With a beautiful location in the Gulf of Nicoya, Isla Chiquita offers 15 safari-style tents surrounded by palm trees, giving guests a unique island experience. Each tent is furnished with a large double bed, day bed lounger, private bathroom with twin sinks, and a spacious deck as well as two ceiling fans. The hotel's waterfront restaurant offers daily caught fish and seafood in addition to general international and Costa Rican dishes.
The lodge is surrounded by a protected area of forest and offers a variety of experiences, including a bio-luminescence night tour, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and snorkeling tours, artisanal fishing, sunset cruises, island-hopping around the gulf and a guided nature walk in the nearby Curu Wildlife Reserve.
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There are 15 simple, safari-style tents at Isla Chiquita, each raised up from the ground on wooden platforms and surrounded by palm trees. The tents can accommodate up to three people and are furnished with a large double bed as well as a day bed lounger. Your private bathroom has twin sinks, and there are two ceiling fans to keep you cool. Water is heated using solar energy to ensure minimal environmental impact. Outside, you can sit on your spacious deck and take in views through the trees and out to sea at any time of the day.
Located right on the beach, just off the Gulf of Nicoya, Isla Chiquita is accessed from the port of Puntarenas by taking a 75-minute public ferry journey over to Paquera. You'll then be picked up and taken to Isla Chiquita by motorboat.
Food and drink
Breakfast is served buffet-style with a wide range of options, from continental and American dishes to Costa Rican specialties. The lodge has two restaurants: Donde Tía Nora is a waterfront restaurant that offers daily caught fish and seafood in addition to a variety of international and Costa Rican dishes, while Harry’s bar is situated in the main lobby area, serving drinks and light snacks.
Facilities and activities
The lodge is surrounded by a protected area of forest where you can take a bioluminescence night tour (kayaking on water that glows turquoise thanks to the plankton within it), stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and snorkeling tours, artisanal fishing, sunset cruises, island-hopping around the gulf and a guided nature walk in the nearby Curu Wildlife Reserve. Guests also have complimentary use of kayaks and stand-up paddle boards to explore the surrounding areas independently.
This one-off tented property allows you to immerse yourself in your tropical surroundings. Set close to a beach and forest, we find that Isla Chiquita offers a great combination of adventure and relaxation.