Your Star Lodge Stay
Our star lodge is located on the Gulf of Nicoya, on Costa Rica’s scenic west coast. Your private cabin includes two beds, a bathroom with shower, a ceiling fan, screened windows on three walls, and a porch with an inviting hammock. The lodge has no guest telephones, TVs, air conditioning, or Internet connections – but there’s plenty of electricity. For dining and socializing, we gather under the thatched roof of the open-air restaurant and lounge, just steps from your cabin. The lodge’s cuisine focuses on simple, freshly prepared meals featuring typical Costa Rican fare: chicken, fish, beef, and locally grown produce.
Things to Do and See
By day, you can do as much or as little as you wish. Join in the group activities included in your tour, relax by the lodge’s fresh-water pool, or enjoy optional horseback riding and bird watching. Costa Rica is a birder’s paradise: in the vicinity of our lodge you can spot more than 100 species, including white ibis, tri-colored herons, purple gallinules, double-striped thick-knees, parrots, parakeets, bellbirds, trogons, and kingfishers. Other types of wildlife are equally abundant in nearby mangrove, river, and forest habitats. As you walk the trails around the lagoon next to the lodge property, you might see howler monkeys, sloths, agoutis, iguanas, and even crocodiles.
Your Days and Nights
A typical lodge day begins with an optional guided walk for early risers, offering you plenty of chances to spot birds, mammals and reptiles. Breakfast is served from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. The morning hours are for sleeping (especially if you’ve spent a long night under the stars) or enjoying optional activities. Lunch is served at noon. You can spend the hot afternoon relaxing poolside, resting in your cabin or chatting with fellow travelers in the thatched-roof palapa. Your TravelQuest tour includes a boat cruise on the Gulf of Nicoya, a day excursion to a macaw sanctuary, and another excursion to enjoy the sunset vistas from higher ground. Near the end of each day, you can walk to a neighboring pond to spot crocodiles, monkeys and exotic birds. Dinner is served at 5:00 p.m. Stargazing begins shortly before 7 p.m., as twilight is starting to fade, and lasts until the sky begins to brighten just before 5 a.m. Snacks and beverages are served throughout the night.
How's the Weather?
March is typically dry in western Costa Rica. Temperatures are warm, hovering in the 90s by day and dropping to the 70s in the evening – perfect weather for winter stargazing and astrophotography. As for what to wear, the dress code is 100% casual – leave your jacket and tie at home!