Type: Beachfront Hotel
Rooms: 4 large cabins and 1 smaller cabin, each with kitchenette
Price: The rates for a cabin are based on occupation. You will have to add $10 USD per extra person 6 years old and up. And if you stay for 7 days you get the 6th night free.
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
The Howler Monkey Hotel is situated directly on the beach, in the heart of picturesque Cabuya, just south of Montezuma on the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica. It is a little off-the beaten path adventure hotel featured with wooden chalet-style bungalows and an on-site restaurant.
The Howler Monkey Hotel is nestled just 2 km from the Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Reserve, at the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. It is just 6 km from the small seaside village of Montezuma. There are two supermarkets, a bakery, a bar and 6 restaurants within 10 minutes walk from the hotel.
There are 4 large cabins and a smaller cabin in the Howler Monkey Hotel. Larger cabins can accommodate 4 to 6 people and the smaller cabin has room for two. There is a kitchen and dining room, a seating area, bathroom with shower. All of these cabins are surrounded by the jungle and in front of the ocean. They also have a ceiling fan and can provide extra fans if needed. These wooden chalet-style cabins have a porch with hammock and also have barbecue facilities. All the cabins have access to the pool and parking. Accommodation also includes laundry facilities and WiFi connection.
As the Howler Monkey hotel has its own private beach access, you can easily hit the sand and enjoy safe swimming at the time of high tide. During low tide you will find various tide pools and depending on the size of the waves, you may be able to jump in the water off the rock reef. You’ll spot different species of birds, howler monkeys, white-faced Capuchin monkeys, iguanas and squirrels.
While staying at the Howler Monkey Hotel, you can rent a surfboard and get lessons in Cabuya or Montezuma. Sometimes, there are waves in Cabuya too, but that depends on the season and will of the sea.
People who love to enjoy fishing can use the hotel’s kayaks and rods, or “hand-line” from the surf in the traditional Costa Rica way, using a spool of fishing line and a baited hook and weight to give it some distance. The hotel can also arrange fishing trips with local fishermen.
When the waves are smaller during most of the dry season, you can kayak to Cabuya Island and snorkel around the island. Snorkeling trips can also be arranged by the hotel and also arrange scuba diving trips to Tortuga Island, which launch from Montezuma.
Since the Howler Monkey hotel is set right on the Playa Cabuya, one of the best activities is to simply stroll either north or south to explore. Costa Rica’s beach laws prevent homes from being built right on the beach, so you will find it feels very empty and with few people. Head south and watch the fisherman and their boats. Or head north and you’ll eventually get to the Rio Lajas, where you can sometimes find people surfing.
During low tide, you can walk along the beach from the Howler Monkey Hotel across the rocky causeway to reach the entrance to Cabuya Island. Walk through the arch to a trail and it will lead you to the town cemetery at the center of the island. You can also walk around the island through tide pools, volcanic rocks and beaches.
Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve:
Just within 2 km from the hotel, you will reach the Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Reserve and enjoy hiking there. There are two main trails, a 1–hour circuit and a strenuous 2–hour hike to a wonderful beach on the other side of the park. This park remains open Wednesday to Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This hotel is really for people who want an affordable beachfront hotel that’s more “tranquil” and thus not inside the busier towns of Santa Teresa and Montezuma. And because of the small waves in front, it’s a great place to bring kids without worrying about the sea.