-Where the jungle meets the ocean-
Punta Uva is situated on the Southern Caribbean coast. Besides paradise-like beaches and dense jungle, you’ll find an interesting mix of cultures here. The dominant culture is the relaxed Afro-Caribbean culture, brought to Costa Rica by Jamaicans. They came to Costa Rica in 1872 for the construction of the railroad between San José and the port of Limon. The fact that there are also many Latinos, Bribri and Cabecar Indians makes the region very interesting.
The atmosphere is relaxed and everything is done quietly here. Reggae and calypso music can be heard everywhere. Get into the rhythm and take the time to chat with the locals and enjoy the beautiful beaches and delicious cuisine.
Right on the beautiful beach of Punta Uva you find a little piece of paradise. You sleep in a schoolbus changed into a comfortable room.
And if the bus is not available you’ll stay in one of the five other fairytale-like houses that are unique in every sense, they are all built from recycled materials.
All around the lodge you hear and see animals like Iguanas, birds, frogs, lizards, turtles, and when you are lucky even snakes or caimans. The private access to the beach – only 100m away – guarantees private bathing and relaxing at a pristine Caribbean beach where you completely forget about anything that might cause you any stress.
Edsart Besier and his partner Pamela Rodriguez started working on the Tree House Lodge in 1998. Since the beginning, they always had a couple of important goals in mind. They wanted to operate as eco-friendly and sustainable as possible.
To make sure they operate sustainably, they build all their accommodations from recycled materials and wood from trees that fell down by themselves. You will be amazed by the creativity. As well, they recycle all their waste and filter their own wastewater with water lilies.
They also founded ‘Iguana Verde‘, a non-profit organization with the intent to raise iguanas. With this project, they want to re-establish a healthy iguana population. You can visit this project during your stay at the lodge.
Relax on the beautiful and clean beach, or book a yoga or pilates lesson at the lodge. If you are a fan of water sports you can go snorkeling, rafting, or diving. In addition, you go book trekking in the jungle or explore the area by bike (beach cruiser) or on horseback. A tour to explore the nearby Cahuita National Park is certainly recommended.
In Puerto Viejo de Talamanca you find the Jaguar rescue center where they protect the wildlife around Puerto Viejo. Wounded and orphaned animals are brought to the center with the aim to release them again, once they are ready. You can visit the center daily at 11 am (except Sundays).
Insider tip: Rent a bicycle or electric scooter to explore the beaches between Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo. Every beach is different and on your way, you can buy fresh cold coconuts called ‘pipa fria’.
Whatever you decide to do, always take your swimwear and a snorkel with you to be ready for a dive in the sea. Pura Vida!