Hotel Iguana Lodge:

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welcome to the Iguana Lodge...deep in the rainforest, planted on A MAGNIFICENT beach, there lives a world that once was all there was...the surf rolls in...the moon rises...the fiery billed aracaris sing and the howler monkeys call...and on the veranda we await you to join in our quest FOR TRUE ADVENTURE WHILE refining the vanishing but cherished art of relaxation

The Osa Peninsula is one of the most biologically intense places on our planet.  It  is the "Last Great Peninsula", truly untouched by the ravages of civilization. Here you will find the ancient rainforest with over 350 species of birds, 115 species of reptiles, 750 species of trees and 10,000 species of insects...along with the 100,000 acre fantastic Corcovado National Park. 

In the midst of this spectacular setting, a secluded and exotic jungle-beach ecolodge, located on the best beach on the Osa, surrounded by the Preciosa Platanares Refuge, awaits you.  

The veranda beckons you to sit down a moment and simply relax...savor paradise...listen to the macaws call overhead  But then of course you may prefer to: 


  • repel down a waterfall, 

  • explore a cave, 

  • hike through the primeval rainforest, 

  • beach comb along our deserted 6-mle long beach...the Best Beach on the Osa,

  • go birdwatchng through-out the surrounding Platanares Preciosa Reserve or boat up the Rio Esquinas in search of over 350 species of birds, 

  • boogie-board or surf a while, 

  • play in the waves, 

  • kayak through serene mangroves 

  • enjoy a sunset kayak upon the pristine Golfo Dulce with dolphins and manta-rays leaping through the photoluminescence, 

  • observe whales breaching

  • watch sea turtles laying eggs along our beach or the hatchlings emerge from their nests in our hatchery, 

  • catch a sailfish, snook or maybe a marlin,

  • visit Casa Orquideas, a magnificent world-class garden,

  • stroll on our deserted six-mile long sandy beach with the surf rolling in and the stars overhead

...and then come on home.  Sit down with us for a fabulous meal, great conversation, candlelight, maybe music...salsa dancing perhaps?  

The surf is pounding and the jungle calls are all around...the moon is full and the natives are restless. The nearby howler monkeys are ready to rock you to sleep...but perhaps you would prefer to retire to your own secluded paradise.  Saunter along a candlelit garden path to your own two-story bungalow where you can lounge in a hammock on your deck overlooking the Golfo Dulce, or take a hot shower in your roomy bath, or relax upon your orthopedic bed and enjoy the tropical breezes and the sounds of the quiet wildness of the jungle playing backup to the rhythmic pounding of the surf.

in the morning when birds are singing and the monkeys chattering...come on down to our spectacular thatched Rancho Grande to try some mango scones or banana crepes, excellent Costa Rican coffee, fresh juice and bowls overflowing with tropical fruit.  At the Iguana Lodge our food is legendary...try some ginger-chili grilled mahi-mahi or chipotle grilled steak, along with fresh baked breads, crisp and cold cucumber-carrots, grilled plantains, braised kamote, mango mousse, key-lime pie...and the cooks just keep on cooking...


We hope you join us and the other wildlife here in paradise. The Osa Peninsula is in southwestern Costa Rica, near Panama.  The easiest way to visit us is to fly from San Jose; driving is possible, usually it is a lengthy and occasionally a quite thrilling way to pass a day. We are happy to set up your flight reservations from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez, as well as book a hotel for you in San Jose. From Puerto Jimenez we are a twenty minute taxi ride away.

And here is what our wonderful guests have to say:

"A remarkable excursion into another world." Thomas and Sidra - Switzerland

"You have surely made a paradise on earth."  Laura and Louie Pinna  - Highland Village, Texas

"One could get lost out here...such beauty, marvelous food and great conversation." Audrey Ethier - Montreal, Quebec

"We made lifelong memories and friends sharing this tropical paradise with you all. We have been to a lot of great spots...but Iguana takes the Special Place Prize."  The Crawford family - Houston, Texas

"The jungle was beyond description, the food four-star, the people incredible. Our family decided it was the best vacation we ever had." David and Joanie Lane and family - Denver, Colorado 

"Today is the best of times and the worst of times...We had an awesome time here. The worst is today, we have to leave.  This place returns one to where the heart and soul should be, we just lose our way.  The taste of the air, the sensual smell of the earth, the caress of the rain, all so rejuvenating." Jan and Dave Allen - San Diego, California

"I think you have the most beautiful sunrise on earth...and the ocean pounding on the beach is a natural tranquilizer. What a fabulous retreat you have."  Robert and Diana Crew and family - Denver, Colorado

"Beautiful beaches for walking...Splendid water for swimming...Delectable food for eating...Quiet, still afternoons for siesta-ing...We couldn't dream of a more fantastic honeymoon."  Kim and Donnie Picou - Atlanta, Georgia

"A pity about the return ticket...I could go native here very easily." Dee Humphries - London

"We only planned to stay a couple of days but spent our whole vacation at Iguana Lodge. It’s the perfect spot if you just want to relax."  Mark and Jenny Dunaway - San Diego, California.

"The price is a real bargain compared to other lodges we went to. The food was great and the lodge is beautiful. We are coming back next year!"   Greg Simpson and family - Miami, Florida.

"Something magical happens here...maybe it's the beach or the gardens, the conversation or the jungle, the nights or the days."  Susan and Tim Barrows - Raleigh, North Carolina

"We really wanted some adventure and there was plenty of it. We especially enjoyed the rainforest and tree climb. Panning for gold was a blast and we both caught our first sailfish!"  Brent Williams and John Chase - Seattle, Washington.

"The folks who told me to see the Osa Peninsula were right. it's wonderful.  I loved the lodge, the cooking, the family spirit, the conversation." Marty Bauman - Wisconsin

Fantastic!  Thanks for the stay in paradise." Miles and Joe - San Francisco, California

"Accommodations great, food fantastic, conversation splendid, beach is gorgeous. Thanks for creating such a great place for us all." Mary and Geoff Botoson, NYC

"What pie! Pecan from Heaven itself.  This after a thunderstorm that strew lightening across the gulf and Rain, Rain, Rain. Gorgeous." Debbie and Gregg - San Diego, California

RATES 2003-2004

Meals are included (meals are calculated per day at $35 for adults and $17.50 for children). Rate includes lodging, all taxes, three exceptional multi-course meals a day, complimentary wine with dinner, and service charge on meals

Iguana Lodge’s HIGH SEASON – Nov. 15, 2003 – April 30, 2004
Room Occupancy Single Double Triple Children**
(7 – 14)
Rate $151.30 $104.75 $93.11 $52.37


Iguana Lodge’s GREEN SEASON – May 1, 2003 – August 24, 2003
Room Occupancy Single Double Triple Children**
(7 – 14)
Rate $139.66 $98.93 $87.29 $49.46


Iguana Lodge’s SUPER-GREEN SEASON – August 25, 2003 – Nov. 14, 2003
Room Occupancy Single Double Triple Children**
(7 – 14)
Rate $116.39 $79.15 $69.83 $39.57

**Children under 7 free

Casa VillaVillaKula 2003 – 2004

Three story, three bedroom luxury villa on the beach with full kitchen next door to Iguana Lodge. Rate does not include meals or daily maid service; meals and maid service may be purchased at Iguana Lodge and Iguana’s Pearl of the Osa. Rate is per night with 3 night minimum.

SEASONS High Green Super-Green
Rate $384.08 $314.25 $232.78

Gracias y Pura Vida

Payment Policy: 50% payment due upon booking and total payment due 60 days in advance.
Cancellation Policy: There is a 100% refund with cancellation 60 days prior to arrival date; a 50% refund between 45 and 60 days prior; but because we are so remote, if you cancel within 45 days or less prior to arrival, any refund is at the discretion of Iguana Lodge. If we can rent out your bungalow, we will happily refund your money.

Lodging Type

   All-Suite    Condominium    Villa
   Apartment    Hotel    Apartment Hotel
   Bed and Breakfast    Resort    Country Inn

 Meals are included in the room rate:


 Breakfast is included in the room rate:




   Airport    Resort    Suburban
  Downtown    Midtown    Countryside


   Business District    In the Mountains
   By a Lake    On the major highway
   By a Beach    On the Beach
   Entertainment District    Shopping District
   In the Country    Suburban


 Airport Name:

 Juan Santamaría International Airport
 Airport Code:

 Distance and Direction from Airport to Hotel:

 2 miles West


 Airport Name:

Puerto Jimenez
 Distance and Direction from Airport to Hotel:

2 miles West


 City / Town Name:

Puerto Jimenez
 Distance between city and the hotel:

2 miles


   American Express / Optima    Mastercard
   Diners Club    Visa




 Children stay free with parents in the same room under this age:

7 years

 Minimum number of adults required for children to stay free:

 Limitation on the number of free children:    YES

 If there is, this is the total of free children allowed:


 Meal Plan Code

 Adult Rate

 Child Rate

 Meal Plan Description
 All included      


 Extra Person:  Rollaway Adult:
 Crib:  Rollaway Child:


   Air Conditioning    Fire Sprinkler System
   Babysitting Service    Gift Shop
   Bakery    Handicap facilities / access
   Banquet / Meeting Rooms    Health Club / Spa
   Barber / Beauty Shop    Ice Machine
   Private Beach    Laundry / Dry Cleaning
   Public Beach    Newstand
   Bellmen    Non-smoking rooms
   Breakfast, Comp Continental (Full)    Pets allowed
   Business Center    Indoor Pool
   Car Rental Service    Outdoor Pool
   Casino    Room Service
   Coffee Shop    Safe Deposit Box
   Concierge Desk    Turn Down Service
   Connecting Rooms    V.I.P. Floor
   Currency Exchange    Lending Library
   Guest Elevators  


HOTEL ACTIVITIES (within 2 miles walking)

   Ballooning    Island Cruises
   Bike Path    Jogging Track / Trail
   Birdwatching    Kayaking
   Boating    Miniature Golf
   Bungee Jumping    Mountain Biking
   Casino    National Parks
   Cloud / Rain Forest    Parachuting
   Deep Sea Fishing    River Tours
   Ecological Trips    River Rafting
   Fishing    Scuba Diving / Snorkeling
   Game Room    Sea Turtle Nesting
   Gardens    Shopping
   Golf    Water Skiing
   Golf Driving Range    Tennis, Outdoor / Lit
   Hiking Nature Area    Tennis, Outdoor / Unlit
   Horseback Riding    Thermal Waters
   Ice Skating    Volcanoes
   Indian Reserve    Free boogie boards


   Air Conditioning    Minibar
   Balcony    Mirrors, Full Lenght
   Clock Radio, AM / FM    Movies, Cable T.V.
   Free Coffee    Free Newspapers
   Ceiling Fans    Multiple Phone Lines
   Fireplace    PC Data Report
   Heat Lamp    Refrigerator
   Hot Tub    Remote Control T.V.
   Iron    Robes
   Ironing Board    Safe
   Kitchenette    Trouser Press
   Free Local Phone Calls    VCR



   No Parking    Courtesy Car to Airport
   Complimentary Parking    Limousine Service to Airport
   Charge for Parking    Courtesy Car to Attractions
   Valet Parking    Limousine to Attractions


 Restaurant / Lounge Name


 Dress Code


 Price Ranges
Rancho Iguana

6 am - 8 pm



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