Santa Juana Lodge
Santa Juana Lodge is a small and family-friendly countryside property inland from the Pacific coast.
This small, family-friendly lodge and working farm is just an hour’s drive inland from Quepos on the Pacific coast, a bumpy ride through palm plantations and up through rolling countryside to the property at 800m above sea level.
There are seven guest rooms, four of which are individual cabins. There are plenty of birds to spot in the foliage around the cabins which have no air-conditioning but well ventilated with screened doors and windows. It's a real away-from-it-all place, there's no Wifi and TVs tend not to receive any programmes.
Design is contemporary: the spacious cabins are beautifully furnished, featuring polished wood. There are lovely views over the emerald hills from the balconies’ hammocks and rocking chairs. Meals are offered featuring traditional Costa Rican fare, including the ubiquitous rice and beans. Some cabins have a small kitchenette. Various activities are on offer such as horse riding, waterfall swimming, coffee and nature tours and visits to sugar-cane plantations.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
Most memorable experience: "The amount and variety of wildlife in Tortuguero and Cahuita (which we visited separately). I lived in San Jose from 1978-1981 and never saw so much variety, even including visits to Monteverde...Review: As I used to live in CR and planned some time visiting friends, JLA was able to combine my choice of places to visit with accommodation with my independent arrangements."JW, Crowborough
Commitment to Eco-Tourism and Respect for local people evident throughoutMD, Southam
Highlight?: All the wildlife, absolutely amazingDJ, Usk
Highlights:- Hard to choose, but the noises and sounds surrounding us all day and night, created by all the wildlife was fantastic. Never heard anything like it and loved it. The Costa Rican hospitability is something to live up to they have it right!ST, Swords
Highlight: Seeing the wildlife in Costa Rica. There are so many beautiful birds and amazing animals that it's hard not to see them. The guides were exceptional, especially William and Carlos and not only found the wildlife but also told us about other aspects of the countries. I particularly enjoyed having the private tours and we would do that again.JW, Weymouth
Most memorable experiences:Seeing the turtles nesting in Tortugero, the magical Tortugero national park and Monteverde. We also loved Tamarindo to chill and surf!EdVC, London
Highlight?: The wildlife - watching the turtles lay eggs and a swimming sloth.ID, London
Most memorable experience: “Very difficult to be specific but an eclectic selection would include:- Boat trip excursion with excellent guide from Tortuga Lodge; Singer/Musician at Dinner at Arenal Nayara Hotel; Crossing Arenal Lake (clear blue skies and we were the only passengers on the boat) and then scenic drive to Monteverde”VB, Sloane Sqaure
Costa Rica lived up to our expectations in every way. We all had a fantastic family holiday.EJ, London
Highlight?: Tortuguera boat trip, rafting Arenal, hot springs Arenal, zip wires Monteverde, running on the beach in Uvita - so many lovely memoriesSL, London
So many brilliant memories but if we had to pick one it was witnessing the sea turtle lay eggs on beach in Tortugero.PG, Galway
We have many good memories and it's difficult to identify a single best experience. Each of the Lodges we stayed at impressed us by their environmental policies. Each had comfortable accommodation ranging from quite simple to quite extravagant. Importantly for us they were each located in different types of habitat so although there was some overlap in what we saw, there were sufficient differences for us to be continually interested.NW, Carnforth
Highlights:- The wildlife in Costa Rica is incredible and it is everywhere you go and very immediate. Add to that beautiful scenery and very friendly people and it is a great holiday destination.MJ, E14
Everything felt "easy" and stress free. The most memorable aspect was driving through fantastic scenery, so much to see!AF, Cardiff
It was all pretty memorable but the view of the Arenal volcano from our boat transfer across the lake sticks in my mind. It was a completely clear day and the volcano was steaming. Also the sleeping toucan on the El Refugio Twilight Tour. Also Rio Perdido was a lovely place for a couple of days relaxation.EW, Newport
Highlight?: Tortoguero without a doubt-felt truly isolate in the rain forest and it was breathtaking in terms of the biodiversity.SW, Surbiton
So much variety of wildlife and vegetationAB, Sandy
A brilliant mixture of hotels. Excellent standard and great service. Beautiful settings and well located.LW, NW11
Everything was amazing...This is the best family holiday we have ever had. Even our 20 year old daughter, who has travelled extensively, agreed that Costa Rica is wonderfully unique. The itinerary provided by Joirney Latin America provided a varied and interestingly diverse view of the country. Each accommodation was memorable and contributed towards an amazing trip. Thank you.RW, Cheltenham
Costa Rica is too beautiful to miss!PC, Moreton-in-Marsh
It is difficult to single out any one part as being most memorable. For me (as a geologist) the trip to Poas Volcano was great. The ziplining at Punta Islita was superb.RH, Peterborough
Although the transfers were quite long the mix between eg driving and taking a boat were good and made us feel we really saw the country.ME
Everything was organised like clockwork but without feeling intrusive. The whole itinerary fully met our needs with fabulous hotels and some really exiting journeys. The flight from Punta Islita being a particular highlight, along with the journey from Arenal to MonteVerde. Costa Rica with Journey Latin America is one of the best holidays we have ever had, if not the best. Thank you and particularly to Hannah.”LD, Harpenden
Highlights “Our overall impression was how lovely all the people were that we met, amazing wildlife and very good food. Our most memorable experience was probably kayaking at Tortuguero although we also did a very good night walk when we were staying at Arenal, and spotted loads of frogs, toads, snakes and spiders.”JP, Newtown
Highlights?: There were so many. Seeing a toucan land in the tree just by our room at El Remanso. Walking down the trail at Monteverde Lodge and a beautiful Morpho butterfly fluttering past in the sunlight. The boat ride at Tortuguero.KS, Uxbridge
The wildlife in Costa Rica is incredible and it is everywhere you go and very immediate. Add to that beautiful scenery and very friendly people and it is a great holiday destination.MJ, Canary Wharf
Highlights: Bird watching at Tortuguero and snorkelling on the reef in Belize which was simply amazing.GW, Winchester
Most memorable experience: "Diversity of the country. Outstanding bird life and flora and fauna.Very friendly and helpful people."RC, Lymington
Highlight?: This is difficult! We loved Tortuga Lodge, Bosque de Paz and Aguila de Osa Inn. Made new friends who we will remain in contact.MG, Uckfield
Highlights?: The drive Ranch Margot round Lake Arenal, staying there, seeing humming birds feeding from flowers a metre from our bungalow veranda, kayaking in the shadow of the amazing volcano.JH, London
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