Hacienda La Isla

A simple colonial style lodge, well placed for exploring Braulio Carrillo National Park and Sarapiqui.


Sarapiquí Region.

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Accommodation Level

Mid-rangeOverall good quality. This is a wide category, but you can expect a comfortable stay.

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Hacienda La Isla

Hacienda La Isla Boutique Lodge is tucked away in the foothills of Braulio Carrillo National Park. Surrounded by beautiful gardens which are an extension of the rainforest, the hacienda is steeped in Spanish colonial charm and history.
Originally founded by the Vega Figueroa family, part of the farm was converted in 2008 by the current owner to the boutique lodge that it is today.

The simply furnished rooms are all different in design and each has a name rather than a number. The different names are a nod to a historical period or occasion in Costa Rican history. Antique furnishings and artefacts continue the colonial theme.

The kitchen serves excellent Tico fusion food and is prepared using fresh, local ingredients as far as possible, seasonal fruits from the hacienda’s orchards appear on the breakfast table each morning, together with freshly baked breads and other delights. Guest can enjoy their meals in the open restaurant looking out onto the gardens, river and rainforest beyond, sheltered from the elements by a high palm thatched roof.

The lodge has an environmentally friendly approach and promotes a good sustainability programme. Almost all of the staff are from the local area too.

Why go to Hacienda La Isla?

Visitors to Hacienda La Isla receive a warm welcome at this family run lodge. It’s small and intimate and well placed for discovering both Braulio Carrillo National Park and the Selva Verde Biological Station. Adventure seekers can also enjoy day trips on the river, be it a sedate boat trip or a wild white water rafting excursion. The beautiful gardens and walking trail harbour a variety of wildlife and birds and they are an extension of the verdant rainforest that surrounds the lodge. Explore then independently or book one of the guided tours for a deeper insight into the history of this area and the flora and fauna it supports.

Wildlife around Hacienda La Isla

The lodge enjoys a good variety of wildlife within its grounds. In particular, you will notice the howler monkeys – you will see them and you will most definitely hear them. There’s an array of birdlife including toucans, and frogs are plentiful. You’re 10 minutes drive from Braulio Carrillo National Park where you can seek out two- and three-toed sloths, more toucans, macaws, spider monkeys and peccaries.

Hacienda La Isla Highlights

  • Close to Braulio Carrillo NP
  • On site nature trail
  • Surrounded by rainforest
  • Charming gardens
  • Excellent Tico/Fusion food

Hacienda La Isla Location

Hacienda La Isla


  • 15 rooms
  • Open all year round
  • Access to the gardens and nature trail.
  • Childrenof all ages welcome. Children under 12 get reduced rates


  • Dining area
  • Swimming pool
  • Lounge
  • Laundry service
  • Wi-Fi


  • Guided and self guided trail
  • Guided walks
  • Braulio Carrillo National Park
  • White water rafting
  • Aerial tram
  • Horse riding
  • La Selva Biological Station
  • Chocolate tour
  • River boat tour

Hacienda La Isla Rooms

There are 14 rooms and one suite, each different from the next.

The rooms are fairly simply furnished with period furniture and decorated with colonial artefacts.

The rooms are en-suite and have a sink, shower and WC.

They are grouped in separate buildings each with its own small veranda.

Rana the frog likes this because…

“Hacienda La Isla aims to promote cultural, historic and social values alongside environmentally friendly practices. They recruit their staff from the local area and support local schools and social organisations. They buy their food locally and use local craftsmen to make furniture.”

And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Costa Rica Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of latin America through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.

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