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Reviewed May 12, 2018

When we booked Rafiki Lodge we were not aware they had another location at the beach so we changed our plans to make sure we got at least one night here. And one night is just not enough. The property is right on the beach and only has a few tents so it feels more like a home than a hotel. The rooms (tents) are very clean and have all of the accommodations you would expect. All of the tents are centrally located to the pool, breakfast nook and beach so you really can't go wrong in choosing. The family that runs the Rafiki Beach are wonderful as is the staff. There are restaurants nearby for dinner and small shops to pickup snacks/drinks. We stayed here while visiting Manuel Antonio park and it was an easy drive. Oh, and I forgot to mention the sloth in the tree! Always there, just hanging out. If you want a relaxing stay outside of the city, in an ecolodge environment, plan a couple of nights here. You will not regret it!

Date of stay: April 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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1  Thank KMA1826
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Reviewed April 11, 2018 via mobile

Great breakfast. Lovely pool 6m long. Great beach superb for body boarding. Near to great seafood place the happy lobster. But best of all amazing wildlife. A family of sloths in the tree overhanging the pool! And a troupe of monkeys 10m away. Unforgettable.

Date of stay: April 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
1  Thank NiallC
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Reviewed February 3, 2018 via mobile

We stayed here last year and just visited their Safari lodge in the mountains. This year we stayed at the mountain lodge for two nights and have now made our way to the beach and will stay there for a week. We love the area and the people, we love going to out-of-the-way places to find authentic food and meet new people. Rafiki is awesome, you can be a sloth or you can stay busy every day !

Date of stay: February 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
1  Thank Alan S
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Reviewed January 22, 2018

Rafiki is an excellent place to rest and relax by the sea. Their tents are very spacious and comfortable, the staff is very friendly. You can get a lot of nice beaches around this place, nice restaurants at Dominical beach.

I recommend 100% Rafiki as a very special experience.... It is unique

Room tip: All tents are beach front.
Date of stay: January 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank C4671KGluisc
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Reviewed October 16, 2017

We spent 3 nights here as part of a package with the Rafiki Safari Lodge. This was such a great experience. We had a mom and baby sloth sleeping over our tent and every day it was fun to locate what tree they were in. We also had toucans visit one morning. Two mornings were insane with a group of monkeys coming thru camp--the one day it was like it was recess at school--they were just going crazy everywhere--in fact we were awoken by them playing on our roof! The next morning it was breakfast time and the monkeys were serious about locating food in the trees. It was absolutely amazing. The beach was all but deserted for us. The kids took a surfing lesson with a local (arranged by Rafiki). One day we went to Manuel Antonio National Park (the owner happened to be going that way and gave us a ride, we took a cab back) and that was the most people we had seen in a week! That was probably my least favorite day of the trip because the Rafiki properties and activities were so top notch in comparison. We were able to walk to the market down the street for snacks from the Beach Camp, and for dinner we paid a driver to drop us in town at a restaurant. We also had pizza delivered (via ATV) and shared a delightful meal with the brother-in-laws of the owner. This is a hidden gem that we hope to go back to some day.

Room tip: 2 tents are in front (better view of beach)--the earlier you book, the better chance you have of getting these
Date of stay: August 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank ptbecki
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