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Sleep in a schoolbus on the Caribbean coast

-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.


  • Stunning beaches
  • National parks
  • Visit the indiginous community
  • Rainforest and waterfalls
  • Snorkeling
  • Green Circle Member hotel

Tree House Lodge, Punta Uva


Tree House Lodge, Punta Uva

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.

Sustainability at the Treehouse Lodge


Sustainability at the Treehouse Lodge

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.

Explore the area


Explore the area

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!

What to see around the Treehouse Lodge

The following destinations are close to this travel package:

A green oasis in the center of San José
Ecolodge San Jose, AVE DEL PARAÍSO. Is located in the heart of San Pedro, a bit west of the city center of San José. This hotel is strategically located near restaurants, bars, and shopping possibilities, and it will give you a great start of your stay in Costa Rica. Ave del Paraiso is a small eco-boutique hotel that offers attentive service and creates a warm atmosphere for its guests. We recommend a meal at their farm-to-table adjoining restaurant.
Start exploring from your fabulous boutique hotel in San José
Hotel Grano de Oro is a fabulous boutique hotel in the center of San Jose. The Canadian owners have been living in Costa Rica for more than 25 years, and have developed a deep respect for the local community they work with and live in. In the hotel, you'll easily encounter their love for the city's traditions and history. It's truly a great place to stay! Also, the hotels support a local cause to help young mothers to get on their feet.
Get inspired at this sustainable Ranch in El Castillo
Stay in a unique sustainable ecolodge in Costa Rica! El Castillo is a small village at the foot of the Arenal volcano, the most famous volcano in Costa Rica. You stay at an inspiring location, literally at the end of the road. Here, you eat what the land, cows, pigs, and chickens have to offer. Everything is grown and prepared in an organic way and super fresh! Also, you can take a relaxing yoga class or dive into the natural pool. Enjoy!
Glamping in the jungle of Quepos
Rafiki Safari Lodge is a luxurious site for glamping in Costa Rica in the jungle of Quepos. Here, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings to the fullest. If you like some action, you can go wild water rafting or horseback riding. And, If you are a bird lover, we recommend you book a tour with a professional guide to spot the many species that live around the lodge, like toucans, parrots, kites, and maybe even a king vulture.
Your nature ecolodge in Sarapiqui
Not far from the main road to Sarapiqui you find the historical Sarapiqui ecolodge Hacienda La Isla tucked away in an incredible lush piece of the rainforest. The hotel rooms boast old colonial grandeur, the hospitality is warm and welcoming, and the nature is overwhelmingly pretty. While hiking the trails you will be greeted by the sounds of the birds and tiny colourful frogs.
Live with the rhythm of the sun and sea in Montezuma
Ylang Ylang Beach Resort is stunning and its location, near the Montezuma beach and the Pacific Ocean, makes that you really follow the rhythm of the sun and sea. Enjoy everything the lodge and the town of Montezuma have to offer. Go on a nature hike at Cabo Blanco or Karen Mogensen Nature Reserve, enjoy the beach, and visit the nearby waterfall. You have arrived in paradise, and we're sure you don't want to leave anymore!
Stay in a treehouse in the jungle of Boca Tapada
One of our personal favourites, and Green Circle Member hotel, is Maquenque Eco Lodge in Boca Tapada. The hotel is situated in the Maquenque National Wildlife Refuge at the San Carlos River. The owners build this hotel in synergy with nature to provide a truly sustainable and unique place for their guests. Here you will be staying in a treehouse in the jungle.
Sustainable paradise in the hills of Carara
Visit the peaceful oasis of Macaw Lodge in Carara, and try some delicious self-made chocolate. A huge tropical botanic garden around the lodge was created to regenerate the native local ecosystem. This area is a paradise for birdlovers!
Dive deep into the Caribbean Jungle
At Selva Bananito Lodge you will testify high-quality conservation progress and efforts. Surrounded by pristine Caribbean jungle with all its charm and sounds you stay in beautiful cabins and enjoy delicious locally sourced meals.  By building an ecolodge from waste-wood they made sure they would have the means to protect this piece of rainforest near ‘La Amistad Biosphere Reserve’. This is a true example of what a sustainable lodge should look like.
Sustainable luxury in the Cloudforest
Hotel Belmar provides sustainable luxury and operates completely carbon-neutral, and therefore is a Green Circle Member hotel. The Austrian Chalet-style buildings provide a spectacular view from the mountain tops of Monteverde down to the Nicoya Peninsula.

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