Best beaches from Puerto Viejo to Manzanillo – Limon – Costa Rica

 

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Salsa Brava – Puerto Viejo

 

1-Salsa Brava Beach / Puerto Viejo

Known as a good spot for surf and for great mojitos in Salsa Brava Bar. Nice sunset.

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2- Cocles Beachbreak

Surf spot, board rentals, surf lessons. Easy access, just next to the road.

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3-Punta Cocles

IMG_3492IMG_4260Coral reef and sandy beach. Natural pools suitable for families with toddlers. Access through Hotel Villas del Caribe.

4-Playa Chiquita

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Playa Chiquita, considered best beach in the world by experienced travellers, is a sandy beach with coral reef and a nice jungle that hosts a lot of wildlife. It is a good option for families with children for its nice natural pools. It is difficult to find the path through the jungle to get to such a nice place. Ask around.

5-Punta Uva

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Long and sandy beach with good access from the road. Punta Uva beach is good spot for kayaking and snorkeling, and for enjoying a day at the beach with a bbq style restaurant right there.

6-Arrecife Beach

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Such a great place, palms right in front of the water, coral reef, a restaurant with cold beer and accessible by car/bicycle from the road.

7-Manzanillo

Little village of Manzanillo, at the very end of the road, with a nice jungle and beach with coral reef. Place for local families to enjoy Sundays and bank holidays in such a long beach. Local restaurants offer traditional Afro-caribbean cuisine.

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Discover all these beaches from La Kukula Lodge located in Playa Chiquita, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. Book directly in our official webpage www.lakukulalodge.com for best rates and special offers.

 

 

List of birds La Kukula Lodge Puerto Viejo Playa Chiquita

 

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This is a list of birds seen at La Kukula Lodge in Playa Chiquita Puerto Viejo Costa Rica in April 2016. A short list due to lack of experience of the birdwatcher; an experienced birdwatcher will easily triple this list. April and May is always very easy to spot nests: at least 6 different nests have been seen in La Kukula Lodge garden belonging to Manakins, Wood Rail, tanagers and hummingbirds.

List of birds seen in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca Playa Chiquita La Kukula Lodge:

1-White-collared Manakin

Manacus candei

2-Fasciated Antshrike

Cymbilaimus lineatus

Batará lineado

3- Chesnut-backed Antbird

Myrmeciza exsul

Hormiguero dorsicastaño

4-Tawny-crested Tanager

Tachyphonus delattrii

Tangara Coronidorada

5-Red-throated Ant-tanager

Habia fuscicauda

Tangara hormiguera gorgirroja

6-Violet-crowned Woodnymph

Thalurania colombica

Ninfa coronivioleta

7-Little Hermit

Phaethornis longuemareus

Ermitaño enano

8-Long-tailed Hermit

Phaethornis superciliosus

Ermitaño de cola larga

9-Slaty-tailed Trogon

Trogon massena

Trogón coliplomizo

10- Violaceous Trogon

Trogon violaceus

Trogón Violáceo

11- Crested Guan

Penelope purpurascens

Pava crestada

12-Gray-headed Chachalaca

Ortalis cinereiceps

Chacalaca cabecigris

13-Great Green Macaw

Ara ambigua

Lapa verde

14-Keel-billed Toucan

Ramphastos sulfuratus

Tucán pico iris

15-Chesnut-mandibled Toucan

Ramphastos swainsonii

Tucán de Swainson

16-Collared aracarí

Pteroglossus torquatus

Tucancillo collarejo

17-Gray-necked Wood-Rail

Aramides cajanea

Chirincocó

18-Rufus-and-white Wren

Thryothorus thoracicus

Soterrey pechirrayado

19-Montezuma Oropendola

Psarocolius montezuma

Oropéndola de Montezuma

Lista de aves vistas en La Kukula Lodge / Abril 2016

 

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Nido de Saltarín cuelliblanco / Manacus candei / White-collared Manakin

Esta es una lista de aves vistas en La Kukula Lodge de Playa Chiquita / Puerto Viejo / Costa Rica durante el mes de abril de 2016. La lista es corta debido a la inexperiencia de este novel avistador; hay muchas mas aves que un experimentado “birdwatcher” podrá ver en su visita a nuestro lodge. El mes de abril y mayo es época de anidamiento y hemos podido observar diversos nidos de manakins, de colibrís, uno de chirincocó y otro de tangara.

Lista de aves de Puerto Viejo de Talamanca Playa Chiquita La Kukula Lodge  :

1-White-collared Manakin

Manacus candei

Saltarín cuelliblanco

2-Fasciated Antshrike

Cymbilaimus lineatus

Batará lineado

3- Chesnut-backed Antbird

Myrmeciza exsul

Hormiguero dorsicastaño

4-Tawny-crested Tanager

Tachyphonus delattrii

Tangara Coronidorada

5-Red-throated Ant-tanager

Habia fuscicauda

Tangara hormiguera gorgirroja

6-Violet-crowned Woodnymph

Thalurania colombica

Ninfa coronivioleta

7-Little Hermit

Phaethornis longuemareus

Ermitaño enano

8-Long-tailed Hermit

Phaethornis superciliosus

Ermitaño de cola larga

9-Slaty-tailed Trogon

Trogon massena

Trogón coliplomizo

10- Violaceous Trogon

Trogon violaceus

Trogón Violáceo

11- Crested Guan

Penelope purpurascens

Pava crestada

12-Gray-headed Chachalaca

Ortalis cinereiceps

Chacalaca cabecigris

13-Great Green Macaw

Ara ambigua

Lapa verde

14-Keel-billed Toucan

Ramphastos sulfuratus

Tucán pico iris

15-Chesnut-mandibled Toucan

Ramphastos swainsonii

Tucán de Swainson

16-Collared aracarí

Pteroglossus torquatus

Tucancillo collarejo

17-Gray-necked Wood-Rail

Aramides cajanea

Chirincocó

18-Rufus-and-white Wren

Thryothorus thoracicus

Soterrey pechirrayado

19-Montezuma Oropendola

Psarocolius montezuma

Oropéndola de Montezuma

 

Visite nuestra página web oficial para las mejores tarifas y ofertas www.lakukulalodge.com

Recommended by family travel specialists “A Week At The Beach”

La Kukula Lodge has been recommended by family travel specialist webpage A Week At The Beach.

HOTELS IN PLAYA CHIQUITA COSTA RICA: LA KUKULA LODGE

La Kukula Lodge, perched in the Costa Rican jungle canopy adjacent to some of the most remote, untouched beaches we’ve ever seen, is hands down one of the most fabulous places to stay with kids in Costa Rica and certainly tops the list of hotels in Playa Chiquita.

And if you’ve never heard of Puerto Viejo or Playa Chiquita Costa Rica, I’m telling you this Caribbean beach destination should be on your list!

Read full article in this link: http://aweekatthebeach.com/2015/06/hotels-in-playa-chiquita-costa-rica-la-kukula-lodge/

Nueva Suite para Luna de Miel en La Kukula Lodge

Casa Kukula, la suite room de La Kukula Lodge, tiene una nueva cama King size bed

Suite Casa Kukula www.lakukulalodge.com

Suite Casa Kukula

Casa Kukula es una mansión caribeña de dos pisos con un amplio salón/terraza con vistas a la selva, habitación suite con cama King size, cocina equipada y piscina privada.

Una opción perfecta para viajeros en Luna de Miel que deseen disfrutar de la selva, ver fauna salvaje y relajarse en las playas del Caribe sur de Costa Rica.

Para detalles y ofertas especiales de luna de miel, visite la página web oficial de La Kukula Lodge.

Suite Casa Kukula with private swimming-pool. La Kukula Lodge

Suite Casa Kukula with private swimming-pool.
La Kukula Lodge

 

Honeymoon Suite at La Kukula Lodge

Honeymoon Suite with private swimming-pool

Suite Casa Kukula

 

Casa Kukula is a two-storied Caribbean house featuring a King size bed with en-suite bathroom, a terrace with amazing jungle views, a full-kitchen and private swimming-pool.

Casa Kukula is our best option for a romantic Honeymoon in the jungle of Puerto Viejo de Limón, Costa Rica.

See details and special offers at La Kukula Lodge Official Website

Suite Casa Kukula with private swimming-pool. La Kukula Lodge

Suite Casa Kukula with private swimming-pool.
La Kukula Lodge

 

 

Variedad de tortugas en La Kukula Lodge

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Cryptochelys leucostomum & Kinosternon scorpioides & Rhinoclemmys funereal

 

A principios de mes de noviembre nos ha visitado el antropólogo y fotógrafo de naturaleza Cesar Barrio-Amorós conocido como Doc Frog Photography. No es la primera vez que viene a La Kukula Lodge, y esperamos que no sea la última. Hace año y medio, en su anterior visita al Caribe, César nos mostró de cerca una serpiente Zopilota que se encontró en la calle y trajo al hotel para que los huéspedes pudieran observar de cerca y tomar fotos:

Este año Cesar se ha superado y en una visita nocturna a la poza de ranas que hay frente de la Suite Casa Kukula, nos mostró las diferencias entre tres especies de tortugas. Para ello evidentemente se tuvo que meter dentro de la pozita y agarrar a las pacíficas tortugas que se encontraban a esos momentos medio dormidas y deslumbradas por nuestras linternas. Fue bastante curioso que, habiendo unas doce tortugas a la vista, cada una que agarró hasta la tercera fue de una especie distinta. Una agradable sorpresa que indica la gran biodiversidad que existe en una pequeña poza de 8 metros cuadrados.

Looking for turtles

Casa Kukula – Poza de ranas y tortugas

 

Las tres tortugas que se seleccionaron para su observación e identificación son las siguientes:

  • Tortuga de pantano de labios blancos (Cryptochelys leucostoma)

Especie de tortuga de la familia Kinosternidae que habita desde México hasta el noroeste de América del Sur.

Cryptochelys leucostoma / Image by Doc Frog Photography

Tortuga de labios blancos (Cryptochelys leucostoma)

  • Tortuga candado escorpión (Kinosternon scorpioides)

La tortuga escorpión, al igual que la de labios blancos, son conocidas como tortugas candado porqué pueden esconder y encerrar su cabeza, patas y cola dentro de la concha para protegerse de ataques de depredadores. Esta tortuga ejerce de  “insecticida” natural y ecológico al alimentarse de larvas de mosquitos.

Tortuga Escorpión / Kinosternon scorpioides

Kinosternon scorpioides / Image by Doc Frog Photography

  • Tortuga de bosque negra (Rhinoclemmys funereal)

Esta tortuga herbívora se distribuye desde Honduras hasta el Canal de Panamá en lagos naturales o artificiales, riachuelos y pozas.

Foto de Cesar Barrio Amoros - Doc Frog Photography

Tortuga de bosque negra (Rhinoclemmys funereal) / Black Turtle

 

 

 

Casa Kukula es la habitación suite de La Kukula Lodge y entre otras cosas, tiene una habitación con cama King size, dos habitaciones con cama Queen e individual, 2 baños, salón-comedor con vistas a la selva, piscina privada y la pozita descrita en este post, con 3 especies de tortugas y más de 3 especies de ranas.

Casa Kukula es el lugar ideal para una pareja de luna de miel o para una familia de hasta 9 miembros que busquen un alojamiento suite en la selva del Caribe sur de Costa Rica.

Se puede reservar directamente a través de nuestra página web oficial, www.lakukulalodge.com

The importance of eco-design

High ceilings and a fan

High ceilings to allow a natural ventilation

The cabins at the lodge are constructed with teak wood, which is sustainably grown on Costa Rican plantations for commercial use. Its durability and natural weather-resistant qualities make it an ideal building material for tropical climates . Unfortunately, many of the hotels in Costa Rica are built from giant trees that were hundreds of years old when they were felled. These trees don’t make for long-lasting lumber and the wood needs to be replaced. By using teak, La Kukula Lodge avoided cutting down trees and damaging the surrounding jungle.

This is a piece of a post published recently on a travel blog, Charlie on travel. See the full post here.

Top 5 Restaurants from Puerto Viejo to Manzanillo / Costa Rica

El Refugio Grill Restaurant

Restaurante El Refugio Grill en Punta Uva

El Refugio Café and Grill

Punta Uva; Road from Puerto Viejo to Manzanillo, km. 8 / Tel. 2759 9007

Our guests’ favorite place to have a special dinner when enjoying vacations in Southern Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica. El Refugio Grill is located next to the road but goes unnoticed since its main building is hidden in the lush vegetation, overlooking the splendid forest of Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. Fernando, the Argentinian chef, prepares some delicate plates and cocktails. We can truly recommend its “Entraña con Chimichurri” (red meat) or the tasty Grilled Tuna Filet is also one of our preferred plates. As per drinks, Argentinian and Chilean wines are very well served in fine wine glasses and cocktails are delicious options to get in the mood for a meal in the jungle.  Open from 5pm. Closed on Wednesday.

 

La Casita Azul

La Casita Azul Restaurante en Playa Chiquita

La Casita Azul

Playa Chiquita / 2+ miles from Puerto Viejo

Formerly known as Café Aguas Claras, La Casita Azul is a new and excellent option for either lunch or dinner in Playa Chiquita . They have an extensive menu of predominantly Mediterranean cuisine – some Argentinian dishes too- very properly prepared and presented. This blue little house is especially nice and all tables are set in a very airy terrace, perfect spot for a hot day. Open from noon up to 9 pm. Closed on Wednesday.

 

 

Pura Gula Restaurant

Restaurante Pura Gula en Playa Chiquita / Puerto Viejo

Pura Gula

Playa Chiquita / 3 miles from Puerto Viejo

Mediterranean cuisine with a personal touch provided by chef and owner from Barcelona Marc Olivella. Pura Gula has a short list but exquisite dishes, with some original details that makes this restaurant a must for Slow Food lovers. Open for dinner only from 5 pm. Closed on Sunday.

 

Café Viejo

Puerto Viejo, Main Street / Tel. 2750 0817

High quality Italian cuisine; Café Viejo features an awesome list of home-made pasta and deliciously cooked meats. It is probably the best restaurant in Puerto Viejo as per service, quality of food and list of wines. Open from 5.30. Closed on Tuesdays.

 

Jungle Love Café

Playa Chiquita / 3 miles from Puerto Viejo / Tel. 2750 0162

 

 

When staying in La Kukula Lodge we will be very happy to help you out in finding a restaurant that fits your needs.

If you do not have confirmed your reservation in La Kukula Lodge yet , book it right now through our Official Web Site to get the best rates and exclusive promotions.