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Playa Chiquita. Photo by Andres Madrigal

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

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The uncrowded Playa Chiquita is located about 6 km south of downtown Puerto Viejo on the coastal road. It 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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Angler's Lair

This property includes two options: upstairs the tree level house has 2 bedrooms and sleeps up to 7. Downstairs the garden level apartment has 1 bedroom with 1 king or 2 single beds. Or the whole house can be rented for a larger group. Each unit has a complete kitchen and both share a small pool.
 +506 8956 8669
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 Average room rate: $125
 Average rating: 98 Exceptional
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Arenas Rentals

Bike and scooter rental. Delivery to your hotel or house. Bicycle with child seats and kids bikes are also available. Laundry service also available.
 +506 8812 7858
 Average room rate: $7
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Caribbean Courtyard Villa

Five bedroom luxury design villa set around a pool
 +506 8880 4954
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 Average room rate: $900
 Average rating: 100 Exceptional
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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.
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 Average room rate: $289
 Average rating: 89 Excellent
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Casa Mandala

New and vintage clothing, art, home decor, jewelry and handicrafts. The cafe that was previously located here is no longer operating.
 +506 8442 1298
 Average rating: 94 Excellent
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Casa Merlin Lodge

Set amidst the jungle in Playa Chiquita, offers comfortable rooms with A/C, TV, safety box, porch with hammock. Also offers a deluxe bungalow or apartment each with two bedrooms and kitchen. Swimming pool, parking.
 +506 2750 0581
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 Average room rate: $100
 Average rating: 85 Very Good
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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
 Average rating: 91 Excellent
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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 8354 5123
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 Average room rate: $250
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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 8354 5123
 Average room rate: $250
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Casas del Caribe

Local agency representing a large selection of fully furnished and well equipped vacation rental properties in the Caribbean. The staff is personally familiar with each property, helping you make an informed choice. They can also assist in organizing your travel and transportation plans, tours and activities.
 +506 2750-0437
 Average rating: 80 Very Good
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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: $97
 Average rating: 93 Excellent
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Casitas Mar y Luz

Hotel with 6 cabinas and a three bedroom rental house. The cabins are made of wood with a Caribbean style and each has a private patio and an equipped kitchen. The large house has a large covered patio that also has a kitchen and is your living area. Each of the three bedrooms has its own bathroom.
 +506 2750 0686
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 Average room rate: $67
 Average rating: 87 Very Good
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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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Chiquita Escondida

Property that features five buildings, with space for retreats, reunions, or couples traveling together. A large open rancho with large kitchen where the group can gather, one house and 3 casitas housing four master-bedroom/bath suites. Pool, large play room which allows overflow sleeping for up to 12 persons, footpath to beach. The property is rented to just one group at a time and the 5 separate structures ensure maximum privacy. Each bedroom is equipped with one king sized bed or two XL twin beds. All bedrooms have screened windows, ceiling fans, quality linens, coffee and tea service and local bath products.
 +506 8956 8669
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 Average room rate: $400
 Average rating: 100 Exceptional
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Da Lime Beach Club and Restaurant

Beach club and restaurant located at Hotel Aguas Claras. Cocktails. Lunch options including burgers, wraps, ceviche. Happy hour, DJ.
 +506 2750 0131
 Average rating: 96 Exceptional
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El Duende Gourmet

Supermarket with an excellent selection of gourmet groceries. Bicycle rentals. Barber shop.
 +506 2750.0356
 Average rating: 88 Excellent
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El Nido Lodge

Four luxurious bungalows 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. Located just 200 meters from Playa Chiquita.
 +506 2756 8274
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 Average room rate: $125
 Average rating: 88 Excellent
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El Rincon Porteño

Argentinian restaurant. Grill, pizza, pasta, hamburgers.
 +506 8499 2651
 Average rating: 96 Exceptional
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Green Jungle House

Guesthouse in the heart of the jungle with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and wifi. Double rooms with shared or private bath, Quad and family rooms with private bath. Property has shared kitchen, BBQ and TV lounge.
 +506 8475 3859
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 Average room rate: $136
 Average rating: 90 Excellent
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Green Property Management

Full service Property Management company dedicated to maintaining exceptional care of properties while simultaneously maximizing rental revenue. They work in a sustainable fashion in order to ensure the property is well maintained and cared for on a regular basis while at the same time making a positive impact on our environment and local communities.
  +506 2750 0437, 2750 1957
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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
 Average rating: 91 Excellent
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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. Beach club, restaurant and yoga salon on site.
 +506 2750-0131
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 Average room rate: $300
 Average rating: 95 Exceptional
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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. Kasha Restaurant and Bar onsite.
 +506 2750 0859
 Average room rate: $80
 Average rating: 67
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Jaguar Rescue Center

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 1.5 hr visits are daily at 09.30 am and 11.30 am. Entrance fee: US$23. Private tours are also available.
 +506 2750 0710
 Average rating: 92 Excellent
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Jardín Infantil Las Semillas

Offering classes to students at the nursery, kindergarten and preparatory levels (up to about age 6). Located in the space of the former Caribe Azul Centro de Aprendizaje Independiente school (which closed in December 2018).
 +506 2756 8325
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Jungle Love House

Large one bedroom house, fully screened with glass windows and doors. Two modern-style bathrooms; one with a Jacuzzi tub. The bedroom has a comfortable king size bed, laptop sized safe, A/C, a walk-out second floor deck. The kitchen is fully equipped with a fridge, stove, oven, blender, and coffee pot. Two bikes included. Set in a lush tropical garden setting, there are many birds, sloths and monkeys on and near the property. No pets or smoking.
 +506 8818 1824
 Average room rate: $85
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La Kukula Lodge

Jungle lodge with tropical contemporary architecture located in Playa Chiquita, a few steps to the beach. Accommodation options are double or triple rooms, bungalows for 2 up to 8 people, a family apartment with 2 bedrooms for up to 6 people and an apartment suite with kitchen available for honeymoons/couples or family up to 4 persons. Services include free breakfast, swimming-pool, bar, free wifi, parking, laundry, desk for tours and transportation.
 +506 2750 0653
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 Average room rate: $125
 Average rating: 93 Excellent
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La Leyenda de L'Antico Forno en El Establo de Bruce

Traditional Italian wood-fired pizza & grilled meats cooked slowly in the open fire.
 Average rating: 92 Excellent
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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
 Average rating: 79 Good
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Manuel Pinto Photography

Photography for weddings, architecture (homes & business), personal photoshoots, festivals and more. Drone photos as well.
 +1 720-608-6268
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Mar Verde Lodge

Three Caribbean bungalows on stilts in a spacious property with beautiful flora. All bungalows have a private bathroom with hot water, terrace, hammock, mosquito net, fan and Wifi. French owned.
 +506 8496 2464
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 Average rating: 89 Excellent
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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.
 +506 2750 0038
 Average room rate: $125
 Average rating: 85 Very Good
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Namuwoki Lodge

Thirteen bungalows with pool located in jungle of Playa Chiquita. 1 built for handicapped person. Bungalows which can accommodate from 2 to 6 persons. Restaurant.
 +506 2750 0278
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 Average room rate: $175
 Average rating: 88 Excellent
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Paradise 2.0 Beach Hub

Large open air bar and restaurant just off Playa Chiquita. Follow the gravel road across from El Duende to the end. Lots of parking for cars and bikes. Live music and other special events. Also rents rooms with private bath and apartments with kitchen.
 +506 2750 0544
 Average rating: 91 Excellent
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Pizzeria Pulcinella

Pizza and other Italian and Mediterranean dishes. Pizza prepared in a wood-fired brick oven. Located at El Nido Lodge.
 +506 2756 8274
 Average rating: 92 Excellent
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Pulpería Villas del Caribe

Small local grocery store
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Punto y Pasta

Italian restaurant with pizza, pasta, smoothies, hamburgers.
 +506 8399 8267
 Average rating: 92 Excellent
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Pura Bali Villas

Balinese styled vacation rental houses. One or two bedrooms with AC, spacious decks with outdoor kitchen and jacuzzi.
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Pura Gula Restaurant

Healthy slow food restaurant
 +506 8634 6404
 Average rating: 92 Excellent
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Que Quilombo

Argentinian restaurant specializing in steak and pizza.
 +506 6028 0423
 Average rating: 96 Exceptional
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Ride the Rainforest

Horseback riding tours which give you the chance to ride 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. Tours can be booked in English, Spanish, German and Swedish. Previously named The Prancing Pony.
 +506 8307 0118
 Average rating: 100 Exceptional
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Shawandha Lodge

Upscale hotel with individually art designed bungalows. French restaurant. New swimming pool with waterfall, surrounded by a tropical garden.
  +506 2750 0018
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 Average room rate: $130
 Average rating: 86 Very Good
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Soda Playa Chiquita

Casual restaurant with a variety of options including seafood and vegetarian
 Average rating: 98 Exceptional
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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.
 +506 2750 0378
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 Average room rate: $85
 Average rating: 89 Excellent
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Tostas

Restaurant serving organic, vegetarian and vegan food made with local ingredients. Located at Vida Sana Panadería y Hostal.
 +506 2750 3007
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Tree House Lodge

Six very unique luxurious and spacious houses build in balance with nature with whimsical touches and one-of-a-kind design. Beachfront on Punta Uva's white sand beach the property is also home to a Iguanaverde Foundation reserve and is visited by a wide variety of other wildlife as well. The large property with only six houses ensures that you will have privacy and quiet.
 +506 2750-0706
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 Average room rate: $180
 Average rating: 87 Very Good
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Up! House

Located 200 meters from the water's edge in Playa Chiquita, this property consists of 2 jungle casitas and a tropical garden. The main casita, Up! House consists of two bedrooms and one bathroom, with a living/dining and kitchen area that opens up onto the tropical garden. It also has a deck and large hammock. Bedroom #1 has a king sized bed (or two twin sized beds). Bedroom #2 has a full sized bed. The smaller casita, the Mini Up! consists of one bedroom with a full sized bed and one bathroom, with a living/dining and kitchen area that opens up onto the tropical garden.
 +506 8693 0134
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 Average room rate: $120
 Average rating: 100 Exceptional
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Uva Blue Jungle Villas

Six luxury villas offering privacy with its own private garden. Located just a short walk from the pristine Playa Chiquita, in close proximity to bike hire, shops & restaurants. Nestled within a serene jungle landscape, the villas come with a fully equipped kitchen and are self contained; cook your favourite meal while looking into your own private garden. They have queen sized beds with custom mosquito netting, the windows are fitted with bug-proof screening, high ceilings, fans, hand crafted furniture and local art.
 +506 2759 9340 (English)
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 Average room rate: $75
 Average rating: 74 Good
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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.
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 Average room rate: $100
 Average rating: 91 Excellent
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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 Spicy Coconut restaurant is located at the hotel.
 +506 2750 0202,2750 0593
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 Average room rate: $100
 Average rating: 85 Very Good
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