festival features all the local chocolate makers and chocolatiers (loads of tasting opportunities) and ways of eating or using Chocolate that just may not have occurred to you… Come and be surprised 🙂

So when you’re in Puerto Viejo one of THE Things to Do is a Chocolate Tour: You’ll never look at chocolate quite the same way again.

Take a look at the links below to see which Chocolate tour you fancy or make it a chocolate feast and do both! And if you are a serious chocolate aficionado you should also visit Caribeans and Chocorart’s Chocolate Café’s because, let’s face it chocolate is happiness in your hand.

Caribeans chocolate lounge. Geckoes Lodge, Cocles, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

 

 

 

http://caribeanscr.com/chocolate-tour.html

http://caribeanscr.com/chocolate-tour.html

http://caribeanscr.com/chocolate-tour.html

http://caribeanscr.com/chocolate-tour.html

https://www.facebook.com/chocorat.cr

A link to the website for The Chocolate Festival in Puerto Viejo:

http://www.pvchocolatefestival.com/index.html

If it’s going to be a little while until you’re in Puerto Viejo and you want to know just how good the chocolate from here is, now you can buy it online here:

https://www.chocolate-craft.com/

Be happy eat chocolate

 

 

 

When the Make a Wish organisation ( http://wish.org/ ) contacted us it was the first time ever that a request brought tears to our eyes!

The request was to host a family at Geckoes on behalf of Make a Wish to grant the wish of 14 year old animal lover Amelia. Her wish was to come to Costa Rica, stay in the rainforest and see sloths, her favourite animal.
To be part of making someone’s wish come true is not only a privilege but also such a great pleasure!

The Make a Wish organisation grants the wishes of children battling life threatening medical conditions. Funded solely by donations this wonderful organisation grants the wishes of about 27,000 children per year.

This is their mission:

Wishes are more than just a nice thing

A wish experience can be a game-changer for a child with a life-threatening medical condition.

This one belief guides us in everything we do at Make-A-Wish®. It inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve. It compels us to be creative in exceeding the expectations of every wish kid. It drives us to make our donated resources go as far as possible.

Most of all, it’s the founding principle of our vision to grant the wish of every eligible child.

Wishes are more than just a nice thing. And they are far more than gifts, or singular events in time. Wishes impact everyone involved – wish kids, volunteers, donors, sponsors, medical professionals and communities. The impact varies. For wish kids, just the act of making their wish come true can give them the courage to comply with their medical treatments. Parents might finally feel like they can be optimistic. And still others might realize all they have to offer the world through volunteer work or philanthropy.

Whatever the odds, whatever the obstacles … wishes find a way to make the world better.

“We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.”

— Make-A-Wish® Mission

geckoes-logoWhat does Barefoot Luxury mean to you?

It’s often easier to say what Barefoot Luxury is not, than to define it in a sentence. But Barefoot Luxury is certainly the antithesis of the 24/7 world with its technology, noise, stress, demands and obligations.

Barefoot Luxury Arrecife beach, Geckoes Lodge, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica.geckoeslodge.com

For most of us it’s a term that conjures up white sand beaches, turquoise seas, tropical weather, beautiful natural surroundings teeming with wildlife and getting away from it all. But also it’s the luxury of informality, no schedules, no need to dress up and show up, the feeling of freedom and simplicity without sacrificing comfort.

Barefoot Luxury, Geckoes Lodge, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica.Barefoot Luxury at Arrecife beach, Geckoes Lodge, Puerto Viejo, Costa RicaBarefoot Luxury minutes from Geckoes Lodge, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Barefoot Luxury destinations are places where you unplug, chill out and remember what it’s all about. Places like the Maldives, Seychelles, Thailand, Fiji, The Great Barrier Reef and Caribbean Islands unsurprisingly often appear on such ‘lists’.

But what about the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica? This coast could define Barefoot Luxury. A strip of coast, bordered by rainforest with one beautiful beach after another, lots of small individually run restaurants and bars and plenty of places to stay, that instead of jarring with their environment, compliment it. No high rises, no all-inclusive resorts, no concrete shopping malls, just a mass of nature with some minor development to have fun in!

Arrecife-Feb-23-2013-Geckoes-Lodge-Cocles-Puerto-Viejo-Costa-Rica Barefoot Luxury at Casa Bromelia 2 bedroom house Plunge pool, terrace & Outdoor dining

And the wildlife…. the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica has that in spades. Most Barefoot Luxury destinations are ONLY about sun, sand and sea with the ubiquitous cocktails, romantic dinners, fiery sunsets and beach beds thrown in — but there it ends.

Barefoot Luxury: Aracari Toucan at Geckoes Lodge, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

If your idea of Barefoot Luxury is slightly more adventurous then this is the coast for you. It has all the ingredients of the perfect Barefoot Luxury holiday, vacation or honeymoon, but with a big plus: Wildlife.

Barefoot Luxury: Howler taking a siesta at Geckoes Lodge, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

The rainforest is jaw-droppingly gorgeous and stuffed with monkeys, sloths, agoutis, ant eaters, deer, iguanas, armadillos and kinkajous — just to name a few. I can’t even get started on the birds… more than 450 species with toucans to say hello to every morning and hummingbirds to watch from your shower.

Barefoot Luxury: Saying Good morning to Toucans at Geckoes Lodge, Puerto Viejo, Costa RicaBarefoot Luxury: Hummingbird in nest at Geckoes Lodge, Cocles, Puerto Viejo, Costa RicaBarefoot Luxury: 2 Baby Hummingbirds in Geckoes Garden, Geckoes Lodge, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Thankfully Costa Rica has preserved and protected it’s rainforest lined beaches — so while you’re lying in the warm ocean you’re looking not at restaurants and concrete buildings, but at rainforest with monkeys swinging through the trees.

Barefoot Luxury: Monkey Party at Geckoes Lodge, Cocles, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

And for those of us that don’t want to lie on a beach all day there’s a whole host of things to do… whether it’s something focused on the water, like dolphin watching, snorkelling, diving or fishing, or something focussed on land, like a wildlife spotting trek through primary forest, Zip-lining through the canopy, visiting the Sloth Sanctuary, taking a Chocolate Tour or indulging at the local Spa, there’s something for everyone.

Ziplining through the canopy Puerto Viejo, Geckoes Lodge, Cocles, Puerto Viejo, Costa RicaHe looks comfy! at Geckoes Lodge, Puerto Viejo Costa RicaBarefoot Luxury: Caribeans Chocolate Tour, Geckoes Lodge, Cocles, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

You could say that Barefoot Luxury is ultimately the sophistication of simplicity. It’s being surrounded by the natural world and re-connecting with it, with ourselves and each other.

Barefoot Luxury: Hummingbird at Geckoes

So the next time you’re feeling frazzled, over-demanded and simply stressed out, plan to Live some Barefoot Luxury: Simplicity, Rainforest, Beach, Tranquillity, Pelicans on the sea, Monkeys in the trees, A place to make memories.

Barefoot Luxury: Swimming with Pelican: Geckoes Lodge, Puerto Viejo, Costa RicaGolden Arrecife beach, Geckoes Lodge, Cocles, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Barefoot Luxury for Much Less in May & June 2015!

Barefoot Luxury for Much Less in May & June 2015

If you’re looking for Costa Rica Vacation Deals 2015 you’re reading the right blog…
Out of season there are plenty of Costa Rica Vacation deals. Hotels, Cabinas, Vacation rentals and Lodges often lower their prices in May & June before the summer high season.

Catch some Caribbean sun with Costa Rica Vacation Deals 2015.

Catch some Caribbean sun with Costa Rica Vacation Deals 2015.

So why not take advantage of all that Costa Rica has to offer and grab yourself a holiday/ vacation for much less?
At Geckoes Lodge we’re offering Casa Bromelia in May and June 2015 for US$226 per night instead of US$335 — so you save US$109 per Night.
That’s a bargain Costa Rica Vacation Deal 2015 when you think that Casa Bromelia at Geckoes sleeps 4 guests: so each guest is only paying US$56.50 per night.
And for your US$56.50 per person you get an entire fully equipped luxury villa with private plunge pool, housekeeping and taxes all included.
It’s Barefoot Luxury for MUCH less.

Cocktails by your private plunge pool while the barbecue cooks dinner.

Cocktails by your private plunge pool while the barbecue cooks dinner.

If you’re in the mood for Romance in May and June 2015 think about Casa del Bosque for just 2 guests at Geckoes Lodge. Instead of US$285 per night, catch a bargain with a Costa Rica Vacation Deal 2015 at US$170 — save US$115 per Night.
Yes, you could vacation in Barefoot Luxury at Casa del Bosque for 7 nights for US$1100, a saving of US$610 — You’re welcome.
Casa del Bosque is wonderfully romantic: a fully equipped luxury villa with private plunge pool, set against a beautiful rainforest backdrop, secluded yet close to all the beaches and loads of restaurants.

Romantic Barefoot Luxury at Casa del Bosque, Geckoes Lodge.

Romantic Barefoot Luxury at Casa del Bosque, Geckoes Lodge.

Indulge in romantic luxury for less with Costa Rica Vacation Deals 2015!

Indulge in romantic luxury for less with Costa Rica Vacation Deals 2015

The Caribbean coast in May and June is quiet and that means that you have more beach to yourself, less crowded trips/tours and plenty of opportunity to sample any restaurant you choose.

Gorgeous Arrecife beach. Geckoes Lodge, Cocles, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

And not only that… rental car companies and tour operators are also quieter so you can probably make a better deal than in busier seasons.

Going for a Vacation Rental Deal in Costa Rica could be one of the better decisions you make this year!

Toucan in the garden May 2014 crop
Time to get back to the Jungle: Time for a Wildlife Week

Time to get back to the Jungle: Time for a Wildlife Week

Need to put some Wild in your Life?
When you’re planning your next holiday or vacation have a think about a Wildlife Week or two at Geckoes Lodge!

When we first arrived in Puerto Viejo, one of the greatest pleasures was the variety and amount of wildlife around us. That remains a daily joy and every morning I breakfast with the toucans in Geckoes garden. I laugh at the Howler monkeys who pelt me with miniature figs and Agnes, our resident Agouti hangs around near the kitchen eating fruit scraps.

Monkey Party at Geckoes Lodge

Monkey Party at Geckoes Lodge

Caribbean Costa Rica is not only famous for spectacular beaches and great tracts of rainforest but also for loads of wildlife. Think Howler Monkeys, Sloths, Agoutis, Night Monkeys, Armadillos and of course a plethora of birds and butterflies.

Agnes, Geckoes Lodge resident Agouti

Agnes, Geckoes Lodge resident Agouti

The Caribbean coast is simply the best place in Costa Rica to see a variety of wildlife without giving up comfortable places to stay, great restaurants and jaw-droppingly beautiful beaches.

Gorgeous Arrecife beach. Geckoes Lodge, Cocles, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Imagine a week or two where you can live a different Caribbean wildlife adventure each day and every day see something new and fascinating. We’ve put together a Wildlife Week Menu with choices to suit every age and inclination. There’s more than enough to see and do on this coast — if you want a different wildlife experience per day, no problem! In fact a Wildlife Week may not be long enough — you could fill a couple of weeks and still not see it all.

Toucan eating Palm fruit, Geckoes Lodge, Cocles, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Have a look at our Wildlife Week Menu:

http://www.geckoeslodge.com/wildlife-week/

Of course anyone even thinking of coming to this coast are wildlife enthusiasts but kids universally love it! In today’s world where daily life is full of technology, a Family Wildlife Week gives you all the chance to unplug and have fun together in amazing rainforest and on incredible beaches.

Ziplining through the canopy Puerto Viejo, Geckoes Lodge, Cocles, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Staying a Geckoes Lodge you are surrounded by wildlife and our rainforest villas are designed to make viewing easy and luxurious… you can simply wildlife spot from your plunge pool, hammocks, living area, kitchen and even your bathroom or bed!

Casa Bromelia 2 bedroom house Plunge pool, terrace & Outdoor dining

A Wildlife Week can be just the antidote to the concrete jungle and you’ll return home with not only thousands of photos but great memories. Make your life a little more Wild today — plan a Wildlife Week at Geckoes Lodge and get back to nature 🙂

Pelicans fishing at Gandoca

Here's looking at you Senor Howler

Here’s looking at you Senor Howler

When was you last Mini Break / Mini Vacation? Whether you call it a Mini Break, a Mini Getaway, a Mini Vacation, a Mini Holiday, a Short break or a Weekend Break, there’s no doubt that we all need to leave the trials and tribulations of everyday life behind every now and then.
Instead of waiting for that annual vacation / holiday, are you like us and tend to forget just how wonderful a few days away can be?

Siesta Time at Geckoes Lodge, Cocles, Puerto Viejo, Limon, Costa Rica

Taking a Mini Break can be just what you need to recharge your batteries and it doesn’t need a huge amount of organisation or to cost the earth.
So whether it’s a couple of nights in a romantic lodge or a 5 day active adventure, there’s almost a guarantee that you’ll return to ‘normal life’ feeling as refreshed as if you’ve had a great big holiday / vacation.

Barefoot luxury, Geckoes Lodge, Cocles, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

The Caribbean coast of Costa Rica has all the ingredients for the perfect Mini Break / Mini Vacation. There’s a string of beautiful beaches, rainforest full of monkeys, toucans and sloths and a delicious choice of restaurants. And of course a large and varied selection of accommodation.
Whether you want to stay in a hammock, a luxury villa with plunge pool, a cabina by the beach or a hotel, you’ll find choices here.

Casa Bromelia 2 bedroom house Plunge pool, terrace & Outdoor dining

You can feel free to simply unwind in the crystal clear warm ocean or eat fish tacos in a hammock under a palm tree. Or perhaps get more active and go zip lining or horse-riding or dazzle your taste buds on a chocolate tasting tour…

 Fish tacos delivered to hammock, Geckoes Lodge, Cocles, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica  Ziplining through the canopy Puerto Viejo, Geckoes Lodge, Cocles, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Pura Vida Arrecife beach, Geckoes Lodge Puerto Viejo Costa Rica       Caribeans Chocolate Tour, Geckoes Lodge, Cocles, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
There’s more than enough to do on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica but also spectacular pla
ces to do nothing. And sometimes that’s exactly what we all need. Pick your place, pick your favourite person and escape.

Puerto Viejo and the small settlements of Cocles, Playa Chiquita, Punta Uva and Manzanillo can all boast great places to stay, gorgeous beaches, pristine rainforest and delicious eating options.
So the next time you’re feeling a little frazzled just stop for half an hour and plan a Mini Break / Mini Vacation. You know that the moment it’s planned you’re going to feel a whole lot better about that meeting tomorrow.

I’ve just planned ours and felt better immediately!

Gorgeous Arrecife beach. Geckoes Lodge, Cocles, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica