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Newest reviews for Finca Exotica Eco Lodge

  • Viktoriya
    July 22, 2014

    If you love nature, care for environment and prefer organic food - Finca exotica is perfect for you. Imagine taking a shower in a tropical forest under bare skies listening to Pacific ocean and birds\animals (like scarlet macaws and howling monkeys). A lot of exotic fruits are there for you to taste and all of them grow just outside of the hut or along the way to it. To me, Finca exotica is perfect escape and the best place I have ever stayed at. Wonderful people, as everywhere in Costa Rica, Pacific ocean, exotic fruits and plants, animals and absolute tranquility (and even a yoga sessions in the mornings). Truly a paradise!


  • Nikolaas
    July 10, 2014

    Beautiful seaview Perfect location Very friendly Very good Restaurant A lot of birds


  • Anonymous
      United Kingdom
    May 28, 2014

    Location and closeness to Corcovada park.

    Lack of choice at meals.


  • Andrew
    May 15, 2014

    Accommodating for vegetarians, fresh food, nice staff, beach access, gardens and property trails, Eco friendly, jungle feel

    Breakfasts, family style dining restrictive, resorts excursions were poor quality and disappointing, costly meals, once you decide on length of your stay you are tied to the full duration or forfeit the full cost and leave when you decide (frustrating if your plans change.)


  • Lorenzo
    April 15, 2014

    Amazing place, very isolated from "real world". Perfect if you need to disconnect from the stress of Western life. Staff is very friendly and helpful. The Finca is owned and managed by a German, so no need to say anything else about the organization and quality of the place... ;) You can even organize birthday parties, get yoga classes, etc. It's a very relaxing chill-out place for couples. Food if high-quality even for European standards (which is exceptional for this country) and is a fusion between local and European/Central American cuisines. It's evident that the cook (Coco) actually STUDIED, not just learnt from others by doing. Absolutely a must is the hiking in the Corcovado Natural Park. You can see incredible animals and plants.

    The following are not necessarily negative aspects, but it has to be kept in mind that freedom comes at a price: - To get there, you absolutely need a 4WD vehicle, since you have to cross (at least) three creeks (we went there in April); and they told us that the going can get very tough in August-September (there is a large river that fills up and makes the area completely isolated, so the Finca is closed in October-November). - You have to drive very slowly on the unpaved bumpy road from Puerto Jiménez (44 km). If you're not a good driver or don't have a 4WD vehicle, just forget and take a cab or "colectivo" (90$ vs 20$): for the latter, expect a even more bumpy, dusty and hot ride, since you're gonna seat on the back of a pick-up). - Even though the Finca is very clean and new, the owner purposely chose not to build a 5-star state-of-the-art resort for lazy people looking for all the comforts: so there are no windows, no ventilators, no air-con, no hot water (you won't need it, don't worry...); the shower is private but outside the bungalow. - The area (and the Finca, for the aforementioned reasons) is physically-demanding. I wouldn't recommend a trip there if you have a serious medical condition, also because the place is very remote and if things go South you might need airborne evacuation (€€€€€) from the nearby airstrip. The hiking is the once-in-a-lifetime experience but is extremely demanding (25-30ºC, >90% humidity, 18 km, 8 hours, leaving at 6:30). Negative aspect: - Although our guide was very nice, was born and raised in the area, and explained to us many things about the fauna and flora, we felt he didn't stand at the same level of the rest of our experience. This is even more so if you need him to speak in English (we perfectly speak Spanish, so this problem was mitigated).


  • Anonymous
      United States of America
    March 19, 2014


    food billing process


  • Gabriela
      United States of America
    February 9, 2014

    This was the highlight of my trip-the location is great if you are planning on visiting Corcovado by foot, the staff is lovely, the food organic and delicious, the beach endless, and wild-life is abundant. I was only able to spend one night, and this place requires more time to fully enjoy the setting. Food is expensive if it is not included in your rate, and there is nowhere else to go eat. They will refrigerate any food you bring; they'll keep it for you at their large and beautiful restaurant building; the "casa grande", which is the jewel of the place.

    The food was a bit expensive for what it was, although it is organic... Also, the staff forgot to book permits and a guide for the park, which they had told me was taken care of. Wi-Fi is sporadic.


  • Real
    January 31, 2014

    What struck me quite early on was how much the staff believed in this place. It is an eco-lodge, and the owner clearly has an ethical vision of environmental integrity and service to clients that is infectious. The Finca itself hosts a huge biodiversity of fruit trees, and the main lodge is gorgeously done as a meeting place for clients. The food is top notch and makes maximum use of freshly available produce, including some interesting ingredients from the Finca itself. There are numerous walking tours that one can do from the Finca itself, and tourists who do not feel the need to "do" the trail to Sirena could probably see as much from inside the grounds of the Finca (or so they say - I was one of those who just had to "do" the Sirena trail). The tour of the grounds is great, and provided free of charge.

    It is truly an eco-lodge, so an effort is made to minimize the use of energy. This means that the rooms are only dimly lit, there is no wi-fi for clients, and there are no hot showers. But take it from me, these things are part of the experience! I would highly recommend Finca Exotica to anyone but the most irresolutely pampered.


  • Heidi
      United States of America
    January 29, 2014

    The location was ideal for exploring wonderful jungle and beach. The route to the hotel was rough and long, but definitely doable and worth the trouble. Staff maintained contact with us prior to our visit to ensure that we had adequate travel plans.The wildlife abundant and very up close and personal. The views and on-site trails were also amazing. We had a guided hike one day set up by the hotel and it was an amazing experience! Do not visit Costa Rica without taking in this part of the country!!

    It was not known to us before going that only breakfast was included with our stay, and being in a very remote area there were no choices available to dining except what they provided. Meals were family style without choices, although the meals were overall good, some of the food was not to our liking. The dinners were $25 per person, reasonable if we could have had food we liked. We also did not know that there was no hot water or power available before arriving. Not refrigeration was available. While this information may have been available on the website, it was not made clear as I did check the whole site before booking. The beds have foam pads as opposed to mattresses and one blanket the weight of a sheet, minimal comfort.


  • Giovanni
    January 18, 2014

    In the middle of the jungle and 2 min far from a beautiful beach! The architecture, rooms etc... are fantastic and in harmony with the nature. It is so good made that you can not see it from the street. A really good job, non-invasive towards the nature. They are doing really good trying to preserve the nature. In all the Finca every detail is perfect. The owner is a really good person, very friendly and always available. Phoebe is great. She is able to organise everything perfect for you. She was even able to arrange our trip to the finca from Puerto Jimenez at the last second when we all discover that the colletivo was not running that day (it was Christmas). The food is really good. They always try to mix new flavours to the typical food. The two italians working there also great. It is very close to the national park Corcovado and the guide they provide us for a tour in the park was perfect. He guided us for a 7h hike in the jungle that was unforgettable. I would have like to stay more but I will definitively come back. A must to go in Costa Rica!


  • Sachiko
      United States of America
    January 10, 2014

    Awesome food cooked by Coco. Excellent care by Phoebe.

    Room storage was moldy, although the lodge probably cannot do much about it due to the high humidity. Mango room was small. It would have been nice to have more space and a toilet attached like Ranchito.


  • David
      United States of America
    January 10, 2014

    Loved the staff and the place. Due to tough travel arrived at 3am and had to sleep in the car and also leave a day early but had a great time while there. Would highly recommend it.

    Had to pay for 2 nights when I did not stay but wasn't really their fault.


  • Anonymous
      United States of America
    December 26, 2013

    The staff and the location were the highlights of my trip. This is a beautiful and remote location and Finca Exotica is very in tune with the wonders of nature which is all around it. The staff could not have been a sweeter more lovely group of people. They really helped make my stay very special.


  • Barbara
      United States of America
    December 21, 2013

    I arrived late and tired from the drive. I had a rollover without trauma on the way, but nevertheless a bit harrowing. They could not have been more wonderful and kind. The food was superb. The room in the jungle up a small slope was romantic and just perfect! Loved my intro yoga classes and horseback ride.



  • Maria
      Costa Rica
    December 17, 2013

    I liked everything from the warm welcome to the gorgeous bungalow to the great staff I met to the food etc. It's an amazing place, a real discovery and I cannot wait to go back on my next trip to the Osa.


  • Ralph
    December 11, 2013

    nice views, good food, friendly personnel

    prices, very expensive and basically no other choice then to eat there and do their tours


  • Vendulka
      Czech Republic
    July 23, 2013

    we liked everything :) amazed by great food, spectacular view of nature and ocean, very nice and relaxing place we even liked the road (we were driving and last 40 km was a great adventure :)) also there is no telephone signal or wifi available which finally helped as to enjoy the time most!!!!!!


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