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Banana Azul
Beachfront hotel pool, restaurant & bar
Puerto Viejo Top Pick

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Tropical Beachfront Boutique Hotel with 22 rooms Located on the quiet sandy beach of Playa Negra. Banana Azul is limited to adults over age of 16 and offers restaurant, bar, pool and tour kiosk. Beach views, tropical gardens, comfortable rooms & friendly staff make for memorable vacations.

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Linton Lewis

The Hotel Banana Azul and newer addition Banana Verde are an incredibly good value. My wife and I have traveled throughout Central America and the Caribbean. This place is a gem. Affordable, great beach, great water, great food and rooms are perfect.
We enjoy the effort that the Hotel makes to be a place that feels like a home. Truly one of the best places we have ever stayed- a wonderful experience.

September 29, 2018

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Gary from Silver Spring, Maryland

Spent several days at Banana Azul in June 2011. The hotel is great, the staff is friendly and the area is beautiful. If you are unfamiliar with the area it can be a little hard to find but, it is worth the effort. Look for the sign on the right side of the road from Limon, just before Puerto Viejo.

November 22, 2011

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Robert Zuur from Tucson, Az. U.S.A.

Thanks to all the staff at Banana Azul! Fred and David, Roberto, all the pets, and the Geko staff too. What a pleasure it was staying with you. Your hospitality impeccable, the food delicious, the coffee always hot and early in the morning. Can't wait to come back to see you all again. Thanks too for the extention cord and retrieving my passport at the last minute! You all rock! Bob Zuur

September 29, 2011

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Rachel Knight from Springfield, MO - USA

The pictures do not do this place justice. It was beautiful and the beach was as close to private as it gets. We were married on the beach and spent our honeymoon at the Banana Azul. The staff was wonderful, the food was amazing and the view was spectacular. I was a bit worried about having to air-conditioning, but the indoor/outdoor style of Costa Rica was incredible. It really made our trip. The lack of A/C was never a problem...even for an indoor girl like me!

June 13, 2011

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Joanne from Ontario, Canada

We stayed next door at Casa Las Brisas and were able to use all of the amenities of Banana Azul. The staff were very helpful when we were trying to decide what to do and how to do it, the facilities were very clean and the food was great. I can't speak for the rooms but our experience as guests was very good.

January 30, 2011

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Javier from Costa Rica

Mi esposa y yo pasamos un maravilloso fin de semana en el Hotel Banana Azúl, cálida y amigable bienvenida. Nuestra estadía fué cómoda y confortable. Definitivamente es un paraíso de descanso.

El personal administrativo y de servicio altamente calificado e identificado con el debe ser de un Hotel merecedor de 10 estrellas.

La comida simplemente exquisita y la cena acompañada de Calipso los hacen únicos.

Las habitaciones muy limpias y ordenadas, Garden Bath Suite muy romántica y acogedora

Recomendado AAA++++

November 15, 2010

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Michael and D'Angelo from La Fortuna, Costa Rica
BEST Hotel Puerto Viejo Costa Rica Banana Azul

Hey Everyone! love, Love, LOVE this hotel in Puerto Viejo Costa Rica which is located on the southern Caribbean side of the country. The hotel's name is Banana Azul and it's just a couple minutes (in a car) north of Puerto Viejo. We're not saying their couldn't be other GREAT places to stay, but everything factored in like price, staff, service, food etc, it's the one we like BEST so far. Check out the VIDEO to see why. ENjoY!

November 02, 2010

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Sherry from Chandler AZ USA

We spent 4 FABULOUS days at Banana Azul for my friend's 50th birthday! The owners did a great job of putting our 3 rooms together, so we could have one big balcony! Everyone was so friendly and the food was AWESOME! I am telling everyone to go to Banana Azul! Franklin the bartender made every drink from scratch, no bottled juice or canned fruit. FAB!

October 07, 2010

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Maura Gilroy from Washington DC

Is anyone planning to visit Nov 7-13? Looking for couple to share airport transportation with so we can all split the cost.

October 04, 2010

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Lauren Foucher from Manchester, New Hampshire

Banana Azul was one of my best traveling experiences, It made our honeymoon amazing! It was the type of place you'd never want to leave. By far the best hotel in Puerto Viejo! The hotel was very comfortable and cozy and the owners and workers made you feel right at home!! Very well taken care of and in such an amazing spot!! The people were so friendly and made you feel very welcome! Thank you SO much Banana Azul for making the beginning of our honeymoon trip unforgettable!! Love- Lauren & Ian Foucher

October 01, 2010

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henriette and Sally from atlanta USA

wow........we just got back from an amazing 7 days at Banana Azul.
This hotel is awsome and the staff is even more awsome. There was absolutely nothing more we could have asked for. The kitchen staff set up the most amazing display at every meal and always ready to assist with a smile. The rooms were clean and adorable.
A special shout out to David, Franklin and guys are the best !!!!!

July 11, 2010

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roux from france

We went to Costa Rica last year in May 2009. Banana Azul is a very nice place. We stayed in the ocean room. Wonderfull room. We splept without doors only with ocean noise. The food is very good. I can recommand you guacamole home maid with "mojitos" and pancakes for breakfast. Amazing ! See you soon

July 04, 2010

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Not to be melodramatic, but Banana Azul literally changed my wife's and my life. We went to CR on our honeymoon, and really did not know what to expect, only knowing that a friend had said "go to Puerto Viejo" and on Trip Advisor Banana Azul was rated #1, and everyone was saying these insanely positive things, so we figured what the hell, lets stay there. Well I'd give just about anything to be back there right now. It really is the energy of the place, from the the land to the hotel itself to the Flora and Fauna of the area, but most of all the wonderful energy that Colin and Roberto have put into Banana Azul. My wife and I were so affected by it and inspired we began to ask ourselves questions about our own life and happiness. It almost sounds cliche but while lying in hammocks in the downstairs area watching leafcutter ants and reading some inspiring books strategically strewn about the coffeetables, we realized that we needed to correct the course of our life, and pursue dreams we had forsaken several years before. Long story short, we returned to our life in the US, quit our jobs, sold our house, and moved to the city we'd always dreamt of living in. We are now pursuing our dream, making music full time, have a baby on the way, and just frikkin happy like nobodies business. We really really appreciate Colin and Roberto for the insight they gave us and are so happy to see how well Banana Azul is doing!

May 30, 2010

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Jandui Cavalcante from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

I want to leave this comment because our stay with you was so nice...thank you so much for help us to making this week wonderful..I hope go back a day

May 19, 2010

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James J from Tellico Plains, USA

Well I don't know where to begin so I will start from Nov 08. I booked the hotel through Gecko Travel and obviously didn't do enough research. When I arrived the hotel owner Colin was very nice to me, I could tell that he preferred the same sex. No big deal except that he kept sticking his tongue out at me. I assume this a sign to feel for others of his type. To each his own. I noticed that there were quit a few more that were the same way. One of Colin's guest followed me around for two days before I told Nina from Gecko about it. She asked me why I booked this hotel then and that I should have known because of the rainbow flag. I am a country boy from south Alabama, how was I supposed to know what that meant. Every straight person I talked to did not know this either. I assume that they do this on purpose because they know straight people have reservations towards them somewhat. She asked if I would like to change hotels. I said no I will try to stay here. Immediately afterwards Colin became rude with me and the other dude backed off so I know Nina talked to at least Colin. The next day I saw Roberto and I said something about the poodle messing with the other dogs. He quickly informed me that it was his dog and it was none of my business. I did not feel that it was that big of a deal.
I was booked for Tortugara and the Pacure. Colin told me that I would be going with another couple down the Pacure but I was actually supposed to be going to Tortugara. I packed an extra pair of shorts and a shirt and that was all. I know that it was my fault that I was not sure of where and what I was doing, but I was on a very nice vacation and didn't pay attention. They could not rebook me so I went and made the most of it and had a blast, met some nice ladies!
I got my laundry done through the hotel and my clothes came back cold, damp, and wrinkled. I complained to the owner but he blew me off because of the humid atmosphere. The next time I took my clothes down town, they came back superb, crisp, clean, no wrinkles.
I was interested in possibly purchasing some land there and the guy that followed me around suggested a Tico that he used. They knew that this was going on and did not inform me of the risks. The Tico tried to sell me an acre of land for 90,000 but I was not interested. On the way back, the same piece of land was now only 60,000. hmmm! I wonder if Colin's buddy was getting some of his money back?
Now for my next trip which just finished. I arrived on the 7th of May 2010. Roberto was very nice and accommodating towards me but he and a few others kept on mentioning "trying new things." I am friendly but not that friendly. I am open and brushed it off.
I spoke with David the receptionist about two days later and didn't understand his response. I asked him to repeat himself and he got huffy with me. I apologized for the inconvenience on his part.
Well my time to depart came and I packed my bags. I told David that I would be there from the 7th of May through the 11th. He told me that he booked me next door and it was my fault. He proceeded to tell me that the way I emailed it meant that I would be there through the 11th and leave the 12th. I didn't argrue again and he told me he would fix it. If you were to tell someone that you were going to stay Monday through Thursday, would that mean that you are leaving Friday? Maybe we are from different countries or something. I got the feeling that he knew it was more of his fault than mine and was trying to shuffle the blame.
I ended up getting a cold and found out that the server had a virus with swollen glands. These people make enough money to send them home so as to not infect their guests, like me. I don't know where I picked it up but when someone is sick serving you food, that is not good.
When I came to check out, the co-owener Roberto was standing right there so I didn't want to cause a scene in pardise. Being a return customer I was supposed to receive a 10% discount but I did not.
All in all it is a wonderful place. It is a place to love and be loved, I enjoyed the squeaky beds. They have very accommodating staff and the grounds are exceptional thanks to Rick. Franklin the bartender makes the best drinks around. The food is wonderful. Almost everyone is how do you say, tranquilo. The security is great also. I still recommend this place for the value but I would rate my stay as a 6 out of 10 unlike the previous time which I would give a 9.
Leave your "reservations" at home if you are straight or prude and you will have a great time! Pura Vida!

May 13, 2010

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Katherine from Toronto, Canada

WOW! We were so lucky to find this little gem on the beach! 2 years ago B.P (before pool) I spent a week at Banana Azul with friends. I can honestly say it was one of the greatest weeks of my life. The staff at Banana Azul are so warm and welcoming and will gladly go out of their way to accomodate you and make your stay for enjoyable. They also offer you lots of helpful information on the best snorkle spots, local restos, hicking paths to waterfalls, zipline, and other great activities. I have to say, I have travelled Europe a few times and the food we had in in Puerto Viejo was some of the best and most unique I've ever tasted. So frehs, colourful and tasty! The beautiful paradise-like beach, ocean-side hammocks, sunfilled bedrooms, fantastic food and unforgetable hosts really made for an unbelievable trip. I would highly recommend Banana Azul to anyone! I would go back in a heartbeat if I could. PURA VIDA!

April 15, 2010

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jenmcbee from Maine

We are scheduled to stay at Banana Azul in September and can't wait! Can anyone share with us what vaccinations/preventions were taken in preparation for travel to CR?

May 21, 2010

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mark werder from birmingham, mi

after staying at banana azul you have to hesitate before honestly reviewing it, understanding that each more glowing review threatens it's hidden gem status. my wife found it a year ago doing CR vacation research and it sounded so good we delayed when we couldn't get a room on our only available dates. this year we stayed in the Howler and another room (after a 2 day trip to Tortuguerro arranged by Gecko, their affiliated Tour operation that is equally excellent). BA is a truly unique boutique property that threads the needle for a whole host of variables that can make for a vacation-of-a-lifetime experience: it makes 'rustic' feel opulent and intimate; the decor reflects an extreme attention to detail and the lush landscaping/plantings/open air eco vibe (with a turtle canal virtually underfoot that you have to see) is right out of a movie set for the Secret Tropics. Gecko will set you up on truly amazing adventures but if you want to veg, you'll lack for nothing: it's got a bar and table d'hote food service all day, it manages to balance opulent privacy with divider-screened balconies that you want to just live on, the caribbean is so warm there you can stay in for hours; the pool/jacuzzi set up is very comfortable and welcoming and if you want to make friends, the eating arrangements encourage it. majorly casual. you belong from the moment you arrive. kudos for the concept.

April 01, 2010

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George Traugh & Ray Wolf from Cresco, Pa. USA

Never in my life of traveling all over the world, have I ever met nicer people the those at Banana Azul. It was one of the most confortable trips with some of the most wonderful people I have ever met. Not only were they more then helpful, but the hotel and the grounds were by far the best. The place is clean and beautiful. The garders are outstanding and the pool, although small, was great. I think that Colin, Roberto and their staff were the greatest. I loved the waiters and waitresses, and the staff at Gecko, Wow, I can't thank them enough for all their help. Unbelieveable, It really is a piece of heaven. Ray and I want to thank you all very much. We had a WONDERFUL time and hopefully will return again some day. Ray Wolf and George Traugh

March 25, 2010

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