Selva Verde Lodge

Costa Rica

  • Explore rainforest, volcanoes and botanical gardens
  • Veranda or balcony for secluded relaxation
  • Outdoor pool and sunbathing deck
  • Family-friendly
  • Enjoy local and Mediterranean dishes

Open: Selva Verde Lodge is open all year.

Location: Selva Verde Lodge is in the 500-acre Sarapiqui Rainforest Preservation Area in the lowlands of north-eastern Costa Rica. It is about a 2-hour drive from the capital, San Jose.

Rooms: There are river lodge rooms and bungalows, numbering about 50 in total. The former are in blocks of 4 and each can accommodate between 1 to 4 guests and has 2 double or queen beds. The 5 bungalows are across the road from the main lodge, about a 10-15 minute walk, in area in an area of forest. Both types of accommodation have en-suite bathrooms with solar-heated water, hair dryer, safe, writing desk and gauze windows keep insects out. Bungalows also have air conditioning and ceiling fans, fridge, coffee maker and private, screened balcony. The La Casona Rainforest Suite consists of 2 bedrooms (1 with a queen bed and the other with 2 twins) and 2 bathrooms, a living room and fully equipped kitchen, plus an outdoor deck with hammock and chairs. Roll-up beds can be provided on request. It offers self-contained living, though you are also welcome to use the lodge facilities. The suite has a minimum stay requirement of 2 nights.

NB Please note the bungalows are located about 600 metres from the main lodge building, across the road, and are set on a steep hillside, so are not suitable for people of limited mobility or those desiring to be close to the communal facilities.

Activities: These are concentrated on the rainforest. You can go for walks and guided hikes including night hikes, explore on horseback, take a zip line canopy tour or go bird watching. Water-based activities include boat rides and white water rafting. Community visits can be organised and there are several education programmed to help you learn more about the rainforest and its inhabitants. Special family activities can be arranged, such as the chocolate tour. Cooking lessons are available.

Facilities: The lodge has a 2-storey building housing the main dining room upstairs which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and La Terazza Restaurant, open for dinner only, and the bar downstairs. The gift shop is also located here and sells practical items like sun cream and rain ponchos as well as souvenirs. There is an outdoor pool, sunbathing area and pretty gardens with plenty of walking trails.

Dining: Meals are eaten at separate tables.

Children: Children of all ages are welcome. The lodge can arrange special activities for families. Children aged 11 years and under must share a room with an adult.

Health: There is only a low risk of malaria in Costa Rica.

Communication: There is complimentary high speed internet and WiFi internet access.

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Client Rating for Costa Rica 5/5 from 216 reviews

Four rooms per block, very clean and spacious but could hear noise from conjoined rooms. Surroundings are stunningly beautiful, being immersed in rainforest - only spoilt by traffic noise from busy, adjacent road. Meals were delicious and staff friendly, mainly bilingual, and very helpful in arranging any of the numerous tours/excursions on offer. A superb Lodge to visit for anyone interested in conservation.

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