Río Magnolia Nature Lodge, Costa Rica

Río Magnolia is a rainforest eco-lodge and coffee farm situated above the southern Pacific surf town of Dominical on a 280 acre property with great ocean, jungle and valley views. We are located between Manuel Antonio Park and the Osa Peninsula in the Path of the Tapir Biological Corridor.The corridor of forests was developed by a conservation group called ASANA, friends of nature, to allow habitat for the movement of wildlife. We are home to many species of birds (see birds list) mammals, butterflies, insects and other interesting critters! In fact, the author of 'The Birds of Costa Rica, A Field Guide', Richard Garrigues, did a bird count at Rio Magnolia as part of the annual Christmas bird count and counted 138 different bird species that day.

Our Costa Rica ecotourism project is located near the small rural towns of La Alfombra and San Cristobal where our employees live. Our commitment to sustainability and protecting the environment is reflected in a number of initiatives. Our electrical power is produced by a renewable energy source, the river Magnolia, which runs through our property. A 12 kW hydro-electric system provides all of the electricity to the Lodge and is distributed to the various buildings by buried cable, thus protecting the wildlife from harm. Out of our 110 hectare (280 acre) property, 90 hectares are primary and secondary rainforest, which we protect. The balance is pasture, where we have some cows and horses. We participate in a conservation program whereby its 84 hectares of natural forest are protected for the mitigation of greenhouse gases, the protection of the water resources and the preservation of the biodiversity and ecosystem. We have also planted various species of indigenous trees on 3 hectares of pasture as part of a reforestation program and continue to plant more.

About 8000 shade Arabica coffee plants have been planted on pasture slopes with fruit and poro trees intermingled to provide shade as well as habitat for some species of birds. Hummingbirds particularly like the flowers of the poro trees. You can savour the taste of freshly ground Arabica coffee all day long. Tour our plantation and see how our plants are shade grown and the ‘cherries’ are processed using the renewable energy from our hydro plant. You can find out more about our coffee farm and ordering Café Rio Magnolia here.

Experience the casual elegance of the Lodge, an exciting combination of comfortable accommodations set in primitive surroundings. Imagine waking up nestled in soft white linens while listening to the sounds from the jungle! Breakfast always starts with Café Rio Magnolia fresh fruit and juice and homemade granola and yoghurt followed by a daily special. Dinner menus are prepared daily to meet your expectations for great food using the freshest ingredients. Produce that we don’t grow in our garden, we purchase from local farmers and from the weekly feria (farmer’s market) in San Isidro. In the evening, enjoy mouth-watering appetizers while watching the sunset over the ocean at the bar or on the terrace, or cozy up by our crackling fireplace. For dinner the tables are dressed with colorful table linens, fine china and sparkling crystal goblets. Candles flicker. We want our guests to enjoy the atmosphere of the relaxed but elegant dining experience.

Activities are available at Rio Magnolia and in the area; enjoy hiking in the primary forest or to the giant ceiba tree and Magnolia waterfalls, bird watching, walking along the roads and pathways, swimming in the large infinity pool, or relaxing with a book and binoculars on one of the many covered terraces. We can arrange day or half-day trips to one of the many south Pacific beaches; whale watching (seen December to March and July to late October) and dolphin tours at Ballena National Park, a Cano Island tour for snorkelling, hiking at Corcovado Park in the Osa Peninsula, canopy tours and zip-lining at Hacienda Baru National Wildlife Refuge and horseback riding to Nauyaca Falls. A trip into San Isidro del General, a very booming agricultural town, on market day is fun too.  

Special packages are also available...Romance, Adventure, Bird Watching.

Río Magnolia promises to provide its guests with superior accommodations, food, service and a Costa Rican jungle experience. Words or pictures cannot describe the beauty and magnificence of the vistas; Rio Magnolia a rainforest experience! Wake up to the sounds of howler monkeys and toucans!

Pura Vida

John and Maureen Paterson

What guests have written lately,

Good food, competent and friendly staff, good company, howler monkeys in the distance, toucans in the trees, and a cocktail every evening – who could ask for more! Johanne and Jonathan, Nashville USA/ Cardiff, Manchester, UK.

Thanks for everything! We enjoyed every single moment and will definitely be back. Mirjam and Bend, California.

Thank you so much! What a magical detour we took. We will return! Chris and Nina, Florida.

Thank you both so much for a really wonderful stay – beautiful surroundings, great company and delicious food!  Jessica and James, Dublin, Ireland

Thank you so much for building such a wonderful place…a piece of paradise! Caroline and Pascal, Switzerland.

You have always made us feel welcome to share your farm and house like we were family. We so enjoy your hospitality and socializing during dinner especially! Outstanding service from everyone. Ron and Elizabeth, York, Maine.

Getting together with friends, the fun time..never a dull moment! Lots of good memories..remember “Show me your Teeth” and dance the night away!!!  Pat & Steve, Krista & Dave, Sally & Dave, Taras, our Queen’s University  pals, Esterhazy, Ajax, Sudbury, Calgary, Canada.

Thanks you for making our first trip to Costa Rica so pleasant. Everything was excellent; room, food, tours…everything! Colter and Kellie, Colorado.

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What guests have written lately,

Thanks for the fantastic stay. The rooms, food, grounds and ambience are really special. We wish you well in the future!  Bob and Nikki, Wales.

Last evening as we sat on the patio watching another magnificent sunset, talking with people and listening to fun local musicians, we thought how fortunate we were to share this with old and new friends! Phyllis and Marc, North Carolina.

The pool...what bliss to see the sun go down from the water, or to cool down after the hike to the grotto. We loved everything – the beauty, the peace and above all the lovely people. Muy muchas gracias! Lucy and Graham, England, UK.

We’ve had such a lovely time. Thank you both so much for your warmth and hospitality – the good company we’ve had over many delicious dinners, served by your wonderful, friendly and caring staff! Jane and Patrick, France.

When you travel CR the way we do you certainly become quite intuitive as to which places are special. Marylou had a good feeling about your lodge and it managed to deliver something to us that is rare…you have brilliantly exceeded our expectations. Joe and Marylou, Caledon, ON, Canada.

Thank you very much for the perfect hospitality, the excellent food and the great room (Heliconia). The location is a dream, perfect to relax. Nicolas and Vera, Switzerland.

When we booked our birding package we had high hopes for a wonderful holiday. Our expectations were exceeded by the wonderful hospitality of everyone here. From the first sip of our strawberry smoothies to the last bit of mango, the meals were all superb. Linda and Bill, Swansea, IL.

Thank you a thousand times for a wonderful stay at Rio Magnolia. The food was excellent. Karl was very proud to discover a new waterfall “Cascadas Carlos”! Suzie and Karl, Salt Spring Island, B.C.

Thanks so much for the wonderful stay, wish we could have spent longer! Loren and Craig, Australia/New Zealand.

The venue, the food, the staff – all incredible. We will miss all of you as well as your wonderful dogs. Such nice companions to have on our hikes! Lorraine and Ross, Toronto, Canada.

Thanks for the wonderful time!  Dan and Maryanne, Coburg, Oregon.

There could not have been a more perfect introduction to Costa Rica than our stay here at Mono Congo. Thank you for sharing your world with us, and thank you to all of the staff for their warmth and perfect attention.  Angelina and Jeremiah, Brooklyn, New York.

This was our second stay and we enjoyed even more than our first. The next time we come you may never get rid of us. You are all so kind and relaxed and we feel like we are truly part of the Rio magnolia family. High and Janet. Tiny, Ontario.

After a 3 week trip around Costa Rica and Panama, we deserved a couple of relaxing days at Rio Magnolia Lodge. With the superb service here, we came to rest here; very friendly and hospitable.Hennie and Ton, Drunen, Holland.

What a time- Beautiful, relaxing, great meals, actually did the trails, interesting dinners (solved the world’s problems). Thanks!  Bonnie, New Brunswick, Canada.

Our short stay here was a moment in time in our lives we will cherish for a long time. The views, the surrounding jungle, wildlife etc…are all spiritually enriching! Gracias. Steve and Judith, Wisconsin, USA.

We thought we had found a little gem of a place just by what we saw on the website before we arrived, but what was waiting for us here was beyond our ability to imagine! Thank you so much for making us feel at home. Andrea and Jon, Washington, DC.

It has been so wonderful to be part of this ‘paraiso’ for 9 nights. The staff was so friendly and helpful. Palomo was the best guide dog ever. We loved him! Thank you for letting us relax and enjoy this magical, serene place. John and Liz, Clarksburg, Ontario.

This is paradise! Un real paraiso! What an enchanted place. Thank you for your hospitality, your daily ritual, the beautifully crafted menus….let’s not forget the birds and our best friend Palomo! Stephanie and Mike, Clarksburg, Ontario.

Where else would you want to spend one’s birthday!!!The view, the birds, the fabulous hospitality and friendly staff. We’ll look forward to coming back!  Nancy and Mike, Milbrook, Ontario, Ruth, Atenas, Costa Rica.

What a wonderful vacation we have had! Soaking up the sunshine and the greenness, from the delicate moss that looks like pale green ice crystals to the iridescent blue-green of the emerald hummingbirds. Add excellent food and spectacular views!  Phil and Mara, Neenah, Wisconsin.

Maureen and John you made our trip special – your place is unbelievable and beautiful. Nancy, Ron, Meagan, Jamie, Long Island, N.Y.

What a class act! The best of a boutique hotel. The food – divine. We added 11 life-birds while we just sat on our porch. The toucans and tanagers seemed to come by for food and to show off. Claudia and Ted, Washington, DC.

What a magical place Rio Magnolia is! We loved exploring the property and relaxing poolside. We especially enjoyed our tour guide “Palomo”. The meals were delicioso! Thank you for everything. Clarence and Trudy, Burlington, Ontario, Canada.


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