Fodor's Expert Review Banana Azul

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Limón, 70403, Costa Rica

When Canadian owner, Colin Brownlee bought a grazing pasture on the beach, little did he know that 12 years later, it would become one of the most popular boutique hotels on the Caribbean, complete with its own supermarket, tour company, beauty salon, and villas. Hardwood furnishings are abundant at this gay-friendly (but by no means exclusive) hotel at the secluded far end of Playa Negra. Even though all beaches in Costa Rica are public, here you'll feel like it's your own private strand of sand. Rooms on the second floor of the main building are breezy and comfortable with minimal furnishings. The larger garden bath suites, with open-air bathtubs set in a private garden, are a bit more of a splurge. Across the street are four two-story luxury accommodations with full kitchens and private plunge pools. The owners offer frequent online-only packages.

PROS

  • friendly management and staff
  • seclusion (set away from hubbub of town)
  • beachfront massages available

CONS

  • no kids under 16 allowed, so not an option for families
  • best to have a car to stay here
  • can be difficult to find space

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Lively
Beachfront
Local Flavor
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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 2750–2035 | 305-846–8220

HOTEL DETAILS

25 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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