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The yoga studio and spa overlooking the lovely pool are gorgeous.
~ Nancy Young, Ottawa, Trip Advisor
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The people who work at Iguana were outstanding. They were always ready to help and made us feel like family.
~ Nancy Young, Ottawa, Trip Advisor
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Whoever does the cooking there is really good because we loved every meal we had.
~ Brian K, CA, Trip Advisor
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We meet the coolest people.
~ Lauren Cleaver, Owner
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It needs to be on your bucketlist.
~ M. Hambacher, Colorado, Trip Advisor
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Everything is natural, locally-inspired and eco-friendly but also elegant, refined and completely comfortable.
~ LauraM576, Washington, DC, Trip Advisor
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They were great to set up all of our travel arrangements for us over email, with incredible speed.
~ Heather L. Mosley Linhardt, Missouri, Trip Advisor
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I hated to leave.
~ beaujm, Costa Rica, Trip Advisor
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I love how they light up the trails with candles every night.
~ B. Chambers, Colorado
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There is an activity for everyone– salsa dancing, paddle boarding, daily yoga class on one of two gorgeous platforms, bonfires, surfing, kayaking, nature walks, a library of books, tree climbs, hammocks.
~ Andrea Ste Marie Hopelain, Los Angeles, Blog- themfdre.com/

Community

For years Iguana Lodge has been proudly involved in the community.

Our Three Biggies over the Years:

  • We built the Puerto Jimenez Public Library years ago (and continue to fund it).
  • We also started and have funded for years the Save the Osa Turtle Project.
  • Most exciting of all, however, has been our Todo Es Posible (Everything is Possible) project that has sent over 80 kids to university.

Regarding the Puerto Jimenez Library, it continues to flourish. It is small and useful. Guests and others have helped immensely with book donations. Iguana Lodge is the sole funder of the community’s library. Each year we take on projects at the library, generally with the goal of encouraging young readers to discover the magic of books.

Lauren was the English teacher at the local public elementary for several years. From that, she developed her own 333 Words Basic English Language Program, which was recently purchased by Urban Mobile Planet, www.urbanplanetmobile.com, a company that teaches English via mobile devices on 5 continents with distribution channels in 75 countries. The 333 Words Program is now called Urban English Express UEx, and branded as "The Fastest Way to Learn English on the Planet." Hah! Lauren is now their project manager and spends a lot of time thinking about English grammar. Funny how life works.

We tried to bring the International Baccalaureate Program to Puerto Jimenez High School, without success (long story).

As to the turtle project, for years Iguana Lodge has released approximately 10,000 baby turtles per year, but has recently been unable to secure permits to continue their project (another long story).

Toby meanwhile is the chief of local road maintenance, driving his motor grader with a pride that can be seen in the eyes of young children when they first acquiring a large Tonka truck.

We are also strong supporters of a variety of other worthwhile groups. We always hire Costa Ricans first, and purposely choose to not offer most tours ourselves, arranging for local entrepreneurs to provide tours to our guests. Iguana Lodge prides itself in participating in local activities too. We consistently donate funds to the local schools, Red Cross, and other assorted community projects. This year we are sponsoring the girls high school volleyball team (the boys teams are national champions), and we hope with time the girls will become so too.

Thanks to Judge Robert Crew and family for donating the shiny basketball hoop to the fair town of Puerto Jimenez. The Iguana Lodge has been very active in the local Puerto Jimenez soccer scene. We also have arranged equipment donations from States-side teams to the local soccer maniacs. Lots of kids play barefoot, not out of choice, but out of necessity: they just have to play soccer!

Meanwhile, on Playa Platanares we continue to please the local wildlife by planting native trees and flowers. You will see these ever-growing gardens and the wildlife we are attracting when you come for a visit. Thanks to gardener extraordinaire, Mark Robinson from San Diego, for working in our gardens while on vacation years ago. Isn't it about time for another visit, buddy?

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