“Operation Butt Naked” – Outdoor Showers in Tropical Costa Rica

Have you ever showered outside?  There are few things in life like taking a shower out in the open.  The usual  hotel bathroom experience typically lacks spectacular Ocean or Rain Forest views, Tropical Breezes and a sense of liberty that makes you feel you have “wings”.

No matter if it is a cooling shower around midday after an adventure hike, a warm shower in the late afternoon after a day at the beach or a hot shower during a tropical rain when it is all just coming down on you.  It is important for an outdoor shower to be very private so that the only ones watching you might be some curious monkeys, a sleepy sloth or some birds jumping from tree to tree.

At the Cayuga Collection Hotels, the outdoor shower experience is designed to be as sustainable as possible.  The showerheads are equipped with aerators, the bath amenities are organic and biodegradable and in order to “save water” we strongly recommend that you share this shower with a loved one. 

The outdoor shower experience at each one of the Cayuga Collection Hotels, Resorts and Eco Lodges in Costa Rica.  Below, you find some of the highlights of each one of them.

At Latitude 10 Resort in Santa Teresa, the outside shower experience is part of a complete outside bathroom experience.   A garden wall provides complete privacy.  Look up and see the rain forest canopy above you with monkeys looking down at you.  And you are just steps away from a secluded tropical beach.  This is as outside as it is going to get…

Santa Teresa Outdoor Shower
An important part of a vacation are things that you normally don’t do at home. How about a private shower under the rain forest canopy next to the Ocean at Latitude 10 Resort in Santa Teresa?

At Lapa Rios Eco Lodge on the Osa Peninsula, the postcard perfect view of the Golfo Dulce and the Pacific Ocean are the main attraction while showering on the large deck of your private bungalow.  Wildlife is everywhere.  Monkeys or sloths in the trees around you, Tucans or Scarlet Macaws flying by and maybe even whales in the distance.

eco lodge outdoor shower
At Lapa Rios, the divisions between what is indoors and outdoors are subtle. Besides a full indoor bathroom, there is an outdoor shower on the deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

We came up with the term “operation butt naked” at the Harmony Hotel in Nosara a few years ago, when we created wooden walls around the outside garden patios next to the rooms and bungalows.  It was crucial that they would be designed for maximum privacy.  We placed showers there and have noted that very few people ever use the “inside” shower in their room.  Why would you?

outdoor shower
This is the outdoor shower of a Cocos Room at the Harmony Hotel in Nosara.

At Kura Design Villas in Uvita, the outsides comes inside during the shower experience.  The double rain shower is set next to the balcony of your room and opening the sliding glass doors provides the feeling of floating above the ground when showering.  Make sure you don’t get soap in your eyes, so you can enjoy the incredible view of the “whale’s tale”.

shower at Kura
The shower at Kura is ‘inside’ the villa, but projecting towards the outside. The divisions flow and the lodging experience becomes very unique.

While we don’t have outside showers at Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort in Manuel Antonio, we have Jacuzzi tubs that provide views of the Pacific Ocean and the National Park.  At Jicaro Island Ecolodge in Lake Nicaragua, the outdoor shower experience can be lived next to the lake after a massage treatment and our small Spa.

Manuel Antonio View from Jacuzzi
Not an outdoor shower, but maybe even better. The Jacuzzi experience is a highlight for honeymooners at Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort. In the background is the Manuel Antonio National Park.

While the outdoor shower experience certainly is certainly a highlight during any honeymoon or romantic hotel experience, we have found that children also really enjoy the freedom of showering outside and feeling.  Who wouldn’t?  Interested in learning more?  Contact us here.

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