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“Rio Parismina Lodge” 5 of 5 stars
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“Rio Parismina Lodge”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

My Father and I went to Rio Parismina Lodge a couple of weeks ago. Our plans were altered due to President Obama being in San Jose. All small planes were grounded. Not to worry the lodge had a van waiting for us and we took the long (and scenic) drive close to the lodge. A quick boar ride and we were there.

We were me at the dock by Judy (owner) and Fernando (manager). They apologized for the inconvenience but it was no big deal. It just meant that we got to be fishing earlier the next day.

Fishing reports were off since the group that was at the lodge had a slow pick of tarpon the previous week. Over a 4 day tournament the winner boated 8 tarpon. We hit the water at 6AM the next day and 2 minutes later saw tarpon busting the surface at the river mouth. We didn't hook one, but caught 3 jacks in the mayhem.

Our guide Gabriel was outstanding. A passionate fisherman who is very good at what he does. Well by 7:30 I boated my first tarpon. It got better from there. I ended up boating 8 tarpon over 2-1/2 days. My father boated 3. Lost numerous others. All fish 70-100 pounds.

We did a 1/2 day backwater trip and did not catch anything. That was fine because the main goal was to take a sightseeing tour in the jungle river system. Gabriel was a great guide and explained everything that we saw.

We did the crocodile hunt the last night we were there. I helped the guide catch a crock. I held the light steady on his eyes (about 18" in front on us) and he lassoed him in. I got to tape the snout up. That ride was very cool. There is something about driving a small jon boat down pitch black jungle rivers with a brilliantly clear star filled sky (new moon) that makes you feel alive.

The lodge was beautiful as was the grounds and dock. The food was good and the people who worked there were all great from top to bottom. Judy was always around to oversee and make sure her guests are having a good time.

I don't know if you can run a fishing lodge any better than these folks do.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

We went on our fishing trip from September 18th-22nd 2012! We hooked 8 tarpon and 5 got to the boat-all about 100 lbs each. My husband caught a 165 lb tarpon, which took a grown man 2 HOURS to get to the boat! Aside from the heat there were no complaints. We would like to thank Judy and all the cooks-the food was EXCELLENT! The staff was there to accommodate any need. Carlos was our captain and we would recommend him to anyone. I was the only female in the fishing camp and thought I would be uncomfortable; however, this was not the case. Women this is the fishing trip for you!!!

Much Thanks
Teresa Pierce

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

February 13th found our group of 18 in San Jose looking forward to our 6th trip back to Rio Parismina. The first time you go or do anything is usually the most exciting. You don't know what to expect and everything is new. What keeps us coming back to Judy Heights, Rio Parismina Lodge, is even with our high expectations from the last trip they find new ways to please every time. Fernando, the Manager and Judy, the owner, are right there to answer your questions, anticipate and solve any issue and, yes, listen to your story about the "one that got away".

The boats are great, the tackle is perfect, the rooms are beautiful, the grounds magnificent, lots of food and great fishing. What's not to like?

Our group spent time in both the national park and the ocean fishing for anything that swims. Although not everyone fished Tarpon every day we did catch and release 77 Tarpon up to 150#' in four days. Great by any standard. We're sure this won't be our last trip.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2011

You cannot beat staying at Rio Parismina Lodge and better yet, fishing with them! The guides are the best and the service they provide even better. You are catered to from landing in San Jose until you return to San Jose for your trip home. The tarpon fishing was great. And if the evening is slow, you can go crocodile hunting. Judy, Fernand, the guides and lodge staff make you feel you are at your own private estate. You are in great hands with Rio Parismina Lodge.

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Limon
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Puerto Limon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A fishing lodge. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Rio Parismina Lodge Costa Rica/Limon - Puerto Limon

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