Banana Azul – Adorable and a Must Costa Rica Beach Hotel

Puerto Viejo is probably one of the cutest places to visit on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. It’s vegetation, tropical jungle, laid-back culture, gorgeous beaches, great surf and peacefulness is making this area a popular hot spot.

Amongst the jungle lodges and small hotels, Banana Azul Hotel outshines them all.

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9 reasons why you HAVE TO stay at this Costa Rica Beach Hotel, Banana Azul, while in Puerto Viejo:

1. Location, Location, Location – this is one of the only hotels that is literally on the beach!

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2. Pool – again, Banana Azul tops the charts with being one of the only hotels in the area with a pool!

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3. Prices – the rooms are so adorable, most have amazing views yet the prices are still below $100 per night – including breakfast

4. Friendliness – I have been emailing back and forth with David, the manager. Normally, the emails with hotels are friendly and when you get there, they aren’t as friendly! But David was even more fun in person and he had a gorgeous welcome basket for me – THANK YOU!

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5. Chill out time – I love hammocks and this hotel is literally littered with them everywhere – in your room, the dining room, the beach and in the yard.

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6. Welcome drink – you gotta love when they welcome you with a drink of your choice to get you in the mood!

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7. Proximity – It’s walking distance to Puerto Viejo, but still far away from the noise. The only sounds you’ll hear are the animals in the jungle around you.

8. Convenience – the tour company is right on premises, so you don’t have to worry about organizing anything in town, you can do it right there!

9. Fun – I ended up spending the night in the dining room chatting with people and then an even more pleasant time swaying on my hammock on my private porch – it was definitely paradise!

Banana Azul Hotel Review – Costa Rica Beach Hotel


About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

12 Responses to Banana Azul – Adorable and a Must Costa Rica Beach Hotel

  1. Oh, that hammock looks lovely!

  2. Jennifer says:

    Looks like a lovely resort! I like being away from the hustle and bustle.
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  3. WHAT a fun place! I need to go !
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  4. Travel is always better when shared and I love that you found kindred spirits to converse with into the night! The hotel itself looks gorgeous and sounds wonderfully welcoming 0 and of course, the hammocks are perfection!
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  5. I <3 Hammocks. They really increase the relaxation factor! I wish more places had the kind with the mosquito net to make it easier to lie out at night.
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  6. Puerto Viejo is one of my favorite places!! I loved eating at Bread and Chocolate when I was there.
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  7. Melissa says:

    Being welcomed in such a nice way is wonderful… And the proximity to the beach- awesome!

  8. Yummmmmm… So delicious and delightful looking!
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  9. That hammock looks mighty tempting!
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  10. Simone says:

    Reading about this place and loving it, and then it turns out to be not allowed for kids 16 and under…. Why is this hotel on a website that promotes travelling with children? This seemed like the perfect place for us, but I am very disappointed now…

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