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La Leona Eco Lodge

Our rating

7/10

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Highlights

- Simple tented cabins, great value
- Idyllic beachside eco-lodge
- Adjacent to Corcovado National Park
- Birdwatching, night hikes, turtle watching

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Overview

La Leona is a rustic and remote eco-lodge located just outside the Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula in southwest Costa Rica. Designed with environmentally friendly practises in mind, the property showcases the area’s many natural features, while at the same time doing its best to protect them for future generations to enjoy. There are several simple, tented cabins within a short distance of a pristine stretch of beach on the Pacific Ocean and this is a great choice for those on a lower budget.

All of the cabins look out on to the beach and ocean, though some of them have views that are more focused on the lodge’s pretty gardens and grounds. Each one has its own decking area with seating, as well as a private outdoor shower; note that some of the tent-cabins share bathroom facilities.

Jardines Del Mar is the hotel’s restaurant which is open for three meals a day. It’s an open-air dining venue right beside the beach and has a bar with an array of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Menus feature a mix of Costa Rican and international cuisine, with ingredients locally sourced and food freshly prepared.

The lodge currently offers around half a dozen enriching activities and excursions at an additional fee. These are designed to reveal not only the area’s rich natural wonders and diverse wildlife, but also its cultural heritage. Exploring the nearby Corcovado National Park is a must. It’s Costa Rica’s largest national park and is commonly referred to as the most biologically intense place on Earth due to its extreme biodiversity. Morning birdwatching hikes, night-time walks and observing turtles nesting (seasonal) are also popular activity choices.

For those travelling with young children, the Family Bungalow is recommended for small families. For larger families, it may be necessary to book more than one tent-cabin. Owing to the lodge’s open location and proximity to the ocean, parents are advised to keep an eye on their youngsters at all times.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 497 reviews

(NaN/5)

  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)

    The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.

    Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!

    Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good

    Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.

    Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.

    Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.

    MissingPippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019

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