Santa Juana

Experience real Costa Rican culture and hospitality in an idyllic mountain setting.


Central Pacific, Manuel Antonio area.

Accommodation Type


Accommodation Level

ModestA good option for the budget savvy traveller.

Price Guide

Santa Juana

This is an exclusive eco-retreat, with beautifully appointed, freestanding cabins built on a hillside. All the cabins have panoramic views of the sprawling tropical forest that extends all the way to the Pacific Ocean on the horizon. Santa Juana is all about immersing yourself in the local culture, landscape and nature and it’s about giving back. A high proportion of the cost of a room here goes back to supporting the local community and the surrounding environment. The lodge is also staffed by residents of the tiny pueblo of Santa Juana, providing employment in the area. You’ll delight in their hospitality, enjoy delicious local foods prepared in the traditional ways. It is a genuine taste of Costa Rica in a place akin to paradise.

Why go to Santa Juana?

It’s not everywhere that you can immerse yourself in an experience that gives you a real taste of Costa Rican life along with nature, agriculture, adventure, education and authentic rural culture — this is the real deal. The ultimate goal at Santa Juana is to give the guests a a truly exceptional Costa Rica experience.

Try your luck at organic tilapia fishing, visit an authentic sugar mill powered by two massive oxen, and have the option to take a guided horseride. Visit the rustic Santa Juana pueblo, where you’ll learn about coffee and citrus production, participate in the Carbon Offset Tree Planting Adoption Program and take the time to relax and enjoy the beautiful natural landscape.

Wildlife around Santa Juana

You’ll see fascinating regional wildlife here, including a myriad of birds, insects and reptiles. In the area surrounding the lodge you will find a rich blend of both local and migratory birds. About 80% of the birds are found year round and include red-capped manakin yellow-headed caracara, black mandible toucans and many others who add their voice to the sounds of the forest. It’s a great opportunity to sit on one of the many benches in the grounds, soak up the atmosphere and just listen.

Santa Juana Highlights

  • Adventure coupled with rural hospitality
  • Amazing views of Manuel Antionio National park
  • Perfect for yoga retreats and nature lovers
  • Step into timeless Costa Rica at Santa Juana
  • Tree adoption programmes

Santa Juana Location

Santa Juana


  • 5 rooms
  • Open all year round
  • There are reduced rates for children at Santa Juana.


  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge area
  • Yoga & wedding venue
  • Room service
  • The rooms have king size beds, sofa couch, kitchenette, coffee machine, en-suite bathroom with shower, TV, ceiling fans.


  • Horse riding
  • 4 x 4 tours
  • Santa Juana village tours
  • Waterfall tours
  • Hiking
  • Zip-line tours
  • Bird watching tours
  • Coffee tours
  • Fish for tilapia

Santa Juana Rooms

There are just 5 rooms at Santa Juana.

Casitas Each split-level Cabin is 65m² with high vaulted ceilings and panoramic terraces overlooking the National Park and coastline of Manuel Antonio. There is a king size bed and two couches, a kitchenette, and bathroom with spacious slate shower. Amenities include three ceiling fans, refrigerator, stove with range, microwave and coffee maker plus satellite TV.

Village Casa ‘Chingolotea’ An authentic 100m² two-bedroom house with a panoramic terrace, two king size beds, couch, satellite TV, along with a kitchenette, bathroom with shower, and barbeque area.

Village Casa ‘Chingolotea’

Rana the frog likes this because…

“Santa Juana is part of Greentique Hotels, a frontrunner in eco-tourism and conservation. They have strict policies governing recycling and waste management, water conservation, growing or obtaining food locally. They minimise the impact on the environment and where possible leave no footprint.

As well as adhering to their own sustainability and conservation programme many employees donate their time to sustainable programmes in their own community. They have a tree adoption programme supporting reforestation in the area and a scholarship programme for primary school students in the local village.”

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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