Aguas Claras

A gorgeous boutique hotel with bungalows and suites in pretty gardens, a swimming pool, restaurant and bar and distinct relaxed Caribbean ambience.


Playa Chiquita, Caribbean coast

Accommodation Type

Boutique hotel

Accommodation Level
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Aguas Claras

Aguas Claras is owned by an artist, Elizabeth Steinvorth, who has used her trained eye and creative skills to great effect in the decor and design of the hotel. Interiors have whitewashed walls and large windows, making them feel light and bright, with works by local artists and carefully sourced recycled items adding a Caribbean flavour. These go hand in hand with 21st century necessities such as air conditioning and Wi-Fi, but without loosing the overall atmosphere of this coastal retreat. The well tended gardens are a haven for birds, and include fountains, a swimming pool and Casa Gandhi, the hotel’s yoga and meditation space. Papaya Restaurant, next to the pool, serves tasty dishes made from fresh local ingredients, and the adjoining bar offers a range of drinks including special cocktails. The hotel has a relaxed yet grown up feel and has a minimum age of 12 years.

Why go to Aguas Claras?

A Costa Rica holiday is bound to include action, adventure and travel, so it’s good to balance these with a spell of relaxation, preferably by the coast. Aguas Claras is just the place! With its attractive architecture, lush gardens and friendly service you soon succumb to the laid back lifestyle of the southern Caribbean coast. Laze by the pool, sip a chilled drink, enjoy a spa treatment, amble down to the beach, and, if feeling energetic explore by sea kayak, test your surfing skills and go hiking in the rainforest. The time is yours to fill as you wish.

Wildlife around Aguas Claras

The flower-filled gardens at Aguas Claras attract a variety of birds and butterflies which you can observe as you relax. In nearby Gandoca-Manzanillo Refuge you can expect to see monkeys, sloths and a wide range of birds including toucans. Cahuita National Park and Punta Uvita are other wildlife destinations near the hotel.

Aguas Claras

  • Lovely suites and bungalows
  • Owned, designed and decorated by an artist
  • Laze by the pool and on the beach
  • Guided rainforest hikes
  • Snorkel to coral reefs
  • Spa treatments
  • Learn to surf
  • Yoga sessions in the gardens
  • Explore by bike

Aguas Claras location

Aguas Claras


  • 12 rooms
  • Open all year round
  • Daily breakfast, swimming, snorkelling and cycling.
  • Children aged 12 years and over are welcome.


  • Restaurant and terrace
  • Bar
  • Swimming pool
  • Wellness centre
  • Gardens
  • Beach access
  • Free internet acces.


all optional unless otherwise stated

  • Swimming and snorkelling (free)
  • Cycle to Puerto Viejo (free)
  • Sea kayaking and Punta Uvita hike
  • Guided Cahuita hike)
  • Guided rainforest hike
  • Surf lessons)
  • Canopy tour
  • Bribri reserve, chocolate and waterfall tour
  • Cacao tour
  • Jaguar Research Centre tour
  • Great green macaw project visiti

Aguas Claras rooms


There are six themed suites, collectively known as the Pavlova Sweets, housed in the original, now renovated, Victorian row house. Each has a spacious bedroom with a corner sofa and table. A glazed door opens on to the vanity unit with mirror over, which in turn leads out to an open air shower. There is a covered terrace at the front. Room facilities include air conditioning, ceiling fans, coffee maker, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi.

One-bed bungalow

There are two one-bedroomed bungalows named Biriba and Frutepan, and two two-bedroomed bungalows called Coral and Magnolia. All are designed to resemble traditional Caribbean dwellings and have an en-suite with a semi open shower and a lounge area. They include modern touches such as air conditioning, ceiling fans, free Wi-Fi, coffee maker and hairdryer.

Casa Cacao

Casa Cacao is the honeymoon bungalow. Similar in decor to the other bungalows it has whitewashed walls and .It comprises a bedroom with windows on two sides and a feature skylight, a large shaded terrace with a ceiling fan, two patios and an en-suite bathroom. It is secluded and surrounded by lush greenery.

Floralia House

Floralia House is the largest accommodation, with five bedrooms. Three of these, all twins, are on the ground floor, each with its own en-suite. The lounge and small kitchen are also on this floor. There are two bedroom on the first floor both with a king size bed and an en-suite bathroom. There’s a second kitchen and living room on this upper storey. It can be used in its entirety for a maximum of ten people, or the upper floor can be used as a two-bedroomed bungalow.

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