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.

How to get to Puerto Viejo de Limon

Puerto Viejo Bus Station

Sea Front Bus station in Puerto Viejo

Public bus is scheduled daily from San José’s Los Sancarleños Bus Station to Puerto Viejo at 6, 10, 12, 14 and 16. Cost is about US10 and about 5 hours.

There are 5 km (3 miles) from Puerto Viejo to Playa Chiquita and best option is taking a taxi at the bus stop, about US8 and 10 minutes up to La Kukula Lodge.

Private shared transportation

Hotel to hotel private shared transportation in an 8-passenger Mini-van picking you up in your hotel in San Jose about 8 am and dropping you off in La Kukula Lodge at noon. US49 per person.

Airport Xpress Shuttle daily at 15.30, US55 per person. Must request availability in advance.

Both options can be booked in La Kukula Lodge Official Web Site.

Private transportation

Available on request when booking directly with us. Cost one way from US190 for 2 people up to US240 for 8 people.

Transportation from Playa Chiquita to Puerto Viejo or Manzanillo


Ride On Me Rent-a-Bike by Antonio, in Playa Chiquita

La Kukula Lodge is very well located to get to know all the Caribbean coast from Puerto Viejo to Manzanillo without a private car. The healthiest option is by bicycle, available for renting at El Duende Gourmet Shop or at Ride on Me Rent-a-bike, next to Pura Gula Restaurant.

Bikes are a perfect option during daytime and at night, if willing to have a drink or meal in Puerto Viejo, we will be calling a taxi for you. Cost for a cab ride from Playa Chiquita to Puerto Viejo is 4.000 colones (about US8-). All hotels and restaurants are very helpful when requesting for a cab driver. At La Kukula Lodge we normally call our friends Harry, Martin and Danny, all them very well know in Puerto Viejo.

Local bus is also under operation from Manzanillo to Cahuita, stopping in Puerto Viejo. It is better to request for an update schedule when in La Kukula Lodge since timetable tends to change frequently.

Playa Chiquita, our neighborhood

Playa Chiquita Beach

Playa Chiquita – Puerto Viejo – Costa Rica

Playa Chiquita is 3 miles from Puerto Viejo, just on the main road towards Manzanillo.  In Chiquita, there are 5 restaurants, 2 coffee shops, one grocery store, 6 lodges and a stunning white sand beach with palms almost inside the waters of the Caribbean Sea. Playa Chiquita is considered one of the most pleasant and quiet areas, and some call it the “Beverly Hills of the South Caribbean coast”

There are currently over 20 different nationalities among Playa Chiquita residents and it is considered a convenient neighborhood to live in because of amenities like the famous and well-stocked grocery store El Duende Gourmet Shop, restaurants for dinner such as Pura Gula, Jungle Love Cafe, Shawanda, Pita Bonita o Sabores del Mundo, 2 restaurants for breakfast and lunch, Botánica Orgánica and Soda Vida.  Also 2 rent-a- bikes, 2 cafes, a massage-center and a fashion clothing store. And of course, one of the most beautiful beaches in the southern Caribbean coast, with a private or exclusive feeling since it is accessible only on foot along a jungle path.

Chiquita beach is considered to begin at Punta Cocles and to end in Punta Uva; and it is formed by three bays with palms, white sand and coral reef. There is no doubt that walking down these three small bays is wonderful, highly recommended and almost essential to realize such untouched nature exists all along  Costa Rica’s South Caribbean coast. The coral reef in Chiquita beach is also noteworthy, with 3 different plates that are interconnected and can be accessed easily from the sand if sea conditions are appropriate.

Wildlife lovers will find in Playa Chiquita an excellent place to spot Howler Monkeys, Three-toed Sloths, Agoutis, Raccoons and a wide variety of Coastal and Jungle birds. Most properties in the surrounding area are very well preserved and this has allowed wildlife to remain here, even with human presence. Thus it is very frequent that travelers experience the pleasure of spotting a group of Howler Monkeys right next to the beach or see in live how a Three-toed Sloth struggles to cross a road and finally climbs up a tree for shelter and food.

Jaguar Rescue Center, located 1 mile away from La Kukula Lodge, is one of the most wanted tour for all nature lovers that visits Playa Chiquita and Puerto Viejo

List of restaurants and shops in Playa Chiquita / Puerto Viejo:

  • El Duende Gourmet Grocery Shop
  • El Duende Rent a Bike
  • El Duende Barber Shop
  • Chiquita Cafe
  • Monkey Bike Rental
  • Massage Center Denise
  • Restaurant Pura Gula
  • Restaurant Jungle Love Cafe
  • Restaurant Pita Bonita
  • Restaurant Sabores del Mundo
  • Restaurant Shawanda
  • Chocorart – Chocolate Shop
  • Alice Ice Cream
  • La Botánica Orgánica Cafe