You’re not coming to Costa Rica to spend your vacation sitting around the hotel, you want to get outside and experience first-hand the rich biodiversity, surf some waves, hike in our national parks, see sloths, toucans, monkeys, iguanas, and in general feel the aliveness in nature and spirit of adventure that this country teems with.
Be together without the distractions of home. Feel closeness to nature, feel alive and in the moment and awaken or reawaken your connections with each other . Immerse yourself in experiences unique to the South Caribbean that will stimulate and revitalize you emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. Whether you’re travelling with the kids, your partner, getting some alone time or with friends, you will find ample opportunities for adventure and nature tours in Costa Rica, and we can help you find the ones to suit your taste.

Nature Tours and Hiking

  • Leather-back Turtle Nesting
  • Dolphin watching – 3 different species of dolphins
  • Jaguar Animal Rescue Center
  • Snorkeling
  • Canopy Tours
  • Horseback riding (Beach or Jungle ride)
  • Surfing lessons

These trips are about playing and having fun, seeing new things and learning along the way. If you brought the kids, they’re going to be satisfied and ready for bed when night falls and the sounds of the jungle sing out the day.

The Beach, the Ocean and the River

Beach Break, Cocles. Your front yard.

Less than a 5 minute walk from your bungalow and you’ll be on the beautiful white sand Cocles Beach. It is the only lifeguard protected beach in the South Caribbean and we here at La Costa de Papito administer the prevention and rescue program to ensure your family’s safety.
A short walk down the beach and you can splash in the cool sweet waters of the Cocles River as it emerges from the jungle to cross the white sand on its way to the Caribbean Sea. A perfect swimming spot for smaller children.

Surf Lessons

Our family loves surfing, and we love teaching people to surf! Visit Mamita’s Surf School page for all the details.

Cahuita National Park

Stroll along miles of flat trails in nearby Cahuita National Park, and you are guaranteed to see plenty of wildlife, relax on some of the most untouched and beautiful beaches in the country, or hire a guide for some of the best snorkeling on the coast.

Self-guided Bicycle Tours

We’ll rent you a sweet banana-style beach cruiser, and give you suggestions where to go. Or maybe you’d rather wander and discover. In either case, there are enough spots within biking distance along the coast road to keep you busy for days. Will you head for Punta Uva or Playa Chiquita Beach or Manzanillo, or roll the other direction towards
the shops and restaurants of Puerto Viejo, or the black sand beach of Playa Negra?

To Relax, Revive and Return

SPA Massage

All who wander are not lost, and all who adventure occasionally need a little downtime to just chill. One ideal spot for unwinding after all that adventuring is the Indulgence Spa and Beauty Salon.

Family Adventures

May your trip be worth a fortune in memories at an affordable cost. To that end, ourFAMILY FRIENDLY RATE: Double occupancy price with $7 additional charge for each child. No Charge for children up to 4 years old. Breakfast included for the whole family.

La costa de Papito

Romance and Adventure


“Most Romantic Hotel in Puerto Viejo”.

Tripadvisor Award

“Enter the Garden of Paradise and bite from the apple. Tarzan & Jane and Adam & Eve honeymooned here. You and your new bride might do the same”.

Men’s Vogue Magazine

The bungalows are privately set apart in our five acre Garden of Eden. Snuggle up together in the hammock on your porch. Tell them at reception to send you over a bottle of wine. Ask and we’ll serve you breakfast at your bungalow one morning.
It’s you uninterrupted at our INDULGENCE SPA AND BEAUTY SALON. A delicious couple’s massage is intimate and relaxing. You are jungle royalty.
For the Queen a pedicure and Caribbean hair braiding.
For the King a head and neck massage and an old fashioned straight razor shave. It’s exciting to be together and be here.
The primary forest canopy tour pulses adrenaline through your pounding heart.


You remember the white water rafting trip on the Pacuare River you experienced on your way to La Costa de Papito from San Jose with free transportation included. Such contrasts!!
A sweaty hike in the Gandoca- Manzanillo Wildlife Reserve (foto hike) and now you’re lying totally relaxed on the gorgeous white sand Cocles Beach, right across from La Costa de Papito.
Tropical cocktails at our Sloth Society Bar, after a wonderful day of snorkeling and playing with the baby monkeys at the Jaguar Rescue Center. This day is over. The stirring night sounds of the jungle are sharp and clear. It’s time for bed. You are so right here as you lie down with your partner, truly happy to be where you are.