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Feel the white sand between your toes, listen to the waves

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The uncrowded Playa Chiquita is a favorite for those who want to relax on the fine sand and in the beautiful waters surrounded only by nature. It is really several small bays so you may be able to find your own small beach with no one else in sight. As well, there is no road to access to the beach so the short walk down one of several trails to the beach also provides privacy. There's a nice trail to the beach just past Hotel Shawandha for example.

There is no central commercial area but there is a smattering of restaurants and services along the main road including a gourmet supermarket. There are also a wide variety of hotels and vacation homes. For supplies beyond groceries you'll need to head into Puerto Viejo. Transport options between Playa Chiquita and Puerto Viejo include the local bus (running hourly or less during daylight hours), bicycle (most hotels rent bicycles), taxi and car. Check the local transport page for more details.

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Hotels

Puerto Viejo Top PicksLa Kukula Lodge
 www.lakukulalodge.com

Jungle Lodge with Tropical Contemporary Architecture located in Playa Chiquita, few steps to the beach. Accommodation options are Double or Triple rooms, Bungalows for 2 up to 8 people and a Suite room with private swimming-pool available for Honeymoons/Couples or Family up to 9 members. Services include free breakfast, swimming-pool, bar, free wifi, parking, desk for tours and transportation, concierge and laundry.
 +506 2750 0653
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 Average room rate: $80
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Puerto Viejo Top PicksShawandha Lodge
 www.shawandha.com

Upscale hotel with individually art designed bungalows. French restaurant. New swimming pool with waterfall, surrounded by a tropical garden.
 2750 0018
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 Average room rate: $130
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Puerto Viejo Top PicksTree House Lodge
 costaricatreehouse.com

The tree house are 4 very unique luxurious houses build in balance with nature. The tree house is located on the Iguanaverde Foundation property. The lodge is located at a 10 acres ocean front property between Playa Chiquita and the Punta Uva beach.
 +506 2750-0706
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 Average room rate: $217
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Casa Merlin Lodge

Set amidst the jungle in Playa Chiquita, offers comfortable rooms with A/C, Cable TV, safety box. Free Parking, breakfast buffet, bike rentals available.
 +506 2750 0581
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 Average room rate: $70
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Casa Moabi

In the middle of the jungle, only 300 meters from Playa Chiquita. Offering 3 kinds of accommodation: a large house with 4 rooms each with private bathroom, a large kitchen, living room and terrace; a private bungalow for 2 and a 3 story traditional wooden bungalow for families with kitchen and bathroom.
 +506 8539 7578
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 Average room rate: $45
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Colores del Caribe

4 New and luxury houses to rent in a private condo. With all equipment and facilities. Free private parking, wifi, SKY, and all the services.
 +506 8779 0493
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 Average room rate: $150
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El Nido Cabinas

Luxurious cabinas set around gardens, a swimming pool and a jacuzzi. Each spacious cabina has a king sized bed, a kitchen with eating bar, a TV/DVD, a sofa bed and a large private patio with hammock and reclining chairs. Breakfast is included. Located just 200 meters from Playa Chiquita.
 +506 8915-2462
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 Average room rate: $150
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Hotel Aguas Claras

6 luxury bungalows and 6 deluxe suites in Victorian styled houses. All are equipped with A/C, wifi, coffee maker. Options for bungalows with one bedroom, two bedrooms or five bedrooms. Restaurant and yoga salon on site.
 +506 2750-0131, fax 2750-0368
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 Average room rate: $300
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Hotel Arco Iris

Set in a garden with tropical flora and fauna. The bungalows are equipped with a private bathroom, refrigerator, air conditioning, one or two double beds and an open terrace. Previously named Hotel Sibu and Hotel Kasha.
 +506 2750 0555
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 Average room rate: $160
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Hotel Kasha

Hotel 400 meters from Playa Chiquita with bungalows and rooms. Offers lush gardens, parking, pool, restaurant. Bungalows have two queen beds, A/C, fan, private bath, terrace, fridge, table & chairs. Rooms have a queen bed, A/C, private bath.
 +506 2750 0859
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 Average room rate: $80
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Luna Caribeña Village

Four vacation rental cottages, each with 1 or 2 bedrooms, with fully-equipped kitchen. Surrounded by tropical gardens, 2 pools. Wireless Internet, private parking and laundry service.
 +506 2750 0889, 8861 0219
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 Average room rate: $80
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Miraflores Eco Lodge

Two tree house style lodges with a variety of rooms and apartments available to rent including rooms with shared bath, rooms with private bath and kitchenette, suites and a 2 bedroom apartment. One or both houses can be rented in their entirety as well providing accommodation for up to 8 people in 1 house and up to 4 in the other.
 2750 0038
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 Average room rate: $125
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Namuwoki Lodge

Thirteen bungalows with pool located in jungle of Playa Chiquita. 1 built for handicapped person. Capacity from 2 to 5 persons in a single bungalow. Breakfast included. Restaurant
 2750-0278
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 Average room rate: $115
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Playa Chiquita Lodge

Twelve tranquil cabins nestled in dense tropical vegetation connected by a 50 yard natural trail to the pristine white sand beach. All cabins have fully screened windows, ceiling fans, private bathrooms with hot showers with solar panel heaters and a veranda overlooking a lush tropical garden.
 (506) 2750 0408
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 Average room rate: $100
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Tierra de Suenos Lodge

Tropical Bungalows with 7 individual hardwood bungalows set amidst a lush jungle landscape and just a few steps to one of the most beautiful beaches on this coast! Wellness Center programs onsite at Tierra de Yoga, the area's largest outdoor training pavilion with daily classes that can host up to 30 people.
 2750 0378
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 Average room rate: $150
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Villas del Caribe

Offers 12 villas with kitchens and terrace and 14 rooms all facing the ocean and with private bathrooms. Some with A/C. Breakfast included. Pool and jacuzzi. The SeaSide Restaurant and bar is located at the hotel and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
 +506 2750 0202,2750 0593
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 Average room rate: $95
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Bungalows Kilima Selva y Mar

Small property with two simple very clean bungalows with tile floors, fan, private bath with hot shower. Shared kitchen. Garden setting.
 +506 27599215
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 Average room rate: $45
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Restaurants

Casa Mandala

Organic/vegan restaurant and grocery. Art, home decor, clothing, jewelry and handicrafts. Open Monday to Friday 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday 2 pm to 6 pm, Sunday 10 am to 4 pm.
 +506 8442 1298
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Diwo Restaurant

Fusion food restaurant open for dinner. Closed Monday and Tuesday. At the previous Jungle Love location.
 +506 2750 0162
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GypSea Café

Farm to table restaurant with organic ingredients. Catering to omnivores with a great selection for vegetarians. Open for breakfast and lunch.
 +506 2750 2016
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Paradise Beach Bar

Large open air bar and restaurant just off Playa Chiquita. Follow the gravel road across from DIWO to the end. Lots of parking for cars and bikes. Open noon to midnight daily.
 +506 2750 0544
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Pizzeria Pulcinella

Pizza and other Italian and Mediterranean dishes. Pizza prepared in a wood-fired brick oven. Located at Hotel El Nido.
 2756 8274
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Punto y Pasta

Italian restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Pizza, pasta, smoothies, hamburgers. Closed Tuesdays.
 +506 8399 8267
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Pura Gula Restaurant

Healthy slow food restaurant
 +506 8634 6404
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Restaurante La Botánica

Argentinian restaurant offering local dishes such as rice & beans, casados, shrimp and rice. Also pastas, pizza, beef, pork and fish, empanadas. Smoothies, wine and beer. Open for breakfast and lunch and some nights for dinner.
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Shiva Inn Restaurante

Restaurant specializing in vegetarian, vegan and gluten free meals but also serves some fish and meat.
 +506 2750 2115
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Schools

Caribe Azul Centro de Aprendizaje Independiente

An independent learning center for children and adults. They are pioneers, participating in the creation of a new world, transforming and re-creating themselves continuously. Their purpose is to create a high frequency learning center in which education enables the children and adults involved to re-connect with their true essence.
 +506 2756 8325
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Centro Educativo Playa Chiquita Punta Uva

Private school offering classes for students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 (ages 3.5 to 12). Classes in Spanish following Costa Rican curriculum. See the education page for more info.
 +506 2750 0754, 8339 4983
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Souvenirs, Crafts & Gifts

Maya Shanti Natural Art

Locally made art and home decor; known for their colorful lanterns
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Supermarkets and Other Groceries

El Duende Gourmet

Supermarket with an excellent selection of gourmet groceries. Bicycle rentals. Barber shop.
 +506 2750.0356
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Pulpería Villas del Caribe

Small local grocery store
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Tours and Activities

Jaguar Rescue Center
 jaguarrescue.foundation

Centre to rehabilitate mistreated, injured and/or confiscated animals, which are then reintroduced to their natural habitat in protected areas. Visitors have direct contact with monkeys, wild cats, sloths, raccoons, anteaters, marsupials, reptiles, amphibians, etc. You can also observe all the venomous snakes of Costa Rica which are housed in terrariums imitating their natural habitat. By visiting the Jaguar Centre, your donation will go directly to caring for rainforest animals. Guided visits are from Mon to Sat at 09.30 am and 11.30 am. Closed on Sun. Entrance fee: US$20 (Colones 11,000).
 +506 2750 0710
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The Prancing Pony

Created to give you the chance to experience the joy of riding horses on the beach. Whatever your age, background or level of experience, everybody is welcome! They have more than 30 years of experience and worked in different countries including dressage; showjumping; archery on horseback, bareback riding and cross country. Tours can be booked in English, Spanish, German and Swedish. Next right turn after Shawandha Lodge behind equilibrio eatery/bar.
 8335 9506, 8475 6087
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Vacation Rentals

Puerto Viejo Top PicksUva Blue Jungle Villas
 uvabluevillas.com

Six villas in a very private & peaceful location. Short stroll to Playa Chiquita beach and restaurants. Two 2 bedroom, three 1 bedroom and 1 studio recently constructed separate villas, each with private garden space, fully furnished, kitchen with all utensils. Built to a high standard, using many indigenous materials, hand crafted furniture. Available for daily, weekly & monthly rentals. Min 2 nights.
 +506 2759 9340 (English), +506 8868 9418 (español WhatsApp)
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 Average room rate: $75
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Angler's Lair

This fully furnished 100 m2 ground floor apartment sleeps two. The bedroom can be arranged with a pair of single beds or a king. Furnishings crafted of reclaimed lumber include a drybox closet, nightstands, and overhead fans. Security screens afford plentiful airflow or may be shuttered to assure absolute privacy. A complete kitchen includes range, oven, refrigerator, blender, coffee maker, cookware and table settings.
 8601 5294
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 Average room rate: $65
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Casa Ambar

Modern spacious house in Playa Chiquita, 2 spacious bedrooms with private bathroom, fully equipped open kitchen in a luminous living room. On the second story you will find a mezzanine with a double bed. House for 6 people.
 +506 8839-2644, 8303-2359
 Average room rate: $255
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Casa Madera

1 bedroom house in its own world in the jungle. Large covered deck for dinning and entertaining and a very private natural stone pool. Fully equipped kitchen. The bedroom is in the center of the house in a open concept, with a very comfortable mattress and a mosquito net.
 +506 8839-2644, 8303-2359
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 Average room rate: $85
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Casa Tiffany

Modern spacious house in Playa Chiquita. 2 spacious bedrooms with private bathrooms, full equipped open kitchen in a luminous living room with A/C. House for 4 people.
 +506 8839-2644, 8303-2359
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 Average room rate: $250
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Casa Uli

Located on a large property with another small house and a restaurant. The house has everything you need to enjoy your stay: kitchen with all necessary utensils, large terrace, dining room and living room. It has 1 bedroom and a bathroom. At the house lives Lucy, a beautiful kitten who is part of the house so this house is only for people who like cats. House for 2 people.
 +506 8839-2644, 8303-2359
 Average room rate: $60
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Casa Xanadu

Modern spacious house in Playa Chiquita. 2 spacious bedrooms with private bathroom, full equipped open kitchen in a luminous living, sofa bed in living area. A/C in both bedrooms. House for 6 people.
 +506 8839-2644, 8303-2359
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 Average room rate: $250
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Casas del Caribe

Agency representing a large selection of vacation rentals in the Caribbean. Short and long term, fully furnished and equipped vacation houses. All of the properties have been verified and most have up to date reservation calendars. Knowledgeable staff that is there to help you with finding a great rental and also are experts in organizing your travel and transportation plans, tours and activities.
 +506 2750-0437
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Casas La Selvatica

Two vacation homes in the rainforest a few minutes walk from beach and services. On-site concierge will assist with info, activities, booking transport, bike rentals and laundry service. Casa Grande has 2 bedrooms/1 bath with kitchen, large outdoor area with two hammocks and dining table, living room and bathroom with hot shower. Casa Mango has 1 bedroom/1 bath with kitchen and outdoor living area with two hammocks. Both homes face tropical gardens and offer wifi, safes, good quality bedding/towels, window screens and mosquito nets.
 +506 8719 1211 or +1 647-344-4556 from North America
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 Average room rate: $60
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Villa del Mar

Beachfront villa with private beach access. Built in an open concept, in the same space is the bedroom with double bed ceiling fan, kitchen with basics and bathroom with the toilet, the shower is on the outside. House for 2 people.
 8839-2644, 8303-2359
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 Average room rate: $80
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