Caribbean Coast

Hotel Aguas Claras


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Close to the beach town of Puerto Viejo, a laidback place with an Afro-Caribbean feel where you’ll hear Patois, English and Spanish spoken on the streets, and between two coastal national parks, the Hotel Aguas Claras is a fabulous spot from which to discover the southeast corner of Costa Rica.

Part luxury beachside retreat, part art project, all built with sustainability in mind, the historic Victorian building has been lovingly restored by the mother-daughter team with a chic and creative flair. Six luxury bungalows, six suites and the two-story Caribbean House are decked out with curated artworks, reclaimed furniture and bursts of colour.

Located by the pool in the tropical gardens, the restaurant here is one of the region’s very best, while there is a boutique beach club close to the sands. Bicycles and snorkelling kit is free to borrow for a little self-guided exploration.


At a glance

  • Six rooms and six bungalow

  • Swimming pool

  • Restaurant

  • Beach bar

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Community & Culture

Hotel Aguas Claras believes that the concept of ‘local’ is the key to sustainable hospitality, to they hire local, buy local, and invest in the community.

Staff here are all Costa Rican, predominantly from the local area, with the hotel actively investing in training, upskilling and healthcare. They also make a conscious effort to source as many products as we can from as close to home as possible.

Many schools in this rural area of Costa Rica have limited resources. One of them is Manzanillo School which we support through two projects. The first works to maintain and improve basic school-building infrastructure. The second focuses on education programs that teach the young students about the importance of environmental stewardship, inspiring them to protect their surroundings.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

  • Unforgettable experiences

    Creating your trip is entirely collaborative and our Travel Researchers are here for every step.

  • Positive impact

    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

  • Fairness and transparency

    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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