- Reviews: 128
The Palms: The Palms - decent in Puerto Jimenez
I stayed at The Palms for 4 nigths in December 2008 - We really awanted to visit the Osa but couldn't afford the higher priced logges in Matalpo so we decided on The Palms.
After driving 10 hours straight from Mal Pais to Puerto Jimenez we were greated by Pablo who is the Chef at the hotel's kitchen - he got us a much better deal than what was quoted to me by previous emails with the owner and gave us some much needed beers after our long drive. He gave us a choice of two of the "Waterfront" rooms - we took the slightly larger of the two. The room was very nicely decorated with colorful bedspreads, comfortable mattresses and pillows, and hand painted walls in the bathroom. The room had REAL hot water (not a suicide shower), good a/c and also had cable TV with most of the channels exclusively in Spanish.
The restaurant and bar look out onto the Gulfo Dulce and the food was KILLER. Everything was made fresh and was sooo good we ate there every night! Unfortunately it was only open for a late lunch or dinner but the cook needs his time off! It was some of the best food I've had on 4 trips to Costa Rica!
We interacted with the owners as well as all of the staff - everybody was friendly and made us feel like part of the family.
- Reviews: 1
Black Turtle Lodge/La Tortuga Negra: Very unique lodging in Puerto Jimenez
We just got back from Costa Rica yesterday and can't stop talking about what a nice time we had at the Black Turtle. It's a very unique lodge. We stayed in a tree house, all screened in up on the second floor. Monkeys were all around. Howler monkeys woke us up in the morning. Bathroom accommodations were downstairs and outside. An outside shower and toilet is provided and the sink is located right outside the shower. The beach is a very nice swimming beach although the waves still get big enough to knock you down every once in a while, but all in all it's a very clean, uncrowded beach right down the path from the lodge, only a two minute walk. You will probably be accompanied by the owners' dogs on the way and they may stay on the beach with you while you swim. Dinner is served family style on the patio of the main house, each night we had something different. Breakfast and dinner are included in the price. The owner will also help you to make arrangements for tours if you like. A very enjoyable experience. Recommend it highly. Many places in Costa Rica are getting crowded and much too "civilized." This place is the way we remember Costa Rica from 15 years ago. It's what we come to Costa Rica for. Beautiful!
- Reviews: 518
Cabinas Jimenez: Comfy Mid-Range Digs
These little cabinas near the water in Puerto Jimenez are run by an American ex-pat and his family. The rooms vary in price but we had a clean room with a hot shower, mini refrigerator and room to sleep 3 (one double bed and one single) for $40 US. The rooms are small but cozy and feature murals painted on the walls. The facilities include an open-air lounge area with fresh bottled water and magazines, lounge chairs outside each room, beach access and manicured grounds. It is walking distance to the main drag in town and came highly recommended by our host, Lana, in Carate at the Luna Lodge. The owner is knowledgeable and was happy to recommend several restaurants to us and he arranged for a wake-up and a taxi so we didn’t miss our early morning flight. It’s a nice alternative if you’re looking for a mid-range hotel in Puerto Jimenez.
- Reviews: 332
Suital Lodge: Real Jungle Experience, Right off the Highway
We stayed at the Suital Lodge in May of 2005 on our way down the Osa Penninsula. While this Lodge is not in Puerto Jimenez, I have listed it there as that is the nearest town of any significance on the Osa. It is about a one and a half hour drive north of Puerto Jimenez at the northern end of Golfo Dulce on highway 245 (the only highway on the Osa penninsula).
It is a good stop over on the way to Corcovado NP. The Lodge consists of a few primitive cabinas set in a jungle setting and the main residence where meals are served. We paid about $50USD including breakfast. Cabina was primitive, did not have any glass windows, just wood shutters, the floor is just planks butted together and so you can see through the cracks, in other words; it is not bug tight and so you sleep in a nice bed with nylon screening to keep the bugs out. The room did have a bath with shower (the notorious Costa Rican suicide shower) and flush toilet. We awoke in the morning to the terrifying screeching of a family of Howler monkeys passing through on their way to breakfast and many birds. The lodge sits on quite a few acres of private land and there is a small trail network with a trail to the gulf. There is nowhere to eat dinner other than at the lodge or a very small soda (restaurant) about 2 miles down the highway. They speak no English at the soda but are very friendly and have a translation book with pictures. We had the impression they get very few foreigners stopping in, which is probably true as very few visitors seem to actually drive the Peninsula, most fly in or take a boat.
Helen, the proprietor of the Lodge is a Swiss lady, her husband is a Tico. Both speak very good English. The entire lodge was hand built by them. Breakfast was very good and Helen was very interesting to talk with. Our stop here was much more of an experience than an overnight stay.
This is a truly unique experience in one of the most biologically diverse locations on the planet.
Not for the prissy traveler.
- Reviews: 332
Cabinas Eilyn: Typical Tico B&B?
We stayed at this B&B for three nights in May of 2005. It is located at the far edge of town on the road to Matapalo and Corcovoda NP in a residential area. We paid about $35USD total/per night including breakfast. Our room was rather small with A/C (a BIG plus on the Osa), mini refrigerator and cable TV w/some English channels. Room was clean and comfortable. The owner did not speak any English, but her husband did. He also drives a cab and can take you to the park in a new Toyota Landcruiser if desired. The rooms are more motel like than B&B, they are attached to residence but have their own entrance and no entrance to main residence. Breakfast was open air dining outside in the front of the building and was very good but simple. We were the only ones staying there other than some Tico Direct TV service technicians.
A chance to experience staying at a typical Costa Rican B&B and intermix with locals.
- Reviews: 378
Cabinas Jimenez: Best Cabinas in town
It's the best affordable little place to be in Puerto Jimenez. They offer regular room with private bathroom, de luxe (bigger), cabinas (with terrasse) or bungallow. Always with fans and air conditionning. That's the paper work.
Now, I want to talk to you about the welcome we got by Crystal, how she took the time to put us in our room, and then go through everything we could do in town with a genuine interest for what we care about. What we wanted to do and how. And how she was always ready to answer any question we had, help out anyway she could. Give advice. She really is a sweet lady. Like the time we came back after supper and the electricity was out. She piled up candles and lighters on the front desk. Or when we were looking for a quiet beach and she told us where to get good cheap bikes and pedal there. Or to avoid the mexican restaurant where everybody get sick...
Or about John, her husband, who like driving his new boat so much he took us for a little ride for free while he was gasing it up. We took his dog with us. Chica.
They have a cute shady garden where parrots stops by on their way in the morning and at sunset. A fountain and a huge sea mobile in the open lobby where Crystal sets up breakfast each morning. Fresh bread from the bakery, fruits, honey, cofee, tea, ... They also have a quiet terrasse in the back with long chairs and tables. And hammocks hung from coconut trees in the yard, leading to the sea. Because, oh yeah, it is right on the beach. About 20 feet from my door to the water. At high tide of course!
What else? The binder on the front desk counter where Crystal keeps all the maps, tours, restaurants menu, suggestions, stuff to do. The mural in the bathroom painted with tropical fish. The huge shower.
They really love this place and we don't have a choice but to love it too!
Waterfront cabinas, very clean and well kept. Great ocean view. Garden. Hammocks and long chairs. Breakfast inc. Air conditionning and fan. Feels very secure. John rent his boat for anything you want to do: go see the dolphins and swim with them, cross the gulf Dulce and visit the other side, fish, visit the mangrove...
We saw two types of lodging in Puerto Jimenez. The really cheap one where you get a bed for under 5 or 10$, the youth hostels kind. And the upscale lodges on the perimeter of the town. For about 25$ p.p. this is really the best we found. Quiet, appart from the town (some cabinas for the same price are over restaurant and shops), well kept (the Iguana Iguana cabinas are aside and quiet too, have a pool but aren't that well loved and kept and the disco music was pump-pump-pumping at 9 in the morning).
See all the lodging from the town Internet cafe website: http://www.jimenezhotels.com/
- Reviews: 82
Iguana Lodge: Beach
Lovely rooms nicely decorated with mosquito netting, Screen enclosed. Upstairs have best air circulation. Rooms are up and down duplexes. Hot water showers, nice seating areas outside of room. Seating areas are open upstairs, screen enclosed downstairs.
Solar electricity in rooms.
Breakfast downstairs at main rancho, lunch next door at their other place, Pearl of the Osa, and dinner family style by candlelight upstairs in the main rancho. If you are looking for a beach location this lovely place on the Gulfo Dulce would be a good choice.
Only steps from the beach where you can walk for miles, sometimes without seeing anyone else.
Waves are good for boogie boarding, body surfing. Safest time to swim is during low tide. The undercurrents can be very strong during the high tide change. Boogie boards and sea kayaks available to guests.
Just a short ride from Puerto Jimenez.
- Reviews: 140
Parrot Bay Village: Attention Fishermen/women
We stayed one night at this lovely inn and had a wonderful time after hiking for the day from Sirena to Carate in the Corcovado National Park. We stayed in an adorable cabina (Cocodrilo) which was beautifully finished in tropical hardwood.
If you are in to fishing, this is the place to go. They have some terrific packages,
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